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This Saturday (July 30) Northfield Park hosts the 2016 Summit County Fair Stakes. Buckeye-bred youngsters will compete for approximately $115,000 in total purses over 16 races on the evening harness racing card. First race post time is set for 6 pm.. Off the track, guests can enjoy the tasty creations of B&M BBQ, Ye Olde School Treats N'Eats and Crooked Kettle Popcorn while listening to the R&B/Motown sounds of "The Benjaminz" on the apron from 6 - 10 PM. Also located trackside is a host of family type activities including face painting, balloon twisting and a make-it-take it horseshoe craft. Be sure to capture a selfie with a Standardbred at the New Vocations booth as well. Stop by the WZAK 93.1 FM booth from 6 - 8, to visit with Haz Matthews and try your luck at winning some great prizes. Plus, grab yourself a new Northfield Park t-shirt as the winning drivers in Races 1-12 will be tossing t-shirts into the crowd from the winners circle. Northfield Park Player's Club members can participate in the $1,000 Summit County Fair Handicapping Contest. The contest is FREE to enter and offers a top prize of $500. Contest registration begins at 5:00 PM. If you are not a Player's Club member you can sign up that day. Lady Luck's Clubhouse will be open and offering a special Fair buffet for $14.95. The menu includes beef on a stick, fried chicken, sausage & peppers, meatball sliders, corn dogs, sides, a salad bar and a dessert bar. Northfield opens for full-card simulcasting beginning at 12 noon with over 40 tracks including Saratoga's world-class thoroughbred meet prior to the Fair action at 6 pm. FREE Admission and Parking every day at Northfield Park!        

Harness racing driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. had a stellar night on Monday (July 18) at Northfield Park by posting eight wins on the 15-race program. Wrenn's triumphs were with Absolutely Certain ($3.20) in race one, Rusty's No Fool ($3.20) in race three, Cooter Dunn ($4.60) in race four, Thisoneandonemore ($3.20) in race eight, Like Old Times ($4.00) in race 10, Bettor's Choice ($2.60) in race 11, Hawaii And Sun ($3.00) in race 14 and Galex ($2.60) in race 15. Wrenn has been driving since 2008 and has since posted 3,349 career wins and has over $16 million in purse earnings. Ayers Ratlif  

Trainer Chris Beaver harnessed three of the five Ohio Sires Stakes-winning 2-year-old trotting colts on Tuesday night, July 12, at Northfield Park. The Delaware, Ohio-based conditioner also steered a 30-1 longshot to victory in the second leg of the OSS series for freshman diagonally-gaited Standardbreds.   Beaver's first victory of the night in OSS tests came with the sturdy-built son of Triumphant Caviar, Buckeye Boss. The huge, muscle-rippled youngster trotted swiftly and confidently through panels of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:29, before trotting a final panel in :28 to prevail in a new track record clocking of 1:57 with Aaron Merriman at the lines. Curiously, the new record established by Buckeye Boss broke the previous record of 1:57.1 set by another Beaver trainee in 2015, Kanthaka.   Owned by breeder Marion Beachy, Beaver and Synerco Ventures, Buckeye Boss garnered his second triumph in OSS competition. The colt had won leg one of this series on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:59, after winning his pari-mutuel debut on June 21 in 1:59.4.   "He was just on cruise control tonight," Merriman revealed. "He's like driving an aged horse."   Buckeye Boss looks like an aged horse--big and round in stature--and his demeanor suggests the same as he stood calm and collected in the Northfield Park winner's circle.   The youngster, who has $44,250 in earnings, is the fourth foal out of the Tom Ridge mare Frannie's Ridge, and is a half-brother to Kate Smith 3, 1:55.2 ($107,898) and to Dunvegen 2, 1:56.3 ($103,498)--both by the stallion Cornaro Dasolo.   Beaver then harnessed Always A Good Time to a 1:58.4 triumph later in the evening. This son of Triumphant Caviar notched his first OSS victory, pushing his career earnings to $30,000 for the Ohio partnership of Beaver, J Gallagher, M Schwartz and S Zeehandelar.   "This colt wasn't always the fastest training down, but he was one of the grittiest we had," Beaver stated. "He's tough as nails."   John Carver of Iowa bred Always A Good Time, who used a perfect pocket-sitting trip to pull of the victory. Better Believe (Mike Wilder) was second by a neck. Always A Good Time was a $12,000 yearling at the 2015 Ohio Selected Sale.   Beaver then steered the cantankerous Mythology to a 2:01.2, front-stepping victory at odds of 30-1 in his OSS contest that saw six of the nine trotters break stride.   "He's a tough horse to drive," Beaver said. "He can be a real handful at times and I almost lost him through the turns. He's a tough horse to keep on stride, but he does have ability."   Beaver towered over the diminutive but powerfully-built son of Triumphant Caviar in the Northfield winner's circle. The brown colt picked up his first paycheck for Beaver and co-owner and breeder Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, Ohio. Bellhaven (Aaron Merriman) and Cowboy Blue (Kurt Sugg) finished second and third--the only other two horses to trot a flat mile in this race.   