Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Empire Breeders Classic eliminations drawn at Tioga



Tioga Downs held the draw on Wednesday morning (July 31) for the Empire Breeders Classic eliminations for 3-year-old New York bred pacers.

12 3-year-old pacing colts were entered and were split into two six horse $12,500 eliminations set to go post ward in races four and eight on Sunday afternoon.

Leading the field of six in the first elimination is Adios runner-up, Vegas Vacation from the powerful Casie Coleman stable, who has listed Brian Sears to do the driving. Coming off of a second place finish to Sunfire Blue Chip in the $450,000 Adios final, Vegas Vacation drew post position number six. Here is the field in post position order with drivers listed before scratch time: #1 Odds On Equuleus (John Campbell), #2 Sir Cary’s Z Tam (Pat Lachance) #3 Source Of Pride (Mark MacDonald), #4 Thirty Two Red (Ray Schnittker), #5 Doctor Butch (Jim Morrill Jr.), and #6 Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears).

In the second $12,500 elimination, Adios winner Sunfire Blue Chip from the Jimmy Takter stable leads a field of six pacing colts aimed towards advancing to the $257,250 final. Yannick Gingras will once again do the driving on the 3-year-old son of American Ideal – Shot Togo Bluechip from post position number four on Sunday afternoon.

Here is the field in post position order with drivers listed before scratch time: #1 Bet The Moon (Jim Morrill Jr.), #2 Captive Audience (Randy Waples), #3 Swift As A Shadow (Jim Morrill Jr.), #4 Sunfire Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras), #5 Olde Time Hockey (Jason Bartlett), #6 A Bettor World (Jim Marohn Jr.).

Nine 3-year-old pacing fillies entered on Wednesday morning for the $250,750 Empire Breeders Classic and all nine will move directly into the final. Entries for the Empire Breeders Classic for sophomore pacing fillies include: Ballineen, Bettor Think Twice, Cult Status, Give Me An Amen, JK Black Beauty, Park N Orchard, Road Bet, Shebestingin, and Social Scene.   

Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Friday, August 2nd with a post time of 6:50pm. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us on our website at www.tiogadowns.com .

Monday, July 29, 2013

Ali Blue Scores in NYSS action on Monday at Tioga Downs

Ali Blue (Yannick Gingras) posted the fastest of three divisions of NYSS for freshman pacing fillies on Monday night at Tioga Downs.

Leaving from post position number one in a field scratched down to seven, Gingras moved Ali Blue back to the front after an opening quarter of 29 set by Suplemental Income (Matt Kakaley). From there the duo posted fractions of 57.1 and 1:24.4 before sprinting home in 27.4 to capture her third win of the season in a new lifetime best of 1:52.3. The only blemish on the record of the 2-year-old daughter of American Ideal – Mintjulep Bluechip, came in the Tompkins-Geers stakes where Ali Blue broke a hopple just after the start of the race. Jimmy Takter trains Ali Blue for the ownership group of Christina Takter, John Fielding, R A W Equine, and Jim Fielding.

Other NYSS division winners included: Sweetnsinful – Jimmy Whittemore in 1:53.2 for trainer Homer Hochstetler and Tioga Downs' track record holder, JK Molly – Tim Tetrick in 1:53 for trainer Linda Toscano.

Five divisions of NYSS Excelsior events were also held on Monday night with divisions being won by: Valentina De Vie – Howard Parker (1:54.3), Spreester – Jim Morrill Jr. (1:57), One Hot Majorette – Tim Tetrick (1:55.4), Just Add Vodka – Tyler Buter (1:57.2), and Francessa – Sam Caruso Jr. (1:56.4).

Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Friday, August 2nd with a post time of 6:50pm. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us on our website at www.tiogadowns.com .

TIOGA/VERNON TO HONOR DRIVER COREY CALLAHAN WITH BOBBLEHEAD



Bobbleheads to celebrate 7th Annual Drivers' Championship at Vernon Downs on Aug. 25 & Tioga Downs on Sept. 2

NICHOLS, NY – He may be in the midst of a career season with nearly $5 million in purse earnings already, but Corey Callahan jokes that "you know you've finally made it when you get a bobblehead."

