Day At The Track

Marohn hits for Grand Slam Saturday

11:20 AM 07 Mar 2021 NZDT
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Jim Marohn, Jr, harness racing
Jim Marohn, Jr.
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Freehold, NJ --- The saying that March comes "in like a lion" certainly applies to harness racing Jim Marohn Jr. He won four races on the first Saturday of March (March 6) at Freehold Raceway.
Marohn got his first win of the day in race 2, as he went gate-to-wire on Sword Ofthe Spirit for trainer Lewis Nunes. After two runner-up finishes, he got another win in race 7, as Ron Coyne-trained Ozone Blue Chip won going away.
He completed the hat trick in upset fashion, guiding Ari Allstar to a come-from-behind win in race 10 at 61/1, for trainer Julius Czermann Jr. That's the biggest longshot to win at the Freehold meet so far.
There were no surprises in race 11, as Marohn polished off his grand slam with an easy win on favored Dream on Dream On, for trainer Ray Ahto.
Marohn also won two races on Friday's card, making for a six-win week to begin March at Freehold. His 34 wins are good for second place in the driver standings, trailing only Austin Siegelman.
Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday (March 12), starting at about 12:30 PM.
Tony Verruso takes amateur dash

For the second time in less than a month Tony Verruso and Slated To Win scored a victory in the American Harness Drivers Club trot at Freehold Raceway Today they were victorious in 2:00.1.Just three weeks prior Verruso guided the 5-year-old Uncle Peter gelding to a victory in an earlier leg of the trotting series also at the New Jersey double-oval.

When the gate sprung in today's contest Verruso gunned his trotter to the lead from the six-hole and they looped Always A Good Time (Joe Faraldo) who had started from post four.

“My horse leaves good and I fired him up when the gate sprung and he trotted to right around Faraldo's horse and we had command before the quarter,” Verruso said via phone after the race. “Once on the lead he was on the bit so I let him ramble.”

“After a :29.4 first quarter Always A Good Time seemed content to be on the limb and Joe (Faraldo) wasn't pushing the pace so we got by the half in one-minute flat,” Verruso added.

The leaders remained one-two by the three quarters as the timer flashed 1:30.3. However, when they rounded the final turn and straightened for home  Always A Good Time started to fade and Tony Beltrami hustled Big Smoove up alongside Slated To Win and the two were joined by Dark Pool (John Calabrese) and the three battled all the way to the wire.

At the finish Slated To Win was a length better than his rivals and went on to a 2:00.1 victory. Big Smoove was second best and Dark Poole was a head farther back for the show dough.


Slated To Win is owned by George Beck and trained by Symon Spicer. He paid $9.60 for win.

For full race results, click here.

by Freehold Raceway and John Manzi
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