The Scioto Downs Racino racetrack has been on fire this year and Saturday’s races set or tied three more track records.
Rockin Finish took on a field of pacers that have collectively earned over $640,000 so far in 2013 in the Capitol City Pace for winners over $60,000, a late closer for 4-year-old and over stallion and geldings. The blistering 1:50 mile, with a last quarter of 26.4, tied the all-age track record set back in 2000 by Gallo Blue Chip and Dan Dube and set a new personal best for Rockin Finish.
(Rockin Finish and Ronnie Wrenn Jr tied the all-age track record with a 1:50 mile)
Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. drove the Rocknroll Hanover-Please Me Please gelding, and the mile also bested the previous 4-year-old gelding track record for pacers of 1:50.2 that was set earlier this year by stablemate I Found My Beach and Dan Noble. Rockin Finish is owned by Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Ron Burke trained entry of Transcending (Tony Hall) and Audreys Dream (Greg Grismore) finished second and third.
Just one race previous, the Heart of Ohio Trot, with the same conditions as the Capitol City Pace, saw Summer Indian and Tony Hall set a new track record for 4-year-old trotting geldings when they crossed the finish line in 1:53.
By Majestic Son out of the Balanced Image mare A Touch of Frost, the pair won by just a neck over Southwind Pepino (Hugh “Sandy” Beatty). Summer Indian’s stablemate Run and Tell Pap (Dan Noble) was just a half length behind the winner and finished third. Summer Indian is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Jack Piatt III, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables Inc.
(Summer Indian and driver Tony Hall won in 1:53 to set the track record for 4 year old trotting gelding)
The last division of the Ohio Breeders Stakes was close but Dibs and Tony Hall just beat out Rocket Beau (Kyle Ater) and Friskie Adam (Chip Noble) in 1:54.4. The 2-year-old pacing colt, Dibs, is the full brother to 3-year-old pacing filly Pink Camo and likewise is trained by Ron Burke. The gelding by Pine Valley out of Cg’s Gem now has earned just under $40,000 in five starts.
Racing continues this weekend at Scioto on Sunday with a special 5:00 p.m. post time.