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MGM Northfield Park will host this year's Signature Series Finals on Wednesday, September 23. The trot and pace final will each carry a purse of $10,000. The Signature Series finals are historically held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds during the week of the Little Brown Jug. However, this year they had been cancelled until MGM Northfield Park offered to host and reschedule the events. Veteran pacers and trotters compete all summer at select county fairs to earn points to be eligible for the Signature Series final. The top-nine point earners that enter will be drawn into this year's finals provided they meet Northfield Park qualifying standards. Also, there will be no more than two entrants allowed from any owner or trainer. Horsemen need to enter by Friday (September 18) by 9AM electronically or by calling the MGM Northfield Park Race Office at 330-467-4101 ext. 52300. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

Northfield Park has announced the dates of four Fall Late Closing Series. All of the newly added Late Closers carry a condition of: Non-winners of Two Pari-Mutuel Races (Ohio Breds N/W Three) or Non-Winners of $20,000 Lifetime (Through 9/30/2020). Sundays (October 18, October 25, November 1 and November 8) offers The Gridiron Series for horse and gelding pacers. Each of the four legs will carry a purse of $7,500. The $18,000 final (all purses guaranteed) will go to post on Sunday, November 15. Tuesdays (October 20, October 27, November 3 and November 10) will host The Election Night Series for horse and gelding trotters. Each of these legs will carry purses of $7,500. The $18,000 final will be (November 17). Wednesdays (October 21, October 28, November 4 and November 11) feature the Autumn Leaves Series for filly and mare trotters. All legs will be contested for a purse of $7,500. The final chases an $18,000 purse and goes to post on Wednesday (November 18). Saturdays (October 24, October 31, November 7 and November 14) will offer The Halloween Series for filly and mare pacers. Each leg will be raced for a $7,500 purse. The final will be Saturday (November 21) for a purse of $18,000. Pre-nominations are not necessary. A one-time $300 payment will be required of each entrant prior to their first start in the series (payments are not waived for scratches; entrants do not need to race in all legs of he series). Conditions for the series can be found at www.northfieldpark.com. Horsemen should call 330-467-4101 ext. 52300 and speak to Northfield Park's race office for any additional questions. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park  

Harness racing driver Chris Lems made his 2,000th trip to the winner's circle after winning with Hot Shot Hill in Northfield Park's 15th race on Friday (August 28). Lems was second-over and swooped three-wide in the backstretch, drawing away by 6¾-lengths at the wire. The 1:55 clocking was the 22nd career score for the seven year-old pacer, who returned $22.20 to win. The 33-year-old Lems began driving in 2003. His 2,000 wins have helped him garner over $14.5 million in purse earnings. Chris drove his first race in July, 2003 at the Canon Fair. It resulted in a third-place finish in a $2,000 conditioned race with Beyond Bold. Later that month he won his first race of his career at the Oskaloosa Fair, again aboard Beyond Bold, this time for an $850 purse in 2:12. Lems primarily raced in New York for most of his career but moved his talents to Ohio in 2017. Chris Lems feels fortunate to have had good stock to drive in his career and says that winning races is a team effort. "There have been many people that have given me opportunities and I thank them all," offered Lems. "Many owners and trainers have given me opportunities and I appreciate it so much." Hot Shot Hill Chris Lems 2000 victory   $3,087 Carryover Sparks $15,000 Pick 5 Guaranteed Total Pool Saturday at MGM Northfield Park MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $15,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee for Saturday (August 29). Beginning in race two, the $15,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $3,087. 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 6PM. Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park has announced the dates of five mini claiming series available over the Flying Turns. The first day to enter these series is Monday (August 31) and they will begin harness racing racing Friday (September 4). The newly added mini-series start with a base claiming price of $7,000 or $15,000 for distaff and male pacers. Trotters are offered Series with a base price of $15,000. There is a $50 entry fee for the $7,000 claimers and a $100 entry fee for the $15,000 claiming series. Pre-nominations are not necessary, horses just need to be entered on the date of the draw and entry fees are payable the night of the first start, even for scratched entries. More information for all the series can be found at www.northfieldpark.com (under the "For Horsemen" tab) or by calling the race office at (330) 467-4101. Ayers Ratliff

