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Fly Jesse Fly equaled Northfield Park's harness racing track record for five-and-up trotting geldings when he won the $19,000 Open Trot in 1:53.2 on Sunday (September 2). The mark was previous held by both Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) in 2016 and Cimeronken (Aaron Merriman) in 2018. Jim Otto of Jefferson, Ohio trains and co-owns the trotter with Robert Sidley of Painesville, Ohio. Chris Lems was in the sulky for the winning drive. Fly Jesse Fly (Jailhouse Jesse-Flying Rae-Pegasus Spur) started from post two. He left from the gate and led every call through fractions of :26.4, :55.3, 1:24 and 1:53.2, besting his competition by 2 ¼-lengths. Fly Jesse Fly now has six wins in 21 starts this year. Sunday's victory represents his 21st career score and bolstered his bankroll to $410,445. He returned $10.00 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Windsong Leo paced home for his seventh straight win Monday (August 20) in Northfield Park's eighth race, the $19,000 Open Pace. The six year-old gelding is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. He is trained by Ron Burke. Chris Page was aboard for the winning drive. Windsong Leo started from post eight. He sat back and let his rivals post sizzling fractions of :26.1, :53.4 and 1:22.3. Page moved Windsong Leo on the backstretch, and prevailing by a nose in a stretch duel, stopping the timer at 1:51.1. Monday's triumph increased Windson Leo's (Jereme's Jet-Goldie-Jenna's Beach Boy) lifetime earnings to $334,250. He returned $15.00 to win. The impressive seven consecutive victories started in New York at Yonkers Raceway, posting wins on June 9, June 17 and June 30. Windsong Leo then scored on July 14 and July 23 at The Meadows before his August 6 and August 20 triumphs at Northfield Park. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

North America Cup champion Lather Up headlines a deep and diverse field in Northfield Park's premier event, the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial on Saturday night, August 11. The race, a three year-old Open by invitation only, has attracted a diverse and accomplished group of horses, representing sires from six different states and Ontario. Ohio-sired Lather Up has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite by Northfield's Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Lather Up has banked over $500,000 in purses while winning eight of his nine starts thus far in 2018. Lather Up is the only horse in the field that has ever competed at Northfield, including a local victory in Ohio Sires Stakes competition last year. Clyde Francis of the George Teague Stable trains Lather Up for breeder/owners Gary and Barbara Iles of Harrington, Delaware. Jimmy Freight drew the rail and is the 3-1 second choice. He ventures south of the border on the heels of a career best 1:48.3 romp in Ontario Sires Stakes company on August 4 at Woodbine/Mohawk Park. Jimmy Freight is now a perfect 4-for-4 in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events this year. Dorsoduro Hanover drew post-5 and is the 4-1 third choice. He is fresh off a breakthrough victory in the $400,000 Adios at The Meadows (near Pittsburgh). Pennsylvania-sired Dorsoduro Hanover enters the Milstein for harness racing's leading trainer in both wins and purses, Ron Burke. Burke recently surpassed the $200,000,000 mark in career purses from his stable, and is a fixture atop the seasonal leader board for trainers in both wins and earnings from his starters. The 2018 $400,000 Milstein Memorial field: POST HORSE DRIVER TRAINER M/L 1 Jimmy Freight Louis Roy Andrew Harris 3-1 2 Lather Up Montrell Teague Clyde Francis 2-1 3 Thinkbig Dreambig Jordan Stratton Jimmy Takter 12-1 4 Springteen Rene Allard David Miller 6-1 5 Dorsoduro Hanover Matt Kakaley Ron Burke 4-1 6 Minnie Vinnie Aaron Merriman Curtis Carey 15-1 7 Slick Tony Russell Foster George Leager 20-1 8 Always A Prince Trace Tetrick Tyler George 10-1 The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned and operated Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. His son, Brock, took over as Chairman of Northfield Park upon his father's passing until earlier this year when MGM Growth Properties purchased the racetrack from Milstein Entertainment, LLC. In 1972, the senior Milstein, a Cleveland builder and real estate developer, headed a group of several partners, including George Steinbrenner, which purchased Northfield Park. They leased the facility to other operators through the early 1980's. The track lost significant amounts of money during that period before Milstein took full ownership and control. In late 1984 he successfully applied to the Ohio State Racing Commission for the necessary licenses and, beginning in January, 1985, conducted