In back-to-back weeks, J J Hall and Chip Noble equaled the Scioto Downs Racino track record for aged trotters when he won again 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 four and a half lengths. The five-year-old gelding by Jailhouse Jesse has now earned $215,846 for owner Doug Millard of Woodstock, Ontario.
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 five-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 & Mares Open Pace, Ginger and Fred cruised to a win, tripping the beam in 1:51.3. Only three and three-quarter lengths separated the compact seven horse field top to bottom. Tony Hall took the seven-year-old mare by Real Artist mare from the seven 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 just $10,000 short of $1.9-million earned lifetime.
Racing continues Saturday at Scioto with a first post of 6:30 p.m.