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Skater Chick prevailed against Grand Circuit harness racing stock in Saturday's (October 12) $120,500 Courageous Lady at MGM Northfield Park. Driven by Corey Callahan, Skater Chick sat third through the :27.4 opening quarter before mounting a successful first-over bid through fractions of :57, 1:25.1 and 1:53.1, besting her competition by two and ¾-lengths. "She is a little rough in the turns so I kind of just held on to her through the last turn," stated Callahan. "Once we straightened up for home it was all over. I had plenty of go, so it was awesome!" Mark Harder conditions Skater Chick for owners Donald Lindsey, Paul Kleinpaste and Garth Bechtel. Saturday marks Callahan's first trip to Northfield Park. Callahan tweeted that he was "Just waiting on the right horse." Completing the field were JK American Beauty, Rose Run Uptowngal, Crazy Cute, Under The Hood, She's Allright and So Awesome. Skater Chick (Sweet Lou - Ram Rocker - Rocknroll Hanover) now has seven wins in 26 lifetime starts. Saturday's victory increased her career bankroll to $155,754. She returned $6.00 to win. In the preceding events, Mary Birkhold and Jayne Weller won divisions of the "Pace for the Cure," an event for lady drivers racing to raise awareness and money for breast cancer awareness. All monies raised by the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society.   Ayers Ratliff

The $120,500 Courageous Lady goes postward this Saturday (October 12) at Northfield Park. The Grand Circuit race is an open event for North America's top 3-year-old filly pacers and has attracted a very competitive slate of harness racing foes vying to become this year's champion.   Here is a closer look at Saturday's Field: #1 She's Allright drew the rail in this year's Courageous Lady. This sophomore daughter of Sweet Lou is one of two fillies in this field for harness racing's leading trainer Ron Burke. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Michelle Yanek and Phillip Collura. She's Allright was a Jugette contender who has five career wins. Her lifetime mark is 1:52.1 (M1) with a career bankroll of $161,229. Northfield Park fan favorite Ronnie Wrenn Jr. will drive this 10-1 morning line longshot. #2 Skater Chick drew post 2 and has been instilled as the 9-2 third favorite. She is a relative newcomer to the Mark Harder barn and is one of two entries in this race from Harder. She attracts harness driving standout Corey Callahan, who will be making his first appearance on the Flying Turns. Skater Chick has not been worse than third in her last three starts. This six-time winner is owned by Donald Lindsey, Paul Kleinpaste and Barth Bechtel. She has a career-best 1:50.3 (Wbsb 7/8) and a $95,504 bankroll. #3 So Awesome is this field's 3-1 second choice and has drawn post three for trainer Scott Di Domenico and owner William Hartt. Harness racing's all-time winningest driver Dave Palone has been named to pilot. She enters this event off a runner-up performance in the $30,000 Simpson at Harrah's Philadelphia. So Awesome has won eight times and has been on the board in 18 of 23 career races, earning $446,113 and staking a 1:53.3 (Stga) mark. #4 Under The Hood did not win a race as a freshman, but has scored four times in 11 races this year for trainer Nick Surick and owners Engle Stable of IL, J L Benson Stables and Louis Willinger. Brady Galliers has been named to drive this 15-1 contender. Under The Hood stepped out to stakes competition last month at the historic Delaware County Fairgrounds and made it to the final heat of the Jugette. This filly has earned $51,760 with a 1:53 (PcD 5/8) mark. #5 JK American Beauty will start from post five and has been installed the 5-2 luke-warm favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi. This filly is trained by Nancy Johansson, the daughter of Harness Racing Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter. Her trainee was a major player in the New York Sires Stakes scene this year and has recently made her presence known in open stakes company along the East Coast. Brett Miller has been given the driving assignment. She is owned by 3 Brothers Stable and enters with four victories, $323,648 in earnings and a mark of 1:51 (M1). #6 Crazy Cute is one of two fillies in this field trained by Mark Harder, this one for owner Joseph Jannuzzelli. This daughter of Art Official has three wins to her credit. She has $100,623 in earnings and a 1:52.4 (Phl 5/8) record. North America's leading driver Aaron Merriman will be in the sulky. Merriman has won more races over the Flying Turns than any other driver in Northfield's history. Crazy Cute is a 12-1 longshot that enters this race off a runner-up finish in the $30,000 Simpson at Harrah's Philladelphia. #7 Rose Run Uptowngal starts from the outside and is 6-1. She is one of two fillies in this field trained by Ron Burke and is the only Ohio-bred in this year's Courageous Lady. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Chris Page has been listed to drive. This Dragon Again filly has five career victories, $206,989 in earning and a 1:51.3 (ScD 5/8) lifetime mark. This year's Courageous Lady has been slated as race nine on a 14-race program. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool has been added to the night. The guaranteed Pick-4 will begin with the Courageous Lady. The undercard will feature two $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes finals for 4-year-old-and-up Ohio-bred trotters and two divisions of "The Pace for the Cure" featuring all female drivers. Party At The Banks is the 7-5 favorite in the $75,000 OSS Final for 4-year-old-and-up trotting mares. She enter off a win in the $17,500 Open Trot at Dayton and has won 10 of 20 starts this year for trainer Ron Burke. Chris Page will be in her sulky. Sesame and Ronnie Wrenn Jr is the 7-2 second choice for trainer Chris Beaver, while Moolah Begonia and Aaron Merriman are third choice for trainer Jessica Roegner. Pass The Vape is the even money shot in the $75,000 Final for 4-year-old-and-up trotting horse and geldings. He has cored in seven of 25 starts this year for owner trainer Lionel Watiker. While Watiker has driven Pass The Vape in a majority of his starts this year, he calls upon Pennsylvania heavyweight Mike Wilder to pilot. Joggingtothebank and Kurt Sugg is the second choice for Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame trainer Marty Wollam. Jailhouse Sam and trainer/driver Hugh Beatty checks in as the third favorite. The "Pace for the Cure" is another exciting event on the evening. The event is for female drivers and is an effort to offer a novel event for horse racing spectators, as well as use harness racing's platform to raise funds and awareness to fight breast cancer. The event has been well received by horsemen and has grown to two divisions on the evening's program, with female drivers traveling to Cleveland to compete from New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Pennsylvania and all over Ohio. Horsemen will also show their support for the event by dressing their horses in pink harnesses, ribbons, sulkies, etc. The one-mile dashes will each carry a purse of $7,000 and will help raise money for the American Cancer Society. Fans can join in the drive to eliminate breast cancer by purchasing raffle tickets ($1 each or five for $3) and depositing their raffle tickets in to bags that correspond with their favorite "Pace for the Cure" driver. Tickets from the winning bags will be entered in a drawing for prizes. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Northfield's promotional table on the first level of the grandstand on Saturday, starting at 6PM and continuing until post time for the "The Pace." In addition, a silent auction will also take place from 6-9 pm. Items available in the auction are an MGM Northfield Park concert and dinner package, a YETI cooler filled with game time snacks, a Kitchen Aid Mixer and Ghirardelli baking package and a special dining package hosted by MGM Northfield Park's Executive Chef Chris Poplin. Among the participants this year's first division is Jazmin Arnold, perhaps the highest percentage driver among women this year, sporting a .492 average. She recently won a race over the Flying Turns on Sunday. Arnold was also victorious in this year's Ohio Lady Driver Series Championship at the Delaware County Fair. She will take on Renee Bouslaugh, Lauren Harmon, Rachel Kaneoka, Monica Banca, Mary Birkhold, Alisha Binkley and Sabrina Shaw. The second division clashes royal harness racing bloodlines as Devan Miller and Kiara Morgan, daughters of David Miller and Virgil Morgan Jr., square off. They will be facing Emily Hay, who won this event last year. Jayne Weller, the most accomplished driver among the two races is also in the second division. Weller has registered exactly 200 victories and is the daughter of June Weller, the only female to ever drive in harness racing's crown jewel, the Little Brown Jug. The evening's first race post time is 6:40 PM. The first 1,500 guests that arrive starting at 6PM on Saturday will receive a Northfield Park travel tumbler. Inside each tumbler there will be cash, match play, Northfield Park merchandise or Center Stage concert tickets. Fans can also participate in the Beer Slide on the outside patio from 7-8PM and the Pop-A-Shot contest from 8:30-9:30PM. Northfield Park's Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant is featuring a special $19.95 Courageous Lady buffet. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330.467.4101. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the harness racing line-up for Thursday morning (Oct. 9) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Ron Burke, Pete Venaglia, and Ayers Ratliff. The 2019 $1 million Yonkers International Trot is the highlight to the stakes weekend and trainer Ron Burke brings his confident Hambletonian winning mare Atlanta into the big race. She worked very well over Yonkers last week and seems to be fit and ready heading into Saturday. The pair will talk with Pete Venaglia from Yonkers Raceway as they dive into how to handicap the big race. Venaglia will help the pair decipher through some of the International contestants and how he sees the race shaping up. Grand Circuit action returns to Northfield Park on Saturday night with the $120,500 Courageous Lady Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Track Announcer Ayers Ratliff will talk with the pair about all the happenings at the storied facility and what fans on track can expect. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. From the Mike and Mike Post Time Show  

Northfield Park has announced the dates of six Mini Claiming Series. These series offer opportunities for owners to place their horses in races with progressive claiming prices and purses. The newly-added Late Closers start with a base claiming price of either $7,500 or $17,500 for distaff and male pacers. Trotters are also offered the Series with the same claiming tags. No pre-monination is necessary, however there is a one-time entry fee of $100 for the $7,500 series and $200 for the $17,500 series. More information for the series can be found at www.northfieldpark.com or by calling the race office at (330) 467-4101. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

The $120,500 Courageous Lady goes postward this Saturday (October 12) at Northfield Park. The Grand Circuit race is an open event for North America's top 3-year-old filly pacers and has attracted a very competitive slate of harness racing foes vying to become this year's champion. JK American Beauty will start from post five and has been installed the 5-2 luke-warm favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi. The Nancy Johansson trainee was a major player in the New York Sires Stakes scene this year and has recently made her presence known in open stakes company along the east coast. Brett Miller has been given the driving assignment. The morning line second choice, So Awesome, has drawn post three for trainer Scott Di Domenico. She has locked horns with JK American Beauty all season in NYSS races. A win on Saturday would push her earning in excess of $500,000. Harness racing's all-time winningest driver Dave Palone has been named to pilot. Ron Burke and Mark Harder each have entered two fillies in Saturday's featured event. Burke will also start She's Allright, and 10-1 contender from the rail with Ronnie Wrenn Jr., and Rose Run Uptowngal, 6-1 with Chris Page. Harder will harness Skater Chick, the 9-2 third choice for Corey Callahan, who will be making his first appearance on the Flying Turns, and Crazy Cute with Aaron Merriman, 12-1 from post six. Aaron Merriman is also listed to drive Under The Hood for trainer Nick Surick, the 15-1 longshot from post four. Below is the complete 2019 $120,500 Courageous Lady field: PP Horse Trainer Driver Morning Line 1 She's Allright Ron Burke Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 10-1 2 Skater Chick Mark Harder Corey Callahan 9-2 3 So Awesome Scott Di Domenico Dave Palone 3-1 4 Under The Hood Nick Surick Aaron Merriman* 15-1 5 JK American Beauty Nancy Johansson Brett Miller 5-2 6 Crazy Cute Mark Harder Aaron Merriman* 12-1 7 Rose Run Uptowngal Ron Burke Chris Page 6-1 *Final drivers are due 9 PM on Monday. This year's Courageous Lady has been slated as race nine on a 14-race program. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool has been added to the night. The guaranteed Pick-4 will begin with the Courageous Lady. The undercard will feature two $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes finals for 4-year-old-and-up Ohio-bred trotters and two divisions of "The Pace for the Cure" featuring all female drivers. "The Pace" is an effort to offer a novel event for horse racing spectators, as well as use harness racing's platform to raise funds and awareness to fight breast cancer. The first 1,500 guests that arrive starting at 6PM on Saturday will receive a Northfield Park travel tumbler. Inside each tumbler there will be cash, match play, Northfield Park merchandise or Center Stage concert tickets. Fans can also participate in the Beer Slide on the outside patio from 7-8PM and the POP-A-Shot contest from 8:30-9:30PM. Northfield Park's Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant is featuring a special $19.95 Courageous Lady buffet. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330.467.4101. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

MGM Northfield Park is hosting "Pace for the Cure" on Saturday (Oct. 12). The event is for female harness racing drivers and is an effort to offer a novel event for horse racing spectators, as well as use harness racing's platform to raise funds and awareness to fight breast cancer. The event has been well received by horsemen and has grown to two divisions on the evening's program, with female drivers traveling to Cleveland to compete from New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Pennsylvania and all over Ohio. Horsemen will also show their support for the event by dressing their horses in pink harnesses, ribbons, sulkies, etc. The one-mile dashes will each carry a purse of $7,000 and will help raise money for the American Cancer Society. "The 'Pace for the Cure' is a great way to highlight both harness racing and the awareness and support for breast cancer research," said Brent Reitz, MGM Northfield Park Vice President and General Manager. Fans can join in the drive to eliminate breast cancer by purchasing raffle tickets ($1 each or five for $3) and depositing their raffle tickets in to bags that correspond with their favorite "Pace for the Cure" driver. Tickets from the winning bags will be entered in a drawing for prizes. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Northfield's promotional table on the first level of the grandstand on Saturday, starting at 6PM and continuing until post time for the "The Pace." In addition, a silent auction will also take place from 6-9 pm. Items available in the auction are an MGM Northfield Park concert and dinner package, a YETI cooler filled with game time snacks, a Kitchen Aid Mixer and Ghirardelli baking package and a special dining package hosted by MGM Northfield Park's Executive Chef Chris Poplin. Among the participants this year's first division is Jazmin Arnold, perhaps the highest percentage driver among women this year, sporting a .492 average. She recently won a race over the Flying Turns on Sunday. Arnold was also victorious in this year's Ohio Lady Driver Series Championship at the Delaware County Fair. She will take on Renee Bouslaugh, Lauren Harmon, Rachel Kaneoka, Monica Banca, Mary Birkhold, Alisha Binkley and Sabrina Shaw. The second division clashes royal harness racing bloodlines as Devan Miller and Kiara Morgan, daughters of David Miller and Virgil Morgan Jr., square off. They will be facing Emily Hay, who won this event last year. Jayne Weller, the most accomplished driver among the two races is also in the second division. Weller has registered exactly 200 victories and is the daughter of June Weller, the only female to ever drive in harness racing's crown jewel, the Little Brown Jug. The "Pace for the Cure" is a marquee event highlighted in the undercard of night featuring the $125,000 Courageous Lady, a Grand Circuit open stakes race for 3-year-old filly pacers. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield Park will now feature harness racing every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with a 6 PM post time and on Saturday's and Sunday's beginning at 6:40PM. Saturday, October 12 will feature Grand Circuit racing with the $125,000 Courageous Lady. The October 12 undercard will feature the $75,000 Final for OSS 4-Year-Old and Up trotting horses and geldings, $75,000 Final for OSS 4-Year-Old and Up trotting mares, and the 5th annual Pace for the Cure featuring all female drivers. By Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

