Top Brand, a 4-year-old mare by Brandon's Cowboy, set a new Scioto Downs track mark of 1:50.3 for her division on Friday night. The previous record of 1.51.1 was set in 2013 by Doc's Hope. Virgil Morgan Jr. trains Top Brand for owner Green Acquisition Corp. of Canfield, Ohio.
Ronnie Wrenn Jr was the pilot and they started from post seven after a scratch in the field of nine. Wrenn left for early position and was able to get away in the three hole. The opening quarter was paced in a hot :26. Top Brand was asked for more when Wrenn pulled going to the half that was paced in :54.2 and quickly cleared to the lead. Top Brand didn't let up. She paced the third quarter in :27.2 and drew off from her foes. Wrenn and Top Brand cruised to a 5 1/4-length victory over So Jazz.
Victory Is Coming and Its Complicated triumphed in their respective $20,000 Open Trots. Victory Is Coming swooped the field in 1.53.4. Victory Is Coming is a 7-year-old mare by Victory Sam out of Norse Comer. She's trained by Ammon Hershberger for Betty and John "Red” Shaw of Mt.Vernon, Ohio. This was her 100th career start and 44th career victory. Victory Is Coming is currently $20,000 shy of a half a million in career earnings.
Victory Is Coming is usually driven by her trainer, but he turned the lines over to Scioto Downs leading driver, Chris Page. They started from post five in the field of seven. Page was unhurried in the early going, getting away fourth. The fractions of :27.1, 56.3 and 1.24.2, were set by the lone millionaire, Action-Broadway. Page waited until the top of the stretch to ask Victory Is Coming to go to work and she responded. She trotted her final quarter in :28.3 and won by one and a quarter lengths over Action-Broadway and Ajuama was third.
Its Complicated continued his win streak after taking the $20,000 Open Trot for horses and geldings in 1:53.2. The 4-year-old gelded son of SJ's Caviar is trained by Brent Davis for Hatfield Stables of Columbus, Ohio. (Scioto)