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WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 8, 2018 -- Anythingforlove A opened up a 4-length lead at the three-quarters and cruised home to capture Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After four consecutive pocket trips had produced seconds and thirds, Anythingforlove A took matters into his own hands by blasting to the front for Aaron Merriman and settling matters early. He scored in 1:53.1, 3/4 lengths better than the first-over Hawk's Red Chief, with Dapper Dude third. Bill Bercury trains the winner, a 6-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven-The Perfect Mona gelding who vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners and Mike Wilder three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a $1,875.60 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows        

NORTHFIELD, Ohio – He arrives in the paddock looking refreshed, like a man who has just showered and shaved. But harness racing driver Aaron Merriman is anything but refreshed. Coffee, poured into the to-go cup that he carries, contains enough caffeine to provide a sufficient short-term shot of alertness to get him through the second half of another of his endless runs of equine doubleheaders. Merriman is harness racing’s iron horse – one with prescriptions for migraine medication and appointments for acupuncture treatments. Despite the wear and tear on his 40-year-old body, Merriman has rewritten his sport’s record book. When he steered Zumba, an eight-year-old mare and a winner just once this season, to victory in Saturday’s 12th race at Northfield Park, it gave him 1,000 victories on the year. It made Merriman the first driver in harness history to twice win 1,000 races in a calendar year. Only three other drivers have accomplished the feat once, Walter Case (1,077 wins in 1988), Tony Morgan (1,004 in 2006) and all-time single season wins record-holder Tim Tetrick (1,189 in 2007). Merriman joined the exclusive club last year with 1,095 victories, yet swears he isn’t transfixed by victory totals, even though many observers believe he is, judging by his schedule. “This may sound funny,” said Merriman, about to conclude his 22nd year in the sulky, “but I really don’t pay that much attention to the numbers. This (the record) is like a bonus. I just drive.” And drive and drive. And then drive some more. Double time between suburban Cleveland and Pittsburgh For the better part of eight years, Merriman has been on a pari-mutuel merry-go-round. Four to five days a week, depending on race scheduling, he leaves his home that is a mile from Northfield Park at 10 a.m. and drives to The Meadows, a track outside of Pittsburgh which races in daytime. He competes in at least 10 races, then jumps back in his car and drives to Northfield, sometimes with little regard for the speed limit. A heavy foot applied to the gas pedal gives him a chance of driving in 10 to 12 races at the Rt. 8 oval. The 14-hour day with 270 miles on the road and another 20 on the track ends with his final race just before midnight. “I just love the action, even though my schedule takes a toll,” said Merriman. “I can stand in the paddock and feel like hell, but as soon as I get in the bike, I feel better. Some days I feel like I’m 20, but there are others when I feel much older. And, I like doubleheaders, driving day and night.” A crazy pace Merriman’s sulky brethren in the Northfield drivers’ room wonder out loud about him. Longtime rival Chris Page shakes his head when he ponders Merriman’s routine. “He’s sick,” said Page, only half-jokingly. “You have to be mentally sick to do what he does. I could not do all that back and forth, week in and week out.” Neither can Merriman’s automobiles. A lover of Cadillacs, he recently traded in his old one with 300,000 miles on it for a shiny new one. Speeding tickets are another expense. “Yeah, I’ve had some horrible years for tickets,” said Merriman. “It’s cost me hundreds, maybe thousands.” Merriman has been North America’s winningest driver the last three years and is a cinch for a fourth. He is 323 winners clear of current runner-up Ronnie Wrenn, a regular at Northfield and the last driver to finish in front of Merriman in 2014. “Take nothing away from him,” said Wrenn. “What he’s doing is incredibly hard to do and he comes in every night with a great attitude.” Paying winners, and paying off handsomely Merriman’s hard work is paying off handsomely on payday. Drivers earn five percent of the purse monies their mounts earn and through Nov. 22, Merriman’s drives have banked $9,344,489, making his share $467,722, his best ever financial year at the races. But it also can be dangerous work. He survived a horrific accident in June of 2010 at The Meadows where he was spilled out of the sulky and ended up with fractures in his neck, both wrists and an elbow. “Horses were running over me,” said Merriman. He was back on the track in four months, but now suffers with extreme migraines, which he said requires treatment with the medication Imitrex. He also says long, lukewarm showers offers relief. As for the aches and pains of driving 100 races a week, Merriman visits an acupuncturist. Before the year is out, Merriman will have driven in more than 4,500 races. Eeach race is a mile in distance, so his season in in the sulky will be long enough to have driven from Northfield Park to Honolulu. How long will Merriman maintain his hectic schedule? “I’m definitely tired, not of winning, just tired,” he said. “I’ve said before that I was going to quit doing this, but I keep going, so I’m not going to comment either way. Who knows what the future will hold?” By Bob Roberts, Special to The Plain Dealer Reprinted with permission of The Plain Dealer   David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer   Harness racing driver Aaron Merriman makes history with 1,000 wins   Posted on November 28, 2018 4:59 AM | Updated November 28, 2018 5:31 AM   NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman takes a warmup lap while racing Norman Skidd Marks before the start of the seventh race, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)   3 / 30 Jeffrey J. Zamaiko/JJ Zamaiko Photos   