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Ohio harness racing fans got their first glimpse of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) youngsters on Friday night, July 3 at Northfield Park, as 11, $40,000 divisions for freshman trotting and pacing fillies went postward at the half-mile oval.   The first three divisions featured 2-year-old diagonally-gaited distaffs, which could have been renamed the Aaron Merriman-Chris Beaver show, as this pair dominated all three races.   In the first group of seven fillies Merriman steered favorite Kerfuffle Cookie to victory in 2:00.1 in her first career start, for the Synerco Ventures, Inc., of Toronto, ON, winning by just over 21 lengths. The daughter of Chip Chip Hooray took the lead at the start and never looked back, while Haley Chip (Chris Page) notched second and Transit Authority (Jeremy Smith) got up for third.   "This filly was super tonight," Merriman stressed. "She has a very soft mouth and Chris (trainer Beaver) had her ready to go."   The second race, second OSS division saw Merriman use similar tactics to guide Evanora to victory in a career best 2:01 by 6¼ lengths. The chestnut daughter of Pilgrims Taj is owned by Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH, and this was her second straight triumph, pushing her career earnings to $21,550. Oneeyedmomma (Marty Wollam) finished second with Count On Anna (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) third.   Merriman and Beaver were in the winner's circle once more for Race 3, the third division of trotting fillies. This time Kestrel reeled through the double-turns, notching a 1:59 performance for Merriman in a top mark of 1:59, drawing off by five lengths. It was the filly's first career win for owners Beaver and Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH. Hoorah Hoorah (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was second while A TC Queenie (Ken Holiday) grabbed third-place honors.   Merriman then scored in the fourth OSS trotting division (Race 5), guiding the Dirk Simpson trained Shut Up And Dance to win in a new track record clocking of 1:58. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar is owned by James Bafia of Minooka, IL and earned her first paycheck in the one mile test, which she won by four lengths.   "We bought her at the Ohio Select Sale for $28,000," Bafia said. "I thought she had a great pedigree and she showed a lot of potential early but had an OCD that we removed. She was able to train down well in spite of that surgery, and has gotten up to speed very quickly."   Count On Kami (Kurt Sugg) was second to Shut Up And Dance, while favorited Soft Power (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) notched third.   The final OSS division for filly trotters (Race 14) saw Still Sizzling heat up the racetrack by going gate to wire for trainer-driver Dale Decker, winning by 2¼ lengths in 1:59.4. The Trainforthefuture lass pushed her career earnings to $21,516 for owners Decker and Douglas Vandergrift of Michigan. She Drives Me Wild (Aaron Merriman) finished second with Rose Run Rachel (Kurt Sugg) nabbing show honors.   Filly pacers took to the track beginning with the fourth race on the evening's 15-race program. Big Bad Ashley and driver Dan Noble left nothing to chance as they paced to a winning 1:56 effort in the first $40,000 OSS division. The daughter of Big Bad John is conditioned by Jim Arledge, Jr. for the Winchester Baye Acres, Inc. of Powell, OH and was three-quarters of a length in front of Hooray For Hazel (Chris Page) at the wire, while NPR Nine (Aaron Merriman) finished third.   Kayne Kauffman piloted Awakening to victory in the second OSS division (Race 6), clocked in 1:57 for the one mile test. Mike Polhamus harnessed the daughter of Feelin Friskie for owner Marjorie Polhamus of Fletcher, Oh. It was the filly's third career start and pushed her earnings to $23,076. Kacy's Coop (Aaron Merriman) was second, nearly two lengths behind the winner, while Feelin Lilly (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third.   John's Sunny Girl, a daughter of Big Bad John, captured the third OSS division (Race 7) for driver Greg Grismore in new lifetime clocking of 1:55.4. Doug Hinklin conditions the bay filly, who upped her career earnings to $24,400 for the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH.   "She's done everything we've asked of her to date and for the rest of the season it's just a matter of her staying healthy," Grismore acknowledged. Doug (trainer Hinklin) has done a great job of giving this filly the right education. I was just a passenger tonight."   Bred by Midland Acres, John's Sunny Girl bested rival Beauteous Girl (Kurt Sugg) by eight lengths, while Miss Me Yet (Montrell Teague) who had made a break early, recovered well to be third.   Owner-trainer-driver Tye Loy, of Columbia Station, OH, stole the show in the fourth OSS division (Race 9) as he guided his My Tweed Heart to a 1:59.1 triumph. This daughter of Manhardt finished 1¼ lengths in front of It's Your Fantasy (Dan Noble) and Big Bad Body (Josh Sutton) in her career debut.   Queen Ann M and driver Chris Page took the fifth OSS division in 1:56.4 by 2½ lengths for owner Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH. The Big Bad John lass used come-from-behind tactics to score her career debut over Northfield's flying turns, with Ufpfortydevensgirl (Aaron Merriman) finishing in the bridesmaid role and Friskie Zena (Tye Loy) nabbing third place money.   The sixth and final division (Race 15) of freshman pacing fillies saw Big Bad Bretta, another daughter of Big Bad John, finish under the wire first in 1:57 for driver Chris Page by nearly three lengths. Steve Carter conditions the filly for CE Grubbs, RB Reid, SR Hummel and JM Beard of Ohio. Big Bad Chickie (Dan Noble) grabbed place honors while Save My Tootsie (Aaron Merriman) was third.   Daylon Magician captured the $170,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic (Race 11) for trainer-driver Jack Moiseyev in a track-record-tying time of 1:53.2. The rugged, 7-year-old son of Kadabra pushed his career earnings up over the $2 million mark with this victory, the 31st of his career in 71 starts for the Daylon Farms LTD of Komoka, ON.   "He felt like a 3-year-old in here tonight," Moiseyev said. "He just felt great, and this is the first time I've been back to Northfield since 1991." Moiseyev had driven Precious Bunny to victory at Northfield that season in the Cleveland Classic.   Obrigado (Mark McDonald) was second by a whisker, while DW's NY Yank (Chris Page) got up for third and Rompaway Galaxy (Mike Micallef) was fourth.   Also, the gutsy mare Victory Is Coming, chugged out a rough, first-over journey to prevail at the wire in 1:53.2 for a new, all-age, track record in Northfield's $20,000 Open Trot (Race 10). The daughter of Victory Sam, who is conditioned by Ammon Hershberger for Betty and John Red Shaw of Mount Vernon, OH, pushed her career earnings to $609,935 with the win, the 55th of her career in 130 starts. Picture This (Don Irvine, Jr.) was second with Julians Caesar (Chris Page) third.   Kimberly A. Rinker

