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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  

Eight $50,000 Ohio Sires Stake Consolations will be featured on Saturday night, Oct. 14 at Northfield Park, complementing the $120,000 Courageous Lady. A total of 64 harness racing freshmen and sophomore Ohio-bred pacers and trotters of both genders are set to vie in the last OSS events of the 2017 season. Risky Deal heads up the 2-year-old filly trotting division (Race 1), with Christ Hershberger harnessing the daughter of Break The Bank K for breeder-owner Deborah Kvernmo of Georgetown, PA. Risky Deal comes into her OSS consolation fresh off a 1:58.4 score at the Meadows on Oct. 4, and won her $56,700 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware on Sept. 20 in 1:57. She has earnings of $56,837 to date from three wins, two seconds and one thirds in nine starts. Kurt Sugg drives from post six. As the seventh foal out of the SJ's Photo mare Photo Magic 3, 2:02f ($8,862), Risky Deal is a half-sister to the 29-race winning gelding Quick Deal (by Revenue S) 6, 1:51.4 ($392,936); Doubting Tom (by Tom Ridge) 6, 1:54.3f ($93,091); and Jetta Magic (by Lear Jetta) 3, 1:57f ($55,635). Trainer Chris Beaver will harness three young fillies in this same division, with his best coming in Bugs MVP, who won her $40,000 Buckeye Stallion Series Final on Sept. 30 at Northfield in 1:59.1. Sporting a bankroll of $48,524, the daughter of My MVP is also a multiple Ohio Fair Stakes victress, with seven wins in 11 starts. Aaron Merriman gets the nod from the four-hole. Bugs MVP is the fifth foal out of the American Winner mare Char Catie Becca 2, 1:59 ($37,815) and is a half-sister to Some Like It Hot (by Ken Warkentin) 5, 1:54.2 ($389,330); Sheguindah (by Angus Hall) 3, 1:55.3s ($75,736); Oneida (by Conway Hall) 4, Q1:55.4s ($45,086); and Youvegotwhatittakes (by Yankee Glide) 2, 1:57.1f ($40,138). Richard Finfrock's Cash Lane looks much the best among the 2-year-old trotting colts (Race 4), starting from post four with Kayne Kauffman driving for trainer Mike Polhamus. This altered son of Cash Hall has five wins and a third to his credit in eight career starts, with $74,083 in his bank account. Cash Lane won a $40,000 OSS on July 18 at Scioto Downs in a career best 1:56.2, and also scored victories at Urbana-where he drew off by a whopping 42 lengths; at Lexington's Red Mile; and in his $42,000 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware on Sept. 19 in wire-to-wire fashion. Cash Lane is the sixth foal out of the unraced American Winner mare Winning Colors K, and is a half-brother to Autumn Escapade (by Victory Sam) 6, 1:52.3f ($895,492) and to Autumn Estelle (by Cayenne Turbo) 4, 1:58.3h ($104,789). Amuse's hasn't shown the consistency this season that she did as a freshman for breeder-owner Robert Key, of Leechburg, PA, but does come into the 3-year-old filly trotting division (Race 6) fresh off an impressive victory at the Meadows on Oct. 2, timed in 1:57. The daughter by Break The Bank K earned $128,493 in 2016, but has just $17,475 on her card this year with that lone win in 12 starts. Trained by Rich Gillock, Amuse's won a trio of OSS events as a 2-year-old. She is the third and most prolific foal out of the Varenne mare Sweet Mademoiselle 4, Q1:58.4f ($39,960). Aaron Merriman handles the lines from post three. Dekeyser was a monster over the Ohio fair ovals this summer and most recently captured both the $40,000 Buckeye Stallion Series Final at Northfield on Sept. 30 and the $25,000 Ohio Fair Championship at that same oval on Oct. 7. Heading up the 3-year-old colt trotting division (Race 9), this Dejarmbro sophomore has $122,789 in career earnings from 19 wins in 35 starts for trainer Chris Beaver, who owns him in partnership with Synerco Ventures, ON and Steven Zeehandelar, Worthington, Ohio. Dekeyser was bred by Kevin Greenfield and is the fifth foal out of the world champion Mr Vic mare Pink Ribbons 4, 1:54.3S ($236,525). He is a half-brother to Datsyuk (by Explosive Matter) 3, 1:53.1f ($472,528) and to Big Package (by Pegasus Spur) 6, 1:56f ($118,592). Trainer Ron Potter will bridle up Pearl Crush in the 2-year-old filly pacing division (Race 5) for owner Clyde Perfect, Lawrenceburg, IN. This Yankee Cruiser lass has a respectable $51,189 in her coffers with two wins, two seconds and two thirds from nine career starts, including a 1:55.3 score from a triumph in the $43,333 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware on Sept. 20. Ryan Stahl drives Pearl Crush from post five. This young lass is the ninth foal out of the No Nukes mare Pearl Berley 2, Q1:57.2S ($24,032) and is a full sister to White Sportscoat p,3, 1:53.1s ($87,535) and White Liar p, 3, 1:50.2f ($50,909). She also has half-siblings in: Pearl Handlepistol (by Mach Three) p, 4, 1:51 ($282,416); Perfune N Pearls (by Mach Three) p, 3, 1:53.3s ($65,821); JK Earl The Pearl (by McArdle) p, 3, 1:55f ($43,744); and Pearl Necklace (by Cambest) p, 3, 1:57f ($38,916). In the 2-year-old pacing colt division (Race 7), rivals Rockin Away and Bounding Dragon are set to spar. Brian Brown conditions Rockin Away, a Pet Rock colt for Country Club Acres, Findlay, OH; Joe Sbrocco, Brecksville, OH; Aws Stables, Lima, OH; and Richard Lombardo, Solon, OH. Bounding Dragon, a son of the ill-fated Dragon Again, hails from the Mike Roth barn for owners Alan Keith, Pataskala, OH; and Carl and Melanie Atley, Xenia, OH. Rockin Away captured both OSS and Buckeye Stallion Series events before finishing third in an Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware and third in a $75,500 Bluegrass Stake at Lexington on Sept. 30. From seven career starts, Rockin Away has four wins and two thirds, with $49,990 in earnings. Bounding Dragon won a Hoosier Park freshman test in 1:55.1 on Sept. 7 and had taken a $38,750 Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto in a lifetime best 1:54.3 on July 29. His bankroll stands at $58,900 from two wins, three seconds and one third in seven starts. Rockin Away is the third and best foal out of the Camluck mare Higher Standards p, 4, 1:56.3h ($50,410), while Bounding Dragon is the second and only earning foal out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Bound To Rock p,2, 1:54.2s ($66,265). Chris Page handles the lines of Rockin Away from post two, while Brett Miller gets the call aboard Bounding Dragon from post three. Camwood comes into the 3-year-old pacing colt division (Race 8) riding a three-race win streak for owners Constance Polhamus, Columbus, OH and William Parsons, Troy, OH. The Woodstock gelding began the season in slow fashion but has recently morphed into a terror-scoring victories at Dayton on Sept. 14 (in 1:55.2); at Delaware on Sept. 14 in a $37,945 Ohio Breeders Championship (in 1:53.2); and again at Dayton on Oct. 5 (in a 1:52 lifetime mark). Trained by Mike Polhamus, Camwood has $75,201 in career earnings from five wins, three seconds and four thirds in 22 starts. All five of his victories have come this season, as have most of his earnings ($64,877). Camwood is the third foal out of the Cambest mare Clydes First Cam p,2, 1:54.4 ($50,918) and is a half-brother to Shaint To Shabby (by Art's Chip) p, 3, 1:56.1s ($13,230). Berazzled-the 2016 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Filly Champion-goes postward in the 3-year-old pacing filly division (Race 12), starting from the six-hole for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., and trainer Chris Beaver. This Charley Barley lass has $255,281 in her coffers from six career wins in 22 tries. Most recently she won a $53,543 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware on Sept. 21, before finishing third in a $10,000 Filly & Mare Late Closer at Lexington on Oct. 6. Lisa Ezzo bred Berazzled, who is owned by Marion Beachy of Sugarcreek, OH. Berazzled is the ninth foal out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Razmataz Hanover p,2, Q2:02.3F ($375) and is a full sister to Albeit Lucifer p, 3, 1:54.3f ($40,574) and a half-sister to: Joey The Czar (by Art Major) p, 3, 1:51h ($303,096); Sissboombah (by American Ideal) p, 4, 1:53f ($42,014); Rob Roy Blue Chip (by The Panderosa) p, 4, 1:56 ($33,278); and Bono Lightning (by Pro Bono Best) p, 2, 1:57.2h ($10,655), etc. Ohio stallions represented in the eight, octet-horse consolations include a healthy mix in both the trotting and pacing divisions, with a few non-surprising standouts. In the trotting divisions, Dejarmbo is represented by ten contestants: three 2-year-olds and seven 3-year-olds; while Cash Hall has six of his foals competing: three freshmen and three sophomores. Manofmanymissions has four of his progeny racing-two in each age group, while Break The Bank K also has four-three 3-year-olds and one 2-year-old. And Away We Go has three foals racing in these events, while the stallion Dontyouforgetit has two. Break The Bank K, Chip Chip Hooray, Full Count, My MVP, Neely Dunn, Stormin Normand, Triumphant Caviar and Winning Fireworks have one foal each racing in a consolation. In the pacing ranks, Big Bad John is represented by eight performers, including six 3-year-olds and two freshmen, while Pet Rock has five 2-year-olds vying for first prize and Woodstock, three. Stallions with two foals racing include Art Official, Charley Barley, Dragon Again, McArdle, and Yankee Cruiser. Allamerican Winner, No Pan Intended, Shark Gesture, The Panderosa and World of Rocknroll are all represented by one foal each in a consolation. Kimberly Rinker

