Monday, September 05, 2016 – by Kimberly Rinker, Administrator, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund
Columbus, OH —- Eight $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolations were contested on Monday afternoon (Sept. 5) at Scioto Downs for 2- and 3-year-old Buckeye-bred youngsters.
The Ohio Sires Stakes utilizes a point system to determine the final standings, and this second tier of freshmen and sophomores of both gaits and genders were the runners-up in the final tally to those horses amassing the greatest number of points in the four-leg series.
In the 2-year-old filly pace — a race marred by multiple breakers — it was the Mike Micallef-trained and driven Full Body Shot who emerged victorious in 1:53.3. The daughter of Manhardt picked up her second career victory for owners Anita Micallef and breeder Libby Myers. Ellesan (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, and then it was a gap of eight lengths to third-place finisher Big Bad Baby (Ken Holliday).
Full Body Shot upped her career earnings to $54,915 for her connections. This homebred filly is the fourth foal out of her Keystone Raider dam, Key To The Future, and is a full sister to Girllookatthatbody p,4,1:51.2f, a 26-race winning mare of $185,708.
Trainer Al Tomlinson harnessed the Dejarmbro filly Vandy’s Magic to victory in the 2-year-old filly trot, clocked in a modest 1:58.1. Driver Peter Wrenn gave the freshman lass a near-perfect steer as the public’s favorite to see her prevail by a half-length over Emerald City Of Oz (Josh Sutton) and Renee Lu (Chris Page). The triumph pushed the filly’s career earnings to $61,555 for owners Tomlinson and Oliver Tatro.
Vandy’s Magic is the seventh foal out of the Self Possessed mare Traditional Lady and is a half-sister to Tough Mac (by Lockkeeper) 1:52.3f ($292,449) and Diamond Tough (by Angus Hall) 1:57.4h ($138,669). She was a $10,000 yearling purchase at the 2015 Ohio Select Sale.
Peter Wrenn was back in the winner’s circle again, this time with the 2-year-old colt trotter Goldfinger, a son of Big Rigs owned by the Ohio-based partnership of the Parent Racing Stable and G Peters. Wrenn used come-from-behind tactics to best Major Count (Dan Noble) by a length in 1:59. Bellhaven (Aaron Merriman) raced close up throughout the mile to notch third. The win — his second in nine starts — upped Goldfinger’s career earnings to $46,511.
Goldfinger is the seventh foal out of the Mr Lavec mare Amrbo Espionage and is a half-brother to Armor Hanover (by SJ’s Caviar) 1:52f ($216,900). He brought a $32,000 tag at the 2015 Ohio Select Yearling Sale.
Super Lilly didn’t disappoint her backers as she romped to a 3-1/2 length victory in the 3-year-old filly trot consolation in 1:56.1. Chris Page was aboard the daughter of Neely Dunn for trainer Wes Hershberger who owns the filly in partnership with breeder Mrs. Robert Johns.
It was the 12th career victory for Super Lilly who now has $62,745 in her coffers. Marty’s Lucky Chip (Dan Noble) was second, while Shut Up And Dance (Hugh Beatty) was third. Super Lilly is the third and most prolific foal out of the Jailhouse Jesse mare Super Jenny 2:00.2h ($25,292).
The Ron Burke-conditioned Wiggler captured the 3-year-old filly pace consolation in a new lifetime mark of 1:53 with Chris Page at the lines. The daughter of Mr Wiggles is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. NPR Nine (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) was second with Hooray For Hazel (Josh Sutton) third.
Wiggler now has $80,945 in career earnings as she notched her fifth career triumph. She is the fourth foal out of the Keystone Raider mare Do Me Freedom and has half-siblings in Admiral Abbie (by Admiral’s Galley) p,3,1:57.1h ($71,031) and Grinadier (by Grinfromeartoear) p,3,1:57.1h ($37,54). Bred by Engle Equine, Wiggler was a $6,700 yearling purchase from the February 2014 Blooded Horse Sale.
Longshot ($26.80) McThriller squirmed through a wall of horses in the final seconds to capture the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace consolation in a new lifetime clocking of 1:53.4. Brian Brown conditions the altered son of McArdle for owners NR Holdings, TLP Stable and Howard Taylor.
It was the third lifetime win for McThriller, who boosted his lifetime earnings to $71,000. Bred by Gbw Breeding Farms Inc., McThriller is the first foal out of the Jate Lobell mare You Thrill Me. He brought a $75,000 final bid at the 2015 Ohio Select Sale.
Another mild upsetter ($21.60) was World Of Gaming, who gave trainer-driver Danny Noble a victory in the 3-year-old colt pace consolation, as he was clocked in a career best 1:50.3. The sophomore gelded son of World Of Rocknroll was given the perfect steer by the Buckeye reinsman, chasing the front-stepping Nothing Fancy (Josh Sutton) until deep stretch to get up for the win. Winna Winna (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) got up for second, while Nothing Fancy held on for third-place honors.
Owned by Stephen Sexton, World Of Gaming pushed his lifetime bankroll to $129,764 with his 11th career victory. Bred by Mel Hagemeyer, World Of Gaming is the third foal out of the Nobleland Sam mare Theresastorytoit p,4,1:55.3 ($107,199) and was a $6,500 yearling purchase at the 2014 August Blooded Horse Sale.
After leading throughout most of the mile in the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot consolation, the gritty Need A Winner (Kayne Kauffman) give up a nose decision to Let’s Go Bucks (Danny Noble), who came flying three-wide on the end of the mile. The 3-year-old altered son of And Away We Go was clocked in 1:56.4, a new lifetime mark. Roundtown Rocker (Peter Wrenn) finished third.
The gelding’s eighth career victory pushed his earnings up to $98,130 for owners Jim Burnett and Tim Homan. Bred by Benlee Troyer, Let’s Go Bucks is the first foal out of the Credit Winner mare Feel This Way 3,Q2:04.4h ($2,652). He commanded a $5,000 tag a the 2014 August Blooded Horse Sale.
The Ohio Sires Stakes will wrap up the 2016 campaign with older trotters and pacers of both genders going postward at Dayton Raceway on Oct. 15 in a quartet of $50,000 contests.