Bob "the Lumberman" Troyer came from far back with Heza Rube to win the harness racing Billings trot at Northfield Park in a time of 1:57 on July 2. Nine horses were drawn in the contest but when the field went behind the starting gate two late scratches whittled the it to seven. Heza Rube started from the five hole and got away in the back of the pack after "Marvelous Marvin" Raber set sails with Washingtonian and they led the field by the quarter in a stiff :27.3. At that point Huza Rube was some 13 lengths behind the leader. "They left hard so I took a seat," Troyer explained. Raber had the pedal to the medal and Washingtonian zipped by the half in :56.3 with the eventual winner 15 lengths in the rears. Four lengths in front of Hometowne Jeff and "Michelle the Belle" Ruvola as they passed the three quarters in 1:25.4 Washingtonian still had a huge lead on Heza Rube but on the final turn Troyer was coming and coming hard. He made up five quick lengths on the turn and when the field straightened for home Troyer had Heza Rube wide open and they rallied to a neck victory over Washingtonian. Third place went to Hometown Jeff and Michelle Ruvola. "I had owned him (Heza Rube) and sold him to Marty Wollam a few years ago so when he entered him in the Billings trot he asked me if I would like to drive him," Troyer explained. "Of course I said sure and I am glad I did. He's always been a nice horse but he really surprised me when we won tonight because we were so far back most of the mile." Now owned and trained by Marty Wollam, Heza Rube, a 5 year-old altered son of Master Lavec paid $4.80 for win. It was the trotter's second seasonal victory. For Troyer, who has been a longtime participant in Billings races, it was his first drive of the year. The victory was Troyer's 73rd of his amateur driving career. John Manzi

The Cleveland Trotting Classic, Northeast Ohio's newest premier race, will go to post Friday (July 3) at the harness racing meeting at Northfield Park. The Classic carries a $170,000 purse for its inaugural edition and has attracted some of the best veteran trotters in North America. The Grand Circuit race is the featured event of a stakes-laden program that offers total purses of $647,500. 1 - Count Me In Is one of two starters from the powerful barn of Ron Burke. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Michelle Yanek, he has won 30 and been on the board in 64 of 95 career races. His lifetime mark is 1:53.3 (Mea 5/8) with a career bankroll of $427,919. The six year-old has already posted four wins this year and has been racing against the best trotters at Scioto Downs. Burke has named Josh Sutton to drive this 9-2 morning-line competitor.   2 - Obrigado The 2-1 morning line favorite, has the highest win percentage of any starter in this inaugural edition. He has been victorious in 31 of 51 career races, including a 21 race win streak earlier in his career. He has earnings of $421,164 and a 1:51.3 (M 1) mark in his most recent race in the $50,000 TVG Free-for-All Trot. The five year-old is owned by Paul Kelley, Linwood Higgens, William Weaver III and Stable 45. He is conditioned by Paul Kelley. Canadian native Mark MacDonald has been named to steer.   3 - DW's NY Yank Sports career earnings of $855,914. He has 103 lifetime starts and 37 career victories. He is a six year-old son of Dilbert Hanover with a lifetime mark of 1:51.3 (PcD 5/8). DW's NY Yank, one of two entrants in this field by trainer Ron Burke, is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. He has won five of 13 starts this year and has been made the 7-2 second favorite. Chris Page has been given the driving assignment.   4 - Awesome Valley Will start for the Trust of Barbara Boese. With 27 career victories, he has been a model of consistency, finishing in the top three 62 of his 100 lifetime starts. He has already won four starts this year with three second and third place finishes in 16 starts. This six year-old son of Valley Victor has career earnings of $365,863 and sports a 1:53 (DD 5/8) lifetime mark. This 20-1 morning line selection is trained by Joseph Hundertpfund Jr. and will be driven by Montrell Teague.   5 - Datsyuk Enters this race for owners Leonard Buckner and Charlie Norris. He is also conditioned and usually driven by Norris, but Don Irvine, Jr. gets the reins for tonight's outing. The four year-old has garnered five career victories in 21 starts, earning a mark of 1:53.1 (TgDn 5/8) and $454,253 in earnings. The son of Explosive Matter was unraced as a freshman but had a stellar sophomore campaign last year, winning three legs of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and a Tompkins Geers Stake. He carries a 15-1 morning line.   6 - Rompaway Galaxy Is owned by Rompaway Farms and trained by Krista Harmon. The four year-old has raced over Northfield Park's Flying Turns three times, posting two wins and a third place finish. He has a total of 29 career starts with 14 triumphs. He earned a 1:52 (M 1) lifetime mark just two races ago and has career earnings of $423,981. He was the Ohio Sire Stakes Champion as a freshman and won the Ohio State Fair Stakes and Ohio Breeders' Championship as a sophomore. Mike Micallef has been named to drive this 12-1 morning-line starter.   7 - Daylon Magician The 6-1 shot is the richest horse in the inaugural Classic field with $1,849,527 in earnings. This son of Kadabra has five wins in eight starts this year and 30 lifetime scores to his credit, the richest being the $1,020,000 Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk Racetrack in 2011. Jack Moiseyev is the 7-year-old's trainer and driver for owner Daylon Farms LTD. Moiseyev posted a win at Northfield Park in the Cleveland Classic with 3 year-old pacing star Precious Bunny in 1991. Daylon Magician has a 1:51.1 mark at Mohawk Racetrack, trotted in 2013.   8 - Il Sogno Dream Odds of 8-1, even though he won just two weekends ago by open lengths in an impressive effort from post eight at Scioto Downs. He has a 1:52.2 (ScD 5/8) lifetime mark, trotted this year, and career earnings of $488,101. This son of Cantab Hall has won 10 of 33 career starts and is two for four so far this year. Christopher Beaver trains Il Sogno Dream for owners Bill Manes, Dan Manes, Leonard Christopher and Randy Christopher. Aaron Merriman has been given the driving assignment. Merriman, the current leading driver in North America, has won more local races than any other driver over the Flying Turns.   This year's Classic program undercard is highlighted by 11 $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes races featuring the best freshman filly pacers and trotters in the Buckeye State. There will be six divisions of filly pacers and five filly trot stakes races going to post. Superfecta wagering has been added to Friday's 11th race, the Classic feature. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 has also been added and covers races eight through 11. First race post time is 6 p.m. Guests who want to be close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron for a plethora of free fanfare activities. These attractions include a t-shirt toss from the winner's circle by the successful driver of each race, driver meet-and-greets and commemorative poster signings throughout the evening, Harness Racing Bingo offering more than $1,000 in cash and prizes, country band Six String Cowboy performing on the apron from 6-10 p.m., and spinning of the Northfield Park Prize Wheel for cash and prizes from 8-9:30 p.m. Ayers Ratliff  

