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MGM Northfield Park will host this year's Signature Series Finals on Wednesday, September 23. The trot and pace final will each carry a purse of $10,000. The Signature Series finals are historically held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds during the week of the Little Brown Jug. However, this year they had been cancelled until MGM Northfield Park offered to host and reschedule the events. Veteran pacers and trotters compete all summer at select county fairs to earn points to be eligible for the Signature Series final. The top-nine point earners that enter will be drawn into this year's finals provided they meet Northfield Park qualifying standards. Also, there will be no more than two entrants allowed from any owner or trainer. Horsemen need to enter by Friday (September 18) by 9AM electronically or by calling the MGM Northfield Park Race Office at 330-467-4101 ext. 52300. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

Northfield Park has announced the dates of four Fall Late Closing Series. All of the newly added Late Closers carry a condition of: Non-winners of Two Pari-Mutuel Races (Ohio Breds N/W Three) or Non-Winners of $20,000 Lifetime (Through 9/30/2020). Sundays (October 18, October 25, November 1 and November 8) offers The Gridiron Series for horse and gelding pacers. Each of the four legs will carry a purse of $7,500. The $18,000 final (all purses guaranteed) will go to post on Sunday, November 15. Tuesdays (October 20, October 27, November 3 and November 10) will host The Election Night Series for horse and gelding trotters. Each of these legs will carry purses of $7,500. The $18,000 final will be (November 17). Wednesdays (October 21, October 28, November 4 and November 11) feature the Autumn Leaves Series for filly and mare trotters. All legs will be contested for a purse of $7,500. The final chases an $18,000 purse and goes to post on Wednesday (November 18). Saturdays (October 24, October 31, November 7 and November 14) will offer The Halloween Series for filly and mare pacers. Each leg will be raced for a $7,500 purse. The final will be Saturday (November 21) for a purse of $18,000. Pre-nominations are not necessary. A one-time $300 payment will be required of each entrant prior to their first start in the series (payments are not waived for scratches; entrants do not need to race in all legs of he series). Conditions for the series can be found at www.northfieldpark.com. Horsemen should call 330-467-4101 ext. 52300 and speak to Northfield Park's race office for any additional questions. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park  

Northfield, OH -- Harness racing driver Eddie Miller isn't one who likes to wait especially when he thinks he has a major contender in a race. Case in point: the $6000 trot in the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association Series at Northfield Park on Monday night (9-14) when Miller and Cowboy Country scored a impressive 1:57.2 victory. "I got away third behind a horse who I thought was rather weak so when we headed to the half I moved off the pylons and set sights on gaining the lead," Miller related. Miller had the right idea and his trotter proved him correct .when Cowboy Country raced alongside the leader, Mesmerized (Larry Ferrari) at the three quarters, and the two were neck-and-neck as they rounded the final turn headed for paydirt. "We came along way on the limb but when we headed down the homestretch I felt my horses was strong and he hung tough all the way to the wire," Miller added. The photo proved Miller correct as Cowboy Country was a gutsy head winner over Mesmerized. Three lengths farther back in third place was High Blue, driven by last years USHWA's National Amateur Driver of the Year, Jazmin Arnold.   Sent off at odds of over 6-1 Cowboy Country paid $14.60 for win. He's trained by Miller for owners Rebecca Sugg and Steven Maas. The next leg in the GLADA Series will be on Sunday, Sept. 20 at Delaware, Ohio. by John Manz,i for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers  

Northfield, Ohio--When harness racing amateur driver Daniel "Danny" Jones thinks he has the best horse in the race he knows to put him on the front-end and that's exactly what Jones did in the Great Lakes Amateur Diving Association's series trot at Northfield Park on Sunday Evening,September 6. With his charge, The Next Triumph, starting from the two-hole and being sent away at odds of 3-10, Jones put the pedal to the metal and gunned the 7-year-old gelded trotter to the front from post two and refused to relinquish the lead despite a hard challenge from William Rhoades' Impressive Chief. At the quarter mile marker Impressive Chief got first call but unfortunately for him it would be the last one he'd get in the race as Jones played hard-ball and regained command. The Next Triumph was en route to just that as the altered son of Triumphant Caviar turned back all comers and trotted by the half in:57.2and still had a length lead on his competitors as the three quarter timer flashed 1:27. After Jones headed for home he was glad that Northfield has a short homestretch and The Next Triumph fought gamely all the way to the wire and held off a hard-charging A Royal Line and driver Larry Ferrari to notch a neck triumph in the speedy 1:57 mile.   It marked the fifth seasonal victory for the aptly named The Next Triumphant who's co-owned by Robert Smolko and his trainer, Ron Steck. Faithful backers received a a $2.60 win payoff. by John Manzi, for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association

