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Longtime harness racing horseman Andy Rickert reached a career milestone on Tuesday (January 26), harnessing his 1,000th training victory at MGM Northfield Park. The achievement was realized when Ryan Stahl drove Keystone Chester to a 1:57.1 victory to win the evening's sixth race. Rickert's 1,000th training win was the result of 7,317 starts that also saw him finish second 972 times and third another 951. All told his earnings have amounted to just over $7.9 million. MGM Northfield Park has announced an addition of Monday, February 8 to this year’s calendar of live racing days.  Post time for the added day is to be determined depending on the current statewide curfew in Ohio.     In addition, Northfield had dropped Tuesday, October 19 from the racing calendar.  Rickert's 1,000th training win

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 5, 2017 -- Homepage moved relentlessly first over and pulled off the 12-1 harness racing upset in Tuesday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Homepage was fourth at the half when Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. sent her after the leader, Panana Republic. The 7-year-old daughter of Tom Ridge-Inside Edition cleared easily and held off the late charge of Classical Annie to down her by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:55.3 over a "good" surface. Fancytucky rallied for show. Andy Rickert trains Homepage, who now boasts $347,897 in career earnings, for Murdock Racing Stable. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Drift Away moved powerfully first over and went on to a comfortable harness racing victory in Tuesday's opening leg of the Winter Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming trotters at The Meadows. Pittstop Kip shot the Lightning Lane to take the other $15,000 opening-leg split. Drift Away had been hampered by post 8 or 9 for five consecutive starts, when he felt compelled to try for the early lead. On Tuesday, the 9-year-old Trojan Touch-Frances Maxine gelding settled in sixth before getting underway for Tony Hall. He scored in 1:57.3 over a sloppy surface, 1-1/4 lengths better than the rallying Queens Lonely Earl, with Pembroke Castaway third. Andy Rickert trains Drift Away, who extended his career bankroll to $316,623, for Mark Jakubik and Tessa Roland. Tuesday's card also featured three opening-leg divisions of the Winter Claiming Series for $10,000 claiming trotters, with Mateo M, Crazy Eyes and Skyway Cruiser each capturing $8,000 splits. Elsewhere on the program, Bessie was ahead at every pole for the second consecutive start as she prevailed handily in 1:55.2 in the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/ Preferred Handicap Trot. The pocket-sitting Cowgirl Hall was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Scented Roses closed well for show. Jim Pantaleano piloted the 5-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantabs Chorine, who vaulted over $200,000 in lifetime earnings, for trainer Rick Clapper and owners Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Pantaleano collected five wins and Hall three on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 16, 2015 -- Keystone Chester and Flying Muscles each captured his second straight division in Monday's third leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows, though they used dramatically different styles to do so. Jetta Dough took the other $12,000 split in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The championship legs of the Ken Weaver and three other current series at The Meadows are set for Friday, March 27, first post 6:55 PM. Keystone Chester, a 4-year-old Chocolatier - Keystone Chickadee gelding, quarter-poled to the lead for Aaron Merriman, trainer Andy Rickert and owner Murdock Racing Stable and rolled to victory in a career best 1:56.4. Early leader Great Magic, previously undefeated in the series, was 3-1/2 lengths back in second, with Knucklebiter third. Flying Muscles, on the other hand, was 7 lengths behind at the three-quarters when he launched his winning move for Brian Zendt. He scored in 1:58.2, a head better than Rannoch Moor. Justice Delight earned show. Todd Rooney trains Flying Muscles, a 3-year-old Muscle Massive-Maker A Laker gelding, and owns with David Lee and Eldon Thompson. Elsewhere on the card, Chaching Hanover took a NW2 event in 1:54.2, fastest this year by a sophomore colt on a five-eighths-mile track. Mike Wilder piloted the son of Yankee Cruiser-Chana Hanover for trainer Jan Fread and owners Karen Fread, Michael Toth and Michelle Linnert. It was one of four wins for Wilder on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Mythical Hall was a repeat winner of the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot in the tenth race on Monday (June 2) at Northfield Park. Andy Rickert trains the six year-old for Mark Jakubik of West Seneca, New York. The 2014 leading driver in North America, Aaron Merriman, was aboard for the winning drive. Mythical Hall (Andover Hall-Myth-Lindy Lane) started from post eight. He fired from that outside post, went right to the front and never looked back. He led his competition through fractional times of :27.4, :56.2, 1:25.3 and 1:55.4. Nearing the wire, Mythical Hall's competition was charging, but he held off his foes by a head at the finish. Completing the race were Heza Rube, Edit, Rush N Supreme, I'll Tell You What, Wind Surfer, Rebel Strike, Rose Run Logan and Arianna Hall. Monday's triumph was the fourth win this year in 13 starts for Mythical Hall. It increased his lifetime win tally to 22 and his earnings to $366,363. He returned $18.60 to win. In the evening's 11th race, Roadside Delight captured the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace. He is trained by Tyler Nostadt for Pine Grove Stables of Parkman, Ohio. Wyatt Irvine drove the six year-old to victory. Roadside Delight (Bettor's Delight-Road Sign-Life Sign) started from post two. He let his competition set the early :27 and :54.4 fractions before taking the lead in the third quarter. Once clearing to the front, Roadside Delight continued to extend his lead, posting times of 1:23.2 and 1:52.1, besting his competition by 5 ¼-lengths. Completing the race were Mybrothergeorge, Goodnite Goodluck, Eddie Sweat, JS Tango, Irish Elitist, Rockin Finish and Cash'em In. Smarter Yet was scratched. Roadside Delight now has six wins in 14 starts this year, 23 career successes and a bankroll of $309,776. He paid $9.80 to win. The remainder of the card was dominated by Northfield Park leading driver, Josh Sutton, who drove seven winners on the Monday program. Sutton's winners included Gale Force Hanover ($2.20) in race one, Jumpin Jack J ($4.40) in race two, Chase The Sun ($3.60) in race four, Dungeon Dragon ($4.00) in race seven, Forever Good ($5.00) in race nine, Fortune's Jenna ($5.80) in race 13 and Cry For Cash ($3.60) in race 14. Sutton, 32, began driving in 1998 and has since garnered 2,471 career victories and is approaching $14,000,000 in purse earnings. He has posted 215 victories so far this year over Northfield's Flying Turns, which tops the local driving ranks. Sutton also drives at other racetracks where he has been winning races at an impressive rate as well. In total, Sutton has garnered 275 wins so far in 2014. Those wins rank him as the third winningest driver in north America so far in 2014. Only Aaron Merriman (311) and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. (277) have more driving wins this year than Josh Sutton. Ayers Ratliff  

Mythical Hall crossed the finish line as the winner in the $12,000 Open Trot on Tuesday (May 27) in the evening's ninth race. Monday's score is the third win in 12 starts this year. He is trained by Andy Rickert for West Seneca, New York owner, Mark Jakubic. North America's leading driver, Aaron Merriman, was aboard for the winning drive. Mythical Hall (Andover Hall-Myth-Lindy Lane) started from post six. He left at the start and sat the pocket through fractions of :27.4, :57.3 and 1:26. He responded when Merriman called upon him in the stretch and bested his competition by ¾-length in 1:55.2. The clocking is Mythical Hall's fastest in a trio of wins so far in 2014. Completing the race were Rose Run Logan, Life Long Hanover, Edit, Master's Sweetie, Wind Surfer, Mary's Darvin and Full Force. Schalyn was scratched. Mythical Hall now has 21 career successes and an impressive bankroll of $360,363. He paid $8.40 to win. In the evening's 10th race, Rockin Finish captured the $12,000 Open Pace. Virgin Morgan Jr. conditions the pacer for Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, QC, CA. Rockin Finish (Rocknroll Hanover-Please Me Please-Camluck) started from the second tier but moved as soon as his rivals were set, went straight to the lead and never looked back. He made every pole a winning one through times of :27.2, :56.1, 1.25 and 1:53.1. He was 1 ¾-lengths in front when he crossed the finish. JS Tango, Irish Elitist, Soap Suds, Cullens Blue Jean, Just Crowned, Lyons JosephJNR, Tommy Two Shoes and Dungeon Dragon followed Rockin Finish through the wire. Tuesday's triumph increased Rockin Finish's lifetime win tally to 16 and his earnings to $273,682. He was the race favorite and returned $4.20 to win. Northfield Park Adds $5,000 Guaranteed Pick 5 Pool to Wednesday’s Program  Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $5,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Wednesday’s (May 28) program. Beginning in race three, the $5,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $1,095. Northfield’s Pick-5, Pick-4 and the Pick-3s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. Wednesday’s post time is 6 p.m. Ayers Ratliff

