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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.  

Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, employed plenty of action on Sunday, October 15 when the granddaddy of all amateur racing organizations had contests at two different racetracks, one in the USA at Northfield Park in greater Cleveland, Ohio and the other in Canada at Flamboro Downs in Dundas, Ont. "Tiny Tim" Miller won the Midwest region Northfield trot with Song In My Heart while "Gentle Ben" Hollingsworth copped the Canadian event- a pace-behind with Michelle's Deuce over Flamboro's double oval. In his event Miller took no prisoners and sent his trotter down the road from the four-hole and made every pole a winning one en route to a solid 1-1/2 length triumph over Kelly "Sky" Walker's Stemilt Touch. Patricia "the Write Stuff" Miller took home the show dough with 45-1 shot, Keep The Cash. The winner, owned by Bert Hershberger and trained by JD Wengerd, was sent off the 6-5 favorite and returned a $4.40 win mutuel. For hot-handed Miller it was his fifth driving victory in just 10 seasonal starts. In the Canadian Billings pace later Sunday evening "Gentle Ben" had the prohibitive favorite Michelle's Deuce and drove like one is supposed to when deemed the best in the filed and rushed the 8-year-old Armbro Duece mare to the lead and remained unchallenged throughout coasting to an easy 1:59.1 triumph to notch the mare's 6th seasonal victory. The battle for second money saw Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford and No Teasing Me out-foot Thrift Shop with David "Poppa" Glasser to the wire to garner the place dough. Owned by the LINK Stable and trained by Corey Johnson, Michelle's Deuce paid $3.50 for win. It was Hollingsworth's first seasonal driving victory(from just 4 starts) and 21st of his limited career. Billings action continues on Monday night with two trots on the card at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ont. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

The Burke brigade has finished first and second in harness racing many times, but few of those times have resulted in a $433 Exacta. However, that was the result of Saturday's $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park when Rosemary Rose and Pittstop Danika crossed the line first and second. Rosemary Rose was driven by Mike Wilder and sat sixth through the opening lap with fractions of :26.4 and :55. She pulled third over and found herself three wide the final 3/8 of the mile. She struck the lead approaching the top of the stretch and bested her competition by 1¾-legths in 1:53. "I love this filly," admitted Wilder. "She might have been a longshot on the board, but I always thought she had a big chance." Ron Burke, harness racing's leading trainer, conditions Rosemary Rose for owners Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The victory is Burke's fourth win of this event in the last five years, scoring with Charisma Hanover in 2013, Fiyonce in 2014 and Sassa Hanover in 2015. "I knew she would be ready, Ronnie (Burke) has them ready for every dance," said Wilder. Completing the field were Pittstop Danika, Bettor's Up, Terrortina, Bourbon And Barley, Ella Christina and Big City Betty. Al-Mar-Got A Fever was scratched sick. Rosemary Rose (Foreclosure N-Pantathion-The Panderosa) now has 11 wins in 24 lifetime starts. Saturday's victory increased her career bankroll to $231,292. She returned $20.60 to win. Ayers Ratliff  

Eight $50,000 Ohio Sires Stake Consolations will be featured on Saturday night, Oct. 14 at Northfield Park, complementing the $120,000 Courageous Lady. A total of 64 harness racing freshmen and sophomore Ohio-bred pacers and trotters of both genders are set to vie in the last OSS events of the 2017 season. Risky Deal heads up the 2-year-old filly trotting division (Race 1), with Christ Hershberger harnessing the daughter of Break The Bank K for breeder-owner Deborah Kvernmo of Georgetown, PA. Risky Deal comes into her OSS consolation fresh off a 1:58.4 score at the Meadows on Oct. 4, and won her $56,700 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware on Sept. 20 in 1:57. She has earnings of $56,837 to date from three wins, two seconds and one thirds in nine starts. Kurt Sugg drives from post six. As the seventh foal out of the SJ's Photo mare Photo Magic 3, 2:02f ($8,862), Risky Deal is a half-sister to the 29-race winning gelding Quick Deal (by Revenue S) 6, 1:51.4 ($392,936); Doubting Tom (by Tom Ridge) 6, 1:54.3f ($93,091); and Jetta Magic (by Lear Jetta) 3, 1:57f ($55,635). Trainer Chris Beaver will harness three young fillies in this same division, with his best coming in Bugs MVP, who won her $40,000 Buckeye Stallion Series Final on Sept. 30 at Northfield in 1:59.1. Sporting a bankroll of $48,524, the daughter of My MVP is also a multiple Ohio Fair Stakes victress, with seven wins