Thursday, July 5, 2012

King of the $4,000 claimers pacing series gets underway at Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs held a special July 4th racing program on Wednesday night in front of more than 3,500 patrons, and featured four divisions of the king of the $4,000 claiming pacing series.

Blue Boy (Mike Merton) posts fastest time
Blue Boy (Mike Merton) posted the fastest clocking of the four divisions winning gate to wire in 1:53.1.

The 7-year-old classy son of Real Artist – Millie Blue cut through fractions of 26.4, 56.1, and 1:24.2 before opening up on the field with a final panel of 28.4.

Joe Agostino trains Blue Boy for Ian Fromowitz of Canada.

Fox Valley Roper (Kyle Di Benedetto) captured the second division of the two-week pacing series scoring his fourth straight win at Tioga Downs in 1:53.2.

The 12-year-old son of Sportsmaster – Put The Boots won for the sixth time in thirteen seasonal outings and the time established a new lifetime mark in his 150th career start.

The top two finishers in each division along with one third place finisher (drawn by lot) will come back on Friday, July 13th for a $10,000 final.

Tioga Downs continues live racing on Friday, July 6th at 6:50 pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us on our website at