$100,000 Courageous Lady
Friday, April 25
6:30 pm Post Time
April 25, 2014
Fiyonce Wins $110,000 Courageous Lady
The festive and well-attended evening was made even better for the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, when their horse, Fiyonce, won the $110,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park.
Trained by Ron Burke and driven by Josh Sutton, Fiyonce bested her competition by a head at the wire and was an upset winner, returning $48.60. Fiyonce started from post five and let her competition carve out the fractions of :27, :56.1 and 1:25.1. She was last at the top of the stretch and moved from worst to first in a thrilling stretch drive, stopping the timer at 1:55.1
“When I got her to the outside she just flew home,” said winning driver Josh Sutton. “She is a nice filly and raced great tonight.”
Completing the field were That Woman Hanover, Sister Stroll, A La Notte Hanover, Shell Bell and Kayla Grace.
Fiyonce (Rocknroll Hanover-Fionavar Hanover-The Panderosa) now has two wins in 11 lifetime starts. Friday’s victory increased her career bankroll to $116,549.
Josh Sutton was elated over his first Grand Circuit score. “I have won several races for bigger purses, but none of them were on the Grand Circuit,” he said. “I am really honored that the Burkes listed me to drive such a nice filly.”
Friday was a successful night for Sutton. The Courageous Lady was one of six wins he posted on the card.
April 22, 2014
Undefeated Kayla Grace Supplements to Friday’s $110,000 Courageous Lady
The $110,000 Courageous Lady goes postward this Friday evening, April 25. The race is an open event for North America’s top three-year-old-filly pacers and is the first national stake of 2014.
Kayla Grace is a late supplement to the field and has been named the 3-1 morning line favorite by Dave Bianconi, Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. She enters this event with an unblemished 15 for 15 record, a mark of 1:55.1 at Hazel Park and earnings of $69,227. However, all 15 of Kayla Grace’s races have been raced in the state of Michigan. This will be the first time she crosses state lines to compete on the national stage.
“It is really hard to say how she will do,” said her trainer, Marie St. Charles. “Michigan is not a real strong state and she has never been tested. All I know is that she knows how to race and she obviously knows how to win.”
St. Charles was reluctant to supplement to this race because of the rich $10,000 buy-in. “That is a lot of money to put up to be able to race. We have been considering this move for quite some time, then I just had a horse claimed off me for $10,000 and felt is was a sign that we should do it.”
Kayla Grace is far from St Charles’ only good horse that she has conditioned. She had a lot of success in Michigan, having trained 13 Michigan Sire Stake Champions. “My horses have won big races at Woodbine and Hawthorne, too,” added St. Charles. “But we are definitely excited, because this race is a big step for us.”
Some of the fillies staked and expected to race in this year’s Courageous Lady did not enter, according to Dave Bianconi. “Two or three of the anticipated fillies came up sick. I wish the field size was seven or eight, but what we lack in quantity, we have made up in quality,” said Bianconi. “The undefeated filly coming down from Michigan definitely makes for an intriguing story.”
The Complete 2014 $110,000 Courageous Lady Field:
PP HORSE TRAINER DRIVER M/L
1 Shell Bell Steve Carter Aaron Merriman 6-1
2 Sister Stroll Brian Brown Ryan Stahl 9-2
3 Kayla Grace Marie St. Charles Brad Kramer 3-1
4 A La Notte Hanover Ron Burke Chris Page 7-2
5 Fiyonce Ron Burke Josh Sutton 10-1
6 That Woman Hanover Dan Altmeyer Mike Wilder 4-1
Meet the field:
#1 – Shell Bell prepared for this race by qualifying twice and racing once at Hoosier Park. She won her second qualifier in 1:56.2 and was beaten just two lengths in her sophomore debut, pacing in 1:55.1. She is a daughter of Always A Virgin and was a winner in three of sixteen starts last year, taking a mark of 1:56.2 at Hoosier Park and earning $47,254. Shell Bell is Buckeye-owned by Dean Davis of Wooster and is trained by Steve Carter. She was assigned a morning line of 6-1 and is scheduled to have the driving services of the leading reinsman in North America, Aaron Merriman.
#2 – Sister Stroll is a daughter of Art Official and won five of eleven races last year, taking a 1:54.1 mark at Harrah’s Philadelphia. She is the richest filly in the race, bankrolling $102,617. She is owned by the partnership of Jennifer Brown, Strollin Stable, both of Ohio, and King McNamara of Florida. She is trained at the Delaware County Fairgrounds by Brian Brown. Sister Stroll shows two qualifiers this season at The Meadows, pacing in 1:58.3 and 1:54.3 respectively. She carries a 9-2 morning line. Ryan Stahl has been named to drive.
