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Scioto Downs Racing

Scioto Downs is a harness racing track in Columbus, Ohio. It is located a half-mile south of the Columbus city limits at Route 23.

For more than 40 years, thrilling harness racing events have been held at this distinguished track. Many of the sport's human and equine superstars have competed at Scioto Downs. It holds live racing in a season that typically starts in May and ends in September.

Scioto Downs has a 5/8 mile track that many racers have attested as having a near-perfect racing surface. Observers have also pointed out that banking is such that speeds will be impressive for fans and fun for racers.

Scioto Downs regularly hosts some of the most prestigious stakes events for both pacers and trotters. Among the events it hosts are:

  • Charlie Hill Pace
  • Steve Sugg Pace
  • Tish Arledge Trot
  • Jay Kaltenbach Trot
  • Herb Coven Jr. Pace
  • Ervin Samples Trot
  • Dick Buxton Trot
  • Capital City Pace
  • Heart of Ohio Trot

Scioto Downs Facts

  • Track Opened: 1959
  • Speed Rating: 1:593
  • Length of Homestretch: 539 feet
  • Width of Homestretch: 90 feet
  • Starters: 9
  • Hubrail: No
  • "Open" Stretch" Yes
  • Grandstand Capacity: 10,000
  • Clubhouse Capacity: 2,400
  • Parking Capacity: 4,000
  • Record Handle: $1,231,444 on September 7, 1996
  • Record Attendance: 14,357 on April 26, 1986

Scioto Downs Records

5/8 mile track
PACING AGE & SEX TROTTING
* Gallo Blue Chip (D. Dube) 2000 1:50 All Age Shark Kosmos (Roger Hammer)2002 1:54.1
Indian Fever (D. Hawk) 1997 1:53 2 Year Olds Crysta's Best (D. Richardson Jr.) 1990 1:58.2
Keystone Elixer (R. Hammer) 1994 1:54.1
Crew Angel (C. Allen) 1995 1:54.1
CC Spice (J. Fout) 2002 1:54.1
2 Year Old Filly Sturdy Lori (D. Hawk) 2001 1:58.4
Cinder Lane Sam (Dv. Miller) 1994 1:54.2
Stockholder (Randy Tharps) 2003 1:54.2
2 Year Old Gelding * Hez Striking (D. Hawk) 2001 1:57.2
Art's Tribute (David Miller) 2002 1:51 3 Year Olds American Winner (D. Snyder) 1993 1:55.3
* Vickie's Return (B. Herman) 1999 1:51.4 3 Year Old Filly *Striking Memory (Del S. Miller) 2002 1:54.3
* Gallo Blue Chip (D. Dube) 2000 1:50 3 Year Old Gelding Federal Yankee (D.R. Ackerman) 1994 1:56.1
Clown's Tears (R. Tharps) 2000 1:50.4
Broadway Blue (Dv. Miller) 1994 1:50.4
4 Year Old * Rompaway Stacey (Mark O'Mara) 2001 1:54.2
Shady Daisy (J. Fout) 1992 1:52.2 4 Year Old Mare May 31, 1986
Medoland Sid (K. Sizer) 1999 1:51.4
Rosemont Student (L. Merriman) 1993 1:51.4
4 Year Old Gelding T Cody (Dv. Miller) 1997 1:55
Hoosier Favorite (B. Hanners) 2000 1:50.3 Aged Strikin Bug (K. Ater) 2001 1:56.1
Bless Our Best (K. Ater) 2003 1:52 Aged Mare DJ Babe (Del S. Miller) 2000 1:55.2
Life Source (David Miller) 2002 1:50.4 Aged Gelding Golly Too (J. Fout) 1996 1:54.2
* denotes World Record


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