permanent race meetings at Northfield of between 212 and 238 days every year. Milstein was the driving force behind a resurgence of the beleaguered track, which ascended to among harness racing's top tracks in attendance and handle. He was an innovator in promotions and advertising and successfully led the track into the era of simulcast racing. Exciting Undercard "The Carl Milstein Memorial is our richest and most prestigious race of the year," stated Brent Reitz, Northfield Park Vice President and General Manager, "but the rest of the card is loaded with exceptional racing as well." This year's Milstein Memorial program carries total purses in excess of $700,000. The 16-race program includes the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, a race for four year-old-and-up Ohio Sired Pacers (by invitation only), three $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for three year-old filly pacers, and three $19,000 Open events. Superfecta wagering will be available on Saturday's featured 11th race event with a $20,000 guaranteed pool. It is also the fourth leg of the Pick-4, which has a guaranteed pool of $10,000. First race post time is 6:00 p.m. In addition to superior racing action, Milstein Night will also offer guests a sumptuous spread in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The dinner buffet, inspired by Hard Rock Rocksino Executive Chef Chris Poplin, is specially priced at $21.95. Limited clubhouse seating remains; call 330-467-4101 for reservations. Guests who want to be down close to all the racing action can gather on the grandstand apron to sample some award winning fare. Making their return appearance to the Northfield Apron is Cleveland's award winning Barrio's food truck. Cleveland's Scene Magazine readers voted Barrio as the best food truck in northeast Ohio. Joining Barrio is the Addicted Coffee truck and Crooked Kettle Popcorn. Live music by Unknown Reason also will be part of the apron scene from 6-10 p.m. Attendees can also enter drawings that will take place throughout the evening. The drawings are FREE to enter and we will be giving away betting vouchers, gift cards, 55" SmartTV, amusement park tickets, and the Grand Prize of up to $2,000 in our Cases of Cash game. Plus, try your luck at our Putting Challenge, where you can win more cash and prizes from 7 - 8 PM. Admission and parking are always FREE at Northfield Park. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

A field of eight of the sports best three-year-old colts and geldings have RSVP'd "Yes" to compete in harness racing's richest Invitational for pacers, the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park this Saturday night, August 11. Northfield's Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi, has received commitments from the connections of a diverse and accomplished group of horses, representing sires from six different states and Ontario. They will all converge on the Northeast Ohio oval on Saturday in Northfield's premier event of the season. Headlining the field of eight is Ohio-sired Lather Up, champion of the $1,000,000 (Canadian funds) North America Cup at suburban Toronto's Woodbine/Mohawk Park in June. Lather Up has banked over $500,000 in purses while winning eight of his nine starts thus far in 2018. Lather Up is the only horse in the field that has ever competed at Northfield, including a local victory in Ohio Sires Stakes competition last year. Clyde Francis of the George Teague Stable trains Lather Up for breeder/owners Gary and Barbara Iles of Harrington, Delaware. Fresh off of a breakthrough victory in the $400,000 Adios at The Meadows (near Pittsburgh) Pennsylvania-sired Dorsoduro Hanover enters the Milstein for harness racing's leading trainer in both wins and purses, Ron Burke. Burke recently surpassed the $200,000,000 mark in career purses from his stable, and is a fixture atop the seasonal leader board for trainers in both wins and earnings from his starters. Springsteen, winner of the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial at Mohegan Sun at Pocono on June 30, enters the Milstein off an impressive score in New York Sires Stakes competition at Yonkers Raceway in his most recent outing. Rene Allard conditions the career earner of $522,048. Jimmy Freight ventures south of the border on the heels of a career best 1:48.3 romp in Ontario Sires Stakes company on August 4 at Woodbine/Mohawk Park. He is now a perfect 4-for-4 in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events this year. Always A Prince will race outside of Indiana for the first time when he lines up behind the Northfield Park staring gate. A winner of 11 of 13 career starts, Always A Prince crushed the field by over seven lengths in an Indiana Sires Stakes Final in his most recent outing at Hoosier Park on August 1. Multiple Delaware stakes winner Slick Tony will step into Grand Circuit company for the first time in Saturday's Milstein. 