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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was a family affair in the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly pacers on Wednesday night (June 13) at Buffalo Raceway as the Cummings brothers swept both divisions of the series.   Kevin Cummings won the $56,900 opening leg aboard Wisdom Tree ($2.50) who toured the Hamburg half-mile oval in 1:54.0 while John Cummings Jr. took the $58,000 second event as he guided Checkered Past ($10.80) in gate-to-wire fashion with a 1:54.1 clocking.   Both times were just off the track record of 1:53.3 established in 2015 by Mosquito Blue Chip.   In the first division, Wisdom Tree looked like she was going to be the leader of the pack but Pelican Clue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) decided that they didn't want the pocket journey, thus they took over command and put up an opening panel of :28.0.   "I expected to get a pocket trip," Kevin Cummings said of Wisdom Tree after getting shuffled back to second.   Things remained status quo until just before the three-quarter pole as Cummings went first over and easily paced by Pelican Blue Chip, coasting to a 4-1/4 length victory. Betterthangraduate (Johnathan Drury) rolled into the third place position.   "I think I might have surprised Pelican Blue Chip (and Morrill Jr.) when we pulled out when we did," Cummings stated. "I didn't want to sprint to the finish line."   Co-owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeffrey Callipher, Wisdom Tree (Betterthancheddar-Wisdom) is trained by Edward Hart. It was the fifth win in seven tries this year for Wisdom Tree who has now put $81,950 in the bank in 2018 and $134,244 lifetime.   Checkered Past scored from the rail and never looked back in taking the relatively easy decision.   With reasonable fractions of :29.0, :58.0 and 1:26.0, Checkered Past showed the way on the lead with Ms. Cheesman (Jimmy Whittemore) giving chase the entire mile.   In the stretch, Checkered Past used a :28.1 last panel to hold off the final surge by Ms. Cheesman who finished a half length behind. Liplock (Nicholas Boyd) rallied late for the show position.   "She was good," Cummings Jr. said of Checkered Past in the victory. "I was able to dictate the pace and keep soft fractions."   Owned by All Star Racing Inc. and conditioned by Peter Foley, it was the second win in eight appearances in 2018 for Checkered Past (American Ideal-Character Flaw). The triumph upped her winnings to $50,073 this year and $107,461 in her career.   Buffalo Raceway drivers ended up making it a clean sweep in the NYSS and Excelsior races.   In the $15,000 Excelsior A Series, Drew Monti got things started with a $14.60 surprise on Majorette Angie. Ray Fisher Jr. found the winner's circle with Psychic Blue Chip ($4.40) in 1:56.0 while Kevin Cummings drove Mink Pink ($3.00) to the victory in 1:56.0.   Casie's Believer ($5.90) found pay dirt in the lone $6,800 Excelsior B Series bracket as Monti steered her home.   Morrill Jr. finished the evening with a driving triple while Kevin Cummings and Monti had doubles.   Racing will continue on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with a nine-race program on tap.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Double Down Jo came into Buffalo Raceway's $7,000 featured pace for the mares on Wednesday night (Feb. 28) with a pair of back-to-back victories that were won with relative ease. The question was if could she handle tougher conditions.   The answer was a resounding yes.   After battling to gain the lead to the quarter pole, Double Down Jo led every step of the way after that and held on for a hard-fought head decision over Tymal Luckynpink in 1:58.2 over the good track.   With a four-way scramble to the opening panel, Double Down Jo (John Cummings Jr.) managed to reach the top in 28.3. Things were uneventful from there but things got interesting at the until the top of the stretch.   Tymal Luckynpink (Drew Monti) made a late rally from the passing lane while Forbettor Or Worse took her shot on the outside. Both made valiant efforts but Double Down Jo ($3.60) was stubborn and held on for the head win over Tymal Luckynpink and Forbettor Or Worse who had to settle for second and third respectively.   Owned by Joseph Shaw and trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., it was the fourth win in five starts for Double Down Jo (Roll With Jo-For The Goodrhymes). The four-year-old mare has now earned $13,839 in 2018 and $45,074 lifetime.   Monti had a four-bagger on the evening while David McNeight III had a triple. Trainer JD Perrin had three victories with Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. notching a double.   Racing will resume on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 12-race program slated.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian Mazurek

