Located in the heart of the Southern Tier, Tioga Downs Casino is your home away from home for a uniquely fun and exciting getaway! With the thrills of a casino, the excitement of live harness racing, and the delight of fine food and spirits, you can kick back, relax and be thoroughly entertained.
Aruba Vacation shines in Tioga Saturday night co-feature
Aruba Vacation and Fern Paquet Jr. were all business on
Saturday night in the $16,000 open trot at Tioga Downs.
Aruba Vacation posts a lifetime best in Saturday's Open Trot
For the past two starts
Paquet had sat the two hole with Aruba Vacation and could do no better than
fifth and seventh. On Saturday night Paquet was in no mood to take the two hole
trip and fired Aruba Vacation off of the gate from post three to trip the
quarter mark in 27.1. Aruba Vacation then controlled the field of nine trotters
by the half mile mark in 56.1 before stepping on the gas and delivering a 27.4
third quarter to reach three quarters in 1:24. Around the final turn, Paquet
still had a length and a half jump on his biggest competitor Gaelic And Garlic
(Greg Merton) who was sitting on his back.
In the stretch Gaelic And Garlic
could not make up any ground and Aruba Vacation went on to win by a length and
three quarters in a new lifetime best of 1:53.2. Gaelic And Garlic finished
second, Spice It Up Lindy (Jim Meittinis) closed late for third, while
Walltocousins (Bruce Clarke) rounded out the superfecta.
Guy Howard owns,
trains, and bred the 6-year-old son of Dream Vacation – Dixie Hit who picked up
his fifth win in 14 seasonal outings, good for more than $53,000 in
In the $16,000 Open pace, Western Trademark and Mike Simons
were coming off of back to back second place finishes but would turn the table
on his competitors on Saturday.
Simons brushed Western Trademark to the front
and cut through fractions of 26.4, 55.1, and 1:22.4 before being challenged in
the stretch by a wall of horses. However, Western Trademark would not
relinquish the lead and hung on tough at the wire to win by a length in 1:50.4.
Western Trademark takes Saturday's Open Pace
Joe Cordisco trains the 8-year-old son of Western Hanover – Tyber Song for
Holly Cordisco of Binghamton,
NY. The win was the third of the
year for Western Trademark and increased his seasonal earnings to more than
Corey Braden and Mike Simons each posted driving triples on
the night's 12-race card, while Greg Merton and Jimmy Marohn Jr. recorded
Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Sunday, June 9th
with a post time of 1:30pm and will feature the $184,000 Roll With Joe and
$158,000 Artiscape Pace. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us
online at www.tiogadowns.com.