Final Breath prevails in Scioto's Open Trot

12:28 AM 25 May 2014 NZST
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Final Breath beats out stablemate Southwind Pepino
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Betterluvnexttime and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.
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Final Breath is a 4-year old gelding by Victory Sam.

Final Breath is no stranger to the winner's circle. He has 27 career starts with 18 wins and a bank roll of $249,128.00.
 
He's owned and was bred by Duane Lowe of Malta, Ohio and is trained and normally driven by Hugh "Sandy" Beatty.
This week's Open Trot also had another Beatty trainee, Southwind Pepino, who is partially owned by his trainer and driver, Hugh Beatty.
 
Beatty drives both of these outstanding trotters on a normal basis. When the draw came out and they were in together, Beatty had to drive Southwind Pepino.
 
Beatty called upon Dan Noble for the driving assignment and he didn't disappoint.
 
The stablemates sat off the pace early getting away fifth and sixth. Southwind Pepino pulled out just before the half, giving Noble and Final Breath a second over trip.
 
Southwind Pepino had to trot three wide down the backside before clearing to the top at the three quarters in 1.25.1 with Final Breath in tow.
 
It was a battle to the wire for the stablemates and Final Breath had the upper hand in this battle. Stopping the timer in 1.54.3, also a new career best for Final Breath.Southwind Pepino finished second and Vibe Blue Chip was third for trainer, Ron Burke.
 
The pacing mares had their turn in the seventh race on the card.
 
The full field of 10 mares posted an outstanding resume and was setting up to be an exciting co-feature.When the gates folded they went stacked four wide to the quarter in 26.3. Native Dream and Josh Sutton were determined to set the pace.
Sutton and Native Dream hit the half in 54.4 and her stablemate, Igottafeelinfran grinded it out three wide down the backside. They hit three quarters in 1.23.1.
 
Betterluvnexttime driven by Ronnie Wrenn Jr.and trained by Virgil Morgan Jr.sat off the pace early, but was getting towed in to the race with cover.
 
When Wrenn told the mare lets go at the three quarters in 1.23.1, she responded. At the top of the stretch she was tipped out four wide and given plenty of track for clear sailing and she crossed the wire in 1.52.1.
 
A Sham Of Amber had late pace for driver and trainer Kayne Kauffman and Native Dream was third.That makes three consecutive victories for this 6-year-old mare by American Ideal and increased her earnings to $385,455.00.
 
From Scioto Downs Racino
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