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Columbus, Ohio--Young harness racing driver Eddie Miller just keeps rolling along. Tonight at Scioto Downs the talented youngster defeated nine others when he guided Bold Strategy to a gate to wire 1:56.3 tn the $7500 leg of the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association series. Sent off as the betting favorite in the contest, Bold Strategy returned a $3.80 win mutuel. With the crowded field Miller had little choice other than sending his trotter to the front from post five and they got first call at the quarter in :28.1. Surprisingly most drivers had found a seat for their steeds along the pylons and Miller was unchallenged as he led the competition by the half in :58.2 Gregg Keidel was the first to move when he tipped Cruzen Cassi to the outside as Miller showed the way by the three quarters in 1:27.4. But when the field turned for home Bold Strategy put it in another gear and cruised away to a four length triumph. Cruzen Cassi finished second while A Royal Line garnered the show dough for Steve Oldford. BOLD STRATEGY REPLAY   It was Eddie Miller's sixth driving victory in just 11 starts this season.. Bold Strategy, a 4-year-old Break The Bank K gelding, is owned by Rebecca Sugg, Watson Harness Racing and Mary Stucky and trained by his driver. For full race results, click here. by John Manz,i for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association  

It’s Academic and driver Yannick Gingras had little trouble handling the field as they led from start to finish in winning the $135,000 Charlies Hill Memorial for older trotters Thursday at Eldorado Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio. Leaving from post two in the ninth race feature, Gringas settled It’s Academic on the lead and pretty much let the trotter do his own thing from there. With stablemate race favorite Mission Accepted (Chris Page) sitting in second place, It’s Academic cut fractions of :28, :56 and 1:25 before pulling away in the stretch to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:52.3. Mission Accepted held for second with Majestic Player A (Brett Miller) third. IT’S ACADEMIC REPLAY   A four-year-old stallion by Uncle Peter, It’s Academic is trained by Ron Burke for owner Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario. It was the third win in seven starts this year for It’s Academic, who paid $6.00 to win. “Obviously, I liked the fractions,” said winning driver Yannick Gingras. “They were in my favor. When Chris (Page) at us I thought we would have a good run to the finish but my horse is too good right now. “I drove him once last summer,” Yannick added. “And I really liked him. I’m lucky to get back on him. He is just beautiful to drive. You can drive him with two fingers.” In the sixth race $30,000 Open Trot, Lane Of Stone and driver Jeff Nisonger pulled off the mild upset at nearly 5-1 odds. It was Icanflylikeanangel (Dan Noble), the favorite in the race, shooting to the lead from post five and taking the field to the opening quarter mile in :27.3. Jeffery P (Chris Page) took a tuck in second place with no one else in the field yet to challenge. Then going to the half mile marker, Nisonger came first up slowly from seventh place as the field past the half mile marker in :56.2. Nisonger had Lane Of Stone in full stride and they were able to move into second place on the outside at the three-quarters in 1:25.2. Finally able to collar Icanflylikeanangel by the top of the stretch, Lane Of Stone easily held off the race favorite to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.3. Jeffery P was third. LANE OF STONE REPLAY   It was the third win in ten starts this year for Lane Of Stone, a five-year-old stallion by Wishing Stone. He is trained by Mark Winters for owner Henry Horowitz of Brooklyn, NY and paid $11.40 to win. For full race results, click here. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Eldorado Scioto Downs will host a non-winners of one series for 3-5 year old Ohio sired horses starting next week. Named for past presidents and general managers of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, each series will consist of two legs and a final:   The Jerry Knappenberger for horse and gelding pacers - starts Tuesday (May 11) The Kevin Greenfield for horse and gelding trotters - starts Wednesday (May 12) The John Konesky III for filly and mare trotters - starts Thursday (May 13) The Steve McCoy for filly and mare pacers - starts Friday (May 14).   An entry fee of $100 is due for horses entering the first leg. Horses that miss the first leg and enter the second must pay a $200 entry fee. Each leg will go for $8,000G and the final for $13,000A.   Also written on each day is the standard non-winners of one, Ohio sired preferred, for horses that do not want to or cannot race in the series because they are not Ohio sired.   The box closes at 2 p.m. Friday (May 7) for the Tuesday (May 11) card that carries The Jerry Knappenberger.   Live racing is held at Eldorado Scioto Downs each Tuesday-Saturday through Saturday, September 18. Special cards will be held on Memorial Day and 4th of July. View the entire 2021 racing schedule here. From Eldorado Scioto Downs

Eldorado Scioto Downs is now set to broadcast the signal to all outlets, including TVG, RTN and ADWs, in high definition (HD). "We upgraded our cameras late last year and internally we've been showing the signal in HD," said Eldorado Scioto Downs Director of Racing Jason Roth. "This is something our patrons have been asking for and we wanted to improve our product for our off-track supporters and fans." Live racing is held at Eldorado Scioto Downs each Tuesday-Saturday through Saturday, September 18. Special cards will be held on Memorial Day and the 4th of July. View the entire 2021 racing schedule here. From Eldorado Scioto Downs

As Kris Brechler watched his family's homebred harness racing trotter Mission Accepted grow up, he saw nothing that stood out about the horse. The colt was, in a word, average. But once Mission Accepted began his racing career, what Brechler couldn't see began to become apparent. The horse was filled with a desire to succeed. And now at the age of 6, the stallion is nearing $1 million in career earnings as he prepares for Thursday's $135,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot at Eldorado Scioto Downs. "When he was young, he didn't make an impression one way or another," Brechler said. "He was just average looking. But I wish you could see inside of them and see what kind of heart they have, because that's a lot of it. He gives his all, all the time. He gives 100 percent every time he's on the track. You always feel you have a chance with him. "He's just been a wonderful horse to have and it's extra special because we bred him. He's one of those horses that you wish you could have 10 of in your barn." Mission Accepted is by Manofmanymissions out of Witty Girl. He was bred by the Mount Vernon, Ohio-based Knox Services Inc., which is headed by Brechler's mom Carolyn, and is one of three Ohio Sire Stakes champions out of Witty Girl, with younger full brother Wittyville and younger half-sister Merry Ann. "We bought his mom as a yearling," Brechler said. "She was OK, nothing super. We kept her and she's been a great broodmare for us." Mission Accepted, trained by Jeff Conger at ages 2 and 3 and by Ron Burke since turning 4, has won 23 of 69 lifetime starts and $926,997. He is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the Charlie Hill, where a win would push his earnings to within $6,000 of a million. In addition to capturing an Ohio Sire Stakes title in 2017 at age 2, Mission Accepted's triumphs include the Harry Harvey Invitational and the Vincennes, both in 2019. That year also saw the stallion finish second in the Caesars Trotting Classic and Crawford Farms Trot and third in the Charlie Hill. "He's taken us to levels we never knew we would be able to get to," said Brechler, whose family's Knox Services now owns Mission Accepted with Burke Racing Stable, David Wills and Weaver Bruscemi. "He's just a fantastic horse. He's very special to the family. He's right up there being a once-in-a-lifetime horse for us at this point. He's just been a great horse for us. Money-wise, he's the best horse we've had." Brechler's father Ronald, who passed away in 2011, got the family started in harness racing in the early 1980s. His top horses included homebred pacer Trick Man, who earned $317,150 and set his career mark of 1:49.3 in beating Foiled Again in an open at The Meadows in 2011, as well as numerous Ohio standouts. The family's stable now includes homebred Ohio Sire Stakes champion Summer Touch as well as Grand Circuit winners such as Southwind Gendry and Brookview Bolt. "We've got some nice horses," said Brechler, who with his brother Doug manages a dairy co-op. "My dad got us started and we just kept branching out. The last three or four years we started buying more at yearling sales, but we mostly raise our own. "We enjoy going to the races and watching our horses, especially the ones we've bred. You see them progress from babies (to racehorses) and it's that two minutes of excitement, knowing that anything can happen in a race. It's always great to have a good horse and get your picture taken." Mission Accepted will look to get his picture taken Thursday. He will be driven by Chris Page and start from post one. "Chris grew up about four houses down from our house, so we've known Chris for a long time," Brechler said. "It would be a special thing if it happened. It's a tough race but we're all excited and hoping he represents us well, which I have a great feeling he's going to." For more about the Charlie Hill, click here. The Charlie Hill will go off as race nine on Thursday evening's 11-race card. Racing begins at 6:15 p.m. (EDT). Scioto Downs offers free programs online for each live racing card, as well as qualifiers. For free program pages, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

