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Moreland Flash paced home for his 50th career victory, winning the 15th race at Northfield Park on Wednesday (October 19). The 10 year-old harness racing veteran, with 244 career starts, also has 25 seconds and 26 third place finishes. Moreland Flash (Memphis Flash-Carols Cliff-Camtastic) has career earnings of $147,880 with a lifetime mark of 1:51.4 over Northfield's Flying Turns at age seven. The pacer's richest win was in the $8,200 Billy Dart Series at Scioto Downs in 2009. Moreland Flash is a well-traveled campaigner -- his 50 wins have been spread across eight different racing surfaces. Moreland Flash started from the rail. He led his competition at every call through fractions of :27.2, :57, 1:25.4 and 1:55.1. He never experienced an anxious moment in the race and bested his competition by 5¾-lengths. He was the race favorite and returned $3.60 to win. Amy Wengerd trains Moreland Flash for owner Andrew Coblentz of Wooster, Ohio. Hunter Myers was aboard for the winning drive. Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park is hosting the "Pace for the Cure" on Saturday (Oct. 15th), part of "Pinktober," a month-long effort to raise funds to fight breast cancer at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. The one mile dash, which carries a purse of $7,500, is the fifth race on the live card and features all-female drivers to celebrate and help raise money for Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio as part of the Hard Rock Rocksino Pinktober Campaign. "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 race is the centerpiece event of an Oktoberfest Saturday, a night packed with plenty of activities for harness racing fans. There will be a dice roll for prizes (6-7 p.m.) and a beer slide (7-8 p.m.) with railbirds competing for prizes, as well as a Leinenkugel Stein hoist competition at 9 p.m. The Lady Luck Clubhouse will offer an Oktoberfest themed buffet from 6 to 9 p.m. for $14.95. Reservations can be made by calling 330-467-4101. Fan can also join in the drive to eliminate breast cancer by purchasing raffle tickets ($1 each or five for $3) and depositing their raffle tickets in bags that correspond with their favorite "Pace for the Cure" driver. Tickets from the winning bag will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Northfield's promotional table on the first level of the grandstand on Saturday, starting at 5 p.m. and continuing until post time for the fifth race. In addition, fans can show their support for "The Pace" is to purchase a limited edition commemorative "Pace for the Cure" T-Shirts for only $10. The monies raised as a result of Pinktober at Northfield 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. Among the participants in this year's Pace for the Cure is Devan Miller, perhaps the highest winning percentage female driver in the game today. Miller, winner of the Lady Pace Driving Championship at the historic Delaware County Fair on Sept. 20, has won eight of her 16 drives this year, with three runner-up finishes and a pair of thirds. Miller, 28 of Columbus, has license to be good. She is the daughter of David Miller, perhaps the most accomplished driver to hail from Ohio. Beaten in a photo finish in the Delaware race is Ulrika Fox, who'll compete in this year's Pace for the Cure. Fox has won six of 18 drives this year. Also set to square off in the Pace for the Cure are local trainer/drivers Rachel Kaneoka and Rosy Weaver, along with Jayne Weller, Jamie Coffy, Casey Wolfe, Christina Evans and Renee Bauslaugh. Weller is the most accomplished among the drivers. She has registered nearly 200 victories and is the daughter of June Weller, the only female to ever drive in harness racing's crown jewel, the Little Brown Jug. Admission and parking are free every day at Northfield Park. First race post time is 6 PM. Ayers Ratliff