On Saturday, October 14 Northfield Park will host eight $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolation Races as part of the 15-race harness racing program. These eight races will feature some of the Buckeye State's best freshmen and sophomore pacers and trotters and will support the $120,000 Courageous Lady undercard. Freshman filly trotters will start Saturday's stake action in Race 1. Trainer Christopher Beaver sends a trio of starters as the 3-5 overwhelming favorite. (1) California Love (Stormin Normand-Frannie's Ridge-Tom Ridge) starts from the rail with driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. for the partnership of Beaver, Beachy, Zeehandelar and Synerco Ventures; (1A) Bugs MVP drew post-4 and will be driven by Aaron Merriman for owners Beaver, Carter, Sbrocco and Zehandelar; and (1B) Champagne Hall and driver Ryan Stahl has post-7 for Beaver, Sbrocco, Zeehandelar and Synerco Ventures. Also competing in the race will be Simplyamission, Next Woman Up, Ed's Chargin Lady, Risky Deal and Bang. Race 4 will be the $50,000 Consolation for freshman colt trotters. Trainer Alicia Hanners will start Dontforgetmaster (Dontyouforgetit-Pine Career-Pine Chip) as the 5-2 morning-line favorite despite drawing post-8. Dontforgetmaster enters this race off a maiden-breaking win, and has never missed the ticket in seven career efforts. He has earnings of $34,570 and sports a lifetime mark of 1:57.1 (Dtn 5/8). Josh Sutton is scheduled to drive for owners Mystical Marker Farms, VIP Internet Stable, Garland and Eisman. Mr Jubilant, Win Chaser, Haul N Dash, Cash Lane, Icingon De Cupcake, Dance Withsomebody and Sand Cash complete the line-up. Pacers take to the stage in Race 5 for the $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolation for freshman fillies. Pearl Crush (Yankee Cruiser-Pearl Berley-No Nukes) is the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite for owner Clyde Perfect of Lawrenceburg, Ohio. Ron Potter trains the filly, who won the $43,333 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware just two races back in a 1:55.3 career best. She has earnings of $51,189, winning two of nine races. Driver Ryan Stahl will start the pacer from post-5 in a field that consists of Cams Candy Girl, Missplacedrock, Filou Fly Fast, Big Bad Goldie, Tiffany Rocks As, Lily Grace and Princess Rougarou. Trotters again compete in Race 6 for the $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolation for three year-old fillies. Amuse's (Break The Bank K-Sweet Mademoiselle-Varenne) starts from post-three and is the 3-2 morning-line favorite. She is owned by Robert Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania. Trainer Rich Gillock has called upon Aaron Merriman to drive. This filly enters this race off a 1:57 career best win at The Meadows and has five wins in 22 lifetime starts with a bankroll of $145,958. Amuse's has a host of rivals consisting of Vandy's Magic, Emerald City Of Oz, Diva Dejarmbro, Full Of Pride, Monee Bank, I Like Purple and Beautiful. Race 7 will host the $50,000 Consolation for freshman colt pacers. Rockin Away (Pet Rock-Higher Standards-Camluck) is the 9-5 morning-line favorite for owners Country Club Acres, Sbrocco, AWS Stables and Lombardo. Brian Brown trains the colt and uses Chris Page to drive. This two year-old has four wins in seven starts and enters off a third place finish in the $75,500 Bluegress at Lexington's The Red Mile. He has earnings of $49,900 and mark of 1:53 (Lex 1). Rockin Away starts from post-2 in a field consisting of Spectacular Rock, Bounding Dragon, Dukes Cruiser, Sectionline Bigry, Lots To Live For, Gone Again and Harambe Deo. Race 8 is the $50,000 Consolation for three year-old colt pacers. Camwood (Woodstock-Clydes First Cam-Cambest) is the 9-5 morning-line favorite for owners Polhanus and Parsons. Mike Polhamus is the gelding's trainer and calls upon Kayne Kauffman to drive. Camwood has five wins in 19 starts this year and has earned $75,210. He drew the rail and will face Big Bad Arcster, Lifewithjohn, Trial By Fire, Mclucky, Mannys Too Special, Sunny's Bro and Heracer. Trotters return in the ninth race for the $50,000 OSS Consolation for three year-olds. Trainer Christopher Beaver sends out Dekeyser (Dejarmbro-Pink Ribbons-Mr Vic) as the 3-2 morning-line favorite. Dekeyser looks for his 15th win of the season and starts from post-2. He enters this race off two consecutive victories over the Flying Turns in the $40,000 Ohio Breeders Championship and the $25,000 Ohio Fairs Championship. He sports earnings of $122,789 and 1:56.2 mark at Northfield Park. Aaron Merriman is scheduled to drive for owners Beaver, Synerco Ventures and Zeehandelar. Sweet Honet, Feisty Jim, Dejarover, Cinnamon Dunn, Speed Lane and Winning Memories complete the ninth race line-up. Race 12 hosts Buckeye-bred sophomore filly pacers and is the night's final $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolation. Berazzled (Charley Barley-Razmataz Hanover-Cam's Card Shark) is the 9-5 morning-line favorite from the powerful Christopher Beaver Stable. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. will drive for owner Marion Beachy of Sugarcreek, Ohio. This filly has six wins in 22 starts, pacing in 1:52.1 (ScD 5/8) and earning $255,281. Berazzles starts from post-6 in a field that consists of Woo's Princess, Glorious Intent, Da Vinci Artist, Ellasen, Barley Nation, The Lady Vanishes and Big Bad Jane. The evening's featured race is the $120,000 Courageous Lady Pace, an open contest for North America's top three-year-old-filly pacers. The evening's also hosts Northfield's annual Pinktober Pace for Cure race of all female drivers to race money and awareness for breast cancer research. Collectively, in excess of $575,000 in purses will be distributed throughout the night's 15-race program. From 7:00 - 8:00 PM patrons can participate in the Northfield Park Beer Slide and a Leinenkugel Stein Hoist is set for 9:00 PM. Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant's buffet will be open. Reservations are encouraged and can be made for the $15.95 buffet by calling 330-467-4101. Admission and Parking are always FREE at Northfield Park. The evening carries 6:00 PM first race post time. Ayers Ratliff

