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Amora Beach, a winner of its last nine harness races, will try to push his streak to double digits on Monday night, February 11, at Northfield Park.   The seven-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line from post #3 in the 13th race, a $13,000 Open 2 Pace.   Amora Beach started his winning ways in the $6,000 claiming ranks back on December 9. He has been claimed seven times in his last 10 starts and has had seven different trainers during that stretch.   Current owners L'Emmur Stable, LLC of Hudson, OH and James Ryan of Warren, OH plucked him out of a $10,000 claimer when he tallied his 7th straight victory on January 21. Keith Kash, Jr. has trained and driven the streaking pacer to triumphs in the $15,000 and $20,000 claiming ranks in the past two weeks to make it nine in a row in O-HI-O. Monday night he will race in the Open ranks for the first time in his career.   Amora Beach did race in major stakes company as a two-year-old, finishing fourth in his elimination and eighth in the $613,640 Metro Final to Artspeak at Mohawk in 2014. He also finished third in a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes leg at Pocono in 2015.   Northfield Park is announcing the addition of multiple total pool guarantees to its card on Monday (Feb. 11). The Pick-5 in Race two, will feature a $10,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $2,564. The early Pick-4 beginning in Race seven will feature a $35,000 guaranteed total pool, which includes a carryover of $12,214. The Super High-5, offered in Race 13, will also feature a $35,000 total pool guarantee which includes a carryover of $11,805. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4's, Pick-3's, and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout of just 14 percent. Monday's post time is 6:00 p.m.   by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Harness racing driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. made his 5,000th trip to the winner's circle after winning with Body Of Work in Northfield Park's 3rd race on Wednesday (Feb. 6). Body Of Work won by a full-length and was heavily favored, returning $2.60 to win. The 2:00.1 clocking was the 11th career score for the six-year-old trotter, who now has $133,763 in earnings. The 32-year-old Wrenn began driving in 2008. His 5,000 wins have helped him garner almost $31.5 million in purse earnings. Wrenn is consistently among the top drivers in the country. He won the 2013 and 2014 national dash driving titles, finished third in 2015 and 2016, fifth in 2017 and second in 2018. Wrenn is a 2005 graduate of Hartland High School in Hartland, Mich. He played center field for and graduated from Mott Community College in Flint. Although Wrenn comes from a racing family, he did not take an interest and become involved with horses at an early age. "I was 19 or 20 when I jogged my first horse. I was always really busy with sports and stuff," said Wrenn. "I didn't really have time for it." However, after weighing his options and slowly becoming more interested with the family business, Ronnie decided on a career in racing. "I was just sitting at the table working on stuff from school on my computer one night and looked up and told my dad I wanted to be a driver. He looked at me like I was crazy. But I was old enough that he really didn't have a lot of say, and so far it has all worked out pretty well." Wrenn earned his first win behind Artful Power in a $1,400 Billings race at a Michigan fair. "It was hard breaking in at first. I guess I got lucky to be put on some good horses and things just took off," offered Wrenn. "My parents and grandparents really helped me a lot as well as countless other people." Wrenn's fastest win ever came in the 2015 $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs with Doo Wop Hanover in 1:49.2, and his richest being a $275,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Championship. Wrenn rates the best horses he has ever driven as Arch Madness, Betterluvnexttime, Doo Wop Hanover, Luck Be Withyou, Night Pro, Southwind Amazon and Victory Is Coming. Ronnie's favorite horse to drive is Southwind Amazon, who was harness racing's winningest horse last year, posting 22 victories in 38 starts. Wrenn says his ultimate dream race to win would be the Little Brown Jug, "But I would take the feature races at Northfield too. I am a big fan of the Battle of Lake Erie and the Carl Milstein Memorial." "There are many owners and trainers that have given me opportunities and I will be forever grateful to them," offered Wrenn. "To win races, a driver has to drive fast horses for talented trainers with good owners." Wrenn loves driving horses and would not trade jobs with anyone. When not driving, Ronnie enjoys golfing and working-out when he is not spending quality time with his wife Briana and their four month-old son Easton. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Amora Beach paced home for his ninth straight win Monday (February 4) in Northfield Park's seventh race. The seven year-old harness racing gelding is owned by L'Emmur Stable and James Ryan. Keith Kash Jr is his trainer and was aboard for the winning drive. The nine consecutive victories have included an impressive run up the claiming ladder for seven different trainers. Amora Beach's current win-streak began with four wins in $6,000 claiming races, two victories in $8,000 claimers, and scores for claiming prices of $10,000, $15,000 and $20,000. Amora Beach started from the rail and led at every call through fractions of :28.1, :57.3, 1:26.1 and 1:55, winning by ¾-length. Monday's triumph increased Amora Beach's (Somebeachsomewhere-Amora Hanover-Western Ideal) lifetime win-total to 23 and earnings to $192,737. He returned $5.20 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

