Thursday, May 13, 2010

Simpson events set for Sunday at Tioga Downs

Two divisions of the John Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies and one division for 3-year-old pacing colts will take center stage at Tioga Downs on Sunday, May 16, with a post time of 1:30 p.m.

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Dancinwiththestarz opened up her 3-year-old campaign with a 1:53 score in a PASS race at The Meadows.

Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Dancinwiththestarz leads the first field of six pacing fillies in her second start of her sophomore campaign. Her first start came last week in a division of the Sire Stakes at The Meadows with Brian Sears shipping in to do the driving for trainer John Stark, Jr. The daughter of Four Starzzzz Shark-So Western cut the mile en route to a 1:53 victory for the Springtime Racing Stable and Shannon Brott. Stark has called on the driving skills of Jim Morrill, Jr. for Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs.

Feeling You leads the second Simpson division from post position one for trainer George Berkner. The daughter of Cambest-Ripreza Hanover recently won the Wilkes Barre Late Closing Final at Pocono Downs in a lifetime best equaling 1:51.2. Morrill has handled the driving for the past three starts for owner-breeder Alan Kirschenbaum and has been listed once again on Sunday afternoon.

In the lone $42,227 division for pacing colts, Mark Ford sends out a pair of pacers in Eagle Jolt and Park Lane Midnight. Eagle Jolt looks to lead a field of eight. In eight starts in 2010 he has posted three wins, three seconds and a third for earnings of more than $27,000. Three starts back in late April, Eagle Jolt finished second to Berry’s Creek champion Rock N Roll Heaven in a 3-year-old open at the Meadowlands, timed in 1:51.1. Frank Dettore Horse Racing LLC owns Eagle Jolt and has listed Jason Bartlett for the driving assignment on Sunday afternoon.

Also racing on Sunday is New York Sire Stakes champion He’s Gorgeous, who is making his 2010 debut after winning nine of 11 races in 2009 with a mark of 1:52 at Vernon Downs. The son of Art Major-So Ravishing is owned by Kenneth Jacobs and is trained by Linda Toscano. George Brennan has been listed to drive He’s Gorgeous on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs in the Class A Handicap Pace as he prepares for next weekend's Empire Breeders Classic eliminations at Tioga Downs.

Tioga Downs begins its weekend of live racing action on Saturday night with 12 races beginning at 6:50 p.m., followed by a 13 race card on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit