Columbus, OH — Despite rain and sloppy track conditions, Eldorado Scioto Downs hosted a rich Ohio Sires Stakes card on Saturday (Sept. 3). Alongside Veteran Championships, two $55,000 divisions of 3-year-old colt pacers went behind the gate.
Bythemissal didn’t disappoint his backers as the 1-9 favorite in the second OSS division. Driven by Chris Page, the Downbytheseaside gelding got away fourth along the rail. After sitting patiently, the Adios champion made his move on the backside to easily march across the wire in 1:50.1. With lengths to spare, Bythemissal bested Odds On Capitalism (Brett Miller) in second while Tre Cruz (Trevor Smith) finished third.
Last year as a 2-year-old, Bythemissal only won $3,000 in a single seasonal start. Now at three, the Ron Burke trainee is not only taking Ohio by storm, but the entire nation. With an ever-growing resume, Bythemissal has bankrolled $534,750 this year with eight victories for Burke Racing Stable, Eric Good, Rich Lombardo Racing, and Weaver Bruscemi.
Rose Run Xiled took the first division in wire-to-wire fashion. Despite winning the Ohio State Fair Stakes just two starts ago at Scioto, Rose Run Xiled went off at 6-1. Driver Dan Noble left post seven with the gelded son of McArdle and went straight to the top.
The sophomore held off his challengers, setting fractions in :27.2, :57.1, and 1:24.4 before stopping the clock in 1:52.1. The 3-2 favorite Sling Shock (Miller) finished second with Dragononthebeach (Tyler Smith) completing the trifecta.
The victory pushed Rose Run Xiled over the $100,000 mark in both seasonal and lifetime earnings. As a $15,000 purchase out of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, the gelding has now bankrolled $121,961 in lifetime earnings for owner Norman Rae Racing. In 13 seasonal starts, Rose Run Xiled has won three in a row under trainer Christi Noble.
Live racing resumes Monday (Sept. 5) at Eldorado Scioto Downs for a special Labor Day program. First post is 3:15 p.m. Three Buckeye Stallion Series divisions for 3-year-old colt trotters and two divisions for 3-year-old filly trotters will be taking the stage. For more information on the facility and live racing season, visit the Eldorado Scioto Downs website.