Lakeisha Hall crossed the finish line faster than any other three year-old harness racing filly pacer in the history of Northfield Park when she won the $14,000 F&M Open Handicap in 1:52 on Saturday (October 1).  The clocking formally broke the 1:52.3 record held by both Pan And Teller (Brett Miller) set in 2004 and Purrfect Bags (Tim Tetrick) paced in 2015.  Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt II own Lakeisha Hall.  Ron Burke is her conditioner and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. was in the sulky for the winning drive.       Lakeisha Hall (Third Straight-Lantana-Art Major) started from post six.  She fired off the gate and led her competition through fractions of :27, :56.2, 1:24.2 and 1:52, besting her competition by seven lengths.  Lakeisha Hall now has seven wins in 11 starts this year.  Saturday’s victory represents her 11th career score and bolstered her bankroll to $242,325.  She returned $6.80 to win.    Ayers Ratliff

Ryan Stahl had a stellar night on Saturday (September 10) at Northfield Park by posting six wins on the 15-race harness racing program. Stahl's triumphs were with Tech Trade ($2.60) in race four, Mikeleh ($4.40) in race seven, Fountain Pen ($3.60) in race nine, Pop The Tags ($4.00) in race 11, Bestest Hanover ($3.80) in race 12 and Naked At The Beach ($7.20) in race 15. Stahl won his first race in 1994, a $3,127 stake event in 2:11, at his hometown fair in Tiffin, Ohio aboard Lojo's Sharp Baby. Since breaking his maiden, Ryan has scored 3,813 more times with purse earnings in excess of $14.2 million. Ayers Ratlif

The CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series has been part of the harness racing scene for nearly 35 years and on Saturday (Sept. 10) was the first time this season that the Billings Series offered trots in both the Midwestern and Eastern Regions on the same evening. The Billings trot in the Midwest at Northfield Park was won by Max "Colonel" Schultz while David "Poppa" Glasser was victorious in the East at Tioga Downs. Schultz, a German amateur driver visiting the USA, scored a wire to wire triumph with Detailer in a 1:59.4 clocking and Glasser used similar tactics when reined Celebrity Stimulus home first in a 1:58 mile. Last year Schultz came to the USA around the time the Little Brown Jug was contested, and showed his American counterparts that he knows his was around the racetracks winning two Billings contests then. In tonights contest Schultz had Detailer on the lead as they trotted by the first stanza in :30 seconds and they were followed closely by Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford with Partyatyourplace. "Tonight, my horse was strong behind the (starting ) gate so I sent him to the lead and then slowed him down," Schultz related via a telephone conversation. The field trotted by half in 1:00.3 and up the backside "Chicago George" Bonomo took aim at the leaders with Flying Muscles although Schultz and Oldford were still one-two as the field passed the three quarters. In the lane Oldford angled Partyatyourplace out to challenge and they raced side by side to the wire. "I had perfect trip behind Max and when I pulled my horse out to challenge in the stretch we got to Detailer's his chinstrap but we couldn't get by and had had to settle for second," Oldford said. . Bonomo and Flying Muscles finished third. Both Detailer and Partyatyourplace are owned by Bert Hershberger and trained by J D Wengerd and according to Oldford if it wasn't for them the race probably never would have filled. Detailer notched his fourth seasonal victory and returned a $13.40 mutuel. Meanwhile in Billings action hundreds of miles away at Tioga Downs in New York's southern tier David "Poppa" Glasser reined his fifth victory of the season behind his own Celebrity Stimulus. Glasser and his charge started from the four hole and grabbed command almost instantaneously and they were three lengths in front in a :28.2 first quarter. From there Glasser let his trotter breeze and they were safely in front until the deep stretch when "Hurricane Hannah" Miller and MT Ur Pockets came calling. But Celebrity Stimulus hung on gamely for a neck decision over the country's leading amateur driver. Third place went to Linda Marie, driven by Bob "Rapid Rail" Krivlen. Glasser, president of a litigation company, was gracious to his help. "I am sincerely grateful that the trainers, and staff, who have cared for Celebrity Stimulus all year have him in such good shape. Without their hard work and skill I would not have won tonight. "As for the race, I had the racing luck tonight. No passing lane kept that closed and I was able to fight off the first over challenge," he related. The Billings trot went as a non-wagering affair after the third race on the betting card at Tioga Downs. By John Manzi for the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series

