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Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) takes the harness racing featured pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 13). Western Toro (John MacDonald) forged to the front and led the field to a first quarter of :26.2 and the half in :55.1. Golden Gun ($10.00) settled into fourth as they hit the first quarter. Owned by The Wiz Kids Stable LLC., and trained by Jeff Sorenson, he went first-over on the back stretch and joined Western Toro as they went side by side all around the final turn. Western Toro held a narrow lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:23.0. The two continued to trade blows all the way downs stretch. Golden Gun surged ahead in deep stretch and held off the late charge of second place finisher I Am Golden (Ron Harp) to win in 1:51.4. Western Toro held on for third. Golden Gun is a 6-year-old gelding by Headmaster. It was his fourth win in 2018. He now has 28 career victories. Round The Beach (John MacDonald) cruises to easy win in the under feature pace ($6,000). Round The Beach ($3.00) fought for and took the lead and she never looked back getting an easy gate-to-wire victory. Owned and trained by MacDonald, she laid down all the fractions (:27.3, :57.2, 1:26.1, 1:53.3). Brimfield (Jimmy Whittemore) fired late to finish second. Banacek (Adam Capizano) got third money. Round The Beach is a 3-year-old filly by Somebeachsomewhere. It was her fourth with this season and her fifth career victory. John MacDonald, Claude Huckabone III, and Josh Kinney all had driving doubles on the night. "J Mac" got his wins with Dry Creek Gin ($7.30) and Round The Beach ($3.00). Huckabone III went to the winner's circle with Sea Harrier ($6.30) and Awesum Ace ($8.20). Besides Golden Gun, Kinney won with Cujo McBain ($39.60). Fox Valley Photog (Michelle Miller) easily wins RUS race. Fox Valley Photog went gate-to-wire to win the non-betting Racing Under Saddle race. Owned by Joe D'agostino with Phil Kadushin and trained by David Dewhurst, the 12-year-old gelding by Vaporize put up all the fractions (:30.4, 102.2, 1:33.2, 2:04.4). Iron Will (Heather Reese) finished second. Better To Be Lucky (Sietske Dijkhof) was third. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (October 19) starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs      

Taco Tuesday (Leon Bailey) easily takes the featured trot ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (October 12). Taco Tuesday ($5.30) flew out of the gate and led to a first quarter in :27.1. Pier Ho Exotic (Jimmy Whittemore) followed in the pocket second. Taco Tuesday, who is owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained by Don Hoover, easily took the group to the half in :55.4. As the field went around the last turn his lead got larger hitting three-quarters in 1:24.1. As he reached the top of the stretch it was apparent that the race was for second. Taco Tuesday won by nearly six lengths in the end hitting the mile in 1:54.1. First Call (Homer Hochstetler) was second best with McKenzie's Star getting third money. Taco Tuesday is a 5-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall. It was his fifth win this year. He now has 17 career trips to the winner's circle. Blameitonthenight (Jimmy Whittemore) captures the top fillies and mares pace ($6,000). Blameitonthenight ($4.70) charged out of the gate and never looked back putting up all the fractions (:28.2, :57.4, 1:26.0, 1:54.0). Owned by Scott Dillon and trained by Whittemore, she withstood the late pressure from second place finisher Mydelight Bluechip (Ben McNeil) with a :28.0 last quarter to secure the win. Heart Crusher (Josh Kinney) finished third. Blameitonthenight is a 4-year-old mare by Mach Three. It was her fourth win of the season and the ninth victory of her career. Leading driver Jimmy Whittemore won three on the night to give him 104 wins on the season. He got his wins with Pegasus Point ($7.30), Blameitonthenight ($4.70), and Star Flyer ($4.50). John MacDonald , who is currently second, drove his 100th winner of the season with Mean Leen ($3.30) Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 13) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

I Am Golden (Ronald Harp) fires late to take the featured harness racing pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 6). Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) took control just before hitting the first quarter in :26.4. He led them to the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:24.3. I Am Golden ($11.60) was fifth and last at the first three markers. Tarport Andy (Leon Bailey) would be the first to put pressure on Oh My Joepa. I Am Golden watched this and went three-wide in mid-stretch. Owned by Paula Sarcone and trained by Harp, he would wear down second place finisher Oh My Joepa and get by just before the wire to win in 1:52.3. Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) finished third. I Am Golden is a 4-year-old gelding by Allthatgltrsisgold. It was his ninth win this season and the 14th victory for his career. MacDonald drives four and trains three winners on the night. John MacDonald drove and trained Round The Beach ($2.50), Machmemackie ($8.20), and Western Toro to victories. He also drove Deaks Sweetie Pie ($14.60) to a first place finish. With just eight racing days left in the 2018 season, Jimmy Whittemore leads all drivers with 101 wins. Defending champion John MacDonald is just two back with 99 wins. Truman Gale is third with 52 wins. Claude Huckabone III (44) and Leon Bailey (39) round off the top five. On the training side John MacDonald has a comfortable lead with 55 wins. Jimmy Whittemore is second best with 34 training victories. Homer Hochstetler occupies the spot with 30 trips to the winner's circle. Truman Gale is fourth with 28 tallies. Robert Gale is fifth with 25 wins. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (October 12) with a 6:10 postime. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

McKenzie's Star (John MacDonald) charges late to capture the first of two featured trot races ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (October 5). Hanrahan (Jeff Long) led to the first quarter in :27.3. Gimme The Cash (Claude Huckabone III) took over and led the group to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:26.2. McKenzie's Star ($9.70) was fifth after three-quarters. Owned by Allie Howard and trained by Joe Skowyra, she made a three-wide move in the stretch to run down second place finisher Gimme The Cash to score the victory in 1:56.0. Hanrahan was third best. McKenzie's Star is an 8-year-old mare by Donato Hanover. It was her fourth win of the season. She now has 32 career victories. John MacDonald had two other driving wins on the night. He got his other wins with Kissesfromheaven ($6.60) and Mean Leen ($9.70). If Not Why Not (Roman Lopez) takes the other featured trot ($6,000). Cash N Chrome (Claude Huckabone III) went to the front to hit the first quarter in :27.4. If Not Why Not ($8.50) took over by the top of the back stretch. Owned by Michael Polansky and trained by Margaret Spagnola, he led the way to the half in :57.4 and cruised to three-quarters in 1:27.1. Cash N Chrome looked poised to make a run at him in the stretch but If Not Why Not was too strong and won easily in a lifetime best of 1:56.0. Cash N Chrome settled for second money. Flamingo Pete (Jennifer Lappe) finished third. If Not Why Not is a 3-year-old colt by Muscle Mass. It was his second win this season and his seventh career victory. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (October 6) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs.

Poisonous (Jimmy Whittemore) captures the Vernon Downs harness racing featured pace ($6,500) on Saturday (September 29). Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) charged out to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:27.1, :56.0, 1;23.4). Poisonous ($4.30) found himself sixth after three-quarters. Owned and trained by Whittemore, he would find an opening on the inside and sneak by them all in the stretch to win in 1:51.4. Card Knock Life (Truman Gale) finished second with Golden Gun settling for third money. Poisonous is a 6-year-old horse by Art Major. It was his fifth win in 2018. He would secure career victory number 16. John MacDonald drove four winners on the night. He got his wins with Electraluck ($7.30), Pink Gardenias ($11.40), Western Toro ($6.00), and Brookdale Bruiser ($2.30). He is second in wins with 92 on the season. Leading driver Jimmy Whittemore and Truman Gale both drove three winners on the night. Whittemore got his other two wins with Frappe' ($3.80) and Gracie G ($3.70). He now has 98 wins at Vernon Downs this season. Gale won with Vegas Again ($5.40), Painite ($5.80), and Roaddog Jess James ($3.40). He is third in wins with 49. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (October 5) starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs      

Under The Bus (Truman Gale) charged late to win the harness racing featured fillies and mare pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 28). Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) controlled the early fractions (:25.4, :55.0, 1:24.0). Angel Speak (Claude Huckabone III) popped the pocket at the top of the stretch to take a short lead. Under The Bus ($9.10), who is owned by Hossman LLC., and trained by Robert Gale , came flying in deep stretch to win her third straight victory with a time tonight of 1:52.4. A Wish For Wings (Fern Paquet Jr.) fired late to finish second. Angel Speak held on to take third money. Under The Bus is a 4-year-old mare by Art Major. It was her sixth win of the season and her 10th career victory. Bluffton (Homer Hochstetler) captured the nights top trot race ($6,000). Tournamant (Jimmy Whittemore) jumped out of the gate to lead to a first quarter of :27.3. Bluffton ($7.10) took over on the backstretch hitting the half in :57.3 and three-quarters in 1:26.3. Trained by Hochstetler for fellow owners Connie Hochstetler, Richard Buddig, and Alan Schwartz, he held off a late rush by second place finisher Cash N Chrome (Claude Huckabone III) to win in 1:55.2. If Not Why Not (Claude Huckabone Jr.) was third. Bluffton is a 3-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass. It was his fifth career win in 13 lifetime starts. All his wins were this season. Hochstetler and Joe Nassimos had driver-trainer doubles on the night. Hochstetler's other win came with First Call ($10.40). Nassimos got his victories with Velocity Kelli ($3.20) and The Big Muscle ($2.70). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a 13 race card on Saturday (September 29) starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs        

