Nichols, NY --- Tioga Downs held one of its banner days of the 2013 racing season on Monday (Sept. 2) with the $360,211 Cane Pace, $122,212 Shady Daisy and the final round of the Drivers’ Championship.
|Captaintreacherous held off Word Power by a neck to win the Cane Pace.|
In the $360,212 Cane Pace, Captaintreacherous was hustled off the wings of the gate by Tim Tetrick and kept Varadero Hanover (Yannick Gingras) parked out through an opening quarter in :26.2.
From there, Tetrick and Captaintreacherous were able to get their way by the half in :54 as Varadero Hanover began to back through the field. That allowed the other part of the Tony Alagna-trained entry, Wake Up Peter (Ron Pierce), to move alongside stablemate Captaintreacherous by the three-quarters in 1:21.2 and kept Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears) pinned in on the pylons.
At the top of the stretch, the Alagna entry was sitting first and second, with Word Power (Jody Jamieson) flying three wide off of cover.
Down the stretch, Vegas Vacation was unable to find racing room on the pylons and Captaintreacherous dug in to hold off a late closing Word Power, who finished second by a neck in 1:49.2. Wake Up Peter finished third, while Vegas Vacation had to settle for fourth.
|Scandalous Hanover (#2) rallied on the outside to win the Shady Daisy.|
In the $122,212 Shady Daisy, Scandalous Hanover came into the race on a three-race win streak since joining the Casie Coleman stable in late July.
David Miller did the driving on Scandalous Hanover from post three and sat in fifth as Nikki Beach (Ron Pierce), Ms Caila J Fra (Simon Allard) and Shebestingin (Brian Sears) put up torturous fractions of :27 and :53.2.
Down the backside, Nikki Beach continued to park out Ms Caila J Fra and Shebestingin as Miller sent Scandalous Hanover three wide by the three-quarters in 1:21.2 as Ms Caila J Fra was finally clearing to the front.
In the lane, Ms Caila J Fra was relentless and wouldn’t go away as Miller urged Scandalous Hanover to the wire to win by a neck in 1:51. Shebestingin had to settle for third.
Casie Coleman trains the winner, a 3-year-old daughter of Dragon Again–Subtle Charm who remained unbeaten in four starts in the Coleman stable.
|Fred Brown photos|
|Jimmy Marohn, Jr. raises the trophy after winning the Vernon/Tioga Drivers' Championship on Monday.|
When the curtain fell on the afternoon, hometown favorite and Tioga Downs leading driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr. captured the $25,000 Drivers’ Championship with a dramatic final race victory aboard Diamond Star.
Heading into the final leg of the competition, Marohn was sitting in third place with 33 points, six behind Tim Tetrick and two behind Brian Sears.
The final leg of the competition was Marohn’s race to choose the horse he drove and he was the lone driver throughout the competition to win with a horse that he had chosen.
Marohn, joined in the winner’s circle by his father, Jim Marohn, Sr., following the victory was ecstatic and when asked where it ranked in his racing career he was very clear: “Right at the top, this is second to none,” said Marohn.
Brian Sears finished second in the competition with 40 points, while Tim Tetrick finished third with 39 points.
Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Friday (Sept. 6) with a post time of 6:50 p.m. For more information on Tioga Downs visit www.tiogadowns.com.