Driver Josh Sutton couldn't have picked a better night to be on fire, as the Buckeye native notched victories in four of the eight $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships at Northfield Park. The evening was a perfect 75 degrees with light winds and no humidity as the spotlight was on harness racing 2 and 3-year-old Ohio-breds vying for seasonal honors on the Cleveland half-miler.   Proving that post on the twice-around was not an issue, Josh, 34, prevailed from not just one, but two eight-hole assignments along with one six- and one three-hole post. He ultimately captured three of the four 2-year-old Championships.   In the $250,000 Championship for 2-year-old trotting fillies, Josh was behind the 3-2 favorite Let's Get Started, a homebred owned by Richard and Joyce McClelland of Zanesville, OH. The daughter of Dejarmbro had swept all four OSS legs and added the winner's share of $125,000 to her already hefty seasonal bankroll of $90,300. Her time of 1:57 tied her own Northfield Park track record despite being saddled with the eight-hole.   She also overcame a miniscule break at the half, which was uncharacteristic for the Bobby Brower trainee, and then survived a brief steward's inquiry to notch her fifth career win.   "She was running in a little bit and when I corrected her, she got mad and threw in a few steps," Josh explained. "It really wasn't like her though, and then when I saw the three-quarter time (1:25.4), I knew those other fillies were going to come back to us. She just trucked all the way home and never offered to make another bobble."   Let's Get Started finished half a length in front of 2-1 Amuse's (Peter Wrenn), while 70-1 Bamaslastchance (Kayne Kauffman) got up for third.   Josh then steered 9-1 Rose Run Spanky from post six to a 1:57 track record-tying triumph in the $250,000 Championship for 2-year-old trotting colts. Conditioned by Bill Dailey, Rose Run Spanky is owned by Kim Dailey of Mechanicsburg; D Snyder of South Charleston; and S G Hines of Jamestown, OH. The bay gelding took advantage of a costly break by 1-9 Buckeye Boss (Aaron Merriman) early on to score his fifth victory in his tenth lifetime start. Always A Good Time (Chris Page) was second at 16-1, half a length behind the winner, while 60-1 longshot Stormy Kromer (Peter Wrenn) was third.   "When Buckeye Boss broke, I knew we were in for a big effort," Josh said. "I thought my horse had a good shot going into the race, but when that happened, I was even more confident. Nothing's ever certain with these 2-year-olds anyway--they'll make you rack your brain to figure them out."   Rose Run Spanky's earnings now stand at $187,409 with the Championship victory. Josh was in the winner's circle in the very next event, the $250,000 Championship for 2-year-old pacing colts, with another Bill Dailey trainee, the 7-1 Scotch McEwan. The son of McArdle is owned by Carl Atley of Xenia, OH and picked up his fourth lifetime victory in his seventh start, clocked in 1:54 for the one mile test.   "Early on this horse was quite aggressive but he's learned a lot over the past few months and has kind of come into his own," Josh said "Now he's much more manageable and has learned how to race. It doesn't surprise me that he could get the job done from the eight-hole."   Scotch McEwan came flying on the outside at the end of the mile to prevail over 70-1 Corner Con Artist (Kayne Kauffman) and 5-2 Pace Car (Chris Page). This young pacing gelding upped his earnings to $195,800 for his connections.   A third Dailey-trained stablemate gave Josh his fourth Championship victory. My Tweed Heart, the public's even money choice, took first prize in the 3-year-old filly pace, timed in 1:53.1. Owned by Carl and Melanie Atley, Xenia, OH and Alan Keith, Pataskala, OH, the daughter of Manhardt scored her ninth win of the year and career victory 12.   "She felt great tonight," Josh remarked. "Bill (trainer Dailey) has done a tremendous job with her.   "I have no complaints about racing over the half here tonight," Josh continued. "Everything has fallen into place for me, and having a lot of outside posts hasn't made a difference. I hate losing more than I love winning and when you have a night like tonight, well, it's just a tremendous feeling."   In the $250,000 Championship for freshman pacing fillies Berazzled bested her seven rivals with a 1:55 triumph. Peter Wrenn was in the sulky behind the 2-1 Charley Barley daughter, who is conditioned by Danny Collins for Marion Beachy of Sugarcreek, OH.   "She has some issues early in the year but has gotten better with more experience," Collins explained. "Things would spook her and she'd lose her focus but now she's more mature and seems to have figured out what racing is all about."   Berazzled made a bold, three-wide move around the final turn to draw off from her rivals by 2½ lengths. Bourbon And Barley, a 40-1 longshot finished second for Ryan Stahl, while 5-1 Zoe Ellasen (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) finished third.   Berazzled now has $181,040 in career earnings.   "Consistent is the best word to describe her," said a smiling Chris Page after steering 3-2 Consolidator to victory in the $250,000 Championship for 3-year-old trotting fillies in 1:55.1.   The daughter of Triumphant Caviar, who is trained by Jim Arledge, Jr. for the Green Acquisition Corporation of Canfield, OH, picked up career win seven and made a clean sweep of the series to push her lifetime earnings to $295,303.   "She's feeling great and looks terrific," Page continued. "Jim (trainer Arledge) has kept her sharp all season long."   Consolidator led at every panel to finish three-quarters of a length in front of the hard-trying A TC Queenie (8-5, Dan Noble), while 5-2 Kestrel (Aaron Merriman) nabbed show honors.   Page returned to the Northfield winner's circle after guiding 3-1 Wegoferdaprize to win the $250,000 Championship for 3-year-old trotting colts in 1:56.2. The son of And Away We Go is trained by Jessica Millner for the Curran Racing Stable, LLC of Red Hook, NY and now has $199,025 in career earnings.   "This gelding just knows how to keep on winning," Chris stressed. "Everything has been winning tonight from off the pace and he really just took his time gaining on the leaders."   Wegofordaprize moved up steadily from the back of the pack to post a 1¾ length win over the 70-1 hard-knocking Lionbacker Kidd (Peter Wrenn), while 2-5 Kanthaka (Aaron Merriman) notched third.   Whataboy lived up to his name as he scored a 1:51.3 clocking in the $250,000 Championship for 3-year-old pacing colts at odds of 5-2.   "He's done nothing but race great for us,"said trainer Brian Brown. "The trip tonight couldn't have worked out more perfect."   Whataboy, a gelded son of Big Bad John, got up to best 8-5 Mr Wiggle Pants by a length in late stretch, with Canadia's Bakin (Aaron Merriman) third.   "There was a lot of early speed in this race (:25.3, :54.3, 1:23.2)," noted driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. "And the way horses were coming home, I knew we were in a good spot. Brian (trainer Brown) has done a great job with this horse all year long and he really stepped up to the plate tonight."   Whataboy's career earnings now stand at $261,554 for owners Carl Howard, Powell, OH; Gerrie Tucker, Quebec, CA; and RBH Ventures Inc., New York, NY.   Earlier in the evening Scott Rocks set a new Northfield Park track record by pacing in 1:49 with Aaron Merriman aboard in a $20,000 Open Handicap Pace. The 6-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover was parked out the entire mile and didn't clear to the front until well past the three-quarter mile marker.     by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator    

