Trotters starred in the feature events at Scioto Downs on Thursday night as two $6,500 events were contested. Favored RE Shawn prevailed for driver Chip Noble in the first, scoring from behind with a 1:59 mile. The son of Jailhouse Jesse is trained and owned by Paul Russell of Michigan.
Starting from post eight, RE Shawn was outside at every call in the mile and still managed to trot away from his rivals to win by 1-1/4 lengths. E Z Go Lavec and Heavenly Chip were the early pacesetters as Noble gradually advanced on the outside with RE Shawn.
In the final quarter, it came down to a duel between Heavenly Chip, driven by Dan Noble, and RE Shawn, driven by his father. The senior Noble had the trotter with the most step in the homestretch and he won. Heavenly Chip saved second and the 77-1 shot Pinechip's Babe rallied to get third.
Two races later trainer-driver Don Pfister scored with Makin Green Lavec in 2:00 as he gunned down the favored pacesetter Reverand Speed in the final quarter. Making Green Lavec had raced in mid-pack before Pfister asked his trotter for speed and he responded willingly. Reverand Speed wasn't about to surrender easily and was just a neck back at the finish line. Jesses Smirk, sent off as odds of 36-1, finished third. Makin Green Lavec is owned by George Ervin of Ohio. (Scioto)