|Maven and Yannick Gingras capture Miss Versatility|
Leaving from post position number six in a field scratched down to eight, Maven got away second as Cedar Dove (Ron Pierce) got to the opening quarter in 28.1. As the field headed towards the half mile mark, Pierce had the field at a crawl and Gingras decided it was time to move Maven to the outside just after the three eighths mark as the field went by the half in 57.2. Down the backside, Pierce attempted to step away from the rest of the field with a third panel in 27.2, but Maven would not go away and as the field entered the stretch, Maven had a quarter length advantage on the field. Down the stretch, Maven stepped away from the field and was able to hold off a late charge by Beatgoeson Hanover (David Miller) to win by a neck in 1:53.3.
It was the sixth win in eight seasonal starts for the 4-year-old daughter of Glidemaster – M Stewart, who is owned by W J Donovan of Florida, and is trained by Jonas Czernyson.
Beatgoeson Hanover (David Miller) got up for second, while Cedar Dove (Ron Pierce) hung on for third.
The $100,000e Miss Versatility Final will be held on Jug Day in Delaware, OH (September 19) with the top eight point earners that declare making the final.
Tioga Downs also held three divisions for 2-year-old colt trotters in the Kindergarten Classic which were won by Southwind Spirit – Yannick Gingras (1:56.1) a 2-year-old son of Muscle Hill – Spice On Ice, Toss Cartwright – Corey Callahan (1:57) a 2-year-old Muscles Yankee – Toss Up, and Resolve – Roman Lopez (1:55.2) a 2-year-old son of Muscle Hill – Anikawiesahalee which equaled the track record for 2-year-old colt trotters held by Delano from 2011.
Two divisions for 2-year-old filly trotters were also held on Sunday in the Kindergarten Classic: You And I – John Campbell (1:56.3) a 2-year-old daughter of Muscles Yankee – Spendthrift and Chocolate Crisp – Tim Tetrick (1:56.1) 2-year-old Chocolatier – Yankee Valentine.
Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Friday, August 30th with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com .