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Big night for Page, Burke as Scioto reopens; handle tops $1 million

May 23, 2020

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Harness racing returned to North America for the first time in nearly two months Friday night as Scioto Downs hosted a 12-race card. The program generated total wagering of $1,054,294. The track's highest handle, $1,231,444, was wagered on Sept. 7, 1996.

On the track, driver Chris Page won six races, including four for trainer Ron Burke.

Page and Burke got the card underway with a win with Duck Duck Dragon in 1:53 in Race 1. They also captured the $18,000 Open Pace for fillies and mares with Rosemary Rose. Page gave the 6-year-old mare a second-over trip, tipping off cover in the stretch and reaching the wire a nose in front of the Brett Miller-driven Sally Fletcher A by a nose in 1:51.2. 

The $18,000 Open Trot saw a dead heat as Peggy Sue and Eye Ofa Tiger As could not be separated by the photo finish camera in 1:55.1.

Brady Galliers trains and drove Peggy Sue, while Elliott Deaton was behind Eye Ofa Tiger As for trainer Anette Lorentzon.

Cal Expo was the last harness track to close as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic on March 31. Scioto Downs returns Saturday night with a first post of 6:30 p.m. Scioto also races on Monday, with the Memorial Day program underway at 6:30 p.m. Northfield Park will become the second track to reopen on Tuesday, with a post time of 6 p.m.

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