Aaron Merriman wins 1,000th race in 2018   Aaron Merriman drives Zumba to victory at Northfield Park on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. It was Merriman's 1,000th win in 2018, and he became the first driver to reach that milestone twice. He also won 1,000 races in 2017. Jeffrey J. Zamaiko/JJ Zamaiko Photography, Inc.   4 / 30   NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman stands next to Me The Boss after the conclusion of the sixth race, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)   5 / 30     NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman takes a warmup lap while racing Norman Skidd Marks before the start of the seventh race, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)       6 / 30     NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman glances up at a television screen while putting the final preparations on his uniform before his first race of the evening inside the jockey's locker room, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)   7 / 30     NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman reads the evenings racing program inside the jockey's locker room, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)     8 / 30   Harness racing driver Aaron Merriman makes history with 1,000 wins   NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman races with Conquer the Chance during the fourth race, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)   9 / 30     NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman texts on his cell phone inside the jockey's locker room, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)   10 / 30     NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman races with Me The Boss during the sixth race, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)     11 / 30     NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman takes a warmup lap while racing Norman Skidd Marks before the start of the seventh race, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)   12 / 30     NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman smiles inside the jockey's locker room, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)   13 / 30     NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman poses for a portrait next to Norman Skidd Marks inside the paddock, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)   14 / 30     NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman smiles while entering the jockeys locker room after the conclusion of the fourth race, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)   15 / 30   NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman returns to the paddock area after the seventh race, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)     16 / 30     NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman reads the evenings racing program inside the jockey's locker room, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)   17 / 30     NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: The racing uniform of harness racer Aaron Merriman sits inside the jockey's locker room, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)     18 / 30     NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman races behind Norman Skidd Marks before the start of the seventh race, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)   19 / 30     NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman stands next to Me The Boss after the conclusion of the sixth race, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)   20 / 30   NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman texts on his cell phone inside the jockey's locker room, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)     21 / 30   NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman takes a warmup lap while racing Norman Skidd Marks before the start of the seventh race, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)   22 / 30   NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman reads the evenings racing program inside the jockey's locker room, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)   23 / 30   NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman adjust the fit of his uniform before his first race of the evening inside the jockey's locker room, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)   24 / 30   NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman rides behind Conquer the Chance before the start of the fourth race, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)   25 / 30   NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman smiles while talking with other jockeys inside the jockey's locker room, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)     26 / 30   NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman rides to the track before the start of the seventh race, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)   27 / 30   NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman poses for a portrait next to Norman Skidd Marks inside the paddock, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)   28 / 30   NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman walks back to the paddock area after the conclusion of the fourth race, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)   29 / 30   NORTHFIELD, OHIO NOVEMBER 21, 2018: Harness racer Aaron Merriman adjusts the fit of his uniform before his first race of the evening inside the jockey's locker room, Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Northfield Park. (David Dermer/Special to the Plain Dealer)   30 / 30 Jeffrey J. Zamaiko/JJ Zamaiko Photos   Aaron Merriman, fourth from right, poses after driving Zumba to victory at Northfield Park on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. It was Merriman's 1,000th win in 2018, and he became the first driver to reach that milestone twice. He also won 1,000 races in 2017. From left, are trainer Brian Loney; groom Henry Hackmanan; Zumba; Tessa Koran; Kristopher Merriman, who is Aaron's son; driver Lanny Merriman, who is Aaron's father; Aaron Merriman, Tom Aldrich of Northfield Park and Wendy Ross of USTA. Jeffrey J. Zamaiko/JJ Zamaiko Photography, Inc.

