Light rain and heavy fog made for a gloomy afternoon of racing but that didn't dampen the spirits of Dr. John or Impressive, nor did it deter any bettors whose confidence sent the pair away as even money favorites from pole position.
As the wings of the starting gate folded Kokinos gunned his trotter to the lead on the first turn as the trailing horses ducked for cover along the pylons. With the field in straight alignment Impressiveshowed the way buy the quarter in 30.0 and the veteran trotter had two lengths on his competition as he passed the halfway point in 1:01.3 .
As Kokinos and his trotter headed up the backside the second time around they began to open daylight on Tremendous Hit and driver, who was in the two-hole from the get-go.
Moreover, none of the trotters were able to even get close to the leader as Impressiveopened up his lead to three lengths as he passed the third stanza in 1:32.
On the final turn Impressivecame out of the fog which shrouded the racetrack with a four length lead. In the lane Impressive poured it on and finished an easy seven length winner over Tremendous Hit. got Rodeo Red up for the show dough.
Owned bythe winner paid $4.00 for win.
From the trotter's prowess Dr. John Kokinos will finish as the series points champion even though there is still one more leg at Yonkers next Thursday. No one is close enough to top Dr. John's 48 points.
Currently Paul Minore is second with 29 points and's 28 is third best. They're followed by (21); Bob Davis (20), Dave Offenberg (20) and Dave Yarock (19). Three are tied for eighth each with 17 points. They are Gerry Fielding, and .
However, since only eight drivers can race in the $12,000 Final set for December 19 , the last preliminary leg , also at Yonkers on December 12 , will probably define the top eight in points.
by John Manzi for North American Amateur Driver Association