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Northfield, OH -- Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $50,000 20¢ Super High Five total pool guarantee to its harness racing card on Wednesday (July 24). Offered in race 13, the $50,000 Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $14,916. The evening's ninth race begins the 20¢ Northfield Single Six (a unique combination Pick 6) with a carryover that has grown to $31,168. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s, 20¢ Super High Five and 20¢ Northfield Single Six offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. Wednesday's post time is 6 p.m.   Ayers Ratliff

Five Ohio Sires Stakes proved as hot as the weather on Friday night, July 19 with impressive performances and a new track record in the books at Scioto Downs.   A trio of $40,000 contests for 2-year-old pacing fillies and two $50,000 trials for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings were held as temperatures continued to stagger in the low 90's.   The Steve Carter-trained Artful Dancer gave notice as she prevailed for Aaron Merriman in a new track record clocking of 1:52.2 in the second OSS division for freshmen filly pacers.   "This was the first time I'd driven her," Merriman admitted. "Steve (trainer Carter) had given me some insight into her personality, and she was easy to drive and just took off on her own when challenged by another horse."   Owned by Jay Mossbarger, Tammy Carter, Richard Lombardo and Josh Green, the daughter by Yankee Cruiser had won OSS Leg one in 1:55.2. In this leg, she took the lead as the 5-2 choice at the three-quarters and held off a hard trying 3-1 Looksgoodinaromper (Chris Page) by a nose at the wire, with 3-2 favorite McMarkle Sparkle (Brett Miller) third, three lengths back. Artful Dancer now has $41,200 in career earnings. Bred by Midland Acres and D & CC Drake, she is the first foal out of the Sportsmaster mare Dancin carol p, 2, Q1:55.1.f ($81,646). Aaron was back in the sulky behind Beautiful Beach in the third OSS contest for 2-year-old pacing fillies, steering the We Will See lass to a wire-to-wire 1:53.4 clocking for trainer Tyler George. Bred by Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard and owned by Tom Lehmann, of Sarasota, Florida, it was the first career win for Beautiful Beach, who was the 1-5 favorite. Beautiful Beach This hardy pacing filly finished a length ahead of 7-1 Odds On Athens (Peter Wrenn), while 9-2 Hoochie Girl got up for third for driver Chris Lems. She is the fifth foal out of the Yankee Cruiser mare Beach Resort p, 3, 1:57.3F ($69,374) and is a half-sister to Big Bad Beach p, 4, 1:54.2 ($41,191) and Jimbobwayne p, 2, 1:54.1f ($38,577)--both sired by Big Bad John. Ellagator and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., took the first OSS division with a grueling, first-over journey in 1:55 as the 1-9 favorite, hanging on by a neck over 19-1 Corner Pocket (Danny Noble), nearly five lengths in front of third-place finisher 14-1 Arya Again (Ryan Stahl). The Western Vintage distaff is trained by Chris McGuire for owner Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. "She's done everything we've asked her to do," McGuire said. "I was hoping she'd get to the front tonight a little easier than she did, but either way, she handles whatever you throw at her and is a pretty special horse." Ellagator Ellagator had won OSS Leg one in 1:54 at Northfield Park on July 5. She was a $24,000 yearling purchase at the 2018 Lexington Select Sale and is the first foal out of the unraced broodmare Dame Truth, by Total Truth and was bred by Nancy Johansson of New Jersey. In the first of the two $50,000 trotting divisions, Patti's Main Man went an absolutely huge mile for driver Jeremy Smith. Leaving the gate at odds of 26-1, the son of Manofmanymissions pulled first up before the half and simply ate up ground until he nabbed the lead in mid-stretch for his 1:56.3 triumph. Owned by trainer Michael D. Sowers of McArthur, Ohio, Patti's Main Man returned $54.80 on a two dollar win ticket, and was 1¼ lengths better than second-place finisher 2-1 Homer Hall (Brett Miller), while 7-1 Voyage To Paris (Kayne Kauffman) did well to be third. Patti's Main Man Bred by Midland Acres, Patti's Main Man is the 14th foal out of the American Winner mare Patti Page and is a half-brother to Get Chipped (by Chip Chip Hooray) 6, 1:54.3 ($415,424); Express Justice (by Justice Hall) 5, 1;54.3f ($282,311); and to the 2-year-old Attache' (by Broadway Hall) who has earned $20,000 from two second-place finishes in OSS legs one and two thus far this year. Lane Of Stone took the second OSS division, trotting commandingly to a 1:54 clocking with driver Jeff Nisonger at the lines. Sent off as the 1-5 favorite, the son of Wishing Stone--who was exported to Denmark earlier this season--used an impressive, front-stepping effort to score this latest triumph by 5½ lengths over 12-1 ELO Hanover (Brett Miller), with 70-1 Cash Hit (Chris Lems) trotting evenly to nab third-place money. Lane Of Stone Lane Of Stone captured his OSS Leg One easily in 1:53.1, but was a disappointing sixth in Leg Two. Mark Winters, Sr., conditions this hardy youngster for owner/breeder Harry Horowitz of Brooklyn, New York. This modestly-built trotter has a powerful stride and an engine that never seems to quit. This latest triumph upped his career earnings to $233,393. Lane Of Stone is the fourth foal out of the Lindy Lane mare Wisteria Lane 4, 1:57.3M ($18,559) and has half-siblings in: Why Argue (by SJ's Caviar) 2, 1:59s ($32,353) and Laney Hall (by Angus Hall) 2, 1:59f ($29,220).   by Kimberly Rinker Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

