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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

These early fall days, harness racing trainer Nancy Johansson might be shuttling around North America at a speed that out paces the harness horses that she trains. Johansson was in Kentucky last weekend to race at the Red Mile and to also take the rubber band off the bankroll at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. She’s since returned to her home base in New Jersey, but will be in Toronto this weekend to prepare members of her stable for the upcoming Breeders Crown races at Woodbine-Mohawk Park. And then there’s JK American Beauty, a moderate brown 3-year-old filly pacer that Johansson trains and will send postward as the 5-2 morning line favorite to win Saturday’s $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park “I can’t be there, but I’ll be watching on my phone or my computer,” said Johansson. “We call JK American Beauty our ATM machine. She always gets a check.” The daughter of American Ideal, a homebred for the 3 Brothers Stable of New York City, has finished no worse that third in 20 of her 26 lifetime   Only four of the placings are victories, none for more than a $60,000 purse, but Johansson takes the lack of winner’s circle visits in stride. “It’s a little frustrating, and yes the seconds and third do pile up, but in the long run, she’s been consistent. She always tries and I’m fine with her record.” JK American Beauty drew the No. 5 post position for the Courageous Lady and will be driven by Brett Miller. Their main foe might be So Awesome, the race’s richest entrant with a bankroll of $446,113. A winner of eight of 23 career starts, she drew the No. 3 and will be driven by Dave Palone, harness racing’s all-time winningest driver with 18,953 victories. The Courageous Lady is the ninth race on the 14-race Northfield Park card that also includes a pair of $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes finals and two divisions of “The Pace for the Cure,” featuring all female drivers.   As for Johansson, she collected a world record Sunday at the Red Mile when her pupil Manchego won the $69,500 What the Hill Allerage Farms Mare Trot in 1:49, an all-age mark. The previous record was 1:49 1/5 set earlier this year by Atlanta at The Meadowlands. The night before, Johansson led all buyers at the Lexington standardbred sale, spending $1,980,000 for eight yearlings for various owners. Her most expensive purchase was $800,000 for Some Terror, a son of Somebeachsomewhere. The Courageous Lady Lineup: Horse                               Trainer                          Driver                      Odds 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                 Brady Galliers          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 by Bob Roberts, for the Cleveland Plains Dealer

This Week: Yonkers International Trot, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; Courageous Lady, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; John Simpson Stakes, Harrah's Philadelphia, Chester, Pa.; and Kindergarten Series, The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: This week's marquee event on the Grand Circuit is the $1 million Yonkers International Trot, which will be held on Saturday (Oct. 12) at Yonkers Raceway. A field of 10 top trotters will head to the gate in the Yonkers International. Also on Saturday, Northfield Park will host the $120,500 Courageous Lady for 3-year-old filly pacers. Grand Circuit action this week begins on Wednesday (Oct. 9) at Harrah's Philadelphia with two divisions in the $114,800 John Simpson Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers and two divisions in the $102,200 John Simpson Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters. On Friday (Oct. 11) The Meadowlands will host the fourth leg of The Kindergarten for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. There will be two divisions each for the colt pacers, filly trotters and filly pacers and a single division for the colt trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Division leader Greenshoe kept his crown intact as he patiently pushed for the front and faced little challenge when cruising to a 1:51.1 mile in the 127th Kentucky Futurity - going as a $450,000 single heat sponsored by Hunterton Farms, Stoner Manor Inc. and Menhammer Stuteri Ab - over a "good" track at The Red Mile on Sunday (Oct. 6). Greenshoe patiently pushed for the front and faced little challenge when cruising to a 1:51.1 mile in the 127th Kentucky Futurity. USTA/Mark Hall photo. Stablemate Green Manalishi S swept to the top from post eight while Gimpanzee raced first over to a :27.3 first quarter and supplied cover to fellow Marcus Melander trainee Greenshoe. Gimpanzee slid to the lead up the backstretch while Greenshoe, the 1-9 favorite, crept closer to the top through a :55.1 half with Pilot Discretion on cover second over. Greenshoe hit his best strides heading to the final turn, rushing past Gimpanzee to lead the field past three-quarters in 1:24. Through the stretch the millionaire son of Father Patrick-Designed To Be veered wide but kept to task while pursued down the center of the course by Don't Let'em, who took second. Gimpanzee held third from Soul Strong closing from the back of the pack for fourth. "I was really happy with the way things were working out; I wasn't getting any road trouble," said winning driver Brian Sears. "I was able to be patient with him and ease him up to the front. Then when I thought it was time to use him up a little bit he was there for me and was pretty much in hand. I was really happy with the way he scored down so I was getting a good feeling going behind the gate. He's got speed that really no other horse I can think of can go with." Earning $1,241,273 lifetime for owners Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli, Greenshoe - bred by Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz - won his 12th race from 16 starts. "I was here for the first time in 2007," said owner Anders Strom, who co-owns Greenshoe through Courant Inc. "I started my business as a horse owner for real in 2005 and set myself a target to have the world's best horse in 15 years and we are up by a photo finish now. Not to say the least to do it with this team of trainer, groom, driver, my co-owners which also will include Hanover Shoe Farms where he will find his new home next season." Greenshoe paid $2.20 to win. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, 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 Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 1,170.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 1,028; 3. David Miller - 792; 4. Dexter Dunn - 751; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 624. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,063; 2. Tony Alagna - 673; 3 Ake Svanstedt - 527; 4. Marcus Melander - 474; 5. Nancy Johansson - 421. Owners: 1. Brad Grant - 225.1; 2. Fashion Farms - 214.5; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 210; 4. Courant Inc. - 202.5; 5. Weaver Bruscemi - 186.2. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Woodbine Mohawk Park with 12 Breeders Crown eliminations (if necessary) set to take place on Friday (Oct. 18) and Saturday (Oct. 19). Hoosier Park will host The Pegasus for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits and The Meadowlands has the fifth leg of the Kindergarten for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

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

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

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

This Week: Yonkers International Trot, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; Courageous Lady, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; John Simpson Stakes, Harrah's Philadelphia, Chester, Pa.; and Kindergarten Series, The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: This week's marquee event on the Grand Circuit is the $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino, which will be held on Saturday (Oct. 13) at Yonkers Raceway. A field of 10 top trotters will head to the gate in the Yonkers International. Also on Saturday, Northfield Park will host the $125,000 Courageous Lady for 3-year-old filly pacers. Grand Circuit action this week begins on Wednesday (Oct. 10) at Harrah's Philadelphia with three divisions in the $100,002 John Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters and three divisions in the $92,002 John Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers. On Friday (Oct. 12) The Meadowlands will host the fourth leg of The Kindergarten for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. There will be three divisions for the freshman colt trotters, two divisions each for the filly trotters and filly pacers and a single division for the colt pacers. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Setting the world record for 3-year-old trotting colts of 1:50 when winning at the Meadowlands earlier this year, Six Pack lowered his mark with a 1:49.1 performance and swept the 126th Kentucky Futurity, sponsored by Hunterton Farms, Stoner Manor Inc. and Menhammer Stuteri Ab, on Sunday (Oct. 7) at Red Mile. Six Pack won the Kentucky Futurity with a world record 1:49.1 performance. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt got off the gate third behind Crystal Fashion leading the field and Met's Hall occupying the pocket. Svanstedt tipped the Muscle Mass colt off the rail past a :27.1 opening quarter, cleared control, and kept the pace hot through a :54.4 half. Six Pack's margin grew moving around the final turn as he passed three-quarters in 1:21.2 ahead of Crystal Fashion and Met's Hall chasing behind. Svanstedt urged his colt through the stretch and darted to the finish while Crystal Fashion narrowed on the leader a touch towards the outside in second. Met's Hall settled for third ahead of You Know You Do fourth. Winning his ninth race from 12 starts this season and his 13th from 20 overall, Six Pack exceeded $1 million in career earnings for owners Ake Svanstedt Inc., Little E LLC, Stall Kalmar FF and Lars Berg. He paid $4.80 to win. Six Pack also won his Futurity elimination after plowing past Met's Hall in the stretch and holding off a late charge from Fiftydallarbill to win in 1:50.2. Unhurried off the gate, Tactical Landing cruised to the lead heading to the half and coasted to a 1:50.2 win in the other elimination for the Kentucky Futurity. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, 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 Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,260; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,165.5; 3. David Miller - 961.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 564; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 438.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 972.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 969; 3. Tony Alagna - 563.5; 4. Jim Campbell - 406; 5. Julie Miller - 355. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 299; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 217.4; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 200.9; 4. Marvin Katz - 196; 5. Robert Key - 182. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono with 12 Breeders Crown eliminations (if necessary) set to take place on Friday (Oct. 19) and Saturday (Oct. 20). Hoosier Park will host The Pegasus for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits and The Meadowlands has the fifth leg of the Kindergarten for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

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

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