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Friday, August 15, 2014

Pan Luis Obispo kicks clear in Tioga feature; Marohn wins four

by James Witherite, Tioga Downs racing media

Sweeping three-wide on the backstretch to pounce on a pressured pace, Pan Luis Obispo ($6.00) drew off for a 4-1/4 length win in Friday (August 15) evening's $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Tioga Downs.

Vinny Ginsburg kept the four-year-old No Pan Intended mare well off a :54.2 first-half battle between Inittowinafortune (Aaron Byron) and Keystone Wanda (Corey Braden), moving a closer second-over on the backstretch before making a three-wide push past the fading Keystone Wanda.  Pan Luis Obispo continued into the lead at the apex of the far turn, taking over from a softened up Inittowinafortune past a 1:22.3 three-quarter split.  She drew clear of her six rivals at will through the stretch, keeping pocket rival Southwind Trini (Jim Marohn, Jr.) 4-1/4 lengths at bay for a 1:51.2 triumph.  Cloris Hanover (Brandon Simpson) was an even--but all-out--third off her ground-saving trip.

Robert Bresnahan trains Pan Luis Obispo for winning owner Robert Bresnahan, Jr.

While only able to muster a second-place finish in the featured event, leading driver Jim Marohn, Jr. registered a Friday night grand slam, winning with R U Ideal (1:54.1), O Narutac Rockette (1:54.4), Wallstreet Hanover (1:58.4), and Winbak Heavenly (1:53.2).

Live racing returns to Tioga on Saturday (August 16) evening, with first post slated for 6:15 p.m. EDT.