Southwind Trini and Jim Meittinis were dismissed by the betting public on Saturday night's first race at Tioga Downs, the $16,500 fillies and mares open handicap pace.
Oceans Motion (Chuck Connor Jr.) was made the overwhelming favorite and was assigned post position number six in a field of six. Connor quickly put Oceans Motion on the front through fractions of 26.4 and 55.4. As the field headed towards three quarters, Meittinis moved Southwind Trini to the outside and made a hard first over bid on the leader past the three quarter mile mark of the race in 1:23.2.
Around the final turn, Meittinis was able to get Southwind Trini to the front and hold off a late charge by For All We Know (Keith Kamann) to win in 1:52.1. It was the sixth win in 29 seasonal starts for the 4-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover – Tattoo Hanover for trainer Rob Harmon.
Tioga Downs continues live racing on Sunday, September 2 with a post time of 6:50 pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us on our website at www.tiogadowns.com .