A total of 85 freshman Ohio-bred fillies passed the entry box at Northfield Park this week, resulting in 11 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) races to be contested Friday, July 3. Each division sports a $40,000 purse in this first leg for harness racing 2-year-old pacing and trotting fillies. Five divisions of 2-year-old fillies will line behind the starting gate in races 1, 2, 3, 5 and 14. Three, 7-horse fields and two, 8-horse fields comprise the lot of 37 diagonally-gaited distaffs. Six, 8-horse fields of side wheeling 2-year-old fillies are set in races 4, 6, 7, 9, 12 and 15. This group of 48 pacing lasses will be making their foray into the OSS ranks for the first time. In the first $40,000 OSS division of pacing fillies (Race 4), trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. will harness Big Bad Ashley for the Winchester Baye Acres, Inc. of Powell, OH. This daughter of Big Bad John comes into her OSS debut fresh off a solid 2:03 clocking in an Ohio Fair Stake at Circleville on June 21. Dan Noble drives. Awakening looks to be the solid favorite in the second $40,000 OSS division (Race 6) for owner-trainer Mike Polhamus. This daughter of Feelin Friskie has two strong wins to her credit thus far this season, with a 2:07 debut on June 9 at Paulding and a June 23, wire-to-wire victory in 2:05 at Ottawa. That latter start saw her brush home in an impressive: 27.3. John's Sunny Girl headlines the third, $40,000 OSS division (Race 7). Trained by Doug Hinklin for the Parent Racing Stable, LLC of Holland, OH, this daughter of Big Bad John won a Scioto overnight on June 25 in 1:56.2. Piloted by Greg Grismore, John's Sunny Girl left hard from the eight-hole and never looked back, pacing her final panel in a respectable: 28.2. A pair of Big Bad John daughters will face off in the fourth, $40,000 division (Race 9) of OSS pacing fillies. Amber John, who is conditioned by Scott Cox for the Parent Racing Stable, comes into this contest with a pair of solid, winning Northfield Park qualifiers under her belt. She paced in 2:03 on June 11 and followed that up with a 2:01 score on June 25. Challenging Amber John will be It's Your Fantasy, conditioned by Jim Arledge, Jr. for Winchester Baye Acres, LLC, who won an Ohio Fair Stake on June 21 at Circleville in 2:02.3, leading every step of the way. Queen Ann M comes into the fifth, $40,000 OSS division (Race 12) fresh off a 1:57.1 qualifying score at Hoosier Park on June 24 for trainer Mike Roth. This daughter of Big Bad John-who starts from post eight-will have to face Feelin Colossal, who has an inside advantage from post three. Trained by owner William Aldrich, this daughter of Feelin Friskie captured an Ohio Fair Stake on June 21 at Circleville in a modest 2:09 by six lengths. Ufpfortydevensgirl, a daughter of Up Front Charlie, also comes into this event fresh off a triumph, with a 2:00.3 mark recorded in a Scioto Downs qualifier on June 29 for trainer Terry Thompson, Jr. Angry Shelby also won her Scioto Downs qualifier on June 22, pacing in 1:59 with Greg Grismore in the bike for trainer Doug Hinklin. Harness The Hope looks like a solid choice from the rail in the sixth and final, $40,000 OSS test (Race 15). Trained by Timothy Lane, this daughter of Big Bad John finished third in her pari-mutuel debut at Scioto Downs on June 25, timed in 1:57.2. Big Cake, another Big Bad John progeny, scored a 1:59.3 qualifying effort on June 15 in a come-from-behind effort for trainer Brian Georges. The Jim Arledge, Jr.-trained Big Bad Chickie scored a similar victory on June 21 at Circleville, timed in 2:04.2. This Big Bad John lass is owned by the aforementioned Winchester Baye Acres. A field of seven trotting fillies go head-to-head in the first $40,000 OSS division (Race 1)-all making their pair-mutuel debuts. Two daughters of Chip Chip Hooray-Haley Chip and Kerfuffle Cookie-from post one and three respectively, may be en route to a first lifetime triumph. Evanora comes into the second $40,000 OSS division (Race 2) as a recent winner, having captured an Ohio Fair Stake on June 24 at Ottawa in a front-stepping 2:06.4. That triumph saw this daughter of Pilgrims Taj draw away from her rivals by ten lengths for trainer Chris Beaver, who conditions the filly for Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH. The Ron Burke-conditioned Leavinonajettrain scored a winning qualifier in 2:02 at The Meadows on June 25 and will leave from post four, while Rose Run Runaway won her Northfield qualifier on that same day, timed in 2:02.4 with trainer Ammon Hershberger in the sulky. The third $40,000 OSS division (Race 3) of 2-year-old trotters features a pair of speedy fillies in Hoorah Hoorah and Kestrel. Hoorah Hoorah, a daughter of Chip Chip Hooray conditioned by Kelly O'Donnell, recorded a 2:01.2 mark on June 25 in a Meadows qualifier, while the Triumphant Caviar lass Kestrel scored a winning Scioto Downs qualifier on June 22 in 2:01.1. Precious Love, from the rail, also poses a threat after her June 25 winning 2:03.4 qualifier at Northfield Park. Soft Power, in the fourth $40,000 OSS division (Race 5) appears consistent off just a pair of starts. The Triumphant Caviar daughter, who is trained by Chris Beaver, posted a 2:04.1 winning clocking in her June 10 Delaware qualifier, before finishing second on June 24 at Ottawa in an Ohio Fair Stake, where she was timed in 2:08.4 with her trainer at the lines. Trainer-driver Ammon Hershberger sends out Eye Just Expect It, a daughter of Trainforthefuture who posted a wire-to-wire, 2:02 victory on June 18 at Northfield, while Shut Up And Dance, who qualified in a winning 2:00.2 at The Meadows on June 11 before breaking in her pari-mutuel debut on June 24 at Northfield, will look to make amends from the rail for trainer Dirk Simpson. Finally, Still Sizzling appears to be doing just that as she comes into the fifth $40,000 OSS division (Race 14) with a pair of back-to-back victories to her credit. The daughter of Trainforthefuture first posted a 2:16.1 clocking on June 9 at Paulding in an Ohio Fair Stake before scoring a 2:03.4 winning qualifier at Northville, MI on June 17. She is trained, driven and co-owned by Dale Decker. Rose Run Rachel comes into this race with a pair of even qualifiers to her credit-both taken at Northfield-the first on June 11, timed in 2:05.1 and the second on June 25, clocked in 2:04. Rose Run Rachel is a daughter of Trainforthefuture who is conditioned and co-owned by Ray Crawford and Suanne Kochilla of North Royalton, OH. Freshman pacing and trotting fillies will mix it up again the second leg of OSS action for their respective divisions on July 25 at Scioto Downs. The third leg will be held on Aug. 21 at Northfield Park and the fourth leg will be raced on Sept. 4 at Scioto Downs. The $225,000 Championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, during Scioto Down's Super Night. Kimberly A. Rinker