Columbus, OH — Seven trotters will go behind the harness racing gate for the seventh annual Charlie Hill Memorial Trot at Eldorado Scioto Downs on Thursday (May 6). The Ron Burke trained Mission Accepted is the 9-5 morning line favorite. However, don’t discount Whata Swan, who was supplemented to the event. The connections of 18 horses paid the $500 nomination fee to be made eligible to the $135,000 race for 4-year-old and older trotters, but per the conditions, a horse not nominated by March 15 could be supplemented at the time of entry for $10,000. And owner John Barnard of Miami, Fla., took the plunge. “He’s had six starts this year and he’s been racing in the open at Hoosier Park,” said Barnard about the Swan For All stallion who has taken a mark of 1:52.4 both last year and this year at Hoosier. “Based on his performance I decided to give him a shot there at Scioto. I figured it would be a good test for him and let him go against some tougher competition.“ As the second choice at 3-1 on the morning line, it seems like a good gamble for Barnard, regular pilot Trace Tetrick and trainer Luis Quevedo. Barnard, the owner of Fiftydallarbill, also by Swan For All, who earned more than $1 million by winning such events as the Breeders Crown for 2-year-olds and the Indiana Sire Stakes Super Final for 3-year-olds, knows a thing or two about picking out and developing trotters. Barnard purchased Whata Swan from the Michiana Classic Yearling Sale in November 2017 for $39,000. Whata Swan was the first foal out of the Lou’s Legacy mare Tanya’s Legacy, and Barnard has purchased each foal since out of that mare at the yearling sales. “I liked him (Whata Swan) and I’ve got another Swan full sister of his — she got injured as a 2-year-old, so I’m breeding her this year,” explained Barnard. “The (current) 2-year-old (out of that mare), she’s in training right now and I think she’ll be a racehorse. “I tried to talk the breeder into giving me the mare since I’ve bought all of her foals.” So far the investment is paying off. In four racing seasons, Whata Swan has earned $274,523 with $44,600 of that earned this year in six starts going into Thursday’s race. “He (Luis) has done a good job with the horse. Luis has been with me through William Crone; last year was the first year Luis was a trainer on his own. They both (Trace and Luis) are doing a good job with him.” Besides Whata Swan and Mission Accepted, the compact field of seven includes Guardian Angel AS, who will start from the outside post in his seasonal debut. The earner of more than $1.4 million sits at 9-2 on the morning line for trainer Anette Lorentzon. The Charlie Hill Memorial Trot will go off as race nine on Thursday evening’s 11-race card. As part of Caesar’s Entertainment’s commitment to integrity, all entrants must be in detention six hours prior to the advertised post time of the race. For entries for the Thursday card, click here. Scioto Downs offers free programs online for each live racing card, as well as qualifiers, and nightly wagers that include the Player’s Pick-5, with takeout at 14 percent, and the Pick-6, with a 15 percent takeout. The Superfecta, Super High-5, Pick-3, Pick-4 and Pick-5 races all have 100 percent carryovers into the next race of that wager. Live racing is held at Eldorado Scioto Downs each Tuesday-Saturday through Saturday (Sept. 18). Special cards will be held on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. View the entire 2021 racing schedule here. From Scioto Downs

