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Northfield, Ohio -- After a contest last night at Scioto Downs members of GLADA traveled to Northfield Park for two harness racing trotting divisions in the year-long series and when the judges posted the official signs Don Sherman and Larry Ferrari each emerged victorious in the respective $7800 splits; Sherman won with Palmers Pride in 1:56.4 in the first division while Ferrari copped the second one behind So Wishful in 1:57.1. In his split Sherman gunned Palmers Pride to the lead from the four-hole and the veteran trotter needed a :27.4 first quarter to take command. But once on top pressure continued as Joggintothebank (Matt Burkholder) took up the chase and they raced one-two to the three quarters but Palmers Pride was game and rebuffed the challenge. But pressure kept coming as Joggingtothebank (Matt Burkholder) moved to challenge Palmers Pride and the two raced head-to-head by the three quarters and into the stretch. But when Sherman's trotter headed for paydirt he had company in the presence of Go Go George (Larry Ferrari) and the two raced heads apart to the finish. However, Palmers Pride held tough and eked-out the victory. Rockefella Lindy finished third for Manny Miller. PALMERS PRIDE REPLAY   Palmers Pride is owned by Judy Roegner and trained by Jessica Roegner. He paid $18.60 for win. After being bridesmaid in the first division Larry Ferrari made amends and copped the second division behind So Wishful in 1:57.1. After a slow start where he got away seventh Ferrari bided his time and moved slowly up the pylons as Impressive Chief (John Payne) showed the way. But at the three quarters Quadrangle and Vernon Beachy assumed command as Ferrari had So Wishful out and winging. When the trotters rounded the final turn and headed for home So Wishful was the strong horse and rallied to a head triumph over Quadrangle in 1:57.1. Don Sherman took home the show dough with Ubanji. SO WISHFUL REPLAY   The winner, a 5-year-old Wishing Stone gelding, is owned by Kiesha Ferrari and trained by his driver. He paid $14.20 for win. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association

Mvp Luke was the most valuable trotter in Northfield Park's harness racing co-feature Open Trot on Sunday, which he won by open lengths.   Greg Grismore was unable to find an inside spot for the six-year-old stallion leaving from post four, so he pressed on and acquired the lead just prior to the quarter in :27.4. Mvp Luke carried the field through middle splits of :57.1 and 1:25.1 and was tested little throughout. He sailed away from all challengers in the stretch and was unhurried crossing the finish line a length and a half the best in 1:54.2.   Winning Shadow (Chris Lems) sustained his first-over bid to take place, and Mac Deeno (Ryan Stahl) got up for third. The winner paid $5.50.   MVP LUKE REPLAY     Mvp Luke, a son of My Mvp, has won 13 of his 64 lifetime outings and raked in more than $210,000. Howard Taylor of Philadelphia owns, and Chris Mc Guire trains.   Macadoodledoo scored in the other co-feature, an Open Pace, in gritty fashion, resisting two determined challengers in the lane.   Ronnie Wrenn Jr. capitalized on scratching into the one-hole, sending Macadoodledoo directly to the front and putting a keen Bernie (Kurt Sugg) in the pocket. Macadoodledoo laid down :27.2 and :55.2 speed through the first two splits, after which Yankee Boots (Aaron Merriman) went forward to apply first-over pressure.   Macadoodledoo and Yankee Boots drew level going into the turn, just past three-quarters in 1:22.1. Southwind Amazon (Grismore) tipped three-wide straightening for home, and Bernie looked up the rail. Macadoodledoo kept his nose in front of the cavalry charge though and emerged a three-quarter-length winner in 1:51.   Yankee Boots reached up for second over Bernie, who was third.   MACADOODLEDOO REPLAY     Macadoodledoo is now 16-for-86 in his career and has amassed more than $245,000. Ron Burke trains the six-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding and co-owns with his Burke Racing Stable LLC based in Fredericktown and Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg. The horse returned $12 to win.   Also on the card, reinsman Billy Davis Jr. surpassed the 3,000 win mark with Vintage Grand (1:55.1) in the fifth. Davis has more than 20,000 starts, and his mounts have earned more than $20,400,000 in a career that began in 2007. He started driving at Fraser Downs in Surrey, B.C.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Billy Davis Jr. recorded his 3,000th career harness racing win on Sunday night (May 2) as he directed Vintage Grand to a win in the fifth race at Northfield Park.   "The only disappointing thing about getting three thousand wins was that my family couldn't celebrate it with me because they have to stay in Canada due to Covid-19," Davis Jr. said in reaching the milestone.   He went on to say, "When I was sixty or seventy away, I started to think about it but it really came up quicker on me than I anticipated. I remember when I was one away from two thousand wins, it took me like three weeks to get it," he added with a laugh.   DAVIS' 3000TH WIN REPLAY     Davis Jr. recalled his first career win, guiding Spartacus DJ to the victory back in 2007 at Fraser Downs in British Columbia. "He was trained by my Dad. My father had like fifty four hundred wins. At that time when I got my first, I was living in the moment so I didn't know what to expect down in the future. I guess I knew I could drive a horse though."   The 34-year-old Davis Jr., who resides in Guelph, Ontario, has driven at Buffalo Raceway, Batavia Downs, Flamboro Downs, Mohawk Raceway, Georgian Downs, Kawartha Downs and Mohawk.   In his career, he has won over $22.2 million in purse earnings.   "As I have gotten older, I am not driving as much," Davis Jr. lamented. "I remember racing seven days a week, working, it was exhausting, I am making decent money at Buffalo and Batavia (and now Northfield) and I am not killing myself doing it."   Looking at the future, Davis Jr. said, "I just want to stay consistent and reverent and things will work out good."   by Brian J. Mazurek

