Tennessee Tom scores in Ohio Sires Stakes at MGM Northfield Park

Northfield, OH — A month off was no problem for 2023 Ohio freshman trotting champion Tennessee Tom as the son of Long Tom scored an impressive victory in the $100,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Saturday (June 8) at MGM Northfield Park.

Tennessee Tom (Chris Page) looked like he might be up against it when they were going to the half with the favorite Spaaaanzano setting comfortable fractions upfront of :28.1 and :57.3.

Page couldn’t wait any longer as the flow wasn’t developing, so he pulled just past the half and worked on the rim uncovered. He gained moderately and got to the leader’s wheel right as they passed three-quarters in 1:26.1.

Around the far turn, he continued gaining ground before putting his nose in front with an eighth of a mile to go and under very minimal urging, went on to win in 1:55 to remain perfect this season. Spaaaanzano (Aaron Merriman) was able to hold on to the place position as pocket-sitting Royal Precedent (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) wasn’t able to gain and finished third.

The winner’s eighth career score pushes him to $541,350 in career earnings. Tennessee Tom is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Hatfield Stables and Knox Services. He is trained by Ron Burke.

MGM Northfield Park returns to live racing on Sunday (June 9) at 6 p.m.

MGM Northfield Park currently races four days a week, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m.

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