Four-Win Day for Marohn Includes Preferred Victory
Posted 119 days
With just a few weeks left in the winter/spring racing season at Freehold Raceway, Jim Marohn Jr has made the driving race interesting. He continued an impressive meet on Saturday (April 16), with a four-win afternoon.
He picked up his first win of the day in race 4, as favored Firenglow A went gate-to-wire for his third victory in a row. John Novello, who claimed him out of his last start, was the winning owner and trainer. In the 5th race, Marohn got another win, as Fullback moved strongly first-over and pulled away late for an impressive score. Shaun Vallee trains and co-owns the winner.
Marohn looked like a sure thing to get a hat trick in race 7 with 1/9 Bobcat Bay, and the favorite obliged for trainer Jeff Smith. In the 8th race, the Preferred Handicap pace, Marohn completed the grand slam with East Beach. After drafting in third place early on off a very slow pace, Marohn pulled his drive first-over and took charge as they moved around the third turn. He opened up a big lead, and crossed the wire 4 1/2 lengths in front. He paced a mile in 1:54, going a final quarter in 28.2 seconds and a back half in 55.1 seconds. Bill MacKenzie trains and co-owns the winner with J G Racing Stable and Lawrence Miller.
Marohn has won 49 races at the meet, hitting at a 25.4% clip. He’s eight wins behind the defending champion, Austin Siegelman, who has won 57 races on the season.
Live racing at Freehold resumes on Friday (April 22), starting at about 12:30 PM.