Harness racing driver Chris Lems made his 2,000th trip to the winner's circle after winning with Hot Shot Hill in Northfield Park's 15th race on Friday (August 28). Lems was second-over and swooped three-wide in the backstretch, drawing away by 6¾-lengths at the wire. The 1:55 clocking was the 22nd career score for the seven year-old pacer, who returned $22.20 to win. The 33-year-old Lems began driving in 2003. His 2,000 wins have helped him garner over $14.5 million in purse earnings. Chris drove his first race in July, 2003 at the Canon Fair. It resulted in a third-place finish in a $2,000 conditioned race with Beyond Bold. Later that month he won his first race of his career at the Oskaloosa Fair, again aboard Beyond Bold, this time for an $850 purse in 2:12. Lems primarily raced in New York for most of his career but moved his talents to Ohio in 2017. Chris Lems feels fortunate to have had good stock to drive in his career and says that winning races is a team effort. "There have been many people that have given me opportunities and I thank them all," offered Lems. "Many owners and trainers have given me opportunities and I appreciate it so much." Hot Shot Hill Chris Lems 2000 victory   $3,087 Carryover Sparks $15,000 Pick 5 Guaranteed Total Pool Saturday at MGM Northfield Park MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $15,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee for Saturday (August 29). Beginning in race two, the $15,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $3,087. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield’s Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Saturday’s post time is 6PM. Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park has announced the dates of five mini claiming series available over the Flying Turns. The first day to enter these series is Monday (August 31) and they will begin harness racing racing Friday (September 4). The newly added mini-series start with a base claiming price of $7,000 or $15,000 for distaff and male pacers. Trotters are offered Series with a base price of $15,000. There is a $50 entry fee for the $7,000 claimers and a $100 entry fee for the $15,000 claiming series. Pre-nominations are not necessary, horses just need to be entered on the date of the draw and entry fees are payable the night of the first start, even for scratched entries. More information for all the series can be found at www.northfieldpark.com (under the "For Horsemen" tab) or by calling the race office at (330) 467-4101. Ayers Ratliff

Grove City, OH - Smothastenesewisky is enjoying her run through the harness racing Buckeye Stallion Series. The 2-year-Old filly pace won her fourth leg in the series Monday night at MGM Northfield Park, which hosted three divisions of the BSS with each race carrying a purse of $ 17,500. Smothastenesewisky remained undefeated in six starts and took a lifetime mark of 1:53.2. Driver Hunter Myers left from post one but had to retake at the quarter in :27.2 and never looked back from there to win by 5 lengths for trainer Brian Haynes. The Nob Hill High-Tender Spirit filly is owned by Robert Mondillo and Donald Robinson and returned $2.40 to win. Ryan Stahl was second with Lady Warrior while Heavenissofaraway and Aaron Merriman finished third. Smothastenesewisky Apple Soozy came home in 1:53.3 with Ronnie Wrenn Jr and Dan O'Mara for owner Marjorie Polhamus. The filly was hung to the quarter in :28 on the way to victory by 1-1/4 lengths. The Mr Apples out of Sidewalk Sleeper filly paid $2.20. Medoland Scarlet and Chris Presley finished second while Clara Lou and Kurt Sugg got the third spot. Apple Soozy The other division went to Pompatuse Of Love, a Mr Wiggles-Big Time Blaire filly, in 1:54.1. Aaron Merriman was in the bike for trainer-owner Kimberly Dailey. Merriman moved three-wide at the half while on the way to the win by 1-3/4 lengths and paid $4.00 to win. Nora Tova and Chris Lems finished second and Diamond Official with Anthony MacDonald came home third. ; Pompatuse Of Love Leg four for the Buckeye Stallion Series continues September 10 at Eldorado Scioto Downs with the Two-Year-Old filly trot. By Roger Huston

