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Northfield, OH--Harness racing greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, made a stop at Northfield Park on Sunday night (Oct 13) for a trot in the series Midwest region and when the dust settled Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford emerged victorious after rallying Mego Moss to a 1:58.4 triumph over eight others. Sent off at odds just over 4-1 from the pole position, Oldford was content to allow Kelly "Sky" Walker and Jurgen Hanover to take command in a :28.1 first quarter and then sat chilly following the leader through fractions of :57.3 and 1:28.1 before unleashing his veteran trotter and then taking command and cruising home an easy length winner. Jurgen Hanover held on for second money while Bob "Lumberman" Troyer rallied Ubangi from far back to garner the show dough. Mego Moss, a 10 yer old altered son of Amigo Hall, is owned by Oldford Racing and trained by Terry Deters. He returned a $10.60 payoff to his backers. Oldford, one of the main forces in amateur driving for many years now, is enjoying another, great season, currently with 14 wins, 9 seconds and 11 thirds in 56 starts which equates to a solid .405 UDRS. It was his 158th winning drive. by John Manz,i for the Billings Series

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

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

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

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

The remarkable unbeaten streak of Cooper is over.   The Cinderella Amish buggy horse’s eight-race winning streak ended in the eighth race at Northfield Park Monday evening when his attempt to go wire-to-wire saw him get swallowed up in midstretch. Cooper tired to finish sixth in the field of nine, yet was beaten just 1 ¾ lengths.       Longshot Master Mighty stormed down the middle of the track to surge past Cooper and prevail. He was timed the mile in 1:56 4/5 and paid $27.20 to win.                  Cooper, a trotter, failed to win in six starts as a two-year-old in 2015 and left the racetrack to be a personal horse for an Amish family in Sugarcreek, Oh. Earlier this year, when then owner Homer Stutzman realized the Cooper was traveling down the roads of Tuscarawas County at a hectic clip, he turned him over to a friend, harness trainer Firman Troyer.               The conversion from pulling a buggy to pulling a sulky resulted in the run of victories, all at Northfield, stretching from early June until late September.       by Bob Roberts, for the Cleveland Plains Dealer    

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

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

Northfield, OH ---The ladies of the sulky made an extraordinary showing in the CKG Billings trot at Northfield Park on Sunday night (Nov 6) finishing first and second ,but it was Jazmin "the Little Flower" Arnold who shone brightest when she guided Buddy Hally to a gate-to-wire 1:56.4 victory over eight others, one of whom was Better Call Saul who was driven by accomplished Billings participant, Michelle "the Belle" Ruvola, making it a rarity when the ladies finished one-two in a CKG Billings harness racing event. Sent off as second choice in the race, the talented and up-and-coming Arnold took no prisoners when she sent the 9-year-old altered son of Angus Hall to the lead and made every pole a winning one en route to an easy 2-1/2 length triumph over Better Call Saul. And to add to the tenuity in that contest is that third place finisher Tartufo Lindy, was driven by Ruvola's dad, Chicago George" Bonomo. The race winner, Buddy Hally, is owned by Joseph Varga and is trained by Herman Hagerman. He paid $5.80. It was the second seasonal Billings victory for Arnold who has been competing at the county fairs and now sports impressive stats of 18 wins, eight seconds and five thirds in 49 starts which equates to a very impressive .492 UDR by John Manz,i for the Billings Series  

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

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

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

Even a month’s worth of cobwebs couldn’t keep Cooper, the Cinderella Amish buggy horse, out of the winner’s circle at Northfield Park last night. Undefeated this year in his harness racing comeback season, but out of action since Aug. 21, the 6-year-old gelding  went wire-to-wire to prevail by a neck for driver Kurt Sugg. He was timed a mile in 1:57 2/5 and paid $2.40 for a $2 wager as the heavily-bet 1-5 favorite. The victory was Cooper’s eighth in a row. He earned $4,000 for his efforts, boosting his bankroll for 2019 to $28,700. Cooper, a trotter, failed to win in six starts as a two-year-old in 2015 and left the racetrack to be a personal horse for an Amish family in Sugarcreek, Oh. Earlier this year, when then owner Homer Stutzman realized the Cooper was traveling down the roads of Tuscarawas County at a hectic clip, he turned him over to a friend, harness trainer Firman Troyer. The conversion from pulling a buggy to pulling a sulky has resulted in a run of victories, all at Northfield, stretching from early June until late September.    Reprinted with permission from the Cleveland Plains Dealer by Bob Roberts

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

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

Northfield, Ohio-- As what often happens when several harness racing horses charge for the lead when the gate springs on a double oval undoubtedly there will be some who never see the pylons. And although that scenario occurred tonight in a Billings Trot at Northfield Park, "Tiny Tim" Miller and Dominus Hanover overcame the overland route and rallied to a 1:58.3 victory despite being parked the entire mile. Perhaps it was because Miller never rushed his charge away from the gate and was content to keep Dominus Hanover near the back of the pack as William "Dusty" Rhoades cut swift fractions of :28.3-:57.4 and 1:28 with Romeo and led the competition all the way to the top of the stretch. While Rhoades was showing the way up front Miller was back in seventh position getting cover from United Bi (Alesha "the Lethal Lady" Binkley). As the field neared the three quarters Miller sent Dominus Hanover around United Bi and took aim at the leader (Romeo). Picking up horses on the way Miller unleashed his charge and rallied to a three-quarter length victory over Better Call Saul ("Chicago George" Bonomo) who had enjoyed a covered journey from the half. Romeo held on for the show dough. Dominus Hanover, a 6-year-old Muscle Massive gelding owned by his driver, paid $6.20. For Miller, it was his first seasonal driving victory and 46th of his amateur career. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series

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