Callahan, who recently was given the nickname "Captain" in a promotion at The Meadowlands Racetrack, will be honored with his very own bobblehead doll at Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs.
The bobblehead giveaway coincides with the tracks' 7th Annual Drivers' Championship, billed this year as harness racing's version of the All-Star Game.  Callahan will compete against the premier drivers in the sport for more than $40,000 in prize money, including a $25,000 first place prize, the equivalent of a driver's share of winning a $1 million race.

"I'm really looking forward to participating in the Drivers' Championship for the first time," said Callahan. "It's the best of the best competing so to be included in that group is quite an honor."

For the first time, the event will be contested at both racetracks. The opening leg will take place at Vernon Downs on Sunday, August 25 and share the card with the $700,000 Zweig Memorial Trot. The final round will then go to Tioga Downs on Labor Day Monday, September 2 and share the spotlight with the $400,000 Cane Pace, opening leg of Pacing's Triple Crown.

This year, the Drivers' Championship will pit North America's top six money-winning drivers against the leading driver (by wins) at Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs plus a sponsor's exemption. The qualifying cut off date is August 19.

As for that bobblehead, Callahan said the plastic version of him looks just as good as the human version.

"I was very surprised at how much the bobblehead actually looks like me. The people who made it are very talented."

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Fool Me Once, Bet The Moon take NYSS Features at Tioga


The best 3-year-old pacers in New York took center stage at Tioga on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Two divisions of the NYSS and five divisions of the Excelsior were on display.

Fool Me Once rolls at 1/5 in the NYSS
The 1st division of the NYSS featured Fool Me Once as the bettors' 1/5 choice and he did not disappoint. Sent to the front by regular pilot Scott Zeron, the Mark Austin trained son of Art Major-Fool That I Am rolled thru fractions of 26.4, 55.3 and 1:22. Second choice Sir Cary's Z Tam sat in the pocket waiting for an opportunity to pounce in the stretch but was only able to get to the wheel of Fool Me Once right as they crossed the wire in 1:50.2. Fool Me Once came into today undefeated in NYSS events and was 4th in the standings with half as many starts as those above him. The win was his 7th in 9 starts in 2013 pushing his lifetime earnings to just above $375,000.

In the second of two NYSS events, Bet The Moon made a little bobble behind the gate but was able to overcome it quickly to settle in 2nd behind Mark MacDonald and Source Of Pride thru a spirited opening quarter of 26.1. Jim Morrill, Jr. and Bet The Moon waited patiently in the pocket as Source Of Pride rolled the field past the half in 55 flat before sprinting down the backside to a three quarter in 1:21.4, a 26.4 third quarter. From there the duel was on as Morrill pulled Bet The Moon from the pocket and up to challenge Source Of Pride. Bet The Moon looked like he was going to roll right past and clear the leader but Source Of Pride dug in and fought back to exchange the lead a few times thru the stretch. When they reached the wire, Bet The Moon placed his head in front and stopped the timer in 1:50 flat.
Bet The Moon inches by Source of Pride

The Bettor's Delight-Sun N Moon son won for the 2nd time in 2 weeks at Tioga for trainer Ron Burke after last week capturing a division of the Tompkins-Geers. He may be putting his Tioga win streak on the line next week as he is one of several of today's NYSS horses that are eligible for the rich Empire Breeders Classic, a New York bred race for 3-year-olds. Eliminations are next Sunday and the final 2 weeks away.

Also on the card were five divisions of the Excelsior Series for NY-breds. The winners of those events were Royce Blue Chip (1:52.2), Leap Of Faith (1:53.3), Pull The Ripcord (1:54.3), Bettorsluckystreak (1:53.3), and Militia Man (1:52.4).

New York Sire Stakes action continues Monday night at Tioga with 2 year old pacing fillies. Post time is set at 6:50pm. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Cold Certified Takes Tioga Open


Cold Certified won for the 2nd time in 2 starts in 2013, both on the 5/8th mile oval in Nichols, NY. Both times Corey Braden put the 4-year-old son of Kadabra-I Like Stephanie on the front and both times he never looked back. Tonight, over a track listed sloppy after hours of steady rain, Cold Certified wrangled the front in a quick 27.4. After backing down to the half in 57.4, Braden used another burst of speed to lengthen his lead to five thru ¾ in 1:26.1 and cruised home to a length and three quarter victory over a hard charging Windsong Hercules, who shook loose late to close for 2nd, Fool’s Revenue was 3rd.

