Longshot and Rose Run Xtra score Ohio Sire Stakes victories

Grove City, OH – The two winners of the two Ohio Sires Stakes $55,000 divisions for the 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters took different routes to the winner’s circle, but both set lifetime marks in doing so.  Longshot rallied down the stretch to capture the first division, while Rose Run Xtra went gate-to-wire to win the second division.

In the first division, Chris Page took Up Blueberry Hill to the lead covering the first three-quarters in fractions of :27.4, :56.3, and 1:25.1.

Longshot with Chris Lems sat in the pocket through the first half-mile but yielded the second spot to Gabby’s Bit Coin and Aaron Merriman as the leaders hit three-quarters.

Around the final turn, Lems swung the 5-2 Longshot wide and rallied the son of Long Tom down the stretch catching Up Blueberry Hill to win by a length in a new lifetime mark of 1:54.

Up Blueberry Hill was second with Motto finishing third.

Longshot is trained by Scott Cox and owned by Wayne Mast Jr. and Callam Racing.  Longshot has won five out of 10 this year, including two legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes and has earned $90,750 this year.  The win pushed Longshot’s lifetime earnings to $100,556.

After finishing second in the first division, Chris Page did not take any chances as he rushed Rose Run Xtra to the lead and made it look easy going gate-to-wire in a new lifetime mark of 1:53.4.

Bamboo finished second, while Caviar Gold finished third.

The son of Cash Hall cut the mile with fractions of :28, :56.3, and 1:53.4 on the way to his third win of the year.  Rose Run Xtra had finished second in the first two legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes.

Trained by Ron Burke, Rose Run Xtra has earned $113,289 this year, with lifetime earnings of $317,194 for the ownership group of the Burke Racing Stable, Hatfield Stables, Knox Services, and Jason Melillo.

Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Sunday night (Aug. 14) at MGM Northfield Park with two divisions of freshman filly trotters.  First race post time is 6 p.m.

For more information:
Frank Fraas

The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State.

The OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association is to preserve, protect, promote, and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond.

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