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April 14, 2014

Rose Run Logan Continues Successful 2014 Campaign

Rose Run Logan crossed the finish line as the winner for the eighth time this year in just nine starts when he was victorious in the $10,000 Open Trot on Monday (April 14) in the evening’s 11th race at Northfield Park. He is owned and trained by Jeff Hochstetler of Urichsville, Ohio. Josh Sutton was aboard for the winning drive.   

Rose Run Logan (Armbro Laser-How Miraculous-Baltic Speed) was assigned post eight and was parked every step through fractions of :28.2, :57.3, 1:26.2 and 1:56.2 He was ½-length in front of his nearest competitor at the wire. Completing the race were Action-Broadway, Mary’s Darvin, Life Long Hanover, Norma’s Rose, Hello Carlo, Julians Caesar and Edit. 

Rose Run Logan now has 14 career successes and a bankroll of $45,198.  He was the race favorite and paid $4.40 to win.

Earlier in the evening, Rockin Finish narrowly captured the evening’s co-feature, the $9,500 Open Pace in the ninth race. Virgil Morgan Jr. trains the five year-old for Canadian owner, Gerrie Tucker. Morgan called upon Ronnie Wrenn Jr. to drive.    

Rockin Finish (Rocknroll Hanover-Please Me Please-Camluck) started from post five and was parked through the initial :27.1 opening quarter before sitting the pocket through fractions of :55.1 and 1:24.1. Wrenn called upon the pacer in the stretch and Rockin Finish bested his competition by a head in 1:53.4. Completing the race were Justified, Nathan Feelsgood, Hallin, Goodnite Goodluck and Kiasma. Jolly Jubiter was scratched.

Monday’s triumph increased Rockin Finish’s lifetime win tally to 14 and his earnings to $259,632. He was the race favorite and returned $3.00 to win.

April 10, 2014

Up Front Kellie Jo Increases Win Streak to Four

 

For the fourth consecutive week, Up Front Kellie Jo was up to the task in the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday (April 10) in Northfield Park’s 10th race. She is trained by Rob Harmon for owners C. Ed Mullinax and Mark Ford. Josh Sutton has been in the bike for all four of her consecutive victories.       

 

Despite being assigned the outside, Up Front Kellie Jo (Bettor’s Delight-Life’s Highway-Life Sign) fired off the gate and went to the lead. She stayed well in hand and never experienced an anxious moment, while posting fractions of :27.2, :56.4, 1:24.3 and 1:52.3, just 2/5 of a second off of the track record. She was an uncontested 2 ¼-lengths in front at the wire. Completing the race were Power Everywhere, Y Mach Me, Sweetheart Dance, It Must Be Magic, Special Lady D, Here And Now and Seascape Hanover. Clear Character was scratched.             

 

Thursday’s win was the 43rd career victory for Up Front Kellie Jo and increased her lifetime earnings to $846,097. She was the race favorite and returned $3.60 to win.

 

April 8, 2014

Northfield Park Announces Spring Late Closers

Northfield Park has announced the dates of three Spring Late Closing series. “These Spring late closers are a good addition to our current racing program because they will feature a lot of younger horses just coming back to the races this season,” said Dave Bianconi, Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. “They are just part of the overall increased racing opportunities offered here at Northfield. In addition, the dates of these series were written to avoid conflicts with the Ohio Sire Stakes legs for three-year-olds.”   All of the newly added Late Closers carry a condition of: Non-winners of Two Pari-Mutuel Races (Ohio Breads N/W Three) or Non-Winners of $15,000 Lifetime (As of 4/1/2014).   

Thursdays (April 24, May 8, May 15 and May 22) will host The Wallflower Series for filly and mare pacers. Each of the four legs will carry purses of $5,000. The $15,000 final (all purses guaranteed) will go to post on Thursday (May 29).  

Thursday (April 24) and Tuesdays (May 6, May 13 and May 20) will offer The Spring Break Series for horse and gelding pacers. Each leg will be raced for a $5,000 purse. The final will be Tuesday (June 3) for a purse of $15,000.  

Thursday (April 24) and Wednesdays (May 14, May 21) and Monday (June 2) highlight The Gin Blossom Series for trotters. Each of these legs will also carry a $5,000 purse. The $15,000 final will be Monday (June 16).

A one-time $300 payment will be required of each entrant to be eligible. Payments are due by April 18. 

Conditions for the series can be found at www.northfieldpark.com. The link is near the bottom of Northfield’s homepage.

April 7, 2014

 

Another Big Night For Josh Sutton; Takes Both Monday Features

 

Driver Josh Sutton has been on fire in 2014 and again dominated most of the evening on Monday (April 7) at Northfield Park.  The evening’s Open Pace and Open Trot were just two of the six successful drives on the night for Sutton. 

Sutton, 31, began driving in 2000 and has since garnered 2,336 career victories and is approaching $13,000,000 in purse earnings.  He has posted 113 victories so far this year over Northfield’s Flying Turns, ranking him second on the local driving ranks, just one victory behind Ronnie Wrenn Jr.  Chasing Wrenn and Sutton are: Aaron Merriman (84), David Lake (46) and Robin Miller (45). 

When Northfield Park is not racing live, Sutton has been driving and winning at Miami Valley as well.  He currently has 140 driving wins in 2014, ranking him as the seventh winningest driver so far this year in North America. 

Only Aaron Merriman (178), Corey Callahan (167), Ronnie Wrenn Jr. (164), Ron Pierce (157), Brian Sears (146) and Dave Palone (144) have more wins this year than Josh Sutton.      

Sutton captured the evening’s $9,500 Open Pace with Lyons Josephjnr in the eighth race.  Ron Burke trains the five year-old for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi.   

 

Lyons Josephjnr (Million Dollar Cam-Lyons Sure Sign-Life Sign) started from post four and was fourth through an opening fraction of :27.1.  Sutton tipped the pacer first over and he sustained a successful first-over bid through fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.4.  Lyons Josephjnr cleared to the lead in the final quarter and bested his competition by two lengths in 1:54.3 on a very sloppy surface.  Completing the race were I Found My Beach, Nathan Feelsgood, Goodnite Goodluck, Hall Of Memories, Forever Good and Kiasma.        

Monday’s triumph increased Lyons Josephjnr’s lifetime win tally to 13 and his earnings to $198,951.  He was the race favorite and returned $3.60 to win.

Sutton piloted Rose Run Logan to victory in the $10,000 Open Trot in the evening’s 10th race.  He is owned and trained by Jeff Hochstetler of Urichsville, Ohio.   

Rose Run Logan (Armbro Laser-How Miraculous-Baltic Speed) started from post seven and was parked every step through fractions of :28, :56.4 and 1:25.4.  He took the lead in the stretch and completed the mile in 1:55.1.  He was ¾-length in front at the wire.  The win represents a new lifetime mark for Rose Run Logan.  Completing the race were Action-Broadway, Mary’s Darvin, Pembroke Snapshot, Sure Thing, Kahoku, Wind Surfer, Hello Carlo and Theraputic. 

Rose Run Logan now has 13 career successes and has won seven of eight starts in 2014.  Monday’s victory pushed his bankroll to $40,198.  He paid $5.60 to win.

 

April 2, 2014 

Northfield Park Hosting Exciting Stakes Action in 2014

April begins a full slate of stakes action at Northfield Park.  The $100,000 (gtd.) Courageous Lady will go to post on Friday, April 25 with a special post time of 6:30 pm.  A nationally open stakes event for North America’s top three year-old filly pacers, it is the first national stakes race of the 2014 season.

Among the 16 fillies nominated to the Courageous Lady are last year’s two year-old stand-outs: A La Notte Hanover (1:56.1 h, $73,459), Fiyonce (1:52.4 m, $61,549), Rusty’s Bliss (1:52.4 f, $90,751) and Sister Stroll (1:54.1 f, $102,617).

The connections of top three year-olds in the country have shown great interest in the newly added $500,000 (est.) Carl Milstein Memorial. This race is for three-year-old-colt-and-gelding pacers and is the richest single race in the Buckeye State for 2014; it is slated for Friday, August 15. Included in the 42 nominees are: Allstar Partner (1:51.4 f, $282,454), Boomboom Ballykeel (1:50.4 s, $370,828), Luck Be Withyou (1:50 f, $359,417) and Western Vintage (1:49.4 m, $316,838).  

The $150,000 (gtd.) Cleveland Classic is the final open stakes event this year. North America’s top three year-old pacing colts will take the stage to compete for this year’s Classic crown on Friday, December 12.

There are 38 colts nominated to the Cleveland Classic, including last year’s stand-outs: Allstar Partner (1:51.4 f, $282,454), Boomboom Ballykeel (1:50.4 s, $370,828) and He’s Watching (150 f, $291,722). 

In other racing news at Northfield Park, the $150,000 (gtd.) Battle Of Lake Erie is set for Saturday, July 19 and has 25 nominees that have combined career earnings in excess of $23 million. The nominated list includes past Cleveland Classic winners Apprentice Hanover (1:49.3 f, $609,605) and Bolt The Duer (1:47.4 f, $1,723,645) and two-time Battle of Late Erie champion and the richest standardbred of all-time, Foiled Again (1:48 f, $6,080,968). 

Battle nominees also include a host of other millionaire performers: Aracache Hanover (1:48.1 f, $1,603,359), Clear Vision (1:48.2, $1,779,868), Heston Blue Chip (1:48 f, $1,565,781), Michael’s Power (1:48.1 s, $1,576,817) and Sweet Lou (1:47.4 s, $2,129,961). 

Northfield Park’s Stakes Calendar for 2014:

Friday, April 25                 Courageous Lady
Thursday, July 3               Ohio Sires Stakes (two year-old filly pace and trot)
Saturday, July 19              Battle Of Lake Erie
                                          Ohio Sires Stakes (two and three year-old colt pace and trot)
Saturday, July 26              Summit County Fair Stakes
Friday, August 15              Carl Milstein Memorial
Friday, September 5          Ohio Sires Stakes (two and three year-old filly pace and trot)
Friday, December 12         Cleveland Classic

April 3, 2014

 Up Front Kellie Jo Captures Third Straight Fillies and Mares Open

For the third consecutive week, Up Front Kellie Jo was up to the task in the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday (April 3) in Northfield Park’s fifth race. She is trained by Rob Harmon for owners C. Ed Mullinax and Mark Ford. Josh Sutton has been in the bike for the trio of victories.       

 

Up Front Kellie Jo (Bettor’s Delight-Life’s Highway-Life Sign) was assigned the outside and let her competition set the :27.4 and :56 early fractions. Sutton tipped the mare four wide approaching the 1:25.3 three-quarters. Up Front Kellie Jo struck the front in the stretch and bested her competition by a full length in 1:55.3 over a sloppy surface. Completing the race were Power Everywhere, Sweetheart Dance, Y Mach Me, Canaco Star, It Must Be Magic and Special Lady D.             

