Carol's Comet shines at Scioto's "Back To The Track" Night

02:52 AM 14 Jul 2014 NZST
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Carol's Comet wins the John Pawlak Open Pace
John Pawlak (in wheelchair) was honored at Scioto Downs
A large crowd blanketed the apron for the activities and exciting race card on hand for the Back To The Track event.

Carol's Comet and Aaron Merriman prevailed in the Saturday Night feature in 1:50.3.

The John Pawlak $25,000 Open Pace was race seven on the eleven race card.

John Pawlak is an Ohio native recently inducted in to the Harness Racing Hall Of Fame. He has worked at The USTA for many years in the communications department and has also been a track announcer. Scioto Downs held the race in his honor for his outstanding achievements and attributes to harness racing.

Carol's Comet is a five-year-old gelding by Yankee Cruiser out of the mare, Modern Medicine. He's conditioned by Ron Potter for the connections, Whiskey Tango Stable, Martin Presser, Bill and Matthew Moore.

He started from post eight in the field of nine, but that didn't stop Aaron Merriman from leaving for an up close spot. They pair found a nice spot, right on the front end and paced an opening quarter in 26.1. They had early company from Randy Tharps and Ardyne Ace, who cleared before the half in a quick 53.3.

The pace didn't slow down much. A parked and pressing That'll Be The Rei applied the pressure to the three quarters and left Carol's Comet in a perfect pocket spot, again. The battling duo paced to the three quarters in 1:21.3 and Merriman waited patiently for the super stretch.

Carol's Comet sprinted up the super stretch when given his command and just caught Ardyne Ace by a nose and a late rally from Special Forces and Greg Grismore rounded out the trifecta. Only three and a half lengths covered the entire field.

From Scioto Downs Racino
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