A reminder to all harness racing trainers of good veteran Ohio-sired trotters -- the draw for the $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for four-year-old-and-up Horse & Gelding trotters and the $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for four-year-old-and-up Mare trotters is Monday morning, October 7 (enter by 9 AM). Both events will be raced at Northfield on Saturday night, October 12. All Ohio-sired veteran trotters that have made five or more starts in Ohio in 2019 through October 6 are eligible to enter. The top 8 qualified horses entered in each division, based on Ohio purse earnings in at least five starts in 2019, will compete for the championships. Entry fee is $500 for those drawn into the race. The $120,000 (est.) Courageous Lady, a Grand Circuit event for three-year-old filly pacers, will also be drawn on Monday, October 7 and raced on Saturday night, October 12, at Northfield.   Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park will host its annual Pace for the Cure lady driving event on Saturday, October 12, 2019 as part of the harness racing Courageous Lady Night undercard. The annual event has become popular with both fans and horsemen and is designed to raise awareness and money for breast cancer prevention. Most of the spots are filled, however there remain a limited number of spots available for lady drivers. All lady drivers must have an "A" or "P" license to be able to compete. The condition for the race will be pacers that are non-winners of $4,000 in last four starts. AE: NW $30,000 in 2019 and carry a purse of $7,000. Horses are encouraged to be dressed in as much pink as possible! Please contact Ayers Ratliff at 330-467-4101 ext 2259 if you would like to drive in the event or enter your horse in this race. Again, there are only a few spots left and the race is limited to horses and drivers that have been pre-approved to enter. Ayers Ratliff

Classic Gent paced home for his 50th career harness racing victory, winning the thirteenth race at Northfield Park on Wednesday (September 25). The 9-year-old veteran, with 231 career starts, also has 28 seconds and 34 third-place finishes. Classic Gent (Blissfull Hall-Northern Jade-Northern Luck) has career earnings of $477,629 with a lifetime mark of 1:51.2 at Woodbine Racetrack at age four. The gelding's richest win was also at Woodbine in a $36,360 stakes event in 2013. Classic Gent is a well-traveled campaigner -- his 50 wins have been spread across 10 different racing surfaces. Classic Gent started from the rail in the evening's $4,000 conditioned event. He virtually led the entire mile through fractions of :28.3, :58, 1:26 and 1:55, besting his closest competitor by 3-lengths. He was heavily favored in the race and returned $2.10 to win. Rick Howles of Lake Orion, Michigan owns Classic Gent. Trainer Ryan Angus called upon leading driver Aaron Merriman to pilot. by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield Park has announced the dates of four Fall Late Closing Series. All of the newly added Late Closers carry a condition of: Non-winners of Two Pari-Mutuel Races (Ohio Breds N/W Three) or Non-Winners of $20,000 Lifetime (Through 8/31/2019). Sundays (October 6, October 13, October 20 and October 27) highlight The Gridiron Series for filly and mare pacers. Each of these legs will also carry an $8,000 purse. The $20,000 final will be Sunday (November 3). Mondays (October 7, October 14, October 21 and October 28) will offer The Halloween Series for horse and gelding pacers. Each leg will be raced for an $8,000 purse. The final will be Monday (November 4) for a purse of $20,000. Tuesdays (October 8, October 15, October 22 and October 29) will host The Election Night Series for horse and gelding trotters. Each of the four legs will carry purses of $8,000. The $20,000 final will go to post on Tuesday (November 5). Wednesdays (October 9, October 16, October 23 and October 30) feature the Autumn Leaves Series for filly and mare trotters. All legs will be contested for a purse of $8,000. The final chases a $20,000 purse and goes to post on Wednesday (November 6). A one-time $300 payment will be required of each entrant to be eligible. Payments are due by September 21 (or postmarked by September 23). Conditions for the series can be found at www.northfieldpark.com. The link is near the bottom of Northfield's homepage. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

