Northfield, OH — On Saturday (Oct. 10), MGM Northfield Park will host the Ohio Fair Championships — a series of eight $40,000 races that celebrates the Buckeye State’s rich network of county fair racing. The evening carries a first race post time of 6 p.m.
Highlighting the octet of finals is the freshman filly trotting division, where Designer Specs places her perfect 13-for-13 record on the line in the evening’s seventh race. She has drawn post two and looks to face a significant challenge from Boujee Girl (post four), who has been victorious in seven of her 12 races. Designer Specs is the even money morning live favorite and Boujee Girl is the 3-1 second choice. Ryan Stahl has been named to drive Designer Specs for trainer Jayne Weller and owners Louise and Jay Weller.
Three-year-old trotting colts and geldings start the series of finals in Saturday’s third race. Divisional point leader Timestorm (post four) is the 5-2 morning line second favorite. Timestorm won 12 of 14 races last year, including an MGM Northfield Park track record performance in 1:56.4. The Kent Hess trainee had a rocky start to this year’s racing action, but quickly got on track and has scored in nine of his 14 races in 2020. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. will drive Timestorm for owner Ted Boschma. The 9-5 morning line favorite is Big Box Hanover (post nine) and driver Jeff Nisonger. Big Box Hanover has won nine of 16 races this year and has banked about $20,000 more than Timestorm for trainer Dalton Walls, who co-owns the trotter with Bruce Soulsby.
The fourth race will crown the freshman filly pacing fair champion. Lovely Munro is the 9-5 favorite from post seven. She has posted eight wins in 12 starts for trainer Brian Brown and owner Ameer Najor. Ryan Stahl has been named to drive. Sister Said, the field’s 9-2 third choice and seasonal point leader competing at the fairs this summer, scored six times. Derrick Flowers pilots Sister Said from post three.
Omyheart is the point leader and overwhelming 4-5 favorite of the freshman trotting colt division. Cameron McCown will drive for trainer Jason Hanna, who shares ownership with Mr. Kim Haver. Omyheart has won eight of 11 races this year and starts from post four.
Sixby Hanover, installed as a 20-1 long shot, leads in points for the horses entered in the freshman colt pacing division, but drew the dreaded eight-hole. This horse has won five of 14 races this year for Bartley Traditions Racing. Trainer Jimmy Lupton has named Mike Wilder to drive. The 5-2 favorite is Cyclone Union Jack (post three) and driver Aaron Merriman. This freshman has also posted five wins this year. His wins have all come in his last six races, which also includes a loss by a nose at the Delaware County Fair.
Next, bettors will be watching the sophomore pacing fillies square off, with point leader Tiny Bit Of Sky a 12-1 morning line long shot. She finished second, beaten a nose, in a $17,500 Buckeye Stallion Series event at the Delaware County Fair. Tiny Bit Of Sky has won seven of 21 races this year for owners Tommy and Andrea Householder. Trainer Russell Earley III has given the driving assignment to Aaron Merriman. Shehitthehighnote is the lukewarm 3-1 favorite. She was a dead heat winner at MGM Northfield Park in her most recent outing. Hunter Myers will drive for trainer Jeff Nisonger and owner Thomas Radominski.
Sophomore trotting fillies take to stage in the evening’s ninth race. Electric Ridge has drawn post two. She is the point leader in this division and is the 9-5 favorite. Electric Ridge has won six of 18 races this year for her trainer Chris Beaver, who owns the filly with partners James Gallagher, Moger-Delia Racing and Steven Zeehandelar. Aaron Merriman has been named to drive.
Three-year-old colt pacers compete in the final championship of the evening in the 10th race on the 16-race program. Point leader Sweet Oliver drew the rail but is a 25-1 morning line long shot. Ed Hennessy with drive the colt for trainer Sandra Hennessy, who co-owns with Paula Sugars. Sweet Oliver has won eight of 13 races this year, including three of his last four starts. The 2-1 favorite is Mr Ds Rock (post five), who has posted five victories in 19 tries this season. He is trained by Brian Loney for the partnership of Tammy Carter, Debra Carsey, SCP Stables and Peggy Carter. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. will be his driver.