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Southwind Amazon won his fifth straight harness racing contest, capturing the $15,000 Open Pace on Sunday (April 25) at MGM Northfield Park. Paul Holzman conditions the pacer for owner Ameer Najor of West Bloomfield, Michigan. Tony Hall has been aboard for all five consecutive wins. Southwind Amazon (Camluck - Artoonist - Artsplace) was assigned post seven in the seven-horse field. He fired off the gate, made the lead just past the quarter-pole and led his competition through fractions of :26.3, :55, 1:22.3 and 1:50.4. There was never an anxious moment for the winner, who bested his competition by two lengths. Completing the race were Bernie, Macadoodledoo, Tremendous Play, Music Is Art, Larry Karr and Make Some Luck. SOUTHWIND AMAZON REPLAY   Southwind Amazon now has six wins in 14 starts this year. Sunday's victory represents the 11-year-old's 105th career score and bolstered his bankroll to $1,173,836. He was the race favorite and returned $3.40 to win. For full race results, click here. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park  

MGM Northfield Park has announced the dates of four Iron Maiden Late Closing Series. These series offer increased racing opportunities for younger horses to start their seasons. All of the late closers carry a condition of non-winners of one pari-mutuel race (Ohio breds n/w two) or non-winners of $10,000 lifetime (through 3/31/21). The series are divided into filly and mare pacers, colt and gelding pacers, filly and mare trotters, and colt and gelding trotters. No pre-nomination payments are required. However, a one-time $200 payment mut be made before any entrant starts in the series for the first time. The first draw for the Iron Maiden Series races will be Tuesday (April 6) for the Saturday (April 10) race date. Filly and mare pace will be conducted on Saturdays, colt and gelding pacers will race on Sundays, and trotters of both sexes will compete on Wednesdays. Each series consists of four $7,000 legs and a $20,000 final. Conditions for the series can be found at www.northfieldpark.com. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

MGM Northfield Park has announced the return to 6:00 PM as their first race post time starting with the racing program on Tuesday, March 16. Northfield Park currently races live every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Full card simulcasting is offered daily. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $100,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee for Tuesday (February 23). Beginning in race six, the $100,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $21,559. This harness racing wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s, 50¢ (non-jackpot) Pick 6 and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Tuesday's post time is 5 PM. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $50,000 Pick 4 and a $30,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantees for Wednesday (February 17). The second race starts the Pick 4 offering the $50,000 total pool guarantee with an $11,852 carryover. Beginning in race six, the $30,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $6,474. Race 13 starts the 50¢ (non-jackpot) Pick 6 offers a $2,343 carryover. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s, 50ٕ¢ (non-jackpot) Pick 6 and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Wednesday's post time is 5 PM. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

$16,163 Carryover/$60,000 Total Pick 5 Pool Guarantee Sunday at MGM Northfield Park MGM Northfield Park has announced a $60,000 guaranteed Pick-5 total pool for Sunday's (January 17) race card. Beginning in race six, the $60,000 guarantee includes a carryover of $16,163. The guarantee is being offered at part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. The evening's eighth race starts the 50¢ (non-jackpot) Pick-6 offering a healthy $10,174 carryover. Northfield's Pick-3s, Pick-4s, Pick-5, Pick-6 and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced take-out rate of just 14%. Sunday's post time is 4:20 p.m.   Ayers Ratliff

Aaron Merriman had a big night at MGM Northfield Park on Wednesday (January 13) winning seven times on the 15-race program. Aaron's harness racing triumphs were with Taco Tuesday ($3.20) in race three, Difference Maker ($5.80) in race four, Rooney Blue Chip ($3.20) in race seven, Down On My Luck ($7.20) in race eight, Sir Pugsley ($3.20) in race 13, Catch Me Conrad ($2.80) in race 14 and Arthur Pendragon ($5.20) in race 15. Merriman won his first race in 1998, a $2,200 conditioned event at the former Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio, aboard Albert's Filly. Since breaking his maiden, Aaron has scored almost 13,000 more times with purse earnings over $86.5 million. MGM Northfield Park has announced a $20,000 guaranteed Pick 5 total pool for Saturday’s (January 16) race card.  Beginning in Race 6, the $20,000 guarantee includes a carryover of $4,495. The guarantee is being offered at part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association.  The evening’s eighth race starts the 50¢ (non-jackpot) Pick 6 offering a $7,082 carryover. Northfield’s Pick 3s, Pick 4s, Pick 5, Pick 6 and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced take-out rate of just 14%.  Saturday’s post time is 4:20 PM.   Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park has announced a $25,000 guaranteed Pick 5 total pool for Tuesday's (January 12) race card. Beginning in Race 6, the $25,000 guarantee includes a carryover of $4,140. The guarantee is being offered at part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. The evening's eighth race starts the 50¢ (non-jackpot) Pick 6 offering a $2,045 carryover. Northfield's Pick 3s, Pick 4s, Pick 5, Pick 6 and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced take-out rate of just 14%. Tuesday's post time is 4:20 PM.   Ayers Ratliff