Batavia, NY---Even though the betting public completely overlooked Tioga Downs invader Team Captain at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 16), the 16-1 pacer made his presence known in the $10,500 featured Open by upsetting local harness racing favorite Fireyourguns in one of the most exciting races held at the Downs this season. Team Captain (John Cummings Jr.) got away last in the field of seven as even-money shot Fireyourguns went three-deep to take the lead and set quick early fractions of :26.1 and :54.2. He was being prompted by Believe This Bob (Shawn McDonough) who was parked out the entire mile. As the field bunched into two rows up the backstretch, Team Captain was still last and third-over in the outer flow at three-quarters in 1:23.1 but that was about to change. Coming off the last turn, Focus Power (Drew Monti) tipped three-deep around Itsonlyrocknroll A (Larry Stalbaum) and Team Captain tipped four-wide around him. As the cavalry charge roared down the stretch, Fireyourguns weakened inside as Focus Power and Team Captain went toe-to-toe all the way to the wire with Team Captain eventually getting a head advantage under the light in 1:52.4. Team Captain ($34.20) scored his sixth win of the year for owner Joseph Martinelli Sr. who has benefited from his horse's efforts this year in the amount of $35,610. Paul Bernardo trains the 5-year-old gelded son of Cam's Card Shark. In the co-featured $9,000 Open II pacing event, Show Stopping ($28.20) tracked fast fractions set by Mister Livan N (Larry Stalbaum) from sixth before pulling second-over at three-quarters and then tipping three-wide at the top of the stretch to pace away from the field and win by one-half length in 1:53.1. Show Stopping is owned by Resilient Racing Stable and trained by Rose Russo. Drew Monti, Kevin Cummings, John Cummings Jr. and Ray Fisher Jr. all had driving doubles Saturday. Trainer Rose Russo also sent out two winners from her stable. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Monday (Sept. 18) with post time at 5 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY---In the featured $10,000 Open pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 24), the only race was for second as the heavily favored invader, Scott Rocks led at all stations en route to registering the fastest pacing mile of the year at the Genesee County harness racing oval. John Cummings Jr. left with Scott Rocks and after easing him through a brutally sunlit first turn, got his horse in gear on the back straight and took the lead by the quarter in :27.4. As soon as he crossed over to the pylons, Cummings popped the plugs and took a reclined posture in the bike as he became a passenger for the rest of his ride. Scott Rocks was up by one and one-half lengths at the half in :56.2 and by two at three-quarters in 1:23.4. With the rest of the field scrambling to keep up at that point, the leader opened up three lengths under mild urging from Cummings and won wrapped-up in 1:52. China Dream (Shawn Gray) closed strong to catch second and Heaven Rocks (Kevin Cummings), who followed the winner the entire mile, hung on for third. It was the ninth win of the year, including three straight most recently for Scott Rocks ($2.50) and the purse increased his 2016 bank to $133,374 for owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey. The 6-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover is trained by Chris Oakes. John Cummings Jr. had a driving grand slam on Saturday winning with Scott Rocks ($2.50, 1:52), Keystone Dalton ($3.10, 1:55), Foreign Officer ($4.30, 1:54.1) and Untouchable One ($3.40, 1:56). Drew Monti had a driving triple while Ray Fisher Jr. doubled up. Trainer JD Perrin conditioned three winning horses on the night. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Sept. 28) with the first post at 6:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- Oldford Racing, LLC's Stratocaster ($7.60) worked to fend off pressure though the far turn in Sunday (July 17) afternoon's featured Open 2 Pace at Tioga Downs, subsequently edging clear of a belated rally from Dee's Rocketman to prevail by 1-3/4 lengths.   