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Northfield Park played host to eight $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old colts on Wednesday, August 24. Five divisions featuring 37 freshmen pacers and three divisions of 21 trotting youngsters prevailed over the evening's racing card. This was the fourth and final leg of the series and was the deciding factor for many youngsters seeking a starting berth in the $250,000 Championships, set for Sept. 3 at Northfield Park.   The Triumphant Caviar colt Fraser Ridge set a new track record clocking of 1:54 en route to winning the first OSS trotting division with Aaron Merriman at the lines. Trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver, Fraser Ridge took command from the gate and never looked back for partners Beaver, Robinson, Mondilo and RBH Ventures.   "He's got very high speed but isn't as handy as some in this age group," Merriman noted. "He was trotting so strong that he lost both front shoes tonight."   Bred by Steve Stewart of Kentucky, Fraser Ridge upped his career earnings to $75,050. Stormy Kromer (Peter Wrenn) at odds of 5-1 notched second-place honors 3¾ lengths behind the winner, while 35-1 Dejarover (Ryan Stahl) got up for third."   Beaver was back in the winner's circle after harnessing Buckeye Boss to win the second trotting division and lowering the track record further to 1:56.3. Bred by Marion Beachy, the son of Triumphant Caviar is owned in partnership by Beaver, Beachy and Synerco Ventures.   "He's a very nice horse and does it easily," Beaver admitted. "He's just fantastic and does everything we ask of him and is super versatile."   Buckeye Boss has now made a clean sweep of all four legs of the OSS series and has rewarded his partners to the tune of $104,750, with six wins in six lifetime starts. He finished a length in front of 12-1 Magic Vacation (Kayne Kauffman), with 7-1 Rose Run Spanky (Josh Sutton) getting up for third.   Beaver then bridled up Always A Good Time to win the third OSS division in 2:00. The Triumphant Caviar colt, who Beaver owns in partnership with Gallagher, Schwartz and Zeehandelar, led from start to finish en route to his second career victory in five tries, pushing his earnings to $60,000.   The towering, big-striding youngster was sent off as the 8-5 public's choice, finishing 2¼ lengths in front of 8-1 Cowboy Blue (Kurt Sugg) and 25-1 Bellhaven (Aaron Merriman).   Barnabas established a new pacing standard by capturing his OSS division in a front-stepping 1:53.1 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. in the sulky. Trainer Brian Brown gave the McArdle son a shoeing adjustment prior to this race and it made all the difference in the world to the brown gelding.   "He was game in his last race but was just awful gaited," Brown noted. "He wears a very heavy shoe behind but we had normal plates on him and we were finally able to get a set of the heavy shoes for this start. The half-round, half-swedge shoes that he needs are very hard to find because they're a much heavier version of a normal shoe. But we found three pairs of them and snapped them up. The heavier shoe really helps his gait since he's such a big animal. Plus, he's never been a good gaited horse."   Brown, who conditions Barnabas for the partnership of Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and William Robinson, said the youngster was a real challenge from the beginning of his training regime.   "He was just awful in Florida over the winter," Brian related. "It was March before we were able to start training him and he was always running or was very racky-gaited. So we got tough on him and started jogging him four miles a day and then he just turned around right before we qualified him."   Barnabas upped his career earnings to $79,200 for his connections after finishing a neck in front of 9-5 Barley Up (Peter Wrenn) and a head in front of 60-1 Starry Nite Teen (Kayne Kauffman).   Longshot (12-1) Big Bad Bruce proved he wasn't so bad as he lowered the track record for 2-year-old pacing colts to 1:53.1 in the second OSS division. The son of Big Bad John was steered by Chris Page for breeder/owner/trainer David Wornstaff, pushing his lifetime earnings to $29,176.   "He's a nice colt," Page noted. "I won with him at the Croton Fair a few weeks ago and knew he could come a very nice last quarter, like he had a the fair (:27.3), so I knew he had a big move in him." Big Bad Bruce returned $26.40 to his backers after being parked from the backstretch to the wire, besting rivals 1-5 Scotch McEwan (Josh Sutton) and 14-1 McGold (Mike Wilder) impressively. Big Bad Bruce lowered his lifetime mark by six and 1/5 seconds from his previous record with this triumph. Ron's Pro and driver Chris Page put forth a game effort to best Drunk On Your Love (Dan Noble) in the final strides to win the second pacing division in 1:55.4. It was the third win of the season in five starts for the son of The Panderosa. "This colt is just big and dumb and is still very immature," trainer Ronnie Burke explained. "He's definitely a horse that will be better next season, although he's not too bad right now!" The big-striding Ron's Pro was parked out through most of the mile to the front-stepping leader, Drunk On Your Love, who was second by a neck at the wire, while Happy Harvey (Aaron Merriman) got up for third. Ron's Pro now has $60,000 in his career coffers for owners Burke, Bruscemi and breeders Knox Services. The fourth OSS pacing division saw McLucky prevail in 1:54.2 for owners Michael Creps and trainer Jeff Miller. The son of McArdle was sent off at 9-5 and didn't disappoint his supporters with a wire-to-wire effort, upping his seasonal earnings to $69,398. Corner Con Artist (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), at 7-1 was second, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, while 60-1 McDreamy (Aaron Merriman) notched third. Officially Creek (6-5) and driver Chris Page captured the fifth and final pacing division in 1:54, using the front end to get the job done for trainer Brian Brown. The Art Official gelding upped his earnings to $29,050 with his second career win in five tries.   "He's not a bad horse now but he'll be even better next season," Brown noted. "He's another youngster who will get better as he matures."   Owner Debbie Bird, of Gores Landing, ON, bred the Officially Creek along with Barry Bird. Longshot (50-1) Shooter McGavin (Kayne Kauffman) was second by 2½ lengths, with Drawing Dragons (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) getting up for show honors.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $10,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on harness racing Wednesday's prgram(August 24th).  Beginning in Race 3, the $10,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $2,022.71. 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        

