Cyclops, a 3-year-old pacing colt byout of Nuke Warm, earned his name honestly. He only has one eye, but that hasn't stopped this colt from doing his job.
The colt lost his eye when he was only 2 weeks old. The colt and his mother got turned out to play for a few hours and when they went to bring him in the accident had already happened.
Cyclops was bred and is owned by Jerry Zosel of Columbus, Ohio and trained by Ohio native,.
The colt was lightly raced at two. Only having 8 starts, but he earned two wins and a mark of 1:56.2 and a bankroll of $5,085.00. A great start for this homebred colt.
His 3-year old year has started well, with a win, a third and a fifth place check, a new lifetime best of 1:55.1 and has already earned $5,400.
Jim says "he was good to break, but just like any baby he had good days and bad days." "As he got older he never got over the good days and bad days", but Jim also stated" he know his job and he's consistent."
His caretaker, Stacy quoted "his worst habit is going in and out of his stall, but he's a sweetheart to take care of besides that."
Cyclops comes in to Scioto on Thursday, May 15, off a seventh place finish at Hoosier Park. He had the nine hole last week and Dailey says, "he doesn't like to come from that far off the pace, I look for him to get a better trip tonight."
Cyclops was in the 8th race on the Thursday's thirteen race-card and started from the five post with driver,.
Cyclops didn't disappoint his connections. Grismore gave him a perfect pocket trip and waited for the super stretch to get up in time. He stopped the timer in 1:56.4 and paced a last quarter in 28.3.
Racing continues, Friday, May (16) and Saturday, May (17) with a 6:30 p.m post time.
Saturday, May (17) is Preakness Day and the live 13 race-card will feature the Laverne Hill Memorial Pace for Open Mares and a purse of $50,000.00.
Be sure to get to the track early on Saturday to meet and greet with the leading trainers of Scioto Downs. Trainers, Virgil Morgan Jr,and James Arledge Jr will be available for autographs, pictures and questions until 6:15 p.m.
From Scioto Downs Racino