Aruba Vacation just misses Tioga record
July 31, 2011
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Aruba Vacation has been stabled at Tioga Downs since he began training for Guy Howard in his 2-year-old season and has been a force to reckon with on his home turf. On Saturday night, the 4-year old son of Dream Vacation-Dixie Hit notched his first win of the 2011 season at Tioga Downs in the $18,000 Open Handicap Trot.
Leaving aggressively from post position number two, driver Fern Paquet Jr. relinquished the lead to Get Chipped (Michael Merton) and sat the garden spot through fractions of :27.3, :57.1 and 1:26.4. As the field rounded the final turn Paquet was tired of waiting and pulled the pocket and trotted right by the pacesetter on his way to an open-lengths romp in 1:55.4.
The mile was just a fifth of a second off of the current track record for 4-year-old gelding trotters held by Strong Hall and Barry Segal from 2009. Howd That Feel (Jason Mac Dougall) found room late in the lane to pick up second, while Winbak Red (Phil Fluet) despite a tough first-over grind hung on for third.
Ed Hensley posted a driving triple on the night’s 11-race card, while Corey Braden, Jimmy Marohn Jr., and Fern Paquet Jr. each scored doubles. (Tioga Downs)