Enjoying a pocket trip behind May Day, the Wiz Kids Stable's Golden Gun ($42.60) proved an upset winner in Monday (August 11) evening's $15,000 Open Pace at Tioga Downs, splitting harness racing foes to prevail by a scant neck in 1:51.1.
After a strong dispatch, the four-year-old Headmaster gelding yielded the lead to a headstrong May Day (), tracking through a :56.2 middle half breather after a harrowing :26.1 initial quarter. With Prairie Jaguar (Jim Marohn, Jr.) unable to sustain his first-over bid and even-money favorite Bet on the Law ( , Jr.) forced four-wide in his rally on the far turn, John Cummings, Jr. angled Golden Gun out of the pocket off the corner, taking over in deep stretch. While Bet on the Law sustained a strong late kick, the extra ground proved too much, as he just missed with his stand-side charge. Dull Roar ( ) stayed on well off a three-wide bid to hold third.
Jeff Sorenson trains Golden Gun, who prevailed at double-digit odds for the second time this season.
Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (August 15) evening, with first post slated for 6:15 p.m. EDT.
by James Witherite, Tioga Downs