Aaron Merriman became the first driver in the history of harness racing to achieve multiple 1,000-win seasons when he scored in the twelfth race on Saturday (November 24) at Northfield Park. The triumph was a gate-to-wire victory aboard Zumba in 1:57.3 over a sloppy surface. Harness Racing fans have been counting down Merriman's victories all over social media, tracking the well-traveled reinsman across the Midwest at racetracks near Cleveland, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Dayton, Ohio. Merriman raised his whip with elation as he crossed the wire to celebrate his historic achievement. "It was such a good feeling to do something that has never been done before," explained Merriman. "I definitely got caught up in the moment as I neared the wire and knew I had it won." Last year Merriman became only the fourth driver in harness racing history to score 1,000 wins in a single year, posting a total of 1,095 victories. It took him only a year to become the first ever to repeat that feat. "I love to win and I don't try to look much further ahead than the next race," said Merriman. "I figure that I will just win as many as I can for as long as I can and keep driving day-to-day." Merriman, now just 40, keeps a torrid schedule, driving in over 4,000 races during each of the last five seasons. "I'm definitely tired, not of winning, just tired," stated Merriman. "I don't know how long I can or will keep this schedule. But I am for now. Who knows what the future will hold?" by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 19, 2018 -- Wind Of The North survived a 27.3 opening quarter in the slop and collected his 14th win this year in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. After Aaron Merriman gave Wind Of The North a 30.3 second-panel breather, the 8-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding had enough in the tank to hold off the rallying Classic Banker by a head in 1:56.1. The pocket-sitting PL Jerico finished third. Bill Bercury trains and owns Wind Of The North, who now boasts 49 victories and $1,026,058 in earnings for his career. Elsewhere on the card, It's A Dew Thing lit up the tote board when he scored at 96-1 for Chris Shaw, trainer Norm Parker and owner Tom Klosky, Jr. The 5-year-old Western Ideal-Artbitration gelding returned $228 for a $2 win-place-show ticket and set up a double-carryover of $5,888.89 for Tuesday's Pick 5 and a $1,629.04 for Tuesday's first superfecta, currently scheduled for race 2. Mike Micallef, Jim Pantaleano and Merriman each piloted a pair of winners on the 13-race program. Big-score wagering opportunities will abound Tuesday at The Meadows, as the card features four carryovers. They include: Pick 5 (races 9-13), two-day carryover of $5,888.89. Pick 4 (races 4-7), $3,905.52. The Meadows, in association with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative, will guarantee this pool at $5,000 as it does for each Monday and Tuesday Pick 4. Superfecta (race 2), $1,639.04. Should a scratch or scratches leave the second race with fewer than eight wagering interests, the carryover will be applied to the first superfecta with at least eight wagering interests. Super Hi-5 (race 13), $670.20. First post Tuesday is 1:05 PM by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Harness racing driver Aaron Merriman had a big night at Northfield Park on Sunday (November 18) winning eight times on the 15-race program. Aaron's triumphs were with Moolah Begonia ($5.60) in race three, Maximus Deo ($2.40) in race four, Shock The Nation ($4.20) in race five, Sanattle Slew (DH) ($2.60) in race seven, Bold And Brave ($2.10) in race eight, Wendy's Girl ($3.60) in race 12, Shooby Said ($7.40) in race 14 and Copper Coast A ($7.00) in race 15. Merriman won his first race in 1998, a $2,200 conditioned event at the former Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio, aboard Albert's Filly. Since breaking his maiden, Aaron has scored almost 10,800 more times with purse earnings approaching $71 million. Last year Merriman became only the fourth driver in harness racing history to score 1,000 wins in a single year, posting a total of 1,095 victories. No driver has ever achieved multiple 1,000-win seasons. However, Sunday's victories increased Aaron's 2018 win tally to 972. With 48 days remaining this year, harness fans' eyes are on Merriman while he etches his name his the record books becoming the first driver to have multiple 1,000-win seasons. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

