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The $120,000 Courageous Lady goes postward at this Friday evenings (November 27) harness racing meeting at Northfield Park. The Grand Circuit race is an open event for North America's top 3-year-old-filly pacers and has once again attracted an impressive slate of talent. This year's Jugette winner, Sassa Hanover, will start from post three and has been named the 2-1 early favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi. A Courageous Lady victory would push Sassa Hanover's earnings in excess of $1 Million. The Ron Burke trainee has posted six victories this year, including a 1:49.4 win at Canada's Mohawk Raceway. Burke has given the driving assignment to national driving star Yannick Gingras. The morning line second choice, Triple V Hanover, has drawn the rail for trainer Brian Brown. She enters this event off a runner-up finish in the $120,000 American National at Balmoral Park and has career earnings approaching $200,000. Northfield Park's leading driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., has been named to pilot. Ron Burke and Brian Brown each have entered two fillies in Friday's featured event. Burke will also start Southwind Roulette, the 4-1 morning-line third choice with Matt Kakaley from post two. Brown will harness Somewhere Sweet for Aaron Merriman and carries a 10-1 morning line from post four. Below is the complete Courageous Lady field. PP  Horse  Trainer  Driver  Morning Line 1 Triple V Hanover Brian Brown Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 7-2 2 Southwind Roulette Ron Burke Matt Kakaley 4-1 3 Sassa Hanover Ron Burke Yannick Gingras 2-1 4 Somewhere Sweet Brian Brown Aaron Merriman 10-1 5 Bettor N Better Jeffrey Bamond Jr. Tim Tetrick 6-1 6 Band Of Angels Tony Alagna Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 12-1 7 Luck Be A Lindy Frank Antonacci Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 20-1 8 Purrfect Bags JoAnn Looney-King Victor Kirby 15-1 *Final drivers are due 9 p.m. on Monday, November 23. This year's Courageous Lady has been slated as race eleven on a 15-race program. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool has been added to the night. The guaranteed Pick 4 will begin with race eight and conclude with the Courageous Lady. Black Friday Prize Drawings will take place all night. Attendees could win $1,000 cash, a forty inch LED Insignia Roku television, and concert tickets in Hard Rock Live. Many electronics and household items will also be given away. Northfield Park's Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. The restaurant is featuring a special $19.95 Courageous Lady buffet. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $30,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee to Friday's (November 13) program.  Beginning in Race 8, the $30,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $6,437.46.  Northfield's Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3's offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.  Friday's post time is 6:00 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park  

Northfield Park has announced nine Progressive Claiming Series. "These claiming late closers are just part of the increased opportunities offered here at Northfield," said Dave Bianconi, Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. "These series give claimers a real opportunity to race for solid purses in each leg and a big money final."   Base claiming prices for the series are $5,000, $8,000 and $15,000, with those tags and purses increasing as horses compete in legs. Each of the claiming prices are offered for filly and mare pacers, horse and gelding pacers, and trotters.   A one-time $300 payment will be required of each entrant to be eligible. Payments are due by November 18.   Further information and nomination sheets for the series can be found in the Northfield Park race office or by going to The link is near the bottom of Northfield's homepage.   by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park    

Northfield, OH—It was a big night for the harness racing fans at Northfield Park as it played host to the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park Pinktober “Pace For The Cure” Benefit for the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Northeast Ohio.  Nine female drivers took to the race track to put on a show for a packed house and they did not disappoint.  When the gate swung open Tabatha Canarr sent Dragon Spike right to the top spot as Boxcar (Jayne Weller) and Timewell (Stephanie Huebner) followed in behind going up the backstretch.  Tabatha kept her foot on the gas pedal setting some very honest fractions and had to deal with Hannah Miller and Iwilldowhatido late in the mile.  Canarr admitted that she was a little worried about Miller coming thru the lane, but just got up at the wire. Tonight’s Pace for the Cure was an extension of Pinktober being celebrated this entire month at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. The ladies who participated in tonight’s race were Jayne Weller, Stephanie Huebner, Mary Birkhold, Casey Wolfe, Hannah Miller, Tabatha Canarr, Naquel Harvey, Rosy Weaver, and Rachel Kaneoka. Northfield Park staff and management would like to thank each of these drivers, as well as the owners, trainers and grooms of each of their horses.  Many people participated in this event to help bring awareness to breast cancer through harness racing. As part of the Pinktober fundraising efforts, Northfield Park is making a donation on behalf of these nine drivers.  The donation will support local cancer fighting efforts through the Susan G. Koman Foundation.  By Michael Carter, for Northfield Park