Northeast Ohio's newest premier race, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, will go to post Friday (July 3) at Northfield Park. The Classic carries a $170,000 purse for its inaugural edition and has attracted some of the best veteran trotters in North America. The Grand Circuit race is the featured event of a stakes-laden program. The Friday harness racing card offers total purses of $647,500. Obrigado drew post two and has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the Classic field by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Entering Friday's race off a 1:51.3 lifetime mark in the $50,000 TVG Free for All at the Meadowlands, Canadian Mark MacDonald has been named to drive the 5 year-old Boy Band gelding. Obrigado sports 31wins, including 21 consecutive victories earlier in his career, and has lifetime earnings of $421,164. DW's NY Yank is the 3-1 second choice. He drew post three for powerhouse trainer Ron Burke. The six year-old has five wins this year and 37 career victories. DW's NY Yank is a hard-hitting Open trotter that has garnered career earnings of $855,914 with a 1:51.3 mark at Pocono Downs taken in 2013. Daylon Magician is the richest in the field with $1,849,527 in earnings. The son of Kadabra drew post seven and is 6-1. The seven year-old has five wins this year and 30 lifetime scores, the richest being the $1,020,000 Canadian Trot at Mohawk Racetrack in 2011. Jack Moiseyev is the seven year-old's trainer and driver. Daylon Magician has a 1:51.1 mark at Mohawk Racetrack, trotted in 2013. The 2015 Cleveland Trotting Classic field: Horse   Sire   Driver   Trainer   M/L 1 - Count Me In by Full Count - Aaron Merriman* Ron Burke 9-2 2 - Obrigado by Boy Band - Mark MacDonald Paul Kelley 2-1 3 - DW's NY by Dilbert Hanover -  Yank Chris Page Ron Burke 3-1 4 - Awesome Valley by  - Aaron Merriman* Joseph Hundertpfund Jr. 20-1 5 - Datsyuk by Explosive Matter - Charlie Norris Charlie Norris 15-1 6 - Rompaway Galaxy by Rompaway Wally - Aaron Merriman* Krista Harmon 12-1 7 - Daylon Magician by Kadabra - Jack Moiseyev Jack Moiseyev 6-1 8 - Il Sogno Dream by Cantab Hall - Aaron Merriman* Christopher Beaver 8-1 *Driver selections will be finalized by 9:00 p.m. Tuesday evening. Powerful Undercard This year's Classic program undercard highlights 11 $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes races featuring the best freshman filly pacers and trotters in the Buckeye State. There will be six divisions of filly pacers and five filly trot stake races going to post. Superfecta wagering has been added to Friday's 11th race, the Classic feature. A $10,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 has also been added and covers races eight through 11. First race post time is 6:00 p.m. In addition to superior racing action, Battle night will also offer guests a buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The buffet is just $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. Guests who want to be close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron for a plethora of FREE fanfare activities. These attractions include a t-shirt toss from the winner's circle by the successful driver of each race, driver meet-and-greets and commemorative poster signings throughout the evening, Harness Racing Bingo offering over $1,000 in cash and prizes, country band Six String Cowboy performing on the apron from 6:00 till 10:00 p.m., and spinning of the Northfield Park Prize Wheel for cash and prizes from 8:00 till 9:30 p.m. Ayers Ratliff

Greg Grismore won five races throughout Northfield's Park's 15-race harness racing program on Monday (June 29). Grismore's triumphs included Untold Legends ($3.60) in race two, Won Ton Hanover ($10.80) in race three, Mybrothergeorge ($2.80) in race four, Sombrero Hall ($19.60) in race eight and Boiler Brees ($8.80) in race 11. Grismore, 45, began driving in 1987 and has since garnered 6,520 career victories and more than $41M in total purse earnings. Ayers Ratliff  

Former harness racing National Amateur Driver of the Year, Steve "You're Never To Old" Oldford, notched his eighth seasonal driving victory behind Bold Strike while competing in a CKG Billings Midwest Regional trotting contest at Northfield Park on Friday night, June 19. In doing so Oldford worked out a picture-perfect journey falling into the two hole after the first turn and then stalking Dave "Linemaster" Ehrenberg II with the pacesetter King Tut. "I knew Dave was going to leave out of there and I wanted to be near him so I hustled my horse away from the gate, too," Oldford said. "Larry ("Lawbook Larry Farley) had the same idea with Good Friend and we were trotting at a pretty good clip around the first turn. I was lucky to find some room between Dave and Larry and fell in behind King Tut which gave my old warhorse cover and a good trip." Ehrenberg and King Tut showed the way by the first stanza in a swift :28. He was able to give his trotter a breather as they passed the halfway point in :59 with both Oldford and Farley in close pursuit. "I tipped out up the backside and we raced head to head from there and the race was on. My horse finally cleared King Tut halfway down the homestretch and went on to a one- length victory in (1):59.4" Oldford added. Good Friend rallied to be second while King Tut faded a bit and finished a close third. Having initially drawn post position eight Oldford was asked if the race would have had a different outcome had it not been for two late scratches. "I don't think so," Oldford replied "We were the best three horses in the race." Bold Strike, who had won a previous Billings Trot at Northfield Park in 1:59.2 earlier this year, was sent off as the even money favorite in the race and returned a $4.00 win mutuel. For Oldford is was the beginning of a busy weekend as he headed for Billings action at Tioga Downs on Saturday and then to Buffalo Raceway on Sunday. "I'll be in Monticello on Thursday (July 25 ) for two amateur races there in the afternoon and then on to Yonkers for a Billings trot in the evening. Amateur racing is getting bigger than ever and we amateurs help fill the betting cards at many tracks, now" Oldford explained. by John Manzi for the CKG Billings Series    

Harness racing's longest shining star, Foiled Again, became the first three-time champion of Northfield Park's Battle of Lake Erie when he crossed the wire a winner on Friday (June 12). Approaching the start the 11 year-old was already the richest Standardbred of all-time and became the first horse to earn in excess of $7 million with his triumph. Foiled Again (Dragon Again-In A Safe Place-Artsplace) is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable of Fredericktown, Pennsylvania, Weaver Bruscemi of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and JJK Stables LLC of Fort Lauterdale, Florida. He is trained by Ron Burke, who called upon Matt Kakaley to drive. Foiled Again started from post five and sat fourth through the :26 opening quarter. Kakaley pulled Foiled Again in the second panel and he remained first over through times of :53.4 and 1:21.3. Foiled again took advantage of his chance when Luck Be Withyou, who had led throughout, went off stride entering the final turn. Foiled Again inherited the lead and fought off his competition in the stretch to win by a neck, stopping the timer at 1:50.3. "I knew if I was close turning for home the he would out grit them," said Kakaley "He is the toughest horse ever in the history of harness racing, for sure." The win pushes Foiled Again's earnings to $7,012,531. Following Foiled Again were Clear Vision, Cammikey, Big Boy Dreams, State Treasurer, Duc Dorleans, Night Pro and Luck Be Withyou. Foiled Again started this year a bit sluggish and many people were calling for Ron Burke to retire the champion pacer. However, Burke discovered that the horse had an entrapped epiglottis and scheduled the minor surgery in early May. Friday's performance was Foiled Again's first start post-operation. "He is as good as ever and still has a lot of racing left in him," said Burke. "He is the horse that has built our barn. I cannot say enough good things about him. I love this horse." Ayers Ratliff