As the time for stakes nominations for 2019 nears, Northfield Park reminds the connections of top Open Pacers, Open Trotters and Three-Year-Old Pacers that the track's richest three Grand Circuit events in 2019 will all be "By-Invitation-Only". The $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie (Open Pace) on June 8 -- the $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic (Open Trot) on June 29 -- and the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial (3YO Pace) on August 10 will all be Invitationals with no nomination or starting fees for the participants. Northfield's Executive Vice President of Racing Dave Bianconi adopted the change for this year's Battle and Trotting Classic (the Milstein Memorial has already been an Invitational for the past few seasons) with the following reasoning, "I simply think that Invitationals are the way that Northfield can attract the best eight horses for each of these great events. When you are handcuffed with only the horses that paid into your stakes races as possible starters, you can often miss a late-bloomer who gets hot leading up to your race. "It isn't uncommon for connections of good horses miss a payment deadline early in the year," Bianconi added. "and then find themselves on the outside looking in come race time. Also, with state-bred Sires Stakes programs across the country so economical to enter and so lucrative to participate in, it has become more difficult to get young horses to stake to numerous Grand Circuit events. That led to the change when the Carl Milstein Memorial became an Invitational, and we have had some great fields for that race since the change. I want that same flexibility for our Open events (The Battle of Lake Erie and Cleveland Trotting Classic)". While Northfield will be actively recruiting the top horses for these races as the year goes on, Bianconi encourages the connections of horses that are interested in participating to reach out to him as well. "I'd love to hear from owners or trainers who think their horse would fit in well in any of our big events. I like to invite horses from different circuits across North America to meet here at Northfield, which is an easy ship from just about anywhere. Please feel free to email me at dbianconi@northfieldpark.com or call me in the race office at 330-467-4101 ext. 2300." Northfield's feature event for three-year-old pacing fillies, the $125,000 Courageous Lady on October 12, will remain a stakes event overseen by the Hambletonian Society. "The Courageous Lady is late in the year after everyone's Sires Stakes have been completed, so it has been successful as a paid-in event. I'm leaving it alone for now." explained Bianconi. by Aryes Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Harness racing driver Aaron Merriman scored the 11,000th win of his driving career while driving Brooklynite in Northfield Park's 10th race on Wednesday (Jan. 16). Brooklynite started from the second tier, brushed boldly and the half to take the lead and never looked back, winning by 5¼-lengths in 1:52. Merriman, 40, keeps a torrid schedule, regularly competing at Northfield Park and The Meadows. However, he also races at various other venues throughout the year. Aaron is the reigning North American dash champion. In fact, last year he became the first driver in harness racing history to post multiple 1,000-win seasons. In 2013, Merriman became the youngest inductee into the Northfield Park Wall of Fame. He has won more races at Northfield than any other driver in the track's history. Last year, he broke the record for the most Northfield wins in a single season, posting 711 scores over the Flying Turns in 2018. Aaron's talents have also been noticed on the national stage. He was just voted Harness Racing's Driver of the Year for 2018 and will officially receive this award at the annual Dan Patch Awards Ceremony in Orlando, Florida in February. Merriman's richest win came in a $300,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes Final aboard Palazzo Princess. Aaron's fastest win was race timed in 1:48.3 aboard Kanaris at Scioto Downs in September, 2014. Merriman remembers his first win as being aboard a pacing mare named Albert's Filly at Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio. Although there are 11,000 to choose from, Merriman says that he is definitely partial to his first, "It always feels great to win a race. I have had the same elated feeling every time I have been to the winner's circle," explained Merriman, "But that first one felt especially nice." Aaron has sat behind countless horses, but one sticks out to him above all others: "I will always feel indebted to Midnight Jewel. She made me look good every week and really helped my career blossom." Merriman started driving at the age of 21 and appreciates the successful 19-year career he has experienced so far; accomplishing the 11,000-win milestone and purse earnings in excess of $72,000,000. "I've had a great run for a long time and so many owners and trainers that have helped me," said Merriman. "There are a lot of people who work very hard every day to keep racing alive and well and I just feel fortunate to be part of it." Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park, Ohio's premier racetrack in pari-mutuel handle, both on-track and export, is offering live harness racing four nights a week to start the 2018 racing year. January through June racing is scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. The exceptions to this schedule are the additions of Friday, January 4 and Sunday, May 26. There is no live racing on Memorial Day Monday. Beginning in July Northfield replaces Tuesday with Friday evenings and continues with a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday schedule through September. The exception to this schedule is the addition of Sunday September 1 due to no racing on Labor Day Monday. In October Northfield drops Fridays and adds both Sunday and Tuesday racing and will race five nights a week until the end of the ear. Thursday (December 26) will replace Christmas Eve Tuesday, while Friday (December 27) will replace racing on Christmas Wednesday. Northfield Park's marquee racing events are as follows: $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie Saturday, June 8; $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic Saturday, June 29; $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial and $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace Saturday, August 10; and $125,000 Courageous Lady Saturday, October 12. Northfield's Flying Turns will host eight $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships on Sunday, September 1 for the $2.4 million Ohio Super Night. The $125,000 (est.) Summit County Fair Stakes, featuring many of Ohio's top freshman and sophomore trotters and pacers, will be held on Friday, July 26. Each of the 221 live racing nights carries a first race post time of 6:00 p.m. Northfield Park is open daily from noon until after midnight for simulcasting action from tracks across North America and Australia. Ayers Ratliff