The weather for opening night was a bit turbulent but the harness racing fans showed up for the start of the 2021 race season at Eldorado Scioto Downs and the wagering menu was full of opportunities for Tuesday (May 4). With moderately heavy rain in the early afternoon, the Scioto track crew and track consultant Dan Coon worked diligently to keep the track tight. By race three, however, the rain reappeared and downgraded the track to 'good' until race 11. Undeterred by the somewhat sloppy racing conditions, handicappers more than tripled the opening night handle ($637,641) compared to 2019 ($210,799). "A lot of new people saw the Scioto signal last year when we were the first harness track to re-open after COVID-19 shut us all down," said Eldorado Scioto Downs Director of Racing Jason Roth. "We knew we couldn't duplicate last year's numbers, but are glad to see how many people are wagering on our product this year." New for 2021 are 100% carryover net pools into the next Superfecta, Super High Five, Pick-3, Pick-4 and Pick-5 wagers; the Pick-6 continues to have a 75% carryover net pool into the next wager with a 25% consolation payout to the best ticket. Three wagers produced instant carryovers on opening night:   - $2,187 in the Super High Five in race 4 resulted in a $22,113 pool for race 9   - $4,007 will carry over to the early Pick-4 starting in the first race on Wednesday (May 5)      - $1,030 will carry over to the Pick-6 starting in race six on Thursday (May 6) Partnering with the USTA Strategic Wagering program, the early Pick 4 for Wednesday will be guaranteed at $20,000. Two wagers have low takeout, including the "Players Pick 5" at 14 percent and the Pick 6 at 15 percent. Minimum wagers for those bets are 50 cents and 20 cents, respectively. Live racing at Eldorado Scioto Downs is held Tuesday-Saturday, with a first post of 6:15 p.m. View the entire 2021 racing schedule here. From Eldorado Scioto Downs    

Seven harness racing trotters will go behind the gate for the 7th annual Charlie Hill Memorial Trot at Eldorado Scioto Downs on Thursday, May 6. The Ron Burke trained Mission Accepted is the 9-5 morning line favorite, however, don't discount Whata Swan who was supplemented to the event. The connections of 18 horses paid the $500 nomination fee to be made eligible to the $135,000 race for 4-year-old and up trotters, but per the conditions, a horse not nominated by March 15 could be supplemented at the time of entry for $10,000. And owner John Barnard of Miami, Fla. took the plunge. "He's had six starts this year and he's been racing in the open at Hoosier Park," said Barnard about the Swan For All stallion who has taken a mark of 1:52.4 both last year and this at Hoosier. "Based on his performance I decided to give him a shot there at Scioto...I figured it would be a good test for him and let him go against some tougher competition." As the second choice at 3-1 on the morning line, it seems like a good gamble for Barnard, regular pilot Trace Tetrick and trainer Luis Quevedo. Barnard, the owner of Fiftydallarbill, also by Swan For All who earned over $1-million winning such events as the Breeders Crown for 2-year-olds and the Indiana Sire Stakes Super Final for 3-year-olds, knows a thing or two about picking out and developing trotters. Barnard purchased Whata Swan from the Michiana Classic Yearling Sale in November 2017 for $39,000. Whata Swan was the first foal out of the Lou's Legacy mare Tanya's Legacy, and Barnard has purchased each foal since out of that mare at the yearling sales. "I liked him (Whata Swan) and I've got another Swan full sister of his - she got injured as a 2-year-old, so I'm breeding her this year," explained Barnard. "The (current) 2-year-old (out of that mare), she's in training right now and I think she'll be a racehorse. "I tried to talk the breeder into giving me the mare since I've bought all of her foals." So far the investment is paying off. In four racing seasons Whata Swan has earned $274,523 with $44,600 of that earned this year in six starts going into Thursday's race. "He (Luis) has done a good job with the horse. Luis has been with me through William Crone - last year was the first year Luis was a trainer on his own. They both (Trace and Luis) are doing a good job with him." Besides Whata Swan and Mission Accepted, the compact field of seven includes Guardian Angel AS, who will start from the outside post in his seasonal debut. The earner of over $1.4-million sits at 9-2 on the morning line for trainer Anette Lorentzon. The Charlie Hill Memorial Trot will go off as race 9 on Thursday evening's 11 race card. As part of Caesar's Entertainment's commitment to integrity, all entrants must be in detention six hours prior to the advertised post time of the race. Scioto Downs offers free programs online for each live racing card, as well as qualifiers, and nightly wagers that include the Player's Pick-5, with takeout at 14 percent, and the Pick-6, with a 15 percent takeout. The Superfecta, Super High-5, Pick-3, Pick-4 and Pick-5 races all have 100 percent carryovers into the next race of that wager. Live racing is held at Eldorado Scioto Downs each Tuesday-Saturday through Saturday, September 18. Special cards will be held on Memorial Day and the 4th of July. View the entire 2021 racing schedule here. From Eldorado Scioto Downs  

