Scioto Downs joined the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday night. General Manager of Racing Operations, Stacy Cahill was joined by drivers Aaron Merriman, Kayne Kauffman, Zach Mogan, Tyler Smith and Ronnie Wrenn Jr., who were challenged by Friday night's supporters of ALS. The Ice Bucket Challenge was carried out prior to first race post time. The group made donations and challenged drivers and executives at Northfield Park.
Randy Tharps, who participated in the challenge Friday night, won the $25,000 Open Pace with Ardyne Ace in 1:50.4. Ardyne Ace is an 8-year old gelded son of Ace's N Sevens. He's trained by Jim Pollock Jr for David Ehrenberg II and Daniel Fawcett of Ohio.
Ardyne Ace started from assigned post five in the scratched down field of eight. Tharps was content to take off the gate and race from off the pace when a slew of leavers left hard for command. Santa Fe Beachboy and Josh Sutton landed on the front after the opening quarter that was paced in :26.4. The Indiana invader, Paco Labrook and Brad Hanners got the pocket ride behind the betting second choice.
Before the half that was paced in :54.2, Ardyne Ace and Tharps were underway in their first over bid. The pressed the pace down the backside and hit three quarters in 1:22.2. Even after the :27.3 parked third quarter, Ardyne Ace was far from tired. He gave a game effort to win by a 1-length over a late charging Lucky Lime and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. J's Six Pak Attack and Dan Noble completed the trifecta. (Scioto)