#3 – Kayla Grace is undefeated and paid the $10,000 supplement to compete in this event. Owned by ECS Racing and Kevin St. Charles and trained by Marie St. Charles, Kayla Grace has been campaigned solely in Michigan. This daughter of He’s All That has a fifteen for fifteen unblemished record and has garnered $69,227. Her 1:55.1 career best was paced at Hazel Park. Despite this being the first time she crosses the Michigan state line and faces open competition, she was named the 3-1 morning line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Brad Kramer will be in her sulky.
#4 – A La Notte Hanover, owned by Burke racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and Lawrence Karr, is one of two fillies in this race trained by Ron Burke. She has one start this year, finishing second and pacing in 1:52.2 at Meadowlands Racetrack. This daughter of Art Major has earnings of $76,584 and has won one of eight career starts, a 1:56.1 victory at Saratoga Raceway. Chris Page picks up the driving assignment aboard this 7-2 second favorite.
#5 - Fiyonce is the other Burke-trained filly in this year’s field and is owned by Burke Racing LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She made her only start of 2014 at The Meadows, pacing in 1:53.4. Her two-year-old season consisted of nine starts, of which she won one and finished on the board five times. This daughter of Rocknroll Hanover has earnings of $61,549 and boasts the fastest lifetime mark in the field, a 1:52.4 record at Meadowlands Racetrack. Northfield Park leading driver, Josh Sutton, is listed to drive this 10-1 morning line starter.
#6 – That Woman Hanover was a five-time winner last year in ten starts. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere has qualified twice at The Meadows in preparation for this race, most recently winning in 1:54.2. She took her lifetime mark at Pocono Downs in 1:54 and has earned $56,719. She is trained by Daniel Altmeyer, who also co-owns with Richard Kelson, Jack Piatt II and Jeffrey Altmeyer. Pennsylvania regular, Mike Wilder, has been named to drive this filly, who carries a 4-1 morning line.
April 26, 2013
Charisma Hanover Wins 2013 Courageous Lady
The first Grand Circuit event of the season for three year-old filly pacers was a wire to wire victory for the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, when their filly, Charisma Hanover, won the $84,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park.
Trained by Ron Burke and driven by Dave Palone, Charisma Hanover was 1 1/4-lengths in front at the finish and returned $3.40 to win. Despite being hung for most of the first quarter in 27.1, she cruised through fractions of 56.1, 1:25.1 and 1:53.
“She is quite a nice filly,” said driver Dave Palone, “She is easy to drive and steers with two fingers. I know the Burke’s are very high on her.”
Completing the field were Champagne Tonight, Carols Desire, Miss Madi M, Whetstone Hanover, Cams Macharena and Diligent Prospect.
Charisma Hanover, a daughter of Dragon Again remains undefeated through two races in 2013. Friday’s victory increased her career bankroll to $94,902 and the 1:53 clocking was just one-fifth of a second off of her lifetime mark on 1:52:4.
Dave Palone, harness racing’s winningest driver now has three Courageous Lady victories. He won in 2004 with Pantidepressant and in 2011 with Some Girls Do.
April 23, 2013
FIELD SET FOR FRIDAY’S COURAGEOUS LADY
The $84,000 Courageous Lady has drawn an impressive field of seven and goes postward this Friday evening, April 26, as Northfield Park’s 11th race with an approximate post time of 10:30 p.m. An open stakes event for North America’s top three-year-old-filly pacers, it is the first national stakes of 2013 and has been added to the roster of Grand Circuit events. The Courageous Lady will be the final leg of the evening’s Pick-4 which carries a guaranteed pool of $10,000 and a reduced take-out rate of just 14 percent.
Trainer Ron Burke, who is no stranger to winning major events at Northfield Park or on the national stage, will start two of his talented fillies in the Courageous Lady. Burke trains the morning line favorite, Charisma Hanover (5-2), and the highly regarded Carols Desire (4-1).
Locally based and Northfield Park Wall Of Fame trainer Clair Umholtz makes his first Courageous Lady attempt. Umholtz will start Champagne Tonight who has the fastest mark and highest earnings of this year’s equine athletes.