Northfield, OH - Aaron Merriman and Billy Rhoades concluded the 2020 MGM Northfield Park harness racing season with victories in the driving and training titles respectively. Merriman carved out 519 victories, while his nearest competitor, Ronnie Wrenn Jr, drove 452 winners, followed by Kurt Sugg (308), Chris Lems (235), and Ryan Stahl (230) to complete the top five. Merriman a resident of Northfield, also who his sixth national dash championship leading all drivers in wins throughout the U.S. Merriman has been on a tear the previous four seasons, with 1,000 wins or more in his previous three seasons prior to 2020. COVID-19 limited Merriman from reaching that milestone again, but he still managed to score 725 wins with over $5.9 million in earnings. Merriman, who began driving in 1997 has won 12,692 races and earned just over $86 million in purse earnings. "Northfield is home to me, I'm beyond happy and privileged to drive for the horseman here," said Merriman. Rhoades won his first ever training title in 2020 with 181 victories in 708 starts with just over $1.1 million in earnings. Brian Loney (154), Sam Schillaci (141), Ron Burke (138), and Jessica Roegner (86) completed the top five in conditioner standings. Rhoades, who celebrated his birthday on Saturday (Jan.2 ), finished third among conditioners in North America in wins (213) behind Ron Burke and Richard Moreau. Looking back on his first training title Rhoades commented, "It's a great feeling, I hope it's not the last." Merriman and Rhoades teamed up for many victories together throughout the 2020 season. "Northfield is my favorite place to race," said Rhoades. "I love being able to race there with my favorite driver (Merriman)." Rhoades began his training career in 2004 and has 635 victories in just over 2,600 starts with over $4 million in earnings. "It's a good feeling to do something you love as a job and to be able to provide for my family," said Rhoades. Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park has announced a $35,000 guaranteed Pick 4 total pool for Monday's (December 20) race card. Beginning in Race 7, the $35,000 guarantee includes a carryover of $8904. The guarantee is being offered at part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick 3s, Pick 4s, Pick 5s and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced take-out rate of just 14%. Monday's post time is 4:20 PM.   Ayers Ratliff

Fourteen-year-old Terror Of Thetrack posted his 40th career harness racing win in his 499th start in the sixth race on Wednesday at MGM Northfield Park.  He went to post as the longest shot on the board at 44-1.  The classy veteran, who faces mandatory retirement on January 1, 2021, was the victor of the fifth leg of the evening’s Pick 5 where one lucky bettor cashed for a whopping $29,677.00.  The payoff was astronomical because the other four winners in the sequence carried odds of 4-5, 7-5, 4-5 and 7-2.   Terror Of The Track started from post three and let his competition carve out fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:26.  He then looped from the back and scored by a head in 1:57.1 Keith Kash Jr trains and drives the pacer for his wife Melinda.  Keith and Melinda have raced Terror Of Thetrack for nearly a decade.  Terror Of Thetrack has not only been an active member of the Kash’s racing stock, but has also become a family pet.    “I have to admit, this win is pretty emotional for me,” admitted Keith Kash Jr.  “We have had this horse a long time.  I don’t just race horses, I truly love the animals.” Wednesday’s score increased Terror Of Thetrack’s career bankroll to $198,164.  The son of Western Terror is in-to-go in Northfield’s 15th race on Monday (December 21) from post-three.  Monday’s race will be Terror Of Thetrack’s 500th and final career race. After Monday’s race Terror Of Thetrack hopes to join the Summit County (Ohio) Mounted Sheriff Department to begin his next career.   Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $20,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee for Wednesday (December 16). Beginning in race two, the $20,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $3,947. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield’s Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Wednesday’s post time is 4:20PM.     Ayers Ratliff​  

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $12,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee for Saturday (December 12). Beginning in race two, the $12,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $3,191. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Saturday's post time is 4:20PM.   Ayers Ratliff  

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. made his 6,000th trip to the harness racing winner’s circle after scoring with Naughty Maravu N in MGM Northfield Park’s seventh race on Monday (December 7). Naughty Maravu N won by a half-length over favored Mysical Wally (Aaron Merriman), returning $5.00 to win.  The 1:54 clocking was the 27th career win for the 10-year-old gelded pacer, who now has $231,025 in earnings. The 34-year-old Wrenn began driving in 2008.  His 6,000 wins have helped him garner more than $40.5 million in purse earnings.   Wrenn earned his first win behind Artful Power in a $1,400 Billings race at a Michigan fair in 2008.  His break-out year was 2012 and he has never looked back.  Wrenn is consistently among the top drivers in the country.  He won the 2013 and 2014 national dash driving titles, finished third in 2015 and 2016, fifth in 2017, second in 2018, fourth in 2019 and is currently fourth in the nation in 2020. Wrenn waited little time starting on his next milestone, scoring with Livin Lovin Prayin just two races later. Naughty Maravu N winning by a half-length   Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $20,000 harness racing Pick-5 total pool guarantee for Sunday (December 6). Beginning in race two, the $20,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $4,680. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Sunday's post time is 4:20 PM. Ayers Ratliff

Robin Banks scored in the $18,000 Autumn Leaves Series Final on Wednesday (November 18) at MGM Northfield Park. Brad Ater of Williamsport, Ohio owns the sophomore filly trotter. Kurt Sugg was aboard for the winning drive for trainer Edward Miller. Robin Banks (Break The Bank K-Arelia-Donato Hanover) started from post-6. Sugg fired her off the gate and she led her competition through fractions of :28.3, :58.2, 1:27.1 and 1:56.1. There was never really an anxious moment for the winner, who bested her competition by a 1 1/4 lengths.   Completing the race were Tootie (Jason Thompson), Electric Ridge (Aaron Merriman), Evanna, Jkchrome, Evita, Luvcrunchess, Pete's Sake and Flaming Andie. Robin Banks now has five wins in 18 starts this year. Wednesday's victory represents her seventh career score and bolstered her bankroll to $95,889. She was the race favorite and returned $3.60 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park  

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