Monday, July 18, 2011

Go Go Dancer in final Tompkins–Geers race on Monday evening at Tioga Downs

The Tompkins–Geers Grand Circuit rounded out its four-day race weekend on Monday evening at Tioga Downs.

One $65,910 division for 3-year-old filly trotters brought the curtain down on grand circuit weekend.

Go Go Dancer and Brian Mattison were sent off as the prohibitive race favorite and wasted no time getting control of the race past the quarter in 28.1.

From there, Mattison rationed out comfortable fractions of 59 and 1:27.3 as Refuse To Lose and Howard Parker pushed first up on the outside.

Around the final turn, Go Go Dancer had one challenger left in the pocket with Tap Tap Dance and Dan Daley, but down the stretch, Go Go Dancer was too strong and won by open lengths in 1:57.1.

The win was the fourth of the year for the 3-year-old daughter of Credit Winner-Princess Gladiator for the partnership of Winske, Michaels, Smith, and the Kelley Racing Stable.

The winning trainer was Paul Kelley.

The winner returned $3.60 to win and increased her seasonal bankroll to more than $88,000.

In the $18,000 Open Handicap pace, Tioga regulars Winbak Dimensions and Jimmy Marohn Jr. struck the front and never looked back, posting a new lifetime mark at the age of 8 years old in 1:50.4.

Jim Perry trains the son of Village Jove–Exact Dimensions for William and Jack Heinz of Ohio.

Greg Merton and Mike Micallef each posted driving doubles on the night's 12-race card.

Tioga Downs continues live racing on Friday, July 22nd at 6:50 pm.

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