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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

Timeout I'm Tired (Jim Marohn Jr.) uses a late run to capture the Tioga Downs Open Pace ($12,000) on Sunday (July 30). Harness racing driver Jim Marohn Jr. would capture six wins on the day. Hot Rod Dylan (Mike Simons) would get the jump on the open field and set all the early fractions :27.0, :55.2, 1:22.4, 1:50.3. Time Out I'm Out Tired (Artiscape), who is owned by William Mears and Janine Mc Ilvain, while trained by Joe Skowyra, would ride the whole way in the pocket. Marohn Jr,, found an opening at the pylons and steered the 5 year-old right by to just nip the even money favorite, Hot Rod Dylan (second) in 1:50.3. Dash Of Danger (Jim Meittinis) would finish third. Time Out I'm Tired won for the fifth time this season. Marohn Jr. would get to the winners circle five more times. First with Bill Jones ($15.60). Then with Tailgunner Hanover ($15.30), Winyard Hanover ($8.90). His last two would follow his Open Pace win, with Lyon's Johnny ($6.60) and Owosso Flash ($16.60). Tioga owns returns to live racing on Friday (August 4) at 6:45 p.m. For more information please go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs  

Believe this Bob (Aaron Byron) cruised to an easy win in the Tioga Downs feature (May29). Owned by Mary Ann Larrimore and trained by Joe Skowyra, the nine year old Beach Romeo gelding won in 1:51.3. Believe this Bob paid $2.50 for the gate to wire win. Alaskan Seelsteer (Jim Meittinis) took second and Owosso Flash (Mike Simons) finished third. Tioga Downs returns to live racing Friday (June 2) at 6:50 pm. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs.

