Two weeks ago Game Jocko won an overnight pace in 1:58:1 and then last week the Robert Costello III-trained harness racing veteran moved up against the local big boys' in the winners/over pace at Monticello Raceway where he raced gamely but finished fourth.
Yesterday, May 3 the Expensive Scooter 7 year old gelding rallied to defeat the best pacers on the grounds with a 1:56:2 performance for driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr.
After swift early fractions by Wicked N Rude (Bruce Aldrich, Jr.) Game Jocko got away near the back of the pack and was sixth at the quarter. Steadily moving up on the limb Marohn Jr.. found himself fifth at the third stanza and then with a guts three-deep move on the final turn Game Jocko wore down the leaders and was a neck better than Speakin Greek and Stephane Bouchard at the wire. P H Best man who came in from Truro Raceway in the Canadian Mari-times finished third for Zeke Parker.
“He really surprised me. We were 10-1 on the morning line so I really didn’t expect a whole lot but when we reached the three quarters he was still grabbing on so I sent him three wide on the turn and he was the strong horse in the stretch. We didn’t get up by much but it was enough to win it,” Marohn said about Game Jocko’s journey to victory. “He’s been a good horse when he was younger and today he showed some of that class that helped him earn a 1:53 record on a half-mile track a few years ago.”
Game Jocko, owned by Robert Costello paid $34.60; $34.20 and $8.50 across the board.
And speaking of class that word could be used to describe Jimmy Marohn, Jr.. The 29 year old reinsman who is approaching 1500 career victories added two others on the Monticello Raceway Tuesday card when he won with Edward Hall’s, Nineteenfiftysix in 1:56:4 and with James Schreibeis’ Open Range in 1:58:4.