Thursday, August 25, 2011

Drivers select charities for earnings on Drivers' Championship races

The nine drivers competing in the six Drivers' Championship races on Sunday afternoon (August 28) at Tioga Downs have all selected a charity and agreed to donate their 5% earnings on those races to those charities.

David Miller, Ed Hensley, Tim Tetrick, and Yannick Gingras have all selected the Standardbred Retirement Foundation as their 2011 charity.

Brian Sears will be competing for the August Horseplay Charity of the month at Tioga Downs, STAT (Southern Tier Alternative Therapies), who works with special needs children through alternative therapies, including animal assisted therapies.

Jody Jamieson, who is leading at the halfway point, will be donating his earnings to Luke’s Troops, which supports Canadian troops fighting for freedom and once back home takes the troops to NHL games.

George Brennan has selected Wounded Warrior Project as his 2011 Drivers' Championship charity.

The Wounded Warrior Project provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and the transition to civilian life.

Ron Pierce will once again be driving for his charity, Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, in Cambridge, MD.

The Blackwater Wildlife Refuge helps protect land in Maryland for swamp land and animals that call this place their home.

As in years past, Tioga Downs Casino and Jeff Gural will personally match dollar-for-dollar all the money that is raised for charity with the drivers' earnings.

Six races have been put together for the final leg of the 2011 Drivers' Championship at Tioga Downs to kick off on Sunday, August 28th at 1:30 pm.

Also featured on Sunday at Tioga Downs is the $420,000e Zweig Memorial Trot for 3-year-old trotters.

Hambletonian winner Broad Bahn leads a group of 15 colts in two divisions of the Zweig, while Hambletonian Oaks winner Bold And Fresh, and New York superstar, Jezzy, will eye up another battle in one of two divisions for the fillies.

The annual driver meet-and-greet will begin on the trackside apron at Noon along with the Tim Tetrick Bobblehead giveaway (while supplies last).

Tioga Downs and the USTA have joined forces on Sunday to offer a $5,000 guaranteed pick four pool on the final four races of the afternoon (10 through 13).

Going into the final leg of the Drivers' Championship, Jody Jamieson holds a three-point lead over Yannick Gingras and Brian Sears, who sit tied for second with 20 points.

Tioga Downs continues live racing on Friday, August 26th at 6:50 pm.

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