A trio of sophomore trotting fillies captured their respective Ohio Sire Stakes divisions Friday night, June 12 at Northfield Park. These harness racing contests--each sporting a purse of $40,000--are the second of a four leg series for Ohio-bred 3-year-old trotting lasses. In the first division (Race One), favorite Dark Roast and driver Kurt Sugg scored an easy 1:57.3 triumph over rivals Soaring Flight (Greg Grismore) and Bettys Sam (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) Conditioned by Marty Wollam, the daughter of Full Count picked up her second win of the year in four starts, pushing her career earnings to $93,603 for owners Arcadia Farms of Ohio and G And B Racing of Pennsylvania.   After a :29 opening panel, Dark Roast pulled first up behind the pace-setting Soaring Flight at the :59.2 half to take the lead. After trotting handily through a :28.4 third panel, she remained steady through a :29.2 final quarter to prevail by three-quarters of a length at the wire. Dark Roast, who was bred by Marvin Raber, won the first leg of this series on May 1 in 1:58 at Miami Valley.   Favorite Like Old Times used nearly the same tactics to garner her 1:57 victory in the second OSS division (Race Three). With Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. handling the driving duties for trainer Don McKirgan, the daughter by Chip Chip Hooray notched her fourth consecutive win and her fifth this season.   Like Old Times had finished second on May 1 in the first leg of this series to division one winner Dark Roast, and this latest triumph pushed her seasonal earnings to $47,000 and her career earnings to $111,105 for owner Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, Ohio. Sunrise Nibbles (Chris Page), second in the wagering, picked up place money, while mild longshot Expresso Jo (Dan Noble) grabbed show honors.   Lisa Jane and driver Ryan Stahl captured the third OSS division (Race Six) in a career best clocking of 1:55.4 as the public's choice. The daughter of Neely Dunn, who was harnessed to victory by conditioner Scot Cox for the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, Ohio and G. Peters of Akron, Ohio, grabbed her second victory of 2015 in just her third start of the year in wire-to-wire fashion.   Bred by Ohio's Henry Burkholder, Lisa Jane finished two lengths ahead of rival Student Of Life (Kurt Sugg), while Honey B (Kyle Ater) was third. The victory, the sixth of her career, upped Lisa Jane's career bankroll to $139,329. The fourth leg of this series for Ohio-bred trotting fillies will be held on Aug. 14 at Northfield and the fourth leg is set for Aug. 28 at Scioto Downs. The $225,000 championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions, divided by gender and gait, will be held on Sept. 12 during Scioto Downs' Super Night festivities. By Kimberly Rinker, Administrator, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

Two fields of 3-year-old pacing fillies vied for first money in a pair of harness racing $40,000 Ohio Sire Stakes (OSS) events on Friday night, June 12 at Northfield Park. Karlee Sue, a bay daughter by Feelin Friskie, took the first OSS division handily in 1:54.2 for Hall of Fame driver David Miller. After getting away at the back of the pack, Miller skillfully brought Karlee Sue up through splits of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:25.2, utilizing a modest :29 final brush to nail down the victory.   Friskie Tel Dawn (Aaron Merriman) finished second, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, with Friskie Lil Devil (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) getting up to nail show honors.   Bred by Midland Acres, Karlee Sue is conditioned by Al Tomlinson of Mason, Michigan, who owns the filly in partnership with Daniel Mitchell and Dennis Stolz of Michigan. The victory pushed the filly's career earnings to $65,765.   The second OSS split for sophomore pacing fillies was captured by the public's choice Crosswinds Cupcake and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in a lifetime best clocking of 1:55. Owned and bred by the Crosswinds Stable Farm of Waynesville, Ohio, this daughter of Stand Forever picked up her second victory of the year in six starts and now has $67,172 her lifetime bankroll.   After wrestling the lead away from Happy Jude at the :28 opening panel, Crosswinds Cupcake paced solidly through quarter fractions of :57.3 and 1:26 before brushing home in :29, drawing away from her rivals by 5¼ lengths. Corner Girl (Ryan Stahl) was second best while Happy Jude held ground to be third.   Third leg OSS action shifts to Northfield Park on July 17 for the colts of both gaits, while the fillies go postward on Aug. 14 at Northfield. Fourth road contests will take place at Scioto Downs on Aug. 28 for the fillies and Aug. 29 for the colts.   The $225,000 championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be held on Saturday (Sept. 12) during Scioto Downs' Super Night festivities. By Kimberly Rinker, Administrator, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund    