Leading driver Mike Merton won five races to close out the 2018 season at Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 22). Merton had wins on the night with Lauxmont Capri ($2.80), Blueberry Heaven ($8.80), Ponyta Boy ($3.30), Haviture Way Honey ($4.10), and Frappe' ($6.50). "Magic Mike" had a great season and an amazing last two days by winning 12 races to pull down his first driving title at Tioga Downs with 82 wins. Jim Taggert Jr. was second with 62 wins. Aaron Byron was third with 59 victories. Jim Meittinis secured fourth position with 56 tallies. Mike SImons rounded out the top five drivers with 47 wins. Dreams Beachboy (Gates Brunet) captures the featured Open Pace ($13,000). Pretty Boy Swag (Mike Merton) led the group to a first quarter of :27.2. Dreams Beachboy ($7.20) took over as they headed by the stands for the first time. Owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Brunet, he controlled the way to a half in :55.3 and led to a three-quarter mark of 1:23.2. Pretty Boy Swag would try to get by but had to settle for second because Dreams Beachboy was too strong as he won in 1:51.4. Time Out I'm Tired (Matt Romano) finished third. Dreams Beachboy is a 6-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere. It was his fifth win of the season and 23rd win of his career Gary Messenger edges out Mike Deters to win top trainer. Gary Messenger won his second training title at Tioga Downs with 40 wins. Mike Deters finished second with 35 trips to the winners circle. Patti Harmon had a very strong meet with 26 wins to finish third. Joe Skowyra (25) and Gaston Lareau (19) rounded out the top five. BJ Lorado and K J's Caroline are top horses at Tioga Downs for 2018. BJ Lorado was the top trotter this season at Tioga Downs. Owned by Michael and Diane Norcross and trained by Marc Major, the 4-year-old gelding by Bo W won six times in 17 starts at Tioga this year. He earned $40,435 this season. The top pacer went to K J's Caroline. The 8-year-old mare by Roddy's Bags Again won five times in 17 starts and earned $39,165. She is owned by Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger. The winner of the 2018 Toyota Corolla, that was part of the horseplay car giveaway promotion that ran all season long, was Andy Stromick. Tioga Downs would like to thank the horsemen and all the fans for making 2018 a very special year. See you on the first Saturday in May! For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) takes the Vernon Downs featured pace ($6,500) on Saturday (September 22). Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) charged to the front and led to a first quarter of :27.0. Oh My Joepa ($5.30) took control just before hitting the half in :56.2. Owned and trained by MacDonald, he led to three-quarters in 1:24.4. Golden Gun popped the pocket at the top of the stretch and went charging late in deep stretch to fall short and finish second by a nose. Oh My Joepa won in a time of 1:53.2. I Am Golden (Ronald Harp) finished third. Oh My Joepa is a 10-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover. It was his seventh win this season and career victory number 52. Kabu (John MacDonald) claims the featured trot ($6,500). Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) controlled the early fractions (:29.0, :57.4, 1:27.1). Kabu ($3.60) went first-over just before the three-quarter mark. Owned by JP Stables and trained by MacDonald, he wrestled the lead away from Sweet Ashley T in the stretch and had to hold off the late charge of runner-up Cantad Kid (Claude Huckabone Jr.) to win in 1:56.4. Sweet Ashley T settled for third best. Kabu is a 7-year-old gelding by Valley Victor. It was his fourth win in a row and 10th of the season. He now owns 31 career victories. MacDonald had four driving wins on the nights as well as three training wins. His third driver -trainer combination victory came with Machmemackie ($6.30). His fourth driving win came with Ladyyouaregorgeous ($8.70). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 28). For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