Baron Remy excelled in Friday's (July 19) sweltering heat to score in 1:50.3, equaling the harness racing track and world record for 4-year-old pacing mares in Northfield Park's ninth race. The Ron Burke trainee bested six rivals in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open to match the record set by both Lakeisha Hall (Matt Kakaley, 2017) and Bye Bye Felicia (Aaron Merriman, 2018). Baron Remy and driver Kurt Sugg started from post six and got away sixth through a brisk :26.3 opening quarter. Sugg tipped Baron Remy to the outside just past the quarter-pole and brushed to the lead, posting a :55.1 half. The tempo picked up in the third quarter as Sugg urged on Baron Remy, who tripped the beam in 1:22.4. Baron Remy completed her mile with a :27.4 final quarter, opening up by 4-3/4 lengths over stablemate Libby's Idea (Jason Thompson). My Tweed Heart (Keith Kash, Jr.) finished third. The track and world record-equaling performance gives Baron Remy three victories in seven starts this season. The partnership of Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Lawrence Karr, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC own Baron Remy, who is now an 11-time winner in her career, earning $547,232. She was favored in the race and returned $4.40 to win.   Ayers Ratliff

Ohio Sires Stakes 2-year-old trotting fillies took center stage on a balmy and humid Thursday event at Scioto Downs, with a quartet of $40,000 divisions featured in round two harness racing action.   Kikimora—whose name means “a witch who leaves wet footprints in the kitchen—scored the first OSS division triumph in 1:58.1 as the 8-5 choice with Aaron Merriman at the lines.  Trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver for partner Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, Ohio, this Triumphant Caviar distaff had finished second in Leg One to Globetrotting.   She bested 4-5 rival Spend That Money (James MacDonald) at the wire by 2½ lengths after sitting in the two hole throughout the mile behind the Jason McGinnis-trainee, with 9-1 Delaware Ave (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) coming from off the pace to grab third place honors.   Kikimora is the fourth foal out of the Chip Chip Hooray mare Nessa Rose , 3, 1:57.1S   ($38,829) and is a half-sister to OSS victress Evanora (by Pilgrim’s Taj) 3, 1:56.3h ($115,348); Ilianora (by Broadway Hall) 3, 1:56.2f ($56,522) and Theodora (by Stormin Normand) 2, 2:01.2h ($16,700). She now sports a bankroll of $33,100.   Trainer McGinnis sent out 1:59.4 Leg One winner Compass Rose DC in the second OSS division and the Uncle Peter lass and driver James MacDonald didn’t disappoint—using front-stepping tactics to score by 1½ lengths in a very modest 2:01.  Sent off at odds of 1-5, Compass Rose DC is owned by Thestable Compass Rose DC of Guelph, ON, Canada.  Two longshots finished second and third respectively:  34-1 Catwalk As (Elliott Deaton) got up for second, while 50-1 My Cousin Eileen was third for Peter Wrenn.     Bred by Steiner Stock Farm, Compass Rose DC was a $16,000 yearling purchase at the 2018 Ohio Select and has earned $40,000 in just two lifetime trips postward. She is the seventh foal out of the Andover Hall mare Pacific Legacy 2, Q2:02.3F ($13,727), with half-siblings in: Lima Playmate (by Credit Winner) 2, 1:57s ($265,755); Lima Pride (by Muscle Massive) 3, 1:56.4f ($105,746); Lima Playtime (by Credit Winner) 2, 1:59.4h ($44,390); Bosak 4, 2:00.2h ($43,038); and Pacific Pander (by Chapter Seven) 3, 1:59.4f ($13,375).   Mild 7-1 longshot Uncle Peter’s Love posted a 1:59.2 victory in the third OSS division for driver Peter Wrenn and owner/trainer Erv Miller.  A daughter of Uncle Peter, this robust filly was seventh in Leg One but redeemed herself with this effort, finishing 1¾ lengths in front of 9-5 favorite Globetrotting (Anthony MacDonald), who had gone off stride prior to the start and made up a ton of ground to finish second as the 9-5 favorite.  Miss Stunner was third for Chris Page as odds of 2-1.   Uncle Peter’s Love—who earned her first paycheck via this victory—is the fourth foal out of the unraced dam Love Me Two Times and is a full sister to Mystical Peter 3, 1:58.1s ($22,391) and a half-sister to Chapter Review 3, 1:54.4s ($34,537) and to Fast Love 3, 1:58h ($26,928)—both sired by Chapter Seven.    Finally, it was 9-2 Guinevere Hall who ended up in the winner’s circle in the fourth OSS division, stopping the timer in 1:59 with Peter Wrenn at the lines once again.  Trained by Melanie Wrenn for the M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL and David McDuffeee of Delray Beach, FL, this Cash Hall lass upped her career earnings to $24,800—having finished a solid third in OSS Leg One.  She was able to hold off the hard-trying 11-1 Hometown Honey (Tyler Smith) who came flying late from the back of the pack, while 20-1 Evita was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.     Guinevere Hall is the seventh foal out of the unraced Lindy Lane mare Garbo Hall and is a half-sister to the gelding Godspell Hall (by Conway Hall) 3, 1:55.4 ($33,700).   Ohio Sires Stakes continue tonight at Scioto Downs with three $40,000 divisions for 2-year-old pacing fillies and two $50,000 divisions for 3-year-old trotting colts.     by Kimberly Rinker Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

A quartet of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old trotting youngsters fired up the Northfield Park harness racing crowd on a lovely cool and mildly breezy Friday evening, July 12. Expect The Sweep, the 5-2 choice, took the first OSS division with a 1:57.2 front-stepping performance with Aaron Merriman steering the brown gelding. Owned by Beaver, Fleming, Yoder and Zeehandelar, the son of Triumphant Caviar was making just his second lifetime pari-mutuel start under the tutelage of trainer Chris Beaver. Expect The Sweep had finished a handy third in OSS Leg One and finished a length ahead of 6-5 Count On Barney (Kurt Sugg), with 18-1 Action Uncle (Brett Miller) nailing down third-place honors in this second leg. Expect The Sweep upped his career earnings to $24,800 with this first career triumph. As the son out of the Lockkeeper mare Locksweeper 2, 1:54.1z ($105,247), this trotter is a half-brother to Roseberg (by Manofmanymissions) 5, 1:57.4f ($83,965) and Red's Winner (by American Winner) 3, 1:59f ($57,610). Merriman, North America's leading reinsman, was back in the winner's circle for the second OSS contest, this time with another Triumphant Caviar freshman, the 3-5 favorite Exhibit Class. The bay homebred gelding trotted to a 1:58.1 clocking via come-from-behind tactics for trainer Sean Smithpeters and owner Marion Beachy. Exhibit Class had finished second in Leg One of the OSS series to the winning Wading Boots, and now has $30,000 in career earnings. Exhibit Class                                              --Jeff Zamaiko photo Attache' was second for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., just a length behind the winner at odds of 3-1, while 6-1 Larochelle Hanover was third for driver Hunter Myers. Exhibit Class is the third and most prolific foal out of the Classic Photo mare Classic Blaze 5, 1:55.3 ($27,185). Even-money favorite It's Academic benefited from a perfect steer by driver Chris Page to capture the third OSS division easily in 1:57.3. The Ronnie Burke-trained son of Uncle Peter had won his first OSS leg on July 4 at Scioto Downs and no problem scoring his third consecutive lifetime victory in as many tries for owners Burke Racing, Bill Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and the Hatfield Stables. It's Academic finished 1¼ lengths in front of the 2-1 hard-trying Doubleyellowline (Brett Miller), while 35-1 longshot Pete Stamas did well to finish third for Kayne Kauffman. The winner now sports a hefty bankroll of $43,400 for his connections. Bred by Gbw Breeding Farms of Ohio, It's Academic is the first foal out of the Muscle Hill mare Annapolis 3, 1:55 ($49,594). It's Academic                                              --Jeff Zamaiko photo Another Uncle Peter youngster, the 9-5 Big Box Hanover, also made his second trip to the winner's circle in OSS competition, having won leg one at Scioto Downs on July 4 in 1:57.4. For the second leg, the Dalton Walls-trained gelding was clocked in 1:59, finishing half a length in front of 19-1 Howyadoingub (Brett Miller) with 50-1 Greek Legend (Kayne Kauffman) notching third-place money. Big Box Hanover                                             --Jeff Zamaiko photo Big Box Hanover is owned by Bruce Soulsby and Dalton Walls and was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. He is the ninth foal out of the Donerail mare Box of Dreams 3, 1:58.1f ($86,100) and is a half-brother to Boadicea Hanover (by Andover Hall) 2, 2:01.4f ($113,287); Ballare Hanover (by Broadway Hall) 5, 1:55 ($98,552) and By Cance Hanover (Cantab Hall) 3, 1:59f ($34,811).   by Kimberly Rinker Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator  

The Buckeye Stallion harness racing series continued this week at MGM Northfield Park when the 2-year-old colt trotters raced at MGM Northfield Park.   Two of the colts are now Leg 1 and Leg 2 winners. Timestorm (Stormin Normand - Tymal Sonata) won Leg 1 at Eldorado Scioto Downs on July 2nd and won Leg 2 July 10 th at MGM Northfield Park.   He was in Race 7, driven by Charles Taylor with a new lifetime mark of 1:58.2. He is trained by Kent Hess and owned by Ted Boschma (MI). Herecomescharlie B (Full Count - Jetterbug) also won in both Leg 1 and 2. He was the winner of Race 9 making his lifetime mark of 1:57.2 with driver Ryan Stahl.   He is trained and owned by Dan Venier (Pemberville, OH). Both colts have won all three starts they have raced so far this year. Kurt Sugg drove three Buckeye Stallion Series winners in races 2, 4 and 11. Bold Strategy (Break The Bank - CC Cupcake) was the Race 2 winner, finishing in 2:00.3. He is trained by Kurt Sugg and owned by Rebecca Sugg (Polk, OH), Watson Harness Racing (Tiffin, OH) and Kendall Stucky (Tiffin, OH). Race 4 was won by Willing Spirit (Southwind Spirit - Mac’s Dream) in 1:58.3.   He is trained by Jeff Cox for owner Michael Soehnlen (Dalton, OH). The final Buckeye Stallion Series winner of the evening was Klubot (Full Count - Callmepinkalicious) in the eleventh race. Marty Wollam (Vienna, OH) trains and co-owns the colt with Dr. Scott Leaf (VA).   The next Leg for the 2-year-old colts will be at the Champaign County Fair (Urbana, OH) on August 6th.   The Buckeye Stallion Series continues July 16 th at Eldorado Scioto Downs with the 2-year-old colt pacers.     By Regina Mayhugh OHHA Communications Director

What a hot day. The track was fast, and the temperature was 86+ degrees last night (July 7) with 12 races and 76 harness racing horses going to the gate at the Logan County Fair in Bellefontaine, Ohio! The first race was 3-year-old filly pacers with six of them going to the post. Rose Run Ultimate cut the mile out from start to finish and had a very fast blistering last quarter time in 27 ⅗ for trainer driver Ken Holiday and owners Black Magic Racing. There was a large crowd braving the sun as it beat down on them for most of the card. The OHHA came to the rescue with a great give away, fold up fans! They were a hit, and everyone wanted one. Throughout the night fans played text trivia. You can tell the fans were experienced with this game as many had Thom Pye’s number saved and fans was texting Thom my answers versus myself even though I had my number posted and the announcer gave it out all night long. Our very own OHHA Past President John Konesky III won tonight in 2:07 4⁄5 with a 2-year-old trotting filly named Cell Service. Congratulations, John! The fan race was very fun tonight too, with a field of 7 in the 7th race, a wide open 2-year-old filly pace race. The lady that won has been all over the country and overseas to tracks but had never been to the winner circle until tonight.  What an exciting evening! By David Staats, OHHA Ambassador