Harness racing trainer Brian Brown will send out nine horses during Northfield Park's "Super Night," Saturday, Sept. 3. Eight of those are Standardbreds Brown conditioned to vie in a $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship. Post time for the 15-race Super Night program is 6 pm, ET, with the first Ohio Sires Stakes Championship beginning with Race 4 and continuing through Race 11. Each OSS Championship features eight of the top point earners from the four-leg series returning to face off against one another. Brown, a native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, will celebrate his 52 birthday at the end of this month and taking home a blue ribbon in each of the Championships would certainly be a fitting birthday present for a trainer who works non-stop to keep his equine athletes in tip-top shape. "The Ohio Sires Stakes Championships are the top of the line for Ohio," Brian stressed. "I'm lucky enough to have eight horses racing in these events. I feel blessed, but more importantly, this is a great night for the owners who have invested in the Ohio program. As a trainer, obviously you want them to all have winners, but it's also about them having a great night of fun and excitement. It's definitely a privilege to be involved at this level of competition." Brian is no stranger to success, having conditioned 1,177 winners to $14,283,616 in lifetime earnings. One of the highlights of his career was when his Colors A Virgin captured the 2014 Jugette in 1:52.4 at his home track in Delaware, Ohio and then later triumphed in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace. Brian grew up attending the races with his father Robert H. Brown and uncle William Brown as they raced around the Buckeye State's county fair and pari-mutuel ovals. He began driving in 1981 at age 16 and won 251 races, but hung up the lines in the late 1990s to concentrate his efforts on training. Since then, he's become a solid force throughout the Midwest and on the Grand Circuit. Preparing for a Championship night takes planning, Brian admits. "You leave nothing to chance," he noted. "Every horse trained; they all got scoped; they all got their blood taken; and the vet went over each one of them. Anything can happen in horse racing, but you have to cover all your bases when you're preparing this many horses to compete on one evening." Brian recorded his first one-million-dollar season in 2013, when his charges earned $1,501,709, giving him an outstanding .385 UTRS. The following year (2014) his winners amassed $2,116,668 for a .345 UTRS, and last season (2015)--his best year ever--saw horses trained by Brian earn $3,430,241, for a .375 UTRS. This year thus far, he's conditioned 390 starters to 96 wins, 45 seconds and 52 thirds for $1,506,512 in seasonal monies with a solid .355 UTRS. His eight Ohio Sires Stakes contenders include the undefeated Type A Grey, a 2-year-old Art Official lass who has swept her OSS divisions and taken a mark of 1:54.3f, earning $97,900 for the Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, OH. She'll start from post two in Race 5. Brian will also harness Bye Bye Felicia from post five in this same division. The black daughter by Woodstock has $68,639 in career earnings and has a trio of OSS triumphs to her credit in six career starts. She recorded a mark of 1:54.2f for owners Jennifer Brown (Brian's wife), Ostrander, OH; Dean Davis, Wooster, OH; Joyce McClelland, Zanesville, OH; and Steve Mullet, Millersburg, OH. Brian has a trio of youngsters in the $250,000 Championship for 2year-old pacing colts (Race 7). Corner Con Artist, by Art Official, has racked up $37,656 in earnings for breeder/owner Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH with a record of 1:55.3f in a July 4 OSS triumph. Corner Con Artist starts from post five with stablemate Officially Creek right next door in post six. This $39,050-winning Art Official gelding is owned by Debbie Bird of Goes Landing, ON, and won Leg 4 of this series on Aug. 24 at Northfield in a career best 1:54. Last, but definitely not least, is the speedy Barnabas, a gelded son of McArdle who captured three OSS legs, including a 1:53.1h score at Northfield in his last OSS effort on Aug. 24. He's earned $79,200 for Country Club Acres of Findlay, OH; Joe Sbrocco, Brecksville, OH; Richard Lombardo, Solon, OH; and William Robinson of Findlay, OH, and will start from the seven-slot in this same event. In the $250,000 Championship (Race 9) for 3-year-old pacing fillies, Brian sends out She Gone from post eight. "I'm at the mercy of the race with some of the posts we've drawn," he said. "I've got two horses with a two and a four-hole, and the rest all drew the five-hole or further out. It just comes down to how the race folds out for us." She Gone is co-owned by Brian, Jennifer and Beau Brown, along with Cameron McCown of Ostrander, OH