Corey Braden posted a driving triple while Bruce Clarke and Victor Kirby each secured driving doubles; Tyler Raymer had a training double.

Also taking place during the races was the Annual Miss Tioga Downs contest. A record 19 contestants entered to battle it out for the crown. When the dust settled, Mary Katherine Kulp from nearby Vestal, NY was the winner. She currently attends UMBC studying Biology and Pre-dental.

Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Sunday, July 28th with New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers, post time will be 1:30pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com.

Lukas Hall, Credit Fashion – Upset Winners in NYSS


Lukas Hall scores the 20/1 upset in the NYSS

Cat Manzi was in an upset mood tonight at Tioga Downs, and no, he wasn't mad.

The "Cat man" led the card with 4 winners, 3 of which went off at odds of 11/1 or higher. The first came in the 4th race as the Manzi picked up the lines for Lukas Hall in the 1st division of the New York Sire Stakes for 2 year old colts and geldings.

Heavy favorite Crazzycrazzy and Jim Morrill, Jr. carved out incredible early speed by taking the field thru fractions of 28.2, 56.3 and 1:25.2. The Catman and Lukas Hall sat 3rd along the strung out field and was 12 lengths off at the half. Crazzycrazzy began tiring badly after the ¾ pole and the backfield was in motion led by Lukas Hall. Manzi cleared halfway down the lane and crossed the wire in 1:56.3. The win was the first lifetime win for the Kevin McDermott trained Lukas Hall. The Conway Hall-Goddess Of War colt is co-owned by Wayne Chrebet, former wide receiver of the NY Jets, and Jeff Gural.

In the 2nd of 2 divisions of the 2 year old colts, Cat Manzi found himself once again behind the lines of another longshot, Credit Fashion. Picked as the 9/2 third choice on the morning line, the bettors sent him off at 12/1 from the far outside 9 hole. The Catman placed Credit Fashion on the front easily with a soft opening quarter of 29. From there the 9/5 2nd choise The Lindy Treaty tried to brush to the lead but was thwarted and had to settle in the pocket in front of a gapping Mister Anson just before the half.  The 4/5 favorite Flyhawk El Durado flushed Mister Anson and began working out a 2nd over trip only to jump offstride as the horses turned down the backside. Credit Fashion easily repelled Mister Anson and opened up on the field to win in hand by 4 lengths in 1:57.1. The win marked the 3rd of the year for the Credit Winner-Whata Softie progeny for trainer Jim Campbell.
Cat Manzi gets another upset win with Credit Fashion

Cat Manzi picked up another win in the Fillies & Mares Miracle mile 1 event with 13/1 upset winner V'La Faire. His 4th and final win came in the last division of the Excelsior series with the 5/2 2nd choice Winbak Glory.

Upset bids were not just limited to Manzi as driver Jim Meittinis picked up 3 wins on the card, 2 with longshots at 33/1 (Mandela Blue Chip) and 10/1 (Zoey De Vie). Leading driver Jim Marohn, Jr. picked a driving double by winning the late double.

Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Saturday, July 27th with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com.

Freshman Fillies at Tioga on Monday


The long weekend of NYSS events wraps up with a rare Monday evening card on July 29 at Tioga Downs. 

24 talented two-year-old pacing fillies split into three $36,378 divisions.

Race three is the first sire stake and Scandalicious is the 5/2 morning line choice. This American Ideal filly has two wins in the NY program already, including a 1:56.2 Yonkers score. Andrew Mc Carthy is in to drive for trainer Scott DiDomenico and owner JFE Enterprise, LLC. 
JK Molly sets a new track record in the Tompkins Geers


The middle division features the Art Major lass JK Molly, who lowered the Tioga track record for her age and sex to 1:52.2 in last week's Tompkins-Geers Grand Circuit stakes. She races out of the Linda Toscano barn with her go-to driver Tim Tetrick named. The 3 Brothers Stables of New York, New York own the fleet filly. 

Ali Blue is offered a shot at redemption in the eighth race. She and her legion of fans, which sent her off at $.15 on a dollar in the Tomkins-Geers, met with disappointment when she broke a hopple soon after the start and had to be pulled up by Yannick Gingras. Owners Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and R A W Equine, INC, hope she returns to her previous perfect form for Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter on Monday.  

