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The Courageous Lady

     $100,000 Courageous Lady
            Friday, April 25  
          6:00 pm Post Time

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



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


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.

 The Field: 

#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.

First-race post on the thirteen-race Courageous Lady card at Northfield is 7:00 PM Eastern time. Tables are still available in Lady Lucks Clubhouse Restaurant by calling 330-467-4101, or by e-mailing

For information, contact Dave Bianconi, 340-467-4101, ext. 207, or

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