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Batavia, NY---Tioga Downs shipper Believe This Bob didn't miss a beat on the half-mile harness racing track and put on a show in winning the $10,000 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Aug. 12)   Believe This Bob (Drew Monti) left from post one and had the lead as soon as the gate released the field, opening up a two-length lead he would maintain the whole race.   Working through fractions of :27.2, 55.3 and 1:23.2, Believe This Bob went unchallenged the whole way and for good reason; the trailing horses had trouble keeping up.   At the top of the lane, Lucky King (Ron Beback Jr.) who had gotten a perfect pocket trip, launched a mild bid at the leader. But Believe This Bob kept his eye on the prize and finished a wrapped-up winner in 1:52.3.   It was the fourth win of the year for Believe This Bob ($4.20) and 43rd of his career. The 9-year-old gelded son of Beach Romeo is owned by Mary Ann Larrimore and is trained by Joe Skowyra.   In the co-featured $9,000 Open II pace, Sir Ziggy's Z Tam (John Cummings Jr.) was hopelessly locked in fifth at the top of the far turn but found room along the pylons heading down the lane and brushed late to capture the win in 1:54.2. Sir Ziggy's Z Tam ($13.80) is owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin.   Drew Monti and Kevin Cummings both had a driving hat trick on Saturday while John Cummings Jr. and Jim Morrill Jr. each had driving doubles.   Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 12) with post time set for 1:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- Harness racing trainer Joe Skowyra and driver Mike Simons swept the pacing features on Saturday (August 20) evening at Tioga Downs, teaming up with Believe This Bob ($4.20) in the featured $13,000 Open 1 Pace and Flying Cowboy ($4.30) in the sub-featured $10,000 Open 2 Pace.   Believe This Bob avenged his defeat to Andreios Kardia in last week's Open 1 successfully, sprinting to a clear lead from Pop Cop (Scott Coulter) on approach to the first turn and controlling the pace through splits of :27.2, :56, and 1:23.2. The 8-year-old Beach Romeo gelding edged clear off the far turn, evading steady first-over gains from runner-up Andreios Kardia (Corey Braden) by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:51. Pop Cop faded to third after laboring from the pocket.   Mary Ann Larrimore owns 38-time winner Believe This Bob, a winner in four of his last six races.   Flying Cowboy used similar tactics early on in the sub-featured event, pushing clear of Winyard Hanover (Jim Meittinis) through the first turn before rating a leisurely :58 half mile. The 6-year-old Brandon's Cowboy gelding responded well to heavy first-over pressure from Vangura (Corey Braden), digging in following a :26.4 third quarter to repel Vangura and hold sway of Winyard Hanover by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:52.1. Major War (Mike Merton) mounted a mild rally off stalling cover to save third.   Wade Wyatt owns Flying Cowboy, a 31-time winner who posted a fourth consecutive victory.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 21), with a 14-race card due to commence at 1:30 p.m. Eliminations for the pacing divisions of the Empire Breeders Classic take center stage along with New York Sire Stakes events for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob ($5.80) enjoyed a pocket trip en route to a lifetime-best 1:49.4 victory in Sunday (July 24) afternoon's harness racing featured $11,000 Open 1 Handicap Pace at Tioga Downs.   The 8-year-old Beach Romeo gelding ceded the lead to 7-5 favorite Fireyourguns (Jim Meittinis) in the first 100 yards, enjoying a cozy pocket trip through splits of :26.2 and :55.1. On the backstretch, Believe This Bob found himself boxed as Piece of the Rock (Vinny Ginsburg) sustained first-over pressure to force a :27.2 third quarter. Fireyourguns responded in kind to turn aside Piece of the Rock at head-stretch, but Mike Simons was able to angle Believe This Bob out of the pocket to give chase upon cornering. Ultimately, Believe This Bob lifted to the lead in the final yards, collaring Fireyourguns by half a length. Lauxmont Capri (Jim Taggart, Jr.) stayed on for third off a traffic-troubled stalking trip, another 1-1/2 lengths back.   Joe Skowyra trains Believe This Bob, now a 37-time winner and a winner in four of his last six Open events in the Southern Tier.   No one hit the 50¢ Pick 5, resulting in a carryover of $556.05 to Friday (July 29) evening's card. First post is set for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob ($4.10) made all the pace en route to a 1:51.1 harness racing triumph in Sunday (June 26) afternoon's $11,000 Open 1 Pace at Tioga Downs, holding off a belated rally from the rising Andreios Kardia to prevail at even money.    