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October 14, 2017 

Rosemary Rose Wins $120,000 Courageous Lady

The Burke Brigade has finished first and second many times, but few of those times have resulted in a $433 Exacta. However, that was the result of Saturday’s $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park when Rosemary Rose and Pittstop Danika crossed the line first and second.  

Rosemary Rose was driven by Mike Wilder and sat sixth through the opening lap with fractions of :26.4 and :55. She pulled third over and found herself three wide the final 3/8 of the mile. She struck the lead approaching the top of the stretch and bested her competition by 1 ¾-legths in 1:53.

 “I love this filly,” admitted Wilder. “She might have been a longshot on the board, but I always thought she had a big chance.” 

Ron Burke, harness racing’s leading trainer, conditions Rosemary Rose for owners Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The victory is Burke’s fourth win of this event in the last five years, scoring with Charisma Hanover in 2013, Fiyonce in 2014 and Sassa Hanover in 2015. 

“I knew she would be ready, Ronnie (Burke) has them ready for every dance,” said Wilder. 

Completing the field were Pittstop Danika, Bettor’s Up, Terrortina, Bourbon And Barley, Ella Christina and Big City Betty. Al-Mar-Got A Fever was scratched sick. 

Rosemary Rose (Foreclosure N-Pantathion-The Panderosa) now has 11 wins in 24 lifetime starts. Saturday’s victory increased her career bankroll to $231,292. She returned $20.60 to win.

October 11, 2017

$120,000 Courageous Lady Set for Saturday at Northfield Park

The $120,000 Courageous Lady has drawn an impressive field of eight and goes postward this Saturday evening, October 14 as Northfield Park’s eleventh race. Approximate post time for this Grant Circuit event is 9:55 p.m. The race is an open contest for North America’s top three-year-old-filly pacers.

The 2017 $120,000 Courageous Lady Field:

#1 BOURBON AND BARLEY is trained on the Northfield Park backstretch by Kent Sherman. The Charley Barley filly is all-Buckeye and finished second in the Ohio Sires Stakes Final for Independence, Ohio owner Kenneth Kohut. This 8-1 morning-line contender will be driven by Ryan Stahl, who won the 2012 edition of the Courageous Lady. Bourbon And Barley has only one win in 20 career starts, but has amassed earnings of $205,605. She has a 1:55.4 record paced in July of this year over the Flying Turns in a qualifier.

#2 AL-MAR-GOT A FEVER also has owners hailing from the Buckeye State. She is trained in southern Ohio by Steve Carter for the partnership of Grubbs, Kresheck, Whitacre and Rbr Racing. She has finished in the top three in 14 of 17 career starts, earning $148,001 and a 1:52 lifetime mark at Hoosier Park. She enters this event off two consecutive victories and is undefeated since being introduced to the breathing medication Lasix. Chris Page has been named to drive this 9-2 third-favorite.

#3 ELLA CHRISTINA is trained by Nick Surick for the owning partnership of Surrick, Benson, Daggett and Vukovic. The 3-1 second-choice enters this race off a 1:50.2 lifetime mark at Lexington’s The Red Mile, where she lost by a neck in the $88,250 Bluegrass two starts back. This daughter of Western Ideal has won six of 15 races this year and boasts lifetime earnings of $164,638. Famed driver Tim Tetrick travels to Cleveland for the driving assignment.

#4 BIG CITY BETTY has five wins to her credit. She is trained by Steve Salerno, who co-owns this filly with Bruce Potter. The daughter of Bettor’s Delight has earnings of $124,437 and a 1:53.4 mark taken last year at Pocono Downs. Big City Betty carries a 12-1 morning line and attracts Northfield Park leading driver Aaron Merriman. Merriman is the 2015 and 2016 National Dash Driving champion and is poised to three-peat that title this year.

#5 TERRORTINA is owned by Robert Key and trained by Norm Parker. She has five career victories, winning her most recent effort in a career best 1:53 at The Meadows. The daughter of Western Terror has bankrolled $131,904. She is one of two fillies in this Courageous Lady field that competed in the second heat of this year’s Jugette at the historic Delaware County Fairgrounds last month. Pennsylvanian Tony Hall has been given the driving assignment aboard this 6-1 morning-line contender.

#6 BETTOR’S UP is one of two Bettor’s Delight fillies in this year’s Courageous Lady. The Scott McEneny trainee has been named the 5-2 morning-line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi. She has 11 wins in 24 career efforts and is hoping to extend her three-race win streak. She has a 1:49.4 mark at Mohawk’s 7/8-mile track and has earned $552,129 for Canadian owners Bradley Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny. Brett Miller has been named to drive.

#7 ROSEMARY ROSE is one of two Buckeye-breds in this field and is one of two fillies in this race trained by harness racing’s leading trainer, Ron Burke. The daughter of Foreclosure N is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing, Melillo and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She has 10 wins in 23 races and carries a 1:52 mark over Northfield Park’s ½-mile oval. Mike Wilder accepts the driving assignment and hopes to add to her $171,292 bankroll. She has drawn an outside post and carries a 10-1 morning line.

is another trainee of the Burke Brigade. She goes to post from the 8-hole for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and M1 Stables. She has seven wins in 30 starts with earnings of $139,076. This Yankee Cruiser filly has a 1:52 mark at Pocono Downs paced earlier this year. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. has been given the driving assignment on the 15-l longshot. Wrenn is a top reinsman and won the nation’s dash title in 2013 and 2014.

The undercard is also impressive, as it contains eight $50,000 Ohio Sires Stake Consolation Races and Northfield’s annual Pinktober Pace for Cure race of all female drivers to race money and awareness for breast cancer research. Collectively, in excess of $575,000 in purses will be distributed throughout the night’s 15-race program.

From 7:00 – 8:00 PM patrons can participate in the Northfield Park Beer Slide and a Leinenkugel Stein Hoist is set for 9:00 PM.

Lady Luck’s Clubhouse buffet will be open. Reservations are encouraged and can be made for the $15.95 buffet by calling 330-467-4101.

Admission and Parking are always FREE at Northfield Park. The evening carries a 6:00 PM first race post time. 

November 26, 2016

Rock Me Baby Wins $120,000 Courageous Lady At Northfield Park

The festive and well-attended evening was made even better for Thomas Dillon, when his horse, Rock Me Baby, won the $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park.  

The Courageous Lady was a series of firsts for Rock Me Baby.  It was the first time she had raced for Dillon.  He purchased her just two weeks ago for $82,000 at the Harrisburg Sale.  It was also Rock Me Baby’s first start for trainer Heidi Rohr and the first time that Tim Tetrick has driven the filly.

Rock Me Baby left off the gate.  She initially sat in third, but was sent to the outside approaching the quarter.  Once she made the lead about the quarter-pole, Rock Me Baby never experienced an anxious moment the remainder of the mile.  She posted fractions of: 26.4, 54.4, 1:23 and 1:52. 

“We had to go a pretty big first half,” explained Tetrick,“but I was able to give her a breather around the turn and she was really strong to the finish.” 

The clocking was a stakes record for the Courageous Lady and equaled Northfield Park’s track record for sophomore filly pacers. 

“I was happy to get to drive her,” said Tetrick.  “When they called me to ask if I would come here (Northfield), I was like absolutely!”  “I love traveling around to these big races offered at places like Northfield and being able to compete with nice horses. I’m just glad to be a part of all this.”

Completing the field were Mother Of Art, LA Delight, Yankee Moonshine, Dime A Dance, Bellatricks, Free Show and Time On My Hands. 

Rock Me Baby (Rock N Roll Heaven-Lover Of Art-Artsplace) now has four wins in 21 lifetime starts.  Saturday’s victory increased her career bankroll to $164,228.  She returned $5.40 to win.

November 27, 2015 

Sassa Hanover Wins $120,000 Courageous Lady

A festive and well-attended evening was made even better for the Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Lawrence Karr, when their horse Sassa Hanover won the $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park.  

Trained by Ron Burke and driven by North America’s leading money-winning driver, Yannick Gingras, Sassa Hanover prevailed in 1:52.1, a stake and track record performance for three-year-old filly pacers.   

After blasting off the gate and pressing to get the lead through a :26 opening quarter on a sloppy track, Sassa Hanvoer led unchallenged through middle fractions of :55 and 1:23.2. Turning for home Gingras enjoyed a 2-1/2 length lead but hung on by only a head over hard-charging Bettor N Better (Tim Tetrick). 

“I thought she (Bettor N Better) got me in the last step,” said Gingras. “Sassa had to work very hard to get on top. She was tired but did everything she could to find the wire a winner.”

Sassa Hanover (Rock N Roll Heaven – Sayo Hanover – Allamerican Native) now has 16 wins in 34 lifetime starts. Friday’s victory increased her career bankroll to $1,008,469. She went to post as the bettors’ choice and returned $3.60 to win. 

Completing the field were Bettor N Better, Southwind Roulette, Somewhere Sweet, Purrfect Bags, Luck Be A Lindy, Triple V Hanover and Band Of Angels.

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 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 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.

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.




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