The 2013 Courageous Lady field:
POST HORSE TRAINER DRIVER M/L ODDS
1-Miss Madi M Brian Brown Ryan Stahl 9-2
2-Diligent Prospect Peter Foley Dan Noble 10-1
3-Champagne Tonight Clair Umholtz Brett Miller 7-2
4-Carols Desire Ron Burke Ronnie Wrenn Jr 4-1
5-Charisma Hanover Ron Burke Dave Palone 5-2
6-Whetstone Hanover Daniel Altmeyer Mike Wilder 12-1
7-Cams Macharena Tonny O’Sullivan Tyler Smith 8-1
Meet The Field:
#1 – Miss Madi M is a five-time winner in 12 career starts. This daughter of Real Artist has a 1:53.1 mark at Pocono Downs and has earned $98,872. She is owned by Jennifer Brown and Cameron McCown and is trained by Brian Brown. In 2013, Miss Madi M has been first and second in two starts. She is a 9-2 morning line shot and scheduled to receive the driving services of Northfield regular Ryan Stahl.
#2 – Diligent Prospect is the only maiden in the field but finished second six times in 12 lifetime starts and has bankrolled $97,601. She has two prep races this year at Pocono Downs, pacing in 1:54.1 in her most recent effort. Diligent Prospect is owned by James McLaughlin, Lynne Foley, Gabe Prewitt and Shane Foley. She is trained by Peter Foley who won the Cleveland Classic in December with Bolt The Duer. Dan Noble’s purple and white colors will be in her sulky and she carries a 10-1 morning line.
#3 – Champagne Tonight has prepared for this race by qualifying three times, the most recent being a 1:55.4 win on April 18 here at Northfield Park. She is a daughter of Western Terror, and was a winner in six of eight starts last year, taking a mark of 1:51.3 at The Meadows and earning $202,316. Champagne Tonight is owned by Umholtz Racing Stable, Ngaire Umholtz and Kennedy Sports Corporation and is trained by Northfield Park Wall of Famer Clair Umholtz. She carries a morning line of 7-2 and is scheduled to have the driving services of Brett Miller.
#4 – Carols Desire is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Randy Ringer and Phillip Collura. She is one of two fillies in the race trained by Ron Burke. She had one win in 2012 and has been successful in both qualifiers and the only race she has competed in this season. She was a 5 1/2-length winner on April, 15 at The Meadows in 1:55.3. This daughter of Real Desire has earnings of $104,519 and a mark of 1:53.3 at Indiana Downs. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. picks up the driving assignment aboard this 4-1 morning line starter.
#5 – Charisma Hanover a daughter of Dragon Again, won three of eight races last year and is the winner of three of her qualifiers and her only race in 2013. She has taken 1:52.4 mark last year at Mohawk and again this year at The Meadows and has bankrolled $52,902. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC and is the second filly trained by Ron Burke in this race. Charisma Hanover has been impressive in her preps for this race and was made the 5-2 morning line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Burke enlists the driving services of Dave Palone.
#6 – Whetstone Hanover has three career victories in 11 starts including a win in 2013. She is trained by Daniel Altmeyer who co-owns with Richard Kelson, Jack Piatt and Jeffery Altmeyer. In addition to her three victories, this Somebeachsomewhere filly has banked $34,215 and has a 1:55.1 mark, paced at The Meadows. Pennsylvania regular Mike Wilder has been named to pilot this filly that carries a morning line of 12-1.
#7 – Cams Macharena is owned by Chris Arnold, Kenneth Kohut and Michael Drury and trained by Tony O’Sullivan. Cams Macharena has earnings of $93,470 and has a mark of 1:54.2, paced last year at Rideau Carleton. This filly has won four of her lifetime starts and has two races under her belt in 2013. In her most recent showing, Cams Macharena finished third while having broken equipment in a $17,820 race at Woodbine Harness. Tyler Smith has been named to drive and she carries a morning line of 8-1.
April 28, 2012
Podges Lady Wins the Courageous Lady
Sawgrass Farms’ Podges Lady made the last call a winning one as she out sprinted Destiny’s Chance to the finish line in the $86,000 Courageous Lady pace at Northfield Park Saturday night. Destiny’s Chance led throughout posting soft fractions of 27.4, 57.1 and 1:25.3. Podges Lady had a perfect trip tracking the leader, pulled into the passing lane and won by a neck.
The three-year-old daughter of The Panderosa out of the Cam’s Card Shark mare Four Starzzzz Hope made her seasonal debut a winning one in 1:54:2. Driven by Ryan Stahl she increased her lifetime bankroll to over $257,000. “Being from Ohio, I've won several Ohio Sires Stakes Finals, but this win ranks right up there with the best of them, " commented Stahl. "When we came to the passing lane she really responded."
Podges Lady paid $12.80, $4.40 and 3.20 to win, Destiny’s Chance finished second and paid $2.20, 2.10 and Princess Cruiser paid $4.20 to show.
