Day At The Track

Track records set and tied at Scioto Downs

03:42 PM 21 Sep 2014 NZST
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Sectionline Yankee and Greg Grismore
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Kanaris and driver Aaron Meriman
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Sectionline Yankee upsets in $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace at Scioto Downs with a track record equaling performance of 1:50.2.

She now shares the track record with Betterluvnexttime.

The 5-year old mare by Yankee Cruiser out of Aquatic Yankee is trained by Steve Bauder for owners, Harold Lee Bauder, Michael Dixon and Harold Bauder of Ohio.

Sectionline Yankee was driven by Greg Grismore and started from post one in the field of eight and was 6-1 on the morning line.

Continual Velocity and Chris Page left for command from post eight when the wings folded along with inside leavers, She's Shocking and Novascotia Hanover.

Novascotia Hanover and Tony Hall cleared to the front before the quarter that was clocked in a hot :26.1.

She's Shocking and Kayne Kaufmann took the pocket ride before being shuffled to third when the favorite, Continual Velocity and Chris Page made a quarter move.

Sectionline Yankee was sitting fourth on the rail at the half that was paced in :54.1. Grismore decided to make his move, pulling first up down the backside with Eve Marie Seelster and Kyle Ater in tow.

Grismore applied the heavy pressure to the three quarters clocked in 1:22.2.

The battled continued down the stretch before Sectionline Yankee pulled 3/4 of a length clear of Continual Velocity and Eve Marie Seelster completed the trifecta.

Sectionline Yankee returned $18.20 to her supporters while increasing her bankroll to just under $315,000.

The co-feature for the Saturday night card didn't disappoint either.

Kanaris and Aaron Merriman set a new track record of 1:48.3 for a 4-year old gelding on the 5/8 mile oval in the $25,000 Open Pace.

The previous record of 1:49.4 was set this year by Full Code and Beach Memories.

Kanaris is the son of Panspacificflight and Thermopylae. He's trained by Joe Seekman for Tripoli Stable of Illinois.

This victory crushed his own career best of 1:51.2 and pushed his lifetime earnings over $200,000.

Kanaris started from post seven in the field of eight, but that didn't deter Merriman from leaving. They cleared inside leaver, Beach Memsories and Josh Sutton before the first turn.

The first quarter was paced in :26.1. Sutton wasn't content to take the two hole trip, he pulled at the quarter to take over command. They paced single file to the half, clocked in :54.1.

Ardyne Ace and Randy Tharps started their rally, pulling first up from third spot and Big Risk, driven by Tony Hall followed suit. The fast pace didn't let up. Beach Memories flew by the three quarters in 1:21.1 with Kanaris in tow.

Merriman popped the ear plugs and waited for the stretch to make his move.

The two paced 5-lengths clear of their foes and Kanaris had the upper hand to win by a nose over Beach Memories. His stablemate, Santa Fe Beachboy paced home in :27.2 to grab the show spot.

The final week of racing in the 2014 season resumes on Wednesday (September 24) post time 6:30 pm.

From Scioto Downs Racino

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