Northfield set for Signature finals; new late-closers announced
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MGM Northfield Park will host this year’s Signature Series finals on Wednesday, Sept. 23. The trot and pace final will each carry a purse of $10,000.
The Signature Series finals are historically held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds during the week of the Little Brown Jug. However, this year they had been canceled until MGM Northfield Park offered to host and reschedule the events.
Veteran pacers and trotters compete all summer at select county fairs to earn points to be eligible for the Signature Series final. The top-nine point earners that enter will be drawn into this year’s finals provided they meet Northfield Park qualifying standards. Also, there will be no more than two entrants allowed from any owner or trainer.
Horsemen need to enter by Friday, Sept. 18 by 9 a.m. electronically or by calling the MGM Northfield Park Race Office at (330) 467-4101 ext. 52300.
Also, Northfield Park has announced the dates of four Fall late-closing series. All of the newly added late-closers carry a condition of: Non-winners of Two Pari-Mutuel Races (Ohio Breds N/W Three) or Non-Winners of $20,000 Lifetime (Through 9/30/2020).
Sundays (Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8) offers The Gridiron Series for horse and gelding pacers. Each of the four legs will carry a purse of $7,500. The $18,000 final (all purses guaranteed) will go to post on Sunday, Nov. 15.
Tuesdays (Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10) will host the Election Night Series for horse and gelding trotters. Each of these legs will carry purses of $7,500. The $18,000 final will be Tuesday, Nov. 17.
Wednesdays (Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov. 11) feature the Autumn Leaves Series for filly and mare trotters. All legs will be contested for a purse of $7,500. The final chases an $18,000 purse and goes to post on Wednesday, Nov. 18).
Saturdays (Oct. 24, Oct. 31, Nov. 7 and Nov. 14) will offer the Halloween Series for filly and mare pacers. Each leg will be raced for a $7,500 purse. The final will be Saturday, Nov. 21 for a purse of $18,000.
Pre-nominations are not necessary. A one-time $300 payment will be required of each entrant prior to their first start in the series (payments are not waived for scratches; entrants do not need to race in all legs of he series).
Conditions for the series can be found at www.northfieldpark.com. Horsemen should call (330) 467-4101 ext. 52300 and speak to Northfield Park’s race office for any additional questions. (Northfield Park)