 

Thursday’s win was the 42nd career victory for Up Front Kellie Jo and increased her lifetime earnings to $841,097. She was the race favorite and returned $3.60 to win.

Earlier in the program, the evening’s second race saw Riverdancer post her fourth straight win over Northfield’s Flying Turns. The seven year-old mare is owned by Michael Yoder and Joseph Miller, who also trains. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was aboard for all of the consecutive victories.            

Riverdancer (Red River Hanover-Millenium Missle-Sealed N Delivered) now has five wins in 2014 and 23 career successes along with a bankroll of $141,375. She paid $8.40 to win. 

March 31, 2014

Monday Mentions from Northfield Park

 

Rose Run Logan trotted to victory in the $10,000 Open Trot on Monday (March 31) in Northfield Park’s eighth race. He is owned and trained by Jeff Hochstetler of Urichsville, Ohio. Josh Sutton was aboard for the winning drive. 

Rose Run Logan (Armbro Laser-How Miraculous-Baltic Speed) started from post seven and was parked through fractions of :28.3 and :57.2. He took the lead approaching the three-quarter pole and completed the mile with times of 1:26.2 and 1:55.4. He was an uncontested 2 ¼-lengths in front at the wire. Completing the race were Pembroke Snapshot, Julians Caesar, Kahoku, Wind Surfer, Talladega Hanover, Herbie L and Action-Broadway.

Rose Run Logan now has 12 career successes and has won six of seven starts in 2014. Monday’s victory pushed his bankroll to $35,198.  He paid $6.00 to win.

 

Forever Good captured the $10,000 Open Pace in the evening’s ninth race. Barry Langley trains the 10 year-old for the VIP Internet Stable of Piscataway, New Jersey. Chris Page was the winning driver. 

 

Forever Good (Dream Away-Lasting Approval-Western Hanover) started from post three and let his competition carve out fractions of :27, :55.3 and 1:24.2 before taking the lead in the stretch and besting his competition by a length in 1:53.4. Completing the race were Lyons JosephJNR, Hall Of Memories, Man He Can Skoot, Western Churchill, Goodnite Goodluck, T Red and Our McLovin.      

Monday’s triumph increased Forever Good’s lifetime win tally to 32 and his earnings to $345,436. He returned $13.40 to win.

Monday hosted two divisions of the first legs of both the Legend Series and Hall of Fame Series. Both series are for $8,000 claimers with the Legend Series being for pacers and the Hall of Fame Series for trotters. I Know Your Lookin (trainer Harla Loney / driver Josh Sutton) and Chase The Sun (trainer Brian Loney / driver Josh Sutton) won the divisions of the Legend Series. Mr Jesse (trainer Ron Burke / driver Chris Page) and Life Long Hanover (trainer Crist Hershberger / driver Josh Sutton) captured the divisions of the Hall of Fame Series. Four horses were claimed out of the first leg of the series and Life Long Hanover, M A Roy, Nordic Venture and Soulful Delight have moved to new homes.

Driver Josh Sutton dominated most of the evening, posting eight successful drives on the night. Sutton, 31, began driving in 2000 and has since garnered 2,297 career victories and is approaching $13,000,000 in purse earnings. He has posted 99 victories so far this year over Northfield’s Flying Turns, ranking him second in the local driving ranks. Only Ronnie Wrenn Jr. (102) has more local wins this year than Josh Sutton. Chasing Wrenn and Sutton are: Aaron Merriman (77), David Lake (44) and Robin Miller (42). 

During Northfield Park’s off nights, Sutton has been driving and winning at Miami Valley as well. He has 128 driving wins in 2014, ranking him as the seventh winningest driver so far this year in North America. 

Only Aaron Merriman (161), Corey Callahan (153), Ronnie Wrenn Jr. (147), Ron Pierce (146), Brian Sears (140) and Dave Palone (134) have more wins this year than Josh Sutton.      

March 27, 2014 

Up Front Kellie Jo Repeats in Fillies and Mares Open 

 

Last week’s feature winner, Up Front Kellie Jo was up to the task again in the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday (March 27) in Northfield Park’s 10th race. She is trained by Rob Harmon for owners C. Ed Mullinax and Mark Ford. Josh Sutton has been in the bike for the consecutive victories.       

 

Up Front Kellie Jo (Bettor’s Delight-Life’s Highway-Life Sign) started from the second tier and was sixth through the :27.3 opening quarter. Sutton pulled Up Front Kellie Jo second over approaching the half. She remained in the cover flow through fractions of :57 and 1:25.3 before taking the lead in the final turn and eventually besting her competition by 2-lengths in 1:54.3. Completing the race were Y Mach Me, Power Everywhere, Miss Two Punch, Canaco Star, Sweetheart Dance, Eradikate, Clear Character and Bluebird Jettart.             

 

Thursday’s win was the 41st career victory for Up Front Kellie Jo and increased her lifetime earnings to $836,347. She was the race favorite and returned $4.40 to win. 

 

March 26, 2014

Longshot Sparks Big Returns on Wednesday

As the heavy 1-5 favorite faded in the fourth race at Northfield Park on Wednesday (March 26), longshot players were hopeful while horses were five across the track through the stretch.  

It was 48-1 Artistic Dreamer who eventually prevailed. The 10 year-old pacer is owned and trained by Tony Peregrin of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Jason Merriman was aboard for the upset victory.      

(7) Artictic Dreamer (48-1) was followed across the wire by (6) Ridge Park (32-1) and (3) Merit Wings (26-1). Heavily favored (1-5) Argon Fire hung on to complete the Superfecta. 

Artistic Dreamer returned $99.60 to win; the 7-6 Exacta paid $991.40; the 7-6-3 Trifecta returned $17,154.40 for a $1.00 ticket; and the 7-6-3-1 Superfecta paid $1,727.06 for a 10-cent ticket. 

March 24, 2014

Hall Of Memories and Julians Caesar Take Monday Opens

Hall Of Memories captured the $9,500 Open Pace on Monday (March 24) in Northfield Park’s ninth race. He is owned by Charles St. Jean, Linda Ebersole and Steven Hubbard. Trainer Jeff Ebersole called upon Kurt Sugg for the winning drive. 

Hall Of Memories (Blissfull Hall-Royal Flash-Cam’s Magic Trick) started from the rail and sat the pocket through quarters of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25. Sugg moved into the passing lane in the stretch and bested his competition by a full length in 1:54.1. Completing the race were Man He Can Skoot, T Red, Our McLovin, Lyons JosephJNR, Stevie Diamonds and Goodnite Goodluck.       

Hall Of Memories now has 13 career successes.  Monday’s victory pushed his bankroll to $102,195.  He paid $11.60 to win.

 

Julians Caesar won his third straight $10,000 Open Trot in the evening’s 10th 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 :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26.1 before taking the lead in the stretch and winning a photo finish by a head in 1:56.2 despite being parked the entire mile. Completing the race were Rose Run Logan, Pembroke Snapshot, Action-Broadway, Herbie L, Mary’s Darvin, Wind Surfer and Hello Carlo.    

Monday’s triumph increased Julians Ceasar’s lifetime win tally to 14 and his earnings to $255,172. Despite winning this race the previous two weeks, he returned $12.00 to win. 

March 20, 2014 

Up Front Kellie Jo Takes Fillies and Mares Open

 

Up Front Kellie Jo was victorious in the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday (March 20) in Northfield Park’s fifth race. She is trained by Rob Harmon for owners C. Ed Mullinax and Mark Ford. Josh Sutton was aboard for the winning drive.     

 

Up Front Kellie Jo (Bettor’s Delight-Life’s Highway-Life Sign) started from post six and was content being mid-pack while her competition carved out fractions of :27.2, :55.3 and 1:25. Sutton called upon Up Front Kellie Jo in the final quarter and she surged to the lead and bested her competition by 2-lengths in 1:55.2. Completing the race were Clear Character, Y Mach Me, It Must be Magic, Canaco Star, Power Everywhere and Women Rule.              

 

Thursday’s win was the 40th career victory for Up Front Kellie Jo and increased her lifetime earnings to $831,347. She was an upset winner and returned $22.40 to win. 

 

Scoring in the evening’s feature was one of five wins on the night for Sutton. He also posted victories with Alhambra Bokay ($4.80) in race six, Bluebird Jettart ($14.20) in race nine, Braggin Hanover ($10.80) in race 10 and Doowrah Double ($17.00) in race 11.

 

Thursday’s victories makes consecutive nights that Josh Sutton has posted five winners.

 

March 19, 2014

Sutton Scores Big on Wednesday

Josh Sutton drove five winners on Wednesday (March 19) at Northfield Park. Sutton’s winners included Rose Run Leah ($3.20) in race one, Western Rival ($6.40) in race four, Near The Limit ($3.20) in race five, Fortune Sailor ($4.40) in race nine and KC Colt ($4.80) in race 12. 

Sutton, 31, began driving in 2000 and has since garnered 2,289 career victories and is approaching $13,000,000 in purse earnings. He has posted 78 victories so far this year over Northfield’s Flying Turns, ranking him second in the local driving ranks. Only Ronnie Wrenn Jr. (85) has more local wins this year than Josh Sutton. Chasing Wrenn and Sutton are: Aaron Merriman (65), Robin Miller (38), Keith Kash Jr. (38) and David Lake (38). 

March 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD ANNOUNCES CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAYS

Last Wednesday and Thursday, Northfield Park was forced to close due to an Ohio Edison high voltage electric line that fell on the property as a result of issues surrounding a late winter snowstorm.

As part of Northfield’s Customer Appreciation, this Wednesday (March 19) and Thursday (March 20), Player’s Club members will receive a coupon for a FREE $10 wager; FREE Northfield Park Live Program, FREE Simulcast Program and a FREE Hamburger or Hot Dog Basket with French Fries.

Player’s Club members can receive their coupons between 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm on either Wednesday or Thursday at the Guest Services table near the center Program Stand. If a guest is not a Player’s Club member, they can sign up that night and receive the FREE offers.

Northfield sincerely appreciates its loyal customers’ continued patronage. The track apologizes for any inconvenience this power outage may have caused. Northfield currently races live four nights a week (Monday through Thursday) with a 6:00 p.m. first race post time.

March 17, 2014

Monday Mentions From Northfield Park

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 11th 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-lengths 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. 

