While defending driving champion Jim Marohn Jr. has been competing in the Southern Tier on a more limited schedule this season compared to years past due to increased opportunity and success at the Meadowlands, the 33-year-old reinsman has pounced on every opportunity possible to remain competitive at Tioga Downs. Monday (May 18) evening's 11-race card was no exception, as he captured seven of the dashes and finished second on one occasion.
After a second-place effort with Gold Deuce in the $5,000 claiming opener, "The Mighty Mite Part Two" reeled off five consecutive wins, teaming with Nine Innings ($4.80, 1:54), Oh My Joepa ($7.70, 1:53.1), Prairie Jaguar ($3.40, 1:53.1), Oakmont ($3.00, 1:54), and Rage N Ryan ($6.30, 1:53.1). He would return to sweep the late double, although his win with Hurricane Breeze (by Nuclear Breeze) ($6.70, 1:56.1) in a non-winners of two pace would have to be shared with the late-rallying At the Rail (Mike Simons) in a dead heat. Marohn closed out his seven-win evening aboard Twin B Flirt ($6.40, 1:54.1) in a first-level conditioned pace.
In total, Marohn teamed up with trainer Tony Dinges for three victories, while Mike Deters trainees added two other triumphs.
The $14,000 Open Pace--one of two races in which Marohn did not participate--went to Dragon Fever ($15.80), who prevailed after fanning three-wide off a tracking trip. The 5-year-old Dragon Again gelding just collared Glass Prince (Rick Dane) and Road Untraveled (Mike Simons) in the final yards for a 1:54.2 score under Jim Taggart, Jr. Odds-on favorite BJ's Rameau (Marcus Miller) was left far detached from the others after his right hopple snapped shortly after the start of the race.
Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (May 22) evening. Post time is 6:15 p.m. Eastern time. (Tioga)