Northfield, OH --- Rose Run Logan trotted home for his fifth straight win on Monday (March 17) in Northfield Park’s opening race.
The 7-year-old gelding is owned and trained by Jeff Hochstetler, who called upon Jason Merriman for the winning drive.
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|Rose Run Logan trotted home for his fifth straight win on Monday.|
Rose Run Logan started from post five and sat the pocket in the first half of the mile through fractions of :28.1 and :57.1. Merriman pulled in the backstretch, took the lead and never looked back, closing out the mile with fractions of 1:26.4 and 1:55.3. The mile clocking represents the trotter’s new lifetime mark. Rose Run Logan posted a dominant five length margin of victory over his closest competitor, Bookem (Josh Sutton).
Monday’s triumph was the 11th career success for Rose Run Logan (Armbro Laser-How Miraculous) and increased his lifetime earnings to $27,698. He was heavily favored and returned $3.00 to win.
In the evening’s sixth race, Goodnite Goodluck captured the $9,500 Open Pace for owner Mark Jakubik. Trainer Andy Rickert enlisted the driving services of Aaron Merriman.
Goodnite Goodluck (Bettor's Delight-Priority Overnite) started from the rail. He was in the garden spot through fractions of :27, :56 and 1:24.3. Merriman pulled into the passing lane and won by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:53.4. Completing the race were Lyons JosephJNR, Man He Can Skoot, Forever Good, Western Churchill, T Red and Curator.
Goodnite Goodluck now has 34 career successes. Monday’s victory pushed his bankroll to $302,547. He paid a healthy $18.20 to win.
Julians Caesar was a repeat winner of the $10,000 Open Trot in the evening’s eighth race. Ron Burke trains the 7-year-old trotter for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Chris Page was the winning driver.
Julians Caesar (Oaklea Julian-Twin B Lady) started from post eight and let his competition carve out the fractions of :28.4, :58.2 and 1:28. He took the lead in the stretch and won by a full length in 1:57.4 despite being parked the entire mile. Completing the race were Action-Broadway, Pembroke Snapshot, Hello Carlo, Sure Thing, Mary’s Darvin, Mythical Hall and Easy Strength.
Monday’s triumph increased Julians Ceasar’s lifetime win tally to 13 and his earnings to $250,172. Despite winning this race last week, he returned $13.40 to win.