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Hot Patootie ($4.60) was sure a stubborn mare in the home stretch at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (May 24) and it paid off with a narrow nose victory over Classy Lane Rose in the $10,000 Open Pace for the harness racing ladies   It was the third straight win for Hot Patootie (Larry Stalbaum) who covered the mile in 1:55.4 over the fast track.   Starting from the six post, it took Hot Patootie a quarter mile to reach the top in 27.4. She was helped by the pocket-sitting Voltina who blew far turn the first time and scattered the field.   With a half of 56.0, Hot Patootie opened up a three length edge to the three-quarter marker but looked like she was going to drop anchor in the lane as Classy Lane Rose (Drew Monti) cut into the margin.   But Stalbaum kept the Hot Patootie afloat in the stretch and had just enough to hang on for the victory over a tough luck Classy Lane Rose. Squeeze This (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show position.   Owned by David Crumb and trained by Joe Skowyra, the 5-year-old Hot Patootie (Hot Pans-Getting Better) now has six wins in 17 tries in 2017. The victory upped her seasonal bankroll to $22,578 and $85,767 lifetime.   Jim Morrill Jr. had the hot hand in the sulky with four wins while Monti had a triple and Stalbaum added a double.   Racing will continue on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race card on tap.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Hot Patootie has been used to going gate-to-wire recently to find her way to the winner's circle at Buffalo Raceway. But that method went out the window on Wednesday night (May 17). Getting the long journey on the outside the entire mile, Hot Patootie was still good enough to top the harness racing field in the $8,200 pace for the mares.   For Hot Patootie ($13.20), it was her third victory in her last four starts. She beat Double Joy by a half length in 1:56.0 over the fast track.   It was a four-way battle to the top and when the dust settled on the warm evening, Voltina found herself in the lead. Going by the half in 57.4, Double Joy (Larry Stalbaum) was in command with Hot Patootie (Drew Monti) inching her way closer on the outside.   The final panel boiled down to a battle between the two mares with the relentless Hot Patootie managing to wear down Double Joy late to take win. Squeeze This (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show spot.   Owned by David Crumb and trained by Joe Skowyra, it was the fifth victory in 16 appearances for Hot Patootie (Hot Pans-Getting Better). The win upped her seasonal earnings to $17,578 and $80,767 lifetime.   Monti finished the evening with four wins in the bike while Stalbaum and Jim Morrill Jr. posted doubles. Trainer JD Perrin had a training triple and Bo Sowers had two.   Racing will continue on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race card scheduled.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays, results and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Hot Patootie cooled off the field in the featured $8,200 pace for the harness racing mares at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (May 10) by going wire-to-wire and breezing to a easy 2-1/4 length win over Sandy De Vie in 1:55.0.   With the usual front-running Deliciouslynaughty scratched from the event sick, it enabled Hot Patootie (Drew Monti) to get an uncontested lead from the pylons while the rest of the field dropped into line quickly in post position order.   With fractions of 28.4, 57.3 and 1:26.3 over the fast track, Hot Patootie ($6.00) had nothing but clear sailing down the stretch as the reminder of the field failed to mount any kind of threat. The favored Sandy De Vie (Jim Morrill Jr.) took the place position while Squeeze This (Ron Beback Jr.) won the battle for third.   Owned by David Crumb and trained by Joe Skowyra, Hot Patootie (Hot Pans-Getting Better) is a 5-year-old mare that now has four victories in 15 attempts in 2017. The win moved her seasonal earnings to $13,478 and $76,667 lifetime.   Monti, after posting a six-bagger on Saturday night, remained hot with four more victories while Stalbaum added a triple.   Racing will continue on Friday evening at Buffalo Raceway with an 11-race program slated for 5 p.m.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays, results and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Rebel Jet ($12.40) has been a well-traveled harness racing pacer the past few months but he found a perfect landing spot at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (Jan. 21) by winning the $10,000 Open in 1:57.1 over the good track.   After visiting Vernon Downs, Batavia Downs, Pocono and The Meadowlands in the past three months, Rebel Jet (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) was ready to give Buffalo Raceway a try.   It was a success as he got a perfect pocket trip then used the passing lane late to hold off Knocking Around (David McNeight III). Southwind Torque (Shawn Gray) took third.   After taking the lead briefly, Rebel Jet had to settle into second place as Southwind Torque set the pace with splits of 29.2, 58.0 and 1:27.1.   Turning for home, Southwind Torque hung tough but retreated to third place. Rebel Jet, however, revved his engines in the passing lane and squeezed out the half length decision while Knocking Around came on the outside to take second.   Owned by Rocco Stebbins and trained by Joe Skowyra, the 8-year-old gelded Rebel Jet (Jerome's Jet-Heart ofthe Matter) has now earned $218,224 in his career thanks to 26 lifetime victories.   Gray led the drivers with a triple with Aldrich Jr. and Ray Fisher Jr. each notching a double. Trainer JD Perrin conditioned three winners and Skowyra posted two.   Action will resume at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night with a 12-race program slated to begin at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

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

Vernon, N.Y. -- Not only working to overcome post 9 and a stiff first-over challenge from Gratias Deo on the far turn, Wade Wyatt's Flying Cowboy ($14.20) also withstood a stiff headwind on the backstretch while making all the pace in Saturday (October 24) evening's featured $5500 conditioned pace at Vernon Downs.   John MacDonald sent the 5-year-old Brandon's Cowboy gelding to a clear lead through a wind-aided :25.1 initial quarter, backing down the pace just as quickly upon reaching the backstretch and the severe headwind. After rating a :31.1 breather, Flying Cowboy dug in to stave off a stiff first-over challenge from 2-1 favourite Gratias Deo (Chris Lems) through the far turn. While Gratias Deo chased gamely through the stretch, the Joe Skowyra-trained Flying Cowboy held sway by 1-1/4 lengths, prevailing in 1:54.4. Dodger Hanover (Jimmy Whittemore) rallied into third after tracking live second-over cover through the far turn.   MacDonald and Jimmy Whittemore led all drivers on the 11-race card with three wins apiece.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Wednesday (October 28). The final Wednesday program of the meet features 10 races, the first of which will be due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs  

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

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