The festive and well-attended harness racing evening was made even better for Thomas Dillon, when his horse, Rock Me Baby, won the $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park. The Courageous Lady was a series of firsts for Rock Me Baby. It was the first time she had raced for Dillon. He purchased her just two weeks ago for $82,000 at the Harrisburg Sale. It was also Rock Me Baby's first start for trainer Heidi Rohr and the first time that Tim Tetrick has driven the filly. Rock Me Baby left off the gate. She initially sat in third, but was sent to the outside approaching the quarter. Once she made the lead about the quarter-pole, Rock Me Baby never experienced an anxious moment the remainder of the mile. She posted fractions of: 26.4, 54.4, 1:23 and 1:52. "We had to go a pretty big first half," explained Tetrick,"but I was able to give her a breather around the turn and she was really strong to the finish." The clocking was a stakes record for the Courageous Lady and equaled Northfield Park's track record for sophomore filly pacers. "I was happy to get to drive her," said Tetrick. "When they called me to ask if I would come here (Northfield), I was like absolutely!" "I love traveling around to these big races offered at places like Northfield and being able to compete with nice horses. I'm just glad to be a part of all this." Completing the field were Mother Of Art, LA Delight, Yankee Moonshine, Dime A Dance, Bellatricks, Free Show and Time On My Hands. Rock Me Baby (Rock N Roll Heaven-Lover Of Art-Artsplace) now has four wins in 21 lifetime starts. Saturday's victory increased her career bankroll to $164,228. She returned $5.40 to win. Ayers Ratliff

After spending the past three weeks racing against older horses, Bellatricks returns to her age group to face seven harness racing rivals in Saturday's $120,000 Courageous Lady for 3-year-old filly pacers at Northfield Park. Trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. would have preferred to keep Bellatricks away from older horses, but his filly didn't fit many conditions and she needed to keep racing in preparation for the Courageous Lady. As it turned out, Bellatricks held her own in her three starts in the Fillies and Mares Open at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, posting two second-place finishes before ending up fifth in her most recent performance on Nov. 18. Morgan, though, said the filly's finish last week was deceptively good. "She was loaded last week, she just couldn't get out," Morgan said. "They don't have a passing lane there unfortunately and she had nowhere to go. But she's heading into this race somewhat fresh. She will need to be, because the competition is pretty stiff. "You hate to race a 3-year-old against aged horses," he added, "but it's late in the year and it served its purpose for a couple weeks until the Courageous Lady." Bellatricks and driver Ryan Stahl will start the Courageous Lady from post three. Bellatricks is 10-1 on the morning line. Jugette winner L A Delight, who will leave from post eight with John Campbell at the lines for trainer Bob McIntosh, is the 5-2 favorite. The field also includes two entries from the stable of trainer Ron Burke, who has won the last three editions of the event. Burke's starters are Mother Of Art from post one, at 9-2 on the morning line, and 12-1 Free Show from post six. Bellatricks, a daughter of stallion Third Straight out of the mare Scarlet Begonia, has won four of 18 races this season and six of 25 starts lifetime. She has earned $170,859 in her career for owner Carl Howard, who purchased the filly under the name Shameless Hall for $18,000 at the 2014 Blooded Horse Sale. She twice finished second in the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship, losing each year to Lakeisha Hall. This season's setback in the final came by a head. In fact, Bellatricks finished second to Lakeisha Hall three times this year in the sire stakes series, with two losses by a head and the other by one length. "It would have been nice to win the final at Lexington, but second place for $175,000 is OK," Morgan said. "She's been a pleasant surprise. She was not a high-priced yearling. Carl Howard picked her out. He did a great job doing a little research and finding out there were only 20 fillies eligible for the Kentucky Sire Stakes and he nabbed her. "She's been a success." Bellatricks' recent efforts against older horses were not her only starts this season in fields with aged rivals. Two months ago, she finished third to 2015 Courageous Lady winner Sassa Hanover in a conditioned race at Harrah's Philadelphia. Sassa Hanover later went on to finish second in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace. In July, Bellatricks beat older foes at Scioto Downs, a feat she repeated in August at Yonkers Raceway. "She's got a great attitude," Morgan said. "She's a good-looking filly. She's not real big, but she's built very well. She's got great conformation. I think she will be a nice racehorse hopefully for the next few years. She's versatile. She can leave a quarter in :26 and you can grab her and she'll come right back to you and she loves to pass a horse. "I think her versatility is what will make her a good aged horse. She's already won on a half and five-eighths and she was good on the mile track at Lexington. It's nice to have a horse that you can use that to your advantage. She's just real handy; I think that's the best way to describe her. By being so handy I think she'll be competitive wherever she goes." Morgan believes that includes Saturday at Northfield Park. "I think she'll be competitive in there," Morgan said. "Obviously that's a very tough field with some really good fillies. But I think if she gets a trip she'll be competitive." Following is the Courageous Lady field in post order: PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Mother Of Art - Art Major - Ronnie Wrenn Jr.- Ron Burke - 9/2 2-Time On My Hands - American Ideal - Aaron Merriman - Chris Ryder - 4/1 3-Bellatricks - Third Straight - Ryan Stahl - Virgil Morgan Jr. - 10/1 4-Yankee Moonshine - Yankee Cruiser - Don Irvine Jr .- Doug Hinklin - 8/1 5-Rock Me Baby - Rock N Roll Heaven - Tim Tetrick - Heidi Rohr - 7/2 6-Free Show - Badlands Hanover - Jason Merriman - Ron Burke - 12/1 7-Dime A Dance - Roll With Joe - Mike Wilder - Doug Snyder - 15/1 8-L A Delight - Bettor's Delight - John Campbell - Robert McIntosh - 5/2 Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications A division of the U.S. Trotting Association