John Cummings, Jr. floated forward with the 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover entire, letting Winyard Hanover (Jim Meittinis) clear from post 9 through a :27 first quarter before pushing to the fore with a circuit remaining in the one-mile event.   Stratocaster subsequently faced stern pressure on the backstretch from the first-over Vangura (Corey Braden), who forced a :56 middle half. Stratocaster repelled that challenge off the corner, sprinting off as Dee's Rocketman (Fern Paquet, Jr.) mounted a late charge off third-over positioning. Stratocaster's lead was never threatened in the straight, and he went on to a convincing 1:52 victory.   Dee's Rocketman charged into second, while an all-out Winyard Hanover checked in a beleaguered third from the pocket. Favorite Rollin Ring Afire (Jim Marohn, Jr.) failed to fire from a second-over trip, finishing eighth in the field of nine.   Allen Sisco trains Stratocaster, now a 23-time winner. For Cummings, the driving win was one of three on the 13-race card. Jim Marohn, Jr. also recorded a hat trick on the afternoon.   Buoyed by the defeat of two odds-on favorites in the day's first five races, the 50¢ Pick 5 returned $557.75.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday (July 22) evening, with post time slated for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- Harness Racing Driver John Cummings, Jr. enjoyed a banner Saturday (June 11) at Tioga Downs, taking the lone $7,500 second-round Williams Auto Group late-closing preliminary race with Makers Mass ($3.70, part of entry) as part of a four-win night.   Makers Mass used a first-over blitz on approach to the far turn to wear down and sprint off from Thats a Bad Boy (Tyler Freese) at the eighth pole. The 3-year-old Muscle Mass gelding drew off by 3-1/2 lengths for a decisive 1:55.3 triumph over Thats a Bad Boy, while Golden Son (Gary Clark) stalked the winner's cover loosely en route to a third-place finish.   Megan Wilson trains Makers Mass for owner-breeder Alan Hainsworth.   Later in the evening, Cummings found a seam up the pegs on the far turn with Allen Sisco trainee Stratocaster ($8.40), sprinting through for a 1:51.1 win in the featured $9,000 Open 2 Pace over Mortal Zin (Aaron Byron) and Pierce (Nick Surick).   Cummings also teamed up with DC Flashback ($9.80, 1:56.2) and Ang's Delight ($4.00, 1:54.1) on the 13-race card.   The top trotting event of the evening, an $8,200 upper-level conditioned event, saw Prairie Fortune ($13.80) sweep clear off a far-turn duel, drawing off by 2-3/4 lengths for a 1:55.1 victory in rein to Jim Meittinis.   The 50¢ Pick 5 was hit for $288.25, nearly five times what the corresponding win parlay would yield. The sequence closed with an authoritative front-end 1:57.1 win from odds-on favorite Brandos Muscle Man and driver Monica Banca in a $6,000 C.K.G. Billings event for amateur drivers.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 12) afternoon, with a blockbuster 15-race card due to begin at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.   James Witherite, Tioga Downs racing media

VERNON, N.Y. -- The opening round of the Catherine Burton late-closing series share center stage with a $9000 Open Trot on opening night at Vernon Downs, and the Miracle Mile unveils its new 50¢ Pick 5 wager in the last five races of Friday (April 22) evening's program.   Twenty-two trotters contest a trio of Catherine Burton divisions on Friday night, each one for a $4,000 purse. Among the standouts are Pompano invader Ado Duharas (race 3, John Cummings, Jr.), who enters off back-to-back wins, stakes-placed Love Crazy Love (race 5, Gaetan Brunet), who took second in her New York Sire Stakes consolation as a 2-year-old, and Royal Right (race 11, Chris Lems), a stakes winner in Massachusetts during her freshman campaign.   The evening's top event is the $9000 Open Trot, carded as race 9 on the 12-race program. P L Houdini (post 3) has been installed the 2-1 morning line favorite after three wins in his last five races, including a 1:55.4 triumph in an upper-level event at Pocono on April 9. John Cummings, Jr. drives the 5-year-old Kadabra gelding for trainer Mike Sinclair. Among his six rivals are Pounce K (Billy Davis, Jr., post 6), who returns to Vernon for defending training champion Dave Dewhurst, and 26-time winner A Penny Earned (Lems, post 5), who proved a consistent contender in the local Open ranks throughout the past two seasons.   The 2016 season at Vernon Downs features a brand new wager to Central New York: the 50¢ Pick 5. The wager will take place on the last five races of each program, with a carryover provision should no bettor correctly select all five winners. Additionally, a mid-card double has been slated for races five and six on a nightly basis.   Post time for the first of 84 programs this season at Vernon Downs is 6:45 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite,  for Vernon Downs