Dragon Striker became the fasted harness racing horse in the history of MGM Northfield Park when he won a $8,400 conditioned pace in 1:48.4 on Saturday (August 23). The previous all-age track record of 1:49 had been attained three times: Scott Rocks (Aaron Merriman) in 2016, Cams Valentino (Aaron Merriman) in 2018 and None Bettor A (Joe Bongiorno) in 2019. The 1:48.4 clocking also ties the world record for a 5-and-up pacing horse with Dancin Yankee (Tyler Buter) at Saratoga Harness in 2014. Brian Loney owns and trains his recent acquisition - the horse came to his barn about five weeks ago. Aaron Merriman was in the sulky for the winning drive. Dragon Striker (Dragon Again - Lady's Portrait - Arturo) started from the rail. He left from the gate and led every call through fractions of :26.4, :54.3, 1:21.2 and 1:48.4, besting his closest competitor by 4½-lengths. Dragon Striker now has four wins in 12 starts this year. Saturday's victory represents his 15th career score and bolstered his bankroll to $145,971. He was heavily favored and returned $3.20 to win. Dragon Striker MGM Northfield Park Adds $20,000 Pick 5 Guarantee on Monday MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $20,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee for Monday (August 24). Beginning in race two, the $20,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $4,446. 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%. Monday’s post time is 6 PM. Ayres Ratliff  

Last year's Indiana Sire Stake Champion, Odds On Osiris, left the Hoosier State for the first time to compete, and made it count by winning the $250,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at MGM Northfield Park. Odds On Osiris left from post two to take the initial lead before relinquishing the top to #8 Ocean Rock (Dan Noble). "My plan was to try and hold position around the one (Catch The Fire), but he didn't get out that strong," explained driver Peter Wrenn. "Then I had the lead and controlled the decision from there." Odds On Osiris was content receiving the garden trip through fractions of :26, :55 and 1:22.1. Wrenn pulled Odds On Osiris in the final turn and he battled Ocean Rock to the wire, eventually besting him by ¼-length in 1:50.1. The clocking represents a new lifetime mark for Odds On Osiris.   Odds On Osiris (Rockin Image - Antigua Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere) is owned by Odds on Racing of Boca Raton, Florida. Saturday's victory is the ninth score for Odds On Osiris. The win brings the Melanie Wrenn trainee's earnings to $500,395. Following in succession after Odds On Osiris were: Ocean Rock (Dan Noble), Stanford Court (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), Chief Mate (Scott Zeron), Manticore (Chris Lems), Elver Hanover (Chris Page), Catch The Fire (Mike Wilder) and Slippin The Clutch (Aaron Merriman. Odds On Osiris returned $15.00 to win. In the race before the Milstein, Sectionline Bigry captured the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace. The Ohio-sired event by invitation began in 2016. Sctionline Bigry was another pocket sitting winner, leaving from post five to sit behind #6 Bllack Hole (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) untils1r the top of the stretch. Driver Tyler Smith called on him for pace and he won by a neck in 1:49.2. Steve Bauder trains Sectionline Bigry for Harold Lee Bauder of Delaware, Ohio. Highlighting the evening's Ohio Sires Stake events, Action Uncle remained undefeated by winning in 1:55. The sophomore trotting colt by Uncle Peter is now a perfect six-for-six this year for owners Carl Howard, Joyce Mc Clelland and Larry Wills, trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and driver Brett Miller. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

