Eastend Eddie triumphs in Tioga return
Nichols, NY --- Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi's Eastend Eddie ($9.10) made his return to Tioga Downs a winning one, pulling clear after making a three-wide push off the final turn en route to a 1:52.2 victory in Monday's (May 26) $14,000 Open I Pace.
|Fred Brown photo|
|Eastend Eddie won the $14,000 Open I Pace at Tioga.|
The 6-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding floated into midfield, stalking a pressured pace disputed by Prairie Jaguar, Fireyourguns, and Electrofire. With Prairie Jaguar (Jim Marohn Jr.) pushing clear to a :27 first quarter and Electrofire (John Cummings Jr.) moving first-over to maintain a pressured pace after a :55.2 half mile, Dan Rawlings moved Eastend Eddie second-over to track live cover to the far turn, subsequently swinging three-wide on the far turn.
Eastend Eddie responded instantly to Rawlings's move, pushing to the lead in the final 150 yards and drawing clear for a handy victory. Fireyourguns (Aaron Byron) split rivals late after being boxed in to save second, while Electrofire was an out-kicked third.
Live racing resumes at Tioga Downs on Saturday (May 31), with first post at 6:15 p.m. (EDT).
-- James Witherite
Jlrl LLC’s Rock On Moe ($4.40, George Dennis) notched his second win in the last three starts at Harrington Raceway in the $17,000 Open Pace in 1:51.3. The Rose Smutz-trainee was sent for the lead as the 6-5 post time favorite from post four to fractions of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:23.4. Meanwhile last week’s winner, Just A Jolt, mounted his attack second over behind a stalling first-over Adventure Bound. Just A Jolt tipped three-wide on the final turn and gobbled up ground late but was unable to reel in pacesetter Rock On Moe who held on by a long neck. The 6-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding has banked more than $53,000 thus far in 2014 after a banner 2013 season when he earned $136,302. Poker Hall followed in close behind Just A Jolt for third. Meanwhile, two Harrington regular drivers are approaching win milestones. Jim Morand, who won the third race with Dreamfair Kovu and 13th race with Chang Dynasty, is closing in on 9,000 wins with 8,997. Morand will become just the 15th driver in North America to reach 9,000 wins. Bret Brittingham, who won the first race with People Are Crazy and fourth with As Bad As Thunder, has 1,996 victories in his pursuit of 2,000. Allan Davis had four winners on the program. Trainer Wayne Givens and Legacy Racing of Delaware had three wins. Dennis and Montrell Teague also had driving doubles.
A field of six lined up for the $9,500 featured pace on Monday afternoon at Vernon Downs, but in the end, it was the story of just one horse, JK Panache. The 5-year-old gelding powered to the front right away and never really had a challenge in a gate-to-wire victory in 1:49.2. That time is just two-fifths of a second off the track record for older geldings, held by Pontiac Luck and set in 2013. JK Panache was speedy right from the outset, setting come and get me fractions of :26, :53.2 and 1:20.4. Firethorn settled in second after the start, but never made any headway on the leader throughout the race. However, he remained second all the way around the racetrack and backed up the exacta, which paid $24.60. The complete order of finish for the Monday feature race was JK Panache, Firethorn, You Bet Your Glass, Red Hot Yankee, Stonebridge Master and Moonlight Ransom. JK Panache was driven to victory by Chris Lems. He is trained by part-owner David Dewhurst, who shares ownership with Philip Hale. Truman Gale was the driving star on the Monday program, winning three races. He claimed both ends of the early Daily Double with Gentlemen Heir winning the opener and R Blue Moon Rising holding on through the stretch to win the second. The Truman Gale Daily Double ended up paying $26.00. Gale also scored a win in the fifth race, getting Lily's Hi Ho up in time for a victory despite being bottled up in traffic until the late stages of the race.