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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

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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

Feelin Red Hot crossed the finish line faster than any other five year-old-and-up pacing mare on a half-mile track in the history of harness racing when she won the $16,500 F&M Open Handicap in 1:50.1 on Saturday (May 5) at Northfield Park. In fact, the clocking tied the all-age record for distaff pacers on a half-mile oval which was held by Call Me Queen Be (3, 2016, Dela, Scott Zeron). The former five and-up world record was held by Mach It Par (6, 2016, YR, Brian Sears) and the Northfield record was held in a tie by Beyonces Rockin (5, 1:51, Ryan Stahl) and Olivia V (6, 1:51, Aaron Merriman). The partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC own Feelin Red Hot. Ron Burke is her conditioner and Ryan Stahl was in the sulky for the winning drive. Feelin Red Hot (Feelin Friskie-Red Rapid Girl-Red River Hanover) started from post five. She left from the gate and led the entire mile through times of :26.4, :55, 1:22.2 and 1:50.1, besting her competition by three lengths. Feelin Red Hot now has five wins in 12 starts this year. Saturday's victory represents her ninth career score and bolstered her bankroll to $119,739. She was heavily favored and returned $3.20 to win. 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 September racing is scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. The exceptions to this schedule are the addition of two Sundays, May 27 and September 2. There is no live racing on Memorial Day or Labor Day Mondays. Beginning in October Northfield adds Sunday evenings and will race five nights a week until the end of the ear. Thursday (December 27) will replace Christmas Eve Monday, while Friday (December 21) will replace racing on Christmas Tuesday. Northfield Park's marquee racing events are as follows: $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie Saturday, June 2; $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic Saturday, June 30; $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial and $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace Saturday, August 11; and $125,000 Courageous Lady Saturday, October 13. The $125,000 (est.) Summit County Fair Stakes, featuring many of Ohio's best freshman and sophomore trotters and pacers, will be held on Saturday, July 28. $60,000 four-and-up Ohio Sires Stake Finals will be raced on Saturday, October 6. The Flying Turns will host eight $60,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes Consolations on Saturday, October 13 (Courageous Lady Night). 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 the United States, Canada and Australia. Ayers Ratliff

Chris Page drove from his hometown of Delaware, Ohio, to Northfield Park on Monday (October 30) needing just one win to reach his 4,000 harness racing career milestone. The program started and Page went right to work, winning the very first race of the evening aboard Scarlet Cat. He started from post-2 and sat the pocket through fractions of :27.4, :57 and 1:25.1. Page tipped Scarlet Cat approaching the stretch and the sophomore gelding paced by his competition, winning by 1½-lengths in a lifetime best 1:54.2. Page is not from a "horse family." Neither of his parents have ever been involved in harness racing. His love for horses began when he started helping his cousin, Tom Hall, work in his stable at the Knox County (Mount Vernon, Ohio) Fairgrounds. His love for the sport was cemented when he attended his first Little Brown Jug. "That was the year that Life Sign won," recalled Page, "It was an epic Jug and is one of the best races ever." Chris drove his first race in 2000, finishing sixth in a $900 FFA pace at the Knox County Fair. He won his first race in 2001 at the Champaign County Fair aboard Titanic Fella. Page graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 2002 and then attended The Ohio State University. Chris' driving career started blossoming in 2006 and he has since driven several sub-1:50 miles and has purse earnings that are approaching $30 million. His richest win is a $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Final. Crazy Wow is Chris' favorite horse to drive. However, the best Page has ever steered is Foiled Again, the richest horse in the history of harness racing. "What an honor it was to drive him," explained page. Page, 33, says his future plans all include staying in Ohio. "I have traveled a lot and have driven at a lot of tracks," said Page. "At this point of my life, I am happy making a living right here at home. After all, I'm a Buckeye, baby!" Ayers Ratliff

