Sunday, July 10, 2011
Lolique takes Tioga Saturday night feature
John Wagner and Lolique shipped in to Tioga Downs on Saturday night and left with the lion's share of the $16,500 purse in the Open Handicap Trot.
Leaving from post position number six, Wagner sent Lolique off the wings of the gate to clear to the lead just past the opening quarter in 27.2, with Whata Hustler (Corey Braden) settling in the pocket.
The field raced in line past a half in 56.3, and as the field headed towards three quarters, Scorpion Moon (Ed Hensley) applied first over pressure to the leader but was easily rebuffed through three quarters in 1:25.
As the field turned for home, Braden pulled Whata Hustler out of the pocket for a stretch duel, but Wagner was sitting chilly with Lolique and was never seriously challenged.
The mile of 1:54.2 tied the 2011 seasonal best time for the 8-year-old son of Tagliabue – Crystal Vic who is owned by Pamela Wagner and Scott Woogen, both of Virginia.
Whata Hustler (Corey Braden) settled for second, while Howd That Feel (Kyle Di Benedetto) got away third and finished in the show spot.
2011 leading driver Ed Hensley posted a driving triple on the night's nine-race card, while Jimmy Marohn Jr. scored a double.
Tioga Downs continues live racing on Sunday, July 10th at 1:30 pm featuring 11 NYSS divisions for sophomore trotters.
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