Northfield, OH---Hoping to extend a five-race winning streak, pacing superstar McWicked has drawn the rail in Friday night’s (Aug. 15) $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park.
Not originally staked to the event, McWicked’s connections paid a $34,000 supplemental fee to enter the 3-year-old Grand Circuit event.
He has been named the overwhelming 3-5 morning-line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. McWicked has already captured the $500,000 Hempt Stakes at Pocono Downs and the $400,000 Adios at The Meadows this year. The Milstein Memorial’s $400,000 purse is the largest ever offered in Northfield’s 57-year history.
The 2014 $400,000 Milstein Memorial field, with posts, horses, drivers, trainers and morning-line odds:
1. McWicked, David Miller, Casie Coleman; 3-5
2. All Bets Off, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 7-2
3. Stevensville, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker; 12-1
4. Tellitlikeitis, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter; 6-1
5. Luck Be Withyou, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes; 8-1
6. Let’s Drink On It, Tyler Smith, Joe Seekman; 10-1
7. Boomboom Ballykeel, Aaron Merriman, Virgil Morgan Jr.; 15-1
8. Seventh Secret, Mike Wilder, Dan Altmeyer; 20-1
The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned and operated Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. His son, Brock Milstein, took over as chairman of Northfield Park upon his passing and is now the chairman of Milstein Entertainment, LLC, majority owner of the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.
In 1972, the senior Milstein, a Cleveland builder and real estate developer, headed a group of several partners, including George Steinbrenner, which purchased Northfield Park. They leased the facility to other operators through the early 1980s. The track lost significant amounts of money during that period before Milstein took full ownership and control. In late 1984 he successfully applied to the Ohio State Racing Commission for the necessary licenses and, beginning in January 1985, conducted permanent race meetings at Northfield of between 212 and 238 days every year.
Milstein was the driving force behind a resurgence of the beleaguered track, which ascended to among harness racing’s top tracks in attendance and handle. He was an innovator in promotions and advertising and successfully led the track into the era of simulcast racing.
This year’s Milstein Memorial program carries total purses of $755,700.
“The Carl Milstein Memorial is the richest in Northeastern Ohio racing history,” confirmed Brent Reitz, Northfield Park Vice President and General Manager, “but the rest of the card is loaded with power, too.”
The 15-race program includes the $100,000 Milstein Memorial Consolation, four $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt pacers and trotters, and three $20,000 Open events.
Another attraction on the track will be the "Legends Driver Challenge," which features Northfield leading drivers of days gone by. Gerry Bookmyer, Doug Hamilton, Don Irvine Jr., William Irvine, Keith Kash, Dan Ross, Don McKirgan and Bill Zendt will battle in a conditioned trot that leads off the evening’s $1.00 Pick-5 wager in the third race. The eight veteran reinsmen have all won driving titles at Northfield during a span that covered the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
Superfecta wagering has been added to Friday’s featured 11th race event. It is also the fourth leg of the Pick-4, which has a guaranteed pool of $10,000. First race post time is 6:00 p.m.