DAYTON, OH. - North American dash champion Aaron Merriman made the most of his two victories at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Nov. 16) by winning both co-features-the $18,500 Open Trot and the $18,000 Mares Open Pace. In the trot, Merriman and Pine Dream turned the tables on Party At The Banks (Chris Page) by emerging from a cavalry charge to the finish line to get the nod by a scant 'head' margin. Optimist Blue Chip (Jeremy Smith), who cut the mile, was only beaten a 'neck' in third, while the remainder of the 10-horse field all finished within seven lengths of the winner. Merriman left enough from the 8-hole behind the gate to drop in fifth along the pylons in the early going. After reaching the quarter in :28 and the half in :56.3, Pine Dream was guided to the outer flow in second-over position. Merriman moved his mount to the third lane around the final bend and began his impressive assault on the leaders. With Party At The Banks-seeking her second straight open triumph and sixth overall--on his bumper the pair gradually passed Monopoly Blue Chip (Kayne Kauffman), Primed N Powerful (Tyler Smith) and Anna's Lucky Star (Mike Oosting) before emerging on the front end in the shadow of the wire. It was the 24th career win for Pine Dream in 101 starts and pushed the 6-year-old son of Pinetucky's lifetime bounty to $178,117. As the upset winner, Pine Dream paid $23.80 to win. Combined with Party At The Banks, the exacta returned a healthy $113.80. Kelly Chupp currently trains him for Chupp Racing Stable Inc. American Girl prevailed in the Open Pace for distaffers as a lukewarm 2-1 favorite, topping fast-closing favorite Rosemary Rose (Chris Page). Longshot E R Hilary (Lewayne Miller) went a game trip to garner the show money. Merriman made all the pace with American Girl, fronting the field through fractions of :26.4, :56.1 and 1:23.2 before sealing the deal in 1:51.3-the quickest of five winning miles this year for American Girl. The 9-year-old daughter of Art's Chip is narrowing in on the $1 million earnings plateau and lists 51 victories on her impressive resume. Tyler George has been training American Girl in recent years for the partnership of Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt. Racing resumes Saturday night (Nov. 17) at Hollywood Dayton with a strong card starting at 6:15 p.m. From Dayton Raceway Media Department    

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 12, 2018 -- Wind Of The North won a four-ply battle for the early lead, then held off the challengers late to prevail in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows, one of five victories for Aaron Merriman on the 13-race card. Merriman gave Wind Of The North a 29.1 breather after that spirited opening panel, enabling him to withstand the determined first-over bid of Classic Banker and down him by 1/2 length in 1:55. PL Jerico rallied for show. Bill Bercury owns and trains Wind Of The North, an 8-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $1,016,258. Merriman, who added a pair of seconds and a fifth in his eight drives, also scored for trainers Sarah Andrews, Robert Barnard, Spencer Kahrig and Gerald Lee, Jr. Jim Pantaleano also enjoyed a big Monday with three wins. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the program features a pair of carryovers -- $1,952,89 for the Pick 5 and $871.60 for the Super Hi-5. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadowlands

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 5, 2018 -- Rising MVP pulled the pocket near the three-quarters, powered past the leader and coasted to a comfortable victory in Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Rising MVP was stalking Banker Volo when Aaron Merriman cut him loose. The 3-year-old My MVP-Nutmegs Winner gelding had little trouble negotiating the "good" surface, scoring in 1:55.1. Media Buzz was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Explosive Leggs third. Bill Daugherty, Jr. trains Rising MVP, who now boasts $181,762 in career earnings, for Susan Daugherty. Tony Hall, Dan Rawlings, Wilbur Yoder, trainer Rich Gillock, owner Bob Key and Merriman each enjoyed a double on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

Man He Can Skoot paced home for his 50th career victory, winning the 7th race at Northfield Park on Tuesday (October 30). The nine year-old veteran, with 220 career starts, also has 45 seconds and 21 third-place finishes. Man He Can Skoot (Mantacular-Scoot'n By-Direct Scooter) has career earnings of $440,167 with a lifetime mark of 1:51 at Northfield Park at age six. The pacer's richest win was for a purse of $23,000 in a conditioned race at Yonkers Raceway in 2014. Man He Can Skoot is a well-traveled campaigner -- his 50 wins have been spread across 17 different racing surfaces. Man He Can Skoot started from post-7 and sat fourth through early :27 and :55 fractions. He pulled to the outside and took the lead in the third-quarter and led the remainder of the mile in times of 1:24 and 1:53, besting his competition by a full length. He returned $11.60 to win. Brian Loney trains Man He Can Skoot for owner Bradley Schwartz of Chicago, Illinois. Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