Temperatures weren't the only thing sizzling on July 4th, as the harness racing public got a look at some of the Buckeye State's finest 2-year-olds for the first time.   Eight $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old trotting and pacing colts went postward on a blistering hot afternoon at Scioto Downs in a special matinee program, beginning at 2 pm, ET.   Trainer Ronnie Burke harnessed four OSS winners (two trots and two paces), while driver Chris Page piloted five OSS victors, including four for team Burke, winning a total of three trotting events and two pacing events in OSS competition.   Five of the 2-year-old winners were first time starters at the pari-mutuel level, with three favorites taking home first prize and five longshots prevailing at the wire. Three of the OSS winners were homebred, while Hanover Shoe Farms was the breeder on three of the contestants. Stallions represented by OSS winners include two by Uncle Peter and one each by Dejarmbro and Wishing Stone (trotters), and one each by pacing stallions Dragon Again, Pet Rock, Rockin Amadeus and Yankee Cruiser.   Opportune Hanover posted a 1:52.3 clocking for Burke Racing, Chris Page, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi in the last of the four OSS pacing tests--just one fifth off the track record. The son of Dragon Again is the fifth foal out of the Artsplace mare Ozmopolitan p, 4, 1:53.2f ($185,025) and is a half-brother to Ostro Hanover (by Betterthancheddar) p, 3, 1:52.1f ($161,076) and Lyons Sands (by Somebeachsomewhere) p, 3, 1:52.2s ($60,786). Opportune Hanover--the even money favorite with Page in the sulky--was a $15,000 yearling purchase at the Ohio Select Sale last fall and this was his second start for his connections. Mr D's Rock was second for Aaron Merriman at 4-5, with Dancin Wayon L (Hank LeVan) third at 27-1.   Burke also harnessed Elver Hanover to a 1:53.4 triumph for Burke Racing, B. Jablonsky, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. Another Hanover Shoe Farms product, the son of Yankee Cruiser is the seventh foal out of The Panderosa mare Edra Hanover p, 2, 1:51 ($171,753) and was a $50,000 yearling purchase at the Ohio Select Sale. He is a half-brother to Eddard Hanover (by Dragon Again) p, 5, 1:49.3 ($508,397) and East Side Hanover (by Somebeachsomewhere) p, 3, 1:51 ($63,801), among others. Elver Hanover--the 9-1 choice, was steered by Chris Page, besting second place 9-2 finisher Stanford Court (Wrenn, Jr.), with 6-1 Hot Shot McJeffers (Kyle Ater) nailing down show honors.   Page was back in the sulky to steer the trotting-bred It's Academic to a 1:58.4 winning clocking for Burke Racing, Bill Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and the Hatfield Stables. The win was the son of Uncle Peter's second career victory. Bred by Gbw Breeding Farms, It's Academic is the first foal out of the Muscle Hill mare Annapolis p, 3, 1:55 ($49,594) and was a $50,000 yearling purchase at the Ohio Select Sale.     "We liked the look of this colt and so Bill (Donovan) and I bought him together initially," offered co-owner Sbrocco. "We sent him to Ronnie (Burke) to train and he thought so much of him he bought in and later the Hatfields became a partner as well."   It's Academic used wire-to-wire tactics to nail down the win, finishing 2½ lengths ahead of 22-1 Attache' (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) with 9-1 Howyadoingbub (Brett Miller) third.   Burke's other trotting victor was the 7-5 homebred favorite Wading Boots, who scored a 1:57.4 clocking with Page at the lines. The son of Wishing Stone, who is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr, and Phil Collura was making his pari-mutuel debut in his first career win. He is the third foal out of the SJ's Caviar mare Sequin Hanover and is a full brother to U Need Stones 4, 1:53 ($205,920) and Well I'm Fancy 2, Q1:59.3f ($34,355). Exhibit Class and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., were second at 7-2 while 6-1 Expect The Sweep was third for Aaron Merriman.   Rocknthatafterparty surprised everyone as he slid up the rail to win the first pacing division in 1:55, besting six rivals with a crafty drive by Kyle Ater. The son of Rockin Amadeus is trained by Dan Ater for Ivy Holdings and is out of the unraced Cambest mare Cameo And Lace, making him a half-brother to Commander Ruff (by Stand Forever) p, 4, 1:54.4s ($56,557).   "I owned his dam and turned her over to Hickory Lane Farm," said breeder Rebecca Ewing. "When he went through the sale, I thought he looked so good that I bought him for $10,000."   Rocknthatafterparty was a 27-1 longshot, returning $52.00 on a two-dollar ticket and finishing half a length in front of 4-5 favorite Nvrpopdaplugs (Ken Holiday), while 5-1 One Last Laugh (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) got up for third.   Garnering his first career victory was 13-1 Rock Smart, well-driven by Danny Noble in a come-from-behind effort to prevail by 1½ lengths in 1:54.3 over 8-5 favorite Big Bad Whamo (Ryan Stahl) with 9-1 One Rock (Greg Grismore) getting up for third. This Pet Rock youngster--who brought down the gavel for $30,000 at the Ohio Select Yearling Sale--is out of the Camluck mare Smartygirl and is a full brother to Smarty's Filly p, 3, 1:54.2f ($37,795). Rock Smart was bred by Dr. David Fisher and is trained by Bret Schwartz for Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio.   Also winning his first career start was the trotting youngster Jarmbalou, who stopped the clock in 1:57.3 with Chris Page at the lines for trainer/owners/breeders Rick and Reginal Beinhauer. Sent off at 11-1, Jambalou bested 20-1 Stonefire US (Dewayne Minor), with 6-1 Willing Spirit (Kurt Sugg) third. Jambalou is out of the Chip Chip Hooray mare Chiptomylou, making him a half-brother to Imallthatmatters (by Explosive Matter) 2, 2:00f ($38,298).   Finally, it was Big Box Hanover who gave a fine effort in his first official start--posting a 1:57.4 clocking for driver Trevor Smith and trainer Dalton Walls, who owns the colt in partnership with Bruce Soulsby. Purchased for $13,000 at the Ohio Select Sale, Big Box Hanover bested 2-1 Doubleyellowline (Danny Noble) and third-place finisher 9-1 Upfront Stone (Aaron Merriman).     This well-named youngster is a son of Uncle Peter and the ninth foal out of the Donerail mare Box Of Dreams 3, 1:58.1f ($86,100), and is half-brother to Boadicea Hanover (by Andover Hall) 5, 1:53.1 ($113,287); Ballare Hanover (by Broadway Hall) 5, 1:55 ($98,552); and By Chance Hanover (by Cantab Hall) 3, 1:59f ($34,811).   Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Friday, July 5 with four, first-round divisions of 2-year-old pacing fillies going postward at Northfield Park at 6 pm, ET.   by Kimberly Rinker Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca, horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable, added a harness racing training triple to its impressive start to the 2019 stakes season. Jason McGinnis conditions the Ohio freshmen and sophomores for TheStable.ca. On July 3, he sent four two-year-olds postward in four $40,000 divisions of the Ohio Sires Stakes at Northfield Park. Spend That Money wired the field to win her second race in as many outings in 1:58.3. James MacDonald drove the Uncle Peter filly. She was an $11,500 yearling purchase for TheStable.ca at the Ohio Select Sale and is currently owned by 24 clients of the fractional ownership operation. McGinnis missed a fourth win by less than a length in division three when 12-1 Alesund cut the mile and fought to hold on for the win but succumbed to Delovely Hall and finished second. The 1:57.3 mile in that division set a new North America season's record for a half-mile track, but TheStable.ca's Manofmanymissions daughter Globetrotting quickly matched the mark in division five. Anthony MacDonald drove the trotter to a one-length score, her second win in as many starts. She was a $21,000 yearling purchase for clients of TheStable.ca at the Ohio Select Sale and is currently owned by 18 clients. Compass Rose DC is owned by 15 clients of TheStable.ca and was a $16,000 yearling purchase. She won her first outing by nearly three lengths in 1:59.4 with James MacDonald. Earlier in the day, TheStable.ca won a division of the PA Stallion Series at The Meadows. Ill Play It Alone hung on to win by a nose with Anthony MacDonald for trainer Tim Twaddle in the $20,000 dash. The 1:54.4 score was the pacer's first win in two ties for 32 clients who own the Somebeachsomewhere gelding which was purchased for $14,000 as a yearling in Harrisburg. In the past week, TheStable.ca has campaigned 46 starters (including 33 freshmen) at 11 tracks throughout Canada and the U.S., recording nine wins and 24 top-three finishes while tying a world record and setting or equaling a trio of season's records for its 680 clients located in 11 countries wordwide.   Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

