Sunday, September 4, 2011

Track records fall on Saturday night at Tioga Downs in NYSS action

The track record coming into Saturday night at Tioga Downs was held by A Penny Earned for 2-year-old colt trotters of 1:57.4.

When the night was over, the record had been lowered twice and by more than two full seconds.

In the third of four divisions of New York Sire Stakes, Royal Shyster (Dan Daley) cut right down the pike and put up fractions of 28.2, 57.3, and 1:27.4 before easing away from the field to victory in a track record time of 1:57.1.

It was the sixth win in eight starts for the 2-year-old son of RC Royalty – Spin The Planet for trainer Dan Daley.

However, that track record will go down as one of the shortest in the track's history because the following race driver Ray Schnittker was on a mission.

Delano and Schnittker left aggressively from post position number six as the 9-2 third choice and made their own fate through 27.4, 56.4 and 1:25.1.

Around the final turn, the 2-5 betting favorite A Penny Earned went off stride along with the pocket sitting Coraggioso and that left Delano all alone on the front.

Coming to the wire it wasn't a matter of if, but by how many, and how fast those were the only unanswered questions.

Delano, the 2-year-old son of Credit Winner – Kelly Hall crossed the wire in a new track record time of 1:55.2.

"He's got a lot of talent and he's so big when he is on a half he jams himself up so the bigger track really helps him," said winning driver/trainer Ray Schnittker. "He was going about what he can go there, but I think he can be a Hambo horse for next year so we will see what happens the rest of this year."

Capturing the other two divisions of NYSS were Armed Dangerously (Cash Hall – Drive You Wild) Jim Morrill Jr. 1:58.3, and Classic Conway (Conway Hall – Classic Yankee) Stephane Bouchard 1:58.1.

Stephane Bouchard and Jim Morrill Jr. each posted driving triples on the night's 12-race card, while Corey Braden and Ray Schnittker recorded doubles.

Tioga Downs continues live racing on Sunday, September 4th at 6:50 pm and will feature See You At Peelers in NYSS action.

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