Southwind Amazon posted his 21st win of the season at Northfield Park on Monday (December 17) capturing the evening's 13th race. His win tally ranks Southwind Amazon as the winningest harness racing horse in North America so far in 2018. Southwind Amazon's 21 wins this year have come from 37 starts. He has also finished second and third each five times, an impressive feat for a horse generally assigned the outside against Open company on a ½-mile track. The eight year-old gelding began Monday's victorious journey from the outside and led his competition at every call through fractions of :26.1, :55.3, 1:23.1 and 1:52, besting his competition by 2-lengths. Southwind Amazon (Camluck - Artoonist - Artsplace) is owned by Ameer Najor of Bloomfield, Michigan and is trained by Paul Holzman. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was in the sulky for the winning drive. Ayers Ratliff

One lucky Northfield Park bettor will have a very Merry Christmas this year! The 20¢ Northfield Single Six was solved with a single combination for a whopping $77,797.92 return on Tuesday (December 4). The wager premiered on October 13 and Tuesday marks the second time the pool has been solved by a single combination. The (unique combination) Pick 6 offers a low 14 percent takeout rate and starts nightly in race nine. The 20-cent wager carries over 50 percent of its nightly pool until it is solved by a single combination. The 20-cent wager is doing exactly what it was designed to do -- offer handicappers large jackpots! Ayers Ratliff  

Wind Of The North trotted home for his 50th career victory, winning the third race at Northfield Park on Monday (December 3). The eight year-old harness racing veteran, with 164 career starts, also has 36 seconds and 21 third-place finishes. Wind Of The North (Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind-Pine Chip) has career earnings of $1,035,258 with a lifetime mark of 1:51 at Pocono Downs at age four. The trotter's richest win was for a purse of $100,000 in the Chip Noble Trot at Scioto Downs in 2015. Wind Of The North is a well-traveled campaigner -- his 50 wins have been spread across 13 different racing surfaces. Wind Of The North was assigned post-8 in the evening's $19,000 Open Handicap Trot. He fired off the gate despite starting from the far outside and led at every call through fractions of :27.2, :57.4, 1:26.2 and 1:55 over a sloppy surface, besting his competition by a 2¼-lengths. He was the race favorite and returned $3.40 to win. William Bercury of Slippery Rock, PA owns and trains Wind Of The North. Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive. Merriman had a big night on Monday winning a total of eight times on the 15-race program. Ayres Ratliff

