09/27/2014 10:35PM

Scioto: Bigtown Hero scores Ewart upset on Ohio Super Night

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Bigtown Hero charged off cover for the 1:48 2/5 score in the $200,000 Ewart Memorial.

They came to Scioto Downs on Saturday night to see the best Ohio-bred youngsters and witness Foiled Again battle Sweet Lou in the $200,000 Ewart Memorial for older pacers. Fans got more than they bargained for when Foiled Again was roughed up first over and Sweet Lou came up flat setting it up for Bigtown Hero to score the upset.

Night Pro was intent on having the lead and posted the opening quarter in 25 3/5. He faced a stiff challenge through the second quarter from Foiled Again, but the 10-year-old gelded wonder could not clear the lead and was hung past the half in 53 1/5.

Meanwhile, Sweet Lou, Ron Burke stablemate of Foiled Again, could not keep up with cover when sent to the rim and just seemed sluggish the entire mile. Following Sweet Lou on the rim was Bigtown Hero, and that one was sent widest past three quarters in 1:20 4/5 to make a final turn charge for the lead.

In the stretch Bigtown Hero gobbled up ground and engulfed the leaders with pocket-sitter Kanaris picking up the place money over a valiant Night Pro. The final time of 1:48 2/5 was a track record for aged geldings.

“Going into the last turn I had two handfuls and whenever I pulled the (ear) plugs he was home from there,” said winning driver Dave Palone.

Bigtown Hero ($14.40) won for the third consecutive start for owner Allard Racing and Yves Sarrazin. Ron Steck trained the 6-year-old gelding who had been under the care of co-owner Rene Allard in previous starts.

Later in the card, Allard sent out Yagonnakissmeornot to a 1:49 4/5 all-age track record for mares in the Open for Fillies and Mares. Owned by Allard along with Yves Sarrazin and Kapildeo Singh, the 5-year-old mare brushed to the front for driver Ron Pierce and won by open lengths to become the fastest female in the track's history.

Natural Herbie came to the Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day and surprised with a 1:51 4/5 score. He continued his good work on the year by charging off cover in the stretch and getting up in the $75,000 Sam “Chip” Noble Memorial Open Trot.

Conrad Photo      Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder.

The Verlin Yoder owned, trained and driven gelding gapped off cover while parked the entire mile and somehow charged home for the 1:53 score in a track record clocking for 4-year-old geldings.

Creatine was second and Major Athens third.

The eight $200,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Championships went as follows:

Lady’s Dude took the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot in 1:53 4/5 for driver Josh Sutton and trainer Ron Burke. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Johnny Yoder, the gelding won the race wire to wire over Rompaway Galaxy.

Friskie Lil Devil was a pocket-rocket to hand Bell Flower her first career defeat in the 2-year-old filly pace for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr and trainer Brian Brown. The Feelin Friskie-sired filly paced the mile in 1:55 for owner Lil Devil Stable.

The rookie trotting filly division saw Sunrise Nibbles take the field down the road in 1:58 4/5, holding off the inside charge of Lisa Jane. Chris Page drove the winner for trainer/co-owner Christopher Beaver, Synerco Ventures Inc., Steven Zeehandelar and David Lang.

Western Coby pounced from the pocket to post 1:53 3/5 driving score in the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace. Wyatt Irvine drove the winner for trainer/co-owner Ron Wagner, Larry Acker, and Dean Davis.

Driver/trainer Marty Wollam sent Neely’s Messenger to the front and never looked back in the freshman male trot. The son of Neely Dunn stopped the clock in 1:58 2/5 for owners Dale Sweet and Julie Sweet.

Top Grand Circuit driver Ron Pierce was in town and his slick drive up the passing lane helped Dibs score at upset in the sophomore colt and gelding pace. The 1:53 2/5 victory was his first of the year in 15 starts for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Jason Melillo, and Richard Suda.

Turbochargedroxie was fired up and led them all the way in a 1:55 3/5 score for driver Dan Noble. The Danny Collins trainee took home the 3-year-old filly trot for owners Joyce Mc Clelland, Dm Stables, Dean David, and William Rufenacht.

They saved the most exciting Sire Stakes final for last and Crown Time Keeper swung wide on the final turn to get up in the shadow of the wire for driver Chris Page in the 3-year-old filly pace division. The Esther Crownover-owned filly covered the mile in 1:55 2/5 under the care of trainer Steve Carter.

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