The Canadian-based partnership of trainer Jason McGinnis and harness racing drivers James and Anthony MacDonald teamed up to capture three of five $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests for 2-year-old freshman trotting fillies on a hot and steamy Wednesday evening at Northfield Park. Thirty-nine diagonally-gaited distaffs battled over the half-mile "Home of the Flying Turns," as temperatures hovered in the mid-80's, giving fans a first glimpse of future Ohio-bred champions, many of them making their first career starts. McGinnis and James MacDonald scored their first triumph with Spend That Money, the 1-5 favorite, who was first off the gate to prevail in a wire-to-wire effort in 1:58.3. The Uncle Peter lass was making just her second career start for Thestable Spend Thatmoney of Guelph, ON. Bred by Cornerstone Stock Farm of Indiana, Spend That Money is out of the Muscles Yankee mare Spend It In and now has $23,100 in career earnings. She had won her debut at Northfield on June 26 in similar style, timed in 2:01.1 for that first career outing. Spend That Money finished 3¾ lengths ahead of 15-1 Evita (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), with 60-1 longshot Pearls N Coins (Tony Hall) garnering show honors. The McGinnis-James MacDonald team returned to the winner's circle with 7-5 Compass Rose DC, another Uncle Peter filly making her career debut. Owned by Thestable Compass Rose Dc, she also used front-stepping tactics to secure a 1:59.4 victory. Bred by Ohio's Steiner Stock Farm, she is the fourth daughter of the Andover Hall mare Pacific Legacy 2, Q2:02.3F ($13,727) and is a half-sister to: Lima Playmate (by Credit Winner) 2, 1:57s ($265,755) and Lima Pride (by Muscle Massive 3, 1:56.4f ($105,746), among others. Electric Rose (Aaron Merriman) was also sent off at odds of 7-5 and was second best, while 4-1 Sabia Dream (Charlie Norris) survived an early break to garner a third-place check. The McGinnis-Anthony MacDonald team saved the best for last, however, as Globetrotting powered to a 1:57.3 victory. This Manofmanymissions lass was impressive not only in stride but had a knowing presence upon entering the Northfield winner's circle as the 7-2 choice. James MacDonald again his charge right to the top, winning by a comfortable length with a :28.1 final brush over 3-5 Kikimora (Aaron Merriman), while 7-2 Guinever Hall (Peter Wrenn) got up for third. Globetrotting was also bred by Steiner Stock Farm and is the fifth foal out of the Andover Hall mare Celebrity Deville, 3, 1:54.3s ($338,744). She now owns a bankroll of $24,700 for Thestable Globetrotting and has half-siblings in: Lima Cadillac (by Yankee Glide) 3, Q1:54.4f ($93,210); Lima Charisma (by Muscle Hill) 3, 1:55.1f ($75,960); Iwantmytwodollars (by Muscle Hill) 4, 1:57.1h ($47,456); and Cruella DeVille (by Yankee Glide) 2, 1:57.3f ($31,126). Trainer Chris Beaver captured the other two OSS divisions, with Lima Gold and Delovely Hall. Lima Gold, sent off at 5-2 with driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the sulky, was making her pari-mutuel debut, trotting easily to a 1:58.3 effort. On the front end throughout the mile, Lima Gold held off 6-1 Jogging Ms Lucy who was given a perfect 2-hole trip by driver Kurt Sugg, as 6-5 favorite Miss Stunner (Chris Page) got up for third. Owned by Spaaaartners and bred by Willis Miller, Lima Gold is a daughter of Coraggioso, out of the Jailhouse Jesse mare Lima Halo 3, 1:59.3F ($16,268). North America's leading reinsman, Aaron Merriman, then steered Renee Bercury's Delovely Hall to a 1:57.3 triumph as the 4-5 favorite. The big filly overtook and bested 12-1 rival Alesund (Anthony MacDonald) in the final strides by three-quarters of a length, as 6-1 Champagne On Ice (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) finished third. Bred by Walnut Hall Limited, etc., Delovely Hall now has $21,550 in her career coffers. This hefty and long-striding daughter by the ill-fated Cash Hall is the fifth foal out of the Amigo Hall mare Daylon Mystique 4, 1:56.4f ($310,162) and is a half-sister to Dancer Hall (by Deweycheatumnhowe) 4, 1:52.2f ($313,650).   Kimberly A. Rinker Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator  

