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Northfield Park's leading driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., continued his winning ways on Saturday (June 16) winning eight times on the 16-race program. Ronnie's triumphs were with World Of Gaming ($3.00) in race two, Lady Gallipolis ($5.20) in race three, Blues Queen ($2.60) in race four, Southwind Lea ($3.80) in race six, Stirling Euphoria ($4.20) in race 10, Feelin Red Hot ($7.60) in race 11, Stucklikeglue ($2.20) in race 12 and Derek Delight ($3.00) in race 14. Wrenn won his first race in 2008, a $2,800 Billings event at the Hillsdale Fair in Michigan, aboard Artful Power. Since breaking his maiden, Ronnie has scored over 4,500 more times with purse earnings approaching $27 million. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Cams Valentino crossed the finish line faster than any other four year-old pacing gelding on a half-mile track in the history of harness racing when he won the $14,500 Open II in 1:49 on Monday (June 11). The clocking also tied the all-age track on Northfield Park's half-mile oval. The former four year-old gelding world record was held by Wiggle It Jiggleit (2016, Nfld, Montrell Teague) and the Northfield record was solely held by Scott Rocks (6, 1:49, Aaron Merriman). Arold, Drury, Kohut LLC owns Cams Valentino. Kent Sherman is his conditioner and Aaron Merriman was in the sulky for the winning drive. Cams Valentino (Art Official-Cam's Valentine-Cam Fella) started from post one. He left from the gate and led the entire mile through times of :27, :54.2, 1:21.2 and 1:49, dominating his competition by 11 ½-lengths. Cams Valentino now has five wins in 16 starts this year. Monday's victory represents his 12th career score and bolstered his bankroll to $88,634. He was heavily favored and returned $2.20 to win. by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park $50,000 Ohio Sire Stake at Northfield When Tyler Smith steered Spunky Bottom Girl to victory in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore trotting fillies on Monday night, June 11 at Northfield Park, it brought to fruition a long history of genetic luck for owner/breeder Ed Teefey.   “I bought the granddam of this filly, Princess Pan, 2, 2:01.1M  ($14,205) some ten years ago at the Meadowlands Sale,” said Teffey, a retired banker, harness announcer and auctioneer from Mount Sterling, IL.    “She was a daughter of Supergill who was in foal to Classic Photo. I was standing next to trainer Tony Alagna, who told me he had bid on her yearling the year before for $70,000.  I was just standing there and made one bid of $5,700 and she, and her unborn foal, were mine.”   The following year, Teefey christened Princess Pan’s eleventh foal, a filly, Princess Addie, named after his first granddaughter.  Princess Addie is a full sister to the $384,105-winning mare Firstclassprincess 6, 1:53; and a half-sister to the gelding Peaceful Prince (by Lindy Lane) 7, 1:56.2f ($228,909), among others.   “She really didn’t have a lot of talent and then she broke a sesamoid at three,” Teefey recalled. “But she comes from the family of Illinois champion Lady Ann Reed, who was a prolific mare some four decades ago. So, on the advice of Tony (Alagna) and Myron (Bell), I bred her to My MVP, who stands here in Ohio (at Sugar Valley Farm) in Delaware.”   The resulting foal was Spunky Bottom Girl, who, Teefey noted, is named after a bluegrass band in Teefey’s hometown.   “We raced her ten times last year as a 2-year-old in Illinois,” Teefey explained. “She did okay for us (earning $15,225).  Trainer Mike Brink had her then and I kind of thought she’d step up a bit this year and mature, and so we decided to race her mainly in Ohio.  Two friends—Dean Beachy and Carl Becker—suggested I leave her with (trainer) Brent Davis in Zanesville, so that’s what we did.”   Spunky Bottom Girl left the gate at 7-1 odds and sat quietly mid-pack, while 3-2 Sesame (Aaron Merriman) and 20-1 Alana’s Ways (Josh Sutton) slugged it out, taking the field of seven to a :28 first panel clocking. Around the final turn Spunky Bottom Girl moved three-wide, with 4-5 favorite Impinktoo (Kayne Kauffman) four-wide, with the former drawing off to win by two lengths in a career best 1:55.4.  Impinktoo held on for second, while Sesame nailed down show honors.   The win upped Spunky Bottom Girl’s career earnings to $57,215 and was her first win of her 3-year-old career. She now has four wins in 17 career starts, along with four second-place finishes.   In the second $50,000 OSS division, rivals California Love (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Non Smoker (Danny Noble) hit the finish line together, in a 1:56.2 dead-heat for the win.    Californian Love, a 17-1 shot trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver and Steve Zeehandelar, Marion Beachy and Moger-Delia Racing, is a Storming Norman lass bred by Beachy who has eight wins to her credit in 20 starts, with $96,752 in career earnings.  She was a solid fourth to Red Storm in Leg 1 of this series at Miami Valley on May 4.   Non Smoker captured her OSS Leg 1 division at Miami Valley on May 4 in 1:54 for owner Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH.  Trained by Noble, the grey daughter by My MVP has a career bankroll of $76,601 from five wins in 12 starts.    Leaving the gate at 7-2, Non Smoker repelled challenges by 1-2 Looking For Zelda (Tony Hall) and 9-2 Red Storm (Aaron Merriman), before getting caught by California Love at the wire.  Red Storm held on for third, three-quarters of a length behind the two victresses.   by Kim RInker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

