Record Margin for Devil Time's Ohio Romp

(from Beulah Park report)
Devil Time claimed the distinction as the best horse in Ohio Saturday with the largest winning margin ever in the 17-year history of the $100,000 Best of Ohio Endurance Championship at Beulah Park in Grove City.

The 8-year-old Ohio-bred gelding, owned by Upper Arlington businessman Brad Anderson, turned the mile and a quarter event into a "no contest "as he drew away from the field 12 in the stretch to win by 16 1/2 widening lengths in 2:03:18 on a fast track.

"When he went around the first turn, I thought he was too far behind," said Anderson. "You never know when a horse is going to thrown in a clunker, but boy, it all changed when he kicked into gear around the far turn."

At the finish line, Devil Time was under a hand rider by jockey William Troilo. "The only problem I had was weaving in and out as the other horses were stopping," said Troilo. "He is such a strong horse and when you ask him to run, he runs."

Devil Time is undefeated in Ohio this year with five consecutive victories. His earnings of $60,000 Saturday push his lifetime total to $406,859. As the prohibitive odds-on favorite, Devil Time paid $3.20, 2.60 and 2.20. Second place finisher Scout Me returned 14.60 and 7.20 and Fax A Freddy paid 10.00 to show.

In the $60,000 Best of Ohio Juvenile Fillies championship, longshot Jessica survived a claim of foul in an upset of odds-on favorite Barnsey. Jessica, ridden by Russell Woolsey, took the lead away from Barnsey deep in the stretch and won by a length. The jockey on Barnsey, Julio Felix, claimed Jessica interfered as the two fillies approached the finish line.

Jessica ran the mile and sixteenth in 1:49:98 on a fast track for her first stakes victory. Overlooked at 9-1, Jessica paid $20.40, 6.00 and 3.80. Barnsey returned 3.40 and 2.40 and third place finisher Royal Cup paid 2.60 to show.

In an all-out effort, Floater remained undefeated with a length decision over 40-1shot Affirmlode and a field of 13 in the $60,000 Juvenile Colt championship. Jockey Michael Rowland guided Floater past five horses in the stretch to win his fourth consecutive race. The 2-year-old Ohio-bred colt ran the 1 1/16 mile in 1:50:33. As the 4-5 odds-on choice, Floater paid $3.80. 3.80 and 2.40. Affirmload returned 17.00 and 5.40 and Oh Oleg paid 3.60 for the show spot.

In the biggest upset in the five-race series, 31-1 Scioto Bootski won a photo finish by a short head over heavy odds-on favorite Ben's Reflection to capture the $50,000 Sprint championship. Wirebender finished a half length behind in third.

Scioto Bootski, a 5-year-old Ohio mare and the only female in the 11-horse field, ran the six furlongs in 1:11:16 under jockey Hector Rosario Jr. Scioto Bootski paid $66.60, 11.20, 2.10. Ben's Reflection returned 2.60 and 2.10 and Wirebender paid 2.10 to show.

In the $60,000 Distaff championship, Oh So Easy denied Ashwood C C her third straight Distaff Championship. Oh So Easy, a 3-year-old filly, ran down Ashwood C C in the final strides and won by a head in a photo finish. Whitewater Way came in third without threatening the top two finishers.

Under jockey Jeff Johnson, Oh So Easy ran the 1 1/8 mile in 1:54:47 for her third stakes victory of the year. Off at 10-1, Oh So Easy paid $22.80, 5.40, and 3.40. Ashwood C C returned 2.60 and 2.40 and Whitewater Way paid 5.40 to show.

(Chart, Equibase)