 

March 11, 2014

Northfield Horsemen Pay Tribute To Jarrod Duncan

On Monday, March 10th, the Northfield Park backstretch community conducted a ceremony in honor of their fellow horseman, 39 year-old Jarrod Duncan, who passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

Duncan began training in 2005 and had since garnered 254 victories and earned purses of $1,238,111. He was born in Wisconsin, grew up in East Moline, Illinois and raced exclusively in the Midwest. He most recently trained a stable of four horses including African Violet, Go Forit BB, Life In The Sand and Shelby Lu.

Jarrod’s service will be held at Crete Funeral Home at 1182 Main Street in Crete, Illinois on Saturday, March 15 where visitors may call from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. A service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

March 11, 2014

Julians Caesar And Man He Can Skoot Win Monday Opens at Northfield Park

Julians Caesar won the $9,500 Open Trot in Northfield Park’s sixth race on Monday (March 10). 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 six and let his competition carve out the fractions of :28.4, :58.3 and 1:28 before taking the lead in the stretch and winning by 2 ¼-lengths in 1:58.2. Completing the race were Sure Thing, Hello Carlo, Easy Strength, Tagmaster, Zorgwijk Heavenly and Kahoku.     

Monday’s triumph increased Julians Ceasar’s lifetime win tally to 12 and his earnings to $245,172. He was the race favorite and returned $6.40 to win. 

In Monday’s ninth race, Man He Can Skoot captured the $9,500 Open Pace for owners Carl Howard and Gerrie Tucker. Trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. called upon Ronnie Wrenn Jr. to drive. 

Man He Can Skoot (Mantacular-Skoot’n By-Direct Scooter) started from post three and led at every call. He posted fractions of :27.4, :57.2, 1:25.4 and won by a full length in 1:54.1. Completing the race were Shark Dressed Man, Forever Good, Western Churchill, Curator, Goodnite Goodluck and Lyons JosephJNR.       

Man He Can Skoot now has 22 career successes. Monday’s victory pushed his bankroll to $146,892. He was heavily favored and paid $4.20 to win.

March 5, 2014

Condolences to Family and Friends of Jarrod Duncan

Northfield Park trainer Jarrod Duncan, 39, died of apparent natural causes on Wednesday (March 5). “It is very sad and hard to believe,” said Dave Bianconi, Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. “He was a great guy and a hard worker. He will be missed by many.”

Duncan began training in 2005 and had since garnered 254 victories and earned purses of $1,238,111. He was a native of Indiana and raced exclusively in the mid west. He most recently trained a stable of four horses including African Violet, Go Forit BB, Life In The Sand and Shelby Lu.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.    

March 5, 2014

Wrenn Wins Seven Wednesday at Northfield

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. drove seven winners on Wednesday (March 5) at Northfield Park. Wrenn’s winners included Summerwinds Atlast ($36.20) in race three, Annie’s Master ($4.40) in race five, Argon Fire ($2.80) in race six, Olin ($2.40) in race seven, Forevers A Deal ($6.00) in race eight, JM Showcat ($4.00) in race 12 and Perfect Night ($) in race 15. 

Wrenn, 27, began driving in 2008 and has since garnered 1,414 career victories and is approaching $5,000,000 in purse earnings. 

March 5, 2014

Jason Thompson Sidelined After Skiing AccidentJason Thompson has not driven at Northfield Park since a skiing accident on Sunday (March 2). “Wyatt (Irvine) and I decided to so skiing. I am not a good skier and the slopes were icy,” explained Thompson. “I should not have been out there with the icy conditions, but went anyway. I was going really fast, hit a hole and the result was not good.”

Thompson broke both his tibia and fibula in his left leg. He is currently in Metro Health Center in Cleveland, Ohio following a surgical procedure placing screws and plates, which will help to mend his broken bones.

Thompson has indicated that he could be sidelined for up to three months. “In the mean time, I have some ski equipment for sale,” Thompson chuckled.  

February 28, 2014

Northfield Park Offers Six "Hard Rockin' Claiming Series" This Spring

Northfield Park has announced the dates of six “Hard Rockin’ Claiming Series.” “These new late closers are just part of the increased opportunities offered here at Northfield,” said Dave Bianconi, Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. “As our purses increase, we would like to fill more straight claiming races. These series will give claimers a real opportunity to race for solid purses in each leg and a big money final.” 

Mondays (March 31, April 7 and April 14) will host The Hall of Fame Series, for $8,000 claiming trotters, and The Legend Series, for $8,000 claiming pacers. Each of the three legs will carry purses of $6,500.  

Tuesdays (April 1, April 8 and April 15) will offer The Icon Series for $4,000 claiming pacers. Each leg will be raced for a $4,000 purse.  

Wednesdays (April 2, April 9 and April 16) highlight The Juke Box Hero Series, for $4,000 claiming trotters. Each of these legs will also carry a $4,000 purse.

Thursdays (April 3, April 10 and April 17) will feature The Diva Series, for fillies and mares $4,000 claiming pacers, offering purses of $4,000. Also on those nights, The Prima Donna Series, for fillies and mares $8,000 claiming pacers, will offer purses of $6,500.

The finals of all six series will be raced on Friday (April 25) on the undercard of the $100,000 (gtd) Courageous Lady, the first Grand Circuit stakes event of 2014 for three year-old filly pacers. The finals of The Hall of Fame, The Legend and The Prima Donna Series will carry purses of $20,000 (gtd). The Icon, The Juke Box Hero and The Diva Series finals will race for $15,000 (gtd).

A one-time $100 payment will be required of each entrant to be eligible. Payments are due by March 15. 

Find exact conditions for the series at www.northfieldpark.com. The link is near the bottom of Northfield’s homepage.

February 27, 2014 

Canaco Star Takes Fillies and Mares Open at Northfield Park

 

Canaco Star captured the $9,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday (February 27) in Northfield Park’s third race. She is trained by Misty Carey for owners Michael Kessler of New Hartford, New York and Speed to Burn Racing Stable of Utica, New York. Keith Kash Jr. was aboard for the winning drive.     

 

Canaco Star (Yankee Cam-Dime A Minute-Life Sign) started from post four and sat the pocket through fractions of :28.1, :57.2, and 1:26.3. Kash tipped Canaco Star in the final quarter and bested the competition by ½-length in 1:56. Completing the race were Up Front Kellie Jo, Pertty Music, Crazy Luv Bug, Y Mach Me and Sweetheart Dance.           

 

Thursday’s win was the 38th career victory for Canaco Star and increased her bankroll to $153,018. She returned $13.00 to win. 

 

February 25, 2014

Love Ignites Scores Fourth Straight Win at Northfield Park

Love Ignites trotted home for his fourth straight win Tuesday (February 25) in Northfield Park’s ninth race. The five year-old gelding is owned by Mitchell Walker of Davison, Michigan and locally trained by Don Pfister. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was aboard for the winning drive.           

Love Ignites started from post six and led at every call through fractions of :29, :58.4, 1:28.2 and 1:59. The mile time equaled the trotter’s lifetime mark. Love Ignites posted a dominant 5 ½-length margin of victory over his closest competitor, Belle’s Becky (David Lake).          

Tuesday's triumph was the ninth career success for Love Ignites (Sand Vic-Mon Amour Hall-Striking Sahbra) and increased his lifetime earnings to $21,623. He was the race favorite and returned $4.40 to win.

February 20, 2014

Y Mach Me Splashes Home in Fillies and Mares Open at Northfield Park

 

Y Mach Me captured the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday (February 20) in Northfield Park’s third race. She is trained by Pat Karcher for owner Lucky Draw Racing Stable of Carey, Ohio. Ronnie wren Jr. was aboard for the winning drive.     

 

Y Mach Me (Mach Three-Sunnie Corleone-Pacific Rocket) started from post four and was fourth through initial fractions of :28.2 and :59.1. Wrenn made his move in the third panel and was second through the 1:29.2 three-quarters. Y Mach Me struck the front in the final turn and bested her competition by 2-lengths in 1:57.4 over a sloppy surface. Completing the race were Canaco Star, Shes Glorious, Eradikate, Crazy Luv Bug, Miss Two Punch and Special Lady D.           

 

Thursday’s win was the 10th career victory for Y Mach Me and increased her bankroll to $50,054. She returned $5.80 to win. 

 

February 17, 2014

Pembroke Snapshot And Lyons Josephjnr Take Monday Opens at Northfield Park

Pembroke Snapshot was the winner of the $9,500 Open Trot in Northfield Park’s opening race on Monday (February 17). Johnny Yoder of Dundee, Ohio owns and trains the nine year-old trotter. Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive. 

 

Pembroke Snapshot (SJs Photo-Super Earl-Earl) started from post four and led at every call through fractions of :28.4, :58.4, 1:27.4 and 1:57.3. Pembroke Snapshot easily handled his competition and was 2 ¾-lengths in front at the wire. Completing the race were Kahoku, Arianna Hall, Hello Carlo, Easy Strength, Saintfrancis and Zorgwijk Heavenly.   

Monday’s triumph increased Pembroke Snapshot’s lifetime win tally to 25 and his career earnings to $255,650. He was the race favorite and returned $3.60 to win. 

In the evening’s eighth race, Lyons Josephjnr captured the $10,000 Open Pace for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC and trainer Ron Burke. Northfield Park’s leading driver, Josh Sutton, picked up the win aboard the five year-old stallion.

Lyons Josephjnr (Million Dollar Cam-Lyons Sure Sign-Life Sign) started from post seven and let his competition carve fractions of :28.1, :57.1 and 1:26.4 while facing strong wind and heavy snow. Lyons Josephjnr bested his competition by a length, stopping the clock at 1:56. Completing the race were Nathan Feelsgood, PL Dragon, Machel Angelo, Malosi N, Bestinthebusiness, Stevie Diamonds and Nabber Again.      

Lyons Josephjnr now has 12 career successes. Monday’s victory pushed his bankroll to $187,651. He paid $19.60 to win.    

February 12, 2014

NORTHFIELD PARK ON A ROLL TO START 2014

Northfield Park has raced 22 programs so far in 2014 and has already handled in excess of $1,000,000 on 15 of them.   

“There are several reasons our handle has risen this year,” explained Dave Bianconi, Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. “The additional purse money generated by the Hard Rock Rocksino, and the casino tax revenue distributed by the Ohio State Racing Commission, has enabled us to card more races with fuller fields and better quality horses. We also continue to invest in our simulcast network and television production technology.”    

Thursday, January 2, generated this year’s highest handle to date, $1,305,994. That number helped bolster Northfield’s average 2014 handle to $1,044,306, a 20.8 percent increase over last year. “Our purses have already increased twice this year and things are only going to get better,” added Bianconi. 

Brent Reitz, Northfield Park Vice President and General Manager, was quick to praise the backstretch community. “Our horsemen have put on a great show night after night despite working through the longest stretch of severe winter weather we have experienced in decades.”

Northfield Park will race 214 nights in 2014. The current live racing schedule is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights with a 6:00 p.m. post time.