The youngster Hope Ima Victory got a wire-to-wire steer by Danny Noble to pick up his first OSS win for owner Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio. The son of Victory Sam is trained by Tony O'Sullivan and added the $20,000 winner's share to his coffers, pushing his career earnings to $24,730 with his 1:58.2 triumph.   Hope Ima Victory is a full brother to the sensational Victory Sam (a 61-race winner of $667,187) as he's the eighth foal out of the Overcomer mare Norse Comer. The well-built youngster nabbed his first career victory for these connections racing barefooted up-front over the Northfield half-miler. Bred by Betty and Red Shaw, Hope Ima Victory was a $15,000 yearling purchase at the 2015 Blooded Horse Sale.   In the final OSS battle that was marred by breakers, Dejarover (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was declared the victor after Winning Memories (Peter Wrenn) jumped it off at the wire in 2:00. The Dejarmbro colt got a near-perfect trip to notch the win, the first of his career for trainer Kelly O'Donnell and the Purple Haze Stable of Fairport, New York.   "He's getting better all the time," Wrenn, Jr., noted. "He's a very steady colt."   Winning Memories was placed third, while Goldfinger (Greg Grismore) was moved up to second. Bred by Michael Wilt of Missouri, Dejarover upped his career earnings to $23,200.   by Kimberly Rinker, for the OSDF

When harness racing pacer, Pace Car, captured his $40,000 Ohio Sires Stake division Monday night (July 11) at Northfield Park, it gave Joe McLead a reason to smile. Joe, who operates Sugar Valle Farm, had foaled and raised the son of Foreclosure N at his Delaware, Ohio breeding facility. "Pace Car looks a whole lot like his daddy," Joe confirmed. "Foreclosure N was small but mighty and was one of the most muscular horses I've ever seen." When Foreclosure N tore a suspensory ligament, trainer Ronnie Burke sent the stallion to Sugar Valley Farm for a little rest and relaxation. "Rather than keeping him in a stall in New Jersey, Ronnie thought it would do the horse good to come to Ohio where I could stand him and get him healed up," Joe explained. "He also sent along two of their top broodmares for me to breed to the horse." One of those broodmares was Pace Car's dam, the Western Hero mare Breakheart Pass. "I really liked this mare," Joe noted. "The babies from her and the other mare were both born and raised at Sugar Valley until they went to Florida with the Burkes last fall." Pace Car is owned and was bred by the Pennsylvania-based partnership of Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. "Pace Car was smart and easy to handle from the get-go," Joe recalled. "He looks a lot like Foreclosure N." Pace Car finished second to McThriller in Leg I of the OSS series on July 4 at Scioto Downs, timed in 1:55.2. He now has $30,000 in career earnings. Foreclosure N now stands stud in Ireland. Ohio Sires Stakes action Monday night saw two sons of Foreclosure N greet the Northfield Park winner's circle, while four McArdle youngsters were winners and one son each from Big Bad John and The Panderosa scored a second leg victory. Eight, $40,000 OSS divisions for 2-year-old pacing colts were contested at the home of the flying turns. In the first division (Race 1) it was a front-stepping Ron's Pro and driver Chris Page who scored in 1:54.4. The Panderosa colt paced easily and unchallenged through fractions of :27.2, :57 and 1:26.1 before brushing home under the wire a full length in front of Norm At Work (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Gotta Go BB (Josh Sutton), who grabbed show honors. Ron's Pro is trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and breeder Knox Services. The youngster picked up his first career paycheck with this OSS victory, placing $20,000 in his coffers. Dancin Rebel won his OSS division in 1:53.3--just a tick off the track record. Melanie Wrenn trains the son of Big Bad John for Gene Oldford, Wrenn Racing and Kales Co., LLC. Peter Wrenn was in the sulky behind the 2-year-old, who was bred by Elizabeth Yontz of Kentucky. Dancin Rebl, who now has $30,000 in career earnings, had finished second on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:55.2 to Ohio Larry. McRaven and driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr., posted a front-stepping 1:54.4 triumph in their OSS division for trainer Brian Brown. This was the second straight OSS wini for the son of McArdle, who pushed his career earnings to $40,000 for Country Club Acres and L&H Management Services. Bred by Parent Racing Stable, McRaven won leg I of this series on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:53.3. Richard Lomabardo, Carl & Melanie Atley and Josh Green's Drunk On Your Love scored his second OSS victory as well. The won of Foreclosure N romped to a 1:56.2 clocking at Northfield after winning Leg I on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:54.3. Both efforts came with wire-to-wire performances with Danny Noble at the controls. Bill