This Saturday at Northfield Park you can watch and wager on the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes. Does Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify have what it takes to become the 13th winner of Thoroughbred Racing's Triple Crown? Doors open 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. Upon entering, guests (18 and older) will receive a FREE Malley's Chocolate Bar beginning at 10:30 am (while supplies last)! Each bar contains a delicious Malley's Chocolate bar and a ticket redeemable for cash or match play. Every bar is a winner and prizes range from $2- 1,000. 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 11:30 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 1-7 PM including Crooked Kettle Popcorn, Slyman's, Smash Time and Super Hero Food Truck. Plus, enjoy live music by Victory Highway from 2-5 PM and Unknown Reason from 6-10 PM. Guests 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 pick a card to reveal their prize! Fans can win cash, gift cards, $100 Win Wagers on the Belmont Stakes, sporting event tickets and more including the grand prize of $2,500 cash! After the Belmont Party, stick around for a night of live racing with a first race post time of 6 PM while enjoying the great view and buffet from our Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant. The buffet price is $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. FREE admission and FREE parking every day at Northfield Park. by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Bit Of A Legend N lived up to his name on Saturday night when he won the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park. The win was the nine year-old's 44th and fastest win of his harness racing career. Bit Of A Legend N (Bettor's Delight - Soky's Legend - Sokys Atom) is owned by Vonknoblaunch Stable LLC of Hampton Bays, New York. He is trained by Peter Tritton and Jordan Stratton had the winning drive. As the gate pulled away from the Battle field, race favorite Rockin Ron and Missile J both tried for the lead, with Rockin Ron prevailing early and leading through fractions of :27, :54.4, and 1:21.4. Bit Of A Legend N pulled first-over approaching the half and continued on the outside the remainder of the mile, eventually overtaking Rockin Ron in the stretch and stopping the timer at 1:49.4. "He went a huge mile tonight," said Stratton. "I was pretty upset with him last week (finishing 5th in the $115,000 Camluck Classic at Western Fair), but Peter (Tritton) said he had him ready and boy was he right." Saturday's win increases Bit Of A Legend N's bankroll to $2,241,131. He returned $7.80 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Trainer Brian Brown was all smiles Saturday night in the Northfield Park winner's circle and with good reason. The 2017 Dan Patch Trainer of the Year did nothing less than harness every winner of the night's three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. It was the second round of action in the four-leg series. "It's definitely a good night," Brown admitted. "It seems that lately we were winning all the smaller races and missing in the big ones, so it's definitely a good feeling to have a night like this." Brown's dominance began with the first OSS division, when Prsntpretynperfect (5-2) battled on the outside of undefeated stablemate Queen Me Again (5-2) to prevail in the final yards by a quarter length in a career best 1:52.4. Sweetnfamous (6-1) was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. The daughter of Big Bad John took the overland route to notch her seventh career win in nine starts for owners Jenny Brown, Richard Lombardo and Marlene Taylor. "She went a really big trip tonight and Brian (trainer Brown) told me he had a lot of confidence in her after her strong qualifier," said winning driver Jordan Stratton. Bred by Carl Howard, Prsntpretynperfect upped her career earnings to $145,166. In the second OSS division, 9-2 Smiley Dragon exploded down the backstretch, making a three-wide move for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., that saw her draw off impressively in 1:52.4, by 3½ lengths. Even-money favorite Bad Girls Rule (Dan Noble) was second, with 9-5 Pet Walker (Aaron Merriman) nabbing show honors. Smiley Dragon, a Dragon Again filly, was bred and is owned by Emerald Highland's Farm. Unraced at two, she notched her first win in four tries with the OSS triumph and now has $26,780 in her lifetime bank account. McPansy, a McArdle daughter, gave Brown his third victress in the final OSS division, stopping the timer in 1:52.3 for the one mile test. The 9-5 favorite was out from the half to the wire for driver Chris Page en route to her third win in four starts. Bred and owned by Emerald Highland's Farm, McPansy pushed her career earnings to $44,500. Believe In Waco, at 7-5, was second for Aaron Merriman, 1¾ lengths behind the winner, while 24-1 longshot Princess Rougarou was third with Ryan Stahl aboard. Second leg action of the Ohio Sires Stakes continue for 3-year-olds on June 9 at Scioto Downs and June 11 at Northfield Park by Kimberly A. Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies will complement the $200,000 Battle Of Lake Erie program on Saturday night, June 2 at Northfield Park. The three OSS events-carded as races 7, 10 and 12 of the 16 races offered at the "Home of the Flying Turns" -sees 2017 Dan Patch Trainer of the Year Brian Brown sending out a six-pack of sophomore distaffs, including OSS Leg 1 winners Queen Me Again and McPansy, who are both owned by Emerald Highlands Farm. The undefeated Queen Me Again, who is three for three lifetime, captured her first OSS test on May 4 at Miami Valley in come-from-behind fashion with Trace Tetrick at the lines in a career best 1:53. Unraced at two, Queen Me Again is a Dragon Again filly, out of the Western Hanover mare Queen Me p, 3, 1:54.2F ($110,663) and is a half-sister to the Sportswriter gelding King Of Sports p, 2, 1:55.2F ($39,849). From her three career triumphs, this homebred has earnings of $28,000. She'll leave from the rail with Matt Kakaley at the lines in the first OSS division (Race 7). Brown will also harness Prsntpretynperfect in this same division. The Big Bad John lass swept all four OSS legs at two, earning $125,166 for the partnership of Jenny Brown, Richard Lombardo and Marlene Taylor, en route to winning six of seven starts in 2017. Jordon Stratton drives from post three. McPansy got a perfect steer from Trace Tetrick in her first OSS test to score in 1:51.3, and has two wins and a second in three career starts, with $24,500 in earnings. Also unraced at two, this homebred daughter by McArdle, out of The Panderosa mare Pantidepressant has the fastest clocking of any filly in these three divisions. She's been assigned post seven in the third OSS division (Race 12). Brown also bridles up Grant Me This from post one with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., driving in this same division. The Pet Rock filly is owned by Jenny Brown, J.E. Ridder and Hutchison Hms LLC, and is looking for her first win of 2018 in four starts. Finally, in the second division (Race 10), two homebred fillies owned by Emerald Highlands Farms, Smiley Dragon and McVenus, will carry the Brown Stable colors postward from post four with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines. Smiley Dragon, who was third in her first OSS test at Miami Valley, is a daughter of Dragon Again, out of the unraced Rocknroll Hanover mare Smiley Rocks. She will be trying for her first career victory in Leg 2. McVenus, a McArdle lass out of the Run The Table mare Venus Killean P, 3, Q1:56.0S ($103,718) leaves from post six with Chris Page at the helm. A winner of two conditioned races at Hoosier Park earlier in the season, McVenus is a half-sister to Keystone Velocity (Western Hanover) p, 9, 1:47.3F ($1,644,413); Venus Delight (Bettor's Delight) p, 5, 1:49.4s ($1,146,981); Keystone Vanyla (Western Hanover) p, 7, 1:54.1 ($104,696); Keystone Kismet (Western Hanover) p, 4, 1:54.2F ($67,916); and Venus Rocks (Rocknroll Hanover) p, 3, 1:54s ($31,040). These two will have to contend with Leg 1 winners Bad Girls Rule (Dan Noble-Post 1) and Pet Walker (Aaron Merriman-Post 2). Bad Girls Rule is a World Of Rocknroll $210,406-earning filly owned by the 3rd Floor Stables and was last year's winner of the $250,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Filly Championship. She's amassed $210,406 lifetime with five triumphs in 14 starts for trainer Kimberly Dailey. Pet Walker scored a wire-to-wire 1:52 victory in Leg 1 of this series. The Pet Rock distaff was unraced at two and has two wins and a third in five starts, with $25,500 in career earnings. She's conditioned by Gregory Luther for Black Magic Racing. Other top contenders include the Ron Burke-trained Baron Remy (Chris Page-Post 7, Division 1), a Yankee Cruiser daughter who finished second to McPansy in Leg 1. Owned by Burke Racing, Silva, Purnel & Libby, L. Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, Baron Remy has $134,189 in her bank account from four wins, two seconds and two thirds in ten lifetime starts. As well, Big Bad Goldie-who was second in Leg 1 to Bad Girls Rule-looks poised for another solid effort in the second division (Matt Kakaley-Post 2). This Big Bad John daughter has earned $71,541 for David Wills, Richard Coad and Douglas Gregory with two wins, one second and four thirds in 15 tries. Post time at Northfield is 6 pm Saturday night, with the $200,000 Battle Of Lake Erie set as Race 11, headed by the Ron Burke-conditioned Rockin Ron (Matt Kakaley-Post 2) in the field of seven. by Kimbery Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Fund      