MGM Northfield Park is the proud host of Ohio Super Night on Sunday (September 1). The night will offer harness racing fans superb racing action featuring the best youngsters in the Buckeye State and prize drawings in Races 1-12 with chances to win a 2019 Buick Encore, Caribbean cruise for two, trip for two to Las Vegas and various other cash prizes. With more than $2.5 million in purse money being distributed over the evening, this richest night of racing in Northeast Ohio's history features a series of eight $300,000 races which will decide the Ohio Sires Stake Champions. First race post time is 6 PM. The evening's festivities begin at 5 PM, when the first 1,500 guests receive a FREE Malley's chocolate pretzel bar. Each chocolate bar contains a mystery ticket inside good for match play coupons, cash, Super Night t-shirts or cookware and one lucky guest can win $1,000! (limited one per person, 18 years and older). Guests can enjoy live music by Rick and Sharona from 5:30 - 8:30 PM and Cleveland area food trucks from 6-9 p.m. The apron scene will also feature a T-Shirt Toss by the winning driver from the winner's circle after each Sires Stake Championship Race. Guests can also try their luck at a pair of games. The putting challenge takes place from 7- 8 PM and the Dice Game from 8:30- 9:30 PM. Each game offers the chance to win Ohio Lottery tickets, cash or Northfield Park hats. Lady Luck's Clubhouse will offer a lavish Ohio Super Night Buffet for $19.95 per person. Reservations are required and only limited seating remains. Please call 330-467-4101 to make reservations. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $40,000 20¢ Super High Five total pool guarantee to its card on Saturday (August 17). Offered in race 13, the $40,000 Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $10,520. The evening's ninth race begins the 20¢ Northfield Single Six (a unique combination Pick-6) with a $386 carryover. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s, 20¢ Super High Five and 20¢ Northfield Single Six offer a low 14% takeout rate. Saturday's post time is 6PM. by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park  

The 20¢ Northfield Park Single Six was solved down by a sole combination for a lofty $20,287.64 return on Wednesday (August 14). The hefty payoff was hit by a patron watching and wagering on the action at the Flying Turns in person. The Single Six wager premiered on October 13, 2018 and has become very popular with punters chasing colossal returns. The unique combination Pick-6 offers a low 14-percent takeout rate and starts nightly in race nine. The 20¢ wager carries over 50 percent of its nightly pool until it is solved by a single combination. Wednesday's result is evidence that the 20¢ wager is doing exactly what it was designed to do -- offering handicappers monstrous jackpots. By Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Dexter Dunn hails from Down Under in New Zealand and traveled to the United States less than a year ago. He had never been to MGM Northfield Park, but arrived on Saturday (August 10) full of confidence to drive race favorite Bettor's Wish in the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. He went to the gate on the heels of losing two straight photos in the $682,650 Meadowlands Pace and $285,362 Cane Pace. Bettor's Wish started from post three and went to the lead around the initial turn. He set pedestrian fractions of :28.2 and :57. "I was happy when I saw the fractions," admitted Dunn. "If we would have got beaten from there, it would have been a rough night. The fractions were pretty slow, but it all pays the same." Dunn urged Bettor's Wish in the third quarter and he responded, posting times of 1:24.1 and 1:50.3. The colt pulled away by 3 ½-lengths from his closest competitor, Captain Victorious (Yannick Gingras). Bettor's Wish (Bettor's Delight-Lifetime Star-Western Ideal) is owned by the partnership of Christopher Ryder, Bella Racing LTD, Fair Island Farm and Bettor's Wish Partners. Saturday's victory is the 11th score for Bettor's Wish. The win makes the Chris Ryder trainee harness racing's newest millionaire, pushing his earnings to $1,096,600. Following in succession after Bettor's Wish were Captain Victorious, Century Farroh, Yankee Boots, Southwind Ozzi, Rockie Got Framed and Workin Ona Mystery. American Mercury was scratched sick. Bettor's Wish returned 3.80 to win. The race was in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned and operated Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. It is the richest invitational event in harness racing for pacers. Two races prior to the main event, Dancin Yankee captured his fourth straight $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace. The Ohio-sired event by invitation began in 2016. Dancin Yankee left from the gate, initially taking the lead before letting the heavy favorite, Sectionline Bigry (Tyler Smith), reclaim the top just past the :26.2 opening quarter. He received the garden trip through times of :54.4 and 1:21.3 before making his move in the stretch and winning by ½-length in 1:49.2. The clocking equaled Northfield's track record for Five Year-Old and Up Pacing Horses, set by All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) in 2017. Ron Burke trains Dancin Yankee for the Burke Racing Stable. Chris Page was in the bike. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Bettor's Wish has been named the 5-2 morning line favorite by Northfield Park's Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi, in Saturday's $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. The top money-earner headlines an accomplished field of eight in Northfield Park's premier event. The Milstein is a 3-year-old Open by invitation only. The featured event is slated as race 10 on a 16-race program this Saturday (August 10) and carries a 6PM first-race post time, with the main event slated for approximately 9:30PM. Bettor's Wish is the winner of this year's $300,000 Art Rooney Memorial at Yonkers. He has won five of eight races this year. His three losses have been runner-up finishes in the $750,000 North America Cup, $682,650 Meadowlands Pace and the $285,362 Cane Pace. The Chris Ryder trainee has banked $624,544 in purses this year and drew post-3. Bettor's Wish is owned by the partnership of Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Form and Bettors Wish Partners. They will use Dexter Dunn, who hails from New Zeeland and has been a driving force since coming to the United States. Century Farroh drew post-2 and is the 7-2 second choice. He ventures south of the border for the first time in his career on the heels of a 4-race win streak. This top Ontario Sires Stakes performer has won eight of nine races this year, and has earned $241,959 for owner Ratchford Stable of Nova Scotia. Trainer Dr. Ian Moore listed Harness Racing Hall of Famer David Miller to drive. Workin Ona Mystery drew post five and is the 4-1 third choice. He is fresh off a 1:51.1 (last quarter :25.3) qualifier ay Hoosier Park. He has not missed the board this year and has three wins in six races, including third place finishes in the North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace. Brian Brown trains this colt at the historic Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio for owners Diamond Creek Racing, Stambaugh Leeman Stable (Wauseon, Ohio), Alan Keith (Johnstown, Ohio) and Wingfield Brothers LLC (Kenton, Ohio). Workin Ona Mystery has $248,489 in earnings this year and will be driven by racing superstar Tim Tetrick. The 2019 $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial field: Post Horse Driver Trainer M/L 1 Captain Victorious Yannick Gingras Ron Burke 8-1 2 Century Farroh David Miller Dr. Ian Moore 7-2 3 Bettor's Wish Chris Ryder Dexter Dunn 5-2 4 Yankee Boots Dan Noble Steve Carter 15-1 5 Workin Ona Mystery Tim Tetrick Brian Brown 4-1 6 Rockie Got Framed Ricky Macomber Jr. Jamie Macomber 20-1 7 American Mercury Tyler Buter Chris Oakes 12-1 8 Southwind Ozzi Brian Sears Bill Mac Kenzie 9-2 The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. The Milstein family operated Northfield Park until July, 2018 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 1980s. 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 This year's Milstein Memorial program carries total purses in excess of $750,000. The 16-race program includes the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, a race for 4-year-old and up Ohio sired pacers (by invitation only), three $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters, two $50,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers, as well as two $15,000 Open events. A $20,000 Pick 4 guaranteed pool started in race seven and consists of a $40,000 OSS, the Charna, the Open Pace and the Milstein. Another Pick 4 begins in race 11 and offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool. 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 MGM Northfield Park 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 and enjoy live music and food trucks from 6 to 9 PM. Register for the Charna/Milstein Handicapping Double Contest, play Plinko from 6:30 to 7:30PM and spin the Prize Wheel 8:30 to 9:30 PM. Admission and parking are always FREE at Northfield Park. by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park

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