Mike Simons wasted no time with the 8-year-old Beach Romeo gelding, sprinting clear of Theseyesrcrying (Justin Huckabone) through a :26.3 first quarter. Believe This Bob would escape pressure through splits of :55 and 1:22.2, maintaining an uncontested lead and accelerating clear on the backstretch.   His biggest threat would come from the second-over Andreios Kardia (Aaron Byron), who circled three-wide in the final three-sixteenths of the mile as the first-over P L Idaho (Dan Clements) weakened after only mild gains.   The :27.2 third quarter was enough for Believe This Bob to keep the other seven at bay, as he held off Andreios Kardia by three-quarters of a length. Knocking Around (John Cummings, Jr.) rallied from a rearward trip to take third, and Theseyesarecrying faded to fourth from his pocket trip. Mike Simons   Joe Skowyra trains Believe This Bob, now a 35-time winner.   In addition to Believe This Bob, Simons teamed up with Big Jer ($2.30, 1:52.3) and Lucky Man ($3.10, 1:53.2) to lead all drivers with three wins on the 11-race card.   The Tompkins-Geers Stakes headline Week 9 at Tioga Downs, with 3-year-old trotters taking the spotlight on Friday (July 1) evening. Post time is slated for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob ($15.00) made all the pace in Sunday (June 5) afternoon's $11,000 Open 1 Pace at Tioga Downs, enduring poor weather conditions and staving off a pair of late challengers en route to a 1:51.3 harness racing triumph.   Mike Simons pushed forward early with the 8-year-old Beach Romeo gelding, forcing 3-5 favorite Fireyourguns (Aaron Byron) into the pocket through a :26 first quarter and maintaining a blistering pace through middle splits of :53.4 and 1:21.4. Heading to the far turn, Theseyesrcrying (Jim Marohn, Jr.) mounted a first-over rally, dueling into second over a tiring Fireyourguns. While Theseyesrcrying accelerated off the corner to sustain his pursuit of Believe This Bob, the pacesetter dug in to just prevail over sloppy going. Theseyesrcrying missed by a neck, while GD Airliner (David McNeight, III) worked late into third off a second-over journey.   Joe Skowyra trains Believe This Bob, now a 34-time winner.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (June 10) evening, with post time slated for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- Sunday (August 9) afternoon's program at Tioga Downs was headlined by a sextet of Geers Stakes for harness racing 2- and 3-year-old pacers, with six different drivers and five different trainers prevailing in the races worth a combined $246,930 in purses.   Five three-year-old pacing colts and geldings contested a single $56,664 split, and Tony Alagna trainees Revenge Shark ($3.50, part of entry, Brett Miller up) and Dreams Beachboy (Scott Zeron) took the top two spots. After My Hero Ron (Matt Kakaley) established the lead early and controlled a :55.2 first half, Revenge Shark commenced a first-over rally, pushing clear after a :26.4 third quarter and narrowly holding off his stablemate for a 1:50.2 win. My Hero Ron was a resurgent third after giving way, and Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund standout Remember Me VK (Montrell Teague), while making up four lengths of ground down the grandstand side in the final quarter, only could muster a fourth-place finish.   Alagna Racing, LLC and Bradley Grant own Revenge Shark, an entire son of Cam's Card Shark.   While Alagna trainees swept the top two positions in the lone event for 3-year-old male pacers, Erv Miller trainees prevailed in two of three splits for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, all of which were contested for just over $28,000. McDave ($5.80) and Marcus Miller prevailed off a pocket trip, just collaring 3-4 favourite Talk Show (Zeron) for a 1:52.1 triumph, while Aaron Byron mounted a belated rally with Ideal Jimmy ($7.40) to just collar Safensound Hanover (David Miller) and Do Over Hanover (Tim Tetrick) from off cover in a 1:53.2 score.   Ed Hart trainee Rock Power ($36.60, Jim Marohn, Jr.) pulled off a major upset in the other division for 2-year-old male pacers, holding off a stout first-over challenge from Manny (Mike Simons) to prevail by a half-length in 1:52.4. Favourite JJ Flynn (Tetrick) enjoyed a cozy second-over trip behind Manny, but failed to fire off the far turn.   A quartet of 2-year-old pacing fillies vied for $56,776 in their non-wagering event, and Blue Moon Stride (Andy McCarthy) held sway from a late-charging JK Fannie (Tetrick) after controlling an easy pace. The Rocknroll Hanover filly turned in a 1:54 effort for trainer Mark Harder.   Likewise, four 3-year-old pacing fillies competed in a non-wagering $47,664 event, and Ideal Nuggets (David Miller) proved a gutsy winner in 1:53, turning aside a first-over challenge from Crescent City (Tetrick) and subsequently staving off a late charge from Strut My Stuff (McCarthy) to prevail by a half-length. Ed Lohmeyer trains the daughter of Western Ideal.   The featured overnight race was a $14,000 Open Pace, with Believe This Bob ($39.20, Byron) setting the pace and narrowly holding off a late charge from 4-5 favourite El Bloombito (Tetrick) to prevail in 1:50.1. Joe Skowyra trains the 7-year old Beach Romeo gelding for Mary Ann Larrimore.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (August 14) evening, with first post scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

