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Racing Roundup: Carol's Comet streaks to lifetime mark at Scioto
Saturday, May 24, 2014 - by harness publicists across North America

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Saturday's (May 24) edition of Racing Roundup features a results story from Scioto Downs, Tioga Downs and Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

Carol's Comet gets lifetime best at Scioto

Columbus, OH---Carol’s Comet posted a new lifetime best of 1.49.4 in the Saturday night feature at Scioto Downs Racino.

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Carol's Comet won the Scioto feature in 1:49.4 in rein to Aaron Merriman.

The 5-year-old gelding by Yankee Cruiser is trained by Ron Potter and owned by Whiskey Tango Stable, Marin Presser, Bill Moore and Matthew Moore.

Carol’s Comet, driven by Aaron Merriman, received a perfect pocket trip off hot fractions of 26, 54 and 1:21. 
Merriman waited patiently for the super stretch after following co-second choice, Rockin Wizard. His patience definitely paid dividends when Carol’s Comet cruised to a one-length victory.

Rockin Wizard, trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. was second and Royal Outlook closed late for the third spot.

Racing continues Monday (Memorial Day) with a special post time of 1:00 p.m. The 15-race holiday card will feature Ohio Sire Stakes action for the 3-year pacing and trotting colts. They will slug it out for a share of the $40,000 purse. Scioto will also have a driver meet and greet prior to first-race post time, as well as a unique National Anthem presentation. This will feature the costumed trotter, Starry Night Star, and a similarly dressed reinsman.

--Scioto Downs Racino

Tioga Downs
Southwind Trini took the top mares class for the second time this meet, this one in 1:52.1. Driver Jim Marohn, Jr. guided the 6-year-old mare to the front through fractions of 27.4, 56.2 and 1:23.4. Right around the three-quarter pole, Cloris Hanover made a spirited charge, even placing a head in front around the last turn, but Southwind Trini fought back and held to the wire to deliver the third winner of the night for the Marohn Jr. Trainer Rob Harmon also picked up three wins tonight by taking the Mares Miracle Mile 2 event as well as sending out a winner in the GSY amateur series. Live racing continues tomorrow with a special night post of 6:15 p.m. with 10 races followed by fireworks.

Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Ashley’s Husband scored his first Open Pace victory at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday. The 4-year-old pacer’s win served as one of three on the night for his trainer Kyle Spagnola whose Major Way and Life’s Lessons each recorded their third consecutive victories on the card. Ashley’s Husband (Henry Clay) moved first-over at the half on front-running Let’s Rock Together (Frank Coppola Jr.), who had to work awfully hard to secure the early lead. Though things looked bleak around the clubhouse turn for Ashley’s Husband, the Spagnola trainee shifted gears heading to three quarters and flew in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:52.3. Bet On Roulette (Wally Hennessey) followed the winner’s cover to finish second and RU Ready To Rock (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) completed the trifecta in the $17,000 feature. Ashley’s Husband, who was the race’s 9-5 betting favorite, was piloted to the Open score by Jordan Derue. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:45 p.m.

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