Dailey conditions Drunk On Your Love, who now has career earnings of $40,000. Barnabas used the rail to his advantage, winning his second OSS test in the process in 1:54.1. The Brian Brown trainee had won his first OSS event on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:56. Bred by Kevin Greenfield, the McArdle gelding is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo and William Robinsons. Chris Page was in the sulky. Jin McRhody--given a perfect steer by Skip DeMull, captured his OSS division in a wire-to-wire 1:54.3. This son of McArdle was bred and is owned and traiby ned by Phillip Peaveyhouse, and was a strong second to Scotch McEwan in leg I of this series on July 4 at Scioto Downs, when he was clocked in 1:56.2. Tonight, it was Ohio Larry finishing second to Jim McRhody, who now has $30,000 in career earnings. Owner Scott Cox harnessed 14-1 McSpidey to his first OSS victory as the gelded son of McArdle romped to a 1:55.2 win with Greg Grismore in the sulky. This McArdle youngster was third in his previous OSS test at Scioto Downs one week prior and pushed his career earnings to $30,528. Bred by Kathy McCall, McSpidey "drives like a 5-year-old," according to Grismore. by Kimberly A. Rinker, for the OSDF  

Harness Racing driver Robin Miller scored the 2,000th win of his driving career while driving Stormy Novel in Northfield Park's 12th race on Saturday (July 9). Getherdone Sue left intently from the rail to set the pace early in the mile. She dealt with early pressure from Sandy Tilly Lace who challenged going to the quarter. When they came by the stands the first time Stormy Novel came in between both rivals to challenge for the lead. Going past the 5/8 marker it looked like Stormy Novel would waiver just a little bit, but Robin Miler urged her on and she battled back taking over the lead turning for home. Stormy Novel went on to win by three parts of a length in 1:58 3/5 for trainer Steve Cross. Robin Miller won his first career drive at the Mount Vernon County Fair in 1979. Talking about his 2,000th win he said "It's definitely a career milestone, and I was glad to get there." To date Robin Miller has made just over $6.5 million in his storied career. His best year came in 2015 where he eclipsed over $700,000 in career earnings and he is on track to surpass his 2015 numbers already this year. By Michael Carter, for Northfield Park

Northfield Park will host 13 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions this coming Monday and Tuesday, spotlighting 2-year-old pacing and trotting colts and geldings. Post time each night is 6 pm, ET. On Monday, July 11, eight divisions of freshman pacers vying for $320,000 in purses will be contested, with each division carrying a purse of $40,000. A total of 70 pacing colts and geldings will line up behind the Northfield starting gate in leg II of this series. In the first OSS division (Race 1), Sunny's Bro tries for his second OSS win--having captured Leg I at Scioto Downs on July 4 in a front-stepping 1:56 for driver Greg Grismore. Doug Hinklin conditions the son of Big Bad John for the Parent Racing Stable of Holland, Ohio. Sunny's Boy was bred by Midland Acres. McThriller looks for a repeat OSS victory as well in OSS division two (Race 3) Monday night. The Brian Brown-trained son of McArdle won his OSS Leg I on July 4 at Scioto Downs in a come-from-behind effort in 1:55.2 for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Bred by Gbn Breeding Farm, McThriller is owned by Nr Holdings, TLP Stable and Howard Taylor. Scotch McEwan vies in this same divisions for trainer Bill Dailey and owner Carl Atley of Xenia, Ohio. Bred by Rebecca Ewing of Ohio, this bay son of McArdle roared to a 1:55.2 victory on July 4 at Scioto Downs with Josh Sutton aboard, devastating his rivals by nearly five lengths. The strikingly-handsome youngster Air Raid starts from post two in the third OSS division (Race 4). This son of The Panderosa scored a 1:57 triumph in his career debut at Scioto Downs on July 4. Trained by Mike Roth, Air Raid was bred by Spring Haven Farm and is owned by Alan Keith and Joe Sbrocco. McRaven, the fastest OSS Leg I winner returns to vie from post nine in the fourth OSS division (Race 6). Trainer Brian Brown harnessed the son of McArdle to a sparkling 1:53.3 triumph on July 4 at Scioto Downs, winning by nearly five lengths in his career debut. Bred by the Parent Racing Stable, McRaven is owned by Country Club Acres and L&H Management Services. OSS Leg I winners Drunk On Your Love and Stanley K are set to battle in the fifth OSS division (Race 7) from posts one and two respectively. Both won their Leg I tests one week ago at Scioto Downs. Drunk On Your Love, a son of Foreclosure N posted a wire-to-wire 1:54.3 clocking with Danny Noble at the lines for trainer Bill Dailey. Bred by the Bauder Family of Ohio, Drunk On Your Love is owned by Richard Lombardo, Carl & Melanie Atley and Josh Green. Stanley K is a son of McArdle who is owned, trained and was bred by the father-son team of Daryl and Kent Sherman. He won his OSS Leg I test in a handy 1:56.1. Barnabas--an OSS Leg I winner in 1:56--nabbed the coveted rail slot in the sixth OSS division (Race 