Harness racing freshman colts and fillies are set to vie Tuesday at Scioto Downs and Wednesday at Northfield Park in the fourth round action of Ohio Sires Stakes. Seven divisions of 2-year-old fillies will go postward on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 23 with a 2 pm, ET first race post, while eight divisions of 2-year-old colts will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate beginning at 6 pm, ET on Wednesday evening, Aug. 24. At Scioto, 35 pacing fillies in four divisions (Races 1, 10, 12 and 13) and 26 trotting fillies in three divisions (Races 2, 3, and 11) will battle. At Northfield, 37 colts battle in five divisions (races 2, 4, 9, 10 and 11), while 21 trotting youngsters will go postward in three divisions (races 1, 3 and 5). Going into this final leg of the four-leg series, Joyce & Richard McClelland's Let's Get Started heads up the 2-year-old filly trot standings, with 128 points. Trained by Bobby Brower, this Dejarmbo lass was second in her first leg contest, then rattled off a pair of victories (in 1:56.3 on July 19 at Scioto and in 1:57 on August 15 at Northfield). Bred by her owners, Let's Get Started has $70,300 in her coffers. Heading up the filly pacing division are a pair of Brian Brown trainees-Bye Bye Felicia and Type A Grey, with 153 points each-some 50 points ahead of their nearest rival in the standings. Both fillies have swept all three OSS legs to date. Bye Bye Felicia, a coal black daughter by Woodstock, won leg one at Northfield on July 3 in 1:56.1, before lowering that mark to 1:54.2 on July 19 at Scioto. Finally, she paced to a winning 1:55 mile on August 15 at Northfield in Leg 3 for Brown, who co-owns her in partnership with Dean Davis, Joyce McClelland and Scott Mullet. Type A Grey-owned by the Emerald Highlands Farm-is a grey daughter by Art Official who is four for four in her young career, with $77,900 in earnings. She captured her OSS legs handily in 1:57.2; 1:54.3 and 1:56.1-all in front-stepping fashion. In the 2-year-old colt trotting ranks, Buckeye Boss has the clear lead with 153 points, having captured all three legs of the series for trainer Chris Beaver, who owns the son of Triumphant Caviar in partnership with Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures, Inc. Buckeye Boss won Leg 1 at Scioto Downs in 1:59 on July 4; Leg 2 at Northfield Park on July 12 in 1:57; and Leg 3 on August 16 at Scioto Downs in 1:58.1. He is five for five lifetime and has $84,750 in his freshman bankroll. Drunk On Your Love-the 2-year-old colt pacing standout, likewise, has 153 points to lead his division handily. The Bill Dailey-trained youngster by Foreclosure N has amassed $60,000 from his three OSS victories to date for owners Carl and Melanie Atley and Josh Green. Drunk On Your Love has won all three legs in wire-to-wire fashion: on July 4 at Scioto in 1:54.3; on July 11 at Northfield in 1:56.1; and on August 16 at Scioto Downs in 1:55. The Ohio Sires Stakes is based on a point system, with horses garnering the highest number of the points after the four legs becoming eligible to the $250,000 Championship. Eight of the eligible horses who enter the Championship will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate on Super Night, Sept. 3. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for sophomore pacing fillies were contested Saturday, August 20 at Northfield Park, with each of the three miles clocked in 1:54.3. Despite the balmy night, which was pitted with intermittent, light rain showers, a generous harness racing crowd was on hand to see some of the Buckeye State's finest distaffs compete.   That winning time of 1:54.3 was the one common denominator between the three victorious fillies, each of whom is vying for a starting berth in the $250,000 Championship, set for September 3 at Ohio's "home of the flying turns." This was the fourth leg of the series prior to eight Super Night Championships for 2- and 3-year-old colts and fillies of both the trotting and pacing gaits.   Trainer Brenda Teague's Miss Me Yet rebounded at just the right time off several sub-par efforts to take the first OSS division handily, besting her rivals by 2¼ lengths. The daughter of I'm Gorgeous used a :28.1 final brush to post her third win of the season for driver Randy Tharps at odds of 6-1. Favorite Clarebear finished second (Peter Wrenn) while Johnsbadgirl (Aaron Merriman) got up for third. The victory pushed Miss Me Yet's career earnings to $246,985 for owners George Teague of Harrington, DE and the Teague Racing Partnership of Boyton Beach, FL. This filly had also won her previous OSS test on July 2 at Scioto Downs in a lifetime best 1:53.2.   Favorite NPR Nine picked up her first OSS victory in the second division with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. at the lines for trainer Ron Potter and owner/breeder Dan Russo of Westerville, OH. This daughter of Big Bad John paced her final quarter in :29.1 to best rival Jakes Chance (Jason Merriman) by 1¾ lengths with favorite Queen Ann M notching third for Chris Page. The win--NPR Nine's second of the year in 13 starts, upped her seasonal earnings to $48,415 and her career bankroll to $81,239.   My Tweed Heart didn't disappoint her backers, capturing the third OSS division easily for driver Josh Sutton with a :28.4 final brush. The Manhardt lass is trained by Bill Dailey for Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH and Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH and upped her career earnings to $248,134 with her eighth win of the season in 11 starts. Save My Tootsie (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) held on for second after leading throughout most of the mile while Feeling Red Hot (Kayne Kauffman) got up for third. My Tweed Heart now sits atop this division with 178 and will be the likely favorite in the Championship.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator    