Dragon Striker became the fasted harness racing horse in the history of MGM Northfield Park when he won a $8,400 conditioned pace in 1:48.4 on Saturday (August 23). The previous all-age track record of 1:49 had been attained three times: Scott Rocks (Aaron Merriman) in 2016, Cams Valentino (Aaron Merriman) in 2018 and None Bettor A (Joe Bongiorno) in 2019. The 1:48.4 clocking also ties the world record for a 5-and-up pacing horse with Dancin Yankee (Tyler Buter) at Saratoga Harness in 2014. Brian Loney owns and trains his recent acquisition - the horse came to his barn about five weeks ago. Aaron Merriman was in the sulky for the winning drive. Dragon Striker (Dragon Again - Lady's Portrait - Arturo) started from the rail. He left from the gate and led every call through fractions of :26.4, :54.3, 1:21.2 and 1:48.4, besting his closest competitor by 4½-lengths. Dragon Striker now has four wins in 12 starts this year. Saturday's victory represents his 15th career score and bolstered his bankroll to $145,971. He was heavily favored and returned $3.20 to win. Dragon Striker MGM Northfield Park Adds $20,000 Pick 5 Guarantee on Monday MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $20,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee for Monday (August 24). Beginning in race two, the $20,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $4,446. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield’s Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Monday’s post time is 6 PM. Ayres Ratliff  

A battle royale between Stanford Court and Elver Hanover erupted in the $60,000 fourth leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old pacing colts on Saturday night, Aug. 22 at Northfield Park. In a dramatic photo finish, it was determined that Elver Hanover (Chris Page), the 5-2 choice, bested 1-5 favorite Stanford Court (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a whisker at the wire in a seasonal mark of 1:49.4. Trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, B. Jablonsky, J. Milillo and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby, Elver Hanover had also captured OSS Leg Two in 1:51. The gelded son of Yankee Cruiser now has $455,200 in his career coffers from 11 wins in 15 starts. He recorded a top mark of 1:48.3 last season as a 2-year-old at Lexington's Red Mile. Can B Perfect was third at 13-1 for driver Tyler Smith, with 30-1 Worthabuck (Ryan Stahl) fourth and 70-1 Rock Smart (Greg Grismore) fifth. Elver Hanover The top nine point earners from each of the 2- and 3-year-old divisions are now eligible to compete in the $300,000 Championships on Super Night, Saturday, Sept. 5 at Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker Ohio Sires Stakes OSDF Administrator

Ten 3-year-old pacing colts are set to wage war in a lone $60,000 Ohio Sires Stakes--leg 4 of the series--on Saturday night, August 22 at Northfield Park. First race post time is 6 pm, ET, with this featured event carded as the 13th race on the harness racing program. Ohio-registered stallions represented in this one mile event include three sired by Pet Rock and one each by Big Bad John, Bigrisk, Dragon Again, Mr Wiggles, Nob Hill High, Rockin Amadeus and Yankee Cruiser. Combatants in this final OSS leg of the season include divisional co-leader Stanford Court, who captured two OSS legs, recording marks of 1:50.3 in Leg Two and 1:50.1 in Leg Three for trainer Brian Brown and owners R. Mondillo, Richard Lombardo, Hen-Shaut Stable and Lightning 5 Racing Stable. The homebred bay son of Nob Hill High has amassed $214,210 in career earnings from five wins, five seconds and a trio of third-place finishes in 14 lifetime starts to date. Stanford Court leaves from post six with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the sulky. Stanford Court Elver Hanover, who captured OSS Leg Two in 1:51 for trainer Ronnie Burke and owners Burke Racing, B. Jablonsky, J. Milillo and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby, leaves from the rail with Chris Page at the lines. This Hanover Shoe Farms-bred youngster, a gelded son of Yankee Cruiser, has a hefty bankroll of $425,200 from ten wins, a second and a third in 14 starts, and sports a top mark of 1:48.3 taken last year over Lexington's Red Mile. Elver Hanover currently sits third in the standings behind divisional co-leaders Stanford Court and Ocean Rock (winner of OSS Legs One and Three, in 1:50.2 and 1:48.4 who opted to sit out this final leg). Haggard, who captured OSS Leg One in 1:53, also opted to set out OSS Leg Four as he is fifth in the standings. The top nine point earners from each of the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be eligible to compete in the $300,000 Championships on Super Night, Saturday, Sept. 5 at Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker Ohio Sires Stakes OSDF Administrator