9) for driver Chris Page and trainer Brian Brown. The son of McArdle was bred by Kevin Greenfield and is owned by the Ohio-based partnership of Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and William Robinson. Brian Brown harnesses OSS Leg I victor Corner Con Artist in the eighth OSS division (Race 14). Driven by Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., the Art Official gelding paced to a 1:55.3 clocking on July 4 at Scioto Downs for owner/breeder Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio. On Tuesday evening, 44 trotting colts will go postward in five $40,000 OSS divisions, in Leg II of this series. In the first OSS division (Race 1), the quartet of Leg I winners, Just Plain DJ, Speed Lane, Full Surge and Buckeye Boss will slug it out. Just Plain DJ is a Dejarmbro gelding conditioned by Scott Cox for Ohioans Jughead Stable, Peters and Lindsey, who will start from post one. Bred by the Double Spring Farm, Just Plain DJ trotted to a 2:01.1 victory in his pari-mutuel debut on July 4 at Scioto Downs with Danny Noble in the sulky. Bill Dailey will harness Speed Lane from post two for owners Kim Dailey, Randy Leopard and Tim Homan. Bred by Conquest Acres of Indiana, the black Dejarmbro gelding won his first OSS trophy at Scioto Downs on July 4 in a snappy 1:59.1. Full Surge--who scored a 1:59.4 triumph in his OSS Leg I test on July 4 at Scioto Downs--hails from co-owner and trainer Marty Wollam's stable. The bay son of Full Count won his pari-mutuel debut for the Ohio partnership of AN Fusco, RR Wollam and RR Roll. Full Surge was bred by Marlon A. Miller of Ohio. Buckeye Boss will leave from post seven for trainer Chris Beaver, who owns the Triumphant Caviar colt in partnership with breeder Marion Beach and Synerco Ventures, Inc. This colt will be trying for his third consecutive victory in as many tries--having won a Scioto Downs overnight on June 21 in 1:59.4 before taking his OSS Leg I event in 1:59 on July 4 at Scioto Downs. Fraser Ridge heads up the second OSS division (Race 2) from post eight for trainer Brian Brown and driver Aaron Merriman. Bred by Kentucky's Steve Stewart, the Triumphant Caviar son trotted to a commanding 1:59 victory at Scioto Downs on July 4 in Leg I of this OSS series. This robust colt is owned by Beaver, Robinson, and Mondillo of Ohio and by RBH Ventures of New York, NY. The third OSS division (Race 3) features eight trotting youngsters who are looking for their maiden wins. The most likely to accomplish this feat is Always A Good Time--another Chris Beaver-trained son of Triumphant Caviar who was second by a neck to the winning Speed Lane in his OSS Leg I test on July 4 at Scioto Downs. Always A Good Time was clocked in 1:59.1 for his effort with Aaron Merriman at the lines. In the fourth OSS division (Race 4), Dejarmbro's Yankee will be looking to make amends from his second place finish in his OSS Leg I contest on July 4 at Scioto Downs. He appears poised for his first career victory for trainer-driver Ed Greeno, Jr. Dejarmbro's Yankee, a gelded son of Dejarmbro, was bred by Mervin Schmucker of Indiana, and was bested by a length by Just Plain DJ in 2:01.2 last week. The youngster is owned by Eg Trot of Findlay, Ohio. The fifth and final OSS trotting division (Race 6) of the July 12 card features a field of nine diagonally-gaited youngsters looking to capture their first OSS contest. Rose Run Spanky was second in 1:59.2 on July 4 at Scioto Downs in OSS Leg I for driver Danny Noble and trainer Bill Dailey. The bay altered son of And Away We Go starts from post one for these same connections. He was bred by the Rose Run Farm of Ohio. Winning Memories--trained by Danny Collins for Michael Lewis, Joe Sbrocco and Mary McLoughlin, makes his pari-mutuel debut in this same division. Bred by Robert Miller of Kentucky, the son of Dejarmbro qualified at Scioto Downs on July 5 in 2:03, scoring by 15 lengths with Ryan Holton in the sulky and looks like a solid threat against his rivals. by Kimberly Rinker, for the OSDF  

"Lawbook Larry" Farley, a recently retired attorney from Toledo, Ohio, scored his first driving victory in this season's CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series on Wednesday night, July 6, when he guided Patient I D to a 2:00.1 wire to wire triumph in a Midwest region trot at Northfield Park. A veteran of over three decades of amateur driving Farley, like many others in amateur racing, also owns his stock and employs a professional trainer when he was doing due-diligence in his chosen profession. In the Billings trot tonight at Northfield Park Farley took advantage of starting from the pole position and gunned his trotter to the lead when the wings of the mobile gate folded. "It appeared that a few others were good on the front-end so I wanted to leave and make sure I had a good position as we headed to the first quarter," Farley said by telephone after the race. "We got a good assist when Heza Rube (the odds-on favorite) made a break as we headed to the quarter." Still Farley and Patient ID didn't have a cakewalk of it when the favorite went off stride. Celtic Merchant and Steve "You're Never too" Oldford supplied relentless pressure