This Week: Battle of Lake Erie, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; and Graduate Series second leg and Somebeachsomewhere, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action will take place on Saturday (June 2) at two venues. Northfield Park will host the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie for open pacers and Woodbine Mohawk Park will feature three C$60,000 divisions in the Somebeachsomewhere for 3-year-old pacing colts, a pair of C$63,500 second leg divisions in the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and a single C$95,250 race in the second leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters. 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: The polls have closed and it's officially Trump Nation. The colt by that very same name proved quite the best Saturday night (May 26), winning Yonkers Raceway's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace. The 28th Rooney saw six 3-year-old colts and two geldings start, but seven ended up chasing in vain. Trump Nation captured the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace. From post position four, Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett, $6.80) was forwardly-placed, as was Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller). The latter made the first lead, before the former played leapfrog. Trump Nation seized the day (night?) just after a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Trump Nation, who won the second of last week's two elimination races, then rated a :29 next subsection (:56.3 half), which would serve him well. Along came 3-5 favorite Springsteen (Brian Sears), first-up from fifth, and the race was underway in earnest. Kwik Talkin (George Brennan) slipped out to race second-over, but gapped badly. Meanwhile, the leader and his 'prompter' rolled through a :26.4 third quarter (1:23.2), with the people's preference packing it in readily. Trump Nation owned a 1-3/4 length lead in and out of the final turn. Babes Dig Me edged from the pocket, while Minnie Vinnie had room after sitting third. However, Trump Nation was up to the challenge, defeating Minnie Vinnie by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.3 -- a life-best by a good number. Babes Dig Me was clearly third, with 124-1 rank outsider Major Authority (Mark MacDonald) and Decoy (Dave Miller) rounding out the payees. Kwik Talkin, Springsteen and Jimtastic (Eric Goodell) completed the order. For second choice Trump Nation, a statebred son of Betterthancheddar co-owned by Evan Katz and Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Chris Oakes, it was his third win in four seasonal starts. "I couldn't have asked for the race to work out any better," Bartlett said. "I was able to back down the half and pick it up when Springsteen came at me. I thought the two outside horses (Babes Dig Me and Decoy) had to leave, and when I saw Brett (Miller, Babes Dig Me), I let him go and retook. "I have to say that (former trainer) Andrew (Harris) really did the right thing with him last season, wanting to race him from off the pace. He deserves a lot of credit." As does the chauffeur, who won his first Rooney Pace in his 11th try. "It took me long enough," Bartlett said. Complete recaps of all the weekend races, including the Camluck Classic at The Raceway at Western Fair District and a trio of $150,000 invitational events at Harrah's Philadelphia, are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, 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 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 209; 2. Yannick Gingras - 149; 3. Jason Bartlett - 139; 4. Jordan Stratton - 134; 5. Daniel Dube - 75. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 158; 2. Peter Tritton - 102; 3. Jim King Jr. - 99; 4. Richard Banca - 75; 5. Rene Allard - 70. Owners: 1. Vonknoblauch Stable - 87; 2. Richard Poillucci - 44; 3t. Burke Racing Stable - 40.3; 3t. Weaver Bruscemi - 40.3; 5. Jo Ann Looney-King - 40. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at The Meadows, Scioto Downs, Woodbine Mohawk Park, and Tioga Downs. The Meadows will card the Currier & Ives for 3-year-old trotters of both sexes, Scioto will host the Charlie Hill for open trotters, Mohawk will feature five stakes eliminations, led by the North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers, and Tioga Downs will offer the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

