Milstein Memorial To Race As Planned

MGM Northfield Park’s premier event on the racing calendar, the Carl Milstein Memorial, a $250,000 invitational event for the sport’s top three-year-old pacers, will take place on Aug. 15.

Uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of two of Northfield’s earlier stakes events in 2020: the Battle of Lake Erie and the Cleveland Trotting Classic.

“All of us at MGM Northfield Park are pleased that the Carl Milstein Memorial is a go on Aug. 15,” said Dave Bianconi, Northfield’s director of racing operations. “I have been in contact with the connections of many top three-year-olds across North America to assemble a great field for our top night of racing this year.”

The undercard for the Milstein will include the $50,000 Myron Charna President’s Pace, an Invitational for top Ohio-sired veteran pacers. Ohio Sires Stakes legs for both three-year-old pacing fiillies and three-year-old male trotters will also be contested.

Post time for Milstein night at Northfield is 6 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, Aug. 15.

(MGM Northfield Park)



Although Northfield is still holding The Milstein, it has reduced last year's $400,000 purse by 37.5%. That's another reason why Mohawk should have held the NAC eliminations on 8/15 rather than on 8/22 and the final on 8/22 rather than 8/29 - it could have avoided the scheduling conflict with The Messenger eliminations on that same night.