Hightstown, NJ — Harness racing driver Dan Noble is a busy man, and it’s paying off. Noble entered Monday ready to put the finishing touches on his meet at Ohio’s Miami Valley Raceway, where he is the leading driver, and ranks among North America’s top-six drivers in both wins and purses this year. For the season, Noble has visited the winner’s circle 158 times and posted earnings of $1.69 million. In addition, he helps his wife Christi with a 30-horse stable that ranks among the top 20 in North America in purses, with $407,936, and is fourth in wins at Miami Valley. All of Noble’s victories this year have come at Miami Valley, where he previously captured a driving title in 2018. “It feels good,” Noble said. “It’s just a lot of hard work and paying attention to your drives.” Following Monday’s conclusion to the Miami Valley meet, Noble will turn his attention to Eldorado Scioto Downs, which opens Tuesday. Noble has won the past three driving titles at Scioto Downs and will look to maintain his momentum through the location change. “I take it in stride because you never know what will happen,” Noble said. “You might have a good meet at Miami Valley and your next meet at the next track, it could just be so-so, or (success) might carry over. You just never know how it’s going to work out. “I’m just hoping the stable my wife and I have with our 2- and 3-year-olds has a good meet, as well as my catch drives. I hope all the young horses I get to sit behind, and work for other trainers and owners, have good years.” Noble, who began driving in 1999 and has 6,300 career triumphs, started training in 2013. The Noble Stable has posted million-dollar seasons each of the past three years and focused increasingly on 2- and 3-year-olds. “The work we’ve done the last eight years has helped us get where we’re at right now with the younger horses,” said Noble, whose late father, Chip, is a member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. “That’s been the goal, to get away from the racehorses and do 2- and 3-year-olds, a lot like dad had. I had a good teacher. Dad taught me a lot. “We’re not quite there yet, but we’re almost there. I thought I would just be a catch driver after I worked at it for 13 years. But then I kind of figured I’d like to carry the name on, and I always did enjoy the training just as much as driving. It’s paying off. It’s just a lot of hard work and a lot of hours.” In addition to his career, Noble’s family life keeps him busy too. The Nobles welcomed home a son, Nash, eight months ago. “I want to be home with my family,” Noble said. “It’s tough when you’re in this business; we don’t have many days or many hours to do that. With my older children, when I was younger, all I worried about was being at the next track, the next drive. Now I’m realizing what I missed out on. I’m hoping I don’t miss out with Nash.” In 2020, Noble took off from driving the last two months of the year. “We’ve had such good success that I can work through the summers and take the winters off to be at home,” Noble said. A busy man, and it’s paying off. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Eldorado Scioto Downs will be offering free program pages, through an agreement with TrackMaster, for the 2021 racing season at www.sciotodowns.com/racing/race-programs. "We offered free programs on a trial basis last year and have committed to offering them for each live racing day this year," said Eldorado Scioto Downs Director of Racing Jason Roth. Program pages will be available for both live race cards and qualifiers. Scioto Downs' opening day is Tuesday, May 4. Racing will be held each Tuesday-Saturday at 6:15 p.m., with special Memorial Day (Monday, May 31) and 4th of July (Sunday) race cards. View the entire 2021 race schedule here. by Jason Roth, for Scioto Downs    