The $120,000 Courageous Lady goes postward this Saturday evening (November 26) at Northfield Park. The Grand Circuit race is an open harness racing event for North America's top 3-year-old filly pacers and once again has attracted an impressive slate of talent. This year's Jugette winner, LA Delight, will start from post eight and has been named the 5-2 early favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi. A Courageous Lady victory would push LA Delight's earnings in excess of $1.2 million. The Robert McIntosh trainee has posted nine victories this year, including a 1:49.1 win at The Meadows Racetrack. McIntosh, a 2003 inductee into Harness Racing's Hall of Fame, has called upon fellow HOF member, John Campbell, to drive. The morning line second choice, Rock Me Baby, has drawn post five for trainer Heidi Rohr. She enters this event off an impressive 1:52.4 qualifier at Saratoga Raceway where she bested her competition by seven lengths. Tim Tetrick has been named to pilot Rock Me Baby. Ron Burke, the leading money winning trainer in North America, has entered two fillies in Saturday's featured event. Burke will start Mother Of Art, the 9-2 morning line fourth choice, and Free Show, a 12-1 morning line longshot. The 2016 $120,000 Courageous Lady field: PP Horse Trainer Driver Morning Line 1 Mother Of Art - Ron Burke - Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 9-2 2 Time On My Hands - Chris Ryder - Aaron Merriman 4-1 3 Bellatricks - Virgil Morgan Jr. - Ryan Stahl 10-1 4 Yankee Moonshine - Doug Hinklin - Don Irvine Jr. 8-1 5 Rock Me Baby - Heidi Rohr -Tim Tetrick 7-2 6 Free Show - Ron Burke -Jason Merriman 12-1 7 Dime A Dance - Doug Snyder - Mike Wilder 15-1 8 LA Delight - Robert McIntosh - John Campbell 5-2 This year's Courageous Lady is the 11th of a 15-race program. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool has been added to the night. The guaranteed Pick-4 will begin with race eight and conclude with the Courageous Lady. In addition to world-class excitement on the track, an impressive array of activities has been planned for guests in attendance. "Home for the Holiday" drawings will be announced throughout the evening where winners will be taking home household goods worth thousands of dollars. Guests can also try their luck in Ohio Lottery Plinko and second chance drawings for non-winning instant lotto tickets that are $5 or more in value. Attendees can also enjoy a $19.95 buffet in Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant, which offers a panoramic view of the races. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 330.467.4101. HISTORY OF THE RACE: The race is named after one of the finest and most popular pacing fillies ever to compete on Northfield Park's Flying Turns -- Courageous Lady. The poignant story behind the race revolves around the late Ruth Cohen of Mayfield Heights. In 1977, Julian Cohen, a Cleveland attorney and avid harness racing fan, paid $35,000 for the two year-old filly Courageous Lady for his sister Ruth, who had been diagnosed with cancer and given only two years to live. "We bought Courageous Lady midway through the filly's two year-old season and Ruth loved that horse," said Mr. Cohen, who himself passed away in 1997. "We followed her to all of her races. Ruth lived another eight years, primarily because of her horse." Courageous Lady, an Ohio-sired daughter of Captain Courageous from the mare Painter Pam, earned $418,256 between 1977 and 1981. She took a time-trial mark of 1:54.4 and twice equaled the 1:55.2 world record of the famed Silk Stockings. Among her other illustrious accomplishments, Courageous Lady became the first Ohio Sires Stakes champion to defend her title. She won numerous stakes in the United States and Canada, setting multiple stakes and national season's standards. As a broodmare, Courageous Lady produced two outstanding offspring prior to her untimely passing in 1989 at age 14. The filly Uptown Swell as a 1:54.2 performer with career earnings of $728,135, and Courageous Legacy, a Sonsam stallion, garnered a 1:52.2 lifetime record while banking over $183,000 for owner Julian Cohen. Northfield Park is proud to honor Ruth Cohen and the great mare, Courageous Lady. The outstanding fields of distaff talent annually assembled for the Courageous Lade are a fitting tribute for two of racing's most memorable and truly courageous ladies. Ayers Ratliff

A festive and well-attended harness racing evening was made even better for the Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Lawrence Karr, when their horse Sassa Hanover won the $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park. Trained by Ron Burke and driven by North America's leading money-winning driver, Yannick Gingras, Sassa Hanover prevailed in 1:52.1, a stake and track record performance for three-year-old filly pacers. After blasting off the gate and pressing to get the lead through a :26 opening quarter on a sloppy track, Sassa Hanvoer led unchallenged through middle fractions of :55 and 1:23.2. Turning for home Gingras enjoyed a 2-1/2 length lead but hung on by only a head over hard-charging Bettor N Better (Tim Tetrick). "I thought she (Bettor N Better) got me in the last step," said Gingras. "Sassa had to work very hard to get on top. She was tired but did everything she could to find the wire a winner." Sassa Hanover (Rock N Roll Heaven - Sayo Hanover - Allamerican Native) now has 16 wins in 34 lifetime starts. Friday's victory increased her career bankroll to $1,008,469. She went to post as the bettors' choice and returned $3.60 to win. Completing the field were Bettor N Better, Southwind Roulette, Somewhere Sweet, Purrfect Bags, Luck Be A Lindy, Triple V Hanover and Band Of Angels. Sassa Hanover $10,651.90 Carryover Sparks $40,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 Total Pool Sunday at Northfield Park Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $40,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Sunday’s (November 29) program.  Beginning in Race 3, the $40,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $10,651.90. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.    Sunday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff

Grand Circuit action is in full-swing at Northfield Park on Friday (November 27) as the $120,000 Courageous Lady has drawn an impressive slate of talent. The Friday feature is an open event for North America's top 3-year-old-filly pacers and will be the 11th of a 15 race program. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool has been added to Friday's program. The multi-race wager will begin in race eight and conclude with the Courageous Lady. The 2015 Courageous Lady Field: #1 Triple V Hanover draws the rail for trainer Brian Brown and owners Donald Robinson, King McNamara and Strollin Stable. With six wins to her credit and finishing in the top three in 12 of 22 starts, this filly has $183,228 in earnings and a career best of 1:50.3 at Pocono Downs. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere has victories in a $60,000 leg of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at Pocono Downs, the $32,950 Circuit City Pace at Hoosier Park and the $32,000 All-Stars Pace at Pocono. Northfield Park's leading driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., has been given the driving assignment with the 7-2 morning-line second choice. #2 Southwind Roulette is one of three daughters of Somebeachsomewhere and one of two entries from the powerful Ron Burke Stable in this year's edition of the Courageous Lady. She has five lifetime successes, but is winless this year despite an impressive 11 on-the-board finishes in 17 starts. She earned her 1:51.4 mark as a freshman at Pocono Downs and has bankrolled $505,065. This filly is owned by Bradley Grant and Howard Taylor and will be driven by Matt Kakaley. Southwind Roulette was the winner of last year's $260,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Final at Pocono Downs, three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and the $30,400 Pennsylvania All-Stars at Pocono. She enters this race off a 1:55.2 winning qualifier at The Meadows and is the field's 4-1 morning line third choice. #3 Sassa Hanover sports career earnings of $948,469. She has 33 lifetime starts with 15 wins and 24 top-three finishes. This filly is a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven with a lifetime mark of 1:49.4 at Mohawk Raceway. Sassa Hanover, owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, is trained by Ron Burke. This year Sassa Hanover won the $151,350 Jugette and the $50,450 Jugette elimination at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, the $55,125 Adioo Volo at The Meadows, two New York Sires Stakes eliminations and the $28,350 Fan Hanover at Mohawk Raceway. She has been named the 2-1 morning line favorite and has the services of North America's leading money-winning driver, Yannick Gingras. #4 Somewhere Sweet enters this event having won two of her last three races. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere is owned by Miller's Stable Inc. and is trained at the historic Delaware County Fairgrounds by Brian Brown. She sports $216,594 in earnings and has eight wins and 16 top-three finishes in 23 career starts. Somewhere Sweet's 1:51.1 lifetime mark just came at The Meadows on October 5. She was victorious this year in a $71,472 division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at Harrah's Philadelphia, the $34,500 Keystone Classic at The Meadows and the $32,000 All-Stars Pace at Pocono Downs. Aaron Merriman has been named to drive this 10-1 morning line contender. Merriman has won more races than any other driver in Northfield Park's 58-year history and is a member of Northfield Park's Wall of Fame. #5 Bettor N Better is a newcomer to the barn of Jeffrey Bamond Jr. and owners Bamond Racing LLC. This recent purchase from Ron Burke has eight wins in 29 lifetime starts and earnings of $365,656. Her 1:51 mark was paced last year at the Red Mile. The daughter of Bettor's Delight won a $50,450 elimination of the Jugette at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and two divisions of New York Sires Stakes. Bettor N Better makes her second start for her new connections and enters the Courageous Lady after finishing third in the $173,500 Tarport Hap at the Meadowlands. The 6-1 morning line selection will be driven by Tim Tetrick. #6 Band Of Angels is owned by WJ Donovan and trained by Tony Alagna. This filly has 28 career starts, winning 12 races and finishing in the top three 19 times. Her 1:50 lifetime mark was paced earlier this year at the Meadowlands. Band Of Angels is a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven and has career earnings of $484,038. Ryan Stahl has been listed to drive the 12-1 morning-line contender. Band Of Angels won this year's $225,000 New York Sires Stakes Final at Yonkers Raceway and three divisions of the NY Sires Stakes. #7 Luck Be A Lindy enters this event having won four of her last five starts and is one of two fillies in this event by Bettor's Delight. Her victories include the $47,750 Massachusetts Sires Stake Final at Plainridge Park, the $50,000 New York Consolation at Vernon Downs and the $25,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial at Hoosier Park. Frank Antonacci trains Luck Be A Lindy for owner Lindy Racing Stable. She has nine career wins in 20 starts and earnings of $144,797. Her 1:51 lifetime mark was paced at Vernon Downs. Jason Merriman is scheduled to pilot this 20-1 morning-line contender. #8 Purrfect Bags enters this event for owner and trainer Joann Looney-King. The daughter of Roddy's Bags Again has 10 wins in 14 starts this year. She is the only horse to have raced over The Flying Turns, posting a stellar performance and tying a track record in 1:52.3. Her victories this year include the $117,724 Lismore Final at Yonkers Raceway, the $116,430 Lady Maude at Yonkers and the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred at Harrington Raceway. This filly has a 1:51.2 lifetime mark at Harrington Raceway and earnings of $364,347. Victor Kirby is coming in to drive this 15-1 contender. Black Friday Prize Drawings will take place all night. Attendees could win $1,000 cash, a forty inch LED Insignia Roku television, and concert tickets in Hard Rock Live. Many electronics and household items will also be given away. Northfield Park's Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. The 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

This Week: Courageous Lady, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio and Hap Hansen Progress Pace, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit heads to Northfield Park and Dover Downs for the final two Grand Circuit races of the 2015 season. On Friday (Nov. 27), Northfield will host the $120,000 Courageous Lady for 3-year-old filly pacers. This year's Jugette winner, Sassa Hanover, will start from post three and has been named the 2-1 early favorite. Then on Monday (Nov. 30), Dover will feature the $300,000 (est.) final of the Hap Hansen Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers. Wiggle It Jiggleit downed eight rivals for his 21st victory of the season in the $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination this past Monday. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: This past Saturday (Nov. 21), Resolve won the $400,000 TVG Free For All Trotting Championship at Meadowlands Racetrack in 1:51.4 for driver/trainer Ake Svanstedt. Resolve won the $400,000 TVG Free For All Trotting Championship in 1:51.4 for driver/trainer Ake Svanstedt. In similar fashion to his win in the final preliminary leg the week before, Resolve moved to the lead shortly after the opening quarter, which was reached in :27 by longshot DW's NY Yank. Once on the lead, Resolve was allowed to relax. The same could not be said for E L Titan who got caught in some traffic down the backstretch and ended up three wide, trotting toward the half-mile. Tim Tetrick guided E L Titan to the first over position after racing three wide, crossing in front of Obrigado with The Bank in the outer flow. But Resolve was able to back the field down with a :29.3 second quarter, reaching the half-mile in :56.3. E L Titan, in the final start of his career, was applying pressure, but Svanstedt had plenty of horse in front of him and Resolve began to edge away, trotting past three-quarters in 1:25. The stretch drive was a mere formality as Resolve began to pour it on, winning by three lengths in the end, trotting a final quarter of :26.4 to complete the mile in 1:51.4. Obrigado held the runner-up position while Flanagan Memory rallied from last to be third. The win was the fourth of the season for Resolve. He finishes his 4-year-old campaign with earnings of $700,938. Resolve is owned by Hans Enggren. A field of six contested the $400,000 TVG Pacing Championship. Off the wings of the gate, five of the six free for all pacers tried to leave for position. The only horse content to watch the action early was Bettor's Edge. That strategy by Matt Kakaley turned out to be the winning one as Bettor's Edge stormed down the center of the track, from dead last, to score a 19-1 upset in 1:50. e field turned for home, the free for all pacers spread across the track and all took their shots. Mach It So found room at the pylons, Foiled Again tried to kick off cover, JK Endofanera reached for the wire and Bettor's Edge was rallying down the center of the track. In the end, Bettor's Edge out-sprinted the talented field to win going away in 1:50. Mach It So rallied up the pylons for the runner-up spot while Foiled Again finished third. Trainer Ron Burke confirmed that both Bettor's Edge and Foiled Again will head to North Carolina for the winter and will return for the 2016 racing season. The win was the 26th in the career of Bettor's Edge, sending his lifetime earnings to nearly $1.8 million. The victory in the TVG Pacing Championship was the third stakes win on the night for trainer Burke, who also captured the $144,000 Continentalvictory with Mission Brief and whose Make Or Miss finished in a dead heat for win in the $489,400 Valley Victory. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past week's action: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,579; 2. David Miller - 1,299.5; 3. Tim Tetrick - 1,205; 4. Brett Miller - 670; 5. Scott Zeron - 586.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,907; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,605; 3. Tony Alagna - 612.5; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 386; 5. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 385. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 441.3; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 369.35; 3. Bamond Racing - 320; 4. Christina Takter - 252.1; 5. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 220. Looking ahead: The 2015 Grand Circuit season will conclude after this weekend; the 2016 Grand Circuit schedule will be released early next year. by Paul Ramlow,forThe Grand Circuit