Rose Run Logan trotted home for his fifth straight win Monday (March 17) in Northfield Park's opening race. The seven year-old gelding is owned and trained by Jeff Hochstetler of Urichsville, Ohio. Hochstetler called upon Jason Merriman for the winning drive. Rose Run Logan started from post five and sat the pocket in the first half of the mile through fractions of :28.1 and :57.1. Merriman pulled in the backstretch, took the lead and never looked back, closing out the mile with fractions of 1:26.4 and 1:55.3. The mile clocking represents the trotter's new lifetime mark. Rose Run Logan posted a dominant 5-length margin of victory over his closest competitor, Bookem (Josh Sutton). Monday's triumph was the 11 career success for Rose Run Logan (Armbro Laser-How Miraculous-Baltic Speed) and increased his lifetime earnings to $27,698. He was heavily favored and returned $3.00 to win. In the evening's sixth race, Goodnite Goodluck captured the $9,500 Open Pace for owner Mark Jakubik of West Seneca, New York. Trainer Andy Rickert enlisted the driving services of Aaron Merriman. Goodnite Goodluck (Bettor's Delight-Priority Overnite-Artsplace) started from the rail. He was in the garden spot through fractions of :27, :56 and 1:24.3. Merriman pulled into the passing lane and won by 1 ¼-length in 1:53.4. Completing the race were Lyons JosephJNR, Man He Can Skoot, Forever Good, Western Churchill, T Red and Curator. Goodnite Goodluck now has 34 career successes. Monday's victory pushed his bankroll to $302,547. He paid a healthy $18.20 to win. Julians Caesar was a repeat winner of the $10,000 Open Trot in the evening's eighth race. Ron Burke trains the seven year-old trotter for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Chris Page was the winning driver. Julians Caesar (Oaklea Julian-Twin B Lady-Royal Strength) started from post eight and let his competition carve out the fractions of :28.4, :58.2 and 1:28. He took the lead in the stretch and won by a full length in 1:57.4 despite being parked the entire mile. Completing the race were Action-Broadway, Pembroke Snapshot, Hello Carlo, Sure Thing, Mary's Darvin, Mythical Hall and Easy Strength. Monday's triumph increased Julians Ceasar's lifetime win tally to 13 and his earnings to $250,172. Despite winning this race last week, he returned $13.40 to win.

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 5, 2014 -- Don't Blink moved first over through the slop, collared the leader in the stretch and captured Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Don't Blink was sitting fourth when Brett Miller tipped her off the cones. The 6-year-old daughter of Broadway Hall-SB Ina roared by Daylon Miracle and held off the late charge of Magic Wheel to down her by a head in 1:57.2. Daylon Miracle saved show. Andy Rickert trains Don't Blink, who extended her career bankroll to $282,858, for Dale Wareham. Mike Wilder drove four winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 16, 2013 -- A pair of Winners Over $10,000 Life Trots, each worth $15,000, highlighted Monday's card at The Meadows, with Count Me In and Austin's Jon Jon taking the featured races. The first division became a family feud of sorts when Count Me In, trained by Marty Wollam, challenged No Doze, conditioned by Marty's son, Miles Wollam, in the stretch. Score one for the older generation, as Count Me In responded to Mike Wilder's urging and nailed No Doze by 3/4 lengths in 1:55. Better Caviar was third. Marty Wollam and Acadia Farms own Count Me In, a 4-year-old Full Count-Howl gelding who now boasts $246,791 in career earnings. Austin's Jon Jon captured his second straight when he angled off the cones in the final turn for Greg Grismore and scored at 7-1 in 1:55. Trustworthy Kid was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Go Tapaigh and Wing Tips dead-heated for show. Andy Rickert trains Austin's Jon Jon, an 8-year-old Giant Hit-Miss Dial Tone gelding who extended his career bankroll to $298,192, and owns with Mark Jakubic. Wilder and Dave Palone each drove three winners on the 16-race program. by Evan Pattak for the Meadows      

WASHINGTON, PA, July 29, 2013 — Trotslikethewind survived a four-ply battle for the early lead and held on late to capture Monday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot at The Meadows. Trotslikethewind shot out for the lead from post 6 only to find herself four wide before clearing to the front. But when Aaron Merriman was able to give her a 29.4 second-quarter breather, she had just enough to hold off the Lightning Lane charge of Perfect Chance and defeat her by a nose in 1:55. Sheer Glide was third. Andy Rickert trains and owns the 8-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Familiar Goal, who now boasts $348,675 in career earnings. Tuesday’s card at The Meadows features five divisions of a $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak  

Lislea Moran was a repeat winner in the $6,000 Open Pace in Northfield Park's sixth race on Monday, June 17, 2013.

Trotslikethewind used an explosive backside burst to grab the lead and roll to an easy harness racing victory - her second straight - in Friday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.

Monday (June 10) was an eventful evening at Northfield Park. Fifteen exciting races were on the program. Lislea Moran took the Open Pace in the evening's third race. Tomas O'Donnell of Berlin Center, Ohio owns the pacer and Andy Rickert is his conditioner.

Lislea Moran was first across the wire in the $6,000 Open Pace in Northfield Park's opening race on Monday, May 20, 2013.

Fox Valley Armor paced home for his 50th career victory on Wednesday (May 8) in Northfield Park's fourth race. The harness racing 11-year old has 236 career starts, winning 50 times, and finishing second and third 33 and 29 times respectively.

Trotslikethewind retook the lead past the quarter and made the move stand up as she captured Wednesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Harness racing legend Dave Palone drove three winners, lowering to 10 his 'Magic Number' to break Herve Filion's all-time North American career victory record of 15,180.

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