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Fear The Dragon Favoured In Milstein

Published: August 8, 2017 2:06 pm ET

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The Northfield Park race office has drawn the post positions for this Saturday’s (August 12) $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial for three-year-old male pacers.

Fear The Dragon has drawn the rail and has been named the 3-5 morning-line favourite. He will enter the Milstein as the top-ranked horse in the North American harness racing industry. Fear The Dragon has won nine of his 10 seasonal starts and over $1 million in 2017 purse earnings. His wins include victories in the $1-million North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack, the $500,000 Hempt at Pocono and the $400,000 Adios at the Meadows. Fear The Dragon’s connections are all natives of Ohio (trainer Brian Brown, driver David Miller, and owner-breeder Bruce Trogdon, who is the proprietor of Emerald Highlands Farm).

Thirteen-time winner Downbytheseaside, another Brian Brown trainee, drew Post 7 and is the 9-2 second choice on the morning line. He has finished in the top three in 21 of his 22 career races and has earned in excess of $1.2 million in overall purse earnings. His most recent effort was a third-place finish in the $334,325 Cane Pace at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey.

(Please note that final driver changes are due during the evening on Tuesday, August 8)
(Post – Horse – Trainer – Driver – Morning Line Odds)
1 – Fear The Dragon – Brian Brown – David Miller – 3-5
2 – Blood Line – Jimmy Takter – Mark MacDonald – 6-1
3 – Drunk On Your Love – Jim Pollock Jr. – Tyler Smith – 20-1
4 – Classic Pro – Dr. Ian Moore – Trevor Henry – 10-1
5 – Rock N Tony – Erv Miller – Trace Tetrick – 15-1
6 – Bags To Riches – Jason Skinner – Tim Tetrick – 12-1
7 – Downbytheseaside – Brian Brown – Brian Sears – 9-2
8 – RJP – Ron Burke – Yannick Gingras – 8-1

The Carl Milstein Memorial is well supported with an undercard which will feature the $50,000 Myron Charna President’s Pace for Ohio-bred veteran pacers, three $40,000 divisions of the Ohio Sires Stakes for three year-old filly pacers and three $14,000 Opens.

Drawings during the evening will result in one lucky patron driving home a brand new 2017 Buick Cascada or Honda CR-V. Five other winners will each receive $1,000.

The Milstein crowd will enjoy Swenson’s Food Truck on the outdoor apron from 6 to 10 p.m., Northfield Park Putting Challenge from 6 to 7 p.m. and a Beer Slide from 7 to 8 p.m. Classic Rock band Unknown Reason will be performing on the trackside apron from 6 to 10 p.m. Vintage memorabilia, including Northfield’s classic starting gate car from years gone by, will be on display.

First-race post time for the card is 6:00 p.m.

(With files from Northfield Park)

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