The Burke brigade has finished first and second in harness racing many times, but few of those times have resulted in a $433 Exacta. However, that was the result of Saturday's $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park when Rosemary Rose and Pittstop Danika crossed the line first and second. Rosemary Rose was driven by Mike Wilder and sat sixth through the opening lap with fractions of :26.4 and :55. She pulled third over and found herself three wide the final 3/8 of the mile. She struck the lead approaching the top of the stretch and bested her competition by 1¾-legths in 1:53. "I love this filly," admitted Wilder. "She might have been a longshot on the board, but I always thought she had a big chance." Ron Burke, harness racing's leading trainer, conditions Rosemary Rose for owners Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The victory is Burke's fourth win of this event in the last five years, scoring with Charisma Hanover in 2013, Fiyonce in 2014 and Sassa Hanover in 2015. "I knew she would be ready, Ronnie (Burke) has them ready for every dance," said Wilder. Completing the field were Pittstop Danika, Bettor's Up, Terrortina, Bourbon And Barley, Ella Christina and Big City Betty. Al-Mar-Got A Fever was scratched sick. Rosemary Rose (Foreclosure N-Pantathion-The Panderosa) now has 11 wins in 24 lifetime starts. Saturday's victory increased her career bankroll to $231,292. She returned $20.60 to win. Ayers Ratliff  

Northfield Park is hosting a "Pace for the Cure" on Saturday, October 14, an event that 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 harness racing drivers and is the 10th race on a 15-race card evening. Post time is 6 pm. "We are committed to playing an active role in the Hard Rock Rocksino's Pinktober event," said Brent Reitz, Northfield Park Vice President and General Manager. "The 'Pace for the Cure' is a great way to highlight harness racing and create awareness and support for breast cancer research." The Pinktober "Pace for the Cure" will carry a $7,500 purse. Among the participants are local trainer/drivers Rachel Kaneoka and Rosy Weaver. The most accomplished among the guest drivers is Jayne Weller, who has scored nearly 200 victories. She is the daughter of June Weller, the first female to ever drive in harness racing's crown jewel, the Little Brown Jug. Hannah Miller, who has posted 21 victories so far this year, may have bloodlines that give her a leg up on the competition. Her brother, Marcus Miller, a prominent national driver has over 2,800 wins and purse earnings in excess of $30 million. The race's other participants include: Renee Bauslaugh, Mary Birkhold, Christina Evans, Ulrika Fox and Emily Hay. In addition to normal wagering on the "Pace for the Cure" the purchase of raffle tickets are encouraged. These tickets are $1 each or five tickets for $3. 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. Pinktober is celebrated all month at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park which hosts a variety of events to support local cancer-fighting efforts. A portion of the proceeds from the events benefit Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio's vision of a world without breast cancer. The monies raised as a result of Pinktober will help Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio to provide vital services like free mammograms and clinical breast exams through partnerships with local healthcare facilities, diagnostic services, including ultrasounds, biopsies, and advanced services, and survivor support, including financial, transportation and other services. Ayers Ratliff 

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $20,000 Super High Five total pool guarantee to its harness racing card on Wednesday (August 23). Offered in Race 13, the $20,000 Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $5,353.21. Wednesday's post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff  

Fear The Dragon entered Saturday's $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park as harness racing's top-ranked horse. Everything looked to be going his way. He drew the rail, was the overwhelming favorite and posted soft fractions. However, Downbytheseaside paced home in :26.4 despite a tough first-over trip to best Fear The Dragon by a full length. Downbytheseaside started from post-7 and sat fifth through the opening :27.1 quarter. Driver Brian Sears pulled Downbytheseaside and grinded first-up through fractions of :56 and 1:22.4. The 1:49.3 final time was a new track record for sophomore colt pacers. "I knew he was going to have a lot left with those soft fractions," stated Sears. "I didn't want to have a speed duel." The duel came in the final quarter when Downbytheseaside drew alongside Fear The Dragon, eventually wearing him down in the stretch, returning $11.60 to win. "He put in a great effort and every time I called on him he gave more," said Sears. Brian Brown trains both colts at the historic Delaware County Fairgrounds. "I am thrilled this horse raced the way that he did and got there," said Brown. "It wasn't like Fear The Dragon raced bad." Downbytheseaside Finishing behind Downbytheseaside were Fear The Dragon, Classic Pro, Blood Line, Drunk On Your Love, Rock N Tony, R J P and Bags To Riches. Saturday's stablemate duel was intense and trainer Brian Brown indicated that the colts will meet again in September in the Little Brown Jug. Ayers Ratliff

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