Sunday, July 22, 2012

Major Look is dazzling in Tompkins-Geers at Tioga Downs

Major Look, fresh off of her Mistletoe Shalee win over world champion, American Jewel, returned to action on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs in the Tompkins-Geers.

The overwhelming favorite did not disappoint her supporters as she carved the mile out for herself putting up fractions of 27, 54.3, and 1:21.4 before drawing away from the field with ease in a new stakes record of 1:49.3.

The mile was just a fifth of a second off of the track record for 3-year-old filly pacers held by See You At Peelers.

This was the second straight sub-50 performance by the 3-year-old daughter of Art Major – Band Of Emeralds, who is owned in partnership by Balkunas, Giordano, and Pancella. Kevin McDermott took over the training just a few weeks ago for his friend and trainer, Robert Riddle, who was injured at the barn while working with Major Look.

"I just took over training her a couple weeks ago after Major Look had injured Bob (former trainer – Robert Riddle) around the barn. She (Major Look) is a very, very special filly, and Gregory (driver – Jeff Gregory) said when he asked her at the top of the stretch today she took right off. Her next start will be next Saturday afternoon in the Adio Volo at The Meadows," said winning trainer, Kevin McDermott in the winner's circle.

Steelhead Hanover and Joe Pavia Jr. posted the fastest mile for the 3-year-old pacing colts in the first of two divisions on Sunday afternoon. Pavia moved Steelhead Hanover at the quarter and went on to hold off Forever Just (Jason Bartlett) from the pocket to win in 1:50. The mile established a new lifetime mark for the 3-year-old son of Bettor's Delight – Special Beauty for the partnership of Agc Stables, Dijo Racing, Barbera, and Held.

Capturing the other divisions of Tompkins-Geers were: 3FP – Marinade Hanover – Sam Schillaci (1:52.3) and 3CP – Bet On The Law – Joe Pavia Jr. (1:51.3).  
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