Ayers Ratliff has been the Track Announcer at Northfield Park for over a decade. He also works in Northfield’s Race Office, Marketing Team and Publicity Department. He calls the races at over a dozen Ohio fairs and has previously served as Track Announcer at Hazel Park, Raceway Park, Scioto Downs and Thistledown.
He resides in Marion, Ohio with his wife Heidi and children Del and Annie. He has served on Marion’s City Council since 2006.
Ayers has always had a love for the sport of harness racing. He grew up working with horses at Wakeshire Standardbreds, a former Ohio breeding farm that his father owned and operated featuring stallions Happy Motoring and Amity Chef.
Ayers will join the duo at Hoosier Park for the 2017 Hoosier Pacing Derby.
Rich "The Natural" Mattei, is currently the photo finish/Tele-Timer operator at Harrah's Philadelphia. He got his first job at Monmouth Park grooming horses at the age of 17, including his love of athletes themselves, he has an intrigue in the art of handicapping and picking winners. He has gone around the country entering handicapping contests, having success winning contests at tough tracks such as Saratoga and Delaware Park. Mattei aspires to be a full-time track announcer and has filled in at many racing venues. Mattei will provide weekly analysis of Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment.
Jessica Otten is a native of Michigan and is currently enrolled at Mott Community College, majoring in business management. She started making her presence felt in the sport of harness racing by providing behind-the-scenes access to the happenings at Northville Downs. She has helped the Post Time crew with many of their live remotes in 2016-17.
Taylor Johnston currently works at Scioto Downs as a Press Box Assistant. Johnston started her passion for harness racing at sixteen when she became a groom for a first time trainer at Scioto Downs. Over the years she has been exposed to all sides of the industry, from participating in the USTA driving school, to helping with social media at big events such as the 2016 Breeders Crown. Johnston is currently enrolled at Otterbien University where she is studying Equine Business Management. Johnston assists the duo with post
Bob "Goldsheet" Eppich joins the Post Time with Mike and Mike team as a member of their Handicappers' Corner. He will provide weekly Monday night analysis of Northfield Park.
Bob is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, he coupled his degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. with his keen eye for handicapping horse races. His consistent, top notch selections, quickly earned him a following from coast to coast. Goldsheet Bob now shares his knowledge with us!!
Allison Conte works on social media and many other tasks within the Untied States Trotting Association. While wearing many hats, she also helps the Post Time with Mike and Mike live broadcasts by providing winners circle reaction and pre-race interviews. Allison also assists the team by providing photos for social media use.
Garnet Barnsdale is the DRF contributor for the Woodbine/Mohawk circuit in Canada and has written for many publications around North America. Barnsdale helps the duo by providing insight and analysis to races, while also helping with pre/post-race reporting.