In the latest East Region action, newcomer “Bullet Bob” Davis added another victory to his season’s resume when he guided Jimmer to a 1:59.3 triumph over the five-eighths mile oval at Tioga Downs on Aug. 24, and “Lawbook Larry” Farley scored his first Billings conquest of the season when he drove Good Friend to a 2:02 triumph at the Darke County Fair at Greenville, Ohio on Aug. 23.
Davis,67, a self-employed businessman from Saratoga Springs N.Y., resumed his driving career this season after a 12-year hiatus and has come back strongly, already having driven four winners in Billings competition.
Once again, and without much pari-mutuel backing, Davis started from post six and he and Jimmer got away slowly, some 12 lengths of the leader, at the quarter in :29.2.
But, gradually, Davis moved his trotter toward the front, but they were still eight lengths behind at the half, in :59.3. Then, with a burst of speed, Jimmer ranged alongside the pacesetters, Make It Hot and driver Harvey “Doc” Stein, and then drew-off by four lengths. As they came to the wire Jimmer was an eased-up, 1-1/2 length winner over Pierre Lavec, in rein to Tony “the Capo” Verruso. Nowerland Nathan was third for Dave “Steady as” Yarock.
Sent off at odds of 11-1, Jimmer a 4-year-old Equinox Bi gelding, paid $24.00 to win.
In Midwest Region action over the half-mile track in Greenville, Ohio the previous afternoon, “Lawbook Larry” gunned his trotter Good Friend to the lead from the four hole and took no prisoners as his 7-year-old Kadabra gelding was never in doubt and went on to a four length victory in a time of 2:02 over the father-daughter team of George Bonomo and Michelle Ruvola. Bonomo, up behind Cabo Blue, finished second, one length ahead of his daughter Michelle, who handled Life Long Hanover.
Farley, an attorney by trade, who will celebrate his 62nd birthday on Aug. 29, participated in Monticello Raceway’s Legal Eagle Pace -- a race for lawyer-drivers only -- in the mid-1990s. His victory here was his 47th of his amateur driving career.
Next up in Billings action will be a Midwest contest at Raceway Park on Sept. 1.