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Heaven's Gait (David Miller) would win the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) on Sunday (August 20) with a purse of $263,100 for harness racing sophomore pacing Colts & Geldings at Tioga Downs. Two track records, beautiful weather, and big long shot made it a perfect day of racing at the five-eighths oval in Nichols, NY. In the EBC for 3 year-old colts and geldings, it was In A SIngle Bound (Billy Dobson) who would take charge with a first quarter in :27.4, and a half in :55.4. Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan) would battle and take the lead to the three-quarter mark in 1:21.4. Heaven's Gait (Rock N Roll Heaven) would watch this speed duel from the third. Owned by John Cummins and trained by Nicholas Devita, the 3 year-old colt would charge down the stretch like he was shot out of a cannon. Heaven's Gait ($4.50), would win in 1:49.2. He would win for the fifth straight time. Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley) would fire late to finish second. Music Is Art (Tim Tetrick) came up late to finish third. In the EBC final ($257,850) for sophomore pacing fillies, it was big long shot Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron), who was victorious. Tequilla Monday (Brian Sears), would put up all the early fractions, :26.3, :54.4, 1:22.3. Clear Idea (Mark MacDonald) would put on pressure during the whole race. He was parked almost the whole way and would take the lead at the top of the stretch. Obvious Blue Chip (Roll With Joe), who is owned by NLG Racing Stable with Stephen Klunowski and trained by Mark Steacy, would take advantage of a second over trip. The 3 year-old filly blew right by Clear Idea (second) to win in a lifetime best of 1:50.2. Third place went to Ameriway (Corey Callahan). Obvious Blue Chip ($57.50), would win for fourth time this season and the fifth of her career. Dealt A Winner (David Miller) shocked the field to win the Roll With Joe ($163,000), with a track record for aged geldings at 1:47.4.. Sunfire Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald) would hit the first quarter in :26.1. Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) would then continue the fast pace hitting the half in :54.1 and three-quarters in 1:20.4. Dealt A Winner (Cam's Card Shark) would follow Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) with a second over trip. Dealt A Winner ($72.50), who is owned by Jeffrey Snyder and trained by Mark Silva, would go three wide at the top of the stretch flying to the lead and tack record. He would fall short of the world record for aged gelding pacers for a five-eighths mile track by one-fifth of a second. The 5 year-old would win for the 13th time in his career. Rockin Ron hung on for second with Sunfire Blue Chip getting third. Pasithea Face S (Tim Tetrick) would win the third leg of the Ms Versatility ($40,000) setting a new track record for all trotters in 150.4. Oho Diamond (Brett Miller) would lead into the first quarter in :27.1. Pasithea Face S (Muscle Hill) would take over as they went by the stands for the first time. She would follow with times of :55.1, 1:23.4, 1:50.4. Pasithea Face S ($3.40) didn't have it easy though. She battled the first over PL Hill (Corey Callahan) all the way from the three-quarter mark and holding on by a quarter-length. PL Hill (Kadabra) finished second with entry mate Oho Diamond (Ken Warkentin) getting third. Pasithea Face S is Owned by Courant Inc. and trained by Jimmy Takter. She won for the fifth time this season getting a new lifetime mark. She was just one-fifth of a second off the world record for aged mares for a five-eighths mile track. Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Monday (August 21) post time for the 10 race card begins at 6:50 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Fashion Creditor (Mike Merton) would charge late and emerge with the harness racing victory during the Open Trot ($12,000) at Tioga Downs Friday night (August 18). Just after the race started the big favorite Barn Bella (Jim Taggart Jr.) would go on a break. Wind Of The North Jeff Long) would take advantage and lead into the first quarter in :27.3. Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) would takeover before the half. He would control the fractions hitting the half in :56.0 and the three-quarters in 1:23.1. He would go on a break just after that. Fashion Creditor (Credit Winner) would take advantage of this going first over and charging down the stretch to out duel Wind Of The North (second) to win in 1:53.2. Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) would come up for third. Fashion Creditor ($10.20), who is owned by Joseph Smith and trained by Tom Fanning would win for the fifth time this season and the 16th time in his career. KJ's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) would win the Fillies and Mares Open 1-2 Handicap ($10,000). K J's Caroline (Roddy's Bags Again) would lead to the first quarter in :26.3. However Godiva Seelster (Mickey McNichol) would take over right after the first quarter and lead all the way to the stretch. K J's Caroline ($10.20), who is owned by Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger, would ride in the pocket all the way to the top of the stretch. She would pull out and run down Godiva Seelster (second), to win by a head in 1:51.4. Classic Carpet (Mike Simons) would finish third. K J's Caroline would get her fifth win of the season and the 36th victory of her career. There is no racing at Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 19) because of the LeAnn Rimes concert. Racing returns on Sunday (August 20) with a nine race card featuring the Empire Breeders Classic Finals for sophomore pacing colts & geldings ($263.100) and 3 year-old fillies ($257,850). Also the Roll With Joe Open Pace ($163,000) will be featured. Post time is 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs      