Northfield, OH -- Northfield Park regular Greg Grismore scored his 7,000th career victory aboard Nehemiah on Tuesday (May 29) night. Grismore and Nehemiah didn't get the easiest of journeys to score his milestone victory. Nehemiah was parked every step of the mile and had to sustain a three-wide bid around Lucky Match (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) before clearing at the top of the stretch and fending off late pressure from Dundee Dan (Wes Hershberger). Nehemiah ($17.00) is owned by Ohioans Rosy Weaver (Beach City) & Curtis Grismore (Northfield). Weaver also trained the winner. After the race Grismore said, "It's a huge thrill doing it on my son's horse. It was probably the biggest thrill of my career." Grismore grew up in Pandora, Ohio, and started in the business as a young teenager working with his father, Mark. He has driven at many racetracks throughout his illustrious career including stints at tracks on the East Coast. Grismore scored his first driving victory in 1987 and to date, 2007 was his winningest season with just over $5 million in earnings. He is second in all-time victories at Northfield Park, behind only Aaron Merriman. Grismore's biggest scores include victories in the Cleveland Classic (Won The West, 2007) and the Jugette (Good News Lady, 2008). By Michael Carter, for Northfield Park

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Godiva Seelster crossed the finish line faster than any other mare in the history of harness racing on a half-mile track when she won the $17,000 F&M Open Handicap in 1:50 on Saturday (May 26). The former 1:50.1 all-age record for distaff pacers on a half-mile oval was held in a tie by Call Me Queen Be (3, 2016, Dela, Scott Zeron) and Feelin Red Hot (5, 2018 Nfld, Ryan Stahl). Paul and Patricia O'Neil of Saratoga Springs, New York own Godiva Seelster. Jessica Roegner is her conditioner and Greg Grismore was in the sulky for the winning drive. Godiva Seelster (Camluck-Go Jme Go-Jate Lobel) started from post four. She left from the gate and led the entire mile through times of :26.2, :55.2, 1:22.1 and 1:50, besting her competition by two ¾-lengths. Godiva Seelster now has seven wins in 16 starts this year. Saturday's victory represents her 54th career score and bolstered her bankroll to $524,342. She returned $5.80 to win. by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield Park is the place to be this Saturday, May 19, for the 143rd 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 track announcer Ayers Ratliff and Michael Carter for a FREE Pimlico handicapping seminar which begins at 11:00 AM. Visit Northeast Ohio's finest food trucks outside on the trackside apron to satisfy your hunger. The trucks 216 Bistro, Crooked Kettle Popcorn, Slyman's Food Truck and Smash Time will be on-site from 2 - 7 PM offering delicious gourmet food items while you listen to live music by The Benjaminz (3 - 5 PM) and Unknown Reason (6 - 10 PM). There is a FREE $2,000 Pimlico Handicapping Contest beginning with race four with a top prize of $1,000 cash! 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 including a grand prize of $2,500 cash! All guests (18 and older) will receive a FREE Malley's Chocolate Crunch Bar beginning at 9:30 am (while supplies last)! Each bar contains a delicious Malley's Chocolate Crunch bar and a ticket redeemable for cash or match play. Every bar is a winner and prizes range from $2- 1,000. After the Preakness Party, stick around for a night of live racing with a first race post time of 6 PM while enjoying the great view and buffet from our Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant. The buffet price is $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. Free admission and FREE parking every day at Northfield Park. Ayers Ratliff

Haness racing longshot players were celebrating after the horses crossed the finish of Northfield Park's fourth race on Wednesday (May 9) when #8 Royal Player won at odds of nearly 180-1. Ray Gingrich of Garrettsville, Ohio owns the six year-old pacer. Luke Ebersole trains Royal Player and was aboard for the winning drive. Wednesday's triumph was a maiden breaking score in Royal Player's fifth lifetime start. Royal Player was followed across the wire by #3 Smell That Rock (23-1), #4 Dundee Dan (71-1) and #7 Diggity Dog (8-1). Royal Player returned $361.40 to win; the 8-4 Exacta paid $13,142.20 for a $1 ticket; the 8-4-3 Trifecta returned $14,638.00 for a $1 ticket; and the 8-4-ALL-ALL 20¢ Superfecta paid $1,062.76.  $4,417.96 Carryover Sparks Guaranteed $15,000 Pick-5 Total Pool Saturday at Northfield Park                          Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $15,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to its card on Saturday (May 12).  Beginning in Race 3, the $15,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $4,417.96.  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. Ayers Ratliff

