Grove City, OH — Trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and driver Chris Page doubled up with two wins each in the first leg of Buckeye Stallion Series action for 2-year-old filly pacers at MGM Northfield Park Wednesday night (July 14). Six divisions were contested, each carrying a purse of $17,500.
Morgan trainee Cruzinbytheseaside turned in the fastest mile of the night as Greg Grismore led the Downbytheseaside filly to the win. The filly sat third early in the mile before moving and drawing away to win by 1-3/4 lengths. Cruzinbytheseaside is owned by Carl Howard and Larry Wills.
Morgan picked up his second win with Bowery and Ryan Stahl in 1:55.4. The filly, also by Downbytheseaside, took the long way to the winner’s circle as she was hung most of the mile before winning by a length. The winner is owned by Morgan, Let It Ride Stable and Bottom Line Racing.
Page picked up his first win of the BSS with Fantasy Life for trainer Ron Burke. Fantasy Life, another Downbytheseaside filly, stopped the timer at 1:55.3 to win by a head, returning $35.60 to her backers. The filly is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnell & Libby and Beasty LLC.
Page’s second win of the of the night was behind McAngel for trainer Sandy Beatty. McAngel took the overland route to victory in 1:55, getting up by a half-length. The McArdle filly is owned by Lawrence Crawford.
The other winners included Future Ex-Wife with Aaron Merriman for owner-trainer Craig Stein in 1:54.3. The filly is sired by Fear The Dragon and was a winner by 2-1/2 lengths.
Osceola Hanover, by Racing Hill, came home for driver Mike Wilder and trainer Scott Betts in 1:56.1. The filly is owned by Timothy Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Keith Pippi.
Northfield will once again host the Buckeye Stallion Series with the second leg of the 2-year-old colt trot on Monday night (July 19) with a first race post time of 6 p.m.