The $250,000 Carl Milstein Memorial goes to post this Saturday August 15 at MGM Northfield Park. The race is for eight 3-year-old pacers and is Northfield Park's premier racing event. An invitational only event, is slated as race 10 on a 16-race program which carries a 6 p.m. first-race post time. The feature is slated for approximately 9:35 p.m. This year's Milstein Memorial program carries total purses approaching $600,000. The program includes the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, a race for older Ohio-sired pacers (by invitation only), two $50,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts, two $50,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies, as well as a $14,500 Open event. A $20,000 Early Pick-4 guaranteed pool starts in race seven and includes both the Charna and the Milstein, and the late Pick-4 beginning in race 11 has a $10,000 guaranteed pool. For FREE Daily Racing Form past performance lines check out the Northfield page on DRF.com by clicking here https://promos.drf.com/northfieldpark2020 Here is a look at the eight contenders: #1 CATCH THE FIRE has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite. The son of Captaintreacherous enters the Milstein fresh off an August 1 victory in the $375,000 Adios at The Meadows, located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1:49.3. That time was equaled the week prior with a victory in the Adios Elimination. He has five races this year and has paced sub-1:50 in each. The John Ackley trainee has banked $466,413 in purses throughout his young career and drew the rail in Saturday's main event. Catch The Fire is Buckeye owned by C T Stables LLC of Washington Court House, and is trained by Ohioan John Ackley. They will use Catch The Fire's regular pilot Mike Wilder to drive. #2 ODDS ON OSIRIS, the 2019 Indiana Sires Stake Champion, drew post two and is the 7-2 second choice. This son of Rockin Image just missed in his most recent race, getting nipped at the wire in 1:48.4 in an Indiana SS event. This top Hoosier performer has won eight of 13 lifetime starts and has earned $375,395 for owner Odds On Racing of Boca Raton, Florida. Peter Wrenn will drive for his wife, trainer Melanie Wrenn. His 1:50.3 lifetime mark was paced as a freshman at Hoosier Park and was equaled this year, just two starts ago with an Indiana SS victory. #3 ELVER HANOVER the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes champion drew post three and is the 4-1 third choice. Undefeated through nine starts as a freshman, Elver Hanover now has won 10 of 13 career efforts, with earnings of $422,700. Harness racing's all-time leading trainer in both money and wins, Ron Burke, conditions this gelding for owners Burke Racing Stable, B. Jablonsky, J. Melillo and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. Burke won the inaugural Carl Milstein Memorial with All Bets Off. Chris Page will drive this son of Yankee Cruiser. His 1:48.3 mark was paced last year in a World Record performance at The Red Mile. #4 STANFORD COURT has proven himself a major presence in the Ohio stakes scene this year. This colt, by Knob Hill High, is trained at the historic Delaware County Fairgrounds by Brian Brown, who won the 2017 Milstein with Downbytheseaside. He is owned by R. Mondillo & Rich Lombardo Racing, Hen-Shaut Stable and Lightning 5 Racing Stable. He has won four of six starts this year, with two runner-up finishes. This colt has career earnings of $186,710 and a 1:50.1 mark paced two starts ago at Scioto Downs. One of MGM Northfield Park's top-reinsmen, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., will drive this 6-1 morning line selection. #5 SLIPPIN THE CLUTCH is an Iowa Fair phenom, winning 10 of 14 races last year and seven of eight so far in 2020. This colt, by Millionaire Cam, enters this race for trainer Curtis Carey, who raced another Iowa Fair monster, Minnie Vinnie, in the 2018 edition of the Milstein and finished third at odds of 55-1. This is the second time Slippin The Clutch will leave Iowa, he was a runner-up last September at The Red Mile, pacing in 1:50.4. This horse is owned by J. De Long, R.and C. Huffman and T. Carey. MGM Northfield Park's leading driver Aaron Merriman, who has also won multiple North American dash titles, has been given the driving assignment. He sports a 1:57.2 mark on a much different surface that he will race on tonight. This colt has lifetime earnings of $56,635 and carries a 15-1 morning line. #6 MANTICORE is a stakes veteran trained by Bruce Saunders, who also campaigned 2010 Little Brown Jug Champion and Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven. This colt by Western Ideal is owned by M&L of Delaware LLC and M&M Harness Racing LLC. Northfield Park regular, Chris Lems, has been named to drive this 12-1 shot. Manticore has three wins to his credit, earning $244,056 and posting a mark of 1:50.2 (Q) at the Meadowlands on July 31. #7 CHIEF MATE is trained by Tony Alagna, one of the sport's best, who also campaigned Chief Mate's sire (and sire of #1), multiple stakes winner Captaintreacherous. Alagna just notched the biggest win of his career this past Saturday when his trotting pupil Ramona Hill won the $1,000,000 Hambletonian. Chief Mate has won six of 19 career starts, earning 197,794. He posted his 1:50 mark last month at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. This colt was an impressive runner-up in this year's Adios and carries a 10-1 morning line. #8 OCEAN ROCK 8-1, has nine wins in 15 lifetime starts. This son of Rockin Amadeus enters this event off two straight wins facing the best in the Buckeye State. Driver Dan Noble's father, Sam "Chip" Noble, a legendary Ohio horseman, trained Ocean Rock's dam, Ocean Pearl, during her career for owner/breeder Sandra Burnett. Ocean Rock's 1:48.4 lifetime mark was paced last month and is a track record at Scioto Downs. He boasts $285,677 in earnings and is trained by Christi Noble. Christi, Dan's wife, is expecting their first child any day. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Catch The Fire has been named the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday's (August 15) $250,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at MGM Northfield Park. The top money-earner in the field headlines an accomplished group of eight three-year-old harness racing pacers in Northfield Park's premier event. The Milstein, an by invitation only event, is slated as race 10 on a 16-race program that carries a 6 PM first-race post time. The feature race is slated for approximately 9:35 p.m. Catch The Fire enters the Milstein fresh off an August 1 victory in the $375,000 Adios at The Meadows, located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1:49.3. That time was equaled the week prior with a victory in the Adios Elimination. He has five races this year and has paced sub-1:50 in each. The John Ackley trainee has banked $468,413 in purses throughout his young career and drew the rail in Saturday's main event. Catch The Fire is Buckeye owned by C T Stables LLC of Washington Court House, and is trained by Ohioan John Ackley. They will use Catch The Fire's regular pilot Mike Wilder to drive. Odds On Osiris, the 2019 Indiana Sires Stake Champion, drew post two and is the 7-2 second choice. He just missed in his most recent race, getting nipped at the wire in 1:48.4 in an Indiana SS event. This top Hoosier performer has won eight of 13 lifetime starts and has earned $375,395 for owner Odds On Racing of Boca Raton, Florida. Peter Wrenn will drive for his wife, trainer Melanie Wrenn. 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes champion Elver Hanover drew post three and is the 4-1 third choice. Undefeated through nine starts as a freshman, Elver Hanover now has won 10 of 13 career efforts, with earnings of $422,700. Harness racing's all-time leading trainer Ron Burke conditions this gelding for owners Burke Racing Stable, B. Jablonsky, J. Melillo and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. Chris Page will drive. Ohio Sires Stakes standouts Stanford Court, 6-1 (Ronnie Wrenn Jr. / Brian Brown) and Ocean Rock, 8-1 (Dan Noble / Christi Noble), Iowa Fair Phenom Slippin The Clutch, 15-1 (Aaron Merriman / Curtis Carey), stakes veteran Manticore , 12-1 (Jordan Stratton / Bruce Saunders), and Adios runner-up Chief Mate, 10-1 (Scott Zeron / Tony Alagna) are also slated starters in the impressive field. The $250,000 Carl Milstein Memorial Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-M/L 1-Catch The Fire-Mike Wilder-John Ackley-2/1 2-Odds On Osiris-Peter Wrenn-Melanie Wrenn-7/2 3-Elver Hanover-Chris Page-Ron Burke-4/1 4-Stanford Court-Ronnie Wrenn Jr-Brian Brown-6/1 5-Slippin The Clutch-Aaron Merriman-Curtis Carey-15/1 6-Manticore-Jordan Stratton-Bruce Saunders-12/1 7-Chief Mate-Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-10/1 8-Ocean Rock-Dan Noble-Christi Noble-8/1 The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. Brock Milstein and the Milstein family operated Northfield Park until July 2018 when MGM Growth Properties purchased the racetrack from Milstein Entertainment, LLC. Exciting undercard This year's Milstein Memorial program carries total purses approaching $600,000. The 16-race program includes the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, a race for 4-year-old and up Ohio sired pacers (by invitation only), two $50,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters, two $50,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers, as well as a $14,500 Open event. A $20,000 Early Pick-4 guaranteed pool starts in race seven and consists of both the Charna and the Milstein and a late Pick-4 begins in race 11 offering a $10,000 guaranteed pool. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