Thirteen freshmen filly trotters will begin their legs of the Buckeye Stallion harness racing series on July 1 st .   The 3-year- old filly trotters will race their first leg at MGM Northfield Park in races 3 and 4.   Christopher Beavers trains two in race 3, Delaware Ave (Triumphant Caviar-A Moment Too Soon) and Bella Lugosi (Full Count-Action on George). He also trains Cs Sugar Babe (Southwind Spirit-MI Brown Sugar) in race 4. This will be Cs Sugar Babe’s second start. She won at the Putnam County Fair (Ottawa, OH) on June 26 th.   Desert Storm As (Stormin Normand-Savanah Dream), Fatimas Secret (Southwind Spirit-Stroke Me Strokeme), Overdue Mission (Manofmanymissions-Northern Lucy), Easy Victory (Uncle Peter-Broadway Victory) and Justdontforgetme (Dontyouforgetit- Just For Fun) will also make their first starts in Race 3.   Race 4 will see two second time starters besides Cs Sugar Babe, Embrace The Rust (Stormin Normand- Hooray For Mom) and Dream Change (Winning Fireworks-Economic Change). Dream Change won her first start at the Pickaway County Fair (Circleville, OH) on June 17 th .   In Race 4 Susiek (Climb Higher-Nickie K) and Kiss On Fire As (Lionhunter-Winds On Fire As) will make their first starts.   On July 2 nd Eldorado Scioto Downs will host the 2-year-old colt trotters. Jarmin Jimmys Gto (Dejarmbro- Timelesswinner Two), Banzai As (Lionhunter-Provide As) and Fireyoucantputout (Muscle Network-Maple Grove Smoky) will make their first career starts in this race.   Race 3 the first-time starters are Crazy Mission (Manofmanymissions-Venice Holiday), Holton (Dontyouforgetit-Mama’s Brokn Heart), Rockin Roy (Triumphant Caviar-Kick Em Up Kate) and Don’t Fire (Dontyouforgetit- Breath of Fire).   First time starters in Race 6 are Look In My Eyes (Lionhunter-Guilt Free), Somtimsthingshapen (Cash Hall-Charlize Hall), Uncle Donald (Uncle Peter-Donato’s Peach), Mj’slibertyvalance (Wishing Stone- Taveta) and Almighty Dollar (Cash Hall-Becca J).   Race 10 will see newbies Trottotown (Broadway Hall-It’s A Diamond), Gabby’s Wild Child (Triumphant Caviar-Gabby’s Creditcard), Klubot (Full Count-Callmepinkalicious), Mission to Mars (Manofmanymissions-Jesse’s Messenger) and Bold Strategy (Break The Bank K-CC Cupcake).   Timestorm (Stormin Normand-Tymal Sonata) in Race 4, Dontyousayit (Dontyouforgetit-Mystic Magician) in Race 6 and Herecomescharlie B (Full Count-Jetterbug) in Race 10 all have a win from Paulding County Fair (Paulding, OH) on June 10 th.   The Buckeye Stallion Series will provide two exciting nights of racing at both MGM Northfield Park and Eldorado Scioto Downs. Don’t miss watching the series kick off the summer for 2-year-old trotters!     By Regina Mayhugh