Four-Star Flash set a new Northfield Park track record for 2-year-old pacing colts of 1:51.4 en route to a harness racing victory in the fourth round of Ohio Sires Stakes on a breezy Monday night, Aug. 17 at Northfield Park. The bay colt smashed the previous record set by Lather Up of 1:52.2 in the first of two $50,000 contests. Just a few races later, 3-5 Heart Of Chewbacca broke that record by two ticks, scoring in 1:51.2 for Danny Noble. The black son of Bring On The Beach-Jt's Chewbacca-Four Starzzz Shark is trained by Ronnie Burke for Dennis Owens and Norman Rae Racing. It was the colt's second straight OSS victory, as he had won Leg Three on Aug. 8 in 1:51.1 at Scioto Downs. Bred by Spring Haven Farm, this speedy youngster now has $89,375 in his career bank account. Charlie May (8-5) was second for Brett Miller with 9-2 Hardt At Work notching show honors for trainer-driver Mike Micallef.   Four-Star Flash, a son of Western Vintage-Keladi Blue Chip-Bettor's Delight left the gate as the 4-5 favorite and was given a perfect steer by Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., for trainer Brian Brown and owners Hutchison Harness, D. Wozniak, D. Van Dusen and Acadia Farms. This was the youngster's first pari-mutuel victory in five tries and pushed his bankroll to $42,500. He was bred by Marion Beachy. Caviart Sargent (Ryan Stahl) was second at 4-1 with Dontholdanythinbak (Brett Miller) third at 6-1.   Summer Touch captured the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies with Chris Page at the lines. Trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, the freshmen daughter by Well Said-Real Touch-Real Desire covered the one mile in 1:52.2 as the 1-9 favorite. It was her fourth victory in five starts this season and pushed her career earnings to $105,000. Rainy Day Chic (Brett Miller) was second at 12-1 with Leave Her Wild (Mike Wilder) third at 30-1. Summer Touch had also won OSS Leg Two in 1:54.2 and Leg Three in 1:51.4.   She Knows It All responded to an excellent drive by Ryan Stahl as the 9-2 choice to capture the second OSS event for freshman side-winding distaffers. Jim Arledge, Jr., trains the bay daughter of Racing Hill-Cat Cora-Jenna's Beach Boy for Laura & Paul Baker, Z Tam Stables and Bill Sanders. It was She Knows It All's first career triumph in six starts and upper her coffers to $47,116. She was bred by Gbw Breeding Farm. Notwhatshesaid (Kurt Sugg) got up for second at 7-1 odds, while 4-5 favorite Pinknperfect (Chris Page) was third.   by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Sire Stakes

Last year's Indiana Sire Stake Champion, Odds On Osiris, left the Hoosier State for the first time to compete, and made it count by winning the $250,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at MGM Northfield Park. Odds On Osiris left from post two to take the initial lead before relinquishing the top to #8 Ocean Rock (Dan Noble). "My plan was to try and hold position around the one (Catch The Fire), but he didn't get out that strong," explained driver Peter Wrenn. "Then I had the lead and controlled the decision from there." Odds On Osiris was content receiving the garden trip through fractions of :26, :55 and 1:22.1. Wrenn pulled Odds On Osiris in the final turn and he battled Ocean Rock to the wire, eventually besting him by ¼-length in 1:50.1. The clocking represents a new lifetime mark for Odds On Osiris.   Odds On Osiris (Rockin Image - Antigua Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere) is owned by Odds on Racing of Boca Raton, Florida. Saturday's victory is the ninth score for Odds On Osiris. The win brings the Melanie Wrenn trainee's earnings to $500,395. Following in succession after Odds On Osiris were: Ocean Rock (Dan Noble), Stanford Court (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), Chief Mate (Scott Zeron), Manticore (Chris Lems), Elver Hanover (Chris Page), Catch The Fire (Mike Wilder) and Slippin The Clutch (Aaron Merriman. Odds On Osiris returned $15.00 to win. In the race before the Milstein, Sectionline Bigry captured the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace. The Ohio-sired event by invitation began in 2016. Sctionline Bigry was another pocket sitting winner, leaving from post five to sit behind #6 Bllack Hole (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) untils1r the top of the stretch. Driver Tyler Smith called on him for pace and he won by a neck in 1:49.2. Steve Bauder trains Sectionline Bigry for Harold Lee Bauder of Delaware, Ohio. Highlighting the evening's Ohio Sires Stake events, Action Uncle remained undefeated by winning in 1:55. The sophomore trotting colt by Uncle Peter is now a perfect six-for-six this year for owners Carl Howard, Joyce Mc Clelland and Larry Wills, trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and driver Brett Miller. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