The $120,000 Courageous Lady goes postward at this Friday evenings (November 27) harness racing meeting at Northfield Park. The Grand Circuit race is an open event for North America's top 3-year-old-filly pacers and has once again attracted an impressive slate of talent. This year's Jugette winner, Sassa Hanover, will start from post three and has been named the 2-1 early favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi. A Courageous Lady victory would push Sassa Hanover's earnings in excess of $1 Million. The Ron Burke trainee has posted six victories this year, including a 1:49.4 win at Canada's Mohawk Raceway. Burke has given the driving assignment to national driving star Yannick Gingras. The morning line second choice, Triple V Hanover, has drawn the rail for trainer Brian Brown. She enters this event off a runner-up finish in the $120,000 American National at Balmoral Park and has career earnings approaching $200,000. Northfield Park's leading driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., has been named to pilot. Ron Burke and Brian Brown each have entered two fillies in Friday's featured event. Burke will also start Southwind Roulette, the 4-1 morning-line third choice with Matt Kakaley from post two. Brown will harness Somewhere Sweet for Aaron Merriman and carries a 10-1 morning line from post four. Below is the complete Courageous Lady field. PP  Horse  Trainer  Driver  Morning Line 1 Triple V Hanover Brian Brown Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 7-2 2 Southwind Roulette Ron Burke Matt Kakaley 4-1 3 Sassa Hanover Ron Burke Yannick Gingras 2-1 4 Somewhere Sweet Brian Brown Aaron Merriman 10-1 5 Bettor N Better Jeffrey Bamond Jr. Tim Tetrick 6-1 6 Band Of Angels Tony Alagna Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 12-1 7 Luck Be A Lindy Frank Antonacci Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 20-1 8 Purrfect Bags JoAnn Looney-King Victor Kirby 15-1 *Final drivers are due 9 p.m. on Monday, November 23. This year's Courageous Lady has been slated as race eleven on a 15-race program. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool has been added to the night. The guaranteed Pick 4 will begin with race eight and conclude with the Courageous Lady. Black Friday Prize Drawings will take place all night. Attendees could win $1,000 cash, a forty inch LED Insignia Roku television, and concert tickets in Hard Rock Live. Many electronics and household items will also be given away. Northfield Park's Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. The restaurant is featuring a special $19.95 Courageous Lady buffet. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park has announced that Aaron Merriman, Bill Pocza, Dunkster, Myopia's Mop and Natural Ability will be the newest members of the Northfield Park Wall of Fame. Their formal inductions will highlight the Wall of Fame ceremonies at Northfield Park on Sunday, August 10. The banquet festivities begin at 5 p.m. Aaron Merriman, 36, is the youngest Wall of Fame inductee since the awards were inaugurated in 1990. His perseverance, work ethic, talent and success have been on display at Northfield Park for over a decade. He captured the local dash title in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. He has 6,577 career victories to his credit. 4,042 of those wins have come over the Flying Turns, the most by any driver in Northfield's 57-year history. He has won multiple stake races at Northfield, including the 2008 Cleveland Classic with Upfront Hannahsboy and the 2010 Courageous Lady with Sand Windsor. At a young age, Aaron has already stood the test of time. He is one of the most popular horsemen ever to reach the elite status of Wall membership. Bill Pocza was a top trainer/driver at Northfield Park for many years, beginning with the track's opening year in 1957. His .416 UDRS led all local drivers at the 1965 Painesville meet, and he was famous in that decade for campaigning crack pacers Royal Black and Hope Time, as well as the standout trotter Guy Garrett. Although he drove until 1985, winning a total of 824 races, his reputation as a consummate horseman was established in the 60's and 70's when he presided over a powerful stable that competed not only in Ohio, but at top tracks in the mid-Atlantic and East Coast regions. For many years Pocza's main patron was noted Youngstown owner, Armour Lloyd. Dunkster retired in 2011 as one of the greatest Ohio-bred trotters of all time. He won 89 times, including 35 victories at Northfield Park, and captured 45 Open/Invitational trots throughout his career. Dunkster bankrolled $894,320, ranking him as the fourth highest earner among all Ohio-bred trotters. He became a world champion on May 10, 2004 when he sizzled Northfield Park's Flying Turns in 1:54.2. At that time, it was the fastest mile ever trotted by a five year-old and up gelded trotter on a half-mile track. By virtue of that world record performance, Dunkster held Northfield's overall track record on the trot for over 10 years. The handsome chestnut also holds the trotting record at the Wayne County Fair (1:57.3) and Lebanon Raceway (1:57). Myopia's Mop will be the first broodmare to join the Northfield Park Wall of Fame. Seven of her foals made it to training, six have raced, and five have been prominent names at Northfield Park. Her six starters -- Osborne's Trick, Cleaning Lady, Osborne's Bullet, Osborne's Gypsy, Osborne's Yankee and Shez Good Osborne -- have won purses totaling $1,422,341. None have earned less than $100,000, and their cumulative win tally is 159 races, with 92 of those paced over Northfield's ½-mile oval. Her offspring have five Ohio Sires Stakes Finals to their credit. Three of those championships were captured at Northfield Park, plus two Scarlet and Gray victories. Natural Ability was an Open and Invitational pacing star from the mid-1970's to 1980. He won 28 of 92 races at Northfield Park, earning $141,657. Even though he never started in a stakes race, Natural Ability accumulated 80 wins and $322,446 in his career. He took his 1:58.4 lifetime mark at Northfield Park at the age of five. He competed against Rambling Willie several times and defeated top performers Nero, Momentum and Jilley, as well as previous Wall inductees Missouri Time, Osborne's Bret and Pickwick Baron. Natural Ability was a model of soundness and consistency for the Wilbur and Bill Zendt Stable throughout his racing days, scoring a career-high 19 wins in 30 starts at age 14. Northfield Park's Wall of Fame Banquet is a triennial event. Other presentations on August 10 will be made to Dean Davis for the Distinguished Owner Award, Dr. Dan Wilson for the John Lee Good Fellowship Award, Nadine Hadbe for the Willie C. Banks Ideal Employee Award, Deb Sweney and Monica Drago for Outstanding Caretaker Awards, and Dan Noble and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. for Outstanding Achievement Awards. Ayers Ratliff

Last week we had only some minor victories, four of ten races in a losing effort financially. Now we really get into the start of the Grand Circuit harness racing stakes season with events around the country.  Yonkers is the main scene with the Levy and Matchmaker Finals but we also travel on Friday to Northfield Park for the Courageous Lady, to Freehold for the Dexter Cup elimination and the Meadowlands for the Reynolds Memorial. Some great racing on tab plus we handicap a few other special events. Good Luck! $110,000 Courageous Lady 3YO Pace Northfield Park  11th race FRIDAY – The little lady from Michigan, Kayla Grace, brings her undefeated 15-race win streak and throws it on the line facing the biggest challenge of her career. If she is the real thing she may just wire the field as she usually does but she will be tested and may prove her mettle by coming from off the pace. Use That Woman Hanover and Sister Stroll in exotic plays. $38,460 Dexter Cup 3YO Trot Elimination Freehold Raceway 9th race SATURDAY – Local trainer Tom Fanning will have the hometown crowd behind him as he sends out Sumatra in this well matched field. Sumatra won $108,000 last year and off his very impressive qualifying wins seems ready for action in here. Use Well Built and Dave Briggs in exotic plays. $49,015 Reynolds Memorial 3YO Pace Meadowlands 3rd race SATURDAY – The class of the field will be the favorite and rightly so. Allstar Partner sports career earnings of $282,000, which is nearly the total earnings of the rest of the field. Is making his debut this season off decent qualifying effort and if class is any indicator he should be primed to win with ease. Use Always B Miki and the entry of Frankandjoanne/Parnu Hanover in exotic plays. $20,000 Pace Diplomat Series preliminary Woodbine 3rd race SATURDAY – It’s the return of early pacing sensation National Debt. Despite being 49 days off since his last start, his connections say he is more than ready to put in a tough mile, but not with my money. This is strictly a watch race as you don’t know how he will race since the layoff but if he is prime he should have it easy in here. Use Somewhere In L A and roger Mach Em in exotic plays. $25,000 Preferred Handicap Pace Pocono Downs 10th race SATURDAY – What a stellar field of good pacers in here. Abelard Hanover is the local favorite and rightly so after his last two tight wins but I have to have faith with Bandolito. He was awesome in his last two starts at Dover, pacing what would have to be :24.4 fractions, some of the fastest ever and he should be primed to steal this one for Daryl Bier after his last two big successes. Use A Stitch In Time and Abelard Hanover in exotic plays. $43,000 Final Don Mills Trotting Series Woodbine 7th race SATURDAY – After scoring a lifetime mark of 1:54 in the preliminary round last week, it is tough to not come right back with West Side Story. Has won four of his last five starts and gets faster with every victory. Use Mego Moss and Hldontghttoyurdrms in exotic plays. $75,000 Pace Matchmaker Series Consolation Yonkers 8th race SATURDAY – The favorite may be Ramalama but I am going with Ideal In Vegas. This one actually won a division of the series and against field of non-winners she has good inside post to get the jump on the field and may never look back. Use Ramalama and the entry of Camille/Charisma Hanover in exotic plays. $371,400 Final Matchmaker Series Yonkers 9th race SATURDAY – Boy oh boy will they be battling it out in here. It will most certainly not be a cakewalk but I have to go with Yagonnakissmeornot as she has been the dominant force throughout this series and has won five of her last six starts. Plus she can do it from either on or off the pace. Use Somwheroverarainbow and the entry of Rocklamation/Summertime Lea in exotic plays. $30,000 A-2/FFA Handicap Pace Meadowlands 11th race SATURDAY – This will be a great slugfest between a couple of very promising youngsters against the older world class Golden Receiver. I am going with Golden Receiver to rebound from his past two disappointed fourth place finishers. This guy usually does not put in three clunkers in a row this early in the season. Callahan can fire him out of the gate and not look back. Use Allstar Legend and Dovuto Hanover in exotic plays. $100,000 Pace Levy Series Consolation Yonkers 10th race SATURDAY – Burke Racing Stable is looking to have a great evening and in here they have a powerful entry of Easy Again/Clear Vision. Either one of these can take this field. They have both won prior legs of the series and are razor sharp. Use Word Power and Rock On Moe in exotic plays. $567,000 Final Levy Pacing Series Yonkers 11th race – The first 2,000 fans to come to Yonkers Saturday night get a free Foiled Again t-shirt and I think despite any rumors of his poor finish last year that this game world champion will rebound with good inside post position and wire the field. He has been the fastest and gamest of all in this series plus as an entry with Bettor’s Edge you get an extra bang for your buck. Use Apprentice Hanover and the entry of P H Supercam/Mach It So in exotic plays.

Fiyonce and driver Josh Sutton pulled off a huge upset at odds of 23-1 in capturing the $110,000 Courageous Lady Pace for three-year-old fillies Friday at Northfield Park. It was the first harness racing Grand Circuit event of the year for fillies. The race favorite at 3-5, Kayla Grace,  undefeated and going for her 16th straight career win and had her owners pay $10,000 to supplement her to the race, finished dead last. It was Kayla Grace and driver Brad Kramer leaving from post three and taking early command from Shell Bell (Aaron Merriman) as the field raced to the opening quarter mile in :27. As they raced into the second turn, Sister Stroll and driver Ryan Stahl came first-over and that gave cover on the outside to A La Notte Hanover (Chris Page) as they raced to the half mile in :56.1. Entering the backstretch the second time, Sister Stroll started to gain ground on Kayla Grace as Brad Kramer pulled the ear plugs and had to urge his filly on to maintain the lead to the three-quarters in 1:25.1. Also on the move at that time was Mike Wilder, who took That Woman Hanover three-wide in an attempt to loop the field. And all the while there was Fiyonce and Josh Sutton keeping close to the action in last place. As they started down the stretch the final time, Kayla Grace began to tire as Sister Stroll collared her and started to pass her by. Then That Woman Hanover came charging by in mid stretch along with the late flying Fiyonce the fastest off all to score the victory by a head in 1:55.1. That Woman Hanover was second in the photo with Sister Stroll third. “For sure it feels good,” said Josh Sutton after the victory. “My horse was running out pretty good. I really couldn’t get her in gear at first. Mike (Wilder) got in front of me and then they all sorta pulled out and everything worked out great.” It was the second start this year and only second career win for Fiyonce. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover from the Pandersoa mare, Fionavar Hanover, paid $48.60 to win for trainer Ron Burke and the Burke Racing Stable of Fredericktown, Pa. and co-owners Weaver Bruscemi of Canonsburg, Pa. The victory was one of four wins on the night for Josh Sutton, who had never driven the filly before. “Just absolutely thrilled,” said Mickey Burke “Josh did a great job with her and the mare responded well to him. I liked that she was able to track some good horses down. We are really happy with her. She is New Jersey sired so I think she will ship back East for their Sire Stakes.” By Steven Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

