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Ten members of the Western Region of the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series convened at Northfield Park on Wednesday evening, May 24, for a trotting contest and when it was declared official, "Tiny Tim" Miller walked off with the harness racing trophy after he reined Song in My Heart to a solid 3-1/4 length victory over Heza Rube and driver Bob "Lumberman" Troyer in a 2:01.3 clocking. Miller made short work of his triumph when he gunned the 6-year-old Cantab Hall for the lead from the four hole and took command on the first turn and in doing so they circled co-favorite Star Chip driven by Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel. As the field headed to the half way point Keep The Cash and Pat " the Write Stuff" Miller were hung on the limb from the start and looking for a spot down along the pylons. But no one wouldn't allow her any space so she was relegated to a fresh-air trip. As the field headed to the third station Song In My Heart couldn't shake off the parked-out Keep The Cash and they raced one-two as the timer flashed 1:31.1. However from there it was all Song In My Heart as the veteran trotter began to shrug off Keep The Cash and then open daylight on the field. At the wire Miller's charge was a 3-1/4-length winner over Bob Troyer's Heza Rube in a 2:01.1 clocking. And even after being parked the entire mile Keep the Cash finished third just four lengths behind the winner. Song In My Heart is owned by Bert Hershberger and trained by JD Wengerd. He returned a $4.60 win mutuel. For "Tiny Tim" it was his fourth seasonal driving victory and the 40th of his amateur driving career. Billings action continues tomorrow (May 25) with an Eastern region trot at Yonkers Raceway. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

Northfield Park has announced the dates of four Iron Maiden Late Closing Series. These series offer increased harness racing opportunities for younger horses to start their seasons. All of the late closers carry a condition of: Non-winners of One Pari-Mutuel Race (Ohio Breds N/W Two) or Non-Winners of $7,500 Lifetime (Through 5/14/2017). The series are divided into filly and mare pacers, colt and gelding pacers, filly and mare trotters, and colt and gelding trotters. However, the trotters will be combined if at least 12 horses do not pay into each event. A one-time $200 payment will be required of each entrant to be eligible. Payments are due by May 26. Conditions for the series can be found at www.northfieldpark.com. The link is located on Northfield's homepage. Ayers Ratliff  

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a harness racing $40,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee on Tuesday (May 23rd). Beginning in Race 8, the $40,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $9,442.41. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3's offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. Tuesday's post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff

Always Dreaming, whose ownership group includes several Clevelanders won this year's Kentucky Derby. The three-year-old horse was perfectly named for a northeast Ohio police officer who wagered just $24 on a superfecta box at Northfield Park and collected a whopping $75,974.50. Northfield Park is the place to be this Saturday, May 20, for the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes live from Pimlico Racecourse. Doors open early at 9:30 am and first post at Pimlico is set for 10:30 am. Early bird wagering on the Preakness will be available Saturday morning, accompanied by simulcasting action both day and night from over 40 tracks across the U.S., Canada and Australia. Don't miss out on reserving a private seating carrel and television for your viewing pleasure. Carrel seats are currently on sale at the grandstand center program stand. If you arrive early on Preakness Day, join us for a special morning snack of a donut and coffee. The $1.00 special begins at 9:30 am and will be served while supplies last. Be sure to join Bob "Railbird" Roberts and track announcer Ayers Ratliff for a Pimlico Racecourse handicapping seminar which begins at 11:00 am. The seminar is FREE and will offer a host of door prizes for attendees. Visit Northeast Ohio's finest food trucks outside on the trackside apron to satisfy your hunger. The trucks 216 Bistro, Beachcomber, Crooked Kettle Popcorn, Firehouse Pizza Truck, and Seti's Polish Boys will be on-site from 12-7 pm offering delicious gourmet food items while you listen to live music by The Benjaminz (1:30-3:30 PM), The Attraxxion (4-6 PM), and Unknown Reason (7-10 PM). Plus, stop by and play games at tables sponsored by ESPN Cleveland, WZAK and WMJI. Players Club members can enter the FREE $2,000 Pimlico Handicapping Contest beginning with race four. The top prize is $1,000 cash! If you're not a Players Club member, simply join that day to play instantly. Northfield Park will also offer prize drawings throughout the day. Just fill out the entry blank that you receive when you enter and deposit it in the contest bin located in the center of the grandstand. Winners will be drawn randomly throughout the day. Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes will be given away. After the Preakness Party, stick around for a night of live racing with a first race post time of 6 PM. Free admission and FREE parking every day at Northfield Park.   Watch and Wager at Northfield Park!   Ayers Ratliff  

A harness racing $4,370.70 Carryover sparks $15,000 guaranteed Pick-5 Total Pool Saturday at Northfield Park. Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $15,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Saturday (May 13th). Beginning in Race 3, the $15,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $4,370.70. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3's offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. Saturday's post time is 6:00 p.m.

