Trick Man won the faster of two divisions of the Open II Pace at Scioto Downs on the closing night of the 2012 season on Friday. His time of 1:52.4 was a tick faster than the time clocked by Emjayem Grand A in winning his split of the night's feature event.
Trick Man was the even-money favorite for trainer-driver Ray Paver and he got away in the middle of the 10-horse field. Doc's Yankee got to the quarter-pole first, then yielded to Chase's Legacy as the pair dueled to the half-mile marker in :55.1.
Paver moved Trick Man with authority with a quarter-mile remaining and he swept three wide around the final turn. He took command as the field entered the stretch. Trick Man got to the wire 1 1/4 lengths ahead of War Dancer while Chase's Legacy held for third.
Trick Man is owned by Carolyn, Kris, and Donald Brechler of Ohio. The winner is a 5-year-old of Mantacular. It was the first win in eight starts this season for Trick Man, who had finished second in his lasat two starts at Scioto. The Friday night win pushed Trick Man's career earnings past the $300,000 mark.
Emjayem Grand A scored in 1:53 after sitting on the back of pacesetter Hangone Cowboy for most of the mile. Greg Grismore edged the 7-year-old pacer by Bettor's Delight past a tiring Hangone Cowboy in the stretch while Heza Star Cruiser got up second place. Hangone Cowboy settled for third.
Emjayem Grand A is owned by RBH Ventures of New York and Gerrie Tucker of Montreal. It was the fifth win in 23 starts this year for the Australian-born gelding. (Scioto)