Northfield Park's big Cleveland Classic card also featured a car giveaway and eight Ohio Sire Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, both trotters and pacers. The father-son team of Dan and Kyle Ater won three of the Sire Stakes, including one with the pacing filly Cruzin Inya Jammys.
The evening started with a group of seven trotters and 1-5 Southern Jade cruised to a 2:01.2 victory in the slop. Driver Ray Paver moved the Sandy Beatty trainee from third at the quarter and the Master Lavec filly cruised from there. R Valerie was second and Mz Friendly finished third. James Bianchi owns the winner, who doubled her career earnings with the win.
The first pacing stake of the evening went to 1-9 favorite Cruzin Inya Jammys, fresh off an appearance in the $700,000-plus Fan Hanover final. Kyle Ater pulled at the quarter and thwarted the first-over bid of a stubborn Medoland Taranicol to win in 1:56.1. Medoland Taranicol was a game second and longshot Lima Belle was third. A Yankee Cruiser filly, Cruzin Inya Jammys is trained by Dan Ater for Mark Wooten. The win, her seventh in 13 career starts, pushed her career earnings to $94,713.
The Aters were back in the winner's circle for the third race as J.D. Burnett’s Miss Pollyanna ($2.40) easily won in 2:00.2, repulsing the bid of Pegafest, who headed her at the three-quarter pole, but was unable to seal the deal. Ms Pollyanna, a Chip Chip Hooray filly, remained undefeated in six seasonal starts as she bested Pegafest and Sand Fanci.
The next trot also went to Team Ater as Van Ostrand and Liebman’s Britt Van ($21.20) upset the field in 2:03.2, a lifetime best. The Pegasus Spur filly defeated Ilooklikevada and Flawless Chip.
The second pacing event saw Todd Jones pilot Shell I Attack ($7.80) to an emotional win for trainer-owner Jim Kiesel. The On The Attack filly used a perfect two-hole trip to beat pacesetter Medoland Kendall and fast-closing PreThe cious Susie. The 1:56.4 win was her second straight over the Flying Turns.
In the next pacing event, Jane’s Big Gal ($6.40) led at every call in turning back Lucky Sadie and Cora’s Grace. Trained by co-owner Michael McClleland and driven by Bob Harper, the Tonwer’s Big Guy filly pushed her career earnings close to $30,000 for her owners, the trainer and Mary Lou McClelland.
The last sires pace of the evening saw Kay’s Yankee Lou ($4.80), another Yankee Cruiser filly, dominate in 1:56.2. Trained by Brandon Piguet and driven by Aaron Merriman for James Davis and Gwinnie Lou Stables, she went gate-to-wire, beating Yankee’s Royalty and C R Hope.
Sires Stakes action wrapped up with trotter Norma’s Rose and driver Merriman scoring another gate-to-wire win. It was Miller Time for owner and beer distributor Jack Tramonte as the Scott Cox-trained Master Lavec filly rolled to a 2:00.1 victory over Less Stress and longshot Ginny And Tonic.(Northfield)