and Richard Lombardo of Solon, OH. This sophomore lass has seasonal earnings of $50,375 and career earnings of $69,285. She recorded a mark of 1:55.1 on May 6 of this year at Miami Valley Raceway. "The 3-year-old colt pace is the widest open of any of the championships," Brian assessed. "In my opinion, there are five colts in there that, given the right trip, any of them are capable of winning." Brian bridles up Whataboy from post five for Carl Howard of Powell, OH; Gerrie Tucker of Quebec, CA; and RBH Ventures, Inc., of New York, NY. The son of Big Bad John has $93,800 in his seasonal coffers for these connections and recorded a 1:51.3f score at Scioto on July 9. He won a pair of OSS legs this season and sports a career bankroll of $136,554. Starting from post six in this same event is Friskie Cruiser, a son of Feelin Friskie owned by breeder Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH. A winner of $191,796 lifetime, Friskie Cruiser has seasonal earnings of $51,175 with a mark of 1:54 taken in an OSS leg at Northfield on Aug.13. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Eight $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships for Buckeye-bred harness racing 2 and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate for Super Night, Saturday night, Sept. 3.   A total of 64 of the highest point earners in the OSS four-leg series will partake in the grand finale for some of Ohio's finest colts and fillies. Four divisions of trotters and an equal number of pacing divisions are set to compete over the half-mile "Home of the Flying Turns," with a post time of 6 pm, ET. The OSS events will be raced consecutively, from races four through 11.   Ohio trotting stallions represented include Triumphant Caviar, with ten youngsters vying for first prize. Dejarmbro has five progeny competing, while Chip Chip Hooray has three. Break The Bank K, Full Count, And Away We Go and Lion Hunter all have two foals racing in the Championships; with Iron Duke, Victory Sam, Rompaway Wally, Pigrim's Taj and Lou's Legacy with one each.   In the pacing ranks, Ohio-based stallion and Little Brown Jug winner Big Bad John has six foals competing, with Art Official and McArdle both represented by four each. Charley Barley and Feelin Friskie both have three youngsters racing in an OSS Championship, while Foreclosure N, Mr Wiggles and I'm Gorgeous have two each. Canyon Wind, Manhardt, Woodstock, The Panderosa and World of Rocknroll each have one progeny going postward in an OSS Championship.   A solid number of trainers have multiple OSS youngsters racing Saturday, but Chris Beaver tops the list with nine going for the $250,000 pot, including Chim Swift, Bamaslastchance, Always A Good Time, Fraser Ridge, Buckeye Boss, Kestrel, Kerfuffle Cookie, Chips So Fast and Kanthaka. Beaver also is the top owner in regards to number of horses competing in OSS Championships, with a total of seven that he owns in partnership.   Conditioner Brian Brown has eight vying for first prize, including Type A Grey, Bye Bye Felicia, Corner Con Artist, Official Creek, Barnabas, She Gone, Whataboy and Friskie Cruiser.   Trainer Bill Dailey sends out six youngsters, including Maavelous, Rose Run Spanky, Drunk On Your Love, Scotch McEwan, My Tweed Heart and Gotmoneyinmypocket. A total of 134 owners have invested in these 64 youngsters, either as sole proprietors or in partnerships. Ohio residents have the highest number of investors, with 94, followed by Pennsylvania with 14, New York with five and Indiana, Florida, Delaware and Ontario with three each. Michigan, New Jersey and Kentucky all have two residents who have invested in the Ohio program, while one person each from Arizona, Quebec and Sweden owns a piece or all of an Ohio-bred. As the Ohio Sires Stakes program has expanded, so has the number of outside breeders who have begun to invest in Ohio-breds. Besides Ohio-based breeders, this season the OSS program has seen folks from Florida, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, New Jersey, Missouri, Iowa, Michigan, Delaware, Indiana and Ontario become involved. Ohio's Rose Run Farm and Midland Acres, as well as owner/breeder Wilbur Stoll Lang of Jamestown, OH have three youngsters each racing in Championship events Saturday.   