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Bettor's Wish favored in Milstein Memorial

August 06, 2019

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Bettor’s Wish has been named the 5-2 morning line favorite by Northfield Park’s executive vice president of racing and simulcasting Dave Bianconi in Saturday’s $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. The top money-earner headlines an accomplished field of eight in Northfield Park’s premier event.

The Milstein is a 3-year-old Open by invitation only. The featured event is slated as Race 10 on a 16-race program Saturday and carries a 6 p.m. first-race post time, with the main event slated for approximately 9:30 p.m.

Bettor’s Wish is the winner of this year’s $300,000 Art Rooney at Yonkers. He has won five of eight races this year.  His three losses have been runner-up finishes in the $750,000 North America Cup, $682,650 Meadowlands Pace and the $285,362 Cane Pace. The Chris Ryder trainee has banked $624,544 in purses this year and drew post3. Bettor’s Wish is owned by the partnership of Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Form and Bettor's Wish Partners. They will use Dexter Dunn, who hails from New Zeeland and has been a driving force since coming to the United States.    

Century Farroh drew post 2 and is the 7-2 second choice.  He ventures south of the border for the first time in his career on the heels of a four-race win streak. This top Ontario Sires Stakes performer has won eight of nine races this year, and has earned $241,959 for owner Ratchford Stable of Nova Scotia. Trainer Dr. Ian Moore listed Harness Racing Hall of Famer David Miller to drive. 

Workin Ona Mystery drew post 5 and is the 4-1 third choice. He is fresh off a 1:51.1 (last quarter :25.3) qualifier at Hoosier Park.  He has not missed the board this year and has three wins in six races, including third-place finishes in the North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace. Brian Brown trains this colt at the historic Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio for owners Diamond Creek Racing, Stambaugh Leeman Stable (Wauseon, Ohio), Alan Keith (Johnstown, Ohio) and Wingfield Brothers LLC (Kenton, Ohio). Workin Ona Mystery has $248,489 in earnings this year and will be driven by racing superstar Tim Tetrick. 

The 2019 $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial field:

Post Horse Driver/Trainer M/L
1 Captain Victorious Y. Gingras/R. Burke    8-1
2  Century Farroh  D. Miller/Dr. I.Moore      7-2
3  Bettor’s Wish    D. Dunn/C. Ryder             5-2
4  Yankee Boots    D. Noble/S. Carter            15-1
5  Workin Ona Mystery  T. Tetrick/B. Brown  4-1
6  Rockie Got Framed  R. Macomber Jr./J. Macomber  20-1
7  American Mercury    T. Buter/C. Oakes        12-1
8  Southwind Ozzi         B. Sears/B. MacKenzie 9-2

The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999.  The Milstein family operated Northfield Park until July, 2018 when MGM Growth Properties purchased the racetrack from Milstein Entertainment, LLC.

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 in excess of $750,000.

The 16-race program includes the $50,000 Myron Charna President’s Pace, a race for 4-year-old and up Ohio sired pacers (by invitation only), three $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters, two $50,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers, as well as two $15,000 Open events.

A $20,000 Pick 4 guaranteed pool started in race seven and consists of a $40,000 OSS, the Charna, the Open Pace and the Milstein.  Another Pick 4 begins in race 11 and offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool. (Northfield Park)

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