from the get-go but Patient ID was up to the test and although she needed to trot to a :58.3 half to keep all comers at bay, the veteran 4-year old Band's Gold Chip mare hung tough along the pylons turning back a multitude of challenges. As the field rounded the clubhouse turn and headed for the three quarters the parked-out trotters began looking for positions along the pylons as Patient ID kept going forward. "I got a bit concerned on the last turn because my mare wasn't strong on the bit," Farley said."As we headed for home I was closely watching Ned (Hodkinson with Mutinyonthebounty) who was making a move at me on the outside and I hardly noticed Tim Miller (with Vaya Con Dios) charging on the far outside as we headed for the finish line. Luckily Tim's horse ran out of racetrack and my mare was a one-length winner over Tim's." Although Patient ID had three previous seasonal victories this was the first time Farley drove her to victory. "She's a nice mare, good gaited, and a pleasure to drive," Farley said referring to Patient ID. "She's a real sweetheart." Farley owns Patient ID who paid $19.20 for win. She's trained by Calvin Holler.For Farley it was his 54th amateur driving victory. Next Billings action will be in the eastern region at Monticello Raceway on Friday afternoon, July 8. By john manzi for the CKG Billings Series

In harness racing, a pretty horse doesn't always mean a fast horse. However, in the case of Type A Grey, pretty does mean fast. The 2-year-old daughter of Art Official stormed to a wire-to-wire 1:57.2 victory in her $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes on Sunday night, July 3 at Northfield Park for driver Chris Page in her pari-mutuel debut. Trained by Brian Brown for Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio, Type A Grey lead through fractions of :29.1, :59.1 and 1:28.3 to sweep under the wire unchallenged. Owner Bruce Trogden purchased the lanky filly as a yearling at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg for $20,000. "I liked her pedigree," Bruce said. "She comes from a strong, old maternal family. The fact that she was grey was a plus because I really like grey horses and have purchased many of them over the years. When I saw her in the flesh I was surprised she was as good looking as her pedigree suggested." "Bruce bought her after I had already gone home," Brian admitted. "She's a very sound, sensible filly and one of those that you can jog all day long. In fact, if you don't take a whip out there with you to jog, you will be out there all day long. "She's kind of lazy in that regard, and really didn't show a lot of spunk until her last two training sessions and then she just kind of put it all together. Having Chris (driver Page) handle her is an added bonus because he really takes care of these young horses and babies them along. Sometimes I have to ask him not to baby them so much and to get after them a little bit, but Chris is one of those who is always thinking of the horse and their early education." A total of 14 Ohio Sires Stakes events were contested at Northfield on July 3, and a complete recap will be forthcoming. by Kimberly Rinker, for the OSDF

Obrigado avenged last year's Cleveland Trotting Classic defeat with an impressive track record victory on Saturday (July 2). Last year's runner-up trotted like he had something to prove and bested his competition by 5 ¾-lengths. Obrigado ($3.40) started from the rail. He floated off the gate and two rivals were ahead of him at the 1/8-pole. Once the field was set, driver Mark MacDonald quarter-moved Obrigado. He took the lead just past the :27.2 opening quarter and never experienced an anxious moment the rest of the mile. He led his rivals through times of :56, 1:25 and 1:53.2. "He (Obrigado) is really sharp right now. I got him to the front and let things play out from there," said MacDonald. "Once this horse is near the lead, he does the rest." The 1:53.2 clocking replaces the 1:54.1 time of Kirty Dream (Aaron Merriman) as the fastest trotting mile ever on the Flying Turns for a five year-old and up gelded trotter. Kirty Dream's mark has held since 2014. Saturday's win is Obrigado's fourth win this year and 38th lifetime score, increasing his bankroll to $1,109,749 for owners Paul Kelley Racing Stable, SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45. Completing the $180,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic were Muscle Up The Goal, Shake It Cerry, Il Sogno Dream, Maestro Blue Chip, Homicide Hunter and Like Old Times. "This is a great horse to drive. I love driving for Paul Kelley, and his owners are extremely patient," explained Mac Donald. "It is very meaningful to win races for guys like them." by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northeast Ohio's premier trotting race, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, will go to post Saturday (July 2) at Northfield Park. This will be the second edition of the Classic and it carries a purse of $180,000. The Grand Circuit event has attracted some of the best veteran trotters in North America. It has been slated as the 11th event on a 15-race program. First race post time is 6 p.m. 1-Obrigado, runner-up in this event last year, draws the rail for his return. He has been victorious in 37 of 68 career races, including a 21 race win streak earlier in his career. He has lifetime earnings of $1,019,749 and a 1:51.3 (M 1) mark taken last year. Although entering this event off a third place finish in the $200,000 Cutler Memorial, Obrigado has three wins in six races this year. Those wins include the $200,000 Maxie Lee at Harrah's Philadelphia and the $210,000 Charlie Hill Memorial at Scioto Downs. The six year-old is owned by Paul Kelley Racing Stable, SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45. He is conditioned by Paul Kelley. Canadian native Mark MacDonald has been named to steer. 