February 6, 2014

Crazy Luv Bug Scores in Fillies and Mares Open at Northfield Park

 

Crazy Luv Bug captured the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday (February 6) in Northfield Park’s third race. She is trained by Paul Holzman for owner Ameer Najor of West Bloomfield, Michigan. Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive.      

 

Crazy Luv Bug (American Ideal-Luv’s For Ever-Storm Damage) started from post four and was third through an initial quarter of :28.2. Merriman tipped the mare to the outside in the second panel and she sustained a successful first over bid through times of :57.2, 1:26.1 and 1:55.2. Crazy Luv Bug gamely bested her competition by ¾-length. Completing the race were Canaco Star, Petite Courageuse, Hugs Again, Shes Glorious, Bubbler and Classic Sakuri.           

 

Thursday’s win was the 18 career victory for Crazy Luv Bug and increased her bankroll to $213,258. She was the race favorite and returned $4.20 to win. 

 

February 3, 2014

 

Jebswesternshake And Classical Man Score In Northfield Park Opens

 

Jebswesternshake was the winner of the $9,500 Open Pace in Northfield Park’s third race on Monday (February 3).  Staci Malady of Rives Junction, Michigan owns the nine year-old pacer.  Trainer Gerald Malady called upon Northfield Park leading driver Josh Sutton to pilot.  Jebswesternshake (Western Hanover-Shake Away-Dream Away) started from the rail and led at every call through blistering fractions of :27, :55.1, 1:23.1 and 1:52.1.  Jebswesternshake easily handled his competition and was 4 ¼-lengths in front at the wire.  Completing the race were Hall Of Memories, Brown Titan, PL Dragon, Nathan Feelsgood, Bestinthebusiness and Save Me A Place.   

Monday’s triumph increased Jebswesternshake’s lifetime win tally to 35 and his career earnings to $187,974.  He returned $9.80 to win. 

In the evening’s eighth race, Classical Man captured the $10,000 Open Trot for owner/trainer William Bercury of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.  Aaron Merriman picked up the winning drive aboard the 13 year-old gelding.  Classical Man (Malabar Man-Classical Motion-Crowning Point) started from post seven and sat the pocket through fractions of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:26.3.  Merriman drove Classical Man into the passing lane and bested his competition by a neck, stopping the clock at 1:55.2.  Completing the race were Victory Is Coming, Pembroke Snapshot, Zorgwijk Heavenly, Easy Strength, Bookem and Sand Royal Blu.  Diamond Hunter was scratched.      

Classical Man now has 41career successes. Monday’s victory pushed his bankroll to $624,073. He was an upset winner, paying $41.20 to win.

February 1, 2014

Classic Sakuri Takes Northfield Friday Feature;

Part of Big Night for Josh Sutton

 

Classic Sakuri captured the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Saturday (February 1) in Northfield Park’s eighth. She was one of two victories on the night for her trainer, Barry Langley. Josh Sutton drove the eight year-old pacer for owners Lora Markley and Kiesha Malloy.   

 

Classic Sakuri (Astreos-Spider Cam-Camluck) started from post five on a sloppy surface and was the benefactor of an early speed duel. She sat mid-pack through initial fractions of :27.3 and :57. Sutton swept Classic Sakuri to the front in the third quarter and she never looked back. Classic Sakuri maintained a 2 ½-length margin of victory and paced final fractions of 1:26.1 and 1:56.2   Completing the race were Canaco Star, Crazy Luv Bug, Eradikate, Sand Song, Hugs Again, Save My Dragon and Shes Glorious.            

 

Saturday’s victory was Classic Sakuri’s 25th career success and increased her bankroll to $125,910. She returned $8.40 to win.

The Saturday feature was one of five wins on the night for Josh Sutton, who leads the initial Northfield Park 2014 driving standings. Sutton’s other winners of the night included Alhambra Bokay ($5.00) in race three, Joe’s Miss Daisy ($3.60) in race four, African Violet ($7.00) in race six and Petite Courageuse ($4.20) in race nine. 

Sutton, 31, began driving in 2000 and has since garnered 2,229 career victories and is approaching $13,000,000 in purse earnings. 

January 23, 2014 

Northfield Park Announces Second Purse Increase in 2014

Northfield Park is pleased to announce a 30 percent overall purse increase beginning with the Thursday, January 30, 2014 race program. This is the second increase since the opening of the $265,000,000 Hard Rock Rocksino five weeks ago. 

“This is really the fourth time we have upped the purses in the last 12 months,” said Dave Bianconi, Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. “We have implemented gradual increases to maximize the benefit to our local horsemen who supported our racing program throughout the pre-VLT era.”

 

The new purse structure allows for increased claiming and condition events, as well as $9,000 and $10,000 Opens.  

 

“Northfield’s race program is on the right track and we expect to execute a specific game plan over the next 18 months to insure we make the most of the opportunity the state of Ohio has afforded us” explained Brent Reitz, Northfield Park’s General Manager. “It is gratifying to see the positive changes taking place in Ohio, especially at our facility where we continue to offer year-round racing four and five nights a week.” 

 

Northfield Park will race 214 nights in 2014. A weather make-up date, Saturday, February 1, has been added to the current live racing schedule of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Each night has a 6:00 p.m. post time.         

January 23, 2014 

Northfield Park Scheduled as First Qualifying Tournament of 2014 USTA World Harness Handicapping Series

Thursday, January 30, 2014, Northfield Park will be hosting the initial leg of the USTA’s 2014 World Harness Handicapping Series.  The series, featuring 10 different tracks is free to enter. The winner of each contest earns an entry ($800 value) into the $60,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship final at the Meadowlands, to be held Saturday, April 19, 2014. 

Contestants who would like to register for the World Harness Handicapping Series Qualifiers, sponsored by the United States Trotting Association, can do so at www.horsetourneys.com. Entries for this on-line contest are limited to the first 1,250 handicappers on a first-come-first-serve basis and are available now.

For Thursday’s Northfield contest, each handicapper will select one horse (and an alternate in case of a late scratch) for a $2 win and $2 place wager on each race. All on-line selections need to be submitted prior to post time of the first race. The contest will be limited to 12 races.

Northfield plans to offer fifteen (15) filly and mare pacing events on the Thursday night program with first race post time of 6:00 pm. Contestants receive Free TrackMaster Platinum Past Performances of the entire Northfield card at www.ustrotting.com when they become available approximately 48 hours before the contest. Handicappers seeking further insight are encouraged to read the Ayers Above Handicapping Selections by visiting www.northfieldpark.com

Following is the schedule for the USTA’s WHHC free, online qualifiers:

Date                            Track                                       First Post (EST)

Thursday, Jan. 30        Northfield Park                       6:00 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 31           The Meadows                          6:55 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7             Meadowlands                          7:15 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 8          Yonkers                                  7:10 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 13       Dover Downs                          4:30 p.m. 

Saturday, Feb. 15        Cal Expo                                 8:45 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 21            Buffalo Raceway                     6:40 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22        Pompano Park                         7:05 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 28            Maywood Park                       8:10 p.m.

Saturday, March 1      Balmoral Park                           8:10 p.m.

January 22, 2014

Wrenn Returns to Sulky After Surgery
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. returns to the sulky Monday (January 27). The 2013 winningest driver in North America has not driven a race since his wrist surgery at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio on January 6.

“My right wrist had an old sports injury. I broke it playing football when I was younger and had broke it a few times since,” said Wrenn. “All of my wrist’s cartilage is gone so they had to remove one of my bones and make some incisions in that tendon.”

Wrenn has spent his time off relaxing after an extremely busy 2013. He spent time with family in his home state of Michigan, spent time as a spectator at Northfield Park and enjoyed a cruise in the Caribbean.

“These past few weeks have been tough because I really like driving horses and it is hard not being able to do what you want to do,” explained Wrenn. “I am very excited to get back in the bike and start competing again.

Wrenn is scheduled to drive in 13 of the 15 races programmed on Monday at Northfield Park with a post time of 6:00 p.m.

January 9, 2014

NORTHFIELD PARK HONORS CARL MILSTEIN WITH NEW $500,000 RACE

New Three-Year-Old Pacing Event Pays Tribute To The Late Track Owner

Northfield, OH—Less than one month after the opening of the $265,000,000 Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park has announced the creation of the $500,000 Carl Milstein Memorial to be raced Friday, August 15, 2014. 

The Milstein Memorial is an early-closer for three-year-old-colt-and-gelding pacers. Northfield will add $250,000 to the purse, for an estimated $400,000 Final and a $100,000 Consolation. The top eight purse earners in 2014 that enter will make up the field for the final, with the next eight drawing into the consolation.

Carl Milstein owned and operated Northfield from 1984 until his death in 1999. His son, Brock Milstein, took over as Chairman of Northfield Park upon his passing and is now the Chairman of Milstein Entertainment, LLC, majority owner of the Hard Rock Rocksino and Northfield Park.

In 1972, the senior Milstein, a Cleveland real estate developer, headed a group of several partners, including George Steinbrenner, which purchased Northfield Park. They leased the facility to other operators through the early 1980’s. The track lost significant amounts of money through that era before Milstein took full ownership and control. In late 1984 Milstein successfully applied to the Ohio State Racing Commission for the necessary licenses and ran the race meetings in 1985.

Over the next 15 years, Milstein was the driving force behind a resurgence of the beleaguered track, which ascended to among harness racing’s top tracks in attendance and handle. He was an innovator in promotions and advertising and successfully led the track into the era of simulcast racing.

“Of all my father’s achievements over a fifty-year career, no business project was closer to his heart than the resurrection of Northfield Park,” said Brock Milstein. “He would be immensely proud to host this great event here at Northfield Park.”

“Northfield Park is here today because Carl Milstein saved it,” said Tom Aldrich, Vice Chairman of Milstein Entertainment. “He worked tirelessly to the end of his life to make Northfield a better place and a leader in the industry. The horsemen knew it, his employees knew it and, most importantly, the fans knew it. He is revered to this day.”

Dave Bianconi, Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting at Northfield, recalls that Mr. Milstein always respected hard work and the everyday challenges and rewards of racing year-round. “That’s why we still race 214 dates,” Bianconi laughed. “But he especially loved the excitement and pageantry of the big national events that brought the sport’s best horsemen and horses to the Cleveland area. So it is fitting that this great three-year-old pace honors his memory.”

“We have talked about naming a race the ‘Carl Milstein Memorial’ for years,” continued Bianconi. “But we didn’t just want to re-name one of our existing stakes. When the opportunity came up to procure a top-level event for sophomore pacing colts in the heart of the summer, we jumped at the chance. To put Carl’s name on it, it had to be our best race – an absolutely premier event. That is why we went all out with $250,000 added.”

