Day At The Track

29-1 shocker heads Marohn quadruple

12:24 PM 07 Jan 2020 NZDT
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29-1 Sugar Shock and driver Jim Marohn, Jr.
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YONKERS, NY, Monday, January 6, 2020--Yonkers Raceway began its 2020 harness racing season Monday night (Jan. 6th), with Jim Marohn Jr. throwing down an early gauntlet.

Marohn Jr., whose 177 wins placed him sixth locally a season ago, won four races during Yonkers' dozen-race opener.

He and 29-1 outlier Sugar Shock ($60.50) busted any number of Pick 5 tickets, upsetting in the first leg of that sequence in 1:53.4, a tick off his life-best effort.

Whomever was left standing after that race then had to unearth 28-1 shot Sir Machalot (Cory Stratton, $59) in the next race.

For some good measure, 18-1 Milliondollar Wave (Austin Siegelman, $39.20) won the final leg.

It wasn't surprising that the sequence went unclaimed, meaning Tuesday evening's (Jan. 7th) gimmick starts with $4,751.30 carryover and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee has been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission and is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program.

As a reminder, Yonkers' Pick 5 wager now encompasses races 5 through 9 nightly.

by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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