Day At The Track

Sand Vic gelding very impressive

02:46 PM 05 Jul 2015 NZST
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Bourbon Bay (John Cummings, Jr. up) sprinted clear of his four rivals for a 1:54.3 score in the $12,000 Open Trot at Tioga Downs
Bourbon Bay (John Cummings, Jr. up) sprinted clear of his four rivals for a 1:54.3 score in the $12,000 Open Trot at Tioga Downs
A large crowd turned out at the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 4) evening for Independence Day festivities, and Bourbon Bay bounced back from a defeat two weeks ago to capture the featured $12,000 Open Trot.
 
The 4-year-old Sand Vic gelding worked clear of March Awareness (Richard Simard) on the first turn, controlling the terms through a :56.3 initial half while under no pressure.
 
On the backstretch, lessee/driver John Cummings, Jr. asked Bourbon Bay for a bit more trot, and the response was instant.
 
Bourbon Bay accelerated through a :28.1 third quarter, drawing clear of his foes off the far turn.
 
He ultimately amassed 2-1/2 lengths of clearance on his rivals, defeating them in 1:54.2
 
Grey Ice (Corey Braden) made a late push off the pegs to just take second, while March Awareness tired while chasing, checking in third.
 
Megan Wilson trains Bourbon Bay, who is now an 18-time winner in 37 career races.
 
Jim Taggart, Jr. led all drivers with three wins on the nine-race card, earning his second hat trick in as many nights.
 
He was victorious aboard You the One ($21.80, 1:58), Sweet Kix ($56.00, 1:57.4), and Six Bax ($3.50, 1:55.1).
 
Live racing returns to Tioga on Sunday (July 5) afternoon, with the first of 11 races slated for 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.
 
James Witherite
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