In just three days, Saturday, September 7, Scioto Downs Racino will host one of the most exciting race nights in recent history at the Columbus oval. The best 2 and 3-year-old horses in the state will duke it out for top honors in the Ohio Sire Stakes Finals and some of the best horses from across the country will make up the 134 horses vying for nearly $1.5-million in purses. The 16 race card has a first post time of 6:30 p.m.
“Last year our Super Night card went for just over $900,000 after the VLT facility was open for three months,” said Scioto’s General Manager of Racing Operations Stacy Cahill. ”Now, another year later, we have been able to boost our purses, and help our horsemen, even more. We've had a great racing season so far and expect Saturday's card to be be another exciting event for our fans.”
(Contessa Leigh will be one of 63 horses racing for their share of $1.2-million in Ohio
Sire Stakes money on Saturday)
There will be a couple different wagering opportunities that are not available on any other race night at Scioto. A $7,500 guaranteed Pick-8 bet for the eight OSS finals is available for a minimum 20-cent bet; those finals are set as races 4-11. There will also be a $5,000 guaranteed Pick-4 for races 9-12. The four races that are included for that bet are the last 3 OSS finals for 3-year-old pacing fillies, trotting colts and pacing colts, as well as the $125,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational Pace.
Before the races, there will be beanie and trucker-style hat give-a-ways. After winner’s circle pictures are taken and interviews conducted with the winning connections, t-shirts will be thrown to the crowd. There will also be drawings for Jug tickets, Ohio State cornhole boards, wagering and food vouchers.
As Ohio Super Night at Scioto Downs draws closer, stay tuned for more in depth previews for some of the night's feature races. For more information about live harness racing at Scioto Downs Racino, visit www.SciotoDowns.com/racing. Racing will be held Wed-Sat this week and next, with closing day for the 2013 season on Saturday, September 14.