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MGM Northfield Park WILL race it's live card on Saturday (March 14) as scheduled, 6PM post time.   However, no fans will be permitted in the race track. Only essential personnel needed to race (trainers, drivers and grooms with horses in-to-go tonight) will be permitted on the backstretch. MGM Northfield Park's races can be watched live at www.northfieldpark.com and on all major ADW platforms. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

Ryan Stahl scored the 5,000th win of his harness racing driving career aboard Crowntime Pet in MGM Northfield Park's opening race on Tuesday (March 3) despite being parked the entire mile. Crowntime Pet posted a ½-length advantage over his closest rival in 1:56.2. That margin was sufficient to return $51.20 to win.   Stahl's richest win came in a $250,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final with Mission Accepted. It was the largest of the seven Sire Stakes Champions Stahl has driven. The native of Republic, Ohio rates the best horse he has ever driven as being Hypnotic Blue Chip, in the 2011 Battle of Lake Erie. The 41-year-old Stahl won his first race in 1994 aboard a trotting filly named Lojos Sharp Baby, at the Oak Harbor (Ohio) Fairgrounds. Ryan Stahl currently holds the track record over the Flying Turns for freshman trotting geldings with Yes in 1:53.1. Stahl started driving at the age of 14 and appreciates the success he has had so far; accomplishing the 5,000-win milestone and having driven the winners of over $24 million. Ryan's career was heavily shaped by his father Lee. "It is only fitting that I won this milestone on what would be Dad's birthday," said Stahl. Ryan Stahl also credits Gerald Bookmyer, who was recently inducted into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame, as being a big influence and a great friend throughout his career. "There are so many people to thank for the success I have had," explained Stahl. "My Mom, my wife, Kent Sherman and many, many other trainers." Stahl has been married for almost five years to Nichole. The couple has two children, a son Owen, and daughter Sonny. The Stahl family resides on an 80-acre farm in Seneca County, Ohio. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

The best harness racing pacers in the Midwest compete in the $16,000 Open Pace on Monday (February 10) at MGM Northfield Park.  Southwind Amazon is the 2-1 slight favorite over 5-2 Carolina Beach and 3-1 Windsong Leo in the evening’s featured ninth race. Southwind Amazon enters the race off two wins in a row against Northfiled’s Open competition.  He has won three of four starts already this year. The 10-year-old gelding has 90 lifetime wins and recently pushed his career bankroll in excess of a million dollars. Ronnie Wrenn Jr will be steering Southwind Amazon from post five for trainer Paul Holzman. Carolina Beach shakes a string on 7-holes to start from post-3 for trainer William Bercury and driver Aaron Merriman.  The 6-year-old gelding finished second, beaten by only a neck in his most recent race in Northfield’s Open. He has two wins and two seconds in five races this year and has won 30 of 90 career starts. Windsong Leo shows six straight wins in the program, all against Open Company at The Meadows near Pittsburgh.  The Pennsylvania Invader starts from the outside and is a perfect four-for-four this year. He has 54 lifetime successes with over $630,000 in earnings.  Ron Burke harnesses this 8-year-old contender for driver Chris Page.  Other horses starting in this featured event is #1 Derecho (Davis Lake), #2 Lancaster Park (Keith Kash Jr.) and #4 Just Toyin With Ya (Chris Lems). Monday’s post time is 6PM.  by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park        

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $12,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Monday (January 27) for its harness racing meeting. Beginning in race two, the $12,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $3,128. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. The evening's ninth race begins the 20¢ Northfield Single Six (a unique combination Pick 6) boasting a $5,940 carryover. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s, 20¢ Super High Five and 20¢ Northfield Single Six offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Monday's post time is 6PM. Ayers Ratliff

KJ's Foxy Lady puts her six-race harness racing win streak on the line when she goes to the gate in the 16th race on Saturday (January 25) at MGM Northfield Park. She has drawn post-3 and is the early even-money favorite despite a move up in class. The most recent loss that KJ's Foxy Lady suffered was on November 22, when she finished sixth at Northville Downs in Michigan. Since that loss, she has moved to MGM Northfield Park under the care of trainer William Rhoades with the driving services of Aaron Merriman and has flourished under her new connections. The six consecutive victories of KJ's Foxy Lady include a November 30 condition win, December 14 and 21 victories against $8,000 claimers, and December 28, January 4 and January 11 scores against $12,500 claimers. She moves up the ladder again on Saturday to face the $17,500 claiming ranks. KJ's Foxy Lady (Kenneth J - Fox Valley Backoff - Sportsmaster) is owned by Barbie Jo Conner of Deerfield, Michigan. The 10-year-old mare has a lifetime win-total of 40 and earnings of $289,406. Ayers Ratliff

Northfield, OH - The 20-cent harness racing Northfield Single Six was taken down by a lone combination for a monstrous $49,040.14 return on Monday (Jan. 20). The payoff was hit by a patron wagering at MGM Northfield Park on Monday night. The Single Six wager premiered in 2018, and has become with bettors chasing colossal returns. The unique combination Pick-6 offers a low 14% takeout rate. The 20-cent wager carries over 50% of its nightly pool until it is solved by a single combination. Monday's payoff is evidence that the 20-cent wager is doing exactly what it was designed to do; offering handicappers monstrous jackpot. By Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park.

