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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Tgdn5/8 - Aruba Vacation captures Saturday night Open trot

Tioga Downs’ hometown horse, Aruba Vacation and Fern Paquet Jr. captured Saturday night’s $16,000 Open trot. Leaving from post position number three in a field of seven, Paquet put Aruba Vacation on the engine through early fractions of 27.2 and 57.1. Down the backside, Aaron Byron sent Sand Wyndham first up from third to challenge the leader through a third quarter of 28.2 reaching three quarters in 1:25.3. Around the final turn Aruba Vacation had rebuffed all challengers and opened up to win by two lengths for his fourth win of the season in 1:56. Guy Howard trains the 6-year old homebred son of Dream Vacation – Dixie Hit who with the win increased his career bankroll to more than $468,000.

Don’t Know Chip (Jim Marohn Jr.) closed late to finish second, while pocket sitting Cowgirl Hall (Gates Brunet) hung on for third. Fern Paquet Jr. posted a four bagger on the night’s twelve race card winning with Aruba Vacation, Grey Ice, Herecomesthechief, and Mystical Con.

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