Joggingtothebank rolled home to become the fastest 5-and-up gelded harness racing trotter in the history of MGM Northfield Park on Saturday (August 8) in the evening's third race. Joggingtothebank (Break The Bank K) - Jogging Home - Tom Ridge) fired off the gate from post four to lead his competition through quarter times of :27.1, :56.4, 1:24.1 and 1:52.4, winning by 4-1/2 lengths.   The previous 1:53 record was held by Outburst and Dan Charlino, set in 2018. Joggingtothebank now has three straight victories for trainer Marty Wollam, who owns the trotter with partners Julie Sweet and Dale Sweet. Kurt Sugg was aboard for the winning drive. The victory brings Joggingtothebank's career win tally to 15, and Saturday's victory increased his lifetime earnings to $178,000. Joggingtothebank returned $10.40 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park  

Northfield, OH--MGM Northfield Park's premier event on the harness racing calendar, the Carl Milstein Memorial, a by-invitation-only event for the sport's top three-year-old pacers, will be raced for a $250,000 purse on Saturday night, August 15. Uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of two of Northfield's earlier stakes events in 2020, the Battle of Lake Erie and the Cleveland Trotting Classic. "All of us at MGM Northfield Park are pleased that the Carl Milstein Memorial is a go on August 15," said Dave Bianconi, Northfield's Director of Racing Operations. "I have been in contact with the connections of many top three-year-olds across North America to assemble a great field for our top night of racing this year." The undercard for the Milstein will include the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, an Invitational for top Ohio-sired veteran pacers. Ohio Sires Stakes legs for both three-year-old filly pacers and three-year-old colt trotters will also be contested. Post time for Milstein night at Northfield is 6:00 (Eastern) on Saturday night, August 15. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park  

Kent Sherman harnessed the 2,000th winner of his training career on Wednesday (July 15) at MGM Northfield Park, when Stanley K held off all challengers to win the evening's 11th race in 1:53.2.   Sherman began training in 1991. In addition to his 2,000 victories, he has earned purses approaching $15 million. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

Northfield, OH - MGM Northfield Park has cancelled live harness racing and full-card simulcasting for Monday (June 22), due to a power outage. Racing is scheduled to resume on Tuesday (June 23) at 6 p.m. By Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

MGM Northfield Park is pleased to announce the official reopening of wagering on live and simulcast harness racing on Friday, June 19 at 11:30am. The action kicks off with Gulfstream Park at noon, followed by a full slate of the best thoroughbred and harness action from around the globe, and the opportunity to advance wager on Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Then on Saturday doors will open at 11am for Belmont Stakes Day. The 152 running of the $1,500,000 Belmont Stakes is scheduled for approximately 5:42pm. At 6 pm it's post time at the Flying Turns with 15-races on the card. While MGM Northfield Park was closed, time was well spent -- planning and implementing extensive health and safety measures. Upon entering the racetrack guests will notice changes throughout the facility to promote physical distancing to ensure safety and well-being of our guests and team. Protocols have been implemented in both buildings following the guidance from the local health department and elected officials. Live racing continues next week with racing on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings and full card simulcasting takes place daily from 11:30am until around midnight. Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $20,000 Pick 5 total pool guarantee to its harness racing card on Tuesday (June 16). Beginning in the second race, the Pick 5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $5,749. 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%. Tuesday's post time is 6 PM.   Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $25,000 20¢ Super High Five total pool guarantee to its harness racing card on Monday (June 15). Offered in race 13, the $25,000 Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $6,221. 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%. Monday's post time is 6 PM. Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $40,000 20¢ Super High Five total pool guarantee to its harness racing card on Tuesday (June 9). Offered in race 13, the $40,000 Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $10,807. 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%. Tuesday's post time is 6 PM. Ayers Ratliff

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