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $50,000 20¢ Super High Five total pool guarantee to Saturday's (May 6th) harness racing program. Offered in Race 13, the $30,000 20¢ Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $15,654.14. Northfield's 20¢ Super High Five offers a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Saturday's post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayres Ratliff  

Harness racing driver Ryan Stahl scored the 4,000th win of his career aboard This Baby Rocks in Northfield Park's sixth race on Monday (March 20) by firing off the gate and fending off all challengers. This Baby Rocks maintained a nose advantage over his closest rival at the wire, successfully pacing his mile in 1:54.2. Stahl's richest win came in a $100,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final and he has won six Sire Stakes Finals. The native of Republic, Ohio rates the most exciting horse he has ever driven as being Hypnotic Blue Chip, in the 2011 Battle of Lake Erie. "It was an honor to drive a world-class horse like him," said Stahl. The 39-year-old Stahl remembers his first win as being aboard a trotting filly named Lojos Sharp Baby, at the Oak Harbor (Ohio) Fairgrounds. "That win came about a week after I got my license," Stahl recalled. With 4,000 to choose from, Stahl says that his most memorable win came aboard Podges Lady, in the 2012 edition of the Courageous Lady. "It is a signature race here at Northfield and it really meant a lot," offered Stahl. Ryan started driving at the age of 14 and appreciates his success so far; accomplishing the 4,000-win milestone and having driven the winners of nearly $15.5 million. Stahl has been married for almost two years to Nichole. The couple has two children, a son Owen, and daughter Sonny. The family resides on an 80-acre farm in Republic, Ohio and trains a stable of 12 horses. "Nichole is simply the best and does so much to keep our family, horses and farm going," explained Stahl. "I am only able to come to the track and drive on a nightly basis because of what she does to manage everything with our stable and family."   $9,381.52 Carryover Sparks $40,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Total Pool Tuesday at Northfield Park Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $40,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee on Tuesday (March 21st).  Beginning in Race 8, the $40,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $9,381.52.  This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.    Tuesday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff  

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is proud to announce the guest line up for their Thursday, March 16th show at 1PM. The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono's racing season is set to begin on Tuesday, March 21st. Mike and Mike will preview their race meet with Race Secretary Rick Kane, Racing Marketing Manager Jennifer Starr, and Track Announcer Jim Beviglia. Pocono's original opening day of March 18th had to be pushed back due to Winter Storm Stella. USTA Director and Northville Down's Operations Manager Mike Carlo will join the program to talk about the state of affairs in Michigan. Carlo took over as a Director of USTA District 2 when Ken Marshall passed away late last year.   Pompano Park Director of Racing Operations Gabe Prewitt will come on the show to continue the weekly Pompano Park segment. Pompano went over the $1 million mark in handle on Sunday, a feat the track has only accomplished a few times in it's storied history. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live on their website at www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $30,000 20¢ Super High Five total pool guarantee to Saturday's (February 11th) harness racing program. Offered in Race 13, the $30,000 20¢ Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $8,965.66. Northfield's 20¢ Super High Five offers a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Saturday's post time is 6:00 p.m.

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $25,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Wednesday (February 8th). Beginning in Race 3, the $25,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $5,304.95. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3's offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. Wednesday's post time is 6:00 p.m.

Longshot harness racing bettors were ecstatic while the horses crossed the finish of Northfield Park's 10th race on Tuesday (January 17) when #8 Arrow rocketed from the back to win at odds of 60-1. Growth Opportunities, LLC of North Canton, Ohio owns the five year-old pacer. Dean Santantonio trains Arrow and called upon Sam Schillaci for the winning drive. Tuesday's triumph was Arrow's first win this year in three starts and represents his eighth lifetime score. Arrow was followed across the wire by #6 Village Jackson (2-1), #2 Battle Call (2-1) and #4 Moreland Flash (50-1). Arrow returned $123.00 to win; the 8-6 Exacta paid $502.00; the 8-6-2 Trifecta returned $1,831.60; and the 8-6-2-4 20¢ Superfecta paid $695.65. Arrow's win came as the third leg of the evening's $1 Pick 4 which returned a whopping $13,854.50. Although his horse was scratched from race 10 and did not compete against the evening's richest winner, driver Jason Merriman made six trips to the winner's circle on Tuesday's 15-race program. Jason 's triumphs were with Lion Image ($17.20) in race one, Talladega Hanover ($5.80) in race three, Urlacker ($18.80) in race five, Wheres The Clicker ($6.60) in race seven, High Blue ($10.60) in race nine and Albert A' Scootin ($12.20) in race 13. Merriman won his first race in 2003, a $4,900 condition event in 1:59.3, at Pompano Park aboard I C U Talkin. Since breaking his maiden, Jason has scored 2,236 more times with purse earnings approaching $11 million. Ayers Ratlif

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $25,000 Super High Five total pool guarantee on Monday harness racing program (January 16th). Offered in Race 13, the $25,000 Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $5,847.88. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Monday's post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratlif

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $50,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Saturday (January 14th). Beginning in Race 3, the $50,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $15,549.31. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3's offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. Saturday's post time is 6:00 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Harness racing longshot players were celebrating after the horses crossed the finish of Northfield Park's seventh race on Tuesday (January 10) when #6 Son Ofa Spur swooped from the back to win at odds of 49-1. Colt N Filly Stable of Medina, Ohio owns the 12 year-old trotter. Kurt Sugg trains Son Ofa Spur and was aboard for the winning drive. Tuesday's triumph was Son Ofa Spur's first win this year in two starts and represents his 40th lifetime score. Son Ofa Spur was followed across the wire by #1 Bad Cantab (9-5), #2 Wind Surfer (1-1) and #5 Naughty Not Nice (7-1). Son Ofa Spur returned $100.40 to win; the 6-1 Exacta paid $411.60; the 6-1-2 Trifecta returned $1,784.00; and the 6-1-2-5 20¢ Superfecta paid $407.70. Ayers Ratlif

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. again topped the local driving ranks in 2016, winning 612 races over the Flying Turns. His nearest competitor, Aaron Merriman, drove 533 winners. Kurt Sugg (305), Jason Merriman (291) and Ryan Stahl (275) completed the top five reinsmen. Wrenn, 30, resides in Stow, Ohio and now has five driving titles under his belt. He won the dash titles at Northfield Park in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He also won the Northville Downs title in 2013. Ronnie's 2016 total victory tally was 690, which ranked him second among all drivers in North America. Only Aaron Merriman (891) had more total wins in 2016 than Wrenn. Wrenn began driving in 2008 and has since won 3,658 races and purses in excess of $19 million. Wrenn's fasted win ever came in the 2015 edition of the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs aboard Doo Wop Hanover in 1:49.2. His richest was with Whataboy in last year's $250,000 Ohio Sires Stake Final for sophomore colt pacers at Northfield Park in 1:51.3. Northfield Park's 2016 leading trainer Brian Loney won 30 more races than any other local conditioner. He garnered 136 victories throughout last year. Michael Dowdall finished second with 106 wins. Sam Schillaci (105), Jessica Millner (85) and Sue Stockwell (69) rounded out the top five Northfield Park trainers for 2016. Brian, originally from Hager Hill, Kentucky, now lives in Northfield, Ohio. He and wife Harla Renae have three children: 16 year-old son Gannun, 12 year-old son Payton and seven year-old daughter Polly. Loney, 38, scored his first training win with the gelding pacer Stealth Fighter at Fairmount Park in 1996. To date, he has 1,476 career victories and purse earnings over $4 million. The 2016 Northfield title is the fifth local dash victory for Brian. He has also won titles at Bluegrass Downs, Fairmount Park, The Red Mile and Thunder Ridge. Wrenn and Loney will each be presented with a plaque and dining gift certificate to the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in a winner's circle ceremony later in January. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Harrisburg, PA --- Nominations for the 2016 Caretaker of the Year must be received or postmarked by Monday (Jan. 9). The award, in its second year of sponsorship by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association, recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport -- the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis. Any caretaker working for any stable in North America is eligible. All that is needed to nominate is a letter or e-mail, 200 words minimum, from an individual or group detailing the skills and special qualities of the caretaker. Initially titled Groom of the Year Award when first presented in 1982, the honor was instituted as a result of a suggestion made by Delvin Miller at the annual Harness Tracks of America meeting when he received HTA's Stanley F. Bergstein Messenger Award. Previously sponsored annually by HTA and Hanover Shoe Farms, the tradition lapsed in 2014 but was re-established in 2015 by HRRNP and USHWA. The HRRNP Caretaker of the Year will receive a cash prize of $500, a trophy, and transportation costs to the USHWA Dan Patch Awards Banquet in Las Vegas, on Feb. 26, where he or she will be recognized for the achievement. The winner also will enjoy a two-night stay at the Planet Hollywood, host hotel for the USHWA activities, as well as two complimentary dinner tickets. "The United States Harness Writers Association is proud to join with Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in presenting this prestigious honor," said USHWA President Tim Bojarski. "The caretakers of our sport and the role they play in the success of our animals are many times sorely overlooked. This award gives everyone a way to honor those who work in your stable so they can be recognized by everyone else in our industry for what they do." The winner will be chosen by a seven-person selection committee comprised of USHWA members, all of whom are former caretakers: Tim Bojarski (chair), Tom Charters, Moira Fanning, Dean Hoffman, Rob Pennington, Kim Rinker and Shawn Wiles. All nomination letters and e-mails must be received and/or postmarked by Jan. 9 and sent to Chair Bojarski at a159star@gmail.com or mailed to Tim Bojarski, 7523 Maple Road, Akron, NY 14001. From the U.S. Harness Writers Association/Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park

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