Northfield plans on making the Carl Milstein Memorial an annual event. “Besides complementing our other major stakes in April, July and December [the $100,000 Courageous Lady, $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie and $150,000 Cleveland Classic, respectively], it is in a perfect spot between other major races on this year’s three-year-old calendar,” added Bianconi. “I just heard about the availability of that time frame for the race earlier this week. Thanks to Tom Charters and Callie-Davies Gooch at the Hambletonian Society for helping me make the race a reality for 2014.” 

The first of four payments for the $500,000 Carl Milstein Memorial is a nominating fee due February 15.

January 8, 2014

Northfield Park Announces Purse Increase

Northfield Park is announcing a 10 percent overall purse increase beginning with the Thursday (January 9) program. This is the first increase of several anticipated throughout 2014.

 

The Hard Rock Rocksino, a $265 million gaming and entertainment facility built adjacent to Northfield Park racetrack, opened December 18 and has shown strong early returns. The returns have allowed for this increase despite a purse overpayment in 2013.

 

“Instead of waiting and having one large increase, we have chosen to raise purses gradually as money is realized from our new facility,” said Dave Bianconi, Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. “This will maximize the benefit to our local horsemen who have supported our racing program throughout the pre-VLT era.”

 

Northfield Park will race 214 nights in 2014, with a current live racing schedule of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights with a 6:00 p.m. post time.         

January 7, 2014

Northfield Cancels Tuesday Program

Northfield Park is announcing the cancellation of the Tuesday (January 7) race program. Cold temperatures and negative degree wind chill readings are expected in northeast Ohio.

Simulcasting continues as scheduled from 2:05 pm to approximately 8:00 pm.

Live racing will resume tomorrow, Wednesday (January 8) with a 6:00 p.m. post time. 

January 6, 2014 

Northfield Cancels Monday Program

Acting on the request of the Ohio State Racing Commission, Northfield Park cancelled the Monday, January 6 race program. Cold temperatures approaching five degrees below zero with even harsher wind chill readings are expected in northeast Ohio.

Simulcasting continues as scheduled.  Live racing is scheduled to resume tomorrow, Tuesday (January 7) with a 6:00 p.m. post time. 

January 1, 2014

Tyler Smith Has Successful Start To New Year

Tyler Smith started 2014 by driving five winners on Wednesday (January 1) at Northfield Park. Smith’s winners included Artistic Dreamer ($13.00) in race four, Sand Royal Blu ($12.60) in race nine, Mooveit ($10.80) in race 11, Lima Lucky ($24.60) in race 13 and Jumpin Jack J ($13.80) in race 12.

Smith, 20, began driving in 2009 and has since garnered 1,193 career victories and is in approaching $8,000,000 in purse earnings. 

December 31, 2013

Wrenn Wins Northfield; National Driving Title;
Loney Repeats As Northfield Leading Trainer

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. topped the Northfield Park 2013 leading drivers, winning 388 races over the Flying Turns. His nearest competitor, Aaron Merriman, drove 234 winners. Keith Kash Jr. (213), Jason Thompson (196) and Chris Page (193) completed the top five reinsmen.

Wrenn, 27, resides in Northfield, Ohio and now has two driving titles under his belt. Ronnie was the leading driver earlier this year when Northville Downs concluded their 2013 meet.  

 

This year Ronnie Wrenn Jr. split his time among several different places.  Throughout 2013 Wrenn has been a regular at Northfield Park, Northville Downs, Raceway Park and Scioto Downs. He also drove at Batavia Downs, Buffalo Raceway, Colonial Downs, Monticello Raceway and several county fairs.    

 

Ronnie’s 2013 total victory tally is 714, which ranks him as the winninest driver in North America. David Palone (645), Bruce Aldrich Jr. (639), Corey Callahan (619) and Tim Tetrick (582) complete the top five drivers (by wins) in the continent.   

 

Wrenn began driving in 2008 and has won 1,325 races and purses of $4,563,573. Wrenn remembers his first win as being aboard a trotting gelding named Artfull Power at a fair in Holland, Michigan. Although there are over 1,300 to choose from, Wrenn says that he has no favorite victory. “It doesn’t really matter to me if the race is a $150 per start or an Open,” explained Wrenn. “I like the feeling of winning races.”

 

Wrenn’s richest win ever came in a $42,786 Michigan Sires Stake at Hazel Park. His fastest win was aboard Rockin Finish in 1:50.0. 

Northfield Park trainer Harla “Renae” Loney won more races than any other Northfield trainer for the second consecutive year. She garnered 122 local victories in 2013. Calvin Hollar finished second with 78 wins. Virgil Morgan Jr. (73), Keith Kash (72) and Nichole Gagnon (69) complete the top five Northfield Park conditioners for 2013.   

Renae is originally from Martin, Kentucky and has recently relocated to Northfield, Ohio. She has three children: 13 year-old son Gannun, 9 year-old son Payton and 4 year-old daughter Polly.

Loney, 38, said horses are in her blood: “My grandpa and dad both had horses and I guess I was just brought up in it.”  However, before becoming a trainer in 2002, Loney had started another career.  Renae is a graduate of Morehead State University, competed in their equestrian program, and became a teacher.  She taught elementary school in Floyd County, Kentucky for two years before pursuing her passion of horse racing.

Loney has 390 career victories and purse earnings of $790,661.  Her favorite horse she has ever cared for is a pacing gelding named Bomb Squad.

Loney emphasized that she loves horses and loves working with them. Her favorite part of the sport is “getting to the winner’s circle.”      

December 29, 2013

NORTHFIELD PARK TO OFFER 214 NIGHTS OF RACING IN 2014

Ohio’s leading racetrack by total handle, in both the on-track and export categories, is offering live harness racing four nights a week to start the 2014 racing year. January through July racing is Monday through Thursday with three additional dates of Friday, April 28 and Saturdays July 19 and 26.

Beginning in August Northfield drops Wednesdays and adds Friday evenings. Wednesdays resume on October 29 and a Monday through Friday schedule will be raced till the end of the year except for Thursday, November 27 and December 24, 25 and 31.  

Northfield Park’s three marquee racing events are as follows: $100,000 (gtd.) Courageous Lady Friday, April 25; the $150,000 (gtd.) Battle of Lake Erie Saturday, July 19; and the $150,000 (gtd.) Cleveland Classic Friday, December 12.

Each live racing night carries a first race post time of 6:00 p.m.

 December 14, 2013

  APPRENTICE HANOVER WINS THE CLEVELAND CLASSIC

Trainer Benjamin Wallace is having a great winter after a disappointing summer with Apprentice Hanover. 

Apprentice Hanover ($8.00), driven by Jody Jamieson, won the $126,000 Cleveland Classic at Northfield Park in 1:52.1. He started from post five and sat fifth through moderate early fractions of :27 and :56.2. Jamieson pulled second over and followed cover through the 1:24 three-quarters. Apprentice Hanover was tipped off his cover in the stretch and bested his competition by ½-length. 

“We received a really good tow following Twilight Bonfire. He had us in good position,” said Jody Jamieson. “The track was heavy tonight with a lot of snow but (Apprentice Hanover) was grabbing it great.”

Saturday’s win is Apprentice Hanover’s fifth this year and his third consecutive victory. He is concluding 2013 very strong after a rocky start to the season.

“We has a bad summer with him,” admitted Jamieson. “He got sick, as horses do.”

“He (Apprentice Hanover) just ruined my summer,” trainer Ban Wallace commented. “He got very sick. I lost a lot of sleep over it. This is the first real race where I actually thought I had his tight and ready.”

Apprentice Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Nadia-Dragon’s Lair) increased his career bankroll to $495,205 for Milton, Ontario, Canada owner Bradley Grant. 

 

Completing the 2013 Classic field were Twilight Bonfire, Good Day Mate, Only The Lonely, Word Power and Dedi’s Dragon. 

 

 

December 12, 2013

Field Set for 2013 Cleveland Classic

The $126,000 Cleveland Classic, one of Northfield Park’s premier races, is set for Saturday, December 14, 2013.  The final open stakes event on this year’s national harness racing calendar, the Classic always draws an impressive slate of equine athletes as well as North America’s top drivers. This year is no exception.

1 – ONLY THE LONELY – This son of Western Ideal has lifetime earnings of $123,233 and a lifetime mark of 1:50.1 (M1). The Nick Surick trainee was introduced to Lasix in his most recent start where he posted a 1:54.3 gate to wire victory at Yonkers Raceway. That is one of six career victories for the sophomore colt. He is owned by the partnership of JL Benson Stables, KDM Stables and Nick Surick. Aaron Merriman has been named to drive and carries a 10-1 morning-line.

2 – TWILIGHT BONFIRE – Has been named the 5-2 morning-line favorite in this year’s event. This colt has seven career wins to his credit and has won two of his last three races including a 1:51.4 victory in the $48,878 Reynolds Stake and the Meadowlands. Rich Gillock traines the son of The Panderosa for owner Robert Key. This horse enters with earnings of $891,090 and a lifetime best of 1:50.1 (Mea 5/8). His biggest payday came in a place finish in the $980,000 North America Cup at Woodbine in June. Tony Hall will be in town to drive.

3- DEDI’S DRAGON – One of two horses in this race trained by Ronald Burke. This one enters for the owning partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Phillip Collura and Tracy Hendler. Dedi’s Dragon has career earnings of $599,959 and a lifetime mark of 1:50.4 (HoP 7/8). He has eight career wins including a win over Captaintreacherous last month in the $252,000 Monument Circle Stake at Hoosier Park. Harness racing’s all-time winningest driver, Dave Palone, has been named to drive and carries a 3-1 morning-line. 

4 – WORD POWER – Scott Zeron will make his Northfield Park driving debut aboard this 4-1 starter. Word Power is conditioned by Larry Remmen for owner Bradley Grant. He has seven career wins, a career best of 1:49.4 (M1) and earnings of $372,284. He has received a short rest after his win in the $176,000 Windy City Pace at Maywood Park and enters off of a 1:53.4 qualifying effort at the Meadowlands, where he paced home in :26.4. 

5 – APPRENTICE HANOVER – One of two horses that have been entered for owner Bradley Grant. This one is trained by Benjamin Wallace. This son of Somebeachsomewhere enters this race off of two consecutive victories at Woodbine Racetrack. He has earned $432,205 in nine lifetime wins and has a lifetime mark of 1:49.4 (Mea 5/8). Canadian star, Jody Jamieson is named to pilot this 6-1 morning-line. 

6 – GOOD DAY MATE – Completes the field for this year’s Cleveland Classic. This Christian Cullen colt is one of two entered by Ronald Burke. This one is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva Stables, Stable 45 and Chuck Pompey. Good Day Mate has career earnings of $306,363 and sports the fastest mark in the race, 1:49.3 (PcD 5/8). This seven-time career winner receives the driving services of Buckeye native Brett Miller and holds a 12-1 morning-line. 

