After winning nearly half of his races as a three-year-old, the Harbor Racing Stable's Rossini ($6.80) dug in to stave off a late charge from Dough Dough en route to a 1:53.4 win in the $14,000 Open I Handicap Trot on Sunday (May 25) evening at Tioga Downs.
The four-year-oldgelding dueled for the lead through a :28 first quarter, clearing just off the first turn. After completing a :56.4 half-mile while uncontested, Rossini faced a strong first-over challenge from Tirade Hanover ( ) on the backstretch, responding and sprinting clear on the far turn. A late challenge from the pocket-sitting Dough Dough came up just short, as Rossini was driven out to prevail narrowly.
handled the driving duties aboard Rossini for trainer . Meanwhile, favorite Splitsville (Jim Marohn, Jr.) saw his winning streak end at four, as he was forced to chase the entire mile, breaking stride in upper stretch after being caught in a blind switch.
Live racing resumes at Tioga on Monday (May 26) afternoon, with the thirteen-race Memorial Day card beginning at 1:30 p.m. EDT.
by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs