Day At The Track

Track record set in Scioto Downs OSS

12:15 PM 18 Aug 2019 NZST
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Can Be Perfect, harness racing Ocean Rock, harness racing Elver Hanover, harness racing
Can Be Perfect and driver Tyler Smith
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Ocean Rock and driver Dan Noble
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Elver Hanover and driver Chris Page
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Can B Perfect was just that--cruising to a new Scioto Downs harness racing track record clocking of 1:51.2 in the first of three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts on a balmy Aug. 17 evening.

The son of Big Bad John stormed home free and clear of his rivals, finishing nearly six lengths ahead of 7-2 Opportune Hanover (Chris Page) while 6-5 Stanford Court (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) grabbed third-place money.

"Tim (trainer Lane) changed his big around and it helped," winning driver Tyler Smith admitted. "There doesn't seem to be much end to this horse and I think he has a good shot in the Championship."

Can Be Perfect, a homebred owned by James Stambaugh and trainer Tim

Lane, was sent off at odds of 4-5 and now has $65,525 in career earnings from three wins and two seconds in five starts. He is the 14th foal out of the Beach Towel mare Perfect Gesture p, 5, 1:52.4f ($264,434) and is a half-brother to: Dave Panlone (by The Panderosa) p, 3, 1:49.2 ($831,874); Long Live Rock (by Rocknroll Hanover) p, 8, 1:50f ($617,085); Perfect Panderosa (by The Panderosa) p, 5, 1:49.4 ($243,827); Urban Renewal (by Cam's Card Shark) p, 5, 1:51.1 ($225,206); and Sweater Vest p, 5, 1:54f ($114, 218), among others.

The second OSS division went to 6-5 Ocean Rock and driver/trainer Danny Noble, who steered the son of Rockin Amadeus to a 1:52.1 clocking for owner/breeder Sandra Burnett.

This homebred youngster--the first foal out of the On The Attack mare Ocean Pearl p, 5, 1:53.2f ($143,637)-- was sixth in OSS Leg Two before scoring victories in his last two outings.

"I took him to a fair and made some changes on him, and that day (at Washington Court House on July 21) was the first time he felt comfortable on the track," Noble offered. "This is the first colt that has hurt me in the barn; he's a handful but I think he's one of the top three horses in this division."

Ocean Rock used front-stepping tactics to finish 1½ lengths in front of 5-2 Rockntheafterparty (Kyle Ater) with 11-1 One Rock notching third-place honors for driver Brett Miller. He now has $58,167 in career earnings from four wins and one second in six starts.

Last but not least, trainer Ronnie Burke harnessed Elver Hanover to a 1:53.2 triumph for Burke Racing, B. Jablonsky, J. Melillo, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby.

Steered by Chris Page, the son of Yankee Cruiser was on the front end throughout most of the mile, finishing 1½ lengths in front of 3-1 Gray Dragon (Brett Miller) with 6-1 Mr Ds Rock (Aaron Merriman) getting up for third. The win marked the bay gelding's fourth in as many lifetime starts and upped his bankroll to an impressive $86,500.

Another product of the mighty Hanover Shoe Farms empire, Elver Hanover is the seventh foal out of The Panderosa mare Edra Hanover p, 2, 1:51 ($171,753). A $50,000 yearling purchase at the Ohio Select Sale, he is a half-brother to Eddard Hanover (by Dragon Again) p, 5, 1:49.3 ($508,397) and East Side Hanover (by Somebeachsomewhere) p, 3, 1:51 ($63,801), among others.

by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

 
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