DAYTON, OH.- Safe From Terror and Another Breath shared the Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway spotlight on Friday (Oct. 19) by copping the co-featured open events. Heavily-favored Safe From Terror (Aaron Merriman, $3.20), a 6-year-old daughter of Western Terror who became a millionairess in July, outdueled a stubborn pacesetting American Girl (Dan Noble) by a nose in a 1:53.2 mile over a damp track. Gone Girl (Kayne Kauffman) used a ground-saving trip and a nice closing kick to finish a close-up third in the $16,500 Mares Open. American Girl cut out fractions of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:24.4 before closing in :28.3-only to be caught in the final stride by Safe From Terror, who raced first-up on the outside the entire final lap. Owned by Big Bad DT Racing Stable and trained by Mike Conklin, Safe From Terror now sports 56 wins in 136 trips to the post, good for earnings of $1,030,401. Another Breath (Dan Noble) charged out of the seven slot behind the starting car to gain command early and play catch-me-if-you-can with the full field in the $18,500 Open Trot. After posting fractional times of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:25.1, Another Breath had just enough left in the tank to hold off Pine Dream (Kayne Kauffman) and Optimist Blue Chip (Jeremy Smith) in 1:55.2. The winning 5-year-old gelded son of Lou's Legacy, who paid $12 to win, has now captured 16 of his 82 career starts and produced a bankroll of $337,890. It was the fourth win on the evening for driver Dan Noble, who also trains Another Breath for owner Richaard Mishkin. Racing resumes at Hollywood Dayton on Saturday night with a 6:15 p.m. post time. From the Dayon Raceway Media Department    

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 16, 2018 -- Wind Of The North, a speedy, rugged and durable trotter throughout his career, vaulted over $1 million in lifetime earnings with an in-hand victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. The 8-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding has won 47 of his 160 lifetime starts and banked $1,005,098. Wind Of The North retook the lead with a quarter-pole move for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury and had little trouble turning aside the first-over bid of Call For Justice. He scored in 1:55.4, 2-1/2 lengths better than early leader PL Jerico, with Cantab Lindy third. Wind Of The North took his 1:51 mark at Pocono at 4 and enjoyed his most productive years in 2015-2016, when he collected $489,352. In 2015, he won the Chip Noble at Scioto Downs and was second in the Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

The final session of the 2018 Ohio Sires Stakes season wrapped up Saturday night, October 13 at Northfield Park with eight $60,000 consolation divisions for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders. Driver Aaron Merriman captured three of the eight OSS events, while Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., won two of the $60,000 contests. Merriman took the first event with an easy, 1:57.2 front-stepping performance aboard 2-5 Bella's Rose Power, a freshman daughter by Triumphant Caviar co-owned and trained by Chris Beaver in the 2-year-old filly trot. Bella's Rose Power upped her earnings to $80,135 with the victory, her second in nine starts. She is owned in partnership with Beaver, along with breeder Marion Beachy, J. Gallagher and Steve Zeehandelar. The talented reinsman next guided 6-5 Infrontandforgetit to a perfect-trip scoring 1:58 mile for trainer Jim Arledge Jr. in the 3-year-old filly trot. The sophomore Dontyouforgetit lass sat behind the pace-setting 6-5 To Russia (Ryan Stahl) until the wire, when she overpowered rival Bugs MVP (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a neck to notch her sixth career win. Lifetime, Infrontandforgetit has $95,726 in her coffers for G. & W. Buckey, M. McLoughlin and Spring Mill Ventures. Merriman returned to the Northfield winner's circle with 1-5 favorite Yankee Boots, a Steve Carter trainee in the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace. The son of Yankee Cruiser used wire-to-wire tactics to capture his tenth start in 15 tries in 1:53.2 for the partnership of Carter, Grubbs, Carter & Whitacre, finishing a neck ahead of the hard-trying 7-2 Seattle Hanover (Chris Page). Yankee Boots now has $123,010 in earnings from this latest victory. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.'s first score came with 6-1 Bad Sammie in the 2-year-old filly pace. The freshman Big Bad John lass picked a perfect time to break her maiden in 1:55.3 for Patty Roth and Alan Keith. Trained by Mike Roth, Bad Sammie pushed her lifetime bankroll to $60,065 as she finished half a length in front of even-money favorite Officially My Way (Jason Thompson). Wrenn, Jr., next reined 9-5 favorite Dragonology to victory in the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace for trainer Ronnie Burke and owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Aws Stables. Dragonology took the lead from the start and never looked back, in front at ever quarter pole throughout the mile. The sophomore gelded son by Dragon Again took his second seasonal win and fourth lifetime victory in 1:53.1, and now has $158,167 in earnings. Canadian reinsman Anthony MacDonald steered 2-1 Westfiftysecond to a front-stepping 1:58 victory in the 2-year-old colt and gelding trot for trainer Jason McGinnis and Thestable Westfiftysecond. The gregarious youngster was 7½ lengths in front at the wire and now has $54,832 in his lifetime coffers for his owners, who comprise a group of 31 partners. The Doug Rine trained and co-owned 1-5 favorite Dance Withsomebody had no problem establishing his dominance in the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot with Robin Miller aboard. The Dejarmbro gelding was clocked in 1:56.1 and was never challenged throughout the one mile test. He's now earned $122,512 for Rine and co-owners Richard and Thomas Rine. The 3-year-old filly pace provided fans with a heart-stopping finish as 9-5 Princess Rougarou and driver Chris Page stopped the clock in 1:53.2 with a come-from-behind effort. The homebred Big Bad John lass is owned, trained and was bred by George Hensley, Jr., and upped her earnings to $119,652 with her seventh lifetime win in 31 starts. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 11, 2018 -- Delcrest Magicstar let Expose Yourself do the heavy lifting, then blew by her in the Lightning Lane to pull off the 12-1 upset in Thursday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. A recent acquisition by Tom Pollack, Reed Broadway and Randy Bendis, who also trains, Delcrest Magicstar stretched out Expose Yourself on the "good" surface before yielding to the pocket. She poured through the Lightning Lane for Aaron Merriman to defeat Expose Yourself by 1-1/4 lengths while Glidinthruparadise also shot the Lightning Lane for show. The 4-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-Star's Balance boosted her lifetime bankroll to $189,669. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

The Ohio Sires Stakes Consolations for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders will be contested this Saturday evening, Oct. 13, at Northfield Park. First race post time is 6 pm, ET. The day features a full realm of Buckeye State racing, with Thoroughbreds spotlighted at nearby Jack Thistledown, as they break from the Cleveland gait in five $150,000 stakes for Ohio-bred runners. Freshmen and sophomore Standardbreds not eligible to the $275,000 OSS Championships on Sept. 7 at Scioto Downs, have a chance to redeem themselves via these eight $60,000 OSS Consolations. These youngsters may have captured an OSS leg during the past season but failed to garner enough points to enter the rich Championships. Thus, by virtue of their points earned, the remaining top eight horses will now vie in the final OSS contests of the 2018 season. Bella's Rose Power is one such filly. This Chris Beaver trainee garnered checks in three of her four OSS legs for owners Beaer, Gallagher, Beachy and Zeehandelar. The Triumphant Caviar lass comes into the 2-year-old filly trot (Race 1) with $50,135 in her coffers and a mark of 1:58 taken in an overnight score at Scioto Downs on Sept. 5. TC's Best and Ilooklikeanallstar both won an OSS leg early in the season. These two are the standouts in the 2-year-old colt trot (Race 3). TC's Best won his first leg for trainer and co-owner Chris Beaver, but was less successful the remainder of the season, earning $29,043. Ilooklikeanallstar, won his OSS second leg in 1:58.1 at Scioto in his only check-earning effort of the series for trainer Kim Dailey and owner Virginia Powell. This son of Ilooklikemymom has earnings of $34,286 from two wins in nine starts. Dragonfly, a Dragon Again filly, was fourth and fifth in the first two OSS legs in her division, then didn't start in the last two legs. Trained by Chris McGuire, Dragonfly comes into the 2-year-old filly pace (Race 4) with a five-race win streak intact and $38,535 in her coffers. Likewise, Officially My Way is riding a four-race win streak as she paces into this consolation for trainer/owner Ron Randall. This Art Official distaff has $43,263 in earnings from 10 wins in 16 starts, and although she failed to win an OSS leg, did garner