Northfield Park is hosting a "Pace for the Cure" on Friday, October 16, 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 drivers and is the second race on a 15 race harness racing card evening. Post time is 6 pm. "Northfield Park is 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 both harness racing and the awareness and support for breast cancer research." The Pinktober "Pace for the Cure" will carry a $5,000 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 only female to ever drive in harness racing's crown jewel, the Little Brown Jug. Hannah Miller, who has posted 26 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 almost 2,300 wins and purse earnings in excess of $20 million. The race's other participants include: Mary Birkhold, Tabitha Canarr, Naquel Harvey, Stephanie Huebner and Casey Wolfe. Pinktober is celebrated each day in October at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park and 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 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. Pinktober Charity Events/Concerts at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park: Thursday, October 15-7:00 p.m. - Rockin' Country Night-"Tips for the Cause" Live Country Music, Country Line Dancing & DJ Friday, October 16-6:00 p.m. -Pace For the Cure - "Racing for the Cause" Live Harness Racing Thursday, October 22-7:30 p.m. - EnVogue EnVouge to Auction Autographed Microphone Thursday, October 29- 7:30 p.m. - Dazz Band-"Dance for the Cause" Silent and Live Auction at 6:00 pm Ayers Ratliff

Hidden Land crossed the finish line faster than any harness racing female in the history of Northfield Park when she won the $13,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace in 1:51.4 on Friday (October 2).  The clocking formally broke the 1:52 four year-old pacing mare record by Lease Ness Monster (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) set earlier this year. The partnership of William Sartin and Mark Salerno owns Hidden Land.  Brad Irvine is her conditioner and Don Irvine, Jr. was in the sulky for the winning drive.       Hidden Land (Badlands Hanover-Armbro Ocasey-Abercrombie) started from post eight.  She led her competition through fractions of :26.4, :55.3, 1:23.4 and 1:51.4.  There was never really an anxious moment for the winner, who bested her competition by 2 ½-lengths.       Hidden Land now has four wins in 28 starts this year.  Friday’s victory represents her ninth career score and bolstered her bankroll to $89,157.  She returned $18.00 to win.    Ayers Ratliff     

 Driver Don Irvine Jr. scored win 7,000 in the 4th race at the harness racing meeting at Northfield Park aboard Ridge Park.   Ridge Park sat back patiently as Sky Lauxmont (Elliot Deaton) set the early pace. Sky Lauxmont opened a 3 length lead early in the mile and no one made a real move until just past the ½ mile marker. Going to the ½ Blak Smokn Hot Rod (Kody Massey) could wait no longer and tipped to the outside to go after the leaders. He was followed by Ridge Park (Don Irvine Jr.) who had to tip three –wide as Blak Smokn Hot rod was not advancing. Going up the back stretch Sky Lauxmont still had a two length lead and took on all challengers, but Ridge Park’s three-wide move around the final turn proved to be the winning one.   Driver Don Irvine Jr. has made over $34 million dollars in career earnings to go along with his 7,000th win. In 2015 this marks his 93rd victory to go along with the just over $600,000 he has made this season. Irvine, 64, is always a fan favorite at Northfield Park and he was the leading driver over the Flying Turns in 1975, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1983, and 1984. His (Irvine’s) success at Northfield secured him the honor of being a Northfield Park Wall of Fame inductee in 1991.   Irvine currently sits 9th in the Northfield  Park driver standings 87 first place finishes throughout the 2015 season. Ayers Ratliff  

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. had a monster night on Friday (September 18) at Northfield Park by posting nine wins on the 15-race harness racing program. Wrenn's triumphs were with Lady Sand Terror ($3.40) in race one, Ultimate Winner ($3.40) in race two, Stonebridge Damsel ($2.60) in race three, Princess Baby Ella ($2.60) in race four, Cypress Hill Rose ($12.00) in race six, Bonnie's Beach ($2.80) in race seven, CG Satin ($5.00) in race eight, Schmatie ($3.20) in race 10 and Allie Oakley ($3.60) in race 13. Friday is the third time that Wrenn has posted nine wins on a single Northfield program. It is also the third time that he has been only one win shy of Northfield's record of the most wins in a single card. That record was set in 1999 by Walter Case Jr. Friday's stellar performance is also one win shy of Ronnie's personal best of 10 wins on a single card, set in 2013 at Northville Downs. Wrenn is the 2013 and 2014 National Dash Driving Champion and is currently second in 2015. He won 714 races in 2013, 847 in 2014 and has posted 588 victories so far this year. His win tally is 12 behind Aaron Merriman, who he beat by only six wins last year. Wrenn is Northfield's leading driver with 552 local wins so far this year. Aaron Merriman (366), Jason Merriman (186), Ryan Stahl (150) and Kurt Sugg (138) complete the top five. Winning a Northfield driving title is nothing new to Ronnie, who won Northfield's 2013 and 2014 local titles. Wrenn has been driving since 2008 and has since posted 2,760 career wins and is approaching $13 million is purse earnings. Ayers Ratliff

