Monday, June 18, 2012

Big Bay Point takes Open pace on Monday night at Tioga Downs


Tioga Downs hosted a special Monday night racing program, with Big Bay Point capturing the $16,500 featured Open pace.

Leaving from post position number one, driver Lewayne Miller hustled Big Bay Point off the rail early to protect position, settling in third as Vlos (Eric Carlson), and Winbak Dimensions (Jim Marohn Jr.) battled to an opening quarter of 26.2.

Big Bay Point (near) nips Vlos in Monday's Open Pace
As the field headed past the three-eighths mile mark, Carlson was unwilling to turn the lead over to Marohn with Winbak Dimensions and the duo battled through a half in 54.1.

Headed towards three quarters, Winbak Dimensions had called it quits and Miller pulled Big Bay Point from the pocket to apply immediate pressure on the leader past three quarters in 1:22.1.

However, Vlos reached down and found more continuing to battle Big Bay Point through deep stretch, but tired late in the mile to lose by half a length in 1:51.4.

The win was the fourth of the year for the 5-year-old son of Camluck – Great Memories for trainer Cory Deyermand.

Vlos (Eric Carlson) raced an impressive mile to be second, while Hay Goodlooking (Rick Plano) paced home late for third.

Lewayne Miller posted a driving grand slam on the night's 12-race card, while Fern Paquet Jr. and Greg Merton each recorded driving doubles.

Tioga Downs continues live racing on Friday, June 22 with a post time of 6:50 pm.

For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us on our website at www.tiogadowns.com .