Northfield, OH — Catch The Fire has been named the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday’s (Aug. 15) $250,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at MGM Northfield Park. The top money earner in the field headlines an accomplished group of eight 3-year-old pacers in Northfield Park’s premier event.
The Milstein, an invitational 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.
Catch The Fire enters the Milstein fresh off a 1:49.3 victory in the $375,000 Adios on Aug. 1 at The Meadows. He has paced faster than 1:50 in all five of his races this year. The John Ackley trainee has banked $468,413 in purses throughout his young career and drew the rail in Saturday’s main event for the C T Stables LLC of Washington Court House, Ohio. Catch The Fire‘s regular pilot Mike Wilder will drive.
Odds On Osiris, the 2019 Indiana Sires Stake champion, drew post two and is the 7-2 second choice. He just missed in his most recent race, getting nipped at the wire in 1:48.4 in an Indiana Sires Stakes 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, Fla. Peter Wrenn will drive for his wife, trainer Melanie Wrenn.
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 and has earned $422,700. Harness racing’s all-time leading trainer Ron Burke conditions this gelding for owners Burke Racing Stable, Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. Chris Page will drive.
Ohio Sires Stakes standouts Stanford Court (Ronnie Wrenn Jr., 6-1) and Ocean Rock (Dan Noble, 8-1), Iowa fair phenom Slippin The Clutch (Aaron Merriman, 15-1), stakes veteran Manticore (Jordan Stratton, 12-1) and Adios runner-up Chief Mate (Scott Zeron, 10-1) are also slated starters in the impressive field.
The complete field is as follows:
1. Catch The Fire (Mike Wilder, John Ackley) 2
2. Odds On Osiris (Peter Wrenn, Melanie Wrenn) 7-2
3. Elver Hanover (Chris Page, Ron Burke) 4
4. Stanford Court (Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Brian Brown) 6
5. Slippin The Clutch (Aaron Merriman, Curtis Carey) 15
6. Manticore (Jordan Stratton, Bruce Saunders) 12
7. Chief Mate (Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna) 10
8. Ocean Rock (Dan Noble, Christi Noble) 8
The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. Brock Milstein and the Milstein family operated Northfield Park until July 2018, when MGM Growth Properties purchased the racetrack from Milstein Entertainment, LLC.
This year’s Milstein Memorial program carries total purses approaching $600,000. The 16-race 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 filliess, 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 a late Pick-4 begins in race 11 with a $10,000 guaranteed pool.