Fountain Pen paced home for her sixth straight win Tuesday (September 15) in Northfield Park's 13th race. The three year-old filly is owned by Winbak Farm of Chesapeake City, MD and trained by Don Pfister. Kurt Sugg was aboard for the winning drive. Fountain Pen started from post four and made every pole a winning one through fractional times of :28.1, :57.3, 1:26.2 and 1:55. She never experienced an anxious moment in the mile and was two lengths ahead of her competition at the wire. Tuesday's triumph was the seventh career success for Fountain Pen (Veeza-Puccini Blue Chip-Magical Mike) and increased her lifetime earnings to $29,566. She was the overwhelming favorite and returned $2.80 to win. Fountain Pen moved to Northfield in early August with only one win in 12 starts. However, she has excelled under Pfister's tutelage and remains undefeated over the Flying Turns. Northfield Park Adds $15,000 Pick-5 Total Pool Guarantee to Wednesday’s Card Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $15,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Wednesday’s (September 16) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $15,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $2,092.95. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.    Wednesday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff    

Northfield Park has announced the dates of four Fall Late Closing Series.  All of the newly added Late Closers carry a condition of: Non-winners of Two Pari-Mutuel Races (Ohio Breads N/W Three) or Non-Winners of $15,000 Lifetime (Through 8/31/2015).    Tuesdays (October 6, October 13, October 20 and October 27) will host The Election Night Series for  horse and gelding trotters.  Each of the four legs will carry purses of $5,500.  The $17,500 final (all purses guaranteed) will go to post on Tuesday (November 3) Wednesdays (October 7, October 14, October 21 and October 28) feature the Autumn Leaves Series for filly and mare trotters.  All legs will be contested for a purse of $5,500.  The final chases a $17,500 purse and goes to post on Wednesday (November 4).   Thursdays (October 8, October 15, October 22 and October 29) will offer The Halloween Series for horse and gelding pacers.  Each leg will be raced for a $5,500 purse.  The final will be Thursday (November 5) for a purse of $17,500.   Fridays (October 9, October 16 and October 23) and Saturday (October 31) highlight The Friday Night Lights Series for filly and mare pacers.  Each of these legs will also carry a $5,500 purse.  The $17,500 final will be Friday (November 6). A one-time $300 payment will be required of each entrant to be eligible.  Payments are due by September 25 (or postmarked by September 26).  Conditions for the series can be found at  The link is near the bottom of Northfield’s homepage.  Ayers Ratliff          

Harness racing is typically a sport that has rural roots and its participants are usually males carrying on a family tradition that was started before they were even born. Most trainers and drivers had someone in their family or a close friend that took them under their wing, showed them the ropes and helped them get a start in the business. However, trainer Kim Sloan had a much different entry into harness racing. She was born into a Cleveland, Ohio urban family that had never owned or cared for a horse. Although knowing virtually nothing about horses, Kim's father and grandparents were fans of the sport and were often rooting for their picks on the grandstand apron of Northfield Park. As a child Kim was at Northfield many times but never on the backstretch. "I was usually running around the grandstand with the other kids picking up losing tickets off the ground," remembers Sloan. Being present in the excitement of a racetrack fostered an affection for horses that has grown throughout Kim's life. Sloan entered the workforce immediately after graduating in 1981 from the Cleveland City School System. She secured employment at a title insurance company in downtown Cleveland. However searching titles was not her passion, so Kim went to a horse auction at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in 1992 and purchased two yearling fillies, Aint That A Dame and Takin Chances. "Everyone I talked to told me to get a horse that was already racing and not to buy yearlings. But I wanted to learn how to train a horse from the start," said Sloan. "I thought that buying a horse that was already racing would be like sitting down in a theatre in the middle of a movie. I bought yearlings because I wanted to learn from the ground up." Kim feels fortunate to have been initially stabled next to Dan Kirkwood at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea, Ohio. "I tried to be observant and ask a lot of questions," explained Sloan. "Dan was always willing to guide me." Even though Kim asked questions and tried to learn from fellow trainers, "My biggest tool was the book Care & Training of the Trotter & Pacer. I read it religiously, especially the chapter written by Stanley Dancer. That book was like my Bible." Kim's first race was in October, 1995 with Aint That A Dame. It resulted in a seventh place finish, beaten 25½ lengths for a 1,600 purse at Northfield Park. Her first win was the following August at the Cuyahoga County Fair with a pacing mare named Botton Line in 2:05.3. Since the beginning Kim has kept a small stable. Her starters have posted 233 wins and have earnings approaching $1 million. However, in January she joined forces with Fred Peters, owner of Pod Stable LLC. She now trains six for her new owner, as well as two others, and for the first time is truly looking to grow the stable. "You have to keep going one race at a time and continuously evaluate where you are going and what you need to do," said Sloan. "In this business, many changes need to be made along the way." Her most recent victory came with Pod Stable owned Fluff Me Up at Northfield Park on Monday (August 24) in the $13,000 Open Trot where Sloan's four year-old gelding won by seven ½-lengths in 1:54.2. The clocking was not only a track record, but it equaled the world's record for his age, sex and gate on a half-mile track. "It was his first start without trotting hopples," said Sloan. "I have wanted to take the hopples off for quite a while but to do so you have to miss a week of racing to requalify. Timing worked out to take them off because he was not going to race for a week. I could not be happier with him. I have never had a win like this before." Ayers Ratliff          