A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies highlight Northfield Park's Saturday night (August 20) harness racing card. Twenty-six sophomore distaffs will line up behind the starting gate to vie in round four of this series. Post time is 6 pm, ET. Divisional leader My Tweed Heart-with 128 points in the series-leaves from post six with Josh Sutton aboard in the third division (Race 10). This daughter of Manhardt is conditioned by Bill Dailey for Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH and Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH. My Tweed Heart captured Leg 1 at Miami Valley on May 6 in 1:54.4; was second in Leg 2 by a nose to Ohsowigglespecial at Scioto Downs on May 30 in 1:55.1; and captured Leg 3 at Scioto on July 2 in 1:54.1. Incidentally, Ohsowigglespecial is tied in the standings with My Tweed Heart with 128 points, but did not enter this fourth leg. My Tweed Heart has seasonal earnings of $95,882 and career earnings of $228,134 from ten wins, three seconds and two thirds in 16 lifetime starts. Bred by Stanley Swango of Florida, My Tweed Heart is out of the Towner's Big Guy mare Tweedle D p, 6, 1:52.1s ($294,280) and was a $2,500 yearling purchase at the 2014 Ohio Select Sale. The Carlo family's Clarebear vies from post three in division one (Race 5) with regular driver Peter Wrenn at the lines. The daughter of World Of Rocknroll won Leg 1 at Miami Valley on May 6 in 1:54.3 and Leg 2 on May 30 at Scioto Downs in a career best 1:54, before finishing third in Leg 3 at Scioto on July 2. She's amassed $64,218 in 11 starts this season, as she was unraced as a freshman. AJ Carlo conditions the homebred Clarebear, who is second in the standings with 115 points. She Gone, who is fourth in the standings with 77 points, hails from the rail in this same division for trainer Brian Brown and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. This Feelin Friskie lass won her OSS first leg test in 1:55.1-a career best-at Miami Valley on May 6 before finishing third in the next two legs. Owned by the Ohio-partnership of Brown, McCown and Lombardo, She Gone has career earnings of $66,085 from seven wins, two seconds and three thirds in 22 starts. Bred by Midland Acres, she is the fifth foal out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Semaj Hanover and is a half-sister to Semaj Sam (by Nobleland Sam) p, 4, 1:53.2f ($46,410). She Gone was a $20,000 yearling purchase the 2014 Ohio Select Sale. Trainer Jim Arledge, Jr., will bridle up It's Your Fantasy in this same division for driver Josh Sutton from the seven-hole. The daughter of Big Bad John is owned by the Winchester Bay Acres of Powell, OH and won her first OSS leg in 1:55.1. Thereafter, she was third in the second leg and failed to garner a check in the third leg. Bred by Ohio's Greg and Holly Martin, this gregarious filly has career earnings of $66,755 from four wins in 21 starts and currently sits fifth in this division with 65 points. The first foal out of the Camluck mare Favorite Fantasy p, 2, 1:58.2f ($36,490), It's Your Fantasy was a $45,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Ohio Select Sale. Johnsbadgirl will start from post four against these rivals for driver Aaron Merriman. The winner of $70,738 lifetime is currently tied for sixth in the standings (along with JL Wonder Woman) with 58 points. Conditioned by Mike Polhamus for breeder/owner Julie Farley of Bradford, OH, Johnsbadgirl was fifth in her first OSS leg, then won the second leg on May 30 at Scioto Downs in 1:54, before finishing out of the money in Leg 3. Johnsbadgirl is the second foal out of the unraced Cambest mare Remembered Promise and has a half-brother in Knob Hill Shooter (by Sand Shooter) p, 3, 1:54.4f ($18,683). Queen Ann M heads up the second OSS division (Race 8) from post three with Chris Page at the lines. This daughter of Big Bad John is tied for third in the standings (along with Gorgeous Road) with 86 points, having been second in Leg 1 and then winning Leg 2 at Scioto Downs on May 30 in a career best 1:53.2. Mike Roth conditions Queen Ann M, who has $175,227 in earnings for Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH and Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH. Jay Mossbardger bred the bay filly, who commanded a $27,000 purchase price at the 2014 Ohio Select Sale. She is the third foal out of the Grinfromeartoear mare Full Fledged and is a half-sister to Full Desire (by Real Desire) p, 3, 1:56.4 ($15,685). The aforementioned Gorgeous Road starts from post two for driver Kurt Sugg and trainer Cory Deyermand, who both own the I'm Gorgeous daughter in partnership with Patricia Nappi of Jefferson, OH. This winner of $84,501 lifetime has steadily gotten better as the season progresses; having been fourth in Leg 1 of this series at Miami Valley on May 6; then second in Leg 2 at Scioto Downs on May 30; and finally winning Leg 3 at Scioto Downs on July 2 in 1:54.4. Four of her last five starts have been victories and all have come in front-stepping fashion for these connections. Gorgeous Road was bred by Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard Holdings USA Inc., and is the fourth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Da Vinci Road. She was a $5,000 yearling at the 2014 Ohio Select Sale and is a half-sister to the 2016 freshman Da Vinci Artist (by Art Official) p, 2, 1:56.1f ($40,918) and Da Mona Lisa (by Lis Mara) p, 2, Q1:57.4s ($25,093). JL Wonder Woman has been assigned the eight-hole in this division and will have Kayne Kauffman in the sulky for trainer Scott Mogan. A winner of $59,949 lifetime, the Feelin Friskie lass is tied for sixth in the standings with Johnsbadgirl with 58 points. She's finished second, fifth and second in the first three legs of this series for the partnership of Ohioans Mogan, Thacker, Miller and Davis. Bred by JL Hall of Ohio, JL Wonder Woman is the sixth of eight foals out of the Towner's Big Guy mare One Wild Woman p, 3, 1:54.2f ($88,763). Her siblings include Feeling Wild (by Feelin Friskie) p, 4, 1:58.3 ($67,782); Another Wild Woman (by Village Jolt) p, 4, 1:51.4f ($125,164); Kenna Lyn (by Western Hanover) p, 4, 1:52.4f ($88,395); One Naughty Lady (by Stand Forever) p, 4, 1:58.3 ($67,782); and Not Again Woman (by Dragon Again) p, 5, 1:57.2h ($15,724). Two other contenders who have each won an OSS leg but missed a series leg are Wiggler (Race 5, Post 5) and Miss Me Yet (Race 5, Post 8). Each filly has a chance to improve their standings with a solid effort and garner themselves a spot in the $250,000 Championship, on Sept. 3. About the Ohio Sires Stakes: Each of the four Ohio Sires Stakes legs for 2- and 3-year-olds (divided by colts & fillies, pacers & trotters), carries a purse of $40,000. The Ohio Sires Stakes series is based on a point system, with horses garnering the highest number of the points after the four legs becoming eligible to the $250,000 Championship. Points are awarded in each of the first four legs of the series as follows: Win-50; Second-25; Third-12; Fourth-8; Fifth-5; and all starters receive one point each. Eight of the eligible horses (those with the highest number of points) who enter the Championship will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate on Super Night, Sept. 3. Kimberly Rinker