third, fourth and fifth-place checks in the three legs in which she participated. Yankee Boots finished a solid second in the fourth OSS leg for 2-year-old pacing colts, then promptly won his last three events, including the $40,000 Buckeye Stallion Series Final (BSS) one week ago. This Yankee Cruiser gelding starts from post three (Race 6) for trainer Steve Carter. He has nine wins in 14 starts and $93,010 for owners Carter, Grubbs, Carter and Whitacre. To Russia notched checks in all four of her OSS starts for trainer Scott Cox, and just missed getting into the Championship. However, she did win a series of Ohio Fair Stakes, earning $66,302 this year to date. The daughter of Manofmanymissions heads up the 3-year-old filly consolation (Race 5). Infrontandforgetit finished third in her lone OSS start, and since captured a $15,000 BSS division and the $40,000 BSS Final at Northfield last week for trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. This winner of $65,726 lifetime starts from the rail in this same event. The 3-year-old colt and gelding trot (Race 7) appears to be a wide-open race, with the Hugh Beatty-trained and driven Secret Bro garnering the slight nod. This Dejarmbro gelding was unraced as a freshman and was fourth and third in his first two OSS legs before opting out of the last two contests. He scored in a $15,000 BSS leg and was third in the BSS Final. Secret Bro is owned by Stephen Sexton and has $38,855 in his bankroll from three wins, two seconds and four thirds in 16 starts this year. Sweetnfamous hails from post two for trainer Virgil Morgan in the 3-year-old filly pace (Race 8). This Yankee Cruiser sophomore skipped her first OSS leg, then was third, fourth and second in the remaining legs for the Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, Fl. Though she's had only four wins in 17 starts this season, Sweetnfamous sports a healthy bankroll of $87,651 for her connections. Trainer Ronnie Burke sends out a one-two punch in the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace (Race 9) with Super Pac Hanover and Dragonology. The former gets the benefit of the rail, while the latter has drawn the six-hole. Super Pac Hanover is a $42,550-earning gelding, while Dragonology has $128,167 earned lifetime-both by the ill-fated Dragon Again. Another son of Dragon Again, the Kimberly Dailey-conditioned Drew The Dragon, also is worth watching in here. The winner of $70,338 comes into this race fresh off a win in a Dayton overnight on Oct. 4 in 1:52.2. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator             Kimberly Rinker   OSDF Administrator   Ohio State Racing Commission   77 South High Sreet, 18th Floor   Columbus, Ohio 43215   614-779-0269   Kim.rinker@racing.ohio.gov      

Northmedo Mission became the fasted harness racing sophomore gelding trotter in the history of Northfield Park when he won a $10,500 conditioned trot in 1:53.3 on Tuesday (October 9). The previous mark was 1:54.3 and held by both Star Buster (Aaron Merriman) in 2017 and Get The Cash (Greg Grismore) in 2018. Mike Medors trains the trotter for owner Northmedo Stable of Painesville, Ohio. Aaron Merriman was in the sulky for the winning drive. Northmedo Mission (Manofmanymissions-Northmedo Blessing-Striking Sahbra) started from post two. He left from the gate and led every call through fractions of :27.3, :56, 1:24.1 and 1:53.3, destroying his competition by 11 ¼-lengths. Northmedo Mission now has six wins in 18 starts this year. Tuesday's victory represents his 10st career score and bolstered his bankroll to $115,778. He was heavily favored and returned $3.20 to win. Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $35,000 20¢ Super High Five total pool guarantee to Wednesday’s (October 10th) program.  Offered in Race 13, the $35,000 20¢ Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $10,634.77. Northfield’s 20¢ Super High Five offers a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.    Wednesday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 2, 2018 -- Wind Of The North turned back the determined uncovered bid of Call For Justice and collected his third straight victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Wind Of The North had to step lively to reach the leaf from post 7 in 27.3, but when Aaron Merriman gave the 8-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding a 30.2 second-quarter breather, he was refreshed and ready for Call For Justice's challenge. Wind Of The North downed him by a length in 1:54.3, with the pocket-sitting Classicality third in the Lightning Lane. Bill Bercury trains and owns Wind Of The North, who now boasts $991,598 in career earnings. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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