First 2022 Opens at Scioto, Pick-8 carryover to Saturday

Columbus, OH – The first opens of the 2022 season were held Friday (May 13) at Eldorado Scioto Downs, each going for a record high $30,000 purse.

Slymar’s Dragon (Dan Noble) took the fillies and mares open pace in 1:51.2. Now three for 11 in 2022, the Andre Nared trainee has $42,075 earned on the year for owners Lionel Watiker and Dr. Allie Stiegler. Marloe Hanover (Brett Miller) was just a neck behind finishing second with Coral Reef Hanover (Brady Galliers) getting up for third.

Refined takes the Open Trot in 1:53.3 after a three-month layoff for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. Conrad Photo.

Refined (Mitchell Cushing) won the open trot by a nose over Kings County (Brett Miller) in 1:53.3. This was the first start in more than three months for the 6-year-old mare by Uncle Peter, who last finished second in the Open at Miami Valley on January 31. She then recorded three qualifying wins before making her Friday evening start.

For the second straight night, Scioto Downs and the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association guaranteed the Pick-8 for $25,000. After being hit on opening night with five tickets taking home $4,250, Saturday’s (May 7) Pick-8 went uncovered. The $310 consolation payout was paid out for picking five of eight winners. There will be a $1,240 carryover into the 16-race Saturday (May 14) card.

The Pick-8 starts in race two each race night. The $1.00 minimum wager has a 15% takeout. It is not a jackpot wager and if not hit, will continue to have a 50% carryover net pool into the following day with a 50% consolation payout to the best ticket.

To assist with handicapping, free programs are available here.

The 90-day live racing season will continue through Saturday, Sept. 17. All live racing days will have a 3:15 p.m. first post.

For more information on the facility and live racing season, visit the Eldorado Scioto Downs website.

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