Three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts were contested Friday night, August 12 at Scioto Downs, and each race was a carbon copy of the others. Each division of fourth leg action for diagonally-gaited sophomores was captured by the favourite, and all three victories were garnered in front-stepping fashion.
In the first OSS division the Chris Beaver trained Kanthaka (3-5) scored for driver Chris Page easily in 1:55.3. Beaver owns the son of Triumphant Caviar with breeder Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, Ohio, who upped his earnings to $224,564 with the victory, the tenth of his career in 17 starts. Kanthaka has finished off the board in only one start this season with four wins and three seconds in eight starts.
Another Breath picked up second-place honours, two lengths behind the winner, at 3-1 for Sandy Beatty, while Lets Go Bucks (7-1) came home third for Danny Noble.
MJB Got Faith (1-2) picked up seasonal win five for driver Kayne Kauffman, owner Breana Carsey of Connorsville, IN and trainer Walter Haynes, Jr., stopping the timer in 1:56. The Trainforthefuture gelding now has $279,600 in his lifetime bank account and has ten career triumphs in 16 starts. He was the 2015 Ohio Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year.
Need A Winner (11-1) was 1-1/2 lengths back in second with Sandy Beatty at the lines, while Andis Unreal (8-1) was third for Chris Page.
Driver Chris Page returned to the winner’s circle in the third OSS division with Wegoferdaprize (6-5), who was clocked in 1:57. Jessica Millner harnessed the son of And Away We Go for Curran Racing LLC of Red Hook, NY. Bred by Ohio’s Bill Troyer, Wegoferdaprize pushed his career earnings to $69,525 and his seasonal earnings to $58,420 via his sixth win of 2016 in 11 starts.
Lionbacker Kidd (17-1) was second for Peter Wrenn, finishing two lengths behind Wegoferdaprize, while Deep Question (19-1) got up for third with Danny Noble at the controls.
Ohio Sires Stakes continues Saturday at Northfield Park, with three $40,000 divisions for three-year-old pacing colts. Post time is 6 p.m.