Five $40,000 Ohio Sire Stakes (OSS) divisions for Ohio-bred sophomore fillies will be contested June 12 at Northfield Park as the co-featured events alongside the prestigious $175,000 Battle of Lake Erie. Post time for the evening's card is 6 pm, ET. A total of 22 trotting fillies will go postward in races one, three and six, while 17 pacing fillies have been divided into two splits, carded as races two and eight on the program. Heading up the first OSS field of seven diagonally-gaited distaffs in race one is Dark Roast, a daughter of Full Count who captured an OSS division on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in a career best 1:58. Marty Wollam conditions Dark Roast, who amassed $49,043 as a freshman with a 3-1-2 record from eight starts. In 2015 she's added one win, a second and a third in three starts for $24,560 in seasonal earnings, upping her career bankroll to $73,603 for Acadia Farms, Inc., of Canfield, OH and G And B Racing of New Wilmington, PA. Bred by Marvin Raber of Baltic, OH, Dark Roast is the third and most prolific foal out of the Balanced Image mare Edens Mardi Gras 4, 2:00.3f ($2,608). Like Old Times brings a three-race win streak into the second seven-horse OSS field. Trained by Don McKirgan for owner Keith Ross of Bellfontaine, OH, the daughter of Chip Chip Hooray-Royal Two has career earnings of $91,105 and captured a trio of Northfield overnights after finishing a game second to the aforementioned Dark Roast on May 1. From 15 career starts Like Old Times has stats of 7-3-2 and a mark of 1:56.1h that she scored on May 20 at Northfield Park. Her main competition will likely come from Sunrise Nibbles, who is still looking for her first win of the season after a successful 2-year-old campaign. A winner of $201,183 in her career, this daughter of Iron Duke is conditioned by co-owner Chris Beaver for Synerco Ventures, Inc., Toronto, ON Steven Zeehandelar of Worthington, OH and David Lang of Hilliard, OH. Bred by Vernon Miller of Garrettsville, OH, Sunrise Nibbles was a multiple OSS winner in 2014, with the highlight of her season being her stellar triumph in the $200,000 OSS Championship at Scioto Downs on Sept. 27 Trainer Marty Wollam will harness Student Of Life-already an OSS winner this season-from post seven in the third division of eight trotting fillies. This Full Count lass has $94,006 in career earnings, and $28,900 in seasonal earnings garnered from three wins in just four 2015 starts. Her most best triumph came on May 25 at Scioto Downs, when she scored a career clocking of 1:56.4f en route to winning a $12,000 Ohio-restricted event. She followed that up with an easy, wire-to-wire 1:59.4 victory in a Northfield overnight on June 3. Student Of Life was also bred by Marvin Raber of Baltic, OH and is owned by Acadia Farms, Inc., of Canfield, OH and G And B Racing of New Wilmington, PA. Lisa Jane-a $119,325 earner-and Little Casino look to be Student Of Life's main rivals. Lisa Jane, a daughter of Neely Dunn, was a multiple OSS and Ohio Fair Stake (OFS) winner in 2014 for owners Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH and G Peters of Akron, OH. Bred by Henry Burkholder of Holmesville, OH, Lisa Jane captured an Ohio-restricted race in 1:56.1f at Scioto Downs on May 25. Little Casino also has solid credentials coming into this race-with two wins and a second in three attempts this season. Conditioned and driven by Hugh Beatty, the Full Count lass has $42,421 in career earnings for Duane Lowe of Malta, OH and last won an OSS test on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in a lifetime best 1:58.3. Bell Flower, whose lone 2015 start and victory came in OSS action on May 1 at Miami Valley, headlines the first, eight-horse field of pacing fillies. This daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye is trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr. Bell Flower earned $164,336 during a successful freshman campaign that saw her win seven starts and finish second once in eight trips postward. She took a 2-year-old mark of 1:54.4f in a Scioto Downs qualifier, then lowered that time to 1:53.1f in her solo triumph this season. Her career earnings now stand at $184,336 for owners Bruce & Patricia Soulsby of Powell, OH, Dean Davis of Wooster, OH and Carl Howard of Hilliard, OH. Bred by Ohio State ATI, Bell Flower is the ninth foal out of the Artsplace mare Our Lady Countess and was an $8,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale at Delaware. She is a half-sister to Wind River Cat (by Scallion Hanover) p, 1:52f ($102,159). Friskie Lil Devil will be harnessed by Brian Brown in this same event. A winner of $212,516 lifetime, this daughter of Feelin Friskie is owned by the Lil Devil Stable of Findlay, OH and has finished no worse than second in her four seasonal starts. Her lone win this year came in the $38,000 Hackett on April 24, when she was timed in 1:55.4. In the second and final OSS pacing division, Friskie Megan and Crosswinds Cupcake will likely vie for top honors. The former is a daughter of Feelin Friskie who lit up the board at Miami Valley on May 1 with a 1:55.3 clocking as a 99-1 longshot; and followed that up win a 1:55.1 career clocking in a Scioto Downs overnight on May 14. Co-owner Steve Bateson trains the $35,191-winning filly for Harold Moore of Rudolph, OH. Bred by Ada Jacobs of Gambier, OH, Friskie Megan is the fifth of seven foals out of the Nobleland Sam mare Sam's Clever Babe, and is a full sister to Friskie AJ p,4,1:53.4f ($37,273) and a half-sister to CJ's Cruiser Sam (by Yankee Cruiser) p,1:54.2f ($83,607). Crosswinds Cupcake is trained by David Elliott and will be trying for her second seasonal victory. The daughter of Stand Forever-Keystone Mulberry has career earnings of $47,172 and a mark of 3, 1:55.3f for owner-breeder Crosswinds Farm of Wayesville, OH. She was second by a nose in her last start at Scioto on June 5 and took her lone win this year on May 20 in a Scioto overnight. Third leg OSS action shifts to Northfield Park on July 17 for the colts of both gaits, while the fillies go postward on Aug. 14 at Northfield. Fourth road contests will take place at Scioto Downs on Aug. 28 for the fillies and Aug. 29 for the colts. The $225,000 Championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, during Scioto Down's Super Night festivities. Kimberly A. Rinker