The $110,000 Courageous Lady has drawn an impressive field of six and goes postward this Friday evening, April 25 as Northfield Park's eleventh race. Approximate post time for this Grant Circuit event is 10:40 p.m. The race is an open contest for North America's top three-year-old-filly pacers and is the first national stake of 2013. Undefeated Kayla Grace has paid $10,000 to supplement to the race and has been named the 3-1 morning line favorite. She will face five rivals, including two fillies trained by North American leading trainer, Ron Burke. Burke is no stranger to winning major stake events over Northfield Park's Flying Turns. The 2014 $110,000 Courageous Lady Field: #1 - Shell Bell prepared for this race by qualifying twice and racing once at Hoosier Park. She won her second qualifier in 1:56.2 and was beaten just two lengths in her sophomore debut, pacing in 1:55.1. She is a daughter of Always A Virgin and was a winner in three of sixteen starts last year, taking a mark of 1:56.2 at Hoosier Park and earning $47,254. Shell Bell is Buckeye-owned by Dean Davis of Wooster and is trained by Steve Carter. She was assigned a morning line of 6-1 and is scheduled to have the driving services of the leading reinsman in North America, Aaron Merriman. #2 - Sister Stroll is a daughter of Art Official and won five of eleven races last year, taking a 1:54.1 mark at Harrah's Philadelphia. She is the richest filly in the race, bankrolling $102,617. She is owned by the partnership of Jennifer Brown, Strollin Stable, both of Ohio, and King McNamara of Florida. She is trained at the Delaware County Fairgrounds by Brian Brown. Sister Stroll shows two qualifiers this season at The Meadows, pacing in 1:58.3 and 1:54.3 respectively. She carries a 9-2 morning line. Ryan Stahl has been named to drive. #3 - Kayla Grace is undefeated and paid the $10,000 supplement to compete in this event. Owned by ECS Racing and Kevin St. Charles and trained by Marie St. Charles, Kayla Grace has been campaigned solely in Michigan. This daughter of He's All That has a fifteen for fifteen unblemished record and has garnered $69,227. Her 1:55.1 career best was paced at Hazel Park. Despite this being the first time she crosses the Michigan state line and faces open competition, she was named the 3-1 morning line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Brad Kramer will be in her sulky. #4 - A La Notte Hanover, owned by Burke racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and Lawrence Karr, is one of two fillies in this race trained by Ron Burke. She has one start this year, finishing second and pacing in 1:52.2 at Meadowlands Racetrack. This daughter of Art Major has earnings of $76,584 and has won one of eight career starts, a 1:56.1 victory at Saratoga Raceway. Chris Page picks up the driving assignment aboard this 7-2 second favorite. #5 - Fiyonce is the other Burke-trained filly in this year's field and is owned by Burke Racing LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She made her only start of 2014 at The Meadows, pacing in 1:53.4. Her two-year-old season consisted of nine starts, of which she won one and finished on the board five times. This daughter of Rocknroll Hanover has earnings of $61,549 and boasts the fastest lifetime mark in the field, a 1:52.4 record at Meadowlands Racetrack. Northfield Park leading driver, Josh Sutton, is listed to drive this 10-1 morning line starter. #6 - That Woman Hanover was a five-time winner last year in ten starts. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere has qualified twice at The Meadows in preparation for this race, most recently winning in 1:54.2. She took her lifetime mark at Pocono Downs in 1:54 and has earned $56,719. She is trained by Daniel Altmeyer, who also co-owns with Richard Kelson, Jack Piatt II and Jeffrey Altmeyer. Pennsylvania regular, Mike Wilder, has been named to drive this filly, who carries a 4-1 morning line. Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $7,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Friday’s (April 25) program. Beginning in Race 3, the $7,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $2,016.72. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

The secret is out. Kayla Grace has quietly gone undefeated in 15 lifetime starts, racing under the radar in Michigan.   This Friday she will step onto the big stage in the first major stakes race of the season for three-year-old fillies, the $110,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park. She was supplemented at the last minute for $10,000 and stands as the morning line 3-1 favorite.   Kayla Grace is owned by long-time Michigan owners Ed and Cheryl Sayfie of Rockford, Michigan.  She was named for their two-year-old granddaughter. Kayla Grace is trained by renowned Michigan trainer Marie St. Charles. She will be driven on Friday by her regular driver, Brad Kramer.   Kayla Grace comes into the event with 15 wins, all in the state of Michigan. Most of the victories have been in Michigan Sire Stakes races. She was named Michigan's Two-Year-old Filly of the Year for 2013. Kayla Grace was the winningest  two-year-old filly in North America going 12-for-12 and banking $62,277.   Kayla's Grace was bought by partners Ed and Cheryl Mayfie and Marie St. Charles and her husband Kevin at a private horse sale. She was purchased for the now bargain price of $10,000.   "We took her to Hazel Park and schooled her once behind the gate," said her trainer, Marie St. Charles. "She acted like she went from kindergarten to college. We raced her in the Michigan Fair Circuit at the start, and she started beating everyone she faced. She is a nice little filly who loves to race.   "She is definitely one of the better fillies I ever trained," said St. Charles. "I trained Doc's Hope for Andrew Roberts. She was an awesome mare. We went in 1:50 with her at Woodbine. I don't know if Kayla Grace can fit in her category or not. We raced Kayla mostly at the fairs and Doc's raced mostly at the big tracks.    "We are going to learn a lot about this filly on Friday," said St. Charles. "I am either going to go home with a smile or wonder why I supplemented her for $10,000. We don't know where the bottom is since she has was won her races by so many lengths. The one thing I got going for me is she knows how to win. It's just an honor to be in a race like this.   "She has raced mostly on the front end to stay out of trouble," added St. Charles.  "She can race anyway. Kayla can race from behind. You don't teach a horse anything racing on the front. This will be a test. She is going to be in with top horses who know how to race. We can only wish for the best.   "Brad Kramer is going to drive the horse," explained St. Charles. "Brad was not going to go to Northfield, but now he is. I was going to put Ronnie Wrenn Jr. on to drive. Brad changed his mind. I love Ronnie but I am happier that Brad is driving the horse. Brad knows the horse and this makes it better for me."   "The owner, Ed Sayfie, and myself have been partners on many horses in the past," said Kramer. "These are the people who owned Admirals Express. I have been partners with them for twenty years.. I talked to Ed and decided to go.   "She is a very talented horse," said Kramer. "I didn't know how she stood as a really good horse until recently. The last couple of starts at Hazel Park she has done what real good horses do. She can leave hard, relax in the middle, and have an even faster quarter at the end. It takes a very special horse to be able to do that. Two starts back she really impressed me. She went a really big mile and still came home in 27.3 into a very strong headwind.   "She has raced mostly on the front end to stay out of trouble," explained Kramer. "Kayla raced from behind her very first start. She comes off the helmet so much better than she races on the front. When she gets in with better quality and she can follow, this will be a hell of a horse. She has all the things you need to be a great horse. She can relax but turn on that speed twice in a mile. We will know a lot more on Friday, in Cleveland."   "I have had people ask me if she is for sale," said St. Charles. "We really haven't put a price on her. We really don't know what her true value is right now. We have her nominated for the Cinderella at Maywood, the Circle City at Hoosier, and the Hanover at Balmoral.  She has the whole Michigan Sire Stakes Circuit. Maybe with all this publicity someone will call to buy the horse. Everything is for sale."   On Friday we will know if the Cinderella story continues. Will Kayla Grace go from racing for $3,000 a night on the Michigan Circuit to winning a $110,000 major race? The phone may be ringing off the hook with offers come Saturday morning.   by Brian McEvoy, for Harnesslink.com

Friday (April 25) offers harness racing fans great action on and off the racetrack. Grand Circuit racing is the evening's feature, as the $110,000 Courageous Lady has been slated as the eleventh event on the 14-race program. The undercard is also impressive, as it contains six Hard Rockin' Series Finals and the Fillies and Mares Open. Collectively, in excess of $250,000 in purses will be distributed throughout the night. Players Club members have been mailed a mystery voucher worth between $2 and $5,000. Vouchers can be redeemed between 6 and 10 p.m. From 5:30 until the start of race three, patrons will receive a Harness Racing Bingo card. $1,500 in cash prizes are ready to be distributed throughout the evening to Bingo winners. Friday night also features a free poster giveaway. Ronnie Wrenn Jr., the 2013 North American leading driver, will be trackside from 6 to 7 p.m. to meet fans and sign autographs. Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant will be open with an impressive special menu offered for $25 a couple. Reservations are still being accepted. A special 6:30 p.m. first race post time has been set for the evening. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

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