Columbus, OH — Freshman trotting colts and fillies battled on a steamy Friday night (July 17) at Scioto Downs in seven $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes leg two divisions.
Swizzle Hanover continued her dominance by easily winning the first filly division in 1:57.4 for driver Mike Wilder and trainer Randy Bendis, co-owner with Reed Broadway. The daughter of Uncle Peter-Seducedbychocolate left the gate as the 1-5 favorite and now has $40,000 in career earnings from her two OSS victories. Newcomer Ciao Baby Hall (Aaron Merriman) got up for a close second at 6-1 with 12-1 Momma Knows Best (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) notching third place honors.
Herculisa, the 1-5 favorite, took her OSS filly test in the same fashion she captured leg one, with a front-stepping effort for driver Brett Miller and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. Her winning time of 1:56.2 was just two-fifths of a second off the track record. Owned by Jesmeral Stable, the daughter of My MVP-Herculotte Hanover now has three career triumphs in as many starts and owns a bankroll of $41,812. Magic Credit Card (9-1) was second for Ronnie Wrenn Jr. with 9-1 Ozma getting up for third with Aaron Merriman at the lines.
Celebrate With Me took the lead at the three-quarters and never looked back in the third OSS contest for trotting fillies, stopping the timer in 1:56.4. Kurt Sugg steered the daughter of Full Count-Glisten Hanover for trainer Marty Wollam, who co-owns the filly in partnership with Toni Dean. It was Celebrate With Me’s first career victory and pushed her career earnings to $25,472. Bank My Way, a 44-1 longshot, was second for Chris Page, while 26-1 Ti’ Punch was third for Cameron McCown.
Merry Ann, the 1-2 favorite, cruised to an impressive 1:57.4 triumph for driver Chris Page and trainer Ron Burke in the fourth OSS filly trot. The daughter of Southwind Spirit-Witty Girl is owned by Burke Racing, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi and picked up her first career victory. Her earnings now stand at $31,700. A Doll Face (3-1) was second for Kayne Kauffman while 53-1 Cash N Chips was third for Dan Rawlings.
Street Gossip, the 1-1 choice, captured the first colt trotting division with Brett Miller driving for Virgil Morgan Jr. in 1:57. The son of Cash Hall-The Young Princess was a solid third in his OSS leg one contest and now has $26,694 in career earnings for Carl Howard and Jesmeral Stable. Replica Hanover (Tyler Smith) was second at 7-2 with Rose Run Wilson (Mike Wilder) third.
Spyder The Striker cruised to victory in the second OSS colt trot with Aaron Merriman at the lines in 1:57.4. The son of Uncle Peter-Elena is trained by Chris Beaver, who co-owns with Charles Beaver, Leo Fleming and VIP Internet Stable. It was his second straight win in the OSS series and upped his career earnings to $40,000. Fire Cross (Kayne Kauffman) was second at 22-1 with 63-1 My Thunder third for Danny Noble.
Winning Ticket proved to be just that as he captured the final OSS trot for 2-year-old colts in 1:57.1. The son of Triumphant Caviar-Lotto Winner was driven to his first career victory as the 6-5 second choice for trainer Chris Beaver, who co-owns with Steven Zeehandelar, Tim Homan and Jim Burnett. Perron was second for Ronnie Wrenn Jr., while Pete’s Passion, a 43-1 longshot, got up for third with Kurt Sugg in the bike.