Northfield,Ohio - -A pair of trotting events in the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association were contested on Saturday night at Northfield Park and when the judges declared them official Eddie Miller and Lonnie Graber each had won a $7800 division. Miller won with Cowboy Country in 1:58.1 from the nine hole while Graber scored a 1:58.3 victory from post 5 with Time Outa Jail. In his split Miller hugged the pylons leaving and was fifth as Curleys Son (Marion Chupp) and Shake It Off Lindy (Don Sherman spared for the lead in the 28 second first quarter. At the halfway point Curleys Son enjoyed a three length lead but had to brace for Eddie Miller who moved Cowboy Country out to challenge. Still Curleys Son showed the way by the half in :57.4 and was still in command by the third stanza in 1:27.4. But when the field rounded the final turn and headed for paydirt Cowboy Country as the strong horse and went on to a 1-1/4 length triumph in 1:58.1. Curleys Son was an easy second and Starsaboveallerage,who was parked the entire mile, finished third for Steve Oldford. COWBOY COUNTRY REPLAY   The winner, a 6-year-old altered son of Break The Bank K, is owned by Rebecca Sugg and Steven Moss and trained by his driver. He returned a $13.60 win mutuel. For Miller, a rising star, it was his fifth driving victory in just ten seasonal starts. In the other division Lonnie Graber reined his first winner this year when he guided Time Outa Jail to a come-from-behind 1:58.3 victory at odds of 15-1. A speed duel between Riverdancing Diva (Manny Miller) and Go Go George(Larry Ferrari) set the stage for the closers. But it took a three-deep move at the three quarters by Graber for Time Outa Jail to rally from fifth and gain command at the top of the lane and then sail to a 1-3/4 length triumph over Go Go George. Steve Oldford took home the show dough with Gonna Fly. TIME OUTA JAIL REPLAY   For the Dundee, Ohio native it was his fourth career driving victory. Time Outa Jail, a 10-year-old Jailhouse Jesse gelding is owned by George and Rose Bonomo and trained by Crist Hershberger. He returned a $33.20 win mutuel. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for GLADA      