When Let's Get Started won her $40,000 Ohio Sires Stake on Monday night, August 15 at Northfield Park, breeder Richard McClelland, who owns the harness racing daughter of Dejarmbro in partnership with his wife Joyce couldn't have been happier.   The filly not only set a new track record of 1:57 in the process but her name also honors Richard's mother, a native of Ireland who lived to be 94.   The McClellands, who hail from Zanesville, Ohio, are best known as the co-owners of last year's Hambletonian winner Pinkman. However, they are also heavily invested in the Ohio Sires Stakes program, having owned Standardbreds for four decades.   Trained by Bobby Brower, 9-5 Let's Get Started sat third through fractions of :29.1 and 57.4 before challenging the leading Chim Swift (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and taking over the lead at the 1:27.3 three-quarter mile marker. The solidly-trotting filly then used a :29.2 final brush to sweep under the wire first.   The victory--Let's Get Started's third in four lifetime starts--pushed the filly's bankroll to a hefty $70,300. She was second in the first leg of this series and captured Leg 2 in 1:56.3--setting a new track record at Scioto Downs on July 19 for her gender, gait and age.   "It's great to have a 2-year-old that has established new track records at both Scioto and Northfield," Richard admitted.   Let's Get Started is the seventh of eight foals out of her dam, the SJ's Photo mare Tori Ann--who the McClellands campaigned to $104,741 in earnings.   "Dick Rankin raced Tori Ann for us," Richard explained. "She was a Pennsylvania-bred filly that I named after my granddaughter."   Tori Ann took a mark of 1:57.2f and when she retired to the breeding shed in 2007, the McClellands decided to name every foal out of her after something to do with Richard's mother.   "Tori Ann's second foal (a daughter of Muscles Yankee) was named Shanty Irish," Richard noted. "That was because my mother grew up in an area in Ireland where most of the people were quite poor and lived in shanties."   Shanty Irish took a 5-year-old mark of 1:55f en route to winning 11 races and $125,739. The McClellands then named her 2012 foal She Wore Red (by Yankee Glide) 4, 1:53.2f ($156,575), since Richard's mother always dressed in red clothing.   Tori Ann's 2013 foal--christened Milligan's School 3, 1:53.2f ($490,226)--is a half-sister to Let's Get Started.   "My mother went to school for eight years in Ireland in a one-room school house," Richard remembered. "And the school was named Milligan, so that's how this colt got his name."   And Let's Get Started?   "When my mother was 82, my wife Joyce gave her a diary, and the first thing my mother wrote in there was 'I'm 82-years-old, let's get started,'" Richard said.   A new Northfield Park track record for 2-year-old pacing fillies was established that same evening when the Brian Brown-conditioned Glorious Intent scored a 1:54 clocking in the final OSS division. Owned and bred by the Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio, the daughter of No Pan Intended stopped the clock in 1:54 for driver Chris Page.   Ohio Sires Stakes continue Tuesday, August 16 at Scioto Downs, with nine $40,000 divisions for 2-year-old pacing and trotting colts and geldings. Post time is 2 pm, ET.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Betting Line with harness racing driver David Miller in the sulky, won the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park in 1:51 on Saturday (August 13). He started from post two and sat third through a :25.4 opening quarter. Miller pulled first over in the second turn and pressed the leader, Mr Wiggle Pants, through fractions of :54.4 and 1:22.3. Betting line bobbled around the final turn, but sprinted away after regaining composure, and bested his competition by four lengths. "I was just riding along with him up the backstretch and he started bearing in on me around the turn," explained Miller. "He got pinched and threw in a step or two. He proved again tonight that he has a high turn of speed and he can carry it a long way." Saturday's win is Betting Line's eighth consecutive victory. His lone loss this year was a runner-up performance in his 2016 Mowawk Racetrack debut. Betting Line (Bettor's Delight-Heather's Western-Western Hanover) increased his career bankroll to $1,427,422 for owners West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. Casie Coleman trains Betting line and was relieved her horse overcame many obstacles to win. "Tonight was the first time he was ever shipped a long way, it was his first time on a half and it was his first time leaving Canada," said Coleman. "I feel really good about how things turned out. I have to get his turns corrected before he goes to Delaware for the Jug, but he has all kinds of speed. He is just awesome." Completing the 2016 Milstein field were the filly Pure Country, Magnum J, Mr Wiggle Pants, Sintra, Duel Of Truth and Don'tcallmefrancis. Boston Red Rocks was scratched from the race. Leading up to the Milstein, the inaugural $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace was won by Dancin Yankee in 1:51.3. Dancin Yankee was driven by Brett Miller for trainer Josh Green and owners Richard Lombardo and L&J Racing. The Charna will be an annual event for four year old and up Ohio sired pacers. Ayers Ratliff

Nine $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old pacing and trotting fillies are set to be contested on Monday night, August 15 at Northfield Park.   Seventy-six freshman distaffs passed the entry box at the Cleveland twice-arounder, with 43 pacers vying in five divisions and 33 trotters battling in four OSS tests in Leg 3 of this series.   Ohio stallions represented with progeny include Art Official (8); McArdle (6); Big Bad John (6); Charley Barley (6); Manhardt (3); The Panderosa (3); and Woodstock (2). Stallions with one foal each are Art's Chip, Foreclosure N, No Pan Intended, Oaks Enforcer, Santana Blue Chip, Trick Man and World Of Rocknroll.   Lisa Ezzo of Delaware, Ohio has bred two of the filly pacers, including Barley's Angel and Berazzled, and three in partnership with Marion Beachy of Sugarcreek, Ohio: Barley Nation, Bourbon And Barley and Mrs Charlesparkley. Beachy is also the breeder of Banger L.   Billy Walters and Joe McLead of Delaware, Ohio-based Sugar Valley Farm are the breeders of Zoe Ellasen and By Bye Felicia; while Senena Esty's Spring Haven Farm is represented by Official Kisser and Da Vinci Artist (in partnership with Doug Millard Holdings). Touch Of Trick and Rosa's Touch were both bred by Knox Services.   