Scioto race meet concludes

Columbus, OH — The 2023 racing season concluded at Eldorado Scioto Downs on Saturday (Sept. 16).

Virgil Morgan Jr. took top training honors for the 29th consecutive season. Conrad photo.

Chase H Hanover and Tony Hall took the last open pace of the year in 1:48.2. The 5-year-old gelding by Captaintreacherous was fresh off a fourth-place finish in the Jim Ewart Memorial Pace during Ohio Super Night. Chase H Hanover, owned by Bottom Line Racing and Carl Howard, is trained by Scioto’s leading trainer Virgil Morgan Jr.

Morgan took top training honors for the 29th consecutive season with 109 wins in 430 starts and $1.65 million in earnings.

Dan Noble was the meet’s leading driver with 175 wins in 1,036 starts and $2.7 million in earnings. Noble, the son of Harness Racing Hall of Fame member Sam “Chip” Noble III, also surpassed 7,000 lifetime wins during the Scioto season.

Dan Noble was the meet’s leading driver with 175 wins. Conrad photo.

The 90-day Scioto race meet generated a 32 percent increase in handle, over $13 million, compared to 2022 numbers. The 2020 racing season, which saw Scioto be the first track open after the COVID-19 shutdown, produced the best wagering year in track history, and handle this year was only one percent off from that historic year.

“We appreciate the support of our horsemen, fans and gamblers to make our 2023 season one of our best racing years yet,” said Jason Roth, Scioto’s Director of Racing. “The new grandstand brought a lot of positive energy, both from our fans and employees. We’re already looking forward to making 2024 even better yet.

“Events such as the wiener dog races, bike giveaway, inflatables races and family nights will be brought back next season. The addition of Jenna (Otten, as on-air commentator), having our Super Night on Fox Sports and hosting the richest day in Ohio harness racing history, all contributed to our successful year and we look forward to expanding on that next year.”

Visit for information on how to enjoy the Eldorado Scioto Downs property in the off season, including dining at Brew Brothers restaurant and exciting events coming up such as monthly gaming promotions, simulcasting contests, New Year’s Eve activities and more.

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