It was the Ron Burke and Chris Page harness racing show on Saturday night, Aug. 15 at MGM Northfield Park as the trainer-driver combo captured the first three Ohio Sires Stakes. It's Academic and driver Page captured the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore trotting colts handily in 1:55.1. The son of Uncle Peter-Annapolis-Muscle Hill was the 1-5 favorite, hailing from the barn of Ronnie Burke and upped his seasonal earnings to $150,572 and career earnings to $279,574 for owners Burke Racing, Bill Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and the Hatfield Stables. Danny Noble steered Doubleyellowline (3-1) to second place money with 18-1 Bold Strategy getting up for third with Kurt Sugg aboard.   Page returned to score another OSS triumph with the 3-year-old pacing filly Crowntimerockette in 1:51.3. The daughter of Pet Rock, out of the Feelin Friskie mare Crown Time Keeper sat in the pocket behind the leader and eventual second-place finisher 3-5 PJ's Legacy (Ryan Stahl) before unleashing a hefty late kick to win at odds of 3-1. McMarkle Sparkle got up for third at 7-2 for driver Brett Miller. Crowntimerockette notched her sixth seasonal victory in 15 starts and pushed her earnings to $72,060 and her career earnings to $82,305 for Burke Racing, A. Schmucker, Jr. Weaver Bruscemi and L. Karr.   The Paige-Burke winning combo continued in the second OSS division for 3-year-old pacing fillies as 18-1 Rockngo BB scored in 1:53. Owned by Burke Racing, Frank Baldachino, Weaver Bruscemi and L. Karr, the brown daughter of Pet Rock, out of the Art's Chip mare Gingo BB picked up her second seasonal win in three tries and now has $29,750 in career earnings for her connections. Favorite (3-5) Artful Dancer was second for Danny Noble and 8-5 Ellagator notched show honors with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. at the controls.   Action Uncle, the 1-9 favorite, took the second OSS contest for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings in 1:55 for driver Brett Miller and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. The son of Uncle Peter-Action-Broadway, by Broadway Hall is now six for six on the season, with 2020 earnings of $166,500 for owners Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland and Larry Wills. Yanks Dougout (21-1) was second for Kurt Sugg with Buxton (99-1) third for Danny Noble.   by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

A quartet of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for freshman harness racing pacing colts and fillies will be contested on Monday night, Aug. 17 at Northfield Park, and will determine the starting fields for Super Night, scheduled for Sept. 5 at Scioto Downs. First race post time at Northfield is 6 pm, ET. A total of 14 pacing fillies are set to vie, along with 13 pacing colts in these OSS contests. Ohio-registered stallions represented include six by Well Said, four by Racing Hill and two each by Domethatagain, McArdle, Nob Hill High, The Panderosa and Western Vintage. Stallions represented by one foal each include Arthur Blue Chip, Art Official, Bring On The Beach, Manhardt, Rockin Amadeus and Yankee Cruiser. The first OSS pacing filly division (Race 1) is the most competitive, with four previous OSS winners set to battle, including the multiple leg-winning Summer Touch, who captured Leg Two in 1:54.2 and Leg Three in 1:51.4. She will be joined by Leg One winner Lady Arthur (1:53.2), Leg One winner Leave Her Wild (1:55.1) and Leg Two winner Rainy Day Chic (1:54.1). Summer Touch The second OSS pacing filly division (Race 5) pits Leg One winner Winella Hanover (1:54.4) against Sentimental, who captured Leg One in 1:56.1 and Leg Two in 1:53.2. The first OSS division for pacing colts appears to be a wide-open event with no returning OSS winners. Barnard Hanover, a Ronnie Burke-trainee, will be the likely favorite via his 2nd and 3rd place finishes in previous OSS contests. The second pacing colt divisions sees a trio of previous leg winners in Hardt At Work, a Leg One winner in 1:55.1 and Leg Three winner in 1:52.2. In addition, Heart Of Chewbacca, impressive in his only OSS start captured Leg Three in 1:51.1, while Charlie May captured Leg One in 1:54.2 and Leg Two in 1:53. It appears that Ronnie Burke will have the favorite in each of these four divisions and have additional starters in each race too. Summer Touch is the likely favorite in the first filly event, with stablemate Free Thinker joining her in her quest for first place money. In the second filly division Burke harnesses likely favorite Winella Hanover along with stablemate Pinknperfect. Burke will also tighten the girth on Barnard Hanover in the first colt division, as well as likely favorite Heart Of Chewbacca and stablemate Hill Yeah in the second. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