The freshman filly pacing divisions could be renamed the "Brian Brown" club as the Ohio-based conditioner has one contestant in each OSS event. Brown will harness Bye Bye Felicia (Race 1), Bellasbrowneyegirl (Race 4), Strike A Chord (Race 6), Type A Grey (Race 9) and Glorious Intent (Race 12). Trainers Ronnie Burke, Bill Dailey, Herb LeVan, Joe Seekman and Ron Potter all have two ipsilaterally-gaited fillies going postward Monday evening.   Ohio-bred pacing fillies looking to pick up their third consecutive win in this series after capturing the first two legs include Bye Bye Felicia and Type A Grey.   Bye Bye Felicia (Race 1, #5) is a daughter of Woodstock who won her first OSS test on July 3 at Northfield in 1:56.1 and the second leg on July 19 at Scioto Downs in 1:54.2. Type A Grey, an Art Official lass, starts from post four (Race 9) after winning Leg 1 at Northfield in 1:57.2 and Leg 2 at Scioto in 1:54.3.   Seven fillies will be trying to pick up a victory after winning one leg of the series. Nikki Bella (Race 1, #4) won Leg 2 at Scioto on July 19 in 1:55.1, while Loreenas Ruffian (Race 4, #4) won Leg 1 at Northfield on July 3 in 1:56.2. Strike A Chord (race 6, #7) also won Leg 1 on July 3 at Northfield, clocked in 1:56.3. Da Vinci Artist (Race 9, #6) won Leg 2 at Scioto in 1:56.1, while Big Bad Baby (Race 9, #5) won Leg 1 at Northfield in 1:58.4. Classy But Sassy (Race 12, #3) won Leg 2 at Scioto in 1:55 and rival Zoe Ellasen (Race 12, #5) won Leg 1 at Northfield in 1:55.2.   In the four trotting divisions, the Ohio stallion Dejarmbo has 14 fillies represented, while Triumphant Caviar has six and Break The Bank K has three. Chip Chip Hooray, And Away We Go and Neely Dunn each have two daughters in these OSS ranks, while Amigo Hall, Full Count, His Highness and Iron Duke all have one contestant each.   The Double Spring Farm of Dundee, Ohio is the breeder of the fillies I Like Purple, Lady In Purple and Purple Sona. Homesville, Ohio's Andy Burkholder bred Renne Lu and Erika's Luann, while Richard and Joyce McClelland of Zanesville, Ohio are the breeders of Let's Get Started and Henpecked. Pennys And Dines and Amuse's were both bred by Robert Key of Leechburg, PA.   In the trotting ranks, trainer Chris Beaver has a filly in every OSS Leg 3 division. Beaver will send out Mov Adalyn (Race 2, #8), Chim Swift (Race 3, #4), Bamaslastchance (Race 5, #3) and Mybigbrowneyedgirl (Race 7, #1). Trainers Bobby Brower, Jim Arledge, Jr., Miles Wollam, Scott Mogan and Steve Carter all have two fillies each scattered throughout these events.   Three trotting lasses will vie for their third OSS victory in Leg 3, including Amuse's (Race 3, #6), trained by Rich Gillock for Bob Key of Leechburg, PA. This royally-bred daughter of Break The Bank K-Sweet Mademoiselle-Varenne won Leg 1 on July 3 at Northfield in 2:00 and Leg 2 on July 19 at Scioto in 1:58.2.   Madeira As (Race 3, #8), the richest filly in the four trotting divisions with $60,650 in her coffers, won Leg 1 in 1:59 and Leg 2 in 1:58.2 for trainer Anette Lorentzon. Likewise, the Miles Wollam-trained Purple Sona (Race 7, #8) won Leg 1 at Northfield on July 3 in 2:00.4 and Leg 2 at Scioto on July 19 in 1:58.2.   Winners of one OSS leg in this series include Let's Get Started (Race 3, #3), a Bobby Brower-trainee who won Leg 2 at Scioto on July 19 in 1:56.3. Chim Swift (Race 3, #4) won Leg 1 at Northfield on July 3 in 1:57.4 for trainer Chris Beaver, while Bamaslastchance (Race 5, #3) and Emerald City Of Oz (Race 5, #8) both won their respective Leg 1 contests at Northfield on July 3 in 2:01.2.   Ohio Sires Stakes continue Tuesday, August 16 with nine divisions of 2-year-old trotting and pacing colts and geldings battling in Leg 3 competitions.   by Kimberly Rinker

Casie Coleman and the fellow owners of Betting Line decided to skip several of harness racing's big-money events for 3-year-old male pacers this summer, but the group is pleased with the results and betting it pays off down the road. The Canadian-based Betting Line won the North America Cup on June 18 at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. Since then, he has raced three times, all on the Ontario Sire Stakes circuit, and posted three victories. He was not staked to the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial, $732,050 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios, or $320,000 Cane Pace. Racing Hill won the Hempt and Adios; Control The Moment won the Meadowlands Pace and Cane. Betting Line, who has won seven of eight races this year and earned $571,830, will leave Canada for the first time in his career when he competes in Saturday's $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial Invitational at Ohio's Northfield Park. Betting Line is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the eight-horse field, which includes filly Pure Country, Dan Patch Award-winner Boston Red Rocks, and Ontario rival Sintra. "He was good each start (following the North America Cup) and I'm glad I was able to give him a bit of a break," said Coleman, who trains Betting Line. The colt is owned by Coleman's West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun, and Mac Nichol. "A lot of these other horses have been racing tough week in and week out. I know he's going to get busy in the next several weeks. "It's hard to be upset with the money he's made. The Ontario-sired horses go for such good money right here in his backyard. We decided to try to hit all the Ontario Sire Stakes we could and work his open stakes races around them. Our program is so good it's just hard to say no. We decided to go this route and we're all happy with the money he's racking up doing it this way." Following the Milstein, Betting Line will head to the Battle of the Brandywine at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Aug. 20. He has an Ontario Sire Stakes event on Sept. 3 at Mohawk and the Simcoe Stakes a week later at the same venue. Next on his schedule is the Little Brown Jug on Sept. 22 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. He is not staked to the Tattersalls Pace at Lexington's Red Mile, but could be supplemented. Coleman, though, is focused on the Ontario Sire Stakes championship on Oct. 15 at Mohawk and the Breeders Crown eliminations a week later at the Meadowlands. If all goes well, Betting Line would make a trip to the Breeders Crown final on Oct. 29 and end his season with the Progress Pace at Dover Downs in November. For now, Coleman is only