80-year-old owner/trainer/breeder George Leager and his wife Nola paid only $500 for Slick Tony's dam, Queen Kathy. Slick Tony has rewarded the Leagers with 15 victories in 19 lifetime starts, and nearly $300,000 in earnings. Making the longest voyage to Northfield is Iowa fair stakes legend Minnie Vinnie. A winner of 18 of 23 career starts, Minnie Vinnie had a profitable voyage east earlier this year when he finished second in the $300,000 Art Rooney Memorial at Yonkers Raceway in New York. Rounding out the Milstein field is the late-blooming Thinkbig Dreambig. Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter sends out the winner of over $125,000 in just nine lifetime starts. The powerful field has combined to win 87 races and $2,769,468 in purse earnings. They certainly arrive at Northfield in top form, as seven out the eight horses in the field were victorious in their most recent efforts. The Carl Milstein Memorial post-position draw will be conducted on Tuesday, August 7. It will be race 11 on a 16-race program that will also include the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace for veteran Ohio-breds and multiple divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for three-year-old filly pacers. First race post time is 6:00 (Eastern), with the Milstein scheduled for an approximate 10:00 start. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Electric Lad paced home for his 50th career victory, winning the 6th race at Northfield Park on Wednesday (August 1). The 13 year-old veteran, with 346 career starts, also has 51 seconds and 44 third place finishes. Electric Lad (Electric Yankee-Figmental-Precious Bunny) has career earnings of $436,459 with a lifetime mark of 1:51.2 at Hoosier Park at age nine. The pacer's richest win was for a purse of $19,300 in a claiming race at Hoosier Park in 2013. Electric Lad is a well-traveled campaigner -- his 50 wins have been spread across 11 different racing surfaces. Electric Lad started from post-4 and led his competition at every call through fraction of :27.1, :56.3, 1:25 and 1:54.1, besting his competition by a 1 ¼-lengths. He was the race favorite and returned $4.60 to win. Ryan Bellamy of Anderson, Indiana owns and trains Electric Lad. Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Sass trotted home for his sixth straight win Monday (July 30) in Northfield Park's 10th race, the $19,000 Open Trot. The five year-old harness racing stallion is owned by Paul and Patricia O'Neil of Saratoga Springs, New York and trained by Jessica Roegner. Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive. Sass was assigned post eight and was parked through fractional times of :28 and :56.1. He made the lead in the third quarter and never looked back through times of 1:25.1 and 1:55. Despite the tough trip, he bested his competition by 2¼-lengths. Monday's triumph increased Sass' lifetime earnings to $252,536. He was the favorite and returned $4.00 to win. Merriman also won the evening's $19,000 F&M Open with Bye Bye Felicia, who tied the 1:50.3 four year-old-pacing-mare track and world records. The clocking tied a 2017 record of Lakeisha Hall (Matt Kakaley) at Northfield Park. Leah Rhoades of Clarksville, Pennsylvania owns Bye Bye Felicia and William Rhoades is her conditioner. Bye Bye Felicia (Woodstock-Tea Time-Camluck) now has six wins in 28 starts this year. Monday's victory represents her 13th career score and bolstered her bankroll to $232,356. She paid $5.00 to win. Bye Bye Felicia and Sass were just two of the eight wins on the night for North America's leading driver Aaron Merriman. His other triumphs were with Gotta Laugh Again ($2.60) in race six, Anoche ($6.00) in race seven, Khan Blue Chip ($5.00) in race nine, Beach Boy Brody ($2.20) in race 12, Crusoe Hanover ($4.60) in race 14 and A Bettor World ($3.40) in race 16. Although Aaron Merriman was not the pilot, in the evening's fourth race Joyfulntriumphant crossed the finish line as the fastest four year-old-trotting-mare ever at Northfield Park when she won a $12,500 conditioned event in 1:54.2. The former 1:54.4 record was held in a tie by Like Old Times (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) from 2016 and Rose Run Sydney (Ryan Stahl) in 2018. Christopher Beaver of Radnor, Ohio leases and trains Joyfulntriumphant. Chris Lems was in the sulky for the winning drive. Joyfulntriumphant (Triumphant Caviar-Happy Everything-Ken Warkentin) now has 13 lifetime wins and a bankroll of $89,159. She paid $12.80 to win. Ayers Ratliff