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The $126,000 Cleveland Classic has been slated as Saturday’s eleventh race and has an approximate post time of 10:45 p.m.  The stakes event will be the fourth leg of the Pick-4 with a guaranteed pool of $10,000 and a reduced takeout rate of just 14%.

 

The 2013 $126,000 Cleveland Classic Field:

 

Post   Horse                                    Trainer                          Driver                         M/L

1          Only The Lonely          Aaron Merriman     Nick Surick           10-1      

2          Twilight Bonfire          Tony Hall                Rich Gillock            5-2

3          Dedi’s Dragon             Dave Palone            Ron Burke              3-1

4          Word Power                Scott Zeron              Larry Remmen       4-1

5          Apprentice Hanover    Jody Jamieson         Benjamin Wallace  6-1

6          Good Day Mate           Bret Miller               Ron Burke           12-1

 

 

December 11, 2013

 

Twilight Bonfire Favored to Win Saturday’s $126,000 Cleveland Classic

Twilight Bonfire has drawn post 2 in Saturday’s (December 14) $126,000 Cleveland Classic and has been named the 5-2 morning-line favorite by Northfield Park Executive VP/Director of Racing Dave Bianconi. 

 

The Cleveland Classic is the final stakes event of 2013 and features six of the best three year-old pacers and some of the top drivers in the sport. The event is slated as the 11 race on Northfield’s Saturday program and carries an approximate post time of 10:45 p.m.

A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 has been added to the evening’s card. Saturday’s Pick-4 begins in the eighth race and will conclude with the Cleveland Classic.  First race post time is 6:30 p.m.

The 2013 $126,000 Cleveland Classic field:

  

     Horse                                 Driver                         Trainer                        M/L

1-Only The Lonely                   Aaron Merriman           Nick Surick                  10-1      

2-Twilight Bonfire                     Tony Hall                     Rich Gillock                 5-2

3-Dedi’s Dragon                      Dave Palone                 Ron Burke                     3-1

4-Word Power                         Scott Zeron                  Larry Remmen                4-1

5-Apprentice Hanover              Jody Jamieson              Benjamin Wallace         6-1

6-Good Day Mate                    Bret Miller                    Ron Burke                    12-1

 

December 7, 2013

Keith Kash Jr Has A Big Saturday at Northfield Park

Keith Kash Jr. drove five winners on Saturday (December 7) at Northfield Park. Kash’s winners included Hazel Eyes ($15.20) in race two, Girls’ Getaway ($13.60) in race three, Sporty Callie ($5.80) in race four, Matt’s Jack ($7.60) in race 10 and Columbia Art ($4.60) in race 12. Three of the five winners were also trained by Kash.

Kash, 34, began driving in 1997 and has since garnered 2,090 career victories and is in excess of $8,000,000 in purse earnings. 

December 6, 2013

The Sweet Dion Scores Third Straight Win

The Sweet Dion paced home for her third straight win Friday (December 6) in Northfield Park’s 11th race. The seven year-old is owned, trained and was driven by Elliott Deaton.         

The Sweet Dion started from post four. She was third through an initial quarter of :27.4. Deaton pulled the mare approaching the :58 half and remained first-over before taking the lead approaching the 1:27 three-quarters. She paced away from her competition, stopping the timer at 1:56.3. The Sweet Dion posted a 4 ¼-length margin of victory over her closest competitor, Ring Around Rosie (Aaron Merriman).          

Friday’s triumph was the 10th win this year, totaling 19-career success for The Sweet Dion (Real Artist-Celine Dion-Jaguar Spur) and increased her lifetime earnings to $134,718. She returned $9.40 to win.

BIG NIGHT FOR JOSH SUTTON

Josh Sutton drove six winners on Friday (December 6) at Northfield Park. Sutton’s winners included Golden Slipper ($7.60) in race one, Random Blizzard ($5.80) in race two, Richlyn Tessa ($5.20) in race six, Viewish ($7.00) in race seven, Internal Check ($12.00) in race nine and Hurrikane Eileen ($10.40) in race 12. 

Thirty-one year old Sutton began driving in 2000 and has since garnered 2,168 career victories and is approaching $12,500,000 in purse earnings. 

November 30, 2013

14 Year-Old Anvil Raider N Ties For Most Wins in 2013

Anvil Raider N crossed the finish line in 1:55.3 winning the final race on Saturday (November 30) at Northfield Park. The win is the 21st time that Anvil Raider N has been triumphant in 2013 and ties him for the most wins of any horse this year in North America.

 

Despite being tied for the winningest horse, this year will mark the final racing season for Anvil Raider N. The 14 year-old faces mandatory retirement on December 31 per the rules of the United States Trotting Association. 

 

Anvil Raider N (In The Pocket-Motu Sweet-Great Mann) is owned and trained by Will Johnson of Monroe, Michigan. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was in the sulky for the winning drive.   

 

Anvil Raider N has 93 career victories and has earned a bankroll of $337,312 with a lifetime mark of 1:51 as an eight year-old at Mohawk Racetrack.  

“It is amazing how good he still is for his age,” commented Wrenn. “Most horses aren’t still racing at 14, and the ones who make it to 14 are just not as solid as him.”

Despite 10 wins in 2012 and 21 so far this year, Anvil Raider N is still camera shy. He seldom gets his picture taken in the winner’s circle.

“He hasn’t had a win picture taken for over two years,” Wrenn explained. “He is the worst kicker I have ever seen.”

“I have learned to be really quick when taking the bike off after the race,” stated Wrenn. “You would think by age 14 he would be over kicking like he does, but that’s just how he is.”

Wrenn said that as bad as he is off of the track, Anvil Raider N is not always a terror.

“He is wonderful to drive. I love driving him. He has a ton of gate speed and steers with two fingers.”

Anvil Raider N was one of five winners for Wrenn on Northfield Park's 14-race program. Wrenn’s other winners included Lima Seduction ($11.60) in race one, Master’s Sweetie ($4.00) in race five, Passionateprincess ($2.20) in race nine and Masked Lover ($2.80) in race 12. Anvil Raider N was Wrenn’s biggest price of the night, returning $54.80 tin win. 

Wrenn, 27, began driving in 2008 and has since garnered 1,250 career victories and has earned $4,417,433 in purse earnings. David Palone (593), Bruse Aldrich Jr. (570), Tim Tetrick (564), and Corey Callahan (564) complete the top-five. 

Wrenn has been the customary driver for Anvil Raider N the last several years and is a combination that has proven results on the racetrack.

November 23, 2013

Classic Sakuri Keeps Win Streak Alive; Sutton Scores Six Friday At Northfield Park

Classic Sakuri paced home for her fourth straight win Friday (November 22) in Northfield Park’s fifth race. The seven year-old is owned by Lora Markley and Kiesha Malloy and trained by Barry Langley. Josh Sutton was aboard for the winning drive.         

Classic Sakuri started from post two and led at every call, posting fractions of :28.4, :58.3, 1:27.2 and 1:56.1 over a sloppy surface. She maintained a four-length margin of victory over her closest competitor, Canaco Star (Keith Kash Jr.).          

Friday’s triumph was the sixth win this year and 22nd career success for Classic Sakuri (Astreos-Spider Cam-Camluck) and increased her lifetime earnings to $114,300. She returned $6.20 to win.

Classic Sakuri was one of six winners on the night driven by Josh Sutton. His other driving victories were with Addys Secret ($3.80) in race two, Random Blizzard ($7.80) in race three, Rock’n Roll Queen ($5.60) in race seven, Hally ($2.80) in race eight and Reisin In The Sun ($3.20) in race nine. 

Thirty-one year old Sutton began driving in 2000 and has since garnered 2,155 career victories and is approaching $12,400,000 in purse earnings. 

November 18, 2013

14 Year-Old Anvil Raider N Scores 20th Win in 2013

Anvil Raider N crossed the finish line in 1:57.2 winning the seventh race on Monday (November 18) at Northfield Park. The win is the 20th time that Anvil Raider N has been triumphant in 2013.

 

Having 20 wins this year ties Anvil Raider N with Haroun Hanover for the second winningest horse in North America in 2013. Only Tracy’s Song (21) has scored more victories this year than Anvil Raider N. 

 

Despite being tied for the second winningest horse honor, this year will mark the final racing season for Anvil Raider N. The 14 year-old faces mandatory retirement on December 31 per the rules of the United States Trotting Association. 

 

Anvil Raider N (In The Pocket-Motu Sweet-Great Mann) is owned and trained by Will Johnson of Monroe, Michigan. David Lake was in the sulky for the winning drive.   

 

Anvil Raider N has 92 career victories and has earned a bankroll of $335,912 with a lifetime mark of 1:51 as an eight year-old at Mohawk Racetrack.  

November 15, 2013

Classic Sakuri Scores Third Straight Win At Northfield Park

Classic Sakuri paced home for her third consecutive victory Friday (November 15) in Northfield Park’s ninth race. The seven year-old is owned by Lora Markley and Kiesha Malloy and trained by Barry Langley. Josh Sutton was aboard for the winning drive.         

Classic Sakuri started from the rail and virtually made every pole a winning one, posting fractions of :28, :56.4, 1:25.4 and 1:54.2. She maintained a ½-length margin of victory over her closest competitor, Shes Glorious (Kurt Sugg).          

Friday’s triumph was the fifth win this year for Classic Sakuri (Astreos-Spider Cam-Camluck) and increased her lifetime earnings to $111,800. She was the race favorite and returned $5.20 to win.

Barry Langley was successful with all three horses he started on Friday. In addition to Classic Sakuri, he harnessed Comical Princess to victory in race five and Skyworth in race eight.   

“I felt pretty good about my chances tonight,” said Langley. “Two of them were dropping in class, they all drew well and they have all been training really well.”

Langley began training in 2004 and currently conditions a stable of five horses. The year 2013 has been a career best for the 28 year-old, who is sporting a .425 UTRS.

Classic Sakuri represents the 45th winner this year for Barry Langley. “I set a goal to win 50 races this year, so I am right on track with meeting the bar I set for myself,” commented Langley. “I have a small stable and they have raced really well this year. I just hope things keep going well as I gear up for racing after the casino opens here at Northfield.”  

 

November 6, 2013

82-1 Shot Kaptain Mac Daddy Strikes at Northfield Park

Kaptain Mac Daddy was an upset winner in Northfield Park’s opening race on Wednesday (November 6). The four year-old trotter is owned by Ryan Holton of Millersport, Ohio and Jay Hoch of Orient, Ohio. Trainer William Mt Pleasant called upon Jonas Hershberger to drive.        