The field of 2-year-old trotting fillies in the first OSS Championship (Race 4) features total foal earnings of $479,749 among the eight starters. Joyce and Richard McClelland's Let's Get Started is the richest and fastest of the freshmen distaffs, with $90,300 in earnings and a track record holder at both Scioto (1:56.3) and Northfield (1:57).   In the field of 2-year-old pacing fillies (Race 5), the total foal earnings stand at $475,446. Emerald Highland Farm's Type A Grey is the richest in the field with $97,900 amassed this year, while Sandra Burnett's Big Bad Jane is the fastest, with a mark of 1:53.2 she took at Scioto Downs on Aug. 23.   The Chris Beaver-conditioned Buckeye Boss is the richest and fastest youngster in the 2-year-old colt trotting Championship (Race 6), as he's racked up $104,750 with a 1:56.2 record taken at Scioto. This field of eight standouts has $444,721 in combined freshman earnings.   In the field of 2-year-old pacing colts (Race 7), Barnabas, who hails from the Brian Brown stable, is the richest among his peers with $79,200 in his coffers. Combined, this group of eight has $464,733 in total foal earnings. Carl Atley's Scotch McEwan is the fastest youngster of the group, with a mark of 1:52.3 he scored at Scioto on Aug. 16.   Trish Soulsby and Rich Schaut's A TC Queenie is the richest of all the 3-year-old trotting fillies in her division (Race 8), with $102,550 earned this season. Lang and Beaver's Kestrel is the richest in terms of lifetime earnings with $254,025. A TC Queenie and the Jim Arledge-trained Consolidator are both tied for being the fastest 3-year-old OSS contestant, with each having been clocked in 1:55.1 at Scioto Downs. This group of eight diagonally-gaited lasses has combined earnings of $485,227 in 2016 and $915,888 lifetime.   The field of 3-year-old pacing fillies (race 9) has combined 2016 earnings of $541,128 and lifetime earnings of $1,070,566. My Tweed Heart is both the richest in seasonal ($248,134) and lifetime ($115,882) and is also the fastest of the any of the sophomore fillies, with a 1:52.2 record she established on July 29 at Scioto Downs.   Breana Carsey's MJB Got Faith tops all his 3-year-old trotting rivals (Race 10) in terms of seasonal ($87,100) and lifetime ($279,600) earnings, while Lang and Beaver's Kanthaka is the fastest, with a 1:53.4 record he scored at The Meadows on June 14. This field has seasonal foal earnings of $555,066 and lifetime earnings of $1,143,268.   Trainer Ronnie Burke's Winwood Mac is the fastest among the 3-year-old OSS pacing colts, with a 1:50.2 Scioto Downs score from July 30, while the Jim Mulinix-conditioned Mr Wiggle Pants is the richest--both in seasonal ($123,800) and lifetime ($214,793). These eight sophomore side-wheelers have amassed $683,692 this year and $1,189,387 lifetime. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

With more than $2 million in purse being distributed over a 15-race harness racing card, the richest night of racing in Northfield Park history is on tap Saturday night (September 3), featuring a series of $250,000 races which will decide eight Ohio Sires Stakes champions. Two champions from last year - Miss Me Yet, now a three-year-old pacing filly, and MJB Got Faith, a three-year-old trotting colt - are back to defend their crowns. Three of Saturday's participants - Type A Grey, a juvenile filly pacer, Buckeye Boss, a juvenile trotting colt and Consolidator, a sophomore filly trotter - are putting perfect four-for-four Ohio Sires Stakes leg victories on the line. Here is a look at the eight championship races: Two-Year-Old Filly Trotters --- The top eight point earners have all entered. Division leader Let's Get Started, a winner of three of his four Ohio Sires legs, and driver Josh Sutton will have to work out a trip after drawing the No. 8 outside post. Amuse's, the other three-time winner among the juvenile filly trot finalists, drew well and will start from the No. 3 post with driver Peter Wrenn. The only time Amuse's has lost in six starts is when she twice broke stride. Chim Swift, who defeated Let's Get Started in the July 3 first leg of the OSS series at Northfield, will start from the No. 5 post with Aaron Merriman. Two-Year-Old Filly Pacers --- Type A Grey, one of just three horses to navigate the Ohio