Ohio’s top colts face off Saturday in Scioto – US Trotting News

Ohio’s top colts face off Saturday in Scioto – US Trotting News

Ohio’s top colts face off Saturday in Scioto – US Trotting News

Ohio’s top colts will meet Saturday in Scioto

Columbus, Ohio — Clever Cody and Rose Run Zane have each won the first two legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes. On Saturday night (July 6) at Eldorado Scioto Downs, the two will meet for the first time this year in a $65,000 Sires Stakes event for sophomore colts.

Clever Cody, the 5-2 favorite, will have the advantage from the rail, while Rose Run Zane, the 3-1 second choice, will start from sixth position.

Clever Cody, ridden by Aaron Merriman, won two legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes. Photo by Conrad.

Aaron Merriman will ride Clever Cody for trainer Dr. Ian Moore. Clever Cody has won two of six races this year. Rose Run Zane will have Austin Hanners on the bike for Dan Venier. Rose Run Zane has been on the board in nine of ten races, winning six.

The two have met twice before. Last year, Clever Cody won both meetings, winning the second leg of the Sires Stakes and then winning the Scarlet Championship of the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes.

In the first division of sophomore colts, two-time Buckeye Stallion Series winner Dancin Moon jumps into the Sires Stakes and is the early favorite. Aaron Merriman will ride Dancin Moon for Herman Hagerman. The son of Dancin Yankee has been on the board in nine of 10 starts with six wins and is the 3-1 favorite.

The $100,000 trotting race for 3-year-old colts and geldings should be a duel, as the winners of the first two legs will square off. Royal Precedent won the opening leg at Miami Valley Raceway with Tennessee Tom, the 2023 Ohio 2-year-old trotting colt of the year, winning the second leg at MGM Northfield Park. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. will ride Royal Precedent for Jodi Schillaci, while Chris Page has the lines on Tennessee Tom for trainer Ron Burke.

Neither Royal Precedent nor Tennessee Tom are morning line favorites. That honor belongs to Spaaaanzano. Spaaaanzano has an 8-5 record. The Chris Beaver trainee finished second to Royal Precedent in the first leg and second to Tennessee Tom in the second leg. Tennessee Tom is the second choice at 9-5 and Royal Precedent at 7-2.

The three Ohio Sires Stakes are part of a 15-race schedule at Eldorado Scioto Downs. The total purse for the schedule is $1.2 million.

The card includes four $150,000 Next Generation races for 2-year-old fillies, the $100,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old trotting fillies and the $100,000 Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old pacers. The start time for the first race is 5:45 p.m.

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