Speed was all the rage in five $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday night at Northfield Park, beginning with the first division, when Drew The Dragon stormed to a blistering 1:51.4 triumph.
With Dan Noble at the lines, the Dragon Again-Plan On It gelding shattered the previous Northfield Park track record of 1:53.1, set by Barnabas (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in 2016. That time also established a new world record for a 2-year-old gelding on a half-mile track that was previously held by Littlebitoflife (Ryan Anderson), set at now-defunct Maywood Park in 2007.
Trained by Jim Dailey for the Ohio trio of Kim Dailey, K.D. Snyder and S.G. Haines, Drew The Dragon paced through splits of :26.4, :55 and 1:23.1 before posting a :28.3 final brush to prevail over his rivals by 3-1/4 lengths. It was his second career win in three starts and upped his earnings to $24,750.
Born To Be Bad, the 2-5 favorite was second for Josh Sutton, while 7-1 Rock On Creek finished third for Chris Page. Mary Yoder bred Drew The Dragon, who was sent off at odds of 5-1 in this second leg of OSS action. The youngster made an uncharacteristic break in OSS leg one on July 4 at Scioto Downs and finished ninth, but kept it all together for his leg two triumph.
Drew The Dragon is the seventh of eight foals out of Plan On It p,3,1:52.3 ($32,746) and is a half-brother to: E Street Plan (by Rocknroll Hanover) p,5, 1:49.4f ($301,903); Rockavellian (by Rocknroll Hanover) p,7, 1:50.4f ($222,746); and Ideal Plan (by Western Ideal) p,3, 1:52.4f ($82,277).
Trainer Brenda Teague harnessed Lather Up to a 1:52.2 clocking—a new track record for 2-year-old colt pacers in OSS division five. The son of I’m Gorgeous-Pocket Comb had won OSS leg one in 1:52.2 at Scioto Downs on July 4 and this victory was his second straight in three career starts. Driven by Montrell Teague, the 9-5 favorite upped his career earnings to $41,500 for owners/breeders Gary and Barbara Iles of Harrington, Del.
Spectacular Rock (Dan Noble) finished second at 2-1 odds, while 30-1 longshot Gonnarockyourworld was a solid third for Travis Seekman.
Trainer Brian Brown then sent out stablemates Slick Mick and Dragonology to win the next two OSS divisions.
Slick Mick scored in 1:54.2 for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. It was his first career win in two tries for striking black son of The Panderosa. Owned by breeder Milton Leeman of Columbus, Ohio, Slick Mick now has $24,800 in career earnings, and had finished third in OSS leg one, timed in 1:55.4. The 5-2 colt used a :27.3 final panel to best 9-5 favorite Rockathon (Josh Sutton) and 7-1 shot Lots To Live For (Chris Page) in this second round of OSS action.
Slick Mick is the fifth foal out of the unraced Dragon Again mare Hufflepuff and is a half-brother to Hannah Abbott (by Dave Panlone) p,3, 1:53.s ($86,502) and to Buckeye Battle Cry (by Woodstock) p,3, 1:56f ($23,297), etc.
Dragonology (Chris Page), at 11-1 odds, prevailed with a 1:53.2 clocking in the third OSS division. Owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and the Aws Stables, the son of Dragon Again boosted his earnings to $22,000 in just his second lifetime start. The youngster made a bold move going to the half and never looked back, besting 5-1 rival Hura Star (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and 9-1 Panimal Kingdom (Josh Sutton). Bred by Kerry Feuker-Weed and Kenneth Weed, Dragonology is the third foal out of the Riverboat King mare La Diavla p,5,1:51.4f ($416,730).
Trainer Ronnie Burke and driver Dave Palone teamed up to score a victory in the fourth OSS division with 1-5 Seeing Eye Single, who had also captured OSS leg one earlier this month. The son of Dragon Again used nearly identical tactics in both starts, grabbing the lead going to the half and pacing to an easy victory, both times in 1:53.1. Owned by Burke Racing; Silva, Pumel & Libby; L Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, Seeing Eye Single bested 13-1 Jo Jo’s Pet Rock (Danny Noble) and 9-2 Cinnamack (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) easily. Seeing Eye Single is the first foal out of the Western Ideal mare Shabalabadingdong p,3, 1:52.2s ($181,197). (OSDF)