in 11 starts. Aaron Merriman gets the nod from the four-hole. Bugs MVP is the fifth foal out of the American Winner mare Char Catie Becca 2, 1:59 ($37,815) and is a half-sister to Some Like It Hot (by Ken Warkentin) 5, 1:54.2 ($389,330); Sheguindah (by Angus Hall) 3, 1:55.3s ($75,736); Oneida (by Conway Hall) 4, Q1:55.4s ($45,086); and Youvegotwhatittakes (by Yankee Glide) 2, 1:57.1f ($40,138). Richard Finfrock's Cash Lane looks much the best among the 2-year-old trotting colts (Race 4), starting from post four with Kayne Kauffman driving for trainer Mike Polhamus. This altered son of Cash Hall has five wins and a third to his credit in eight career starts, with $74,083 in his bank account. Cash Lane won a $40,000 OSS on July 18 at Scioto Downs in a career best 1:56.2, and also scored victories at Urbana-where he drew off by a whopping 42 lengths; at Lexington's Red Mile; and in his $42,000 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware on Sept. 19 in wire-to-wire fashion. Cash Lane is the sixth foal out of the unraced American Winner mare Winning Colors K, and is a half-brother to Autumn Escapade (by Victory Sam) 6, 1:52.3f ($895,492) and to Autumn Estelle (by Cayenne Turbo) 4, 1:58.3h ($104,789). Amuse's hasn't shown the consistency this season that she did as a freshman for breeder-owner Robert Key, of Leechburg, PA, but does come into the 3-year-old filly trotting division (Race 6) fresh off an impressive victory at the Meadows on Oct. 2, timed in 1:57. The daughter by Break The Bank K earned $128,493 in 2016, but has just $17,475 on her card this year with that lone win in 12 starts. Trained by Rich Gillock, Amuse's won a trio of OSS events as a 2-year-old. She is the third and most prolific foal out of the Varenne mare Sweet Mademoiselle 4, Q1:58.4f ($39,960). Aaron Merriman handles the lines from post three. Dekeyser was a monster over the Ohio fair ovals this summer and most recently captured both the $40,000 Buckeye Stallion Series Final at Northfield on Sept. 30 and the $25,000 Ohio Fair Championship at that same oval on Oct. 7. Heading up the 3-year-old colt trotting division (Race 9), this Dejarmbro sophomore has $122,789 in career earnings from 19 wins in 35 starts for trainer Chris Beaver, who owns him in partnership with Synerco Ventures, ON and Steven Zeehandelar, Worthington, Ohio. Dekeyser was bred by Kevin Greenfield and is the fifth foal out of the world champion Mr Vic mare Pink Ribbons 4, 1:54.3S ($236,525). He is a half-brother to Datsyuk (by Explosive Matter) 3, 1:53.1f ($472,528) and to Big Package (by Pegasus Spur) 6, 1:56f ($118,592). Trainer Ron Potter will bridle up Pearl Crush in the 2-year-old filly pacing division (Race 5) for owner Clyde Perfect, Lawrenceburg, IN. This Yankee Cruiser lass has a respectable $51,189 in her coffers with two wins, two seconds and two thirds from nine career starts, including a 1:55.3 score from a triumph in the $43,333 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware on Sept. 20. Ryan Stahl drives Pearl Crush from post five. This young lass is the ninth foal out of the No Nukes mare Pearl Berley 2, Q1:57.2S ($24,032) and is a full sister to White Sportscoat p,3, 1:53.1s ($87,535) and White Liar p, 3, 1:50.2f ($50,909). She also has half-siblings in: Pearl Handlepistol (by Mach Three) p, 4, 1:51 ($282,416); Perfune N Pearls (by Mach Three) p, 3, 1:53.3s ($65,821); JK Earl The Pearl (by McArdle) p, 3, 1:55f ($43,744); and Pearl Necklace (by Cambest) p, 3, 1:57f ($38,916). In the 2-year-old pacing colt division (Race 7), rivals Rockin Away and Bounding Dragon are set to spar. Brian Brown conditions Rockin Away, a Pet Rock colt for Country Club Acres, Findlay, OH; Joe Sbrocco, Brecksville, OH; Aws Stables, Lima, OH; and Richard Lombardo, Solon, OH. Bounding Dragon, a son of the ill-fated Dragon Again, hails from the Mike Roth barn for owners Alan Keith, Pataskala, OH; and Carl and Melanie Atley, Xenia, OH. Rockin Away captured both OSS and Buckeye Stallion Series events before finishing third in an Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware and third in a $75,500 Bluegrass Stake at Lexington on Sept. 30. From seven career starts, Rockin Away has four wins and two thirds, with $49,990 in earnings. Bounding Dragon won a Hoosier Park freshman test in 1:55.1 on Sept. 7 and had taken a $38,750 Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto in a lifetime best 1:54.3 on July 29. His bankroll stands at $58,900 from two wins, three seconds and one third in seven starts. Rockin Away is the third and best foal out of the Camluck mare Higher Standards p, 4, 1:56.3h ($50,410), while Bounding Dragon is the second and only earning foal out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Bound To Rock p,2, 1:54.2s ($66,265). Chris Page handles the lines of Rockin Away from post two, while Brett Miller gets the call aboard Bounding Dragon from post three. Camwood comes into