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  

Mcmarkle Sparkle scored in the Northfield Park featured conditon harness racing pace on Apr. 24 with a quarter pole move.   The four-year-old mare was beaten to the lead from post one, but Ronnie Wrenn Jr. sent her to the outside going to the quarter in :27 and cleared to the front just past that point. Wrenn carved out middle panels of :56 and 1:24.2 and sought to pull away from the eight others with his mare turning for home.   Pocket-sitter Mystical Virgin (Kurt Sugg) bore down on the leader in the stretch, and Delight Kate (Hunter Myers) tried the rail path, but Mcmarkle Sparkle had enough remaining to get to the finish in time for a 1:53.2 victory by a neck.   MCMARKLE SPARKLE REPLAY     Mystical Virgin closed for second, and Delight Kate was third.   The winner paid $3.80.   Mcmarkle Sparkle, a James Arledge trainee, earned her 10th win in 31 career tries and surpassed the $250,000 earnings milestone. Laura Baker of Galloway owns the daughter of Mcardle.   Also on the card, Larry Ferrari won the Great Lakes Amateur Driving Series trot with Go Go George.   Ferrari floored it leaving the gate, blasting Go Go George to the top into the turn. From there, the duo set fractions of :29.3, :59, and 1:28.2. Hititoutofthepark (Mike Mitchell) hounded the leader through the opening half but backed up on the field of nine's final trip to the backside.   Go Go George held off late attacks from Time Outa Jail (Lonnie Graber) and Ubanji (Don Sherman) to win by three quarters of a length in 1:57.4. Time Outa Jail got second, and Ubanji was third-best.   GO GO GEORGE REPLAY     Go Go George is now seven-for-103 with earnings of more than $80,000. Keisha Ferrari of Macedonia (OH) leases from Allen Miller. Larry Ferrari also trains the seven-year-old Neely Dunn gelding.   This was the first win of the year for both Larry Ferrari and Go Go George. Larry Ferrari has now driven 358 winners in his career.   MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $35,000 Pick-4 and $30,000 Pick 6 total pool guarantees for Sunday (April 25). Beginning in race two, the $35,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $8,020. The evening’s eighth race begins the 50¢ (non-jackpot) Pick 6 with a $7,009 carryover and $30,000 guaranteed total pool. The wagers are 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%. Northfield Park returns on Sunday, Apr. 25 with a 15-race card starting at 6:00 p.m. EDT. For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Usually, you hear and read about the driving achievements at Northfield Park by Aaron Merriman, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. or Tony Hall, all household names in the harness racing industry. Sunday night they all took a backseat to Hunter Myers. Myers, just 23 years old and Ohio-born, is the son of trainer Michael Myers. Hunter has been driving since 2014 and after the five wins Sunday, is just two scores away from his 750th career win. Myers started off the evening winning the third race pace with Bourbans Best ($13.00) in 1:54.4; then scored in the very next race, a trot, with Stars N Stones ($9.40) in 1:56. Then came the eighth race trot with Sass ($4.00) in 1:57.1. The ninth race was the $15,000 Open Pace where Myers was aboard Braley Hanover. Getting a second-over trip early on was not good enough for Myers, whose Braley Hanover, a seven-year-old gelding by Western Ideal, was full of pace and tipped three-wide in the backstretch. They were able to clear to the lead by the top of the stretch and then win with ease by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:51.4. And what were the odds on Braley Hanover? How about 29-1 and they paid a whopping $61.20 to win. BRALEY HANOVER REPLAY   Myers closed out the evening with another score in the 13th race pace with Wild Wild Western ($4.40) in 1:51.1. The only other driver close to Myers on the night was Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. who had a driving triple. For full race results, click here. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Northfield, Ohio- In the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association trot tonight at Northfield Park, a once very familiar harness racing name emerged with a driving victory. Don Sherman, whose illustrious career has seen him rein over 380 winners added yet another victory to his resume when he guided Heidi's Heart to a gate- to- wire triumph in a time of 1:57.2. But in reality its been quite a while since Sherman drove constantly. Actually during the past decade he's had a limited amount of trips behind the mobile gate but prior to that he was a prolific driver and trainer in the mid-west and he showed that talent again tonight. Tonight he was up behind Heidi's Heart, the second choice in the nine- horse field from the rail position and he drove her like she was the best sending her immediately to the front and they led their competition by the first quarter in:28.4, But coming to the halfway point Steve Oldford moved the betting favorite Gonna Fly off the pylons and out to challenge Heidi's Heart for the lead. The two trotters were then eyeball to eyeball up the backside and still as a team when they trotted by the three quarters in 1:27.4 but when they rounded the final turn and headed for paydirt the :28.4 third panel was more than Gonna Fly could handle and he began to lose ground to Heidi's Heart. When they headed for paydirt Don Sherman's charge began to pull away and the veteran Uncle Peter mare went on to a 3-1/4 length victory in 1:57.2. Go Go George and driver Larry Ferrari rallied from far back to finish second while Gonna Fly hung on for the show dough. HEIDI'S HEART REPLAY   Heidi's Heart is owned by Judy Roegner and trained by Jessica Roegner. She paid $6.20 for win. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association       .

