Columbus, OH--In back-to-back weeks, J J Hall and Chip Noble equaled the Scioto Downs Racino track record for older trotters when he won again Friday night (Aug. 16) in 1:54.1. Dunkster (Kurt Sugg) and Hesza Laser (Chip Noble) both set the record back in 2005.
This week, in the Open Trot, J J Hall went three-wide around the last turn and like a sling-shot drew off to win by 4-1/2 lengths. The 5-year-old gelding by Jailhouse Jesse has now earned $215,846 for owner Doug Millard of Woodstock, Ont.
The win was the second in a row on the night for trainer Scott Mogan. Just one race earlier he won with Quick N’ Slick in the NW$7500 trot. Dan Noble took the 5-year-old gelding straight to the front and never looked back, hitting the wire in 1:55.1. Quick N’ Slick, by Pegasus Spur, is owned by Frances Schloss of Cincinnati.
Ray Hall and driver Tony Hall equaled another track record Friday, this one for 3-year-old trotting geldings, when they won in 1:54.4. The mark was set earlier this year by March Awareness and Ray Paver. Ray Hall (Justice Hall - Comebyrail) switched barns since his win last week and is now trained by Ron Steck for owners Bruce and Patricia Soulsby.
In the Fillies and Mares Open Pace, Ginger and Fred cruised to a win, tripping the beam in 1:51.3. Only 3-3/4 lengths separated the compact seven horse field top to bottom. Tony Hall took the 7-year-old mare by Real Artist mare from the 7 hole straight to the top and never looked back. Doc’s Hope (Jason Brewer) finished second by a length with Sea Cruise Hanover (Chris Page) only a quarter length further back in third.
Ginger and Fred is owned by J&T Silva Stables, LLC, Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Robert Feldman. It was the 30th lifetime win for Ginger and Fred, which pushed her earnings to $1,890,708 lifetime.
Racing continues Saturday at Scioto with a first post of 6:30 p.m.