concerned about the Milstein. Betting Line and driver David Miller will start from post No. 2 on the half-mile oval and bring a seven-race win streak to the event. Pure Country, who finished fourth in the Cane Pace, is the 9-2 second choice from post six. Sintra, who in 10 races this year has posted seven wins and three second-place finishes to Betting Line, is 6-1 from post four. "It will be the first time Betting Line will be on a half-mile track, but it's really well banked and a good surface," Coleman said. "Any inside post is good, so I'm happy with that. It's a tough enough field. You're going for $300,000 so it's always going to be tough. "Sintra, we've beaten him every time so far, but he's a really good horse, so he's one to worry about. Pure Country, she's been just unreal, so you have to worry about her. I don't know some of the horses coming from Indiana and Ohio, but from their lines it looks like they've been racing quite good. He's definitely going to have his work cut out for him, but he seems good and sharp coming into the race." Betting Line won six of 12 races last year, including the Ontario Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers. He finished second in the Metro Pace and fourth off a tough trip in the Breeders Crown. Coleman prepared Betting Line for his 3-year-old season by training him with 4-year-old Reverend Hanover, a two-time Ontario champion. It was more out of necessity than by design. "I've just got a small barn and didn't bring back many 3-year-olds," Coleman said. "Reverend, when he trains, he wants to rattle and roll. He's a little bit of an aggressive trainer. Betting Line definitely had to train back with tougher competition than I would have liked, but that's what we had to do.a "He raced great as a 2-year-old, but that last start when he went a tough trip in the Breeders Crown final I was quite worried. You don't want to see a horse end the year with a start like that. I was worried if it would hurt him at all coming back at 3, but he seemed to forget all about that." Coleman is more than happy with Betting Line's attitude, and it's tough to put a price on that. "Every time I put him behind the gate he always gives me everything he's got," Coleman said. "It's always exciting racing him." Ken Weingartner

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $10,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to the Carl Milstein Memorial harness racing program on Saturday (August 13th) . Beginning in Race 3, the $10,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $1,926.00. The Pick 5 on Saturday night features two $40,000 divisions of the Ohio Sire Stakes for 3 year old colt pacers as well as the Legends of Northfield race featuring eight of Northfield's top drivers throughout the years.   Northfield's Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3's offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.   Saturday's post time is 6:00 p.m.   By Michael Carter, for Northfield Park

Twenty-two harness racing 3-year-old pacing colts and gelding will vie in three $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes on Saturday night, August 13 at Northfield Park. First race post time is 6 pm, ET. The 22 laterally-gaited sophomores are competing in Leg 4 of the series, which culminates with the $250,000 Super Night Championship, set for Saturday, Sept. 3 at this same half-mile oval. The series finale championships on Super Night are divided by age, gender and gait and feature Ohio's top Buckeye-bred performers. From Saturday's entries in OSS action, a full 19 are geldings while three colts are set to vie. The stallion Big Bad John is represented in these events by five combatants, while Feelin' Friskie has four progeny competing, and World Of Rocknroll and I'm Gorgeous have three each. Woodstock has two sophomores going postward, with Canyon Wind, Charley Barley, Metropolitan and Pine Valley each having one son in the fray. Brian Brown will harness the Big Bad John gelding Whataboy from post seven in the first OSS division (Race 3) for owners Carl Howard of Powell, OH; Gerrie Tucker, Montreal, QC, CA and RBH Ventures Inc., New York, NY. Whataboy captured Leg 2 on June 11 at Scioto Downs in wire-to-wire fashion in 1:52, drawing off from his rivals by nearly five lengths. He then finished second by a head to Winwood Mac on July 16 at Scioto in Leg 3, clocked in 1:52.1. A winner of $116,554 lifetime, Whataboy was bred by Florida-based Dm Stables LLC. Canadia's Bakin starts from the rail in this same division for trainer Steve Carter and owners Chuck Grubbs of Louisville, KY; Robert Reid, Sheila Hummel and Jacob Beard-all from Mansfield, OH. The son of Big Bad John is riding a three-race win streak coming into this contest-having scored resounding triumphs at Xenia, Piketon and Lebanon in Ohio Fair Stakes competition. A winner of $96,832 in his career, Canadia's Bakin won the first two legs of this series handily, in 1:54.2 on May 7 at Miami Valley Raceway and in 1:52 at Scioto on June 11. He was bred by the Ohio-based Lmn Bred Stables. Winwood Mac, a Ronnie Burke trainee, has been first, second and third in his OSS legs this season, and heads up the second OSS division (Race 5) from post two. The son of Canyon Wind is owned by Burke in partnership with Weaver Bruscemi of Cannonsburg, PA and Philip Collura of Mountain Township, PA and has $79,065 in seasonal earnings, after amassing $38,483 during his freshman campaign. His career mark of 1:50.2 came in his last start, a $55,000 Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto on July 30. He was bred by the Winwood Farm of Michigan. Danny Collins will bridle up Hustling Charley in this same event from post six. Collins leases the Charley Barley colt along with Ryan Holton of Etna, OH. Hustling Charley has four wins this season in nine starts, including a 1:51.3 career best score in OSS Leg 3 at Scioto on July 16, when he prevailed by 3½ lengths over his rivals. A winner of $99,562 lifetime, Hustling Charley was bred by Ohio's Lisa Ezzo. The Bill Dailey trained Gotmoneyinmypocket appears to be well poised for another triumph from post three in the third OSS division (Race 12). The homebred son of Feelin Friskie has earned $145,098 lifetime for Jerry Zosel of Columbus, OH and Kathy Ratcliff of Orient, OH. Gotmoneyinmypocket's last victory came at Scioto on July 16 in Leg 3, when he tripped the timer in a hasty 1:50.3. He also won Leg 1 of this series on May 7 at Miami Valley in 1:53.3. Smoke Up Johnny was fourth in Legs 3 and 1 of this series, but captured Leg 2 on June 11 in 1:52.2. Trained by Doug Hinklin for the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH, the son of Big Bad John starts from post six in this same division. Smoke Up Johnny was bred by Indiana-based Conquest Acres and has $111,327 in his career coffers, with five wins and two seconds in 18 starts. Ohio Sires Stakes returns to Northfield Park on Monday, August 15 with 2-year-old fillies in the spotlight. Five divisions of pacing fillies and four divisions of trotting fillies will vie in Leg 3 of the series for these young distaffs, with a 6 pm, ET post. On Tuesday, August 16, 2-year-old pacing and trotting colts will go postward at Scioto Downs with a matinee post of 2 pm, ET. by Kimberly Rinker