the 3-year-old pacing colt division (Race 8) riding a three-race win streak for owners Constance Polhamus, Columbus, OH and William Parsons, Troy, OH. The Woodstock gelding began the season in slow fashion but has recently morphed into a terror-scoring victories at Dayton on Sept. 14 (in 1:55.2); at Delaware on Sept. 14 in a $37,945 Ohio Breeders Championship (in 1:53.2); and again at Dayton on Oct. 5 (in a 1:52 lifetime mark). Trained by Mike Polhamus, Camwood has $75,201 in career earnings from five wins, three seconds and four thirds in 22 starts. All five of his victories have come this season, as have most of his earnings ($64,877). Camwood is the third foal out of the Cambest mare Clydes First Cam p,2, 1:54.4 ($50,918) and is a half-brother to Shaint To Shabby (by Art's Chip) p, 3, 1:56.1s ($13,230). Berazzled-the 2016 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Filly Champion-goes postward in the 3-year-old pacing filly division (Race 12), starting from the six-hole for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., and trainer Chris Beaver. This Charley Barley lass has $255,281 in her coffers from six career wins in 22 tries. Most recently she won a $53,543 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware on Sept. 21, before finishing third in a $10,000 Filly & Mare Late Closer at Lexington on Oct. 6. Lisa Ezzo bred Berazzled, who is owned by Marion Beachy of Sugarcreek, OH. Berazzled is the ninth foal out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Razmataz Hanover p,2, Q2:02.3F ($375) and is a full sister to Albeit Lucifer p, 3, 1:54.3f ($40,574) and a half-sister to: Joey The Czar (by Art Major) p, 3, 1:51h ($303,096); Sissboombah (by American Ideal) p, 4, 1:53f ($42,014); Rob Roy Blue Chip (by The Panderosa) p, 4, 1:56 ($33,278); and Bono Lightning (by Pro Bono Best) p, 2, 1:57.2h ($10,655), etc. Ohio stallions represented in the eight, octet-horse consolations include a healthy mix in both the trotting and pacing divisions, with a few non-surprising standouts. In the trotting divisions, Dejarmbo is represented by ten contestants: three 2-year-olds and seven 3-year-olds; while Cash Hall has six of his foals competing: three freshmen and three sophomores. Manofmanymissions has four of his progeny racing-two in each age group, while Break The Bank K also has four-three 3-year-olds and one 2-year-old. And Away We Go has three foals racing in these events, while the stallion Dontyouforgetit has two. Break The Bank K, Chip Chip Hooray, Full Count, My MVP, Neely Dunn, Stormin Normand, Triumphant Caviar and Winning Fireworks have one foal each racing in a consolation. In the pacing ranks, Big Bad John is represented by eight performers, including six 3-year-olds and two freshmen, while Pet Rock has five 2-year-olds vying for first prize and Woodstock, three. Stallions with two foals racing include Art Official, Charley Barley, Dragon Again, McArdle, and Yankee Cruiser. Allamerican Winner, No Pan Intended, Shark Gesture, The Panderosa and World of Rocknroll are all represented by one foal each in a consolation. Kimberly Rinker

Northfield Park is hosting a "Pace for the Cure" on Saturday, October 14, an event that is part of "Pinktober," a month-long effort to raise funds to fight breast cancer, at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. The race features nine female harness racing drivers and is the 10th race on a 15-race card evening. Post time is 6 pm. "We are committed to playing an active role in the Hard Rock Rocksino's Pinktober event," said Brent Reitz, Northfield Park Vice President and General Manager. "The 'Pace for the Cure' is a great way to highlight harness racing and create awareness and support for breast cancer research." The Pinktober "Pace for the Cure" will carry a $7,500 purse. Among the participants are local trainer/drivers Rachel Kaneoka and Rosy Weaver. The most accomplished among the guest drivers is Jayne Weller, who has scored nearly 200 victories. She is the daughter of June Weller, the first female to ever drive in harness racing's crown jewel, the Little Brown Jug. Hannah Miller, who has posted 21 victories so far this year, may have bloodlines that give her a leg up on the competition. Her brother, Marcus Miller, a prominent national driver has over 2,800 wins and purse earnings in excess of $30 million. The race's other participants include: Renee Bauslaugh, Mary Birkhold, Christina Evans, Ulrika Fox and Emily Hay. In addition to normal wagering on the "Pace for the Cure" the purchase of raffle tickets are encouraged. These tickets are $1 each or five tickets for $3. Tickets are placed into bags that correspond with each female driver. All tickets from the winning bag will be entered into a drawing for a host of prizes. Pinktober is celebrated all month at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park which hosts a variety of events to support local cancer-fighting efforts. A portion of the proceeds from the events benefit Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio's vision of a world without breast cancer. The monies raised as a result of Pinktober will help Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio to provide vital services like free mammograms and clinical breast exams through partnerships with local healthcare facilities, diagnostic services, including ultrasounds, biopsies, and advanced services, and survivor support, including financial, transportation and other services. Ayers Ratliff 

On Saturday, October 14 Northfield Park will host eight $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolation Races as part of the 15-race harness racing program. These eight races will feature some of the Buckeye State's best freshmen and sophomore pacers and trotters and will support the $120,000 Courageous Lady undercard. Freshman filly trotters will start Saturday's stake action in Race 1. Trainer Christopher Beaver sends a trio of starters as the 3-5 overwhelming favorite. (1) California Love (Stormin Normand-Frannie's Ridge-Tom Ridge) starts from the rail with driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. for the partnership of Beaver, Beachy, Zeehandelar and Synerco Ventures; (1A) Bugs MVP drew post-4 and will be driven by Aaron Merriman for owners Beaver, Carter, Sbrocco and Zehandelar; and (1B) Champagne Hall and driver Ryan Stahl has post-7 for Beaver, Sbrocco, Zeehandelar and Synerco Ventures. Also competing in the race will be Simplyamission, Next Woman Up, Ed's Chargin Lady, Risky Deal and Bang. Race 4 will be the $50,000 Consolation for freshman colt trotters. Trainer Alicia Hanners will start Dontforgetmaster (Dontyouforgetit-Pine Career-Pine Chip) as the 5-2 morning-line favorite despite drawing post-8. Dontforgetmaster enters this race off a maiden-breaking win, and has never missed the ticket in seven career efforts. He has earnings of $34,570 and sports a lifetime mark of 1:57.1 (Dtn 5/8). Josh Sutton is scheduled to drive for owners Mystical Marker Farms, VIP Internet Stable, Garland and Eisman. Mr Jubilant, Win Chaser, Haul N Dash, Cash Lane, Icingon De Cupcake, Dance Withsomebody and Sand Cash complete the line-up. Pacers take to the stage in Race 5 for the $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolation for freshman fillies. Pearl Crush (Yankee Cruiser-Pearl Berley-No Nukes) is the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite for owner Clyde Perfect of Lawrenceburg, Ohio. Ron Potter trains the filly, who won the $43,333 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware just two races back in a 1:55.3 career best. She has earnings of $51,189, winning two of nine races. Driver Ryan Stahl will start the pacer from post-5 in a field that consists of Cams Candy Girl, Missplacedrock, Filou Fly Fast, Big Bad Goldie, Tiffany Rocks As, Lily Grace and Princess Rougarou. Trotters again compete in Race 6 for the $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolation for three year-old fillies. Amuse's (Break The Bank K-Sweet Mademoiselle-Varenne) starts from post-three and is the 3-2 morning-line favorite. She is owned by Robert Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania. Trainer Rich Gillock has called upon Aaron Merriman to drive. This filly enters this race off a 1:57 career best win at The Meadows and has five wins in 22 lifetime starts with a bankroll of $145,958. Amuse's has a host of rivals consisting of Vandy's Magic, Emerald City Of Oz, Diva Dejarmbro, Full Of Pride, Monee Bank, I Like Purple and Beautiful. Race 7 will host the $50,000 Consolation for freshman colt pacers. Rockin Away (Pet Rock-Higher Standards-Camluck) is the 9-5 morning-line favorite for owners Country Club Acres, Sbrocco, AWS Stables and Lombardo. Brian Brown trains the colt and uses Chris Page to drive. This two year-old has four wins in seven starts and enters off a third place finish in the $75,500 Bluegress at Lexington's The Red Mile. He has earnings of $49,900 and mark of 1:53 (Lex 1). Rockin Away starts from post-2 in a field consisting of Spectacular Rock, Bounding Dragon, Dukes Cruiser, Sectionline Bigry, Lots To Live For, Gone Again and Harambe Deo. Race 8 is the $50,000 Consolation for three year-old colt pacers. Camwood (Woodstock-Clydes First Cam-Cambest) is the 9-5 morning-line favorite for owners Polhanus and Parsons. Mike Polhamus is the gelding's trainer and calls upon Kayne Kauffman to drive. Camwood has five wins in 19 starts this year and has earned $75,210. He drew the rail and will face Big Bad Arcster, Lifewithjohn, Trial By Fire, Mclucky, Mannys Too Special, Sunny's Bro and Heracer. Trotters return in the ninth race for the $50,000 OSS Consolation for three year-olds. Trainer Christopher Beaver sends out Dekeyser (Dejarmbro-Pink Ribbons-Mr Vic) as the 3-2 morning-line favorite. Dekeyser looks for his 15th win of the season and starts from post-2. He enters this race off two consecutive victories over the Flying Turns in the $40,000 Ohio Breeders Championship and the $25,000 Ohio Fairs Championship. He sports earnings of $122,789 and 1:56.2 mark at Northfield Park. Aaron Merriman is scheduled to drive for owners Beaver, Synerco Ventures and Zeehandelar. Sweet Honet, Feisty Jim, Dejarover, Cinnamon Dunn, Speed Lane and Winning Memories complete the ninth race line-up. Race 12 hosts Buckeye-bred sophomore filly pacers and is the night's final $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolation. Berazzled (Charley Barley-Razmataz Hanover-Cam's Card Shark) is the 9-5 morning-line favorite from the powerful Christopher Beaver Stable. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. will drive for owner Marion Beachy of Sugarcreek, Ohio. This filly has six wins in 22 starts, pacing in 1:52.1 (ScD 5/8) and earning $255,281. Berazzles starts from post-6 in a field that consists of Woo's Princess, Glorious Intent, Da Vinci Artist, Ellasen, Barley Nation, The Lady Vanishes and Big Bad Jane. The evening's featured race is the $120,000 Courageous Lady Pace, an open contest for North America's top three-year-old-filly pacers. The evening's also hosts Northfield's annual Pinktober Pace for Cure race of all female drivers to race money and awareness for breast cancer research. Collectively, in excess of $575,000 in purses will be distributed throughout the night's 15-race program. From 7:00 - 8:00 PM patrons can participate in the Northfield Park Beer Slide and a Leinenkugel Stein Hoist is set for 9:00 PM. Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant's buffet will be open. Reservations are encouraged and can be made for the $15.95 buffet by calling 330-467-4101. Admission and Parking are always FREE at Northfield Park. The evening carries 6:00 PM first race post time. Ayers Ratliff

Northfield, Ohio-- On a night that the participating amateur drivers probably would rather have sat it out because of the inclement weather still eight harness racing veterans from the Midwest region of the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series ventured to Northfield Park for a trotting contest on Wednesday evening (Sept. 6) which saw Ned "Insurance Man" Hodkinson take no prisoners and make every pole a winning one en route to a 2:00.1 victory with his own Mutinyonthebounty. After a day inundated with rain Mutinyonthebounty, second choice in the wagering, found the wet going to his liking and after starting from the pole position in the eight-horse field Hodkinson zipped him to the lead and they had command early passing the first stanza in :29.2. Despite Oneeyedmomma (Bob "Lumberman" Troyer) and Rush N Supreme (Kelly "Sky" Walker) stuck on the limb Hodkinsons charge was undeterred and trotted by the halfway point in 1:00.2 with the betting favorite, Song In My Heart and "Tiny Tim" Miller, getting a two-hole journey. As the field headed for the three quarters and parked horses faded, Miller moved Song In My Heart out to challenge for the lead but Mutinyonthebounty was able to rebuff him and then open some daylight as they rounded the final turn and headed for paydirt. In the lane it was all Mutinyonthebounty and he reported home a 1-1/2 length winner over Song In My Heart. Third place went to Upfront Chip Daddy driven by Michelle "the Belle" Ruvola. It was the second victory of the season for Mutinyonthebounty who returned a $7.20 mutuel. And for Hodkinson, who doubles as the horse's owner and trainer , it was his 56th career driving victory. by John Manzi for the Billings Amateur Driving Series

Harness racing trainer Ronnie Burke and drivers Mike Wilder and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., each scored two victories out of the five $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contested Saturday evening, Aug. 26 at Northfield Park.   With unseasonably temperatures in the low 60s, the OSS action began with two divisions of 3-year-old trotting colts.   Fraser Ridge (2-1) notched the first division in 1:55.3 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines for trainer Chris Beaver, who also conditioned second-place finisher 4-5 Always A Good Time (Chris Page).   The son of Triumphant Caviar led at every call to score his fourth seasonal win and his seventh career victory in 20 starts. Bred by Steve Stewart of Kentucky, Fraser Ridge upped his bankroll to $245,457 for owners Donald Robinson, Cardington, OH; Robert Mondilo, Delaware, OH; RBH Ventures, New York, NY; and Chris Beaver. Fraser Ridge bested Always A Good Time by 1¼ lengths, with 50-1 Full Surge finishing third with Mike Wilder at the lines. Fraser Ridge had previously won OSS Leg 2 on June 19 at Scioto Downs in 1:56, and then was second in Leg 3 at Northfield on July 10 in 1:55.3. He also finished second in a $51,450 Ohio Fair Stake on August 5 at Scioto Downs. He is the third foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Classical Mary 3, 1:55.2 ($207,811) and is a half-brother to Guy Fox (by Glidemaster) 4, 1:55.2f ($119,405). In the second OSS division for diagonally-gaited sophomore colts, Jailhouse Sam took advantage of the rail slot in a front-stepping triumph that saw him timed in 1:55.1 for trainer-driver Sandy Beatty. Owned and bred by Casey Clemens of Malta, OH, the black gelded son of Victory Sam picked up his 11th career victory and pushed his lifetime earnings to $129,631. He held off the hard-trying 1-5 favorite Buckeye Boss (Aaron Merriman) by 1½ lengths with 9-1 Magic Vacation another several lengths back in third with driver Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. Jailhouse Sam is the third foal out of the unraced Jailhouse Jesse mare Jailhouse Broad. He is a half-brother to Another Breath (by Lou's Legacy) 4, 1:54.1f ($178,108) and to Little Casino (by Full Count) 4, 1:57.2 ($71,680). The stallion Triumphant Caviar was represented by four participants in these two trotting divisions, with Victory Sam having two progeny competing. And Away We Go, Break The Bank K, Big Rigs, Deep Chip, Dejarmbro, and Full Count all had one foal each in these events. In the first of three pacing divisions, driver Mike Wilder steered 6-1 Rosa's Touch to a 1:52.4 win for trainer Ronnie Burke, using the rail slot to his advantage as he paced solidly through fractions of :27.3; :55.4 and 1:24, holding off even-money favorite Bye Bye Felicia (Chris Page) by a neck. Da Vinci Artist (7-1) got through on the inside to be third for Kurt Sugg. Owned by Burke Racing, Fredericksburg, PA; Weaver Bruscemi, Canonsburg, PA; and breeder Knox Services, Mt. Vernon, OH, Rosa's Touch is a striking black daughter by The Panderosa with six wins, four seconds and four thirds in 27 starts. Her bankroll now stands at $114,400. Rosa's Touch is the ninth foal out of the Raque Bogart mare Touch Of Bogart p,3, 1:55.1f ($32,333) and is a half-sister to: Right Touch (by Always A Virgin) p,3, 1:50.1s ($489,660); Real Touch (by Real Desire) p,3, 1:51.1m ($150,251); Rockn Touch (by Rock N Roll Heaven) p,5,1:51.2f ($146,630); and Touchtownn (by Towner's Big Guy) p,3, 1:51.3h ($129,179), etc. This same driver-trainer combination returned for the second OSS pacing division, this time with Rosemary Rose, a Foreclosure N lass who picked up seasonal win eight and career triumph ten in 1:52.4. Wilder used the same wire-to-wire tactics with this winner of $154,277 lifetime. Owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Jason Melillo of Powell, OH, Rosemary Rose was sent off at 4-5 odds and won by 1½ lengths over 25-1 Berazzled (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), with 30-1 The Lady Vanishes (Ryan Stahl) getting up for third. Rosemary Rose is the sixth foal out of The Panderosa mare Pantathlon p,2, 1:54.4f ($20,221) and is a half-sister to: Pan From Nantucket (by No Pan Intended) p,5, 1:51.3h ($570,801); Panstakingly (by No Pan Intended) p, 3, 1:54.2s ($64,440); Nip Pan Tuck (by No Pan Intended) p, 2, 1:54.4s ($50,899); and the 2-year-old standout Rockathon (by Pet Rock) p,2, 1:52.2f ($57,462). Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., was back in the winner's circle for the third and final OSS pacing division, as he guided 2-5 favorite Zoe Ellasen to her eighth career victory in 1:53.2. Trained by Ron Potter for Clyde Perfect of Lawrenceburg, IN, the daughter of Santana Blue Chip upped her career earnings to $167,231. Zoe Ellasen came from behind to notch her second straight OSS triumph, besting 5-1 Libby's Idea (Aaron Merriman) by 1¾ lengths, with 5-1 Bourbon And Barley (Ryan Stahl) grabbing show money. She had won leg 3 on Aug.12 at Northfield in 1:52.1. Bred by Joe McLead and Billy Walters, this leggy bay filly is the first foal out of the unraced Bettor's Delight mare Spring Delight, and has a half-brother in Allgonowhoa (by Dragon Again) p,2,1:59h ($8,464). Ohio pacing stallion Charley Barley had four foals competing in these three OSS races, while Art Official and Big Bad John had three each. Art's Chip, Manhardt, The Padnerosa and Woodstock were all represented by two of their progeny, with Foreclosure N, I'm Gorgeous, McArdle, No Pan Intended and Santana Blue Chip all having one foal each racing in OSS competition. The 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes season culminates on Sept. 2 at Scioto Downs with eight $250,000 Championships for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters of both genders.   Kimberly Rinker

Red Storm trotted to a whirlwind 1:58.2 clocking in the first of two $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday night, Aug. 23 at Northfield Park. The striking chestnut daughter by Stormin Normand was given a perfect steer by Aaron Merriman for trainer Chris Beaver and owner-breeder Sandra S. Burnett, of Wilmington, OH as the 2-5 favorite in the fourth leg of the series for Ohio-bred youngsters. "She's just such a nice, professional little horse to drive and really gives it her all," said Merriman. "Plus, she's a red-head like me!" Red Storm took the lead just past the :29.3 first quarter after leaving hard from post nine. From there she snapped off fractions of :59.1 and 1:28.4 before posting a :29.3 final panel brush to score her third career victory in five tries, upping her earnings to $75,800. Risky Deal, at 8-1, was driven by trainer Christ Hershberger to a second place finish, 2 and ¼ lengths behind the winner, while 10-1 California Love--also trained by Beaver--was third for Kurt Sugg. Red Storm had finished third in OSS leg one on July 3 at Northfield behind To Russia, then was second in OSS leg two on July 19 at Scioto Downs to Impinktoo. On July 27, she won a $42,000 Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto Downs in 1:57.2, then captured OSS leg three at Scioto in 1:57 on Aug. 10. Red Storm is the third of four foals out of the Chip Chip Hooray mare Ms Pollyanna 3, 1:57.3f ($53,948) and is a half-sister to: Moonlight Espoir (by Windsong Espoir) 3, 1:56.1s ($52,209) and to Miss Lorelei (by Break The Bank K) 3, 2:01.2f ($43,662)--all owned by Sandra Burnett. The solidly trotting Looking For Zelda left no doubt she was much the best as she cruised to a front-stepping 1:57.2 effort in the second OSS division as the 1-5 choice. Steered by Tony Hall for trainer Norm Parker and owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA, the daughter of Break The Bank K notched her fifth win in as many tries and pushed her career earnings to $101,000. Looking For Zelda appeared to be on auto-pilot as she drew off by nearly four lengths in deep stretch to prevail over 10-1 Sesame (Aaron Merriman) and 50-1 Champagne Hall (Kurt Sugg), who made a break in the first turn and recovered to finish a game third. "She'll get some light work this week before the championship," noted Parker. "We might train her just one light trip, but she really doesn't require a whole lot of work." Looking For Zelda won OSS leg one on July 3 at Northfield Park in 1:59.1, then returned to win OSS leg two on July 19 at Scioto in 1:56.4, before finishing first in a $42,000 Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto in 1:57.1 on July 27. Her most recent victory came in the OSS leg three on Aug. 10 at Scioto Downs, when she won by six lengths in 1:57.4. This homebred is out of the Conway Hall mare My Winning Way K and is a half-sister to Boyz N Guitars (by Muscle Massive) 2, 1:58.3f ($24,007). Ohio Sires Stakes action continues on Thursday evening, Aug. 24 at Scioto Downs with three divisions of 2-year-old trotting colts. Kimberly Rinker  

Prsntpretynperfect, the 2-5 favorite, didn't disappoint her harness racing fans as she stormed to a 1:56.2 winning effort in the first of two $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for freshman pacing fillies, on a dark and rainy evening, Aug. 22, at Northfield Park. Driven by Kayne Kauffman, the Big Bad John lass picked up her fifth career win in as many lifetime starts and boosted her bankroll to $103,500 for trainer Brian Brown and owners Jennifer Brown, Ostrander, OH; Richard Lombardo, Solon, OH; and Joshua Green, Milford, DE. Bred by Ohioan Carl Howard, Prsntpretynperfect has swept all four OSS legs and also won a $47,000 Ohio Fair Stake. She bested rivals Pearl Crush by 3¼ lengths, an 8-1 choice driven by Ryan Stahl and 30-1 Kay Again, who finished third with Josh Sutton at the lines. Believe In Waco survived a lengthy stewards inquiry to prevail in the second OSS division, clocked in 1:58 in a wire-to-wire performance. The daughter of Believeinbruiser, driven by Art McIlmurray for trainer Steve Novak, grabbed career victory number four from eight starts. Sent off at 9-2 odds, Believe In Waco finished a three-quarters of a length in front of 20-1 Tiffany Rocks As (Aaron Merriman) and 10-1 Merciless, driven by Danny Noble. This precocious filly now has $53,520 in career earnings for breeder-owner Gerald L. Mijal of Westland, MI. She was second twice and fourth once in her three previous OSS contests. Kimberly Rinker  

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $20,000 Super High Five total pool guarantee to its harness racing card on Wednesday (August 23). Offered in Race 13, the $20,000 Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $5,353.21. Wednesday's post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff  