2-Homicide Hunter was sired my Mr Cantab and is owned by Michelle Crawford and Albert Crawford. With 20 career victories, he has been a model of consistency, finishing in the top three 29 of his 33 lifetime starts. He enters the Classic in very good form, just equaling his 1:51.4 lifetime mark in a $54,000 stake race on June 18 at The Meadows. That victory bolstered his career bankroll to $609,513. Christopher Oakes trains the four year-old gelding. Dave Palone, winner of more races than any driver in harness racing history, has been named to drive this 4-1 morning-line competitor. 3-Shake It Cerry has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite. She is the richest in this year's field, sporting career earnings of $2,547,962. She has 50 lifetime starts and 28 career victories, including the $500,000 Breeders Crown in 2014. She is a five year-old daughter of Donato Hanover with a lifetime mark of 1:51.2 (Lex 1). Shake It Cerry is trained by Jimmy Takter and owned by Solveig's Racing Partners. Ronnie Wrenn Jr, Northfield Park's leading driver, has been given the driving assignment. 4-Il Songno Dream is one of two starters in this race from the powerful Christopher Beaver Stable. He has won 17, and been on the board in 32 of 54 career races. He has two runner-up finishes this year in three efforts. This five year-old son of Cantab Hall has career earnings of $803,077. His 1:50.2 (Lex 1) lifetime mark is the fastest in this race. Canadian Trevor Henry comes to drive this 10-1 morning line selection. 5-Muscle Up The Goal enters this race for owner Synerco Ventures, Inc. He is the second entrant in this field for trainer Christopher Beaver. 2015 Dash Driving Champion Aaron Merriman has been given the driving assignment for tonight's outing. The four year-old has already won three times in five tries this year and has won eight of 24 starts lifetime. He earned his 1:52 mark at The Meadows this year in a $20,000 Preferred event. In May of this year, Muscle Up The Goal broke the Northfield Park trotting record and a world record for four year-old trotting horses in 1:52.3. This son of Muscle Mass has lifetime earnings of $257,896. He carries an 8-1 morning line. 6-Maestro Blue Chip is owned by Richard Poillucci and trained by Jo Ann Looney-King. The four year-old enters this race off a 1:53.4 win on June 12 in the $75,000 Graduate at Tioga Downs. He has a total of 25 career starts with 13 triumphs, but has blossomed this year, winning 11 of 12 outings. He earned a 1:51.3 (M 1) lifetime mark just three races ago and has career earnings of $270,173. Victor Kirby has been named to drive this 6-1 morning-line starter. 7-Like Old Times was the 2015 Ohio Horse of the Year. She enters this race off two consecutive local victories, including a 1:55 track record performance and lifetime mark. This daughter of Chip Chip Hooray is owned by Keith Ross and trained on the Flying Turns by Northfield Park Wall of Famer and Ohio Trotmaster Don McKirgan. Like Old Times has 17 victories in 34 starts and has $343,350 in earnings. Ryan Stahl has been named to drive this 25-1 longshot. 8-Boffin, 25-1, enters off a runner-up finish in a $25,000 Open event at Scioto Downs. He has a 1:51.1 (PcD 5/8) lifetime mark and career earnings of $340,127. This son of Donato Hanover has won 28 of 85 career starts. Anette Lorentzon trains Boffin for owners ACL Stuteri AB, Kjell Johansson and Karin Lorentzon. Jason Merriman has been given the driving assignment. This year's Classic program undercard is highlighted by three $20,000 Open events. One features Foiled Again, the richest horse in the history of harness racing and a three-time Battle of Lake Erie winner. The Opens and the Trotting Classic comprise the evening's Pick-4, which carries a $10,000 guaranteed pool. In addition to superior racing action, the night will also offer guests a buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The buffet is just $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330.467.4101. Guests who want to be close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron for an array of free fanfare activities. These attractions include a free Northfield Park ball cap for the first 1,500 patrons, a t-shirt toss from the winner's circle by the successful driver of each race, country band Six String Cowboy performing on the apron from 6-10 p.m., spinning of the Northfield Park Prize Wheel for free cash and prizes from 8-9 p.m., and some of Northeast Ohio's favorite food trucks on the grandstand apron from 6-10 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northeast Ohio's premier trotting race, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, will go to post Saturday (July 2) at Northfield Park. This will be the second edition of the Classic and it carries a purse of $180,000. The Grand Circuit event has attracted some of the best veteran trotters in North America. It has been slated as the 11th event on a 15-race harness racing program. First race post time is 6:00 p.m.   