A great crowd, a beautiful evening and a card of exciting races, makes for a nice way to start off the 2014 season.
With opening night being a Thursday, Scioto Downs kicked off "Starting Gate Thursday" This is where patrons can fill out a coupon that is in the live racing program and enter it in a drawing to win a ride in the starting car. Three lucky patrons and their guests got to experience the thrill of watching the horses line up behind the gate and fire out for position. It's definitely a unique experience that is unlike any other.
Scioto Downs will also have "Two For Tuesdays" and "Win It Wednesdays." Be sure to join in on the action throughout the week.
The "Boys Of Summer" are back in full force and ready for the competitive summer meet. The drivers took their turns winning races and getting into the winner's circle.
grabbed a hat trick including, one of the fastest miles on opening night with Can He Go, trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. and they crossed the wire in 1:53. snagged a hat trick too, including a seasons best of 1:53.2 for the 7-year old mare, The Shoe Fits, trained by Mike Conklin and owned by Chuck Grubbs of Grove City, Ohio and she was claimed for her $9000.00 tag.
Kyle Ater smiled twice for the camera, including a trainee for his dad,. Ater and Tundra stopped the timer in 1:53. also grabbed two wins. Danny Noble, James Pantaleano and each had one win.
The purses aren't the only thing on the rise at Scioto Downs Racino. The handle on opening night in 2013 was a total of $146,626 versus the 2014 opening night total handle of $198,255, an increase of 35%.
If you missed out on the Driver autograph session, the boys will be back on Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10 at 5:45 until 6:15.
From Scioto Downs Racino