Three new track records were set at Northfield Park on Friday night, August 21 in Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) competition. Fifteen, $40,000 divisions featuring Buckeye-bred 2-year-old colts and fillies of both gaits were contested. Standout trotting colt Kanthaka made it five for five en route to a track record clocking for 2-year-old trotting colts of 1:57.1--lowering his own standard that he set on July 24 in the second leg of this series. Were Gone (Dan Noble) was second, with Fantasy League (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third. "He's a perfect horse to drive and has done everything right since day one," said winning driver Dave Palone. "It's nice to see the offspring of Triumphant Caviar doing so well here in Ohio." Trainer and co-owner Chris Beaver harnessed the Triumphant Caviar colt, who now has $85,250 in his career coffers for partner Wilbur Lang, who also bred the youngster. Kanthaka won his previous OSS tests on July 4 at Scioto Downs by nearly eight lengths in 1:58.3 and on July 24 at Northfield in 1:58 triumph.   Save My Tootsie, a daughter of Big Bad John-Save My Life-Life Sign, set a new track record of 1:54.4 for pacing fillies--besting the previous record of 1:55.2 set by CC Spice in 2002. Trained by Ron Potter for owner Clyde Perfect of Lawrenceburg, IN, Save My Tootsie was bred by Spring Haven Farm.   Driven by Aaron Merriman, the black filly pushed her lifetime earnings to $35,935 in her first career victory in five starts. John's Sunny Girl (Greg Grismore) finished second while Upfortydevensgirl (Brady Galliers) nailed down show honors.   Friskie Cruiser notched his third career triumph in a track record clocking of 1:54 for a freshman pacing gelding, with driver Ryan Stahl at the lines. This son of Feelin Friskie is owned and was bred by Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH and pushed his lifetime earnings to $64,398 with the win, the third of his career in four starts.   "This is an exceptionally nice colt," Stahl noted. "There doesn't seem to be an end to his speed."   Friskie Cruiser finished well within himself for trainer Brian Brown, besting rivals Gotmoneyinmypocket (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Mr Wiggle Patns (Kayne Kauffman). Kestrel and driver Aaron Merriman didn't disappoint their backers, going wire to wire I 1:58.2. Trained, co-owned by Chris Beaver for breeder and partner Wilbur Lang, the daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Blackrock-Credit Winner scored her fourth win in as many tries in easy fashion. "She's been amazing and has done everything we've asked of her," Merriman stressed. "She zipped home in :28, and there's no bottom to her. Chris (trainer Beaver) just has so many nice horses right now." Kestrel upped her career earnings to $90,000, with Oneeyedmomma (Kurt Sugg) second and A TC Queenie (Ken Holiday) in third. The trotting filly Consolidator made her third pari-mutuel start a winning one--stopping the clock in 1:58.3 for driver Chris Page. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Muscle Toy-Muscles Yankee was bred by Rose Run Farm and is owned by John Green of Canfield, OH. "She's definitely one of the best Ohio-breds I've ever owned," remarked Green. "I've been with Jim (trainer Arledge) now for nine years, and it's been a good deal, we've had a lot of success."   Green--who has been an owner for more than three decades--also owns Thoroughbred racehorses and steeplechasers as well. Consolidator now has $30,616 after beating rivals Count On Kami (Kurt Sugg) and Belle'svictoryring (John Konesky III) for the top prize money.   Breeder-owner Sandra Burnett was overjoyed when her 2-year-old trotting filly Evanora bested eight rivals handily in 1:59.2. Steered by Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., the daughter of Pilgrims Taj-Nessa Rose-Chip Chip Hooray nailed down career victory three in five starts for her 81-year-old, Wilmington, OH resident.   "This filly has been through a lot lately," Burnett said. "She was in a paddock and stepped on a hornet's nest which really messed her up for a while. She's had her share of troubles since then and this is the first time she's been back to her old self."   Trained by Chris Beaver, Evanora now has $41,550 I career earnings. Taj For All (Peter Wrenn) was second in this event, while Emotional Blast (Ammon Hershberger) got up for third. As expected, MJB Got Faith left little doubt to his dominance, as he scored his third career win in as many starts. Peter Wrenn drove the youngster to a 2:00 career best clocking for trainer Steve Carter. The Next Triumph (Ken Holiday) was second with Deep Question (Chris Page) finishing third. A winner of $60,000 lifetime, MJB Got Faith was bred by the GBW Breeding Farms, Inc., of Findlay, OH and is owned by Breana Carsey of Connersville, IN.   Miss Me Yet got up in the final strides to nail down career win two for driver Montrell Teague and trainer Brenda Teague. The daughter of I'm Gorgeous-Live Inspired-Western Hanover was timed in 1:56.2, besting Kacy's Coop (Josh Sutton) and It's Your Fantasy (Dan Noble).   Miss Me Yet is owned by George Teague, Jr. of Harrington, DE and was bred by George and partner Fanning Racing. She now has $48,800 in career earnings.   Lionbacker Kidd, a Lionhunter gelding, went wire-to-wire for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and trainer Joseph Kramp, timed in 2:00.3. Bred by John Miller of Wooster, OH, Lionbacker Kidds is owned by Jeffrey Kidd of Hartville, OH, and has $54,873 in career earnings. Chip OR Don (Tye Loy) was second while Emerald Chip (Josh Sutton) finished third.   Primo Giovanni and driver Chris Page made it five for five with a resounding, come-from-behind, 1:55.1 victory against eight pacing rivals. The son of Big Bad John-JK Reunited-Bettor's Delight was bred and is owned by Carl T. Howard of Powell, OH and hails from the powerful Virgil Morgan, Jr. stable. He now has $87,575 in career earnings. This was Primo Giovanni's third OSS win. He has back-to-back OSS wins--on July 24 at Northfield (12:55.2) and on July 4 at Scioto (1:56.2). Nothin Fancy (Kyle Ater) was second, with World Of Gaming (Dan Noble) third. My Tweed Heart, a daughter of Manhardt-Tweedle D-Towner's Big Guy won her OSS division easily in 1:55.1 for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. The bay filly was harnessed by Jim Daily for owners Carl Atley of Xenia, OH, My Tweed Heart was bred by Stanley Swango, III of Florida.   Mickey Moose prevailed easily in 1:57.3 with his trainer, Kurt Sugg in the sulky   This son of Triumphant Caviar-Chippedinstrawberry-Chip Chip Hooray nailed down career win four (from eight tries). Bred by Richard Mairs and Shari Starner,   Mickey Moose now has $37,554 in his career coffers. She is owned by Dean Davis of Wooster, OH and Ashley Dunn of Polk, OH. D Count (Greg Grismore) finished second with Another Breath (Hugh Beatty) in third.   Rocknroll Wildcats and Aaron Meriman bested a field of nine pacers to win in 1:54.1. The son of World Of Rocknroll was harnessed by George Anthrop for Toman Enterprises of Battle Creek, MI and was bred by Mark Marroletti of FL. Prince Giovanni (Josh Sutton) was second, while UF Whosurdarlinboy (Brady Galliers) finished third. He now has $31,475 in career earnings. Queen Ann M captured her division in 1:55.2 for driver Chris Page and trainer Mike Roth. This daughter of Big Bad John-Full Fledged-Grinfromeartoear pushed her career earnings to $71,125 with the win, the third of her career in four starts for Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH. Jay Mossbarger bred Queen Ann M, who bested Feelin Lilly (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and NPR Nine (Aaron Merriman). Longshot Whataboy and driver Chris Page won the final OSS division of the night, scoring in 1:54.3. The son of Big Bad John is trained by Virgil Morgan for Majs Ny Inc., Gerrie S Tucker and RBH Ventures, and pushed his career earnings to $37,113 en route to his first lifetime victory. Whataboy--who was bred by the Dm Stables LLC of Florida, saw Whiskey Friskie (Aaron Merriman) finish second, while Standing Proud (Kayen Kauffman) got up for third. Kimberly A. Rinker

