Monday, July 18, 2011

Flipper J posts track and stakes record in Geers at Tioga Downs

Fresh off of his track record at Goshen, Flipper J proved that his mile was no fluke on Sunday afternoon in the Tompkins–Geers for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, posting another track record in back-to-back starts.

Tim Tetrick was in controls behind Flipper J who left from post position number five and quickly put the colt on the front end through fractions of 26.1 and 54.2.

Down the backside it was a two horse breakaway as Roll’em Up (George Brennan) kept tightly to the Tetrick helmet in two as the field passed three quarters in 1:21.4.

Around the final turn Brennan edged to the outside, but Flipper J was too strong and held on to win in a track and stakes record time of 1:49.3.

Roll’Em Up was second, while Lucky Cadet (Andy Miller) was third.

"He’s got such good gate speed, and such quick versatile speed and today he was very good," said Tetrick. "I didn’t want to keep George's horse in it down the backside that's why we sprinted there and he responded well in the lane."

In the other $33,460 division for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers, Major Belle posted a major upset at 36-1 for Jim Taggart Jr. in 1:53.

In the 2-year-old colt pace divisions of the Tompkins–Geers another Linda Toscano trainee equaled a stakes record mile with a 1:52 effort from Heston Blue Chip.

Tetrick also did the driving on the 2-year-old son of American Ideal – Shot Togo Bluechip for owner Ken Jacobs.

Other division winners for the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers included: Forever Just – Jody Jamieson 1:55 (Bettor's Delight – Forever Cam), Lawgiver Hanover – George Brennan 1:53 (Art Major – Lauren Order), and Mr Erv – Andy Miller 1:53 (Art Major – Digga Digga).

Division winners for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters included: The Evictor – Andy Miller 1:55.2 and Keenan – Jeff Gregory 1:55, which established a new Tompkins – Geers stakes record for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters.

Tim Tetrick, Andy Miller, Jeff Gregory, and Ed Hensley each posted driving doubles on the afternoon's 12-race card.

Tioga Downs continues live racing on Monday, July 18th at 4:00 pm.

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