Fear The Dragon entered Saturday's $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park as harness racing's top-ranked horse. Everything looked to be going his way. He drew the rail, was the overwhelming favorite and posted soft fractions. However, Downbytheseaside paced home in :26.4 despite a tough first-over trip to best Fear The Dragon by a full length. Downbytheseaside started from post-7 and sat fifth through the opening :27.1 quarter. Driver Brian Sears pulled Downbytheseaside and grinded first-up through fractions of :56 and 1:22.4. The 1:49.3 final time was a new track record for sophomore colt pacers. "I knew he was going to have a lot left with those soft fractions," stated Sears. "I didn't want to have a speed duel." The duel came in the final quarter when Downbytheseaside drew alongside Fear The Dragon, eventually wearing him down in the stretch, returning $11.60 to win. "He put in a great effort and every time I called on him he gave more," said Sears. Brian Brown trains both colts at the historic Delaware County Fairgrounds. "I am thrilled this horse raced the way that he did and got there," said Brown. "It wasn't like Fear The Dragon raced bad." Downbytheseaside Finishing behind Downbytheseaside were Fear The Dragon, Classic Pro, Blood Line, Drunk On Your Love, Rock N Tony, R J P and Bags To Riches. Saturday's stablemate duel was intense and trainer Brian Brown indicated that the colts will meet again in September in the Little Brown Jug. Ayers Ratliff

Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras & Foiled Again battle Ronnie Wrenn Jr. & Ruffy's Desire going to the 1/4 in last nights $14,000 Open Pace at Northfield Park. Foiled Again would go on to win making it his 95th lifetime victory and taking his career earnings to $ 7,529,128 Raymond K. Lance

Pistol Packin Mama rocked to a 1:52.1 new lifetime mark in the first of three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes-Leg 3 contests on Saturday night, Aug. 12 before a jam-packed Northfield Park harness racing crowd. The Tyler George trainee, a daughter of The Panderosa, out of the Artiscape mare Art Debut, was the 1-5 public's favorite handled by Trace Tetrick. "She's a very classy filly who just continues to improve," Tetrick--one of Hoosier Park's leading reinsmen--noted. Owned by the Herres Stable of Bellbrook, OH, Pistol Packin Mama upped her career earnings to $107,750 and now has seven wins and four seconds in 11 lifetime trips postward. She was bred by Ontario's Brian Doyle. Libby's Idea, a 30-1 longshot, was second for Aaron Merrian, while 25-1 shot The Lady Vanishes was third with Ryan Stahl I the sulky. It's rare that Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., drives a 30-1 longshot--especially at Northfield Park--but he did just that, getting Zoe Ellasen home under the wire first in the second OSS division (Race 8) in 1:52.1. Wrenn, Jr., says the sophomore pacing filly is improving with each start. "She really hasn't raced up to what we thought was her potential this season prior to tonight," said Wrenn, Jr. "But I think Ron (Trainer Potter) has her figured out now as she just was super gutsy tonight." Zoe Ellasen is a daughter of Santanna Blue Chip, out of the unraced Bettor's Delight mare Spring Delight. She bested 2-5 Rosemary Rose (Mike Wilder) and Gorgeous Halie, a 16-1 choice driven by Tim Tetrick. Owned by Clyde Perfect of Lawrenceburg, IN, Zoe Ellasen has seven wins, a second and six thirds in 21 career starts and $147,231 in earnings. Last but not least, it was Jaye's A Lady who stole the show from the other OSS distaffs, pacing to a track-record equaling mile of 1:52 in the third OSS (Race 9) division for Yannick Gingras. The McArdle lass, sent off at 5-2 odds upped her earnings to 118,134 with this latest victory. The hard-trying Type A Grey was third for Chris Page at odds of 6-1, while 15-longshot Da Vinci Artist was third with Kurt Sugg at the lines. Jaye's A Lady now has five wins, three seconds and two thirds in 20 career starts for the Caviart Farms of Vienna, VA, who also bred the Nancy Johansson-conditioned sophomore. She is the second and most prolific foal out of the Artspalce mare Lunar Tide. Also on the Northfield Park card, harness racing richest competitor ($7 million+), the 13-year-old Foiled Again, captured the $14,000 Open Handicap Pace for trainer Ronnie Burke and Yannick Gingras in 1:52. The son of Dragon Again posted a :27.2 final panel clocking in impressive front-stepping fashion. In the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, it was Dancin Yankee and driver Brian Sears who prevailed with a front end effort in 1:50.3. The 9-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser is trained by Josh Green for Ohioan Richard Lombardo and L&J Racing of Pennsylvania. Downbytheseaside and Brian Sears defeated stablemate Fear The Dragon (David Miller) with a game, first-over journey that saw him sweep under the wire first in a new track record clocking of 1:49.3 in the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. Both 3-year-olds are conditioned by Ohio-based trainer Brian Brown and both have well over $1 million each in earnings. Downbytheseaside is a son of Somebeachsomewhere, while Fear The Dragon is a son of the ill-fated stallion Dragon Again. Kimberly Rinker

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