Saturday, August 13, 2011

New York State Fair Stakes highlight Tioga Saturday night card

The New York State Fair rolled into Tioga Downs on Saturday night for a two-day stay and featured five divisions, two for 3-year-old colt pacers and three for 3-year-old colt trotters.

In the second division for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, a new track record was marked up by Art Z and Brandon Simpson.

Leaving hard from post position number six, Art Z tripped the quarter pole timer in 26.3.

As the field headed by the three-eighth's pole, Flipper J and Jason Bartlett took control of the lead and cut through a half in 55.2.

Down the backside headed towards three quarters it was a two horse breakaway as Bartlett throttled the third quarter in 27 trying to shake Art Z, but he was painted to his helmet in two.

Down the stretch there was no doubt about the winner as Art Z and Brandon Simpson eased by the leader to stop the tele-timer in 1:50.4, establishing a new track mark for 3-year-old gelding pacers.

The previous mark had been held by Frankyluvsmeatbals of 1:51.1.

Art Z is trained by Jordan Rubin for Richard Lombardo of Solon, OH, and with the win increased his seasonal earnings to more than $114,000.

In the first $57,603 division for sophomore pacers, American Rage used a first over brush to take control of the lead and never relinquish it en route to a 1:52.1 victory, establishing a new lifetime mark with Ed Hensley.

The most impressive victory in the three divisions of the State Fair Stakes for 3-year-old trotters was put up by Keenan in the second division and extended his win streak to six.

Leaving from post position number seven, Jeff Gregory landed on the point and never looked back trotting home in 1:55.1 to win with ease.

In the other divisions, Bristles Winner (Jeff Gregory) posted a narrow victory in 1:55.4, while Tober (Jason Bartlett) posted an open length win in 1:56.

Tioga Downs continues live racing on Sunday, August 14th at 1:30 pm and will feature the undefeated sophomore pacing sensation, See You At Peelers, in race number eight.

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