Northfield Park hosted the Cuyahoga County Fair Buckeye Super Stakes for the first time and action was hot and heavy throughout the night.
The first stakes event of the night was the $15,100 Cuyahoga Sweepstakes for two-year-old filly trotters. Aaron Merriman picked up the 2:01.3 win in that one with Gates Mills Stable and Rich Paltani’s Katie’s Red Rose, a Chip Chip Hooray filly. She was half a length better than stablemate Shinin Pearl, while Worthy Flier finished third. Mark Deaton trains the top two finishers.
The first $8,400 split for two-year-old pacing colts went to the same connection—as Gates mills Stable and Paltani, along with trainer Deaton, got their photo taken with Fool’s Day, a Precious Bunny colt who was driven by Troy Boring. His 1:57.4 win put him 1½ lengths ahead of Gray And Gifted and I’ll Flash By You. The second division went to Extremely Fast, who was precisely as fast as Fool’s Day. Trainer John Oliverio shares ownership on the Sadies Dreamboat colt with Martin Yoder of Kidron, Ohio. He posted his second win in defeating Precious Potato and Medoland Snuffy.
Freshman trotters raced in one $18,100 event and Mighty Looker prevailed for Brenda Sugg and Dean Davis, who called on trainer Kurt Sugg to drive their Ilooklikemymom gelding to a 2:00.4 win over Swing And A Hit and Hundred Monkeys.
Two-year-old action wrapped up with pacing fillies in one $14,500 dash. Bill Sanders’ Sand Alexandria, a Towner’s Bug Guy filly, took that one in 1:59.3, as Greg Grismore rallied the Tye Loy-trainee with a grinding move. She is now three-for-three in her career as she defeated Towner’s Big Sadie and the dead-heated show combo of Naughty Sunflower and BB Sunny Bunny.
Three-year-olds kicked off their Cuyahoga Sweepstakes action with a $7,350 split for trotting fillies, which was easily won by Cacamamie, who won for the 9th time in 14 starts. A daughter of Master Lavec, she is owned by James Shipley of Mt. Vernon and is trained by Scott Cox. The 1:58 win over Tich and Fresh Honey gave Greg Grismore two wins in a row. Eagle Silence took the second division, worth $7,750, by trotting a 1:58.3 mile for trainer-driver Kurt Sugg and owner Frank Dettore of North Ridgeville. A three-time winner on the year, the surprising Master Lavec daughter beat Bette Lavec and Chasing Hope, yielding $27.40 to win.
There was just one $11,500 split for the sophomore pacing fillies and stable mates Look To Book and My Sweet Lorelei finished first and third respectively, with Blue Creek Angie splitting the Mark Deaton-trained, Gerald Goldberg-owned homebred entry. He shares title on My Sweet Lorelei with Lorelei Stein-Sapir and Larry Goldberg; Look To Book, a Nobleland Sam filly, rolled gate-to-wire in 1:56.2 for Troy Boring.
Only nine pacing colts dropped in the box, so they contested one $9,700 dash for the cash and trainer Marty Wollam got Arm And A Leg to the winner’s circle for Pennsylvania owner Dennis Sheehan in a very impressive 1:54.1 mile that put him under the wire ten lengths ahead of the competition. The winner is a homebred Nobleland Sam gelding.
Action wrapped up with two splits for three-year-old trotting colts. The $8,900 first division went Hollywood as Going Hollywood, an Ilooklikemymom gelding who won in 1:59.4 over Delayofgame and Danny. Brian Mackey trains Going Hollywood for Jack Tramonte of Wadsworth, Ohio, and he called on Jeff Conger to drive. The night’s last race saw 3-1 Super Rule collar 4-5 favorite and State Fair Stake champ Strike A Mac in the stretch to post a 1:59 win, his fourth in 11 seasonal starts. Larry Clabaugh trains and leases the Superstar Sahbra gelding as Aaron Merriman posted his third win of the night, tops of any driver.
Earlier in the evening, Billings Amateur winners included Brent Davis and Glenn’s Paradise; David Drew with Jndiamond Crown and Bill Bercury and Keystone Samantha, who won their second straight Billings race in county fair action over the Flying Turns. They won last week in Summit County Fair action.