Northfield, Ohio --- Harnesss racing driver Eddie Miller wins again. The hot-handed youngster scored his fourth victory in seven seasonal starts when he guided Warrior Way to a 1:58.4 triumph in a leg of the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association trotting series tonight at Northfield Park. And racing fans are starting to take notice of the youngster's talent. Tonight Miller had the pole position and the locals sent him away as the 3-5 betting favorite and Miller didn't disappoint. When the wings of the gate folded Miller got away third as Hail To The King and Marion Chupp gunned for command and they had a short lead over Mesmerized (Darrell Rideout) as they passed the first stanza in a swift :28.1. As the field approached the halfway point trailing horses began to move up so Miller moved off the pylons with sights on the front-end. However, Hail To The King was still strong as they approached the three quarters in 1:29.2. But when they trotted into the final turn he faltered and Warrior Way took command and began to draw clear. In the deep stretch Miller was the one to beat and no one could as Warrior Way finished a length ahead of fast closing Time Outa Jail (Lonnie Graber). So Wishful with Larry Ferrari at the controls, rallied from far back to finish third. WARRIOR WAY REPLAY   The winner, an 8-year-old Muscle Mass gelding is owned by Jamie Miller and trained by Eddie Miller. He paid $3.40. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association

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

Northfield, Ohio -- For the second time in the last three trots in the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association, young and talented harness racing driver Eddie Miller reined a winner. This week he took no prisoners and went down the road with Cowboy Country to a wire-to-wire triumph in a time of 1:58. On March 13 Miller won a GLADA trot with Bold Strategy at Northfield Park. Being sent off tonight as the prohibitive 1-2 favorite from the two-hole with Cowboy Country, Miller took command but was challenged by longshot Yss Toddys Prince (Mark Rocovich). They zipped by the quarter in :29 and were still side-by-side as they approached the half in :58.4. But by the time they reached that marker, Rocovich's trotter was all in, and his strides began to shorten. Meanwhile Better Call Saul (Lonnie Graber) was a solid second behind Cowboy Country as they trotted by the third stanza in 1:28.2. And as the field headed for the final turn, Darrel Rideout moved up behind Better Call Saul, but that was as far as he went. When the leaders approached the finish line, Better Call Saul was rallying, but the veteran trotter ran out of racetrack and was a head short as Cowboy Country held gamely for the win. Voss Volo came from out of the pack to garner the show dough for Manny Miller.   COWBOY COUNTRY REPLAY     Cowboy Country is owned by Rebecca Sugg and Steven Maas and trained by Eddie Miller. He paid $3.00 for win. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for GLADA

