by Keith Gisser, assistant publicity director, Northfield Park
Northfield, OH — With regular driver Keith Kash, Jr., on vacation, trainer Victoria Campbell called on Keith Kash to drive Kami’s Call in Monday’s $8,000 Open Trot at Northfield Park.
The senior Kash took the six-year-old Call Toll Free gelding gate-to-wire for a 1:59 win. Kami’s Call posted fractions of :29.1, :59.3 and 1:29.3 en route to the victory, his 10th in 30 seasonal starts. Dream Photo Kosmos, racing at his fourth track in his last five starts, was second for Bill Zendt, while Anduril Hanover got the show money.
Dan Berdysz owns Kami’s Call, who has earned $53,282 this year and $205,388 in his career.
Time change: It’s not the end of Daylight Saving Time, but the start of “Tuesday Racing Time” at Northfield Park. The Route Eight oval will kick off live Tuesday racing on Tuesday, November 1, with a 13-race card. Live Tuesday racing will continue through then end of 2005, with free parking, free admission, and private TV carrels for patrons. Admission will also be free on the other four nights of the racing week, to persons who present a non-winning Ohio Lottery ticket at the gate, now through the end of November. With the addition of Tuesday live racing, post time on Monday night will revert to the usual 7 p.m. (EST), and thus post time for all live racing, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, will be at 7 p.m.
Verrrry scary: Nearly 70 costumed patrons entered Northfield’s Halloween Costume Contest this past Friday. The celebrity judges, Northfield mayor Victor Milani, Northfield horseman Craig Stein, and group sales director Mary Randall, had a tough time crowning the winners, but when the smoke and fog had cleared they named Jacob and Marjie Scuvotti’s “Hannibal Lecter’s Fine Dining” the Best in Show winner. The Bedford Heights, Ohio couple won $300. Category winners, who each took home $100, were Rich and Pat Geshwin, who dressed as a scarecrow couple, in the Most Unique category; Jeff Perry, whose seven-foot tall specter was deemed Scariest; and Mick Buchwald, who dressed as one of the most interesting ballerinas you will ever see, won the Funniest category. Jeremiah Scuvotti, costumed as the Lucky Charms’ leprechaun, won the kids contest — and $50. Pictures of all the winners are posted online at www.northfieldpark.com, on the Track News page.
Remember November: Northfield will offer another solid month of promotions in the month named for the Roman number nine. We know it’s now the 11th month of the year — but that’s a long story. The track will conduct a qualifying tournament for the $1 million Coast Casinos Horseplayer World Series on Friday, November 11. The following Friday, November 18, Northfield will conduct its annual Honeybaked Ham and Turkey Giveaway, in which 24 patrons will win gift certificates to Honeybaked Ham stores. Northfield’s Preferred Patrons will be receiving a postcard mailer containing $18 in free bets which may be redeemed during the track’s nine live Tuesdays of racing. On Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24, the track will open at 10:30 a.m. for simulcast wagering, that will feature action from Aqueduct, Laurel Park, Hoosier Park, and Churchill Downs, all commencing at 11 a.m. The track’s free-to-enter Tournament of Champions qualifying events will continue every Sunday afternoon, leading up to the $10,000 final, which will be conducted on December 17 and 18.
Cedar shakes: Cedar Downs, the Sandusky, Ohio off-track wagering facility operated by Northfield Park, saw wagering on Saturday’s Breeder’s Cup increase by about 25 percent as compared to last year. The Downs won’t exactly be shaking in November, but a renovation project will kick off this month; the facility will soon offer private wagering carrels, similar to those at Northfield. Wagering will continue to be available from noon to midnight, seven days a week, during the project. The new Cedar Downs Players Club will be established shortly. A cooperative effort with Northfield’s Players Club, patrons will be able to use their Cedar Downs cards to accumulate points at Northfield Park and vice-versa. Cedar Downs, located on Ohio Route 6, near the entrance to Cedar Point, also offers dining, drinks, and bowling, and large-screen TV’s throughout the plant.