The supporting card features five divisions of Excelsior stakes for pacing fillies. First post on Monday is 6:50pm. Visit the Tioga website for more details.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Fool Me Once leads 18 sophomore pacing colts in NYSS action Sunday at Tioga


Fool Me Once wins a Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs in June

North America Cup elimination winner, and multiple sire stakes victor, Fool Me Once, leads the headlines for 18 3-year-old colt pacers on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs.

Campaigned from the Mark Austin Stable from Ontario, Canada, the 3-year-old son of Art Major – Fool That I Am has enjoyed a wonderful first half of his sophomore campaign. Fool Me Once has recorded six victories in eight beautifully mapped out starts to keep the 10-time career winner fresh heading into the second half of the season. Fool Me Once took his seasonal mark of 1:48.1 when he captured an elimination of the North America Cup at Mohawk in June. Scott Zeron will make the trip to Nichols, New York to drive Fool Me Once who will start from post four in the first of two $67,243 NYSS divisions.

In the second $67,243 division, Source Of Pride has been installed as the 5/2 morning line favorite for the Jimmy Takter stable. The 3-year-old son of American Ideal – Trim Hanover won a division of the NYSS at Yonkers two starts back in 1:50.4. Jim Morrill Jr. has been listed to drive Source Of Pride who will leave from post position number two in Sunday afternoon's ninth race.

Tioga Downs will also hold five divisions of NYSS Excelsior races on Sunday afternoon for 3-year-old colt pacers, post time for the 12-race card is slated for 1:30pm. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us on our website at www.tiogadowns.com.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

2-year-old colt trotters in the NYSS headline Tioga's Friday night card



Two divisions of 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters headline Friday night's card at Tioga Downs led by morning line favorites CrazzyCrazzy (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Flyhawk El Durado (Jim Morrill Jr.).

The first division will go to the post in the evening's fourth race for $54,181 led by the Casie Coleman trained CrazzyCrazzy. The 2-year-old son of Crazed – Striking Vintage is coming off a debut win in the NYSS at Monticello with an easy two and a half length victory in 1:59.1. Jim Morrill also did the steering that day on CrazzyCrazzy and will once again be at the controls.
Flyhawk El Durado

In the second division for $55,181, Flyhawk El Durado will look for his third straight win on the season. The 2-year-old son of Conway Hall – El Paso Gal opened his career with a second and a win in NYSS competition for driver, trainer, and co-owner Jimmy Whittemore before being sold privately to Martin Scharf where he now resides in the care of trainer Mark Ford. In his first start for the new connections, Flyhawk El Durado captured the Tompkins-Geers at Tioga Downs in a new lifetime best of 1:57.3. Flyhawk El Durado will start from post position number three in a field of nine in Friday night’s ninth race on the card.

Tioga Downs will also offer five divisions of the New York Sire Stakes Excelsior series on Friday night's 12-race program which begins with a post time of 6:50pm. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us on our website at www.tiogadowns.com .

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Shebestingin impressive in Tompkins-Geers stakes at Tioga



Shebestingin (David Miller) captured Sunday afternoon's $29,883 Tompkins-Geers stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies at Tioga Downs.

Shebestingin
Getting away third in a field of six, Shebestingin waited as Jim Morrill Jr. and Give Me An Amen took the field by the quarter in 28.1. As the field headed towards the half, Give Me An Amen was still in control by the half mile mark in 56.2 as Shebestingin began her first over bid. Down the backside, Shebestingin unleashed a wicked 26.1 third quarter brush to clear and open up on the field by three quarters in 1:22.3. Around the final turn, the question was not if but by how many for Shebestingin and David Miller who crossed the wire shut down in 1:50.4.

Joe Holloway trains the 3-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight – Armbro Tussie for Val D'Or Farms, Theodore Gewertz, and L & L Devisser. The win was the sixth of the year in 10 seasonal starts for Shebestingin who increased her seasonal earnings to more than $176,000.

In the other division for 3-year-old pacing fillies, JK Black Beauty and David Miller captured the five horse race in first over fashion with a new lifetime best of 1:52 for trainer Linda Toscano.