Count On Cody crossed the finish line as the fastest sophomore trotting colt ever at Northfield Park when he won the $6,200 Summit County Fair Stakes in 1:55.2 on Saturday (July 28). The former 1:55.3 three year-old trotting record was held by Buckeye Boss (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) from 2017. Acadia Farms of Canfield, Ohio and G&B Racing of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania own Count On Cody. Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Famer Marty Wollam is his conditioner and Kurt Sugg was in the sulky for the winning drive. Count On Cody (Full Count-Caviar Forthe Lady-S J's Caviar) started from post five. He left from the gate sat the pocket through :27.2 and :57 opening fractions. Just past the half Count On Cody came to the outside, took the lead and never looked back. He rolled through final fractions of 1:26.1 and 1:55.2, besting his competition by 1 ¼-lengths. Count On Cody now has two wins in three starts this year. Saturday's victory represents his fourth career score and bolstered his bankroll to $136,570. He was heavily favored and returned $5.80 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Marion Marauder trotted home a winner in Saturday's $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic, dethroning last year's champion Crazy Wow, and continues his march through the national trotting ranks. He trotted the one mile race in 1:52.4. The 2015 trotting Triple Crown Champion, Marion Marauder entered the Classic off a 1:55.1 victory in a $44,000 Open Handicap at Yonkers Raceway despite being parked the entire mile. He again had to take a considerable amount of air to grind out a first-over victory in the Classic's Grand Circuit event. The Trotting Classic was scratched down to a field of six, with #7 Homicide Hunter and #8 Will Take Charge withdrawing from the race due to illness. Marion Marauder ($2.20) was heavily favored by the betting public and started from post two. He sat third through the: 27.4 opening quarter. Driver Jordan Stratton pulled Marion Marauder first-over in the second turn and remained parked the remainder of the mile despite the leader, Crazy Wow, going off stride at the half. "I'm not sure what happened to Crazy Wow. That sure was an uncharacteristic break," said Stratton. "But it sure worked out for me." In Secret, who sat the pocket through the opening quarter battled with Marion Marauder through fractions of: 56.2 and 1:23.4 before weakening at the top of the stretch. "I was a little worried about In Secret. I have seen him race several times and know he is a tough horse," commented Stratton. "But Marion Marauder just trotted through and overcame tonight." He took the lead at the top of the stretch and bested his competition by 1 ¾ lengths. Saturday marked the second time Jordan Stratton traveled to his native state of Ohio this month. On June 2, he piloted Bit Of A Legend to victory in Northfield's $200,000 Battle Of Lake Erie. Saturday's win is Marion Marauder's third win this year and 17th lifetime score, increasing his bankroll to $2,705,200 for owners Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling, and trainer Paula Wellwood. Completing the Classic field were I Know My Chip, In Secret, Dia Monde, Another Breath and Crazy Wow. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield, OH— The 2016 Trotting Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic on Saturday night, June 30, at Northfield Park. Co-owned by Ontario residents Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling, and trained by Ontario-based Paula Wellwood, Marion Marauder will start from post position two in the accomplished field of eight harness racing veteran trotters.  Ohio native Jordan Stratton will travel home from his current base of New York state to drive the winner of over $2.6-million.  A five-year-old son of Muscle Hill, Marion Marauder rose to prominence during his three-year-old campaign in 2016 by sweeping trotting’s Triple Crown – the $1,000,000 Hambletonian at The Meadowlands (NJ), the $500,000 Yonkers Trot at Yonkers Raceway (NY) and the $431,000 Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile.  Marion Marauder is the only Hambletonian champion to race at Northfield Park in the past quarter century. Main competition in Saturday’s feature event may come from 2017 Cleveland Trotting Classic champion Crazy Wow.  The Ron Burke trainee, $2.2-million career earner, tied the all-age Northfield trotting track record of 1:52.3 while winning last year’s event.  Millionaire Homicide Hunter, and multiple stakes winners In Secret and Will Take Charge, will also see heavy support at the betting windows. The Cleveland Trotting Classic is the featured event on a 16-race card Saturday night with a first race post time of 6:00 PM (Eastern).  It will be race 11, with an approximate post time of 9:55 PM.  Top events on the undercard will be four $25,000 Finals of the Spring Late Closing Series.   