2018 leading driver Mike Merton padded his lead with seven wins including both co-features at Tioga Downs on Friday (September 21). Coveredndiamonds N (Merton) wins Fillies & Mares Open Pace ($13,000). K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) led to the first quarter in :27.2. Coveredndiamonds N ($2.50) took over just after the quarter and led to the half in :57.0 and hit the three-quarter mark in 1:25.0. Trained by Rob Harmon for owners Seth Rosenberg Racing LLC., and Joel Kahan, she flew home in a last quarter of 27.0 to win going away in a lifetime best of 1:52.0. Northern Dali (Mike Simos) came up to finish second with K J's Caroline holding on for third. Coveredndiamonds N is a 5-year-old mare by American Ideal. It was her eighth win of the season and her 13th career victory. Kinetic King (Merton) charges late to capture Open Trot ($13,000).   Buff (Corey Braden) went right to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:27.2, :57.1, 1:24.1).   Kinetic King ($9.10) was fifth after three-quarters. Trained by Patti Harmon for owners Brian Kleinberg and Harmon Racing Stable LLC., he went three-wide at the top of the stretch and blew right by to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.3. Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) finished second best with BJ Lorado (Aaron Byron) getting third money.   Kinetic King is an 8-year-old gelding by Ken Warkentin. It was his fourth win of 2018 and his 21st career victory.   Know as the "Magic Man" at Tioga Downs, Mike Merton had a magical night with seven wins. He got his five other wins with Rollingndiamonds ($4.30), Modern Mercury ($4.40), Persistent Bettor ($4.70), QB Kemp ($3.90), and Sweet Kix ($28.60). Tioga Downs returns for live racing for the last time in 2018 on Saturday (September 22). The 13 race card has a special post time of 5:30 p.m. with fireworks following racing. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Under The Bus (Truman Gale) captured the featured fillies and mares pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 21). Under The Bus ($12.80) charged to the front and led gate-to-wire putting up all the fractions (:27.1, :57.2, 1:25.4, 1:53.4). Owned by Hossman LLC and trained by Robert Gale, she held off second place finisher, Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) and late charging third place finisher, Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) to win her second straight race. Under The Bus is a 4-year-old mare by Art Major. It was her fifth win this season and her 19th career victory. Leading driver Jimmy Whittemore won three on the night. He got his wins with Hanrahan ($4.90), Star Flyer ($6.00), and Come Monday ($11.40). John MacDonald and Leon Bailey each drove two winners on the night. MacDonald got his wins with Pink Gardenias ($10.20) and Agood Time To Rock ($2.60). Bailey went to the winner's circle with Ms Casey Mac ($31.40) and Southwind Vixon ($5.70). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 22) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.veernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

Tioga Downs will end their very successful 2018 harness racing season on Saturday (September 22) with a special 5:30 p.m. post time. There will be special presentations for the top driver and trainer for 2018 as well as the season's top trotter and pacer. Tioga Downs will also be giving away a 2018 Toyota Corolla as part of the horseplay car giveaway promotion that runs all season long. Patrons will have one more opportunity to qualify for a chance to win the car on this night as well. The card features 13 races followed by fireworks to end the season. The next to last day of live racing is on Friday (September 21) with a 13 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. Friday will be the last fan appreciation day of the season that features 10 ounce draft beers, soda, hot dogs, popcorn and the Tioga Downs racing program for $1.00 each. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Americanprimtime) captured the Open Pace ($13,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 15). It was one of five winners on the night for harness racing driver Mike Merton. Americanprimetime ($3.00) went straight to the front covering the first quarter in :26.3 with Dull Roar (Jim Meittinis) following in second. Owned by the Rock&Roll Stable Inc. and trained by Rick Dane, Americanprimetime led to the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. He found another gear in the stretch to win in 1:50.3. Gillys Boy (Mike Simons) came up to get second. Dull Roar held for third, Americanprimetime is a 6-year-old horse by American Ideal. It was his sixth win this season and career victory number 27. BJ Lorado (Aaron Byron) cruises to Open Trot ($13,000) win. BJ Lorado ($19.00) charged out of the gate and went straight to the front. After hitting the first quarter in :27.1, he used a second quarter of :29.2 to hit the half in :56.3. He got some pressure from Buff (Corey Braden) as he hit three-quarters in 1:24.3. Trained by Marc Major for owners Michael and Diane Norcross, BJ Lorado was too strong in the stretch as he won easily in 1:55.1. Buff settled for second with Fox Valley Iliad (Larry Stalbaum) getting third money. BJ Lorado is a 4-year-old gelding by Bo W. It was his eighth win this season and his 12th trip to the winner's circle in his career. Leading driver Mike Merton won five on the night giving him 70 for the year. His other four wins came with Mikado Blue Chip ($15.80), R M Blackhawk ($6.20), Jacksrluckytoo ($5.10), and Onhishonor Hanover ($13.40). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 21). Closing night for 2018 is on Saturday night (September 22) with a special start time of 5:30 p.m. Fireworks follows the live racing. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