Bet The Moon goes by the two favorites to win
In the second division for 3-year-old pacing colts, Bet The Moon and Jim Marohn Jr. upset the heavily favored Doctor Butch (Jim Morrill Jr.) after sitting the pocket through fractions of 27.2, 56.2, and 1:23.4. As the field headed down the stretch, Marohn pulled Bet The Moon to the outside and paced by the pacesetter to win by a length and a quarter in a new lifetime best of 1:51.4. Ron Burke trains the 3-year-old son of Bettor's Delight – Sun N Moon for Edwin Gold.

Don't Ya Know (David Miller) captured the other division for 3-year-old pacing colts with a front end victory in 1:52.3 for trainer Joe Holloway.

Tioga Downs passed a milestone on Sunday afternoon, as in the 6th race of the day Fireyourguns with his 1:50.4 victory became the 5,000th two minute mile in history of Tioga Downs.

Tioga Downs continues live racing on Friday, July 26th with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com .

Saturday, July 20, 2013

True Day Dream captures Tompkins-Geers trot at Tioga Downs


True Day Dream surges past Andie Sophia

True Day Dream and Jim Meittinis captured Saturday night's $35,383 division of the Tompkins-Geers trot for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Tioga Downs.

Leaving from post position number four in a field of eight, Meittinis settled True Day Dream in second as he relinquished the lead to the favored Andie Sophia (Cat Manzi) by the quarter in 28.1. Andie Sophia, who was coming off of her Hudson Trot victory, then led the field through fractions of 57.4 and 1:26.4 with her main contender sitting on Manzi's helmet. As the field headed into the stretch, Meittinis moved True Day Dream to the outside and battled Andie Sophia through the stretch to get up and win by a length and a half in 1:56.

Dan O'Mara trains the 3-year-old daughter Infinitif – Tenacious Victory for owner Joseph Hess of New Milford, NJ. Andie Sophia (Cat Manzi) finished second, while Silver Credit (Jim Marohn Jr.) finished third.

Southwind Cocoa
The other division winner for the 3-year-old trotting fillies was Southwind Cocoa (Jeff Gregory) in 1:57.2, after the 2-5 betting favorite Classic Martine made a break just past the quarter. Classic Martine (Jim Marohn Jr.) did rebound after dropping to last to close and finished second.

In the $62,766 lone division for 3-year-old trotting colts, Pine Credit received an extremely patient drive from Brandon Simpson and it paid off. Simpson sat in with Pine Credit fifth as the field was led through fractions of 28.4 and 58.3 by Crazy About Pat (Cat Manzi). As the field passed by three quarters in 1:27.3, Simpson found room to his right and slid Pine Credit to the outside. The duo began tracking horses three wide around the final turn and as they entered the stretch he was picking up ground on the leader Crazy About Pat with every stride. Pine Credit got up to win in the final strides over Crazy About Pat by a neck in 1:56.4, for his first seasonal victory of the year for trainer Erv Miller. Erv Miller shares ownership of the 3-year-old son of Credit Winner – Ms Piggy Pine with Harvey Eisman and Paymaq Racing.
Pine Credit

Sunday afternoon wraps up the Grand Circuit Tompkins-Geers stakes for 2013.

A dozen sophomore pacing colts are split into two sixes, each for a prize of $31,833 in races one and five. The opener is an even field with Don't Ya Know a slight choice off of his win in the Historic stakes here last month. He has followed that one up with two more wins in overnights at Yonkers. Bluestone Farms, Kitty Hawk Stable and Val D'Or Farms share ownership of the Western Ideal colt from Caviart Vegas, Joe Holloway trains and David Miller drives.

The second division fave is Kenny Jacobs good Art Major colt Doctor Butch. He won the Art Rooney last month and has been on the board in every one of his 18 career outings while bringing home more than a half million dollars. Linda Toscano trains this fella and Jim Morrill, Jr has the drive.

Eleven filly pacers made for an owner-friendly split of five and six in the stake.

JK Black Beauty (Bettor's Delight) headlines the first division in race three. She is another Toscano trainee, this one for the 3 Brothers Stable, who's been lightly raced but very successful. JK Black Beauty captured the Lismore stake last month on her way to over $80,000 in seasonal earnings.