The $250,000 Carl Milstein Memorial goes to post this Saturday August 15 at MGM Northfield Park. The race is for eight 3-year-old pacers and is Northfield Park's premier racing event. An invitational only event, is slated as race 10 on a 16-race program which carries a 6 p.m. first-race post time. The feature is slated for approximately 9:35 p.m. This year's Milstein Memorial program carries total purses approaching $600,000. The program includes the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, a race for older Ohio-sired pacers (by invitation only), two $50,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts, two $50,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies, as well as a $14,500 Open event. A $20,000 Early Pick-4 guaranteed pool starts in race seven and includes both the Charna and the Milstein, and the late Pick-4 beginning in race 11 has a $10,000 guaranteed pool. For FREE Daily Racing Form past performance lines check out the Northfield page on DRF.com by clicking here https://promos.drf.com/northfieldpark2020 Here is a look at the eight contenders: #1 CATCH THE FIRE has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite. The son of Captaintreacherous enters the Milstein fresh off an August 1 victory in the $375,000 Adios at The Meadows, located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1:49.3. That time was equaled the week prior with a victory in the Adios Elimination. He has five races this year and has paced sub-1:50 in each. The John Ackley trainee has banked $466,413 in purses throughout his young career and drew the rail in Saturday's main event. Catch The Fire is Buckeye owned by C T Stables LLC of Washington Court House, and is trained by Ohioan John Ackley. They will use Catch The Fire's regular pilot Mike Wilder to drive. #2 ODDS ON OSIRIS, the 2019 Indiana Sires Stake Champion, drew post two and is the 7-2 second choice. This son of Rockin Image just missed in his most recent race, getting nipped at the wire in 1:48.4 in an Indiana SS event. This top Hoosier performer has won eight of 13 lifetime starts and has earned $375,395 for owner Odds On Racing of Boca Raton, Florida. Peter Wrenn will drive for his wife, trainer Melanie Wrenn. His 1:50.3 lifetime mark was paced as a freshman at Hoosier Park and was equaled this year, just two starts ago with an Indiana SS victory. #3 ELVER HANOVER the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes champion drew post three and is the 4-1 third choice. Undefeated through nine starts as a freshman, Elver Hanover now has won 10 of 13 career efforts, with earnings of $422,700. Harness racing's all-time leading trainer in both money and wins, Ron Burke, conditions this gelding for owners Burke Racing Stable, B. Jablonsky, J. Melillo and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. Burke won the inaugural Carl Milstein Memorial with All Bets Off. Chris Page will drive this son of Yankee Cruiser. His 1:48.3 mark was paced last year in a World Record performance at The Red Mile. #4 STANFORD COURT has proven himself a major presence in the Ohio stakes scene this year. This colt, by Knob Hill High, is trained at the historic Delaware County Fairgrounds by Brian Brown, who won the 2017 Milstein with Downbytheseaside. He is owned by R. Mondillo & Rich Lombardo Racing, Hen-Shaut Stable and Lightning 5 Racing Stable. He has won four of six starts this year, with two runner-up finishes. This colt has career earnings of $186,710 and a 1:50.1 mark paced two starts ago at Scioto Downs. One of MGM Northfield Park's top-reinsmen, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., will drive this 6-1 morning line selection. #5 SLIPPIN THE CLUTCH is an Iowa Fair phenom, winning 10 of 14 races last year and seven of eight so far in 2020. This colt, by Millionaire Cam, enters this race for trainer Curtis Carey, who raced another Iowa Fair monster, Minnie Vinnie, in the 2018 edition of the Milstein and finished third at odds of 55-1. This is the second time Slippin The Clutch will leave Iowa, he was a runner-up last September at The Red Mile, pacing in 1:50.4. This horse is owned by J. De Long, R.and C. Huffman and T. Carey. MGM Northfield Park's leading driver Aaron Merriman, who has also won multiple North American dash titles, has been given the driving assignment. He sports a 1:57.2 mark on a much different surface that he will race on tonight. This colt has lifetime earnings of $56,635 and carries a 15-1 morning line. #6 MANTICORE is a stakes veteran trained by Bruce