Nichols NY - Tioga Downs will be the focus of the harness racing universe on the afternoon of Sunday, August 20 featuring the $163,000 Roll With Joe FFA Grand Circuit stake and the $521,950 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) pacing finals.   While the older pacing ranks aren't what they were a year ago when Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit threw down virtually every week all across North America, what we do have in the Roll With Joe (race nine) is a very competitive, even field of nine accomplished veterans.   Shamballa (Scott Zeron) held his own against the best last year including an upset of the aforementioned pair in a stirring 1:47.1 edition of last year's US Pacing Championship and his second place finish in the fastest mile ever last fall at The Red Mile. Shamballa has raced but a handful of times without success in 2017 and his last start was two months ago but he qualified back fast at Tioga last Friday. Rick Zeron trains and owns Shamballa with Cool Cat Racing, HA Taylor and Brad Grant.   The top money winner in the race, both career-wise and seasonally, is the iron tough All Bets Off. Over the $2.5 million mark lifetime, he has faced and beaten the best in major stakes from age two right through his present campaign now at six and never goes a bad one. By the way, guess who was third in that fastest mile ever mentioned above? That's right, All Bets Off was. Matt Kakaley has been aboard for virtually every one of those two and a half million dollars for trainer Ron Burke and partners Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Panhellnic Corp.   Last year's Roll With Joe winner Rockeyed Optomist (Jason Bartlett) returns to defend his title. He's seeking his first big one of the season for trainer Steve Elliott and owners Anthony Perretti, Ginny Berkner, A&B Stable and Joe Bataglia.   Nine of the Empire State's finest sophomore pacing colts will battle for $263,100 in a very contentious seventh race. The three elimination winners drew shoulder to shoulder from the rail out; In A Single Bound (Billy Dobson), Heaven's Gait (David Miller) and Art Scene (Scott Zeron).   While the first two didn't take much imagination to handicap as logical contenders in their respective eliminations Art Scene did as the lightly raced son of American Ideal was winning for only the second time at odds of more than 15-1. Art Scene had been chasing NYSS types around the smaller ovals before he tipped his hand a bit with a sneaky good effort in the Cane Pace on Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands. In last week's win, he prevailed after a long uncovered move on division leader Funknwaffles to win by a neck.   Tony Alagna trains Art Scene for his own interests as Alagna Racing along with partners Brittany Farms, In The Gym Partners and American Art Stable.   EBC fillies go for $257,850 in the eighth where elimination winners Tequila Monday (Brian Sears) and Clear Idea (Mark MacDonald) drew post one and two.   While one would have to consider them as the best fillies in the program this season and while Tequila Monday went a second faster in her elimination split, Clear Idea has prevailed in both of their most recent meetings. Last week's win was the ninth of the year for Clear Idea and her seasonal earnings stand at $188,113 for trainer Blake MacIntosh who owns the American Ideal lass with Hutt Racing Stable.   A pair of $30,000 EBC consolation races for those who didn't quite make it to the final is also on the Sunday card.   The third of four preliminary legs of the Miss Versatility series (race five) for mature trotting gals rolls into Tioga and Swedish import Pasithea Face S is here to face five rivals following her impressive win in the Dr. John Steele Memorial at The Meadowlands. The Nichols faithful will get their chance to see this potential new star live and in person thanks to this series and owner Courant Inc and trainer Jimmy Takter bringing her in for the race. Tim Tetrick is the driver.   The Tompkins-Geers stakes for 2-year-olds were scheduled for August 20 but the only event that had enough entries to race on the card is the $53,700 filly trot. The others were canceled.   More information and the complete list of entries may be found at the Tioga website.   Post time on Sunday is 1:00 p.m.   Nick Salvi