It’s only going to the post for a third time, but Saturday’s $300,000 Carl Milstein Invitational at Northfield Park, featuring the red-hot pacer Betting Line in a field of eight 3-year-olds, is already recognized as one of the key races on the North American harness racing stakes calendar.     The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned and operated Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. His son, Brock Milstein, immediately took over as Chairman of Northfield Park and is now also the Chairman of Milstein Entertainment, LLC, majority owner of the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. In 1972, the senior Milstein, a Cleveland builder and real estate developer, headed a group of several partners, including George Steinbrenner, who purchased Northfield Park. They leased the facility to other operators through the early 1980s. The track lost significant amounts of money during that period before Milstein took full ownership and control. In late 1984 he successfully applied to the Ohio State Racing Commission for the necessary licenses and, beginning in January 1985, conducted permanent race meetings at Northfield of between 212 and 238 days every year. The starting lineup and the morning line odds for Northfield’s richest race were finalized Tuesday morning.  The horses, with their drivers and trainers and earlybird odds are: PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer/Odds 1          Mr Wiggle Pants         Kayne Kauffman        Jim Mulinix                 10-1 2          Betting Line                David Miller                Casie Coleman            3-5 3          Duel Of Truth             Chris Page                   Brian Brown               20-1 4          Sintra                           Jody Jamieson             David Menary             6-1 5          Don’tcallmefrancis      Yannick Gingras         Ron Burke                   8-1 6          Pure Country               Brett Miller                 Jimmy Takter              9-2 7          Magnum J                   Doug McNair              Gregg McNair             25-1 8          Boston Red Rocks      Ronnie Wrenn Jr.        Steve Elliott                12-1 The Milstein Memorial, being raced as an invitational for the first time, will be the 11th event of a 15-race card. First race post time is 6 p.m. Horsemen and harness insiders know that if they want to win the Little Brown Jug, the most revered event in harness racing, the path to glory first passes through the stable gates at Northfield. The last two Jug champions, Wiggle It Jiggleit and Limelight Beach, both raced in the Milstein. Milstein favorite Betting Line is on a fast track for the Jug and his trainer, Casie Coleman, knows plenty about winning the big race at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.  Coleman, just the second woman to train a Jug winner, has captured it twice, first with Michael’s Power in 2012 and then with Vegas Vacation the following year. Betting Line, a winner of 13 of 20 starts and $1,277,422, carries a seven-race win streak into the Milstein.  His latest score came in Sunday night’s $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series at Georgian Downs where he defeated Sintra, a Milstein rival, by a length in 1:51.4. “(He) was awesome, as he usually is,” Coleman told reporters after the Gold Series triumph. “He was steering and pacing perfect. I’m really happy with him. Now it’s off to Northfield.” Sintra is an interesting Milstein entry. He has won seven of 10 starts this year by a combined margin of 21 ¾ lengths. All three of his defeats have been to Betting Line. Magnum J, like Betting Line and Sintra, is shipping down from Canada for the Milstein. None of the three have ever started outside of Ontario. Magnum J also raced Saturday night at Georgian Downs, dropping a photo finish by a neck in a division of the Gold Series. The Milstein field includes its first female entry in Pure Country. Voted the top juvenile filly last year when she won all 10 of her starts, Pure Country has won six of 10 more starts this year and last Saturday finished fourth, beaten just 2 1/2 lengths in the $320,000 Cane Pace at The Meadowlands. Among the other Milstein entrants is the Buckeye-sired Mr Wiggle Pants, winner of the Ohio State Fair pace at Scioto Downs on July 30. Carl Milstein Memorial night at Northfield will also include a Legends Driver Challenge and the $50,000 Myron Charna President’s Pace for Ohio-bred pacers four years-old and up. Other attractions include Seti’s Polish Boys Food Truck, as well as Draeger’s Hot Fudge Sundaes and Crooked Kettle Popcorn. There will be live music featuring Unknown Reason, a Northfield Park T-Shirt Toss after each of the first 12 live races, a dice roll for prizes (from 8 to 9 p.m.) and an appearance from WMJI’s Chip Kullik from 6 to 8 p.m. A special Lady Luck’s Buffet created and inspired by Hard Rock Executive Chef Chris Poplin will be available for $21.95.  Race fans can call 330-467-4101 for reservations. Ayers Ratliff