The condition sheet for opening week at Eldorado Scioto Downs is now available on the USTA website. Entries are also being taken for the first qualifiers held on Wednesday (April 28) with the box closing at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday (April 27).   Please note that there is a special box closing time of 10:00 a.m. on Friday (April 30) for the opening day card (Tuesday, May 4) and on Saturday (May 1) for the Wednesday (May 5) card.   Moving forward, the box schedule will be as follows:   Monday for Tuesday qualifiers & Thursday races - 10:00 a.m. Tuesday for Friday & Saturday races - 2:00 p.m. Friday for Tuesday races - 2:00 p.m. Saturday for Wednesday races - 2:00 p.m.   Horsemen are encouraged to use the USTA's Online Entry system.   Scioto Downs' opening day is Tuesday, May 4. Racing will be held each Tuesday-Saturday at 6:15 p.m., with special Memorial Day (Monday, May 31) and 4th of July (Sunday) race cards (view the entire 2021 race schedule here). From Jason Roth, for Eldorado Scioto Downs  

Eldorado Scioto Downs will offer live streaming of qualifiers for the 2021 harness racing season through Racetrack Television Network (RTN) at www.rtn.tv. Replays will then be available the next day on the Scioto Downs website. RTN offers live simulcast feeds for all racetracks, and Scioto is one of only a couple tracks to have qualifiers on RTN programing. Qualifiers will be held on Wednesday, April 28 at 12:00 noon and will continue each Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. Starting in mid-June, qualifiers will move to Monday afternoons to accommodate all horses with the influx of 2-year-olds. "We've heard the request of our horseplayers, horsemen, and specifically our out of town owners who want to watch their horses qualify," said Eldorado Scioto Downs Director of Racing Jason Roth. " We will also make the qualifying programs available on the Scioto Downs website." Scioto Downs' opening day is Tuesday, May 4. Racing will be held each Tuesday-Saturday at 6:15 p.m., with special Memorial Day (Monday, May 31) and 4th of July (Sunday) race cards (view the entire 2021 race schedule here). For more information on signing up for RTN, with packages starting at $5/month for Scioto Downs' live qualifiers and racing and $10 for all harness feeds through Amazon FireTV or Roku, click on the banner below the calendar for viewing race replays. From Eldorado Scioto Downs  

Columbus, OH — The Ohio State Racing Commission is seeking a qualified individual to serve in the capacity of State Presiding Judge at Scioto Downs, Dayton Raceway and Miami Valley. There was a total of 254 race dates awarded for the year 2021. Duties include, but are not limited to: Exercising immediate supervision, control, and regulation of the licensed race meeting according to Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) rules. Impose on licensees, for violation of law or commission rules. Considering and reviewing all allegations of misconduct or rule infractions and when warranted, initiating investigations of the allegations and conducting necessary hearings or taking the action necessary to prevent rule infractions. Determining all questions, disputes, protests, complaints, or objections concerning racing matters which arise during a race meeting and enforcing such determinations. Interpreting and enforcing OSRC rules and determining all questions pertaining to racing matters in conformity with applicable laws. Issuing decisions or rulings pertaining to racing matters and race results. Conducting hearings on all questions, appeals, disputes, complaints, or objections concerning racing matters. Perform other duties assigned by the commission. Required Qualifications: The applicant has attended an accredited school or program. Has satisfactorily passed a written and oral examination given by an approved accredited school or program. Have been issued and maintained accreditation. Minimum of three years’ experience as an associate or state steward at an extended pari-mutuel meeting. Not under suspension or exclusion by any racing jurisdiction. Applicants should submit a comprehensive resume including education, background and professional qualifications and work experience. Contact details are as follows: Bill Crawford (phone: 614.466.2758) and e-mail (bill.crawford@racing.ohio.gov). From the Ohio State Racing Commission

