Ohio State Fair races for 2 and 3 year olds in their respective divisions will be contested on Friday (Aug. 1) and Saturday (Aug. 2) at Scioto Downs. First race post time is 6:30 p.m.
Friday's 13-race card will shine the spotlight on the Ohio-bred 2 year olds for each gait and sex. The skilled freshmen will race for abundant purses in nine races on the program. Highlighting their divisions will be the undefeated colt pacer Gray Camo, trained by Ron Burke; the filly trotter Sunrise Nibbles for Christopher Beaver; and the filly pacer Bell Flower for her new conditioner, Jim Arledge Jr.
Saturday's 14-race program will feature 3-year-old filly and colt trotters and pacers. They fill six races on the card, including the one division of 11 colt trotters. The trotting superstar Rompaway Galaxy will start from post eight with driver Mike Micallef and is the 6-5 morning line favorite. The full field will be chasing after a $90,000 purse. The filly trotters also had only one division for all the chips. They will race for a bounty of $87,000 and be a full field of 11. Sandys Victory and Josh Sutton are the tepid 3-1 morning line favorite and will start from post six. This filly is coming off an impressive Sire Stakes victory in 1:57.2 for trainer and partial owner, Larry Tinch.
Along with the exciting racing action on Friday and Saturday, Scioto Downs will also have a Driver Autograph session on Friday. Drivers will be in the grandstands starting at 5:45 p.m. until 6:20 p.m. Then on Saturday night, Scioto Downs will be giving away free cups with the purchase of your living racing program and have carnival games for the kids set-up on the grandstand apron. The proceeds will benefit The Mid-Ohio Food Bank. (Scioto)