Trotting colts dead heat in Ohio State Fair Stakes

Columbus, OH — Ohio State Fair Stakes action continued Friday (Aug. 5) at Eldorado Scioto Downs. Three divisions of 2-year-old colt trotters, and two divisions each of 3-year-old filly pacers and 3-year-old filly trotters competed for a total of $389,000.

Burton’s Hill (Brett Miller) and Jogging Full Trot (Kurt Sugg) kicked off the first $46,000 division for 2-year-old colt trotters with a dead heat. Burton’s Hill, the 6-5 favorite, got away third off the gate. The What The Hill gelding found himself first-up on the backside but never faltered. On the other hand, Jogging Full Trot raced from the back of the pack as the longest shot on the board. The 20-1 gelded son of Full Count was still buried on the final turn, but surged through the open stretch. Burton’s Hill and Jogging Full Trot came to the wire together in 1:58.1. Remi’s Rolls Royce (Tyler Smith) was third.

Burton’s Hill and Jogging Full Trot reached the wire together in 1:58.1 in the first division of the Ohio State Fair Stakes for 2-year-old colt trotters. Conrad photo.

Burton’s Hill is conditioned by Virgil Morgan Jr. for Joyce McClelland. Trained by Miles Wollam, Jogging Full Trot is co-owned by Julie Ann and Dale Sweet as well as Martin Wollam. It was both colts’ first victory.

The next division of colt trotters went to Black Magic (Chris Lems) in 1:57.2. Leaving from post five, the son of Full Count went straight to the front to set fractions of :28.4, :59.1 and 1:28.1. Never receiving much pressure, Black Magic bested Great Career (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.), who finished second, while Grand Revival (Dan Noble) completed the trifecta.

In just six starts, Black Magic has bankrolled $135,000 with five wins and one second-place finish. Steve Cross trains the black colt for Richard Gutnick, Thomas Pontone and Joseph Lozito.

A Real Legend (Don Irvine Jr.) rounded out the final 2-year-old colt trot division in 1:56.1. The gelded son of Uncle Peter was conservative off the gate, but didn’t sit long. From fifth off the rail, A Real Legend kicked it into gear just after the :29 opening quarter. For the remainder of the mile, the gelding battled 4-5 favorite John Dutton for control. Once the stretch opened way, there was no looking back as A Real Legend crossed the finish in a new lifetime mark. Rumble Strips (Kayne Kauffman) was second with John Dutton (Tony Hall) in third.

The Rosy Weaver-trained and -owned trotter has found his groove in the last two starts. Now with back-to-back wins, A Real Legend has $47,800 in career earnings.

The first $63,000 division of the Ohio State Fair Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers went to Coastal (Hall) in 1:51.1. After getting away third, the daughter of Downbytheseaide sat patiently through the half. Her winning move came on the backside as she pulled to challenge the leader. Once she cleared the front, there was no hesitation. Coastal tripped the wire first and established a new lifetime mark. Twenty (Wrenn) railed for second while Allnight Micki (Aaron Merriman) finished third.

The State Fair victory gave Coastal four in a row for trainer Ron Burke. She is owned in partnership by Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva Stables, Jason Melillo and Beasty LLC.

In the final division of sophomore filly pacers, defending 2021 Ohio Triple Crown winner, Sea Silk, made the first step to repeating the feat in 2022. Leaving from post one, the Downbytheseaside filly got away third but decided following wasn’t her style. Merriman quickly pulled the filly to gain control of the field. Unchallenged for the remainder of the mile, Sea Silk stopped the clock in 1:50.3. Stablemate Cape Cod Hanover (Wrenn) was second and Bittrsweetsymphony (Smith) finished third.

Sea Silk has bankrolled more than $700,000 in her racing career. In six seasonal starts, she has tallied four wins and one third-place finish. Ron Burke trains for the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Knox Services and Hatfield Stables.

Criquette Hall (Wrenn) opened the first $62,500 division for 3-year-old trotting fillies in 1:54.4. The daughter of Cash Hall found herself three-wide in the first turn. Determined to clear the front, Criquette Hall pressed onward and finally gained control at the half. Kirsi Dream (Lems) applied pressure on the backside but was no match for the 1-9 favorite. In a new lifetime mark, Criquette Hall held off Kirsi Dream, with Toes In The Water (Ryan Stahl) finishing third.

The State Fair victory pushed Criquette Hall over $100,000 in seasonal earnings for Ron Burke. The filly has captured seven wins in 12 starts this year for Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Beasty LLC, and Lawrence Karr.

Gabbys C Note (Merriman) established a new lifetime mark of 1:54.3 in the final division of the Ohio State Fair Stakes. After patiently sitting third on the rail, the sophomore trotting filly found her opportunity to pull first-up on the backside. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar easily made her move to the front. At 1-2, Gabbys C Note cruised across the finish with Favorite Aunt (Hall) coming in second and Alana Hill (Miller) in third.

In 2022, Gabbys C Note has won six of eight starts with two additional second-place finishes. Trainer Chris Beaver co-owns the filly alongside Johanna Beaver and Steven Zeehandelar.

Ohio State Fair action will close out Saturday (Aug. 6) with two divisions each of 2-year-old colt pacers, 3-year-old colt pacers, and 3-year-old colt trotters. First post is 3:15 p.m. For more information on the facility and live racing season, visit the Eldorado Scioto Downs website.

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