The Battle of Lake Erie, one of Northfield Park's premier races and a Grand Circuit event, is set for its 30th edition on June 12, 2015. The Friday harness racing  feature is scheduled as the 11th of 15 races with a 6:00 p.m. first race post time. This year's Battle carries a purse of $175,000, the largest in its history. The race is the fourth leg of the evening's pick 4, which has a $10,000 guaranteed pool, and Superfecta wagering has been added. Since its inception in 1986, the Battle has drawn the very best veteran pacers the sport to compete on Northfield Park's Flying Turns. Past Battle Champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Riyadh, Gallo Blue Chip and Maltese Artist. In addition to superior racing action, Battle night will also offer guests a sumptuous buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The buffet is just $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. Guests who want to be close to the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron to visit Seti's Polish Boys food truck. Live music by The Attraxxion will be part of the apron scene from 6-10 p.m. and spin the prize wheel with WMJI's Chip Kullik from 7-9 p.m. The 2015 Battle of Lake Erie Field: #1 Clear Vision is this event's returning champion. He is one of two starters from the powerful barn of Ron Burke. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, Pennsylvania, Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and The Panhellenic Stable Corp. of Oyster Bay, New York, he has won 29 and has been on the board in 95 of 175 career races. His lifetime mark is 1:48.2 (TgDn 5/8) with a career bankroll of $2,346,732. 2015 marks Clear Vision's third Battle of Lake Erie appearance. The gelding by Western Hanover won last year and finished third in 2013. His richest victory was in the $223,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway in 2013. Burke has named Chris Page to drive this 8-1 morning-line competitor. #2 Cammikey has the highest win percentage of any starter in this year's edition. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has been victorious in 10 of 21 career races, taking a 1:49.4 (Mea 5/8) mark in 2014 and earning $252,037. The four year-old is owned by Cam Land LLC of Washington, Pennsylvania. Cammikey enters this race off three consecutive victories. He is conditioned by William Zendt. The Meadows regular and customary Cammikey driver Brian Zendt has been named to steer the 12-1 morning-line contender. #3 Luck Be Withyou sports career earnings of $738,176. He has 35 lifetime starts and 13 career victories. He is a four year-old son of Western Ideal with a lifetime mark of 1:48 (PcD 5/8). Luck Be Withyou is owned by John Craig of North York, Ontario, Canada and is trained by Chris Oaks. He has won three of his last four races and has been assigned a morning-line of 7-2. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. is making his first Battle appearance. Wrenn is Northfield Park's leading driver and won the national driving title in both 2013 and 2014. #4 Duc Dorleans will start for Canadian owners Gestion C. Levesque 2005 Inc. and Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Quebec. He has 25 career victories in 75 lifetime starts. This five year-old son of Shanghai Phil has career earnings of $487,418 and sports a 1:49 (PPK 5/8) lifetime mark. With eight firsts already in 2015, Duc Dorleans has more wins this year than any of his Battle contenders. This 12-1 morning line selection is trained by Marie Dupont and will be driven by Daniel Dube. #5 Foiled Again is attempting to become the first horse to win this event three times and is making his seventh Battle of Lake Erie appearance. He won in 2009 and 2011, finished third in 2010 and was second in 2012. Ron Burke trains the gelding son of Dragon Again for owners Burke Racing Stable of Fredricktown, PA, Weaver Bruscemi of Canonsburg, PA and JJK Stables of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Foiled Again has garnered 83 career victories and has been in the money 173 times in 228 career starts, earning a mark of 1:48 (PcD 5/8) and earnings of $6,925,031. Those career earnings rank him as the richest pacer in history. Former Northfield standout Matt Kakaley is scheduled to pilot this 4-1 third favorite. #6 Big Boy Dreams is owned by Robert Hamather of Exeter, Ontario, Canada, Rene Allard of Milford, Pennsylvania and Mary Lou Poliseno of Hartly, Delaware. The four year-old son of If I Can Dream has 30 career starts with 12 wins. He earned a 1:49.4 (PcD 5/8) lifetime mark and has career earnings of $517,342. Big Boy Dreams enters this race off two straight wins, posting that lifetime mark in his most recent performance. Rene Allard trains Big Boy Dreams and calls upon North America's leading driver, Aaron Merriman, to pilot. Merriman has won more races than any other driver over Northfield Park's Flying Turns. Big Boy Dreams ships in as a 9-2 morning-line starter. #7 State Treasurer, one of three millionaires in this Battle field, is the 5-2 slight morning-line favorite. He enters off two straight wins, the $120,000 Molson Pace at Western Fair on May 29 being is his most recent victory. State Treasurer has 75 lifetime starts and 23 career victories. The six year-old son of Real Desire brings a lifetime mark of 1:48.1 (Moh 7/8) and career earnings of $1,016,103. He is owned by Sally MacDonald of Souris, Prince Edward Island, Canada and Paul MacDonald of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is trained by Ian Moore. Hall of Famer and Buckeye native David Miller drives. #8 Night Pro, 20-1, was the runner-up in the 2014 edition of the Battle. He has a 1:49 (HoP 7/8) lifetime mark and earnings of $510,549. He is the son of Pro Bono Bests (sire of Bono Bests, 2008 Battle of Lake Erie champion). His dam, Midnight Jewel, was an accomplished race mare at Northfield Park and throughout the Midwest. This five year-old has won 30 of 51 career starts and is six of 10 this year. Night Pro won his career debut here in a $2,000 NW1 in 1:57.4 in March, 2013. Dale Decker of Temperance, Michigan owns and trains Night Pro. Greg Grismore has been given the driving assignment. Ayers Ratliff  

This Week's harness racing: Battle of Lake Erie, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; and Armbro Flight, Goodtimes, North America Cup, Fan Hanover and Roses Are Red eliminations, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week begins on Friday (June 12) at Northfield Park with the $175,000 Battle Of Lake Erie for older pacing horses. Mohawk Racetrack will also host Grand Circuit racing on Friday with two C$35,000 eliminations in the Armbro Flight for trotting mares and two C$30,000 eliminations in the Goodtimes for 3-year-old trotting colts. The Saturday (June 13) card at Mohawk features a trio of C$50,000 eliminations for the North America Cup for 3-year-old pacing colts and two C$35,000 eliminations in the Roses Are Red for pacing mares and the Fan Hanover for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Complete entries for the Northfield Park race can be found by clicking on this link. Mohawk entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial for older trotters at Scioto Downs. Bee A Magician, driven by Brian Sears, dug deep to win the Hill Memorial in 1:53.3 on Saturday night (June 6). Sent off as the favorite at odds of 1-5, the 5-year-old Kadabra mare and Sears floated out from post four as DW's NY Yank left from post five and Il Sogno Dream took the lead from post two. Bee A Magician, the lone mare in the race, ranged first-over and took the lead past the first quarter. The mare had an easy second quarter in :29.2 before Natural Herbie came first-over. Near the three-quarters, Lindy's Tru Grit moved three-wide, but Bee A Magician found another gear and opened up in the stretch. DW's NY Yank was closing at the wire, but could only get within a half-length of the victor. Il Sogno Dream was third with Obrigado fourth. Bee A Magician is trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman for co-owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. The daughter of Kadabra now has four wins in five starts this year, with her lone loss coming to Father Patrick in the Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah's Philadelphia. The victory vaulted Bee A Magician over the $3 million mark in career earnings. Suit And Tie was dressed for success in Saturday's Currier & Ives open division at The Meadows, promenading through the Lightning Lane to earn a narrow victory in the $119,565 stake for 3-year-old trotters. Suit And Tie had won only two of his previous 21 starts and was somewhat overshadowed by his stablemate, Boots N Chains, who also started in the Currier & Ives. Boots N Chains had to work hard for the lead, securing it at the three-eighths, and was pressured by the first-over Chef Lee. That set the stage for Suit And Tie's rally, as he poured through for Aaron Merriman and scored in a career-best 1:54.1. Shoot The Thrill, who was pushed four wide through the final turn, trotted wide gamely, but came up a nose short while Boots N Chains saved show. John Butenschoen trains Suit And Tie a daughter of Andover Hall for William Wiswell and M And L of Delaware. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Brian Sears - 168; 2. Yannick Gingras - 163: 3. Daniel Dube - 157; 4. Tim Tetrick - 132; 5. David Miller - 126. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 279; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 186; 3. Rene Allard - 130; 4. Jimmy Takter - 95; 5. Nifty Norman - 60. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 164.5; 2. Burke Racing - 73.55; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 65.35; 4. Allard Racing - 41.6; 5. Jeff Snyder - 40. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place at Mohawk and the Meadowlands next weekend. Mohawk will host its five stakes finals, led by the C$1 million North America Cup, on Saturday night (June 20), while the Meadowlands will card the third leg of The Graduate Series for 4-year-old open pacers and trotters on Friday (June 19). Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Clear Vision and Foiled Again will go to the gate at Northfield Park this Friday as former winners of the Battle of Lake Erie. However, they face six strong harness racing competitors attempting to garner a Battle score of their own. State Treasurer drew post 7 and has been named the 5-2 slight morning-line favorite in this year's $175,000 Battle field by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Entering Friday's race off two consecutive victories, he attracts national star and Buckeye native David Miller to drive. State Treasurer won the $120,000 Molson Pace at Ontario's Western Fair on May 29 in 1:51. He has career earnings of $1,016,103 with a 1:48.1 lifetime mark on Mohawk's 7/8's mile track. Clear Vision, last year's Battle winner, has drawn the rail in his quest to repeat in 2015. He is 8-1 on the morning line. Clear Vision has been second or third in six of 10 starts this year but has yet to visit the winner's circle. He has 29 lifetime scores and has earned $2,346,732. Foiled Again drew post 6 and is the 4-1 third choice. He will make his unprecedented seventh Battle appearance. Friday will reveal if he is successful in becoming the first horse in Northfield Park history to win the event three times. The 11 year-old son of Dragon Again (2000 Battle Champion) won in 2009 and 2011, joining Jaguar Spur (winner in 1988 and 1989), Peruvian Hanover (2002 and 2003) and Maltese Artist (2005 and 2007) as the only four horses to win the Battle of Lake Erie twice. Foiled Again became a Battle of Lake Erie champion before five of this year's competitors were even born. He has paced his last two times behind the gate in 1:51 at The Meadowlands. Both were qualifiers in the aftermath of a five-week layoff for minor throat surgery for an entrapped epiglottis. Foiled Again is trained by Ronald Burke and has garnered 83 career victories and earnings of $6,925,031, ranking him as the richest pacer in the history of harness racing. The 2015 Battle of Lake Erie field:     Horse                       Driver                        Trainer               M/L 1- Clear Vision      Chris Page              Ron Burke 8-1 2- Cammikey           Brian Zendt            William Zendt 12-1 3- Luck Be Withyou  Ronnie Wrenn Jr.    Chris Oakes 7-2 4- Duc Dorleans       Daniel Dube        Marie Dupont 15-1 5- Foiled Again          Matt Kakaley       Ron Burke 4-1 6- Big Boy Dreams     Aaron Merriman     Rene Allard 9-2 7- State Treasurer      David Miller       Ian Moore 5-2 8- Night Pro               TBA                         Dale Decker 20-1 Since its inception in 1986, the Battle of Lake Erie has drawn the very best veteran pacers in North America. Past Battle Champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Riyadh, Gallo Blue Chip and Maltese Artist. Powerful Undercard This year's Battle of Lake Erie program carries total purses of $456,500. The 15-race program boasts an impressive undercard featuring five $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for three year-old filly pacers and trotters. Superfecta wagering has been added to Friday's 11th race, the Battle feature. A $10,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 has also been added and covers races eight through 11. First race post time is 6:00 p.m. In addition to superior racing action, Battle night will also offer guests a sumptuous buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The buffet is just $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. Guests who want to be close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron to visit Seti's Polish Boys food truck. Live music by The Attraxxion will be part of the apron scene from 6-10 p.m. and spin the prize wheel with WMJI's Chip Kullik from 7-9 p.m. Ayers Ratliff  

