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.
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 continues to assist the Post Time crew with many behind-the-scenes interviews, co-hosting, and social media.
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!!
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.