Nichols, N.Y. -- Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob ($15.00) made all the pace in Sunday (June 5) afternoon's $11,000 Open 1 Pace at Tioga Downs, enduring poor weather conditions and staving off a pair of late challengers en route to a 1:51.3 triumph.
Mike Simons pushed forward early with the 8-year-old Beach Romeo gelding, forcing 3-5 favorite Fireyourguns (Aaron Byron) into the pocket through a :26 first quarter and maintaining a blistering pace through middle splits of :53.4 and 1:21.4. Heading to the far turn, Theseyesrcrying (Jim Marohn, Jr.) mounted a first-over rally, dueling into second over a tiring Fireyourguns. While Theseyesrcrying accelerated off the corner to sustain his pursuit of Believe This Bob, the pacesetter dug in to just prevail over sloppy going. Theseyesrcrying missed by a neck, while GD Airliner (David McNeight, III) worked late into third off a second-over journey.
Joe Skowyra trains Believe This Bob, now a 34-time winner.
Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (June 10) evening, with post time slated for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.