Five Towns, a 5-year old gelding by Andover Hall, captured the feature race at Scioto Downs on Friday night. The gelding is partially owned and trained by Kelly Goodwin of Fowlerville, Mich.
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. had the assignment, starting from post four. Wrenn and Five Towns took control early and set the fractions, to make it his race to win or lose. After an easy half of :58.2, it was catch me if you can for the rest of the field. Five Towns held off a first over charge from Victory Is Coming and the pocket sitter, Baby Blaze.
Victory Is Coming was a steady closing second and Baby Blaze got the show spot. Only 2 and 1/2 lengths separated the entire field.
The excitement then carried over to the ninth race. Randy Tharps and Scootie Best Lou blew up the toteboard. The 5-year-old mare trained by Ben Davis paid $97.40 to win, which in turn prompted a $690.56 return for the $.10 super high five. (Scioto)