Freshman filly trotters will start Friday’s stakes action in race one, the $30,000 first division. In The Grippers (Steven One--Over Baked, by Overcomer) will start from post five and has been named the 7-5 morning line favorite. She is owned by Herres Stables of Bellbrook, Ohio and is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. Morgan has called upon Chris Page to drive. This filly has five lifetime starts, winning four times and placing once. She has a 1:58.4 lifetime mark trotted at Scioto Downs on Aug. 1 and has earned $66,225. In The Grippers’ rivals consist of Sandys Victory, Majesty Dream, Rose Run Princess and Cookie N Ice Cream.
Race two will be the $30,000 first division for 2-year old Ohio-bred filly pacers. Trainer Herb Levan will start Lucky L (Memphis Flash--Beach Sandals, by Jenna’s Beach Boy) as the slight, 3-1 morning line favorite. Lucky L will start from post six and face five rivals. She has 18 starts, posting six wins and finishing second and third six and four times, respectively. Lucky L has earned $33,899 and paced a 2:02.2 lifetime mark at the Allen County Fair on August 21. Jack Dailey is scheduled to drive for Woodstock, Ohio owner Melissa Levan. Shakin Friskie, APP Panda, Fayco Filly, Spiffy Sam and R Spunky Girl will complete the lineup.
Trotters will return to the stage in race three, the $30,000 second division Ohio Sire Stakes. Maes Perfect Storm (Neely Dunn—Salient, by Ilooklikemymom) is the 2-1 morning line favorite for owner Charles Branthoover of Chagrin Falls, Ohio and trainer Robert Lippiatt. Maes Perfect Storm has seven previous races, posting two wins and two runner-up performances. She has earned $37,312 and trotted her 2:01.3 lifetime mark at Raceway Park in her most recent race on Aug. 18. Driver Dan Noble will guide the trotter Away away from the rail in a field that will consist of Greased, Emery Jean, Hush Hush Chip, Anniesbluejeanbaby and Not Dunn Dream’n.
Race five will be the final Ohio Sire Stakes of the evening, the $30,000 second division for 2-year-old filly pacers. Rosy Fire (Feelin Friskie--Justin Rose Jet, by Jet Laag) is the 2-1 morning line favorite for owners B.M. Schartz, W. Lee Bean and S.R. Montemarano. Mark Winters Sr. trains the filly and will use Kyle Ater to drive. This freshman has raced eight times, posting three wins and three second place finishes. She has earned $35,457 and scored her 1:58.2 career best at Raceway Park in her most recent race on Aug. 18. Rosy Fire will start from post four in a talented field consisting of Friskie Six, Crown Time Keeper, Friskie’s Angel, Ataway Samantha and Lady Julie.