Columbus, OH---Top Brand, driven by Ronnie Wrenn Jr., set a new Scioto Downs track record for 4-year-old pacing mares when she won the $20,000 Filly And Mare Open Pace in 1:50.3.
The previous record of 1:51.1 was set in 2013 by Doc’s Hope.
|Top Brand set the Scioto Downs track record for 4-year-old pacing mares when she won in 1:50.3.|
Starting from post seven after a scratch in the field of nine, Wrenn left for early position and was able to get away in the three hole. The opening quarter was paced in a hot 26 seconds. Top Brand was asked for more when Wrenn pulled going to the half that was paced in 54.2 and quickly cleared to the lead. Top Brand didn’t let up, pacing the third quarter in 27.2 and drawing off from her foes. The mare cruised to a 5-1/4-length victory over So Jazzy and A Sham Of Amber, completing the $762 trifecta.
Top Brand, by Brandon’s Cowboy out of This Marks A Lady, is conditioned by Scioto Downs' leading trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr. for Green Acquisition Corp of Canfield, Ohio.
Victory Is Coming and Its Complicated triumphed in their respective $20,000 Open Trots.
The third race on the Friday night card was the field of seven filly And mare trotters. Victory Is Coming swooped the field in a season's-best 1:53.4.
Victory Is Coming is usually driven by her trainer, Ammon Hershberger, but he turned the lines over to Scioto Downs' leading driver, Chris Page. They started from post five in the field of seven. Page was unhurried in the early going, getting away fourth. The fractions of 27.1, 56.3 and 1.24.2 were set by the lone millionaire, Action-Broadway.
Page waited until the top of the stretch to ask Victory Is Coming to go to work and she responded. She trotted her final quarter in 28.3 and won by 1-1/4 lengths over Action-Broadway and Ajuama was third.
Victory Is Coming is a 7-year-old mare Ohio by Victory Sam out of Norse Comer. She’s owned by Betty and John “Red” Shaw of Mt.Vernon, Ohio. This was her 100th career start and 44th career victory.
Its Complicated continued his win streak after taking the $20,000 Open Trot for horses and geldings in a season's best 1:53.2.
Its Complicated is a 4-year-old gelded son of SJ’s Caviar trained by Brent Davis for Hatfield Stables of Columbus, Ohio.
Josh Sutton had the assignment from post two in the field of seven and he definitely used the inside post to his advantage. Sutton and Its Complicated pushed the gate away and powered to the lead. They stopped the quarter timer in 27.4 and caught a second-quarter breather, off a half in 57. It was a sprint down the back stretch and they hit three quarters in 1:24.2.
Sutton and Its Complicated were confident on the lead and trotted to a 1-3/4-length victory over Ci’s Buckeye and Boy Meets Girl K.
Racing continues Saturday (June 21). First race post time is 6:30 p.m.