Shake It Cerry drew post three and has been named the 2-1 morning line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi. Although winless so far in 2016, the five year-old mare has 28 lifetime successes and earnings over $2.5 million.   Obrigado drew the rail and has been assigned a 3-1 morning line. He was the runner-up in last year's Classic and has three wins in six starts this season, most recently a 1:53.3 score in the $210,000 Charlie Hill Memorial at Scioto Downs on June 11.   Local favorite Like Old Times enters this event off two straight wins over the Flying Turns. She was the 2015 Ohio Horse of the Year and is conditioned by Northfield Park Wall of Famer and Ohio Trotmaster, Don McKirgan. Although programmed as a 25-1 longshot, she broke the track record for four year-old trotting mares just two weeks ago.   The 2016 Cleveland Trotting Classic field: Post Horse Driver Trainer M/L 1 Obrigado - Mark MacDonald Paul Kelley 3-1 2 Homicide Hunter - Dave Palone Chris Oakes 4-1 3 Shake It Cerry - Aaron Merriman Jimmy Takter 2-1   4 Il Sogno Dream - Trevor Henry Christopher Beaver 10-1   5 Muscle Up The Goal - Aaron Merriman Christopher Beaver 8-1   6 Maestro Blue Chip - Victory Kirby Jo Ann Looney-King 6-1   7 Like Old Times -  Don McKirgan - Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 25-1   8 Boffin - Jason Merriman -  Anette Lorentzon 25-1   *Driver selections will be finalized by 9 p.m. Tuesday evening.   This year's Classic program undercard is highlighted by three $20,000 Open events. One features Foiled Again, the richest horse in the history of harness racing and a three-time Battle of Lake Erie winner. The Opens and the Trotting Classic comprise the evening's Pick-4, which carries a $10,000 guaranteed pool.   In addition to superior racing action, the night will also offer guests a buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The buffet is just $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330.467.4101.   Guests who want to be close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron for an array of FREE fanfare activities. These attractions include a FREE Northfield Park ball cap for the first 1,500 patrons, a t-shirt toss from the winner's circle by the successful driver of each race, country band Six String Cowboy performing on the apron from 6-10 p.m., spinning of the Northfield Park Prize Wheel for FREE cash and prizes from 8-9 p.m., and some of Northeast Ohio's favorite food trucks on the grandstand apron from 6-10 p.m.   Ayers Ratliff

Haste trotted home for his 50th career victory, winning the 12th race at Northfield Park on Tuesday (June 21). The 14 year-old harness racing veteran, with 372 career starts, also has 56 seconds and 52 third place finishes. Haste (Inquirer-Over Proximity-Overcomer) has career earnings of $635,360 with a lifetime mark of 1:57.3 at Yonkers Raceway at age five. The trotter's richest win was in the $31,600 Ohio State Fair Stakes at Scioto Downs in 2005. Haste is a well-traveled campaigner -- his 50 wins have been spread across 20 different racing surfaces. Haste started from post three. He received a garden trip through fractions of :28, :58 and 1:27.3. He popped the pocket in the final quarter bested his competition by three-quarters of a length in 1:58.1. He returned $7.40 to win. Sue Stockwell trains Hate for owner Garry Martin of Aurora, Ohio. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was aboard for the winning drive. Ayers Ratliff

Like Old Times crossed the finish line faster than any other four year-old female trotter in the history of Northfield Park when she won the $13,500 Open Trot in 1:55 on Monday (June 20). The clocking formally broke the 1:55.2 harness racing record by Barn Girl (Joe Bongiorno) set earlier this year. Keith Ross owns Like Old Times. Don McKirgan is her conditioner and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. was in the sulky for the winning drive. Like Old Times (Chip Chip Hooray-Royal Two-Royal Troubador) started from post three. She led her competition through fractions of :27.4, :57.1, 1:26.2 and 1:55. Like Old Times now has two wins in eight starts this year. Monday's victory represents her 16th career score and bolstered her bankroll to $336,600. She returned $4.40 to win. Ayers Ratliff