Don Irvine Jr. and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. each won six times throughout Northfield Park's 15-race harness racing program on Wednesday (August 19). Irvine's triumphs were aboard Un Poco De Loco ($4.40) in race one, Cautious Optimism ($9.80) in race three, Happy To Scoot ($7.20) in race seven, Endless Desire ($7.60) in race nine, Star Studded Gun ($8.00) in race 11 and A Million Thanks ($3.80) in race 14. Wrenn posted wins with Let Loose Hanover ($6.40) in race two, Iwilldowhatido ($2.20) in race four, Bonnie's Beach ($2.40) in race eight, Y Mach Me ($2.40) in race 10, Roca Rei ($6.20) in race 13 and Charlie B ($2.10) in race 15. Irvine, 64, has been a fan favorite at Northfield for decades. He has 6,985 career wins and is approaching $35 million in total purse earnings. He currently sets ninth in Northfield's local driving ranks with 71 wins so far this year. Throughout his long and successful career Irvine has competed in nearly 40,000 races and has six local dash titles to his credit. He was the leading driver over the Flying Turns in 1975, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1983 and 1984. Don Irvine Jr.'s success gained him the honor of being a Northfield Park Wall of Fame inductee in 1991. Wrenn, 28, began driving in 2008 and has since garnered 2,679 career victories and is approaching $12 million in total purse earnings. Ronnie leads Northfield's local driving ranks with 390 wins posted so far this year. Aaron Merriman (327), Jason Merriman (167), Ryan Stahl (126) and Kurt Sugg (114) complete the top-five drivers over the Flying Turns so far in 2015. Wrenn holds the 2013 and 2014 National Dash titles for posting more wins than any other driver in North America in each of the last two years. He is currently second in 2015. Wrenn has won 507 races so far this year, trailing Aaron Merriman by 31. George Napolitano Jr. (470), Corey Callahan (449) and Bruce Aldrich Jr. (442) complete the top-five winningest drivers in North America so far this season. Ayres Ratliff