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

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

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

Northfield Park hosts both the Ohio Fair Championships and its annual Pinktober "Pace for the Cure" to raise awareness for breast cancer as part of a 16-race program this Saturday (October 20). The eight $25,000 Ohio Fair Championships feature the top harness racing earners from Ohio's numerous county fairs throughout the summer. The "Pace for the Cure" is part of "Pinktober," a month-long effort to raise funds to fight breast cancer, at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. The race features nine female drivers and is the evening's eighth race. Among the participants are 2016 Pinktober winner Tabitha Canaar and last year's champion Jayne Weller. Jayne is the daughter of June Weller, the first female to ever drive in harness racing's crown jewel, the Little Brown Jug. The race's other participants include: Renee Bauslaugh, Mary Birkhold, Christina Evans, Sierra Graham, Emily Hay, Laurie Stark and Rosy Weaver. Added to the normal wagering on the "Pace for the Cure" the purchase of raffle tickets are encouraged. These tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5. Tickets are placed into bags that correspond with each female driver. All tickets from the winning bag will be entered into a drawing for a host of prizes. A silent auction will also be conducted with proceeds supporting breast cancer research. In addition to exciting racing action, the evening will also offer guests a $14.95 buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room from 6-9 p.m. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330.467.4101. Guests who want to be down close to all of the racing action to dine can stop by the grandstand apron to visit Barrio's Food Truck, which will be sitting trackside from 6-9 p.m. Other action trackside includes FREE-to-play Bingo with a $500 top-prize, T-Shirt tosses throughout the evening, Kid Zone (face painting, balloon artist and prize wheel) from 6 - 8 p.m., Corn Hole from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Driver Autograph Table from 6 - 9 p.m., and Putt-Putt Challenge 8 - 9 p.m. First race post time is 6 p.m. Admission and parking are always FREE at Northfield Park. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

It took only three nights for Northfield Park's newest wager, the 20¢ Northfield Single Six (a single combination Pick-6) to be solved. One better cashed in for $6,426.68. The bet offers a low 14 percent takeout rate and began Saturday (Oct. 13). The 20¢ wager is expected to offer handicappers large jackpots by carrying over 50 percent of its nightly pool until it is solved by a single combination. The wager is offered nightly in Race-9. Other multi-race wagers will be shifted so that the nightly Pick-5 will begin in race 2 and the Pick-3 will start in races five, eight and 12. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Ohio Sires Stakes Champion Baron Remy prevailed against Grand Circuit stock in Saturday's $125,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park. Her 1:51.3 effort made her the fastest sophomore filly to ever pace a mile on the Flying Turns. Baron Remy was driven by Chris Page and led her competition gate-to-wire through fractions of :27.2, :56.4, 1:24.1 and 1:51.3, besting her competition by a full length. "It says a lot for our Ohio-breds to step-up like this and win against open company," stated Page. Ron Burke, harness racing's leading trainer, conditions Baron Remy for owners Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Purnel & Libby, Lawrence Karr and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The victory is Burke's fifth win of this event in the last six years, scoring with Charisma Hanover in 2013, Fiyonce in 2014, Sassa Hanover in 2015 and Rosemary Rose in 2017. Completing the field were Cult Icon, Wisdom Tree, Strong Opinion, Bad Girls Rule, Aims Whisper, Kitty Kitty Hawk and Dragon Lady Art. Baron Remy (Yankee Cruiser-Riley Character-Shady Character) now has eight wins in 24 lifetime starts. Saturday's victory increased her career bankroll to $465,010. She returned $4.00 to win. In the preceding event, Foiled Again, harness racing's richest horse and the only three-time Battle of Lake Erie Champion made his final start over the Flying Turns. He finished second, pushing his career bankroll in excess of $7.6 million. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield Park is introducing something new to its wagering menu, the 20¢ Northfield Single Six (a unique ticket Pick 6). The bet offers a low 14% takeout rate and will be begin nightly in Race 9 starting this Saturday, October 13. The 20¢ wager is expected to offer handicappers large jackpots by carrying over 50% of its nightly pool until it is solved by a unique single ticket. Saturday's program will also introduce a second Pick 4. The Early Pick 4 will begin in Race 7 and the Late Pick 4 will start in Race 11. Other multi-race wagers will be shifted so that the nightly Pick 5 will begin in Race 2 and the Pick 3s will start in races 5, 8 and 12. In addition to a new wagering format, Saturday night, October 13, will feature a card with over $600,000 in purses, including the $125,000 Courageous Lady for three-year-old filly pacers and eight $60,000 Ohio Sires Stakes consolation events. The evening will also see harness racing's richest horse Foiled Again race on the program in his final race over the Flying Turns. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

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