When harness racing trainer Ben Baillargeon discusses his trotter Musical Rhythm, it is easier for him to list the things the horse cannot do rather than all he can. "He doesn't talk," Baillargeon says with a laugh, "and that's about it." A playful 7-year-old stallion ("You give him a ball, he plays soccer with it; you put him in the field, he throws it and goes and gets it," Baillargeon says), Musical Rhythm's big personality is outsized only by his big heart. The horse nearly died last year as the result of complications from an infection, but after several months and multiple medical procedures at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, he recovered and was able to return to Baillargeon. Baillargeon, who is among the stallion's owners, was grateful to simply have Musical Rhythm home. He thought the horse might perform stud duty, but his racing days were in the past. Then one day, Baillargeon told his daughter Sara to put the harness on Musical Rhythm so he could walk him around the track. "As soon as we hit the track, he said: I'm home; this is where I live, on the track," Baillargeon said. "He's been on the track since. He's just a gritty horse. He loves to race. "We were just happy to get him back. It was a blessing. But he doesn't want to give up. It's unbelievable." On Saturday, Musical Rhythm will bring a six-race win streak to the $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic at Ohio's Northfield Park. For his career, the son of Cantab Hall-Musical Victory has won 36 of 89 races and $694,107. His victories include the 2016 Graduate Series championship, which he won from post 10 at The Meadowlands. Guardian Angel As, who brings his own three-race win streak to Northfield, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the Cleveland Trotting Classic, with Jason Bartlett driving for Anette Lorentzon. Musical Rhythm is 10-1 with Northfield Park regular Ronnie Wrenn Jr. in the sulky. "He's got everything you need in a horse," Baillargeon said about Musical Rhythm. "He's such a smart horse and he can do it any which way. He's got lots of gate speed and he's got guts. He's got lots of grit. Everyone that's come at him lately, he puts them away. "Ronnie knows the track there real good. He'll figure out what he wants to do. The horse will do what he wants to do, that's for sure. The horse will give a tremendous effort. He always does. Whatever happens, happens." Baillargeon bought Musical Rhythm as a 3-year-old for $33,000 at the Standardbred Mixed Sale. He owns the horse with Santo Vena, Nunzio Vena, and Claude Hamel. The group bred Musical Rhythm to a handful of mares this year, and three are in foal. Baillargeon expects Musical Rhythm to get more opportunities in the future, but for now is enjoying watching the stallion compete again. "He's on quite the roll right now," Baillargeon said about the horse who is known around the stable by the nickname Marty. "Everybody loves him. He's got a fan club and he's done a lot for us, my family and my partners. Marty is there for us. We can always count on him. We are lucky to have him." Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) at Northfield Park. Following is the field for the $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic Invitational, which is race 12 on the card.   PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Guardian Angel As-Jason Bartlett-Anette Lorentzon-2/1 2-Weslynn Dancer-Dave Palone-Richard Banca-6/1 3-Emoticon Hanover-Jody Jamieson-Luc Blais-8/1 4-Pinkman-Brett Miller-Per Engblom-4/1 5-Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood-7/2 6-Musical Rhythm-Ronnie Wrenn Jr.-Benoit Baillargeon-10/1 7-Dayson-Chris Page-Ron Burke-15/1 8-Plunge Blue Chip-Aaron Merriman-Ake Svanstedt-12/1   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

It was an exciting Saturday evening on June 22 nd when twenty charities participated in the 7 th annual Charity Night at the Races, held at Eldorado Gaming at Scioto Downs hosted by the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA).   The participants of each charity were invited to join OHHA trackside for a meal and enjoy an evening of racing.   Ohio horsemen and many OHHA Board members hosted each charity, explaining harness racing, sharing about the industry and guiding the participants through their evening events.   Following the meal, participants took turns touring the paddock where they had their photo taken with the horse they were paired with. USTA’s Wendy Ross interviewed each charity in the winner’s circle.   One participant from each group also had the opportunity to ride in the starting gate.   The charities that attended include: ALS- The ALS Association Central & Southern Ohio Chapter, Alzheimers Association Central Ohio Chapter, Canine Companions For Independence, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Crohn's, Colitis Foundation of Central Ohio, Girls on the Run of Central Ohio, Haven House of Pickaway County Inc., JDRF Central Ohio, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Ohio 4-H Youth Development, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Ohio FFA Foundation, Inc., Pacing For the Cure, PBJ Connections, Inc., Pickaway County Special Olympics, St. Vincent dePaul Society- St. Denis/Holy Family/Immaculate, St. Patrick School, American Red Cross, Tread Lightly and USO of Central and Southern Ohio.   This year the event was held under a tent which allowed the groups to be all together as well as giving them a full view of the track. A teller was also stationed in the tent, which was convenient for the participants to place wagers.   The charities were coupled with horses in either the 6 th or 8 th race. Depending on the placing the horse came in determined the amount each charity would take home. Two charities, Haven House of Pickaway County with Coal Hanover and Ohio 4-H with Wondrous Sport each took home a donation of $10,000 as their horses crossed the finish line first. The next big winners were St. Vincent DePaul Society with Indiana Cam and Ohio FFA with Bottom Deals, who each took home a donation of $5,000 from placing 2 nd . Alzheimer’s Association with Arch Hanover and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium with Shakerattlenrock each took the 3 rd place donation of $2,500. The charities that placed below 3 rd will each receive a $2,000 donation. A total of $63,000 was donated by Ohio horsemen.   For many who attended this was their first experience at a racetrack, while others have watched harness racing before or were veterans to this event, such as Tim McCarthy. He has attended with Big Brothers Big Sisters for many years. This year he is attended with Tread Lightly, a new charity to the event.   Debbie Adamdzak, the principal of St. Patrick School attended Charity Night in 2018. She commented,   “The St. Patrick staff and parents who attend this charitable event absolutely love every aspect: Visiting the paddock and seeing our horse, riding in the pace car, the wonderful table hosts and food and of course the exciting horse races. The proceeds we are given help our students give back to others with our service-learning projects”.   Allan Helber, Haven House of Pickaway County Board President shared about his evening experience.   “Thank you so much for allowing Haven House to participate in Charity Night at the Races.  My wife and I really enjoyed the evening.  The dinner, host, backstage tour and the race itself was all very well done.  Of course, we didn't mind winning the $10,000.  I can assure you it will make a huge impact on our shelter this year,” commented Helber.   The Columbus Zoo has been a part of the event for a few years now. Colby Falconer, the zoo’s Annual Giving Manager shared   “We were delighted to be a part of such an informative and educational evening with other organizations in Ohio. Not only did we learn about the great work other organizations do for our state, we were able to learn about OHHA and what they do in serving all things associated with harness racing. We hope to participate again next year – it has become a highlight of our philanthropic events!”   OHHA would like to thank the many horsemen and OHHA Board members who volunteered their time to help make the evening a success. Thank you to Eldorado Scioto Downs for their hospitality and service.   Due to the generosity of Ohio horsemen, this has become an annual event that the OHHA looks forward to offering. Any charity interested in participating next year, send an email to rmayhugh@ohha.com with your contact information or call the OHHA office at 614-221-3650.     By Regina Mayhugh