Fifteen divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for 2-year-old colts and fillies of both gaits will be contested on Friday night, August 21 at Northfield Park.  Post time is 6 pm, ET. A total of 125 freshmen Standardbreds—58 trotters and 67 pacers—passed the Northfield Park entry box to vie for $40,000 each division.  Seven races of diagonally-gaited 2-year-olds (four colt and three filly heats) are set, while eight events were drawn for the side-wheelers (four colt and four filly heats). Pacing Colts Amongst the pacing colts, Primo Giovanni, Nothing Fancy, Mr Wiggle Pants, Trayvon, Big Bad Cam and Whiskey Friskie all appear poised for triumphs. Primo Giovanni will be trying for his fourth consecutive pari-mutuel victory in the first OSS division (Race 6) for driver Chris Page.  The son of Big Bad John-JK Reunited-Bettor’s Delight was bred and is owned by Carl T. Howard of Powell, OH and hails from the powerful Virgil Morgan, Jr. stable. Primo Giovanni won an $18,500 Ohio Breeders Stake (OBS) on Aug. 13 at Scioto Downs in a career best 1:54.2 and before that captured an Ohio Fair Stake (OFS) on Aug. 6 at Scioto, timed in 1:55.1. He has back-to-back victories in OSS competition—on July 24 at Northfield (12:55.2) and on July 4 at Scioto (1:56.2). Nothin Fancy is in this same division, with Kyle Ater driving for trainer Fred Huff, Jr, who owns the black gelding in partnership with John Fairchild of Portsmouth, OH.  Nothin Fancy has a quarter of victories to his credit in his last four starts as well, with wins coming in an Aug. 6 OFS at Scioto (1:53.3); in an OSS at Northfield on July 24 (1:55.1); in an Ohio Fair Stake (OHFS) on July 17 at Welston (2:05.1); and at Scioto Downs on July 4 in an OSS (1:56).  The son of Metropolitan-JL Cruise The Nite-Yankee Cruiser was bred by Reeves Barnhouse of Pennsylvania and has $60,009 in his bankroll.  Owner-breeder-trainer Brenda Teague’s Trayvon will also vie in this division, with her nephew Montrell Teague in the sulky. The son of I’m Gorgeous-Sheisaknockout-Badland’s Hanover has $39,162 in his career coffers and won his OSS division on July 24 at Northfield Park in near wire-to-wire fashion commandingly in 1:56. Mr Wiggle Pants looks formidable in the second division of pacing colts (Race 11).  Trained by Jim Mulinix and driven by Kayne Kauffman, this son of Mr Wiggles—Shani Pants—On The Attack has two wins and four seconds in six career starts, with earnings of $39,220. He has an OHFS victory to his credit from Aug. 1 at Northfield, when he posted a 1:57 clocking and finished a strong second to the aforementioned Nothin Fancy in that OSS on July 24 at Northfield. Big Bad Cam—the fastest of any Ohio-bred youngsters to date with a 1:53.2 clocking in his OSS and career debut on July 4, will be trying for a repeat performance in the third division (Race 13) of pacing youngsters.  Peter Wrenn will be in the sulky behind the bay gelding who is conditioned by his wife, trainer Melanie Wrenn, for Dorothy Miller of Delphos, OH.  Big Bad Cam was bred by Dan & Robert Kuhns of Kentucky and is by Big Bad John, out of the Aturo mare Camturo. The fourth and final pacing division (Race 15) for OSS youngsters features nine rivals going up against Whiskey Friskie, who will be looking for a repeat of his July 4, Scioto Downs score in 1:57.1.  The son of Feelin Friskie—a John Melsheimer trainee—has $29,080 in career earnings and will have Aaron Merriman in the sulky.  Midland Acres bred Whiskey Friskie, who is owned by Karen McGraw of Pickerington, OH. Pacing Fillies Four divisions of pacing fillies will vie, beginning with Race 2.  Miss Me Yet, another Brenda Teague trainee is looking for her second career victory.  The daughter of I’m Gorgeous-Live Inspired-Western Hanover hasn’t missed the board in three career starts, with earnings of $28,800 for owner George Teague of Harrington, DE.  This speedy filly captured her previous OSS test on July 25 at Scioto Downs in 1:53.4. John’s Sunny Girl, a daughter of Big Bad John-Sunshine State-Dragon Again hails from post six in the second OSS division (Race 4) for driver Greg Grismore.  Owned by the Parent Racing Stable of Holland, OH, John’s Sunny Girl has amassed $44,625 in her brief career via three triumphs.  She last won an OBS on Aug. 12 at Scioto Downs in a lifetime best 1:55, and had previous won the first leg of this series on July 3 at Scioto Downs in 1:55.4.  Doug Hinklin trains the filly, who was bred by Midland Acres. Awakening headlines the third division (Race 8) of OSS freshman fillies.  Trained by Mike Polhamus and owned and bred by Marjorie Polhamus of Fletcher, OH, this daughter of Feelin Friskie-Sidewalk Sleeper-Jate Lobell romped to a 1:57 wire-to-wire victory at Northfield on July 3 in the first leg of this series, and last won an OHFS on Aug. 11 at Urbana in 2:04.  She also has a pair of OFS victories on her resume, having won at Paulding on June 9 and at Ottawa on July 23. Kayne Kauffman will be in the sulky for this winner of $24,786 lifetime. My Tweed Heart, a winner of $42,250 also vies in this division, with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the sulky. This daughter of Manhardt-Tweedle D-Towner’s Big Guy captured her first OSS leg handily in 1:59.1 at Northfield on July 3, and most recently won an OSF in 1:54 on Aug. 5 at Scioto Downs.  Owned by Carl Atley of Xenia, OH, My Tweed Heart was bred by Stanley Swango, III of Florida. Queen Ann M, who was bred by Jay Mossbarger of Bloomington, OH, starts from post one for driver Chris Page and trainer Mike Roth in the fourth pacing filly contest (Race 14).  This daughter of Big Bad John-Full Fledged-Grinfromeartoear stopped the clock in 1:56.4 in a come-from-behind effort with Page at the lines on July 3 at Northfield in OSS leg one.  Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH owns the speedy bay filly who has $51,125 in her coffers. Trotting Colts Thirty-one trotting colts and geldings will battle in four OSS divisions Friday night, including the standout colt Kanthaka in the fourth division (Race 12).  Trainer Chris Beaver harnesses the Triumphant Caviar colt, who will be steered by Dave Palone.  A winner of $65,250in his brief career, Kanthaka won his OSS test on July 4 at Scioto Downs by nearly eight lengths in 1:58.3,  and followed that up with a 1:58 triumph in his second OSS test on July 24 at Northfield.  His last win was in an Aug. 6 OSF at Scioto Downs, when he tripped the timer in 1:58.1. Nearly all of his four career wins in as many starts have come in wire-to-wire fashion.  He was bred by Wilbur Stoll of Jamestown, OH and is co-owned by Stoll and Beaver. MJB Got Faith will also be trying for his third career win in division one (Race 1).  Peter Wrenn drives for trainer Steve Carter, and won his OSS division in 2:00.4 at Scioto Downs on July 4, before taking his second OSS on July 24 at Northfield in 2:01.3.  A winner of $40,000 lifetime, MJB Got Faith was bred by the GBW Breeding Farms, Inc., of Findlay, OH and is owned by Breana Carsey of Connersville, IN. Lionbacker Kidd, a Lionhunter gelding, vies for trainer Joseph Kramp in the second division (Race 3).  This youngster finished second in the first leg of this series at Scioto Downs on July 4, timed in 2:00.1.  He was bred by John Miller of Wooster, OH, is owned by Jeffrey Kidd of Hartville, OH, and has $34,873 in career earnings. Mickey Moose will have trainer Kurt Sugg in the bike in the third division (Race 10).  This daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Chippedinstrawberry-Chip Chip Hooray is looking for her third straight victory.  Bred by Richard Mairs and Shari Starner, the winner of $17,544 lifetime captured an OHFS on Aug. 11 in 2:09.1, then posted a 1:58.2 clocking at Scioto Downs on Aug. 13 in a $14,700 OBS.  She is owned by Dean Davis of Wooster, OH and Ashley Dunn of Polk, OH. Trotting Fillies A trio of divisions for trotting fillies sees $70,900 winner Kestrel marching forward in Race 5.  The daughter of Triumphant Caviar—who was bred and is co-owned by Wilbur Stoll and trainer Chris Beaver—is three for three in her brief career.  Aaron Merriman drives this solidly-gaited distaff from post seven, who has won both of her previous OSS legs—with a lifetime best 1:57.3 clocking at Scioto Downs on July 25. Merriman and Beaver return with the fast but erratic Kerfuffle Cookie in the second division (Race 7).  A winner of $40,000 this daughter of Chip Chip Hooray-Minor Skirmish-Conway Hall won her OSS on July 25 in a lifetime best 1:58 after scoring in 2:00.1 in the first OSS leg on July 3, but has been plagued with breaking issues since.  Bred by Lmn Bred Stables Inc., Kerfuffle Cookie is owned the Toronto-based Synerco Ventures, Inc. Beaver will also harness Evanora in the final trotting division for fillies (Race 9).  This Pilgrim’s Taj lass has two wins in four career starts and $21,550 for owner –breeder Sandra Burnette of Wilmington, OH.  She has yet to show her previous winning form after capturing her OSS on July 3 at Northfield in 2:01. Kimberly A. Rinker

