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.
After beating top company at Buffalo and Vernon, Fireyourguns ($3.00) scored his third victory in as many seasonal starts in Sunday (May 4) afternoon's $14,000 Open Pace at Tioga Downs.
Fireyourguns reels off his fourth consecutive win; third in 2014. (Fred Brown photo)
The five-year-old American Ideal gelding floated to the front early on, setting even fractions of :28, :56, and 1:23.4 while Mystical Valentine (Jason Ryan) chased from the loose pocket throughout. On the far turn, Aaron Byron called upon Fireyourguns to draw clear, and the response was instant, as the 1-2 favorite opened up to a 3-1/2 length advantage before reaching the top of the stretch. Prairie Jaguar (Jim Marohn, Jr.) angled to the outside just off the turn to put in a late bid, rallying to be second, while Mystical Valentine was a tiring third. Fireyourguns was measured in the last sixteenth of a mile en route to a 1:51.4 win with plenty in reserve.
Trainer Terence McClory co-owns Fireyourguns with Jennifer and Robert Lowe.
Earlier in the card, the Jeff Sorenson-trained Golden Gun prevailed in the $11,000 Open II Pace, holding off a late challenge from the pocket-sitting Bettorsluckystreak to win in 1:55.1 in rein to Jim Marohn, Jr.
Live racing resumes on Friday evening, with first post at 6:15 p.m.