The Next Generation, a race held at Eldorado Scioto Downs for 2-year-old Ohio breds requiring a $10,000 nomination, has filled all four harness racing divisions. First raced in 2020 for pacers, trotting divisions were added for 2021. All events will be raced over the 4th of July weekend and each will go for $150,000. "Even with how the pandemic affected us all in 2020, we were happy with how the inaugural Next Generation was received," said Eldorado Scioto Downs Director of Racing Jason Roth. "It was natural to add trotting divisions for this year." The concept, similar to the Mohawk Million, required nominators to pay $10,000 to claim a spot in any of the events. Owners and trainers could purchase one spot in each division, with payment due by March 15, but do not need to declare a horse to race until the draw for the race(s). Nominations totaled nine in each division and were led with Greg Luther (Black Magic Racing) and Weaver Bruscemi each purchasing a spot in all four divisions. TheStable.ca purchased spots in three divisions while Fiddlers Creek Stable, Foulk Stables, Hutchison Harness, Jason Shumway and Rosy Weaver each took a spot in two divisions. "When Jason approached me about the idea last year, I thought it was a great concept," said Chad Foulk, who was instrumental in spreading the word about the event in 2020. "When it gets closer to the race, if you don't have a horse for the spot you bought, you can sell it to someone else, which gives great flexibility." Trotters will face off on Friday, July 2, while the pacers will race on Saturday, July 3. The box closes for both Friday and Saturday cards on Tuesdays with a double draw at 2pm. The Scioto Downs race meet commences on Tuesday, May 4. Qualifiers will first be held on April 28 at 12 noon and opening day at 4:15 p.m., and will continue on Tuesdays at 4:15 p.m. until mid-June when they move to Monday afternoons with all the 2-year-olds starting to qualify. Racing continues through Saturday, September 18. Information about the upcoming meet, including a list of buyers for The Next Generation and eligibiles for the Charlie Hill Memorial Trot & Ohio State Fair races, can be found on the Scioto Downs website. From Eldorado Scioto Downs

Columbus, OH — Starting Monday (April 12), harness racing horsemen will be welcome to ship into the Eldorado Scioto Downs paddock to train. The track will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday through Tuesday, April 27. Due to billboard installation, training will not be available April 21-23. “We’ve made a significant investment into our track resurfacing this spring,” said Caesars senior vice president of racing Joe Morris. “We want to make sure the track is worked and has horses on it for the next 20 days so it can be tight and race-ready before our first qualifier.” The Scioto Downs race meet commences on May 4. Qualifiers will be held on April 28 at 12 noon and opening day at 4:15 p.m. More information about training can be directed to Scioto Downs director of racing Jason Roth at 614.295.4668. Information about the upcoming meet can be found on the Scioto Downs website. From Eldorado Scioto Downs

Columbus, OH — In a little under one month, Scioto Downs will open its doors and wagering opportunities for the 2021 season. Starting on Tuesday (May 4), the season is expanded to 98 live racing dates this year with a 6:15 p.m. post time for each Tuesday-Saturday race card. The Charlie Hill Memorial Trot, the first Grand Circuit event of the meet, kicks off opening week. The $125,000 open event is for 4 and up trotters and received 18 nominations. The Next Generation, first held in 2020 for 2-year-old pacers, has been expanded this year to include 2-year-old trotters. Requiring a $10,000 nomination by March 15, with the nominator not needing to declare a specific horse until the box closes for the July 2-3 events, all four events have filled, each with a $150,000 purse. Other big events include the #SendItIn Invitational on Aug. 28, older Ohio Sire Stakes on Sept. 4 and the Jim Ewart Memorial on Sept. 11. Following Scioto’s 2020 season with record handle and a new wagering menu, the Player’s Pick-5 takeout will stay at 14 percent and the Pick-6 will now have a 15 percent takeout. The Superfecta, Super High-5, Pick-3, Pick-4 and Pick-5 races will all have 100 percent carryovers into the next race of that wager. Follow the new @SciotoRacing Twitter handle for information on all carryovers, as well as news and updates for horsemen and fans. When horsemen and patrons come to the track for the first time, many improvements will be noticed including: – new concrete aisleways in the ship-in barns – updated drivers’ room/lounge – renovated bathrooms on the backside – a more permanent detention area – nine bath stalls installed in the paddock – track resurfacing overseen by Dan Coon – all on-track TVs will show the signal in HD – concrete work on the apron – additional benches and picnic tables, and updated deck in the clubhouse turn – additional self-serve machines in outside patron areas Closing night this year will be Saturday (Sept. 18), the night before Jug Week kicks off. For more information about the 2021 racing season, visit the Scioto Downs website. From Eldorado Scioto Downs

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