April 25, 2012
FULL FIELD SET FOR COURAGEOUS LADY
The $86,000 Courageous Lady has drawn an impressive field of nine and goes postward this Saturday evening, April 28 as Northfield Park’s eleventh race. Approximate post time is 10:50 p.m. The race is an open event for North America’s top three-year-old-filly pacers and is the first national stake of 2012.
Trainer Ron Burke, who won both the Battle of Lake Erie and the Cleveland Classic in 2011, will start four of this year’s talented fillies. Burke trains the morning line favorite, Destiny’s Chance (2-1), and the second morning line favorite, Frontierpan (4-1).
Locally based Northfield Park Wall Of Famer Tye Loy will attempt to become the first trainer ever to win this event three times. He won in 2009 with Sand E Fiftyfive and again in 2010 with Sand Windsor.
The 2012 Courageous Lady field:
POST HORSE TRAINER DRIVER M/L
1 Podges Lady Joseph Seekman Ryan Stahl 7-2
2 Destiny’s Chance Ron Burke Dave Palone* 2-1
3 Cruzin Tothe Dance Virgil Morgan Jr. Dan Noble* 10-1
4 Princess Cruiser Jim Mulinix Kayne Kauffman 8-1
5 Frontierpan Ron Burke Mike Wilder 4-1
6 Sand Latte’ Tye Loy Aaron Merriman 12-1
7 Darena Hanover Ron Burke Dave Palone* 6-1
8 Blows Me Away Sam Schillaci Dan Noble* 20-1
9 Babe Per View Ron Burke Chris Page 15-1
* Requested by owner/trainer interests to drive. Palone and Noble will decide which horse to drive by 9:00 am Thursday, April 26.
#1 - Podges Lady prepared for this race by qualifying three times, the most recent being a 1:58 win on April 18 at Balmoral Park. She is a daughter of The Panderosa and was a winner in three of thirteen starts last year, taking a mark of 1:52.1 at The Meadows and earning $214,728. Podges Lady is owned by Sawgrass Farms and is trained by Joseph Seekman. She was assigned a morning line of 7-2 and is scheduled to have the driving services of Northfield Park leading driver Ryan Stahl.
#2 - Destiny’s Chance is a daughter of Four Starzzz Shark and won seven of fourteen races last year, taking a 1:52 mark at The Red Mile. She is the richest filly in the race, bankrolling $287,098. Owned by Randy Ringer and trained by Ron Burke, she shows two qualifiers this season, winning handily in both. Her most recent effort was a 1:55 win on April 20 at The Meadows. Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi has made Destiny’s Chance the favorite. She is one of two fillies that have listed Dave Palone* to drive.
#3 - Cruzin Tothe Dance is one of three Yankee Cruiser fillies starting in this year’s event. Owned by Carl Howard and trained by Virgil Morgan Jr, Cruzin Tothe Dance’s freshman campaign garnered earnings of $58,891. She took a mark of 1:55.4 at The Meadows. Morgan has not started this filly in 2012 but has raced her in three qualifiers to tighten up for Saturday’s race. She is one of two fillies that Dan Noble* will choose from and carries a morning line of 10-1.
#4 - Princess Cruiser is owned by Miller’s Stable and trained by James Mulinix. She has two starts this year, winning her most recent race on April 20 at Hoosier Park, where she lowered her lifetime mark to 1:55.3. The daughter of Yankee Cruiser has earnings of $69,543 and has won four of twelve career starts. Kayne Kauffman picks up the driving assignment aboard this 8-1 morning line starter.
#5 - Frontierpan made her first start of the year on April 13, finishing third and race-timed in 1:53.1 at The Meadows. Frontierpan is owned by Peter Pan Stables of nearby Pepper Pike, Ohio and is trained by Ron Burke. Her two-year-old season consisted of fourteen starts, of which she won five. This daughter of No Pan Intended has earnings of $136,938 and a lifetime mark of 1:53.3 at Harrah’s Chester. Pennsylvania regular Mike Wilder is listed to drive this 4-1 morning line second favorite.
#6 - Sand Latte’ has already won four races this year and will try to become the third Tye Loy-trained and Bill Sanders-owned filly to win the Courageous Lady. The Loy/Sanders connection won this stakes race in 2009 with Sand E Fiftyfive and again in 2010 with Sand Windsor. Sand Latte’ had two unsuccessful starts as a two-year old, but her three year-old campaign so far shows promise. In addition to four wins, this Real Desire filly has already banked $26,760 this year and has a mark of 1:53.3 at The Meadows. Aaron Merriman has been named to pilot the filly at a morning line of 12-1.