Storied pacer Southwind Amazon became a millionaire winning the $15,000 Open Pace on Monday (January 20) in MGM Northfield Park’s ninth race.  Southwind Amazon went to the gate with 88 career wins and $998,216 in earnings.  Monday’s victory yielded $7,500, bringing his career tally to $1,005,716. The 10 year-old was assigned the outside post six in the evening’s featured pace.  He was fifth through the :26.4 opening quarter.  Southwind Amazon started his first-over bid in the second split and remained there through fractions of :55.1 and 1:23.  Amazon took the lead at the top of the stretch and bested his competition by ¾-length in 1:52.  Greg Grismore was given the evening’s driving assignment by Southwind Amazon’s trainer Paul Holzman.  The son of Camluck is owned by Ameer Najor of West Bloomfield, Michigan.  Southwind Amazon was the race favorite and returned $3.80 to win.  Paul Holzman with Southwind Amazon and his groom Alex Smith. (Raymond Lance Photo)   $20,000 Pick 5 Guaranteed Pool Tuesday at MGM Northfield Park MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $20,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Tuesday (Dec. 21). Beginning in race two, the $20,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $5,342. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield’s Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s, 20¢ Super High Five and 20¢ Northfield Single Six offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Tuesday’s post time is 6 PM. Ayers Ratliff  

Northfield, OH -- Due to winter weather conditions in Northeast Ohio, MGM Northfield Park has canceled live harness racing for Saturday (Jan. 18). Live racing is set to resume on Sunday (Jan.19) at 6 p.m. Sunday's card features a trio of guaranteed pools in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. Wagering opportunities include a $10,000 guaranteed total pool Pick-4 in races seven and 11, and a $10,000 guaranteed total pool Super Hi-5 in race 13. Free past performances provided by TrackMaster can be found here. By Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park  

The storied harness racing pacer Southwind Amazon enters MGM Northfield Park's ninth race on Monday (January 13) with $998,216 in career earnings. A first, second or third place finish will yield more than the $1,784 needed to add a second comma to his earnings. Finishing in the top-three appears to be more than attainable for the 88-time winner. Southwind Amazon has been assigned post-6 in Monday's $15,000 Open Pace and is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. Chris Page has been named to drive by Southwind Amazon's trainer Paul Holzman. The 10-year-old son of Camluck is owned by Ameer Najor of West Bloomfield, Michigan. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Aaron Merriman added to his history-making career on Monday (Dec. 30), becoming the first harness racing driver to achieve three straight 1,000-win seasons, acheving his 1,000th win in the 14th and last race at Northfield Park late Monday evening. Over the past couple of weeks, harness racing fans have been anxiously waiting to see if Merriman would complete the historical task. Merriman came through with seven victories on the day, including three wins at The Meadows earlier in the afternoon. The well-traveled reinsmen scored the victory in the 14th race aboard Some More Prince trained by William Rhodes. Merriman wasted no time sending Some More Prince to the lead once the gait sprung. He led Taurus Du Parc (Chris Lems) and Yankees Image (David Lake) through fractions of :28.1 and :57.4, before taking off past three-quarters of 1:26.3 leading Gale Force Hanover (Jason Thompson) and Sass (Hunter Myers) through the stretch. Merriman would not be denied his historic victory as he cruised to a 9-3/4 length victory in 1:56. "I had some horses with some shots, not my typical night where I drive a bunch of favorites," explained Merriman. "Noone appreciates this more than I do, it's a lot of hard work, a lot of family love, and everyone helps me."     In 2018, Merriman became the only driver to score 1,000 wins in back-to-back seasons following a year where he posted 1,095 victories. Merriman, now just 41, continues a torrid schedule, having driven in over 4,000 races the last six seasons. Aaron Merriman has won more races over Northfield's Flying Turns than any other driver in the track's history. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield Park reminds horsemen of nine conditioned series, all based on a horse's earnings per start in 2019. These series will be for horses that are n/w $600 per start in 2019, n/w $1,000 per start in 2019 and n/w $2,000 per start in 2019 - separated by sex on the pacing side -- with all trotters racing together. There is no pre-nomination necessary for any of the series, which all consist of two preliminary legs, plus a final and possible consolations. Simply enter on the scheduled draw date for a specific series and pay the entry fee the night of the horse's scheduled start. Entry fees range from just $50 to $200 (one-time fee) with the series finals going for purses of $10,000 to $20,000. Horses do not need to compete in both preliminary legs of the series to qualify for the final or consolations. The first draw for these series (for F&M pacers) is Monday morning December 30 (declare by 9 AM) - to be raced on Saturday night, January 4. Call Northfield's race office at 330-467-4101 ext. 2300 for any questions. Click here for a complete schedule and rules: by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Each year must come to an end, and when it does harness racing must say goodbye to a few classy veterans that have competed till mandatory retirement. Every horse's birthday is January 1 and per the rules of the United State Trotting Association, a harness horse faces mandatory retirement the day they turn 15 years old. Thursday (December 26) at Northfield Park three horses will compete for their final time because they each turn 15 years old on Wednesday (January 1). Among the trio saying "Au revoir" to the racing scene is T Red. T Red has been one of the most reliable horses racing on the Michigan and Ohio circuits for about a decade. Thursday will mark his 477th race. T Red is one of just 16 pacers to win 100 times. He enters Thursday with 104 wins, 66 seconds and 73 third-place finishes, earning $479,673. T Red's lifetime mark was taken as a 5 year-old when he won in 1:51.1 at Indiana Downs. Henry Gully of Cement City, Michigan purchased T Red as a 4 year-old and has also been his trainer for the past 10 years. He may have spoiled Gully because he is the first horse that the 72 year-old Michigander ever owned, and was a mere $800 purchase. T Red has competed on 37 different racetracks throughout his career and has been piloted to victory by 33 different drivers. He goes to post in the eighth race on Thursday from the dreaded 8-hole and is 25-1 morning line. T Red seen here winning on the 28th of November 2018 at Northfield Park Thursday's second race marks 14 year-old veteran trotter Pembroke Snapshot's 351st and final race. He has 45 lifetimes wins, 45 runner-up placings and 52 thirds. He has earned $391,454 and has a 1:54 career best at The Meadows at age six. He is owned by Mikel Decker of Adrian, Michigan and trained by Jennifer Carpenter. The evening's third race will be 14 year-old Electric Lad's final race. He starts from post-7 and is 25-1. He is owned and trained by Brian Bellamy of Anderson, Indiana. Thursday will be his 381st race with 54 wins, 52 seconds and 46 third-place finishes, earning $453,908. His 1:51.2 mark was paced at Hoosier Park at the age of nine. Electric Lad seen here pacing home for his 50th career win The three are scheduled to compete as part of Northfield Park's 15-race program beginning at 6PM. For the fields and race charts click here. Ayers Ratliff  

