Columbus, OH---Its Complicated and Igottafeelinfran shared the spotlight at Scioto Downs in the Friday night features (July 12).
Its Complicated and Josh Sutton equaled the track record for 4-year-old trotting geldings of 1:53 in the $25,000 Open Trot.
|USTA/Mark Hall Photos|
|Igottafeelinfran (5) held off Continual Velocity to win the Carol Cramer Filly and Mare Open Pace in 1:51.1.|
Its Complicated started from post two in the field of nine for trainer Brent Davis and owner Hatfield Stables.
The gelding by Sj's Caviar out of Before The Rain has four wins in his last five efforts.
Sutton used the inside post to his advantage and alertly left for the lead, but they had company from Jason Brewer and Somebody As from post eight.
Sutton grabbed leather as they clocked the opening quarter in 27.3. They wanted the lead as the 9-5 favorite and came out to grab it, clearing before the 56.1 half.
The pair had a comfortable lead as they trotted to three quarters in 1:24.
Its Complicated held off a late rally from Fusion Man, who was second. Somebody As and Jason Brewer were third.
Igottafeelinfran and Greg Grismore took the Carol Cramer $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace in a career-best 1:51.1.
|Carol Cramer with the blanket commemorating her Communicators Corner induction.|
The race was named after USTA staffer Carol Cramer, who was recently inducted into the Communicators Corner of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame.
The 4-year-old mare by Feelin Friskie out of Fran Anna is conditioned by Jim Dailey for the connections of Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff and Kimberly Dailey.
Igottafeelinfran started from post four after a scratch and was unhurried in the early going. Grismore got away last in the field of six.
Betterluvnexttime and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. used their rail post and pushed the gate away, determined to set the fractions in this short field.They paced an opening quarter in 26.1. When they continued on to the halfway point in 55, Grismore decided it was time to move.
The pair was sitting fifth when they hit three quarters in 1:22.3, behind the cover of Continual Velocity, driven by Chris Page.
When Grismore asked for more the mare responded in a big way. Pacing her final quarter in 27.4 and beating Continual Velocity by a neck and Betterluvnexttime held on for third.
Racing continues on Saturday (July 12) with Back To The Track activities. First race post time is 6:30.