Look out boys, here she comes again. Three-year-old female pacer Pure Country, coming off a fourth-place finish against male rivals in the Cane Pace, will take on the harness racing boys in Saturday's $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial Invitational at Northfield Park. Among the horses also expected in the Milstein are North America Cup champion Betting Line and 2015 Dan Patch Award-winner Boston Red Rocks. Pure Country was nosed out by JK Will Power for third place in the Cane Pace as she tried to become only the second filly to ever win the event. Countess Adios, the 1960 winner, remains the sole filly to accomplish the feat. Control The Moment, this year's Meadowlands Pace winner, captured the Cane Pace, which is the first jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. He will not race in the Milstein. Pure Country started from post 11 in the Cane Pace, in the second tier behind post No. 1 starter Check Six, and was eighth to the half-mile point in the 1-1/8 miles race. She finished 2-1/2 lengths behind Control The Moment. "We were hoping (Check Six) would bust out of there a little better, but we were 20 lengths behind in the first turn," said Jimmy Takter, who trains Pure Country for owner Diamond Creek Racing. "She was so far back she never really had a shot in the race. If she had a spot on the gate, she would have gotten away much further up. It's not easy to make up lengths on those horses." Pure Country won all 10 of her races last season at age 2 and received the Dan Patch Award as her division's best. For her career, she has won 16 of 20 starts and earned $1.30 million. Her start in the Milstein will be her first race on a half-mile oval. "Northfield is such a good half-mile track with its banked turns and she's so slick gaited that I don't see any problems with it," Takter said. Takter considered sending Pure Country to another preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes on Saturday, but with the filly already qualified for the final decided to accept the invitation to the Milstein after consulting with driver Brett Miller and Diamond Creek's Adam Bowden. "Brett was happy with her in the Cane," Takter said. "We talked and we all agreed to give this a shot." Betting Line, trained by Casie Coleman, has won seven consecutive races since opening his season with a second-place finish. He has raced on the Ontario Sire Stakes circuit his last three starts, which followed his victory in the North America Cup. Steve Elliott-trained Boston Red Rocks was second in his last start to Don'tcallmefrancis, another expected Milstein participant, in the Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic. Also anticipated to join the group is Sintra, who has won seven of 10 races this year for trainer Dave Menary. His three setbacks all were second-place finishes to Betting Line. Expected to complete the Milstein field are Duel Of Truth, Magnum J, and Mr Wiggle Pants. The draw for the Milstein Memorial is Tuesday. Ken Weingartner

The champions of harness racing's two richest events for sophomore pacers are expected to headline the field in the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park on Saturday, August 13. The connections of Betting Line, winner of the $1,000,000 (Cdn.) North America Cup, and Control The Moment, who was victorious in the $732,050 Meadowlands Pace, have accepted invitations to compete in the Milstein. Being contested for the first time as an Invitational, the Carl Milstein Memorial, which debuted in 2014, is named in honor of the late Chairman of Northfield Park who was integral in saving the track from closing in the 1980's and building it into one of the most successful venues in harness racing. The other six top three-year-old pacers committed to go postward in the Milstein are two-year-old Breeders Crown Champion Boston Red Rocks, multiple New York Sires Stakes winner Missile J, who also captured the $300,000 Art Rooney Memorial at Yonkers, Pennsylvania Sires Stakes stalwart Adrian Hanover, Canadian standout Sintra, New Jersey Stakes winner Don'tcallmefrancis and Ohio Sires Stakes star Mr Wiggle Pants. The Milstein Night undercard will feature the inaugural $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, a $50,000 Invitational for veteran Ohio-bred pacers, named for Carl Milstein's right-hand man at both Northfield Park and in his real estate empire. Millionaire Dancin Yankee is expected to return to the Buckeye State to vie for supremacy in the deep field of Ohio-breds. Multiple $40,000 divisions of the Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore colt pacers and a trio of $20,000 Open events for pacers, trotters and filly & mare pacers will also bolster the power-packed undercard. Northfield will offer a $20,000 Guaranteed Pick pool starting in race 8 which will be anchored by the Carl Milstein Memorial in race 11, which will also have a $30,000 Guaranteed trifecta pool. First race post time is 6:00 PM (Eastern). Ayers Ratliff  

Talk about dominating--- well that's exactly what Bob "the Lumberman" Troyer and Heza Rube have been doing in the Midwest region of the harness racing CKG Billings amateur Driving Series. For the fourth time this season Troyer and Heza Rube hooked-up again for yet another victory in the granddaddy of all amateur driving series when they won the $6000 Billings trot at the Summit Fair at Northfield Park on Saturday, July 30th. Sent off at odds of 3-1 in the 10-horse field Heza Rube was third choice on the betting line despite starting from the pole position and having three wins in the series. Surprisingly 32-1 shot, Celtic Merchant, was sent to the lead from the seven-hole by Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford and they gained command in the 29-second first quarter while Troyer was content to get away in third position. "'Rube' is usually a slow leaver but tonight he got away real good and we were third at the quarter which put us in good shape," Troyer said. As Oldford and Celtic Merchant showed the way showed the way to the half four trotters were out on the limb which moved Heza Rube back to fifth place as they trotted by the halfway point in :59.1. Celtic Merchant was still on the lead at the third stanza in 1:29.2 but as the field rounded the final turn and headed for paydirt Mutinyonthebounty and Ned "the Insurance Agent" Hodkinson rallied to second place. However, when the field straightened for home Celtic Merchant kept Mutinyonthebounty at bay but Oldford's veteran trotter couldn't rebuff the late charge by Heza Rube in the passing lane and Troyer's charge went on to a head victory over Celtic Merchant in the 2:00.1 mile. Mutinyonthebounty, a length behind the first two finishers, was third best. "You know 10 horses on a half-mile track keeps you on your toes but I had a good trip hugging the pylons all the way," Troyer said via telephone. "And when we headed for home Ned (Hodkinson with Mutinyonthebounty) went to the outside and I shot down passing lane and caught Steve (Oldford) in the final strides to win it." Now with his fourth win in the Midwest Region Troyer was jokingly asked if he gets tired beating up on the others in this series, to which he quickly replied "I kinda like it." Heza Rube, owned by Deborah Kvernmo and trained by Miles Wollam, paid $8.00 for win. Troyer, a Buckeye from Middlefield, Ohio, has been participating the Billings Series since 2000 and tonight he scored his 80th driving victory. By John Manzi for the CKG Billings Series

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!        

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