Sires Stakes four qualifying legs undefeated, heads the freshman filly pacers. She and driver Chris Page enjoyed a good draw and will depart from the No. 2 post. Bye Bye Felicia, winner of her first three OSS starts before finishing third in the final leg, drew the No. 5 post. The division was so deep that five leg winners failed to qualify for the final. Also missing will be Rosemary Rose, winner of her first two OSS legs, but absent since then. Two-Year-Old Colt Trotters --- Trainer Christopher Beaver has the numbers to dominate this final as he sends out the division's top three point-earners, including Buckeye Boss who was a perfect four-for-four in the OSS qualifying legs. Beaver's other pupils, Fraser Ridge (three wins) and Always A Good Time (two wins) complete his triple threat. Buckeye Boss, perfect in six career starts, drew the No. 5 post. Always A Good Thing and Fraser Ridge are directly to his inside, post position three and four, respectively. Two-Year-Old Colt Pacers --- A trio of triple leg winners - Drunk On Your Love, Barnabas and Ron's Pro - should insure that this final is highly competitive. The point leader is Drunk On Your Love who lost by a neck in the fourth leg to Ron's Pro. The latter couldn't overcome an eight-hole draw in the opening leg or he would be OSS perfect. Barnabas, who dropped a photo in the third leg, has posted the fastest mile in the field, a 1:53 1/5 spin at Scioto Downs on Aug. 24. Three-Year-Old Filly Trotters --- Consolidator, perfect in four OSS qualifying legs and owner of the division's fastest mile (1:55 1/5), drew the No. 1 post position in her bid for the championship. A TC Queenie, winner of three legs, is Consolidator's main rival. While they didn't square off in the OSS series, A TC Queenie upset Consolidator in the Ohio State Fair dash on July 29 at Scioto Downs. She will start in the No. 2 post position. Three-Year-Old Filly Pacers --- Miss Me Yet, the Ohio Sires Stakes champion as a freshman last year, seeks to complete a second half of the season comeback and has the rail post as a launching pad. The Brenda Teague-trainee was unplaced in the 2016 OSS opener, then skipped the second leg before posting victories in the third and fourth legs. Her main rival figures to be division point leader My Tweed Heart, a winner of three legs. She is on a three race winning streak and drew the No. 3 post. Three-Year-Old Colt Trotters --- MJB Got Faith, the 2015 freshman colt trotting champion who races for 11-year-old Breana Carsey, will need to believe in the power of overcoming a difficult post position after drawing the outside No. 8 starting spot for the final. He has won his last three OSS qualifying legs, including a triumph from the No. 8 post at Scioto Downs on July 15. Overdressed, also a winner of three qualifying legs but plagued recently by breaking issues, drew the No. 2 post. Three-Year-Old Colt Pacers --- The Super Night finale appears the most evenly matched of the eight championship miles, with six of the eight entrants each having won two qualifying legs. The participants' credentials are so balanced that the top three rated colts - Winwood Mac, Whataboy and Hustling Charley - all have 141 points. Winwood Mac has drawn the rail post, while Hustling Charley has the three slot and Whataboy starts from the No. 4 post. Failing to qualify for the final were Love Tap Hanover, last year's OSS champ at two, and Primo Giovanni, voted Ohio's two year-old colt pacer of 2015. In addition to watching the very best of Ohio racing, Saturday's patrons will be offered a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool and a $20,000 Pick 4 guaranteed pool. The Pick 5 begins in the third race; the Pick 4 starts in race eight. Other attractions include Seti's Polish Boys and B&M BBQ food trucks, as well as Crooked Kettle Popcorn. There will be live music featuring The Caliber Band, a Northfield Park t-shirt toss after each of the first 12 live races and Northfield Park Plinko. A special Lady Luck's Buffet created and inspired by Hard Rock Executive Chef Chris Poplin will be available for $19.95. Race fans are encouraged to call 330.467.4101 for reservations. Ayers Ratliff

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

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