This Saturday at the Northfield Park harness racing track you can watch and wager on the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes. Does Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah have what it takes to become the 12th winner of Thoroughbred Racing's Triple Crown? Doors open early at 10:30 AM with the first race on the Belmont undercard scheduled for 11:35 AM. Advance wagering on the Belmont will be available, and simulcast signals from over 40 other tracks will be offered for wagering. Enjoy a donut and coffee for just $1 while you handicap the day's big races. The donut and coffee special will be available beginning at 10:30 AM while supplies last. Join Bob "Railbird" Roberts and Track Announcer Ayers Ratliff at 11:00 AM for a FREE handicapping seminar outside on the grandstand apron. Bob and Ayers will give their picks and analysis on the entire Belmont card. Seminar attendees will be eligible to win a host of great door prizes. Visit some of Northeast Ohio's gourmet food trucks on the outdoor apron from 12-7 PM including The Nosh Box, Seti's Polish Boys, Get Stuffed Mobile Eatery, The Spread, The Beachcomber and The Crooked Kettle Popcorn Company. Plus, enjoy live music by Monica Robins and the Whisky Kings from 2-5 PM and Unknown Reason from 5-8 PM. ESPN Cleveland will be on site from 12-3 PM for a live broadcast and the Street Team from 4-6 PM. Stop by the WGAR booth from 3-5 PM to Scan-N-Win with Brian Fowler and visit Desiray from Cleveland's Star 102 FM with Stop, Drop and Win Plinko from 4-6 PM. Player's Club Members can enter the $2,000 Belmont Handicapping Contest beginning with race four; top prize is $1,000 cash! In addition, Northfield Park will offer prize drawings throughout the afternoon. Fans will fill out an entry blank to deposit in the contest bin located in the center of the grandstand. Names will be drawn randomly throughout the day to play Plinko for Prizes! Fans can win cash, gift cards, $100 Win Wagers on the Belmont Stakes, sporting event tickets and more including the grand prize of $5,000 cash! FREE admission and FREE parking every day at Northfield Park. Sunburned Vern Scores 50th Career Win Sunburned Vern paced home for his 50th career victory, winning the second race at Northfield Park on Tuesday (June 2). The 10 year-old veteran, with 283 career starts, also has 36 seconds and 40 third place finishes. Sunburned Vern (Stand Forever-Sunset Melody-Western Hanover) has career earnings of $165,877 with a lifetime mark of 1:54.1 at Pocono Downs at age five. The pacer's richest win was for a purse of $8,500 in a conditioned race at Pocono Downs in 2009. Sunburned Vern is a well-traveled campaigner -- his 50 wins have been spread across 15 different racing surfaces. Sunburned Vern started from post five. His competition set fractions of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:26.2. He kicked from the back in the final quarter and bested his competition by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.4. He returned $8.80 to win. Rosy Weaver of Beach City, Ohio owns and trains Sunburned Vern. Robin Miller was aboard for the winning drive. Ayers Ratliff  

Lease Ness Monster won her third straight $13,000 Fillies and Mares Open on Thursday (May 28) at Northfield Park. David Waltz of Clayton, Michigan owns the pacer with her trainer Matthew Waltz, also of Clayton. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was aboard for the winning drive. Lease Ness Monster (Lease On Life-Sheza Hot Monster-Mark Johnathan) was assigned post eight. She fired off the gate and led her competition through fractions of :27.2, :56.1, 1:24.3 and 1:53.1. There was never an anxious moment for the winner, who bested her competition by a full length. Completing the race were So Long My Love, Wild Dream, Schmatie, Prima Dragon, Get Your Armor, Cadie's Gotta Gun, Power Everywhere and Hot Mandy. Lease Ness Monster now has five wins in 13 starts this year. Thursday's victory represents her ninth career score and bolstered her bankroll to $78,368. She returned $6.80 to win. Not only did Wrenn win the featured event of the night, he scored five more times on the 15-race program. Ayers Ratliff    

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