Feelin Red Hot crossed the finish line faster than any other five year-old-and-up pacing mare on a half-mile track in the history of harness racing when she won the $16,500 F&M Open Handicap in 1:50.1 on Saturday (May 5) at Northfield Park. In fact, the clocking tied the all-age record for distaff pacers on a half-mile oval which was held by Call Me Queen Be (3, 2016, Dela, Scott Zeron). The former five and-up world record was held by Mach It Par (6, 2016, YR, Brian Sears) and the Northfield record was held in a tie by Beyonces Rockin (5, 1:51, Ryan Stahl) and Olivia V (6, 1:51, Aaron Merriman). The partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC own Feelin Red Hot. Ron Burke is her conditioner and Ryan Stahl was in the sulky for the winning drive. Feelin Red Hot (Feelin Friskie-Red Rapid Girl-Red River Hanover) started from post five. She left from the gate and led the entire mile through times of :26.4, :55, 1:22.2 and 1:50.1, besting her competition by three lengths. Feelin Red Hot now has five wins in 12 starts this year. Saturday's victory represents her ninth career score and bolstered her bankroll to $119,739. She was heavily favored and returned $3.20 to win. Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park and the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) are pleased to announce that they have reached an amicable resolution regarding their legal disputes, and both sides have made meaningful compromises in order to find common ground for a working relationship going forward. The beneficiary of this agreement is the horse racing industry in that Northfield Park will continue its commitment to offer significant racing opportunities for horsemen along with continuing to offer the betting public its first class on-track entertainment experience and simulcasting broadcast to locations around the globe. The OHHA and Northfield look forward to working together now and in the future and with this chapter behind them they are optimistic about a new era of mutual cooperation, respect and a positive working relationship. Specifically, the OHHA and Northfield Park have agreed to mutually work together to make a number of capital improvements to the backstretch including the paddock, barns and drivers room. They have agreed on increasing purses, and the institution of paying drivers fees as well. And, they have agreed to work together in 2018 to provide even more racing opportunities regarding the Ohio Fair Championship and Stallion Series Championship, as part of Northfield Park and the OHHA's agreement to chart a new and exciting course for their mutual success. Northfield Park Contact   Brent Reitz VP & General Manager (330) 467-4101  breitz@northfieldpark.com   Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association R. Kevin Greenfield   President (419) 346-0609  kgreenfield@gkflaw.com   Ayers Ratliff Director of Racing Communications        

In a memo issued January 3rd The management of Northfield Park a harness racing track outside of Cleveland Ohio has started to ask horsemen to leave the grounds. At issue is a dispute over the tracks simulcast signal. The Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association alleges that Northfield Park has sent its signal to 20 unapproved locations and has taken Northfield Park to court over the issue. Under terms of a court settlement Northfield Park will stop sending its simulcast signal to the unapproved locations but states that doing so will result in a loss of 1 million dollars in revenue annually.  Due to this loss in revenue Northfield Park says it must implement new backstretch operational procedures. Included in these changes is the reduction of the barn area with the first set of trainers being asked to be off the grounds by January 14th. Also an support staff that works for trainers being asked to leave the grounds that live in the dorms at the track must also vacated the grounds. Other changes being made are the closing of the equine swimming pool and the reduction of training and jogging hours on the main and secondary training tracks from 8am to 1pm  Monday thru Saturday with no jogging or training being allowed on Sundays. Northfield Park also states other changes may be made as seen necessary to implement the changes in backstretch operations. In the memo Northfield Park asks any horsemen with questions about the changes to refer them to the OHHA.  When asked for a comment on this story Northfield Park asked for any questions to referred to their attorneys. Raymond K. Lance

The money was spread around at Northfield Park Tuesday night when a triple dead-heat for show (third place) in the second race made for three harness racing Trifecta and six Superfecta payoffs. The racing oddity, believed to be a first in Northfield Park history, came about when the No. 2 horse, Ball Don't Lie, tired in deep stretch and was caught on the wire by not only No. 4 Lexington Avenue, but also by No. 6 Admiral Time. Northfield Park's judges studied the photo-finish for more than five minutes before declaring the rare triple tie. The winner and runner-up placings were clear as CJ's Real Deal, was three-quarters of a length in front of I Like It Hot, who held a similar margin on the dead-heated trio. The $2 Trifecta payoffs were $79.80, $138.40 and $287.80, while the six Superfecta payoffs ranged from $11.62 to $118.44, all for a 20 cent wager.  

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