#7 - Darena Hanover was a four-time winner last year in thirteen starts. This daughter of Yankee Cruiser just lowered her mark on April 20 at Harrah’s Chester to 1:52 and has earned $106,214 lifetime. Owned by Burke Racing Stable and trained by Ron Burke, her Harrah’s win was her only start this year. This 6-1 morning line selection is one of two fillies listing Hall of Famer Dave Palone* to drive.
#8 - Blows Me Away will go to post for owners William Heinz of Madison, Ohio and Jack Heinz of Mentor, Ohio. Sam Schillaci trains this New York-bred daughter of American Ideal. She was a six-time winner last year, earning a mark of 1:57.3 at Saratoga and bankrolling $36,485. The Courageous Lady will mark her sophomore debut after starting in three qualifiers to prepare for the event. She is the morning line long shot at 20-1 and is one of two starters with 2011 national driving champion Dan Noble* requested to drive.
#9 - Babe Per View has not raced this year but has three qualifiers under her belt, one being a 1:55.2 winning effort on April 6 at The Meadows. The Perretti Racing Stable owns Babe Per View, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, and is conditioned by Ron Burke. Last season, she hit the board six times, winning one of nine starts and earning $29,543. At long odds of 15-1, she starts from the second tier and will be handled by Chris Page.
* Requested by owner/trainer interests to drive. Palone and Noble will decide which horse to drive by 9:00 am Thursday, April 26.
COURAGEOUS LADY -Saturday April 30, 2011
Some Girls Do Takes First Courageous Lady Split
Wins $50,750 Heat in 1:53.2
Northfield, OH- Favored Some Girls Do ($2.60) won an early speed duel with Hi Maintenancechic and led at every call en-route to a 1:53.2 victory in the $50,750 first division of the Courageous Lady Pace at Northfield Park Saturday night. The three-year-old daughter of American Ideal posted fractions of 27, 57.1 and 1:25.4 before sprinting to a 27.3 final quarter. Hi Maintenancechic, who won for the eighth time in ten starts and pushed her 2011 earnings over $113,00 for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi Llc, Frank Baldachino and Earl Smith. Dave Palone drove Some Girls Do to the 1¾ length win.
For more information, contact Keith Gisser at 216-374-1392 or Dave Bianconi at 330-467-4101, extension 207.
I Kill Time Wins Second $50,750 Courageous Lady Split in 1:54.1
Some Girls Do Wins First Lady Division
Northfield, OH- Despite being parked-out past the opening 26.3 quarter-mile mark, favored I Kill Time ($3.60) won the second $50,750 division of the Courageous Lady Pace at Northfield Park Saturday night, holding off Stash The Cash to win by 1¾ lengths in 1:54.1. Real Joy finished third. Robin Schadt trains the winner for Odds On Racing of Illinois. The win, in her seasonal debut, was a lifetime best for I Kill Time, who has now earned just shy of $169,000 in her career. Kurt Sugg drove the winner, his fifth in the first eleven races of the night.
For more information, contact Keith Gisser at 216-374-1392 or Dave Bianconi at 330-467-4101, extension 207.
Some Girls Do, I Kill Time Favored In $101,500 Courageous Lady At Northfield Saturday
Northfield, OH- With 14 three-year-old fillies in the entry box, Saturday’s $101,500 Courgaeous Lady at Northfield Park has been split into two $50,750, seven-horse divisions, with the first, race 8 on the card, scheduled for about 9:45 PM, and the second, race 11, set for about 11:00 PM. The two Courageous Lady heats will “bookend” Northfield’s Guaranteed $10,000 Pick Four (with reduced 14% takeout) on April 30.
The first division features favored Some Girls Do as the 3-5 early choice. Owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi Llc, Frank Baldachino and Earl Smith, she has won seven of nine races this year, while banking $87,900. Dave Palone, the perennial leading driver at The Meadows, near Pittsburgh, will drive the filly for trainer Ron Burke. Ontario invader Hi Maintenancechic is the second choice at 4-1 for trainer Jonathan Gangell and driver Mark MacDonald. She is just shy of the $100,000 career earnings mark. John Devito of Whitestone, New York, owns the filly.
Odds-On Racing’s I Kill Time, trained by Robin Schadt and driven by Northfield regular Kurt Sugg is the 2-1 early pick in the well-matched second division. A winner of $143,725, most in the field, she will make her seasonal debut after winning two qualifiers this month. Stash The Cash, trained and owned by Jeffrey Long, has been named the 5-2 second choice by Director of Racing Dave Bianconi. She has posted a win and two seconds in three starts this year, earning $40,000 in those three starts. Three-time Northfield driving champ Aaron Merriman will pilot her. Southwest is the 6-1 third choice in the second tilt, and like the favorite, will be making her 2011 bow after winning several qualifying races.
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