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Brookroad Knight captures Tioga feature

June 22, 2013
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Brookroad Knight and Corey Braden captured Saturday night’s $16,000 open handicap trot at Tioga Downs. Leave from post position number two in a field scratched down to eight, Braden got away fifth as Aruba Vacation (Fern Paquet Jr.) led the field to the quarter in 27.3. Brookroad Knight got underway second over behind the favorite In Your Room (Mike Simons) as the field went by the half mile mark of the race in 57. Down the backside Paquet put Aruba Vacation in gear to try and step away from the field through a third panel in 27.4 reaching three quarters in 1:24.4. Around the final turn Aruba Vacation could not put away the challengers and Braden swung Brookroad Knight three high off of cover and swopped the field to win by two and a half lengths in 1:54.3. The mile was a new seasonal best for the 4-year old son of Cr Excalibur – Questionable Lady who is owned by John O’Connor and is trained by Bruce Borden. Aruba Vacation (Fern Paquet Jr.) was able to hang tough and finish second, while In Your Room (Mike Simons) finished third.

Jim Marohn Jr. posted a driving triple on the night’s eleven race card, while Jim Meittinis enjoyed a driving double.

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