Wiggle It Jiggleit went to post in Friday's (August 14) $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park as the overwhelming 1-9 favorite. His stellar performance did not disappoint a packed apron full of harness racing fans, who showed their appreciation with loud cheers as he returned to the Winners Circle. Montrell Teague was in the sulky for his father, George Teague Jr., who owns Wiggle It Jiggleit, and trainer Clyde Francis. Friday's victory represents the popular gelding's 16th win in 18 career starts, while his share of the purse took his earnings to $1,195,644. Staring from post position four, Wiggle It Jiggleit let his rivals get position off the gate before brushing to the front nearing the quarter pole. After clocking a :26.1 opening fraction, Teague was able to rate the second panel and slowed the pace to a :55.3 half. "That was the plan," said Montrell Teague in a post-race interview. "I wanted to take care of him tonight after the hard race he had last week." Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) made a first-over challenge in the second half and pushed Wiggle It Jiggleit to a 1:22.4 three-quarter time. Wakizashi Hanover flattened in the final quarter while Lost For Words (David Miller), who sat the pocket throughout, also could not gain on Wiggle It Jiggleit, who posted a 1 ½-length victory in 1:49.3. Lost For Words finished second and Wakizashi Hanover was third. The mile lowered Northfield's track record for three year-old geldings. The prior 1:52 record was held by both Gryffindor (Ray Fisher Jr.) in 2005 and Hare Craft (Aaron Byron) in 2011. "I am glad he bounced back like he did. He was very strong tonight," offered Montrell, referring to his most recent disappointing fourth place finish in the Cane Pace. "I am glad to quiet the doubters." Ayers Ratliff