NICHOLS, N.Y. (August 15, 2017) - Fans of horse racing will be treated to a world-class afternoon of harness racing at Tioga Downs on Sunday, August 20 headlined by the $200,000 (est) The Roll With Joe Open Pace presented by Blue Chip Farms and the $500,000 (est) Empire Breeders Classic Finals for the premier New York-sired 3-year-old pacers. Off the track, fans will have a unique opportunity to enter a contest to name a baby horse that will hopefully go on to compete at the sport's highest levels. The foal, a baby horse less than one year old, was bred at Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farms in nearby Sayre, PA. Race fans in attendance on Sunday will have the chance to submit their best name for the filly. The filly is a daughter of the stallion Yankee Glide and her mother is Love Tale. A representative from Allerage Farms will pick their three favorite names and the winner will be the name that receives the most applause from the crowd. The person who submits the winning name will then receive 1 percent of the horse's earnings during its 2 and 3-year-old racing seasons. For complete contest rules visit www.tiogadowns.com. The Empire Breeders Classic will feature a deep, and talented group of sophomore pacers. In the colts and geldings division, odds-on favorites Miso Fast and Funknwaffles were narrowly defeated in last Sunday's eliminations by In A Single Bound and Art Scene respectively. In the third elimination, Heaven's Gait was a four-length winner and has now won four straight races and six of his last seven. Heavily-favored Clear Idea and Tequila Monday won the pair of eliminations for the fillies and loom as the ones to beat in Sunday's final. Clear Idea, trained by Blake MacIntosh, has won seven in a row and earned more than $188,000 this year. Tequila Monday won her elimination a full second faster than Clear Idea and has had success on the Grand Circuit this season, winning the Lismore Final at Yonkers and finishing third in the $321,200 Fan Hanover at Mohawk. Post time for Sunday's spectacular program is 1:00 p.m. Besides the three headlining stakes, the card also includes the third leg of the Miss Versatility for the sport's top trotting mares and 2-year-old divisions of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes. For more information, visit www.tiogadowns.com. Justin Horowitz

Andreios Kardia with harness racing driver Aaron Byron in the bike takes the Open 1 Pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Monday (August 14). Marty Monkhouser A (Scott Coulter) would take the lead and control all the early fractions :27.1, :55.0, 1:22.3. Andreios Kardia (Badlands Hanover), who is owned by Ina Madill and trained by Jeffrey Byron, would charge out first over and take the lead at the top of the stretch. Fireyourguns (Jim Meittinis), always likes to be on the lead but would use a different strategy on this night by coming from off the pace. He would battle Andreios Kardia ($5.00) all the way down the stretch. Andreios Kardia would win for the fourth time this season, getting a victory in 1:50.3. Fireyourguns (American Ideal) would settle for second with Time Out I'm Tired (Mike SImons) would finish third. John MacDonald, Scott Coulter, and Mike Merton would all win to apiece on the night. MacDonald won with Prince Adiran ($6.10) and Machmemackie ($3.20. Coulter got victories with Lyons Johnny ($25.40) and Spirit Shadow ($17.60). Merton won with Cabo Real ($5.10) ad Tyler ($4.10. Tioga Downs returns to live action on Friday (August 18) at6:50 p.m. There will be no racing on Saturday because of the LeAnn Rimes concert. For more information please go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs    

The Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) eliminations for sophomore colts and geldings pacers as well as their counterpart filly pacers, were at Tioga Downs on Sunday afternoon (August 13) as part of a 15 race harness racing card. On the card was three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman trotting fillies as well. In the first elimination for colts and geldings it was In A Single Bound (Chris Lems) who would come out on top. In A Single Bound (Roll With Joe) would lead to the first quarter in 27.3. The favorite Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley) would take over before the clubhouse turn He would control the the pace all the way to the top of the stretch. In A Single Bound ($5.70) who is owned by Dennis and Simone Noud, while trained by Monica Krist would pop out of the pocket and battle Miso Fast (Roll WIth Joe) all they way down the stretch. In A Single Bound would lunge out and win at the wire in 1:50.4. He would win for the eighth time in 11 starts as a 3 year-old. Miso Fast would finish second and qualify for the finals. The third qualifier would br Outkast Blue Chip. In the second elimination, Art Scene (Brett Miller) would shock the 1-9 favorite Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan) Geez Joe (Brian Sears) would lay down the first quarter time in :27.3. Funknwaffles (American Ideal) would then take control hitting the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. That is when Art Scene (American Ideal) would make his move going first over. Art Scene ($33.20) who is owned by Brittany Farms, Alagna Racing, In The Gym Partners and American Art Stable would duel the favorite in the stretch to win by a neck at the wire in 1:51.2. Trained by Tony Alagna, the 3 year-old colt would win for just the second time in his career while setting a lifetime best mile. Funknwaffles would finish second to qualify for the final. Music Is Art (Tim Tetrick) would also qualify by finishing third. Heaven's Gait (David Miller) would win the third elimination by four legnths. Uffizi (Tim Tetrick) would carve out all the early fractions :27.0, :56.2, 1:23.4. The 3 year-old would start to fizzle out at the top of the stretch. Chip Walther (Brian Sears) would then take over. The