A $7,500 Guaranteed Pick 4 pool beginning in race 8, and ending with the Cleveland Trotting Classic, tops the wagering menu.  Live music by The One Hit Wonders and multiple prize giveaways will keep the grandstand busy, while culinary offerings include the Melted Fusion Food Truck on the track apron, a $19.95 Cleveland Trotting Classic buffet in Lady Luck’s clubhouse and concession stand specials.  Call 330-467-4101 for clubhouse reservations. The $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic – Race 11 – Approximate Post Time 9:55 PM (Eastern)                Horse                                   Driver                             Trainer              Morning Line Odds In Secret                              Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.            Ron Burke                           7-2 Marion Marauder            Jordan Stratton                 Paula Wellwood                       2-1 Another Breath                 TBA                                        Jeff Johnson, Jr.              15-1 I Know My Chip                 Greg Grismore                  Walter Haynes, Jr.               12-1 Dia Monde                         Mike Wilder                        Thomas Durand                  20-1 Crazy Wow                         Chris Page                           Ron Burke                         8-1 Homicide Hunter              Aaron Merriman               Chris Oakes                            4-1 Will Take Charge              Jim Morrill, Jr.                    Jeff Gillis                                6-1                          Contact Dave Bianconi (dbianconi@northfieldpark.com) 330-467-4101 ext. 2207 for more information. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park 

Northfield Park's leading driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., continued his winning ways on Saturday (June 16) winning eight times on the 16-race program. Ronnie's triumphs were with World Of Gaming ($3.00) in race two, Lady Gallipolis ($5.20) in race three, Blues Queen ($2.60) in race four, Southwind Lea ($3.80) in race six, Stirling Euphoria ($4.20) in race 10, Feelin Red Hot ($7.60) in race 11, Stucklikeglue ($2.20) in race 12 and Derek Delight ($3.00) in race 14. Wrenn won his first race in 2008, a $2,800 Billings event at the Hillsdale Fair in Michigan, aboard Artful Power. Since breaking his maiden, Ronnie has scored over 4,500 more times with purse earnings approaching $27 million. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Cams Valentino crossed the finish line faster than any other four year-old pacing gelding on a half-mile track in the history of harness racing when he won the $14,500 Open II in 1:49 on Monday (June 11). The clocking also tied the all-age track on Northfield Park's half-mile oval. The former four year-old gelding world record was held by Wiggle It Jiggleit (2016, Nfld, Montrell Teague) and the Northfield record was solely held by Scott Rocks (6, 1:49, Aaron Merriman). Arold, Drury, Kohut LLC owns Cams Valentino. Kent Sherman is his conditioner and Aaron Merriman was in the sulky for the winning drive. Cams Valentino (Art Official-Cam's Valentine-Cam Fella) started from post one. He left from the gate and led the entire mile through times of :27, :54.2, 1:21.2 and 1:49, dominating his competition by 11 ½-lengths. Cams Valentino now has five wins in 16 starts this year. Monday's victory represents his 12th career score and bolstered his bankroll to $88,634. He was heavily favored and returned $2.20 to win. by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park $50,000 Ohio Sire Stake at Northfield When Tyler Smith steered Spunky Bottom Girl to victory in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore trotting fillies on Monday night, June 11 at Northfield Park, it brought to fruition a long history of genetic luck for owner/breeder Ed Teefey.   “I bought the granddam of this filly, Princess Pan, 2, 2:01.1M  ($14,205) some ten years ago at the Meadowlands Sale,” said Teffey, a retired banker, harness announcer and auctioneer from Mount Sterling, IL.    “She was a daughter of Supergill who was in foal to Classic Photo. I was standing next to trainer Tony Alagna, who told me he had bid on her yearling the year before for $70,000.  I was just standing there and made one bid of $5,700 and she, and her unborn foal, were mine.”   The following year, Teefey christened Princess Pan’s eleventh foal, a filly, Princess Addie, named after his first granddaughter.  Princess Addie is a full sister to the $384,105-winning mare Firstclassprincess 6, 1:53; and a half-sister to the gelding Peaceful Prince (by Lindy Lane) 7, 1:56.2f ($228,909), among others.   “She really didn’t have a lot of talent and then she broke a sesamoid at three,” Teefey recalled. “But she comes from the family of Illinois champion Lady Ann Reed, who was a prolific mare some four decades ago. So, on the advice of Tony (Alagna) and Myron (Bell), I bred her to My MVP, who stands here in Ohio (at Sugar Valley Farm) in Delaware.”   