Saunders, who also campaigned 2010 Little Brown Jug Champion and Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven. This colt by Western Ideal is owned by M&L of Delaware LLC and M&M Harness Racing LLC. Northfield Park regular, Chris Lems, has been named to drive this 12-1 shot. Manticore has three wins to his credit, earning $244,056 and posting a mark of 1:50.2 (Q) at the Meadowlands on July 31. #7 CHIEF MATE is trained by Tony Alagna, one of the sport's best, who also campaigned Chief Mate's sire (and sire of #1), multiple stakes winner Captaintreacherous. Alagna just notched the biggest win of his career this past Saturday when his trotting pupil Ramona Hill won the $1,000,000 Hambletonian. Chief Mate has won six of 19 career starts, earning 197,794. He posted his 1:50 mark last month at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. This colt was an impressive runner-up in this year's Adios and carries a 10-1 morning line. #8 OCEAN ROCK 8-1, has nine wins in 15 lifetime starts. This son of Rockin Amadeus enters this event off two straight wins facing the best in the Buckeye State. Driver Dan Noble's father, Sam "Chip" Noble, a legendary Ohio horseman, trained Ocean Rock's dam, Ocean Pearl, during her career for owner/breeder Sandra Burnett. Ocean Rock's 1:48.4 lifetime mark was paced last month and is a track record at Scioto Downs. He boasts $285,677 in earnings and is trained by Christi Noble. Christi, Dan's wife, is expecting their first child any day. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Hightstown, NJ - After winning his first 10 harness racing career starts, Elver Hanover has found himself on the other side of a streak, dropping three races in a row. He will look to halt the skid Saturday (Aug. 15) when he meets seven rivals in the $250,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park. Elver Hanover, who was Ohio's 2019 Horse of the Year, starts the Milstein from post three with driver Chris Page. He is 4-1 on the morning line, the third choice behind Delvin Miller Adios winner Catch The Fire (2-1) and Indiana's 2019 Pacer of the Year Odds On Osiris (7-2). Catch The Fire starts from post one and Odds On Osiris from post two. Ocean Rock, who set a world record at Northfield last season and handed Elver Hanover his first loss with a track-record performance at Scioto Downs in July, leaves from post eight and is 8-1. "We're in a good spot," Page said. "There's going to be plenty of action, and I've got a lot of options in the race. My horse can do it any way I want him to. "It's going to be a fun race to watch and a better race to drive." Elver Hanover, a son of Yankee Cruiser out of Edra Hanover, won all nine of his starts at age 2. He captured the Ohio Sire Stakes championship at Northfield in 1:51.2 over a sloppy surface, missing Ocean Rock's world record for a 2-year-old gelding pacer on a half-mile track by one-fifth of a second. Two starts later, he became the fastest 2-year-old male pacer in history with a 1:48.3 win in a Bluegrass Stakes division at Lexington's Red Mile. He battled sickness earlier this year, resulting in a nearly month-long gap between qualifiers, but won his seasonal debut in a division of the Ohio Sire Stakes at Scioto on June 26. After suffering his loss to Ocean Rocks in an Ohio Sire Stakes split three weeks later, he finished third in his elimination of the Adios and fifth, beaten one length from post nine, in the final. "When you have a horse that went undefeated last year and set a world record, he's got pretty big shoes to fill, high expectations," Page said. "This year, he's still racing very good, and just missing. He was fifth in the Adios and just as easily could have been second. It was a blanket finish. "The horse is getting tighter each week, better every start. I look for him to race very good. He's raced on that (Northfield) surface before, so he's familiar with the track. He gets around a half good. I think it's all system's go this weekend. Hopefully all the stars align for us come Saturday." Elver Hanover is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing, Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. He has earned $422,700 in his career. The Milstein Memorial is race 10, with an estimated 9 p.m. (EDT) post time. The event is named in memory of the former longtime owner of Northfield Park, Carl Milstein, who passed away in 1999. Racing begins at 6 p.m. Saturday. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

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