lead was short lived as Heaven's Gait (Rock N Roll Heaven), who is owned by John Cummins and trained by Nicholas Devita, would blow right by to win in 1:50.4. The winner paid $4.40 and won for ninth time in his career. Chp Walther (Art Major) would qualify by finishing second. Talent Soup (Brett Miller) would take third to qualify as well. On the Fillies side the first elimination went to Clear Idea (Mark MacDonald). Clear Idea (American Ideal), who is owned by Huff Racing and trainer Mark Macintosh, would go gate-to-wire with fractions of :27.1, :56.4, 1:24.3, 1:52.0. She would win for the seventh straight time but it wasn't easy. Roaring To Go (Brett Miller) would sneak up on the inside and fall short by just a neck. Clear Idea ($3.10), would win for the 10th time in her career. Finishing second was Roaring To Go (Art Major). The other qualifiers were Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron), who finished third, Gurl Band K (Tim Tetrick), fourth, and Ameraway (Corey Callahan) finished fifth and won the wild-card pick. The second elimination went to the favorite Tequilla Monday (Brian Sears). Tequilla Monday (American Ideal) would take over just after the first quarter and then cruise home to win in 1:51.0. She is owned by North Fork Racing Stable with Chuck Pompey and trained by Chris Oakes. Tequilla Monday ($2.70) would win for the sixth time this season and the 10th time in her career. The other qualifiers were American Sara (Scott Zeron) who finished second. Shepulledthegoalie (David Miller) finished third while Candlelight Dinner (Brett Miller) finished fourth. Also on the card was the NYSS freshman fillies. Undefeated Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) would set the track record for 2 year-old trotting fillies in the third division of the NYSS. Entry mate Fury Road (Mark MacDonald) would lead after a first quarter of :28.4. Plunge Blue Chip (Muscle Mass-Dunk The Donato) would take over as they went past the stands for the first time. She would then control the whole race after that with fractions of :58.2, 1:26.2, 1:55.1. She would eclipse the track record by a fifth of a second. Lucky Rainbow (David Miller) would finish second best while Atlanta (Rick Zeron) settle for third. Plunge Blue Chip ($3.20) is owned Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trainer Svanstedt. She is now four for four as a freshman trotter. In the first division of the NYSS, big long shot and first time starter Setntheworldonfire (Troy Beyer) would win in 1:57.1. Settintheworldonfire (Muscles Yankee-Gaelic) who is owned by Birdie Path Stables LTD. and trainer Noel Daley would make a three wide move in the stretch to nip A Gift For You (Tim Tetrick) at the wire. Settintheworldonfire would pay $130.00 for the win A Gift For You (Credit Winner-Soprano Hanover) would finish second. Big Checkmate (Donald Dupont) was third. The second division winner was White Cheetah (Mark MacDonald). After the big favorite Seven Carats (Tim Tetrick) went on a break, Perfect Summer K (Brian Sears) would control all the early fractions, :28.1, :57.4, 1:27.1. White Cheetah (Muscle Mass-Wheely Quick) would go three wide at the top of the stretch and looked like a cheetah as she blew by to win in 1:57.4. Perfect Summer K (Conway Hall-American Miss K) would finish second. Jackie Newlands (Scott Zeron) would get third. White Cheetah ($33.80) is owned by J Sbrocco, Stable 45 and trainer Paul Kelley. She would win for the first time in four starts. The horses were drawn for the EBC Finals. For the Colt and Geldings Final ($268,100). 1) In A SIngle Bound 2) Heaven's Gait 3) Art Scene 4) Miso Fast 5) Music Is Art 6) Chip Walther 7) Talent Soup 8) Outkast Blue Chip 9) Funknwaffles   For the Fillies Final ($262,850) 1) Tequilla Monday 2) Clear Idea 3) Obvious Bluechip 4) American Sara 5) Candlelight Dinner 6) Ameriway 7) Roaring To Go 8) Shepulledthegoalie 9) Gurl Band K Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Monday (August 14) witha 11 race card starting at 6:50 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Vernon NY - Harness racing horsemen are reminded that there are a number of Grand Circuit stakes to be raced at Tioga and Vernon Downs over the next few weeks.   The Dr Harry M Zweig Memorial stakes for 3-year-old trotters is scheduled for Friday, August 18 at Vernon Downs. The box will close at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 15.   Horses drawn into the main event for both fillies and colts must be checked into the Detention Barn by 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 17.   Those horsemen intending to stay at the Vernon hotel for the Zweig should make reservations via the Race Office ASAP.   All pertinent information may be found on the Vernon Downs website or by calling the Race Office at (315) 829-6825.   At Tioga Downs next Sunday, August 20 is a really big day.   The Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) pacing finals and Roll With Joe FFA paces are both on the card along with all divisions of the Tompkins-Geers stakes for 2-year-olds. The box for those races will close at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 17.   Horses in the EBC finals and Roll With Joe will be required to be checked into the Detention Barn by 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19.   Tioga information is available here or by calling the Race Office at (607) 699-7688.    

