09/10/2015 9:50PM

Scioto: State Treasurer seeks gold in Ewart Memorial

Nikki Sherman
State Treasurer is on a four race winning streak.

There is a definitive “Head” of State in the aged pacing division. State Treasurer has literally been on fire over the last month and he brings a four race winning streak to Scioto Downs on Saturday night for the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial.

“He’s been a different horse since the race on Hambletonian Day,” said Dr. Ian Moore,  State Treasurer’s trainer.

“It seems like since then you can rough him up more during the race and he’s good,” said Moore.

State Treasurer has been a horse that has improved with age and now with this new wrinkle in his arsenal has moved to the top level of competition.

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“I told the owners last year that he would be better from 4 to 5 (years of age),” said Moore. “When I trained him down this winter he was more mature and I told the owners that he would be a better horse at 6.”

Better is one word for State Treasurer, but anyone that has witnessed his winning streak can see the phenomenal changes in the way the horse has been driven and the impressive results.

Regular pilot Dave Miller took the initiative to push State Treasurer to the max before the half in the August 8 U.S. Pacing Championship at The Meadowlands. The son of Real Desire had generally been raced more conservatively, but when Miller seized the moment, State Treasurer took off from his rivals leaving them gasping through a 1:19 4/5 three quarters. That State Treasurer still had something in reserve to power off in a career best 1:47 mile had to give the driver renewed confidence in his approach to racing strategy.

That was obvious in the Roll With Joe at Tioga on August 23 when Miller made almost the identical move and allowed State Treasurer to separate from his rivals through a 26-flat third quarter. The track record 1:47 2/5 performance was another eye-catcher as State Treasurer continued to open ground on his rivals in this division.

With Miller on assignment in Pennsylvania last Saturday, Randy Waples stole a page out of his playbook and made the same stunning move to the lead at the half and challenged the field to keep pace with him. They could not.

The 1:47 4/5 victory in the Canadian Pacing Derby helped boost the career earnings of State Treasurer to nearly $1.7 million for owners Sally Macdonald and Paul Macdonald.

With State Treasurer coming to Columbus, Ohio-native Dave Miller returns for a Super Night of homegrown action. He’ll also return to guide State Treasurer from the pole position. Moore, however, won’t be on hand for the festivities.

“I will be in New York (Yonkers) for the Sire Stakes championships,” said Moore, “But he’ll be in capable hands.”

State Treasurer landed the pole position in the 10-horse Ewart, race 14 of 17 on a busy night that includes eight $225,000 Ohio Sire Stakes championship events for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits as well as the $100,000 Sam “Chip” Noble Memorial for aged trotters featuring Wind Of The North.

Facing State Treasurer will be second choice in the morning line (7-2) Doo Wop Hanover. The 4-year-old by Rocknroll Hanover has won six of his 14 starts this year for trainer Steve Elliott. He drew post eight in a field that includes one trailer and has the services of Ron Wrenn Jr. in the bike. Doo Wop Hanover has primarily been a closer this year and perhaps that’s what has hurt him in his last two encounters with State Treasurer. Simply put, with State Treasurer moving to secure the lead at the half Doo Wop Hanover has been too far back to challenge. A solid second in the U.S. Pacing Championship was followed by a credible fourth-place finish in the Roll With Joe chasing through a 52 4/5 final half.

All Bets Off landed post six for driver Matt Kakaley and is one of two Ron Burke-trained horses in the Ewart. All Bets Off nearly caught State Treasurer, losing a neck decision in the Canadian Pacing Derby elimination at Mohawk on August 29. In the final the son of Bettors Delight got winded making an exhaustive move trying to reach State Treasurer during a wicked third quarter sprint.

Trainer Rene Allard has two going in the Ewart, with Levy champion Domemethatagain drawing post seven and Bigtown Hero the outside post nine. Bigtown Hero had a break-out year in 2014 but has been up and down this year. He enters the Ewart fresh off a 1:48 2/5 victory at Pocono.

First post for the 17-race Scioto Downs card is slated for 6:30 p.m.

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