The resulting foal was Spunky Bottom Girl, who, Teefey noted, is named after a bluegrass band in Teefey’s hometown.   “We raced her ten times last year as a 2-year-old in Illinois,” Teefey explained. “She did okay for us (earning $15,225).  Trainer Mike Brink had her then and I kind of thought she’d step up a bit this year and mature, and so we decided to race her mainly in Ohio.  Two friends—Dean Beachy and Carl Becker—suggested I leave her with (trainer) Brent Davis in Zanesville, so that’s what we did.”   Spunky Bottom Girl left the gate at 7-1 odds and sat quietly mid-pack, while 3-2 Sesame (Aaron Merriman) and 20-1 Alana’s Ways (Josh Sutton) slugged it out, taking the field of seven to a :28 first panel clocking. Around the final turn Spunky Bottom Girl moved three-wide, with 4-5 favorite Impinktoo (Kayne Kauffman) four-wide, with the former drawing off to win by two lengths in a career best 1:55.4.  Impinktoo held on for second, while Sesame nailed down show honors.   The win upped Spunky Bottom Girl’s career earnings to $57,215 and was her first win of her 3-year-old career. She now has four wins in 17 career starts, along with four second-place finishes.   In the second $50,000 OSS division, rivals California Love (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Non Smoker (Danny Noble) hit the finish line together, in a 1:56.2 dead-heat for the win.    Californian Love, a 17-1 shot trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver and Steve Zeehandelar, Marion Beachy and Moger-Delia Racing, is a Storming Norman lass bred by Beachy who has eight wins to her credit in 20 starts, with $96,752 in career earnings.  She was a solid fourth to Red Storm in Leg 1 of this series at Miami Valley on May 4.   Non Smoker captured her OSS Leg 1 division at Miami Valley on May 4 in 1:54 for owner Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH.  Trained by Noble, the grey daughter by My MVP has a career bankroll of $76,601 from five wins in 12 starts.    Leaving the gate at 7-2, Non Smoker repelled challenges by 1-2 Looking For Zelda (Tony Hall) and 9-2 Red Storm (Aaron Merriman), before getting caught by California Love at the wire.  Red Storm held on for third, three-quarters of a length behind the two victresses.   by Kim RInker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

This Saturday at Northfield Park you can watch and wager on the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes. Does Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify have what it takes to become the 13th winner of Thoroughbred Racing's Triple Crown? Doors open at 10:30 AM with the first race on the Belmont undercard scheduled for 11:35 AM. Advance wagering on the Belmont will be available, and simulcast signals from over 40 other tracks will be offered for wagering. Upon entering, guests (18 and older) will receive a FREE Malley's Chocolate Bar beginning at 10:30 am (while supplies last)! Each bar contains a delicious Malley's Chocolate bar and a ticket redeemable for cash or match play. Every bar is a winner and prizes range from $2- 1,000. Enjoy a donut and coffee for just $1 while you handicap the day's big races. The donut and coffee special will be available beginning at 10:30 AM while supplies last. Join Bob "Railbird" Roberts and Track Announcer Ayers Ratliff at 11:30 AM for a FREE handicapping seminar outside on the grandstand apron. Bob and Ayers will give their picks and analysis on the entire Belmont card. Seminar attendees will be eligible to win a host of great door prizes. Visit some of Northeast Ohio's gourmet food trucks on the outdoor apron from 1-7 PM including Crooked Kettle Popcorn, Slyman's, Smash Time and Super Hero Food Truck. Plus, enjoy live music by Victory Highway from 2-5 PM and Unknown Reason from 6-10 PM. Guests can enter the $2,000 Belmont Handicapping Contest beginning with race four; top prize is $1,000 cash! In addition, Northfield Park will offer prize drawings throughout the afternoon. Fans will fill out an entry blank to deposit in the contest bin located in the center of the grandstand. Names will be drawn randomly throughout the day to pick a card to reveal their prize! Fans can win cash, gift cards, $100 Win Wagers on the Belmont Stakes, sporting event tickets and more including the grand prize of $2,500 cash! After the Belmont Party, stick around for a night of live racing with a first race post time of 6 PM while enjoying the great view and buffet from our Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant. The buffet price is $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. FREE admission and FREE parking every day at Northfield