Hightstown, NJ — Eddie Miller was around 17 years old the first time he went to a harness racing track, visiting Ohio’s Northfield Park, about an hour from where he grew up in Navarre. Some five years later, he started winning races there. The 23-year-old Miller has been training a small stable of horses for himself in addition to a stable for driver Kurt Sugg. He got his first win in January 2020 at Northfield, with Sugg driving pacer Vegas Highroller, and has added nearly 100 more victories since then. “The first time I went to the races, I thought it was the coolest thing ever,” Miller said. “I got hooked on it. “Getting that first win down as trainer, that’s probably my biggest thrill so far. But we’ve had some good horses and I think I had a good year (in 2020) for somebody’s first year. Hopefully, it keeps only getting better.” Miller won 73 of 382 races last year and $547,726 in purses. This season, he has 21 victories in 96 starts and $104,992. He also has won three races lifetime as an amateur driver at Northfield and picked up four other triumphs at the fairs. “He’s a very hard worker,” said Sugg, who brought Miller on board in 2019. “He works all day long and he loves the horses. He’s really driven to succeed in the business. He’s not there just putting his time in. He does everything he possibly can to make the horses as good as they can be.” Sugg, who has 4,702 wins as a driver and 1,067 as a trainer, first got to know Miller when he was working for trainer Herman Hagerman. After Miller left to take a job in construction, Sugg talked him into coming to work with him. “It’s been a real good fit,” Sugg said. “I’m not getting any younger, I’m 51 years old, and I was trying to get him set up where he’s able to take over. He’s a good kid and willing to learn. I guess I see me in him, like when I was that age.” Among last year’s highlights for the Sugg-Miller duo was two wins in preliminary divisions of the Ohio Sire Stakes with 3-year-old male trotter Yanks Dugout, who also finished third in the Ohio State Fair championship and a division of the Ohio Breeders Championship. In addition, Mystical Virgin made $71,124 last year and competed multiple times in the fillies-and-mares Open at Northfield, finishing second on six occasions. The pacing mare was the first horse Miller ever claimed, for $10,000 in August 2019. “She’s been wonderful. He’s got a good eye for a horse,” Sugg said. “I guess I got lucky,” Miller said. “I’ve claimed some others that have been all right, but she’s been really good for us.” Miller, who at the moment has six horses on his own to go with Sugg’s 15, is hoping for more good times ahead. “There are good and bad days like everything else, but I just love it,” Miller said. “The horses are amazing animals and it’s good working with Kurt. He’s taught me a lot, and I’m still learning. We’re a really good team. We try to help each other out as best we can. If something needs to be done, we just chip in and do it. “It’s been going good for me. Thanks to Kurt and all, everybody who tries to help.” by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Northfield, OH-- In what turned out to be a hotly contested event Emanuel Miller went down the road and rebuffed all challengers while hustling Riverdancing Diva to a 1:57.4 victory in a harness racing leg of the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association trot at Northfield Park on Saturday night, March 20th. In a race where half of the field went for the lead when the wings of the mobile gate folded Emanuel Miller gained command with the 7-year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse from the five-hole and wouldn't relinquish command despite challengers whom were both two and three wide as they headed to the first quarter which was clocked in :28.4. The betting favorite, Back Door Man, driven by Floyd Rhodes, was persistent in his quest to gain the lead and just kept going forward from post seven. Despite being parked three-deep Rhodes was relentless as he sought the front-end as Back Door Man circled his second-over cover, Ubangi (Eddie Miller), and took aim at the pacesetter as the half-mile timer flashed :58.3. When the field passed the third stanza in 127.3 Riverdancing Diva still showed the way and when the field headed for home Emanuel Miller's charge, despite being tired, reached down for more and kept a stubborn Back Door Man at bay to score a 1:57.4 triumph. Mark Rocovich, who had a pocket trip along the pylons with Fort Commander, gained the show dough. RIVERDANCING DIVA REPLAY   Riverdancing Diva, is owned by Double Ee Meadows and trained by Mervin Schmucker. He paid $18.40 for win. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for GLADA