After proving a gritty winner in both his preliminary events, Jeneral Patton ($2.80) earned a hard-fought 1:51.3 victory in Sunday (July 5) afternoon's harness racing $42,800 final of the Nichols True Value pacing series at Tioga Downs.   Jim Marohn, Jr. brushed to the lead with the 4-year-old Art Major entire after a :27 first quarter, clearing Gokudo Hanover (Tom Jackson) with a circuit to go but then yielding to Let's Foal Around (Mike Simons), who claimed commend on entry to the clubhouse turn after dueling for the lead at race's outset. With Let's Foal Around taking charge through a :54.3 half mile, Jeneral Patton was able to draft along comfortably in the pocket as the mid-race leader faced heavier pressure. With three-eighths to go, Let's Foal Around faced pressure from a first-over Idealbeach Hanover (Brandon Simpson), and the two dueled through a 1:22.1 three-quarter sectional while Marohn angled Jeneral Patton three-wide on the far turn. In upper stretch, Let's Foal Around kicked clear of his dueling rivals, but was chased valiantly by a late-charging Stratocaster (Aaron Byron) up the pegs. Jeneral Patton responded to the late threat, holding sway by half a length. Stratocaster's potent inside kick earned him second honors, and the tiring Let's Foal Around held third.   Linda Toscano trains Jeneral Patton for owner Kenneth Jacobs.   Marohn took the $10,000 Open II Pace earlier on the card, driving Ron Burke trainee Eastend Eddie ($3.30) to a 4-1/2 length win over Electrofire (Simons) and Lauxmont Capri (Jim Taggart, Jr.) by way of a third-over trip. After losing cover on the approach to the far turn, the 7-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding began to edge away, drawing off for a 1:51.2 score.   The afternoon's co-featured Open I Pace carried a purse of $14,000, and saw Believe This Bob ($3.30) dictate the terms through strong fractions before drawing clear to a 3-1/2 length win over U Belong To Me (Marohn) and Bettorsluckystreak (Taggart). Aaron Byron drove the 7-year-old Beach Romeo gelding for trainer Joe Skowyra.   Byron led all drivers with three wins on the 11-race card.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday (July 10) evening, with post time scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

On a dreary Monday evening which felt more like the last of April than the first of June, Mary Larrimore's Believe This Bob ($2.90) staved off two late threats en route to a 1:51.2 victory in the featured $14,000 Open Pace at the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs.   Coming off a handy 1:50.3 win the week prior, the 7-year-old Beach Romeo gelding made an early push to the fore, clearing That'll Be the Rei (Jim Marohn, Jr.) on the first turn.   While he had to work to achieve the lead in a :26.2 initial quarter, Believe This Bob was able to rate a :55.1 half before maintaining his uncontested lead on the backstretch.   Heading to the far turn, Road Untraveled (Mike Simons) began a two-wide push, progressing after Believe This Bob passed the three-quarter mark in 1:23.2 while maintaining his 1-1/2 length lead.   At the top of the stretch, Aaron Byron called upon the odds-on pacesetter for all he had, working through the final 150 yards to stave off a late bid from That'll Be the Rei.   While those two dueled, Road Untraveled dove to the pegs to sustain his rally, proving to be the equal of That'll Be the Rei in a place dead heat--but neither able to catch Believe This Bob, who prevailed by a long neck to half a length.   Joe Skowyra trains Believe This Bob, who scored his second Open win at Tioga in as many starts.   Byron scored a driving hat trick on the 10-race card, as did Jim Marohn, Jr.   Racing continues at Tioga on Friday (June 5) evening, with post time scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   The Friday card features the third round of the United States vs. Spain amateur driving competition, which visits two other tracks in New York State before concluding in the Southern Tier.   James Witherite