Park. by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Bit Of A Legend N lived up to his name on Saturday night when he won the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park. The win was the nine year-old's 44th and fastest win of his harness racing career. Bit Of A Legend N (Bettor's Delight - Soky's Legend - Sokys Atom) is owned by Vonknoblaunch Stable LLC of Hampton Bays, New York. He is trained by Peter Tritton and Jordan Stratton had the winning drive. As the gate pulled away from the Battle field, race favorite Rockin Ron and Missile J both tried for the lead, with Rockin Ron prevailing early and leading through fractions of :27, :54.4, and 1:21.4. Bit Of A Legend N pulled first-over approaching the half and continued on the outside the remainder of the mile, eventually overtaking Rockin Ron in the stretch and stopping the timer at 1:49.4. "He went a huge mile tonight," said Stratton. "I was pretty upset with him last week (finishing 5th in the $115,000 Camluck Classic at Western Fair), but Peter (Tritton) said he had him ready and boy was he right." Saturday's win increases Bit Of A Legend N's bankroll to $2,241,131. He returned $7.80 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

FOILED AGAIN TO RACE ON UNDER CARD

Northfield Park is the place to be this Saturday, May 19, for the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes live from Pimlico Racecourse. Doors open early at 9:30 AM and first post at Pimlico is set for 10:30 AM. Early bird wagering on the Preakness will be available Saturday morning, accompanied by simulcasting action both day and night from over 40 tracks across the U.S., Canada and Australia. Don't miss out on reserving a private seating carrel and television for your viewing pleasure. Carrel seats are currently on sale at the grandstand center program stand. If you arrive early on Preakness Day, join us for a special morning snack of a donut and coffee. The $1.00 special begins at 9:30 AM and will be served while supplies last. Be sure to join track announcer Ayers Ratliff and Michael Carter for a FREE Pimlico handicapping seminar which begins at 11:00 AM. Visit Northeast Ohio's finest food trucks outside on the trackside apron to satisfy your hunger. The trucks 216 Bistro, Crooked Kettle Popcorn, Slyman's Food Truck and Smash Time will be on-site from 2 - 7 PM offering delicious gourmet food items while you listen to live music by The Benjaminz (3 - 5 PM) and Unknown Reason (6 - 10 PM). There is a FREE $2,000 Pimlico Handicapping Contest beginning with race four with a top prize of $1,000 cash! Northfield Park will also offer prize drawings throughout the day. Just fill out the entry blank that you receive when you enter and deposit it in the contest bin located in the center of the grandstand. Winners will be drawn randomly throughout the day. Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes will be given away including a grand prize of $2,500 cash! All guests (18 and older) will receive a FREE Malley's Chocolate Crunch Bar beginning at 9:30 am (while supplies last)! Each bar contains a delicious Malley's Chocolate Crunch bar and a ticket redeemable for cash or match play. Every bar is a winner and prizes range from $2- 1,000. After the Preakness Party, stick around for a night of live racing with a first race post time of 6 PM while enjoying the great view and buffet from our Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant. The buffet price is $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. Free admission and FREE parking every day at Northfield Park. Ayers Ratliff

Haness racing longshot players were celebrating after the horses crossed the finish of Northfield Park's fourth race on Wednesday (May 9) when #8 Royal Player won at odds of nearly 180-1. Ray Gingrich of Garrettsville, Ohio owns the six year-old pacer. Luke Ebersole trains Royal Player and was aboard for the winning drive. Wednesday's triumph was a maiden breaking score in Royal Player's fifth lifetime start. Royal Player was followed across the wire by #3 Smell That Rock (23-1), #4 Dundee Dan (71-1) and #7 Diggity Dog (8-1). Royal Player returned $361.40 to win; the 8-4 Exacta paid $13,142.20 for a $1 ticket; the 8-4-3 Trifecta returned $14,638.00 for a $1 ticket; and the 8-4-ALL-ALL 20¢ Superfecta paid $1,062.76.  $4,417.96 Carryover Sparks Guaranteed $15,000 Pick-5 Total Pool Saturday at Northfield Park                          Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $15,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to its card on Saturday (May 12).  Beginning in Race 3, the $15,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $4,417.96.  Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.    Saturday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff

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