Sunday's (Aug. 18) edition of Racing Roundup features a results story from Tioga Downs.
Eastend Eddie wins again at Tioga
Nichols, NY--Eastend Eddie has made a habit of being in the winner’s circle at Tioga Downs, and today was no different.
The 5-year-old gelding won for the fourth straight time in the Open and for the sixth time at Tioga this year.
|Fred Brown Photo|
|Eastend Eddie (4) won his fourth straight Tioga Open in 1:51.1.|
The race began with Sheer Brilliance and driver Aaron Byron rolling to the front thru a 28.4 opening quarter. With a short field of five in tow and 2-5 favorite Eastend Eddie on his back, Byron tried to steal the race with a soft 29.2 second panel to a half in 58.1.
However, that’s where all attempts at soft fractions ended as the two favorites separated themselves from the rest of the field while pacing a 26.2 third quarter. Around the final turn, driver Jim Marohn Jr. pulled Eastend Eddie from the pocket and stretch-dueled Sheer Brilliance eventually wearing him down with a sizzling 26.1 final panel to win by a length in 1:51.1.
The win pulled trainer Ron Burke into a tie with Jamie Paquet in Tioga’s 2013 trainer standings; each has 17 wins during the meet.
Fern Paquet Jr. and Jim Marohn Jr. each had driving doubles while Mike Sinclair picked up a training double.
Tioga Downs continues live racing action next Friday and Saturday night and also has a Sunday afternoon card that will be highlighted by the Cane Pace elims, final leg of the Ms. Versatility, and the second leg of the Kindergarten Classic.
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