Nichols, N.Y. -- Making his local harness racing debut after chasing top pacers in Delaware, Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob ($4.10) had no trouble keeping clear of his seven rivals in Sunday (May 24) evening's $14,000 Open Pace at Tioga Downs, holding sway for a 1:50.3 triumph.   The 7-year-old Beach Romeo gelding split fellow leavers Road Untraveled (Brandon Simpson) and Glass Prince (Rick Dane) to assume the pacesetting duties, clicking off a :26.2 first quarter and maintaining the lead through a :55 half mile. Believe This Bob in fact controlled the terms throughout, edging clear from the pocket-sitting Road Untraveled on the far turn. Upon encouragement from Aaron Byron through the stretch, Believe This Bob dug in to maintain a clear two-length margin over a late-rallying Glass Prince. Glass Prince, who was locked in on the backstretch by Prairie Jaguar (Jim Marohn, Jr.), had room to edge off the pegs at head-stretch, narrowly defeating Road Untraveled for second. Prairie Jaguar faded to fourth off his uncovered bid.   Joe Skowyra trains Believe This Bob, now a 27-time winner.   Byron kicked off a driving grand slam in the featured event, reeling off two more wins immediately aboard Oakmont ($4.30, 1:51.3) and NBA Pick ($8.10, 1:55.2) before capturing the finale with Philana Chalice ($40.00, 1:55.2). Corey Braden and Jim Marohn, Jr. both recorded driving doubles on the night, while Edgar "Sparky" Clarke notched a training double on the 10-race card.   Monday (May 25) afternoon's all-stakes card kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time, with first-round Graduate action for 4-year-olds and New York Sire Stakes events for 3-year-old pacing fillies comprising the entirety of the 13-race card.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

DOVER, Del.--- Believe This Bob, off at 5-1, made everyone a believer after a 1:51.1 harness racing victory in the $25,000 Delaware Special during a sudden snow shower at Dover Downs on Thursday, Jan. 29. Meet leader Corey Callahan had a big day with another quadruple. With Ross Wolfenden in the bike, Believe This Bob won the $25,000 feature for the third time this meet, his second in the last four starts. The altered son of Delaware-sire Beach Romeo-Believe This Gal, trained by Jason Skinner for owner Mary Ann Larrimore, closed along the passing lane to overtake Don't Ya Know (Corey Callahan), who had led from the start and fought off a strong Papa Ray (Eddie Davis Jr.) until the final strides. The win was the 25th in his 100 career starts for Believe This Bob. He has earned purses of $35,000 already in 2015 and $271,645 lifetime. Mustang Art (Ron Pierce) closed quickly to take third. In the $16,000 Open pace, Contraband Hanover was for real, in a 1:52.2 triumph, the second of four for Callahan. Tom Lazzaro owns the Somebeachsomewhere-Castaway gelding, trained by Dylan Davis, in his second victory of his last three races. Keystone Real Deal (Montrell Teague) and Leyden (George Dennis) were second and third respectively. Little Ben and Trace Tetrick came up big in the $14,500 3,4&5 Male Winners-Over pace cutting out a 1:51.3 career best. Go Big Spinder (Pierce) was next. Workandplay (Callahan) was the show finisher. The victory for the Jereme's Jet-Honey's Bud Lite gelding was his second of three and fourth of seven this meet. Ron Pierce sent Kovach Stable's Feel Like A Fool right to the front and never was headed in a 1:51.1 decision in a $13,000 Male Winners-Over pace. Adventure Bound (Art Stafford Jr.) was a good second. Millenuium Wheel (Jason Lynch) closed from far back for third. Ballinrobe won the other $14,500 edition giving Allan Davis, trainer Wayne Givens and owners Sharon White, Mark Givens and Legacy Racing, winning credits. The Bettor's Delight-Lisbellaw gelding notched a 1:51.4 triumph. PL Hoofhearted (Jonathan Roberts) was second in front of Cheyenne Outlaw (George Dennis). The longshot of the day was the consistent Ourea Nourrir, who stepped up after a win with a $15,000 tag to post a 1:52.2 success winning a $25,000 Male Claiming pace. Allan Davis drove for trainer Wayne Givens and owners Sharon White and Legacy Racing. Arsenal (Tetrick) came in second with Eridanus N (Vic Kirby) third place. It was the fourth win to go with three seconds in seven appearances for the Dragon Again-Odds On The Hat gelding. Three sets of owner, trainer and driver combinations enjoyed two wins during the program. George Dennis, trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick along with Ron Pierce, trainer Dylan Davis and owner Howard Taylor and Allan Davis, Wayne Givens and owners Legacy Racing and Sharon White. Friday, Saturday and this week only, on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, are "dark" days. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

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