Kaptain Mac Daddy (Jailhouse Jesse-Heavenly Scot-Striking Sahbra) started from post eight and kicked from the back to win by neck in 2:01.4 over a sloppy surface. Wednesday’s victory was the first start in the Mt Pleasant barn and represents his sixth career win.    

(8) Kaptain Mac Daddy (82-1) was followed across the wire by (5) Moma Jean’s Crown (1-1) and (6) Helookslikeahummer (11-1). 

Kaptain Mac Daddy returned $167.00 to win; the 8-5 Exacta paid $607.80; and the 8-5-6 Trifecta returned $3,446.80. 

Northfield Park Adds Saturday Racing 

November marks the return of Saturday live racing action at Northfield Park. Racing will convene five nights a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) with a 6:30 p.m. first race post time or the remainder of the season.

CONGER FAMILY IS ON TOP ON AND OFF THE RACETRACK

The Conger family is finding success in harness racing both on and off the racetrack. Hudson, Ohio’s Jeff Conger trained Colby D to victory in the ninth race on Wednesday (October 30) at Northfield Park, a mere two days after the Harness Tracks of America announced that his daughter, Ashley Conger, is one of three recipients of a $5,000 scholarship.

Wednesday’s triumph marks the fifth win this year for Colby D (Emile Angus-Royal Two-Royal Troubador), who now has 13 career victories and earnings of $63,563. 

Ashley Conger, 17, is one of three recipients of the Harness Tracks of America’s (HTA) annual scholarship program. She is a 2013 graduate of Hudson High School with a 3.8 GPA. 

Ashley is a third-generation horsewoman with ties to harness racing that began with her grandfather, Joe Urban. As an owner, trainer and driver, Joe Urban has been involved with racing horses for 45 years. He campaigned horses such as Anastasia Brat and Anastasia AJ.

Ashley’s parents Jeff and Linda Conger have been involved with racing as owners, trainers and have both driven horses. Jeff campaigned Northfield Park Wall of Fame inductee Berlin Flyer. He has 650 driving wins with purses totaling nearly $3,000,000 and Linda has 153 driving victories to her credit.  

Ashley received her groom’s license in 2012 and has spent a great deal of her free time working with her family in the standardbred industry. She has also been active in 4-H, holding officer positions within two clubs, both as secretary and president. 

Ashley is currently a freshman at the University of Findlay where she plans to study Pharmacology. She was one of 25 applicants this year according to Delight Craddock, administrator of the HTA scholarship program.

2013 marks the 40th year that the HTA has granted scholarships and have given 199 scholarships to 138 different individuals, for a total of $747,950.

October 21, 2013

Jagger Blue Chip Scores Fourth Straight Win At Northfield Park

Jagger Blue Chip paced home for his fourth straight win Monday (October 21) in Northfield Park’s eighth race. The eight year-old is owned by Amy Loney of Van Lear, Kentucky and is trained by Northfield Park’s leading trainer Harla “Renae” Loney. Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive.         

Jagger Blue Chip started from the rail and made every pole a winning one, posting fractions of :27.1, :55.4, 1:24.1 and 1:53.2. He maintained a 3 ¼-length margin of victory over his closest competitor, Moreland Flash (Dan Charlino).          

Monday’s triumph was the sixth win this year for Jagger Blue Chip (Bettor’s Delight-Felicia Hanover-Jate Lobell) and increased his lifetime win tally to 29. Jagger Blue Chip’s career earnings now stand at $308,550. He was the overwhelming favorite and returned $2.80 to win.

October 14, 2013

All Shuttle Scores Third Straight Win At Northfield Park

All Shuttle paced home for his third straight win Monday (October 14) in Northfield Park’s 11th race. The 10 year-old veteran is owned by Gallicchio Racing Stable of Forked River, New Jersey and is trained by Dean Eckley. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. has been aboard for the three consecutive victories.         

All Shuttle started on the outside and was sent hard right from the gate. He virtually led the mile from start to finish, pacing fractions of :27, :55.1, 1:23.3 and 1:52. He maintained a 7 ¼-length margin of victory over his closest competitor, Lite Me Up (Josh Sutton).          

Monday’s triumph was the 18th win this year for All Shuttle (Space Shuttle-Sara Shuttle-Dragon’s Lair) and increased his lifetime win tally to 71 and his earnings to $687,986. All Shuttle was the race favorite and returned $3.80 to win.

Aaron Merriman Reaches Career Milestone

Aaron Merriman, 35, scored the 6,000th win of his driving career while driving B Good Lena in Northfield Park’s 13th race on Tuesday (October 8). Merriman brushed the mare to the lead in the second quarter and held off hard charging competition by ½-length in 1:58.1. B Good Lena was the race favorite and returned $3.60 to win. 

“It is a really nice accomplishment and I am very thankful for the career I have had,” stated Merriman. “I have been given many great opportunities and have driven horses for a lot of really good people.”

Merriman’s richest win came in a $300,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes Final aboard Palazzo Princess. Aaron’s fastest win was timed in 1:50.0 and he rates the toughest horse he has ever driven as Midnight Jewel.

Merriman remembers his first win as being aboard a pacing mare named Albert’s Filly at Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio.  Although there are 6,000 to choose from, Merriman says that he has no favorite win, “They all feel the same,” explained Merriman. “The winner’s circle is always happy and you never get tired of making people happy.”   

Merriman started driving at the age of 21 and appreciates his successful 14-year career he has experienced so far, accomplishing the 6,000-win milestone and purse earnings in excess of $30,000,000. 

 

“I don’t have any real aspirations at this point,” explained Merriman. “I just would like to continue to compete at the same level I am right now for a long, long time. I guess that longevity is my goal at this point.” 

 
September 27, 2013


Metrodisle Scores Fourth Straight Win At Northfield Park

Metrodisle paced home for her fourth straight win Friday (September 27) in Northfield Park’s 13th race. The five year-old is owned by Darren Tannyhill of Fenton, Michigan and is trained by Dean Eckley. Josh Sutton has driven the mare for the succession of the quadruplet victories.       

Metrodisle began from post seven and was sent hard right from the gate. She led the mile from start to finish, pacing fractions of :27.4, :56.1, 1:25.1 and 1:54.3. She maintained a 1 ½-length margin of victory over her closed competitor, LF Kilowatt Time (Keith Kash Jr.). The mile clocking represents a season’s mark for Metrodisle.          

Friday’s triumph increased Metrodisle’s (Metropolitan-Rondisle Hanover-Arturo) seasonal win tally to six and her career earnings to $45,257. Despite having three prior victories, she returned $24.80 to win.

Driver Josh Sutton had another successful Friday. Metrodisle was one of four winners on the Friday program for Sutton.

September 20, 2013

Josh Sutton Scores Five Wins on Friday at Northfield Park

Josh Sutton drove five winners on Friday (September 20) at Northfield Park. Sutton’s winners included Co Line Hard Drive ($13.00) in race one, Sweetie Sue Cam ($8.60) in race two, Ace Of Aces ($3.20) in race three, LF Kilowatt Time ($5.20) in race four and Metrodisle ($10.20) in race 12. 

Thirty-one year old Sutton began driving in 2000 and has since garnered 2,073 career victories and is in excess of $12,000,000 in purse earnings. 

Aaron Merriman also had a good night on the Friday program driving four winners. Merriman is 23 wins from reaching 6,000 career successes.

September 18, 2013

Northfield Park Adds $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 Total Pool To Friday’s Card

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $5,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Friday’s (September 20) program. Beginning in Race 3, the $5,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $1,110.30. 

Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3 offers a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.  Friday’s post time is 6:30 p.m.

September 17, 2013
Armbros Revenge A Scores 50th Career Win
Despite being the oldest in the race, 14 year-old Armbros Revenge A paced home for his 50th career victory on Tuesday (September 17), winning Northfield Park’s eighth race of the evening. The classy veteran pacer has 269 career starts, winning 50 times, and finishing second and third 33 and 26 times respectively. Armbros Revenge A (Armbro Operative-Family Revenge-J J’s Pennant) has career earnings of $246,507 and a lifetime mark of 1:53.2 taken at The Meadows at age 11. The pacer’s richest win was for a purse of $8,100 in a $10,000 claiming race at The Meadows in 2010.      

Armbros Revenge A started from the rail and led his competition the entire mile. He posted fractions of :28.2, :58.1, 1:27.3 and 1:56.4 and finished 5 ½-lengths clear of his closest competitor, Coal Burner (Alex Hawk). Armbros Revenge A was the heavy favorite and returned $3.20 to win.

Gerald Lee Jr. of Coal Center, Pennsylvania owns Armbros Revenge A. Trainer Rachel Kaneoka called upon Aaron Merriman to drive for this milestone triumph.

September 16, 2013

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Widens Lead Among North American Drivers With Big Night At Northfield Park

Northfield Park’s leading driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., drove seven winners on Monday (September 16). Wrenn’s Winners included T Red ($4.80) in race two, Parthenon ($2.60) in race three, Waterhouse ($3.40) in race four, Green Olives ($3.40) in race seven, Hallin ($6.40) in race eight, Thiswayorthehighwy ($2.60) in race 10 and My Boogie Shoes ($3.60) in race 11.

Monday’s victories increased Wrenn’s 2013 win tally to 487, ranking him as the winningest driver in North America so far this year. Dave Palone (465), Corey Callahan (462), Tim Tetrick (461) and Bruce Aldrich Jr. (423) complete the top five.

Wrenn has set his sights on winning the 2013 driving title. “It would really be something to win a national title,” offered Wrenn. “The way things stand at this point of the year I would always have regret if I didn’t go after trying to win it.”

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. has been driving a torrid schedule between Northfield Park, Raceway Park and Scioto Downs. However, since Raceway and Scioto have concluded their 2013 schedules, Wrenn is looking towards Colonial Downs and possibly The Meadows.

Twenty-seven year old Wrenn began driving in 2008 and has since garnered 1,095 career victories and is in excess of $4,000,000 in purse earnings. 

“It is way too early to tell how things will end up this year. My lead is small and there are a lot of good drivers out there,” said Wrenn. Although seeking the 2013 driving title will require a lot of work and travel Ronnie says he will enjoy the pursuit. “I just like to win races. As unbelievable as this sounds, the purse really doesn’t matter to me. Whether it’s $150 per start or an Open race, it just feels good to win and make people happy.”

August 30, 2013

Freshman Fillies Highlight of Friday Card at Northfield Park

 

On Friday, August 30 Northfield Park hosted the fourth leg of Ohio Sires Stake racing action for two year-old fillies as part of their 14-race program.  Trotters and pacers each competed in two divisions.    