Bourbon Bay (Sand Vic) set the all age track record for harness racing trotters on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The four year old has had a breakout season racing mostly in New York State and came to Saratoga for the first time in '15 to compete in the $18,000 Open Trot. John Cummings Jr. is the trotter's lessee and he sat behind the speedy highstepper on Sunday. Bourbon Bay moved out to the early lead and set sizzling fractions in lap one to the tune of 27.3 and 55.3. When the three quarter time popped up in 1:23.2, it seemed more than likely that we would have a new track record. Bourbon Bay made Spa history by stopping the timer in 1:53, lowering the previous mark of 1:54 set by Scorpion Moon back in 2010 by a full second. The time is also a world record for a gelding on a half mile track as he dominated in his Spa debut. Bourbon Bay returned $7.20 to win in his track record performance as he bested Just Make Believe (Frank Coppola Jr) who finished second and Jimmer (Austin Siegelman) who earned the show spot. Bourbon Bay, who won for the sixteenth time of the year, is trained by Jody Riedel. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella    

Two divisions of $7,700 Open II pacing mares headlined the harness racing card at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Oct. 7) with eleven ladies going postward. The better of the two contests turned out to be the second when Country Delight ($5.00) took a pocket trip en route to winning the seventh race by a long length. Memumsnotnice (Kevin Cummings) got away sharply as Country Delight (Jack Flanigen) tucked in behind her as the only leaver in the race. From there, Cummings led the field through fractions of :28, :58.2 and 1:27 before they circled the far turn. At the top of the stretch it appeared as if Memumsnotnice had the race won, but Flanigen shooed Country Delight into the passing lane where she accelerated past the leader to win in 1:55.4. It was the ninth win of the year for the 5-year-old American Ideal mare who has now earned $57,473 in purses this year for owner James Frandsen. Country Delight is trained by James Clouser Jr. In the first division, Infrontigo Hanover (Jim McNeight) went to go in front immediately at the start and maintained that position the entire mile, hanging on to beat the pocket-sitting 1-9 favorite, Climate Hanover (Drew Monti) by a mere nose in 1:57. It was the fifth win of 2015 for Infrontigo Hanover who now has $50,444 in the bank for the year. The 7-year-old Western Hanover mare is trained by Bob Gruber, who co-owns with Summer Wind Stable of NY. Driver John Cummings Jr. was on fire Wednesday, winning five races on the card. He took his picture with LG's Pride ($65.50), Seascape Hanover ($5.10), Voltina ($10.80), Hawaiian Joe ($4.60) and Regal Beau ($4.60). Sean McDonough and Jack Flanigen each had driving doubles. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night with the first post set to go at 6:35 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Cobble Beach was in full command the entire way as he put a circle around the five-horse field in the $9,000 Open pacing feature at the harness racing meeting at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 26). Leaving from post four, Cobble Beach (John Cummings Jr.) shot right to the lead and took instant control of the race. While about five lengths back, prohibitive betting favorite Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) got away fourth and was content to stay there until the half. After hitting that station in :56.4, Caprio unleashed Fireyourguns and advanced as far as second at the three-quarter pole. But the assault creased when the gelding faded uncharacteristically around the far turn. From there, Cobble Beach paced home in a speedy :27.4 to win by three-lengths in 1:52.4. It was the eighth win of the year for Cobble Beach ($4.70) and the fourth top-class victory for him at Batavia Downs. The winners share boosted his bankroll to $67,565 for owner Leonard Segall and trainer James Clouser Jr. Saturday was a night of multiplicity for several horsemen. The driving/training team of Dave McNeight III and Dave McNeight Jr. scored a hat trick with Goldstar Thumper ($3.50), Maple Leaf Matt ($14.20) and Outoftexas ($7.30) while the driving/training team of John Cummings Jr. and James Clouser Jr. registered a double with Bad Bad Boy ($3.40) and Cobble Beach ($4.70). Shawn McDonough, Jack Flanigen and Ray Fisher Jr. also had driving doubles as well. The next card of live racing will be Wednesday (Sept. 30) at Batavia Downs with post time set for 6:35 p.m. Tim Bojarski

