Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Bettorsluckystreak in New York Excelsior Prep Monday at Tioga Downs

Bettorsluckystreak (right) holds off Ranch Hand
Tioga Downs held a special matinee racing program on Monday, May 27th with an $8,400 New York Excelsior Prep for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers as the feature.

The win went to Bettorsluckystreak and Jim Taggart Jr. who went to the front from post position number eight through an opening quarter in 27.4. The duo then led the field of nine sophomore pacers through fractions of 57.4 and 1:26.1. Down the stretch Taggart went to work on Bettorsluckystreak with a fast closing Ranch Hand (Marcus Miller) finishing a neck back in second in 1:55.1.

It was the third win in four seasonal starts for Bettorsluckystreak, the 3-year-old son of Bettor's Delight – Cheeky Hanover for trainer, co-owner Gary Messenger.

The favorite Steuben Patriot (Jim Meittinis) shook loose late to finish third, while Major Blue Coat (Fern Paquet Jr.) rounded out the superfecta.

Greg Merton posted a driving triple on the afternoon's 13-race card. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Saturday, June 1st with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com.