"Tiny Tim" Miller is a happy man tonight. And why shouldn't he be? After all he guided longshot Vaya Con Dios to a stunning 1:57.2 victory in the harness racing Midwest region CKG Billings Trot at Northfield Park on the ides of June. What made Miller's win most impressive what the fact that his trotter was sent off at odds of 23-1 and was six-length winner over favored Heza Rube driven by Bob "the Lumberman" Troyer. And add that it was "Tiny Tim's" first time ever sitting behind the 6 year old altered son of Conway Hall. Taking advantage of starting along the pylons from post position nine, Miller got away in good shape following T K's Jelly Belly ( Dave "Linemaster" Ehrenberg) who parked Celtic Merchant and Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford before yielding command before the first quarter timer flashed :28.2. After Oldford's veteran trotter cleared he led the way to the half-way point in :58.2 with the odds-on betting favorite, Heza Rube, shuffled back after having started from post six in the nine-horse field. As the field headed into the clubhouse turn Troyer set Heza Rube in motion and began his way toward the leaders. However, Celtic Merchant still got first call as he passed the third stanza in1:28 with Vaya Con Dios in hot pursuit on the outside just a neck behind the pace-setter. At that point Heza Rube was in fifth position. When the trotters rounded the final turn Vaya Con Dios trotted to the lead and had three lengths on his competition as they straightened for home. Celtic Merchant tired and although Heza Rube rallied still Miller's trotter was lengths in front and was home free. At the finish, Vaya Con Dios was an easy six-length winner over Heza Rube who finished neck ahead of Celtic Merchant. Vaya Con Dios, owned by J M F Racing and trained by J D Wengerd, paid a whopping $48.60 for win. It was the first seasonal driving victory for the Wilmot, Ohio native and the 36th since Miller began amateur driving in 2001. Next Billings action will be in the eastern region on Friday night (June 17) at the Meadowlands where two Billings trots dot the 11-race betting card there. by John Manzi for the CKG Billings Series  

Jason Merriman had a stellar night on Saturday (June 11) at Northfield Park by posting eight wins on the 15-race harness racing program. Merriman's triumphs were with Rosescape ($11.80) in race one, Raiders Lastchance ($2.60) in race three, Beckys Giftedangel ($2.40) in race eight, Ida Sophia ($13.00) in race 10, Annakate ($3.80) in race 11, Maddys Dolly ($4.00) in race 12, Fashion Fluzzy ($4.80) in race 13 and Hopeful Trust ($10.60) in race 15. Merriman posted his 2,000th career win less than a week ago and is driving with full confidence and momentum toward his next career milestone. Merriman has been driving since 2002 and has since posted 2,012 career wins and is approaching $9.5 million in purse earnings. Ayers Ratliff

Harness racing driver Jason Merriman made his 2,000th trip to the winner’s circle after winning with Stop Payment in Northfield Park’s sixth race on Monday (June 6). Merriman led at every call with Stop Payment, eventually besting his competition by 2-3/4 lengths.  The 1:53.2 clocking was the 14th career score for the eight year-old pacer, who returned $7.00 to win. The 29-year-old Merriman began driving in 2003.  His 2,000 wins have helped him garner over $9 million in purse earnings.  Merriman is a fourth generation horsemen and grew up immersed in harness racing.  “I was seven or eight when I jogged my first horse,” recalled Merriman.  “I’ve loved horses as long as I can remember and there has never been a question what my career choice was going to be.”    After attending Plymouth-Salem High School in Salem, Michigan, Jason Merriman began working with horses full-time. “I cannot picture myself doing anything else,” said Merriman. Jason drove his first race in June, 2003 at a Michigan fair.  It resulted in a 5th place finish in a $1,150 conditioned race with Riptide Rush.  In December, 2003 Merriman scored his first win.  It was a 1:59.3 victory in a $4,900 conditioned trot with I C U Talkin.  Merriman’s richest win was a $25,000 series final in 2014 at Northfield Park, aboard September Hall.  His fasted happened in 2013, a 1:51.1 win with Real Samart.  He rates the best horses he has ever driven as Real Samart and Table Wine.     Jason primarily raced in Michigan for most of his career, but moved his talents to Ohio in late 2013.  “Coming to Northfield made sense for me because the racing program is lucrative,” explained Merriman.  “I have the ability to drive in more races and earn a lot more money than what I would be able to in Michigan.” Merriman still resides in Monroe, Michigan and commutes daily to compete at the Flying Turns.  His wife, Nichole, is a Registered Nurse at Dearborn Hospital.  They have two children: a daughter (Alex, age eight) and a son (Chase, age four).    “I see moving closer to Northfield in our future,” offered Merriman.  “But the timing has to be right when you have a family.” Jason Merriman is relieved to put the pressure of a milestone behind him. “I am really glad I finally got this,” said Merriman.  “I can stop thinking about the pressure of getting my 2,000th win and just go back to driving horses with a clear head.” Merriman feels fortunate to have had good stock to drive in his career and says that winning races is a team effort. “There have been many people that have given me opportunities and I thank them all,” offered Merriman.  Ayers Ratliff

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