Taking advantage of a pocket trip, Icommandmyspirit ($5.50) kicked on in the final yards to defeat 6-5 pacesetting favourite Arodasi in Friday (September 4) evening's $14,000 Mares Open Pace at the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs.   The 5-year-old Dragon Again mare outsprinted K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart, Jr.) and Southwind Trini (Jim Marohn, Jr.) en route to the first turn, working clear through a :26.3 initial quarter before yielding to Arodasi (Mike Simons), who brushed aggressively from fourth with a circuit to go.   Icommandmyspirit drafted along through a :55.3 middle half before John Cummings, Jr. turned up the pressure on Arodasi off the far turn.   The two dueled in upper stretch, with Icommandmyspirit ultimately prevailing in 1:50.1 by half a length.   Southwind Trini held third off her tracking bid, while Mach It a Par (Dan Clements) failed to pose any threat throughout. K J's Caroline faded to finish last of the quintet.   Ross Croghan trains Icommandmyspirit for owner/breeder Cheryl Costello.   Jim Marohn, Jr. led all drivers with four wins on the 11-race program.   He reeled off a natural hat trick to kick off the evening, winning aboard Hercu Lindy ($6.70, 1:57), Twin B Alibi ($7.40, 1:56.3), and Frenchmen ($2.80, 1:56.4) before teaming up with Somedreamsomewhere ($6.20, 1:55) in the evening's ninth race.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 5) evening, with post time at 6:15 p.m. Eastern.   James Witherite

Tioga Downs invader, Mach It A Par, tried to extend her winning streak at the harness racing meeting at Batavia Downs last week but fell under the weather and was scratched. That only delayed the inevitable as she bounced back with a vengeance this week in the $9,500 mares Open feature pace on Wednesday night (Aug. 19). Three horses left as the seventh race began. Eyemajet (Shawn Gray) and Ugly Betty (Drew Monti) both went for the front but not without an argument from Badlands Love (Jim McNeight). When the dust settled, Ugly Betty took her regular spot on top in :28 flat putting Eyemajet in the pocket. The field then stayed in single file to the half in :58.4 before the outer flow began. Past five-eights, Country Delight (Jack Flanigen) pulled first-over and enticed Mach it A Par (John Cummings Jr.) to leave last place and follow. At that point, Ugly Betty picked up the pace and widened her leader's gap to two-lengths at the 1:28.1 three-quarter pole. When Country Delight stalled, Cummings Jr. swung Mach It A Par three-wide and paced by everyone to win by a length in 1:56.2. The mare hoofed her last quarter in :27.2 over a track rated as "good". It was the ninth win in 16 starts this year for Mach It A Par ($3.60) including five in a row and seven out of her last eight. The 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three has now amassed $60,090 in 2015 earnings for owner Dan Clements. The winner is trained by Renaldo Morales III. Drivers John Cummings Jr. and Drew Monti both scored driving triples on the night with Ray Fisher Jr. nabbing a double. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night with post time at 6:35 p.m. Tim Bojarski

John Cummings Jr. bought a ticket to ride and he didn't care while winning the $9,500 Open pace feature with Cobble Beach at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Aug. 15). Cobble Beach ($6.80) flew off the wings and took the top past the three-eights pole while post time favorite Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) took to the wood last. After the leader passed the quarter in 27.1, Caprio wasted no time getting Fireyourguns in gear as he moved him to the outside in pursuit. Although it seemed like a good move in theory, the exercise was futile because there was no catching Cobble Beach tonight. Cummings Jr. had the best view of the proceedings as his charge flew by the half in 55.3 and three-quarters in 1:23.2. Then he raised the lines, laid back in the bike and with a swish of the whip opened up four and was looking for more. The pair then proceeded to pace away to an impressive 1:52.1 win. James Clouser Jr. owns and trains the 5-year-old altered son of Artiscape and his evenings efforts increased the horse's annual earnings to $51,440. Drivers scoring multiple victories on the card included Kevin Cummings and Dave McNeight III with three and Jim McNeight with two. Trainer Dave McNeight also registered a double. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 16) with a matinee card starting at 1:15 p.m. Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Ugly Betty returned to western New York after a quick trip to Northfield Park and wasted no time dominating the local mares once again in the $9,500 distaff Open at the harness racing meeting at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Aug. 12). In her normal style, Ugly Betty (John Cummings Jr.) went right to the front and led by two through quarters of 27.3, 56.4, 1:25.3 before coasting home to a one-length victory in 1:55.3. Eyemajet (Shawn Gray) came up the rail for second and All About Boyz (Dave McNeight III) rallied from last to finish third. It was the tenth win in 25 start this year for Ugly Betty ($3.80), boosting her pocketbook to $62,505 for owners Margaret Payne and Jennifer Falcone. Rex Clabaugh trains the winner. Drew Monti scored a driving triple on the night with VT's Gold Key ($12.00), Climate Hanover ($3.40) and September Hall ($5.70). Kevin Cummings and John Cummings Jr. both registered driving doubles. Trainer Rex Clabaugh also sent two winners postward. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Aug. 14) with post time set at 6:35 p.m. Tim Bojarski  

While he was able to draw clear of his four rivals on the far turn, Bourbon Bay ($9.00) needed every last ounce of energy he could muster to stave off late charges from two of his foes in Saturday (August 8) evening's $12,000 Open Trot at  the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs.   Lessee-driver John Cummings, Jr. sent the 4-year-old Sand Vic gelding right to the front, establishing an easy lead through a :28.1 initial quarter before coasting through a :57.2 half.   On the backstretch, Bourbon Bay accelerated clear, amassing a four-length lead over Spice It Up Lindy (Mike Simons) on the far turn.   While Spice It Up Lindy was working to stave off the steadily gaining Bound For Fame (Corey Braden) in the battle for second, Bourbon Bay was fully extended in the final 150 yards.   Despite his advantage shrinking with every stride, Bourbon Bay held off Spice It Up Lindy to win in 1:54.1 by a diminishing half-length.   Bound For Fame closed stoutly just the same, checking in a close third.   Megan Wilson trains Bourbon Bay, who scored his 14th win of the year.   Aaron Byron and Mike Simons led all drivers with three wins apiece on the nine-race card.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Sunday (August 9) afternoon, with first post scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

A large crowd turned out at the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 4) evening for Independence Day festivities, and Bourbon Bay bounced back from a defeat two weeks ago to capture the featured $12,000 Open Trot.   The 4-year-old Sand Vic gelding worked clear of March Awareness (Richard Simard) on the first turn, controlling the terms through a :56.3 initial half while under no pressure.   On the backstretch, lessee/driver John Cummings, Jr. asked Bourbon Bay for a bit more trot, and the response was instant.   Bourbon Bay accelerated through a :28.1 third quarter, drawing clear of his foes off the far turn.   He ultimately amassed 2-1/2 lengths of clearance on his rivals, defeating them in 1:54.2   Grey Ice (Corey Braden) made a late push off the pegs to just take second, while March Awareness tired while chasing, checking in third.   Megan Wilson trains Bourbon Bay, who is now an 18-time winner in 37 career races.   Jim Taggart, Jr. led all drivers with three wins on the nine-race card, earning his second hat trick in as many nights.   He was victorious aboard You the One ($21.80, 1:58), Sweet Kix ($56.00, 1:57.4), and Six Bax ($3.50, 1:55.1).   Live racing returns to Tioga on Sunday (July 5) afternoon, with the first of 11 races slated for 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

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