Northeast Ohio's premier harness racing trotting race, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, will go to post Saturday (June 29) at MGM Northfield Park. This will be the fifth edition of the Classic and it carries a purse of $175,000. The Grand Circuit event has again attracted the best veteran trotters in North America. It has been slated as the 12th event on a 16-race program. First race post time is 6 PM. Guardian Angel AS drew the rail and has been named the 2-1 morning line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi. The favored trotter tries to deny last year's winner, Marion Marauder's attempt at defending his title. Guardian Angel AS goes to the gate in Saturday's feature, putting his three-race win streak on the line. His trio of wins includes the $100,000 Maxie Lee Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia. Trainer Annette Lorentzon calls upon Yonkers standout Jason Bartlett to drive. Marion Marauder, winner of the 2018 Cleveland Trotting Classic, drew post-5 and has been named the 7-2 second choice. The six year-old attempts to be a repeat a triumph in this event and looks to add to add to his $3.1 million bankroll for trainer Paula Wellwood. Marion Marauder, the 2016 Trotting Triple Crown champion, will be handled by Canadian superstar Scott Zeron. Local driving standouts Aaron Merriman and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr have both received assignments in this year's field. Wrenn, begins from post-6 with Canadian sensation Musical Rhythm, a winner of six consecutive races and almost $700,000 in earnings. Merriman drives Plunge Blue Chip from the 8-hole. This trotter has over $1 million in earnings and carries a 1:49.4 lifetime mark, the fastest in the race. The 2019 $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic field: Post    Horse                           Driver                         Trainer                                   M/L 1          Guardian Angel As    Jason Bartlett              Annette Lorentzon                 2-1  2          Weslynn Dancer          Dave Palone                Richard Banca                    6-1  3          Emoticon Hanover      Jody Jamieson             Luc Blais                             8-1  4          Pinkman                      Brett Miller                 Per Engblom                         4-1 5          Marion Marauder        Scott Zeron                 Paula Wellwood                   7-2 6          Musical Rhythm          Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.       Benoit Baillargeon               10-1 7          Dayson                        Chris Page                   Ron Burke                          15-1 8          Plunge Blue Chip        Aaron Merriman          Ake Svanstedt                      12-1 This year's Classic program undercard is highlighted by two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for sophomore pacing colts, three $25,000 late closer series finals, and two Open events. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool begins in race 11. Three of the four races in the guaranteed Pick 4 are comprised of the Opens and the Trotting Classic. Beginning at 5 PM, the first 1,000 guests will receive a coupon good for one Northfield Park Ball Cap, one $2 Match Play and one FREE live program good any Friday evening through September 29. These coupons will be distributed until 9 PM or while supplies last to all guests 18 years of age or older, strictly limited to one per person. In addition to superior racing action, the night will also offer guests a buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The buffet is $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330.467.4101. For those who want to be close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron for an array of free fanfare activities. Activities include Northeast Ohio's food trucks from 6 - 9 PM and live music by Time Trax on the outdoor apron from 6 - 9 PM. Guests can try their luck at Ball Toss 7 - 8 PM and the Northfield Park Putting Challenge from 8:30 - 9:30 PM where you can win cash and prizes. Admission and Parking are Always FREE at Northfield Park!   Ayers Ratliff

Northfield, OH -- A deep and accomplished harness racing field of the sport's best Open trotters have tentatively accepted invitations to MGM Northfield Park's premier trotting event, the $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic next Saturday (June 29). Marion Marauder, winner of the 2018 Cleveland Trotting Classic, is expected to defend his title for trainer Paula Wellwood. Marion Marauder, the 2016 Trotting Triple Crown champion and winner of over $3.1-million in purses, will likely face-off against 2015 Hambletonian champion Pinkman and his $2.8-million career bankroll next weekend at Northfield. Two-time Breeders Crown champion Emoticon Hanover, who sports a lifetime bankroll of over $1.5-million; Homicide Hunter, with a lifetime mark of 1:48.4, a Breeders Crown win and $1.7-million in earnings; and multiple stakes winner Plunge Blue Chip with her $1,000,000 bankroll, are also expected to head to Northeast Ohio. Guardian Angel AS, victorious in his last three starts, including the $100,000 Maxie Lee Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia, is also pointed to Cleveland for trainer Annette Lorentzon. Weslynn Dancer, who has collected over $187,452 in purses this season, will head to Northfield off a place finish in the $192,000 Armbro Flight Final at Woodbine/Mohawk Park, outside Toronto. Also coming in from Canada is Musical Rhythm, who is riding a six-race winning streak against Open company at Woodbine/Mohawk Park. The draw for the $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic is set for Tuesday morning, June 25, entries for the invitation only event will not be finalized until then. First race post time is 6:00 on Cleveland Trotting Classic night. The undercard features multiple divisions of the Ohio Sires Stakes for three-year-old colt pacers and the Finals of Northfield's Spring Late Closers.   By Ayers Ratliff for MGM Northfield Park

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (May 30) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Dave Bianconi, Brian Loney, Mark McKelvie, and Jim Miller.. Bianconi, the Director of Racing at Northfield Park, joins to talk about Saturday's $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie. He will discuss what it takes to put together a prestigious Invitational and who he feels the contenders are in the race. Saturday night's harness racing program also features Ohio Sire Stakes action. Loney, trainer of Bully Pulpit, will discuss his Open pacer and how he feels he will handle the step up to the Grand Circuit Stage. Bully Pulpit, who comes off a win against the Open pacers at Northfield has put in some impressive miles and looks to continue that progression to the main stage. The pair will also discuss with Loney his career in the business and how he became involved in the sport. McKelvie, Director of Communications at Woodbine Mohawk Park, helps the pair get ready for the 2019 Pepsi North America Cup next Saturday, June 15. The trio will discuss the contenders, what fans can expect during the evening, and some great wagering opportunities that will be available. Expanded gaming appears to be coming to Illinois racetracks and Jim Miller will join to discuss the legislation that is head for the Governor's office which could help promote the sport in the state for years to come. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   Michael Carter Social Media and Publicity Coordinator U.S. Trotting Association

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