The second filly division is race eight with the six pack racing for a purse of $29,883. Shebestingin is (Bettor's Delight) the most accomplished of the group with over $160,000 earned this year on the strength of five wins in nine outings. She took her personal speed record at Tioga in a NYSS event last month and is paired with her regular driver, Dave Miller, for this engagement. Joe Holloway trains her for Val D'Or, Ted Gewertz and L & L Devisser.

Kenny Jacobs' fan favorite and track record holder Heston Blue Chip makes a local appearance in the Open pace on Sunday afternoon as well.

The fun starts at 1:30.

Friday, July 19, 2013

JK Molly establishes a new track record on Friday night at Tioga Downs



The Tompkins-Geers grand circuit stakes for 2-year-old pacers took center stage at Tioga Downs on Friday night. Three divisions of freshmen filly pacers and three divisions of freshmen colt pacers were the co-featured events on the night's 12-race card.
JK Molly breaks the track record on Friday
In the first $26,040 division of the night, the filly pacers showed off their stuff and Linda Toscano's JK Molly opened some eyes in her second lifetime start. Getting away in fifth from post position number five, Tim Tetrick settled JK Molly in as Expose (David Miller) cut through fractions of 26.4 and 55. As the field headed down the backside, JK Molly was positioned second over as Dottie Major (Marcus Miller) tried a first over assault through a third quarter in 28 (1:23). Around the final turn Tetrick tipped JK Molly three high off fading cover and the 2-year-old daughter of Art Major – Heather's Western responded by pacing away from the field to win by three.

The mile of 1:52.2 eclipsed the previous track record that was held by Drop The Ball from 2010 of 1:52.4. 
Linda Toscano trains JK Molly for the 3 Brothers Stable of New York, New York.

Other division winners for the pacing fillies were: Anegada – Jim Morrill Jr. (1:55.1) and Ravinia Hanover – Yannick Gingras (1:54).

On the colt side of the Grand Circuit stakes, it was a Linda Toscano sweep as she trained the winners of all of the 2-year-old colt pacers, all for different owners. Posting the fastest mile of the hot and humid evening for the colt pacers, was Murder He Wrote, who stayed a perfect two for two in his young career. Tetrick quarter poled to the front by the quarter in 28.3 and then reeled off fractions of 57.4 and 1:25.4 before sprinting home a winner in 1:53.1.
Murder He Wrote

Toscano trains the 2-year-old son of Kenneth J – Jk Dancing Queen for herself, as owner of the Camelot Stable Inc., of Freehold, NJ.

Other division winners included: El Bloombito – Tim Tetrick (1:54) and Winds Of Change – Tim Tetrick (1:53.3).

Sophomore trotters take to the track in the Tompkins-Geers Grand Circuit stakes on Saturday night at Tioga.

One division of ten colts race for $62,766 in the 8th race where trainer Noel Daley sends out a pair of Crazed prospects tabbed as the morning line choice.

Crazy About Pat has matured into a top NYSS performer this season with four wins from 11 outings for just shy of $100,000 in seasonal bankroll for the Patricia Stable. His latest win was in a career best 1:54- in a sire stakes at Vernon Downs. His regular pilot Cat Manzi will be in for the drive.

Up Front And Crazy, out of Love's Caress, is slightly less accomplished but strung three overnight wins together in Canada for owners Up Front Racing, Tres Amigos Stable and the trainer.

The fillies split two ways with a field of eight competing for $35,383 in each. 

Andie Sophia comes in off of a 1:55.3 win in the Grand Circuit Hudson Filly trot at Yonkers. The ultra-consistent Like A Prayer x Promising Deal lass has won four of nine lifetime starts for over a quarter million dollars in earnings career-wise. Trainer Rob Harmon has managed her beautifully and owns the filly in partnership with Comfortably Numb Stable and and A. Friedland. Manzi picks up the drive on Saturday.

Division two features the speedy Classic Martine. This Classic Photo filly from Drinking Days has won six of nine starts this year for $112,083 in earnings and has really been sharp since moving into the Chris Oakes barn in early June, winning a pair of PA stakes in 1:53.1. The Hauser Bros, Susan Oakes and Conrad Zurich share ownership and top Tioga reinsman Jimmy Marohn, Jr has the drive.