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $25,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Monday (December 23). Beginning in race two, the $25,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $5,514. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s, 20¢ Super High Five and 20¢ Northfield Single Six offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Monday's post time is 6 PM. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Harness racing leading driver Aaron Merriman posted another stellar night at Northfield Park on Saturday (December 21) winning nine times on the 16-race program. Aaron's triumphs were with Mayabelle ($3.20) in race one, Gotta Be Me ($13.00) in race two, KJ's Foxy Lady ($4.00) in race three, Kick It In Kate ($7.60) in race four, Sea Rose ($6.20) in race seven, Bourbon And Barley ($4.40) in race 10, St Lads Gidget ($4.60) in race 13, Love Forbidden ($10.20) in race 14 and Bad Tigress ($3.00) in race 16. Merriman was the leading driver in North America in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. He is leading by more than 200 wins this year. By winning his fifth straight title this year, Merriman would trail only Herve Filion 1968 - 1974 and Billy Haughton 1953 - 1958 for longest streak atop the North American win category. In 2017 Merriman piloted 1,095 winners. In 2018 he won 1,143 times, becoming the first driver in history to post two 1,000-win seasons. So far this year Aaron has driven 967 winners and could etch his name deeper into history books by becoming the only driver to have three 1,000-win seasons. Merriman has been driving since 1997 and has piloted nearly 12,000 career wins and is in excess of $80 million in purse earnings. Success over the Flying Turns is nothing new to Merriman. He has more wins than any other driver in Northfield Park's history. by Aryers Ratliff, for Northfield Park  

MGM Northfield Park will kick off the 2020 racing season with nine conditioned series, all based on a horse’s earnings per start in 2019.  The series will be for horses that are n/w $600 per start in 2019, n/w $1,000 per start in 2019 and n/w $2,000 per start in 2019 – separated by sex on the pacing side -- with all trotters racing together. There is no pre-nomination necessary for any of the series, which all consist of two preliminary legs, plus a final and possible consolations.  Simply enter on the scheduled draw date for a specific series and pay the entry fee the night of the horse’s scheduled start.  Entry fees range from just $50 to $200 (one-time fee) with the series finals going for purses of $10,000 to $20,000.  Horses do not need to compete in both preliminary legs of the series to qualify for the final or consolations. The draw for the first three series (for F&M pacers) is Monday morning December 30 (declare by 9 AM) – to be raced on Saturday night, January 4. Call Northfield’s race office at 330-467-4101 ext. 2300 with questions or to get the Conditions for the nine series races. By Ayers Ratliff for MGM Northfield Park

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $60,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Monday (December 16). Beginning in race two, the $60,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $17,388. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. The evening's ninth race starts the 20¢ Northfield Single Six (a unique combination Pick 6) boasting a $9,142 carryover. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s, 20¢ Super High Five and 20¢ Northfield Single Six offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Monday's post time is 6 PM. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

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