Like Old Times notched the first of four $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions for harness racing 3-year-old fillies on Friday night, August 14 at Northfield Park. The Don McKirgan-trained daughter of Chip Chip Hooray bested seven trotting rivals to win in a front-stepping 1:57 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr, at the lines.   Owned and bred by Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, Ohio, Like Old Times pushed her seasonal earnings to $108,512 in her ninth triumph of the year in 12 starts. She won the second leg of this series on June 12 at this same venue. Student Of Life (Kurt Sugg) was second, while I'd Rather Walk (Aaron Merriman) grabbed third. Trainer Marty Wollam harnessed Dark Roast to a wire-to-wire 1:57.1 victory in the second OSS division for sophomore trotting fillies. Kurt Sugg was in the sulky behind the daughter of Full Count, who was bred by Marvin Raber. Dark Roast pushed her career earnings to $118,288 with the win, her third in OSS competition this season. Owned by Acadia Farms, Inc. and G&B Racing, the venerable filly won the first OSS leg on May 1 at Miami Valley in 1:58 and the second at Northfield on June 12 in 1:57.3. Lisa Jane (Ryan Stahl) finished second, while I'm Chiptastic was third for Aaron Merriman. Sophomore pacing filly Karlee Sue grabbed the lead at the quarter and never looked back, taking the OSS pacing division easily in 1:55.1. Reined by Tim Tetrick for trainer and co-owner Al Tomlinson for partners Daniel Mitchell, Novi MI and Dennis Stolz, Midland, MI, the daughter of Feelin Friskie pushed her career bankroll to $99,227 in her fourth win in 11 starts this year. Bred by Midland Acres, Karlee Sue won a second leg of this series on June 12 at Northfield in 1:54.2. E Ticket Ride (Aaron Merriman) finished second and Sectionlinefriskie (Chris Page) nabbed show honors.   Crosswinds Cupcake, a David Elliott trainee, captured the second OSS pacing division in a demanding, wire-to-wire effort in 1:54.1 with Dan Noble at the controls, besting her rivals by four lengths. Bred by and co-owned by Crosswinds Farm, Waynesville, OH and Stephen Sexton, Xenia, this daughter of Stand Forever-Keystone Mulberry-Artsplace notched her third consecutive victory and her eighth lifetime win, pushing her career earnings to $124,254. Feeling Outrageous (Ken Holiday) finished second, while Bell Flower (Chris Page) got up for third.   Leg four of Ohio Sires Stakes action for 3-year-old trotting and pacing fillies will be contested Friday, Aug. 28 at Scioto Downs, while the $225,000 Championships for all 2- and 3-year-old divisions of trotters and pacers, colts and fillies, will take place on Sept. 12 at Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker

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