Among his family, Hank LeVan is not known as a patient person. "If you were to ask my wife or my mother, I have no patience," LeVan said with a laugh. "They tell me that I'm a terrible person to shop for because if I need something, even if Christmas or my birthday is just a week away, I just go get it as opposed to waiting." When it comes to harness racing, though, LeVan knows patience is a virtue. The 26-year-old is in his second season as a trainer-driver in Ohio and is hoping to build upon last year's numbers. In 2020, LeVan led the Buckeye fairs circuit with training purses of $167,636 and finished tied for third in wins with 31. He notched 38 victories as a driver, fifth best. Overall, he won 45 races as a driver and 38 as a trainer. This year, LeVan has been driving his stable's horses at Miami Valley Raceway and Northfield Park. He has four horses in action now out of a stable of 17. "I've really enjoyed it," LeVan said. "We haven't had the best start for 2021, not maybe as I would have liked, but the horses are doing OK. We just need a little more luck probably. I've always enjoyed working with the horses and now to be able to do it for a living is really kind of a dream come true." LeVan's family has been involved in harness racing for more than five decades. In his younger days, LeVan was more active in livestock showing and judging, but his participation in racing began to increase during the summer after his junior year in college. His grandfather, Herb, needed help at the fairs and LeVan decided to jump in. "I didn't have a job at the time, and I figured it would be neat to spend some time with him," LeVan said. "I started out just grooming horses. That fall I went back to college. I set a little money aside and told my dad (Louie) that if he was all right with it maybe we could buy a yearling together. We went to the Ohio Selected Jug Sale and bought one and ever since then it's kind of snowballed." Cursive L, named for the letter featured on the family's racing colors, was trained by LeVan's grandfather and gave LeVan his first win as a driver in 2017 at the Ottawa County Fair. He has added 70 wins since then. "In an ideal world, I would love to get to the point where I could drive every night at one of the tracks in Ohio and have a stable of horses of our own as well," LeVan said. "That would be the long-term goal. I hope the catch driving can pick up. "I know it's a really tough colony here and it seems like every year somebody new comes. They're talent guys and they've been doing it a lot longer than I have. I've got to wait my turn and hopefully things will open up." As for the stable, LeVan has nine 2-year-olds among his group. He hopes several can compete in the Ohio Sire Stakes, with others going to the Buckeye Stallion Series and the fairs. "I really enjoy the (young horses) and watching them progress," LeVan said. "Sometimes it can be frustrating, but the ones that pan out make it really fun. You have to be patient. There are some that I like real well, but I have to remind myself it's a long summer and you don't get paid to qualify. It's a fine line to have them ready." LeVan, who has a master's degree in agricultural communication, extension and leadership from Ohio State, would like to see his training and driving numbers continue to improve, but has not set specific goals. Last year, he earned $306,078 in purses as a driver and $284,066 as a trainer. LeVan drove nearly all the horses he trained, with his father driving the remainder. "I enjoy the fact I get to do this with my family," said LeVan, who is the oldest of six children. "Family is important to me, just being able to spend time with dad and my other siblings have become a little more involved since I've been doing it, and being able to talk to grandpa. "I also enjoy the competitiveness of it. If I ever made my mind up and said I wanted to do something, I didn't want to fall short; I wanted to make sure I get the most out of everything. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't, but I never wanted to be average at anything." As with many Ohio natives, LeVan would one day like to have a horse that could compete in the famed Little Brown Jug at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. "That would be awesome," he said. "But we're still a small fish in a big pond. That takes time; the right horses and the right people around you. Hopefully someday." Someday, with a little patience. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

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

  Northfield, Ohio--The Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association kicked-off its 2021 season with a trot at Northfield Park, and when the judges hung the official sign, Eddie Miller emerged victorious with Bold Strategy, turning back eight others with a 1:58.4 triumph. Miller, just 24 years of age, is in his second season of amateur driving, and tonight's victory was his first of the season. Up behind the odds-on favorite, Miller knew that the best place to be is on the front-end, so it was to no one's surprise when he sent his charge to the lead when the wings of the mobile gate folded, but he needed a 27.4 quarter to accomplish that. Heading to the first stanza, Steve Oldford, who was on the limb with Gonna Fly, found a seat third along the pylons as Miller kept the pedal to the metal and led his competition by the halfway point in :57.4. Up the backside, Oldford was forced off the pylons as others from the back moved to the outside and began moving up. Still, Miller and Bold Strategy were comfortable showing the way into the final turn, and when they straightened for home Bold Strategy was still the one to catch and no one could as the 4-year-old son of Break The Bank K rebuffed all challenges an went on to a length and a half victory in 1:58.4. Back Door Man rallied from the middle of the pack to finish second for Floyd Rhodes and Oldfrd and Gonna Fly finished third.       The winner, Bold Strategy, is trained by Eddie Miller for owners Rebecca Sugg, Watson Harness Racing, and Mary Stucky. He paid $3.20 for win. by John Manzi, for GLADA    

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