Fillies are fine in Ohio Sires Stakes

by Keith Gisser, director of publicity, Northfield Park

Northfield, OH — Northfield hosted the Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore fillies on Friday night (July 6), with both pacers and trotters in action.

The first $20,000 pace saw Return Lane ($4.20) push her seasonal summary to 8-5-3-0, $25,400 for owner/breeder Donald Lane and trainer Ron Potter. Kyle Ater was in the bike for the 1:55.4 win over Western Bunny and Memphis Glow. She is a daughter of Noble Return.

The second pacing event saw Ryan Stahl pilot Evening Jet ($38.00) to her first OSS victory in 1:55. Trained by co-owner Jeff Miller, the Jet Laag filly was one of few longshots to succeed on the night. Miller shares title to Evening Jet, who defeated Ken’s Mystifier and Appealling Sammi, with Jeff Philpot.

Three splits of trotting fillies kicked off with Gates Mill Stables and Rich Paltani’s Katie’s Red Rose ($3.00) posting an impressive 1:57.4 win to equal her lifetime best. Aaron Merriman drove the daughter of Chip Chip Hooray for trainer Mark Deaton. She defeated Miss Snippy Queen by three lengths, with De Lovely 2-1/4 lengths further back.

The Big Victory filly B V’s Sister remained undefeated in four starts when she matched the 1:57.4 timing posted earlier by Katie’s Red Rose in the second $20K trotting split. Trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr. for the Barnett Zimmerman Llc of Illinois, Ryan Stahl drove B V’s Sister, who went by leader Up Front Janet in the stretch and then held off place finisher Winnie The Who.

The final trotting split went to another daughter of Chip Chip Hooray when Choklit Chip Chip ($14.00) gave Stahl his third OSS win of the night. Trainer Ray Crawford and Suanne Crawford Kochilla own the winner, who shaved two seconds off her lifetime standard with the 1:58 mile. Flying Rae was second and Worthy Flier got the show spot.

Crawford and Stahl also combined to win the $8,000 Mares Open Pace with the red hot Dynastar, who posted her fourth straight victory for owner Erica DeLong. A career winner of $92,874, the near gate-to-wire, 1:54.2 win lowered her career standard by two-fifths of a second.

Bedford Heights man wins $25K Pontiac Solstice

Andy Zury, 36, of Bedford Heights, Ohio, won a 2007 Pontiac Solstice Convertible at Northfield Park Saturday night when his name was drawn from nearly 15,000 entries by Northfield Village Mayor Victor Milani. The $25,500 car giveaway was one of several special events scheduled by the harness track as part of its 50th Anniversary Celebration this summer.

The contest allowed patrons to enter once a day for 30 days prior to the awarding of the vehicle. Zury, whose current vehicle has over 100,000 miles on it, deposited his entry on June 11. The contest required the winner to be present to win.

Northfield Park is giving away another Pontiac, a 2007 G6 Convertible, on Saturday, August 25. The entry box for that giveaway opens on July 26. Once again patrons will be eligible to enter once a day during the 30-day contest window. There will be fireworks after the races on August 25 as well. Jay Auto Group, which is also celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, is a sponsor of the promotions.

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