|Eastend Eddie (#4) wins again in the Open Pace|
Monday, August 19, 2013
Eastend Eddie Wins Again
Eastend Eddie has made a habit of being in the winner's circle at Tioga Downs, and today was no different.
The 5-year-old gelding won for the 4th straight time in the Open and for the 6th time at Tioga this year. The race began with Sheer Brilliance and driver Aaron Byron rolling to the front thru a 28.4 opening quarter. With a short field of 5 in tow and 2/5 favorite Eastend Eddie on his back, Byron tried to steal the race with a soft 29.2 2nd panel to a half in 58.1. However, that's where all attempts at soft fractions ended as the two favorites separated themselves from the rest of the field while pacing a 26.2 3rd quarter. Around the final turn driver Jim Marohn, Jr. pulled Eastend Eddie from the pocket and stretch dueled Sheer Brilliance eventually wearing him down with a sizzling 26.1 final panel to win by a length in 1:51.1. The win pulled trainer Ron Burke into a tie with Jamie Paquet in Tioga's 2013 trainer standings; each has 17 wins during the meet.
Fern Paquet, Jr. and Jim Marohn, Jr. each had driving doubles while Mike Sinclair picked up a training double. Tioga Downs continues live racing action next Friday & Saturday night and also has a Sunday afternoon card that will be highlighted by the Cane Pace elims, final leg of the Ms. Versatility, and the 2nd leg of the Kindergarten Classic. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com.