Saturday, August 17, 2013

Highly Thought Of Wins Tioga Downs Friday feature

Highly Thought Of made win number one in 2013 an exciting one for trainer Tom Gummerson.

Dismissed by the betting public as the longest shot on the board at 22-1, the race seemed to be going that way of the odds as Mike Merton guided Highly Thought Of around in 7th as 5/2 second choice Runaway Tray led the field thru fractions of 27.4, 56.2, and 1:24.3. At the top of the stretch, Runaway Tray was on E and the mares behind her fanned out as 3 lengths covered the entire field. Highly Thought Of was moved 4 wide off the last turn and rallied in deep stretch to win by neck in 1:55.1. Getting up for 2nd was the other longshot, Camilla The Terror, who also rallied from the back following the eventual winner. The longshots produced a $672 exacta.

Greg Merton had a hat trick on the night and the birthday boy Phil Fluet picked up a driving double.

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