 

The trotters started the stakes action in the evening’s opening race. In The Grippers (Steven One-Over Baked-Overcomer) bested her competition by 8 ½-lengths in her $30,000 stakes event.  The race was In The Grippers’ fifth win in six starts. Northfield Park’s leading driver, Chris Page, piloted the filly for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and owner Herres Stables LLC of Bellbrook, Ohio.   

 

In The Grippers started from post five. Page sent her to the lead and never experienced an anxious moment at any point of the mile. She posted fractions of :29.2, 1:00.3, 1:31.1 and 2:01.1. Friday’s victory pushed In The Grippers’ bankroll to $81,225. Finishing behind In The Grippers were Rose Run Princess, Cookie N Ice Cream, Sandys Victory and Majesty Sam. In The Grippers returned $4.60 to win.

 

Pacers took to the stage next for the second race of the evening. Shakin Friskie (Feelin Friskie-Shakrurcancancress-The Panderosa) took the lion’s share of her $30,000 division. She was one of two eventual winners for her connections. Kyle Ater piloted the filly for trainer Mark Winters Sr. and the owning partnership of Bret Schwartz, William Bean and Stephen Montemarano.

 

Shakin Friskie started from the rail and sat fourth through blistering early fractions of :26.4 and :57.3. Ater sent her on her way in the third panel and was second at the 1:27.3 three-quarter pole. She took the lead in the stretch and maintained a length margin of victory, stopping the timer at 1:58.2. The clocking is a new lifetime mark for Shakin Friskie and propelled her earnings to $24,805. She was followed across the wire by R Spunky Girl, Spiffy Sam, APP Panda and Lucky L. Fayco Filly was scratched sick. Shakin Friskie paid $10.60 to win

 

Maes Perfect Storm won the $30,000 second division for filly trotters in the third race of the night. Dan Noble was the winning driver for Chagrin Falls owner Charles Branthoover and trainer Robert Lippiatt. 

 

Maes Perfect Storm (Neely Dunn-Salient-Ilooklikemymom) started from post one and was content with letting her competition post :28.4 and :59.1 fractions. Noble tipped the filly to the outside and remained first over the remainder of the mile. She eventually won by a neck in 2:00.1. The time represents a new lifetime mark for Maes Perfect Storm and accelerated her earnings to $52,312. Anniesbluejeanbaby was a hard-fought second, followed by Emery Jean, Not Dunn Dream’n, Hush Hush Chip and Greased. Maes Perfect Storm was the punter’s choice and returned $4.00 to win.

 

The pacers completed the evening’s stakes action in the fifth race. Rosy Fire captured the $30,000 fourth leg. Kyle Ater returned to the winner’s circle for trainer Mark Winters Sr. and owners Bret Schwartz, William Bean and Stephen Montemarano. The win was the fourth in nine career starts and bolstered Rosy Fire’s bankroll to $50,457. 

 

Rosy Fire (Feelin Friskie-Justin Rose Jet-Jet Laag) started from post four. Ater brushed the filly to the front early in the mile and she continued on the lead throughout. Rosy Fire posted fractions of :29, :58.3, 1:27.3 and 1:57.1. Rosy Fire won by a neck and the time is her new lifetime mark. Finishing in succession after the winner were Crown Time Keeper, Ataway Samantha, Friskie’s Angel, Lady Julie and Friskie Six. Rosy Fire was the heavy favorite and paid $3.00 to win. 

August 28, 2013

Northfield Park to Host Ohio Sires Stake Freshman Fillies on Friday

On Friday, August 30, Northfield Park will host four divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes racing action as part of the 14-race program. This will be the fourth leg of the Sires Stakes for two year-old fillies. 

 

Freshman filly trotters will start Friday’s stake action in race one for the $30,000 first division.  In The Grippers (Steven One-Over Baked-Overcomer) starts from post five and has been named the 7-5 morning-line favorite. She is owned by Herres Stables, LLC of Bellbrook, Ohio and is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. Morgan has called upon Chris Page to drive. This filly has five lifetime starts, winning four times and placing once. She has a 1:58.4 lifetime mark trotted at Scioto Downs on August 1 and has earned $66,225. In The Grippers’ rivals consist of Sandys Victory, Majesty Dream, Rose Run Princess and Cookie N Ice Cream.     

 

Race two will be the $30,000 first division for two-year old filly Ohio-bred pacers. Trainer Herb Levan will start Lucky L (Memphis Flash-Beach Sandals-Jenna’s Beach Boy) as the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite. Lucky L starts from post six and faces five rivals. She has 18 starts, posting six wins and finishing second and third, six and four times respectively. Lucky L has earned $33,899 and paced a 2:02.2 lifetime mark at the Allen County Fair on August 21. Jack Dailey is scheduled to drive for Woodstock, Ohio owner Melissa Levan. Shakin Friskie, APP Panda, Fayco Filly, Spiffy Sam, and R Spunky Girl complete the line-up.

 

Trotters return to the stage in Race 3 for the $30,000 second division Ohio Sire Stakes. Maes Perfect Storm (Neely Dunn-Salient-Ilooklikemymom) is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for owner Charles Branthoover of Chagrin Falls, Ohio and trainer Robert Lippiatt. Maes Perfect Storm has seven previous races, posting two wins and two runner-up performances. She has earned $37,312 and trotted her 2:01.3 lifetime mark at Raceway Park in her most recent race on August 18. Driver Dan Noble will start the trotter from the rail in a field that consists of Greased, Emery Jean, Hush Hush Chip, Anniesbluejeanbaby and Not Dunn Dream’n. 


Race five will host the final Ohio Sires Stakes race of the evening with the $30,000 second division for two year-old filly pacers. Rosy Fire (Feelin Friskie-Justin Rose Jet-Jet Laag) is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for owners B. M. Schartz, W. Lee Bean and S. R. Montemarano. Mark Winters Sr. trains the filly and uses Kyle Ater to drive. This freshman has raced eight times, posting three wins and three-second place finishes. She has garnered $35,457 and scored her 1:58.2 career best at Raceway Park in her most recent race on August 18. Rosy Fire starts from post four in a talented field consisting of Friskie Six, Crown Time Keeper, Friskie’s Angel, Ataway Samantha and Lady Julie. 

August 28, 2013

Northfield Park Adds $7,500 Guaranteed Pick-5 Total Pool To Wednesday’s Card

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $7,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Wednesday’s (August 28) program. Beginning in Race 3, the $7,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $1,310.37.

Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3 offes a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.  Wednesday’s post time is 6:30 p.m.

August 27, 2013

Aaron Merriman Victorious in Northfield’s Open Pace and Trot

Aaron Merriman drove the winner in both features at Northfield Park on Monday (August 26). Merriman scored with PL Dragon in the $6,000 Open Pace in race two and again with Norma’s Rose in the $6,000 Open Trot in the evening’s eighth event.  

PL Dragon was a repeat winner in Northfield’s weekly top-pacing event. Steven Price owns the six-year-old pacer. Trainer Ryan Angus again called upon Aaron Merriman, who won with the horse last week. 

PL Dragon (Dragon Again-Go Wilma Go) started from post seven and was fourth through an opening fraction of :27.1. Merriman brushed to the lead in the second quarter and continued to lead though times of :56, 1:24.1 and 1:53. 

PL Dragon easily handled his competition and was six-lengths in front at the wire. Completing the race were Beans And Weenies, Mybrothergeorge, A Bay Bay, Coach Ken, Terror Of Thetrack and Ramember. 

Monday’s triumph increased PL Dragon’s lifetime win tally to 22 and his career earnings to $204,322. He was heavily favored and returned $2.80 to win.

Merriman also piloted Norma’s Rose, who captured the $6,000 Open Trot in the evening’s eighth race for owner/trainer Lee Blodgett of Warren, Ohio. 

Norma’s Rose (Master Lavec-Lilyad-Armbro Iliad) started from post five and was sent right to the front. She made every pole a winning one, posting fractions of :27.4, :56.2, 1:25.2 and 1:55.2, winning by ¾-length. Completing the race were Victory Is Coming, Saintfrancis, Senator Sam, Buckeye Patty, Yankee Manny, Lady Rev, Tymal Recap and Arianna Hall.   

Norma’s Rose now has 38 career victories and 10 wins in 2013. This race pushed her bankroll to $283,237. She paid $9.60 to win.

August 26, 2013

Northfield Park Adds $7,500 Guaranteed Pick-5 Total Pool To Monday’s Card

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $7,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Monday’s (August 26) program. Beginning in Race 3, the $7,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $1,562.91.

Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3 offers a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.   Monday’s post time is 6:30 p.m.

August 23
  Sophomore Fillies Battled In Ohio Sires Stakes At Northfield Park

 Northfield Park hosted the fourth leg of Ohio Sires Stake racing action for three year-old fillies as part of their 14-race program.  Trotters and pacers each competed in one division.    

 

The trotters started the stakes action in the evening’s eighth race. Contessa Leigh (Full Count-Howl-Overcomer) bested her competition by a 5 ¾-lengths in her $35,000 stakes event.  The race was Contessa Leigh’s 12 win in 15 lifetime starts and increased her current win-streak to five. Chip Noble piloted the filly for Northfield Park Wall of Fame trainer Marty Wollam, who co-owns the filly with G&B Racing. 

 

Contessa Leigh started from post one. Noble sent her straight to the lead and never experienced an anxious moment at any point of the mile. She posted fractions of :28.4, :59.1, 1:29.1 and 1:58.1. Friday’s victory pushed Contessa Leigh’s bankroll to $199,586. Finishing behind Contessa Leigh were Diplomats Mistress, Mitey Pretty Win, Sheza Lavec, Miss Lulu Belle, Trainer Dunn, Coverlet, MJ’s Victory Wish and TT’s Megapixel. Contessa Leigh was the overwhelming favorite and returned $2.10 to win.

 

The pacers completed the evening’s stakes action in the tenth race. Igottafeelinfran captured the $35,000 fourth leg. Dan Noble drove the filly for trainer Jim Dailey and owners Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff and Kimberly Dailey. 

 

Igottafeelinfran (Feelin Friskie-Fran Anna-Expensive Scooter) started from post seven. Noble sent the filly hard from the start and she was parked through a :27 opening quarter. Igottafeelinfran cleared to the lead approaching the half and continued leading through fractions of :55.2, 1:24.2 and 1:53.4, winning by ¾-length.

 

The win was the eighth in 22 career starts and bolstered Igottafeelinfran’s bankroll to $160,340. Finishing in succession after the winner were Pink Camo, Two Friskie, Norma Jean, Rain Dance Maggy, One Naughty Lady, CG Satin, Cheat Sheet, Forever La Nigh and CG’s Serious. Igottafeelinfran paid $5.20 to win. 

 

August 22, 2013

Northfield Park to Host Ohio Sires Stakes Sophomore Fillies on Friday