Tioga Downs features some of the top harness stake races in the country including the Grand Circuit Tompkins Geers, The $300,000 Cane Pace (1st leg of Pacing's Triple Crown) and it's lady counterpart The Shady Daisy. From May to September you can listen to the beat of the horses with live harness racing and enjoy year round simulcasting featuring the top thoroughbred and harness tracks from all over North America.
Barn Babe and John Cummings Jr. posted the fastest mile of
the night as the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies rolled into Tioga Downs
on Saturday night. Three divisions of sophomore filly trotters highlighted the
Barn Babe (John Cummings Jr.) left the gate alertly from
post position number four and sat a two hole trip behind Wygant Lady (Jeff
Gregory) through fractions of 27.3, 57.1, and 1:25.3 before challenging in the
stretch. In deep stretch it looked as though Louise Kemp (Jim Marohn Jr.) had
put away her competition with a grueling first over move, but Cummings had Barn
Babe firing on all cylinders out of the pocket. Barn Babe used a 28.3 final
quarter to get up by three parts of a length in a new lifetime best of 1:54.2.
Steve Pratt trains and co-owns the 3-year-old daughter of Cash Hall – My Baby's
Momma with Nancy Pratt of Corfu,
NY. It was the second win in the
NYSS this season for Barn Babe who posted her fourth win in seven seasonal
Proclaiming April (#4) wins
In the first division of the NYSS, Trond Smedshammer used a
second over trip with Proclaiming April to capture the first race of the night
in 1:56.1 as the 1-2 betting favorite. Smedshammer also trains the 3-year-old
daughter of Conway Hall – Lawn Tennis for owner-breeder White Birch Farm of
In the third and final division of the night, Brandon
Simpson steered Lola De Vie to her fifth win in seven seasonal in a lifetime
best equaling 1:55.3. Chris Ryder trains the 3-year-old daughter of Credit
Winner – Fan Favourite for the Joie De Vie Farm of Jobstown, NJ. With the win,
Lola De Vie increased her seasonal earnings to more than $183,000 on the year,
with the lion's share coming from her Empire Breeders' Classic victory earlier
this month at Vernon Downs.
Lola De Vie splits horses to win her NYSS event
Four divisions of NYSS Excelsior Stakes were also held on
Saturday night at Tioga with the winners being: Blarney
– Jeff Gregory (1:57.2), Suzies Little Vic – Jeff Gregory (1:58.2), Minnie
Madness – Ivan Davies (1:58), and Pretty Crazy – Brandon Simpson (1:57.1).
Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Sunday, June 30th
with a post time of 1:30pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us
online at www.tiogadowns.com.