Trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and driver Chris Page doubled up with two wins each in the first leg of Buckeye Stallion Series action for two-year-old filly pacers at MGM Northfield Park on Wednesday night (July 14). Six divisions were contested, each carrying a purse of $17,500.
Morgan trainee Cruzinbytheseaside turned in the fastest mile of the night as Greg Grismore led the Downbytheseaside filly to the win. The filly sat third early in the mile before moving and drawing away to win by 1-3/4 lengths. Cruzinbytheseaside is owned by Carl Howard and Larry Wills.
Morgan picked up his second win with Bowery and Ryan Stahl in 1:55.4. The filly, also by Downbytheseaside, took the long way to the winner’s circle as she was hung most of the mile before winning by a length. The winner is owned by Morgan, Let It Ride Stable and Bottom Line Racing.
Page picked up his first win of the BSS with Fantasy Life for trainer Ron Burke. Fantasy Life, another Downbytheseaside filly, stopped the timer at 1:55.3 to win by a head and returned $35.60 to her backers. The filly is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Beasty LLC.
Page’s second win of the of the night was behind McAngel for trainer Sandy Beatty. McAngel took the overland route to victory in 1:55 getting up by a half length. The filly is owned by Lawrence Crawford.
The other winners include Future Ex Wife with Aaron Merriman for owner Craig Stein in 1:54.3. The Fear The Dragon filly won by a length.
Osceola Hanover, by Racing Hill, came home for Mike Wilder and Scott Betts in 1:56.1. The filly is owned by Timothy Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Keith Pippi.
The Buckeye Stallion Series returns to Northfield Park on Monday (July 19) for the second leg of the two-year-old trot. First race post time is 6 p.m.
(Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association)