Post time on Saturday is 6:50pm.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tioga Downs hosts 2-year old Tompkins-Geers trot



Tioga Downs held a special Thursday evening racing program with three divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies and four divisions of 2-year-old colt trotters for the Tompkins-Geers stakes.

In the 2-year-old colt division, Flyhawk El Durado and Cat Manzi posted the fastest mile of the night winning in a new lifetime best of 1:57.3.
Flyhawk El Durado

Manzi got away third with Flyhawk El Durado as Consumer Rate (Jim Morrill Jr.) put up fractions of 28.3 and 58. Down the backside, Manzi moved Flyhawk El Durado first over through a third quarter in 29.2 as the field reached three quarters in 1:27.2. Around the final turn, Manzi still had plenty of work to do as the deficit was seven at the three quarter mark of the race. At the top of the stretch, Manzi was tracking the leader and used a 28.4 final panel to get up for victory by three parts of a length. Mark Ford trains the 2-year-old son of Conway Hall – El Paso Gal for Martin Scharf who recently purchased Flyhawk El Durado from his former connections. Consumer Rate (Jim Morrill Jr.) hung tough to finish second, while Fashion Crazy (Matt Kakaley) finished third.

In the 2-year-old filly trot, L Dees Scripture (Andy Miller) posted the fastest mile of the night in her first pari-mutuel lifetime start in 1:58.3. Andy Miller sent the 2-year-old daughter of Credit Winner – Graceful Way to the front through factions of 29.4, 1:00.3, and 1:30 before cruising home with a final panel of 28.3.

L Dees Scripture
Other division winner for the 2-year-old filly trot included: Love Detective – Jimmy Takter (1:59) and Winning Pursuit – Jim Morrill Jr. (1:59). Division winners for 2-year-old colt trotters included: Big Bang Hanover – Matt Kakaley (1:59.2), Credit Fashion – Matt Kakaley (1:58), and Starsaboveallerage – Paul Macdonell (1:58.4).    

Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Friday, July 19th with a post time of 6:50pm when two-year-old pacers begin the "Geers" portion of the 2013 Tompkins-Geers Grand Circuit stakes.

Three divisions of fillies will race for a total of nearly $80,000 and they open the card with the full sister (Bettor's Delight x West Side Glory) to the sensational See You At Peelers, Gentlemen's Delight, a slight morning line fave for the Jimmy Takter barn. She led all the way to win a NYSS division at Monticello in 1:58- on Independence Day for owners Christina Takter and John & Jim Fielding. Yannick Gingras is in for the drive.

Division two (race 3) features another Takter debutante, Ali Blue. This American Ideal filly from Mint Julep Blue Chip has won both of her NYSS engagements, zipping around the Monticello oval in 1:56.1 for Gingras in her last. Mrs Takter owns this one as well in a partnership that includes John & Jim Fielding and RAW Equine, INC.

The sixth race offers the cleverly named Vitameatavegamin, an homage to the old I Love Lucy skit. She is an Art Major from Armbro Bijou who was second in her lone pari-mutuel engagement, a NYSS event at Yonkers. Tony Alagna trains her for the Eagles Soar Partners, Joe Sbrocco and Carver Stables and Tim Tetrick will drive.

The three $27,824 divisions for the colts will be races seven through nine. El Bloombito, reported to be a "term of endearment" for NYC Mayor Bloomberg, has the favorite's role in the seventh. The American Ideal x On The Arm colt has been third and second in the NYSS thus far for his owners the Stake Your Claim Stable, Camelot Stable and Fred Wallace. Linda Toscano and Tetrick will handle the racing duties.

Sand Gunner makes the foray east for trainer Tye Loy and drew the oddsmaker's eye in race eight. This homebred Sand Shooter x Ticket Counter gelding has three sharp Ohio qualifiers on his card and makes his pari-mutuel debut for owner Bill Sanders. David Miller is listed to drive.

The evening's stakes wrap with Doo Wop Hanover headlining the final division. This sharp Rocknroll Hanover colt from Deer Valley Miss went a deceptively good race in last week's NJSS final to grab the last check. Steve Elliott trains him for Rick Berks and Gary Piontkowski. Jimmy Morrill, Jr will do the driving.
Post time Friday is 6:50pm on Friday.