I Am Golden (Ronald Harp) takes the harness racing featured pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 15). Card Knock Life (Truman Gale) went to the front and covered all the early fractions (:26.4, :55.4, 1:24.2). Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) followed in second. He took over at the top of the stretch and looked like he was poised to win. I am Golden($16.20), who is owned by Paula Sarcone and trained by Harp, squeezed in between Card Knock Life and Golden Gun to win in 1:52.0. Golden Gun held on to finish second best. Serious Major (Jimmy Whittemore) moved up to get third place. I Am Golden is a 4-year-old gelding by Allthatgltrsisgold. It was his eighth win in 2018. He now has 13 career wins. Truman Gale trained and drove three winners on Saturday night. He got his wins with Painite ($4.30), Roaddog Jess James ($2.50), and Tundra ($3.10). Jimmy Whittemore added three driving wins on the night. His wins came with Secret Love ($2.30), My Delight ($2.10), and Jake G's Champion ($3.90). He leads all drivers with 90 wins on the season. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 21) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Kabu (John MacDonald) captures the featured trot ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 14). Gimme The Cash (Claude Huckabone III) stormed to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:27.2, :56.4, 1:25.2). Kabu ($3.10) followed in second. Owned by JP Stables and trained by MacDonald, he popped the pocket and flew down the stretch holding off the late charge of second place finisher Pier Ho Exotic (Jimmy Whittemore) in 1:54.2. Gimme The Cash held on for third. Kabu is a 7-year-old gelding by Valley Victor. He won for the ninth time this season and the 30th time in his career. Under The Bus (Truman Gale) wins featured fillies and mares pace ($6,500). Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) led to way to all the early fractions (:26.4, :56.0, 1:23.3). Under The Bus ($19.60) followed in second all the way to the stretch. Owned by Hossman LLC. and trained by Robert Gale. She wore down second place finisher Jaclyn Hanover in the long Vernon Downs stretch to pick up the victory by equaling her lifetime best of 1:51.4. Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) took home third money. Under The Bus is a 4-year-old mare by Art Major. It was her fourth win in 2018. It was career victory number eight. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 15) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Tioga Downs played host to a leg of the Kindergarten Classic for both 2-year-old pacers and trotters on Friday (September 14). All classes raced for a purse of $10,000. Cloud Nine Fashion remains unbeaten with Kindergarten Classic win in the second division for trotting fillies. Amanda Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) led the field to a first quarter in :28.3. Jezzys Legacy (Ray Schnittker) took her turn taking the lead with a lap to go. She led them to the half in 58.4 and three-quarters in 1:26.4. Cloud Nine Fashion ($3.30) went first-over just before the three-quarter mark. Owned by Fashion Farms LLC. and trained by Jim Campbell, she took over in the stretched and won easily in a lifetime best of 1:56.0. Jezzys Legacy held on for second. Amanda Blue Chip was third best. Cloud Nine Fashion is a filly by Muscle Hill-I'm On Cloud Nine. She is now a perfect five for five in her career. Starita (Tim Tetrick) wins first division of the Kindergarten Classic for trotting fillies. Princess Deo (Troy Beyer) led to a first quarter of :28.2 Starita ($3.00) took over with five-eighths of a mile left. Trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, she controlled all the rest of the fractions (:57.4, 1:26.1 1:56.0). Second place finisher Big Weezy (David Miller) and Princess Deo (third) both came at her in the stretch but Starita was too tough. Starita is a filly by Trixton-Morningstar. She captured her third career victory in eight lifetime starts. Cub Fan (Tyler Buter) fires late to win Kindergarten Classic for pacing colts and geldings. Sweet Troy (Atlee Bender) went to the front and led to a first quarter in :28.2. Mountain High (David Miller) took control and led to a half of :58.0 and three-quarters in 1:25.4. Cub Fan ($4.40) was fourth at the top of the stretch. Owned by Michael Anderson and trained by Erv Miller, he came charging down the stretch to win in 1:54.0. Southwind Ozzi (Mike Simons) came up late to finish second. Escapetothebeach (Tim Tetrick) took third money. Cub Fan is a gelding by So Surreal-Pardon. It was his second win in five career starts. Cantab Fashion (Mike Simons) easily wins the Kindergarten Classic for trotting colts and geldings. Sheena's Boy (Ake Svanstedt) took the group to a first quarter in :28.3. Cantab Fashion ($5.80) took over and never looked back putting up all the rest of the fractions (:58.1, 1:26.0, 1:54.2). Battenberg (David Miller) finished second with entry mate Caesars Crazy (Tyler Buter) getting third. Cantab Fashion is a colt by Cantab Hall-Defiant Donato. He now has three wins in four career starts. Trainer Jim Campbell and owner Fashion Farms LLC. teamed up for their second win of the night. Michelon's Filly (Marcus Miller) wins non-betting Kindergarten Classic for pacing fillies. Alkippe (Tim Tetrick) controlled all the early fractions (:27.2, :56.0 1:24.2). Michelon's Filly followed in the pocket all the way until she got to the stretch. Trained by Erv Miller for owners Ronald Michelon and Michael Anderson, she flew by in late stretch to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.0. Alkippie settled for second. Under The Hood (Tyler Buter) was third best. Michelon's Filly is a filly by Captaintreacherous-New Album. It was her third win in seven lifetime starts. Leading driver Mike Merton won four on the night to give him 65 wins on the season. He now leads by eight races with three more cards to go. Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a 13 race card on Saturday (September 15) at 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs welcomes freshman pacers and trotters for a leg of the Kindergarten Classic on Friday (September 14). All classes will race for a purse of $10,000. A non-betting race for the Kindergarten Classic will feature a field of four pacing fillies. The Linda Toscano trained Alkippe (Tim Tetrick) should be the one to beat. The filly by Sweet Lou-Capelo Rose has two wins in five lifetime starts. Her main rival should be Michelon's Filly (Marcus Miller). Trained by Erv Miller, the filly by Captaintreacherous-New Album is two for six lifetime. Starita (Tim Tetrick) is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the the first of two divisions for trotting fillies. Trained by Joe Holloway, the filly by Trixton-Morning Star was fourth in the Jim Doherty final ($357,450) at the Meadowlands. She won a Reynolds Memorial race ($37,250) at Tioga Downs her last time out. The second morning line choice is the R, Nifty Norman trained entry of Antonia (Mike Simons) and Big Weezy (David Miller) at 2-1. Antonia is a filly by Donato Hanover-Tactical Caviar. She is two for five this season. Big Weezy is a filly by Trixton-Keepsake Hanover. Her only trip to the winner's circle came at Tioga Downs when she won a Tompkins Memorial race ($29,250) The second division for trotting fillies features the Jim Campbell trained duo of Cloud Nine Fashion (Tim Tetrick) and Fashion Rachel (David Miller). Cloud Nine Fashion (Muscle Hill-I'm On Cloud Nine) is a perfect four for four in her career. She captured a Reynolds Memorial race ($37,750) at Tioga Downs her last time out. Fashion Rachel (Possess The Will-Raising Rachel) has won three times and finished second three times in six career races. They are the morning line favorites at 7-5. The second morning line choice at 3-1 is the John Butenschoen trained Stella Jane (Tyler Buter). The filly by Crazed-Naughty Nana won a leg of the Kindergarten Classic at the Meadowlands for her only lifetime win in seven starts. In the Kindergaton Classic race for pacing colts & geldings, the 8-5 morning line choice is a trio trained by Erv Miller. Cub Fan (Tyler Buter) is a gelding by So Surreal-Pardon. He is one for four in his career. Sweet Troy (Atlee Bender) is a gelding by Sweet Lou-Magestic Blue Chip. He has three seconds and two thirds in six lifetime starts. Cole On The Beach (Marcus Miller) is a colt by Somebeachsomewhere-Talkative. He will make his first career start on Friday. The seocnd choice at 5-2 is Escapetothebeach (Tim Tetrick). Tony Alagna trains the colt by Somebeachsomewhere-Shelliscape. He has two seconds and a third in six lifetime starts. The morning line favorite for the Kindergarten Classic featuring trotting colts & geldings is the entry of Battenberg (Marcus Miller) and Caesars Crazy (Tyler Buter). Battenberg (Trixton-Coffeecake Hanover) is trained by Joe Holloway. He has a win and a second in three starts. Caesars Crazy (Muscle Hill-Crazy Grigio) is trained by John Butenschoen. He is one for one is his young career. The second choice at 3-1 is the Ron Burke trained Cheap Tricks (Mike Merton). The gelding by Trixton-Maud Blue Chip has two seconds and a third in five lifetime starts. The Firday (September 14) card starts with the non-betting race at 6p.m. The 13 race card to follows starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs    

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