Morosita Bi (Jim Meittinis) wins the featured harness racing trot ($9,000), on Saturday night (August 12) at Tioga Downs. Can Do (Scott Coulter) would charge out to lead and own all the early fractions :28.3, :58.3, 1:27.1. Morosita Bi (Equinox Bi), who was the only mare in the race would follow from the the pocket. Leased and trained by Bruce Clarke, the 7 year-old would charge out of the pocket and take the lead at the top of the stretch. Morosita Bi ($6.90) would win her fourth straight in a time of 1:56.1. It was her 37th career victory. Can Do would hang on for second with Bjanthony (Mickey McNichol) taking third. Mike Merton would win three on the night. He would have victories with Heart Crusher $7.30), Grey Ice ($38.60), and A Crown For Lindy (3.10). "Megatoad" beats "Jaws". The Chicken Spiedie Eating Championship was held in a poring rain at Tioga (August 12). The rain didn't dampen the competitors. Spiedie eating world record holder, Matt "Megatoad" Stonie beat his own record by eating 25 and a half spidies and beating arch rival and Coney Island Hot Dog eating champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut. Tioga Downs returns to live action Sunday afternoon (August 13) with a 15 race card starting at 1pm. There will be a non-betting race at 12:45. The card features the Empire Breeders Classic eliminations for both sophomore pacing fillies and eliminations for their counterpart, colts and geldings. Also on the card is NYSS freshman trotting fillies. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Nichols, NY - Five $12,500 elimination races for the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) for 3-year-old pacers will be featured along with New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for freshman filly trotters as part of an all-stakes 15 race harness racing card on Sunday, August 13 at Tioga Downs.   Three divisions of colt and gelding pacers were split into equal fields of seven will go as races 6, 7 & 8.   Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley) makes his initial seasonal foray into state-bred competition after facing the top Grand Circuit colts with moderate success thus far in 2017. The Roll With Joe colt picked up the bulk of his quarter million dollar freshman bankroll in the NYSS program including a second place finish in last year's final.   Miso Fast took a 1:49.2 mark in his Hempt Memorial elim and has fared better in the preliminaries than the big finals this season. He may find Sunday's field more to his liking for the Burke Stable who owns the colt in partnership with Our Horse Cents Stable, J&T Silva and Weaver Bruscemi.   Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan) was the NYSS freshman final winner in 2016 and hasn't missed a beat this season in both restricted and open competition. The American Ideal gelding has absolutely manhandled his New York competition to go along with a third in the Rooney and closing second in the Hempt final against Grand Circuit colts. He's a farthing away from a half million in lifetime earnings for owner Crawford Farms Racing and trainer John Butenschoen.   Chief among the colts in the third division is the talented Heaven's Gait (David Miller). Lightly raced at two, this son of Rock N Roll Heaven is a John Cummins homebred and has enjoyed success on both a state-bred and national level. He has marched through the NYSS legs unblemished and is the author of the fastest mile of the season in the program by virtue of his 1:49 win at Vernon Downs. Heaven's Gait also won the Hempt consolation after narrowly missing a final berth in that stake for trainer Nick DeVita.   The fairer sex entrants numbered eighteen, which split nicely into a pair of nines.   Race 10 features Clear Idea (Mark MacDonald) who's but a length away from NYSS leg perfection this season, having finished second in the opener. Since then she's had a very "Clear Idea" of how to get to the wire first for trainer Blake MacIntosh who owns the seasonal winner of over $180,000 in partnership with Hutt Racing Stable.   The eleventh race favorite is last year's NYSS final winner Tequila Monday (Brian Sears). She's back strong this year for Chris Oakes having annexed the Lismore at Yonkers and copping a third in the rich Fan Hanover final. She'll start from post two on Sunday, seeking to advance for owners North Fork Racing and Chuck Pompey.   Next week's EBC finals are for the biggest purses of the year for NY restricted stakes with the colt stake at $268,100 while the fillies race for $262,850.   No fewer than 85 NYSS filly trotters will compete at Tioga on Sunday with one early non-betting race and 10 divisions on the card.   The main event split into three nine filly fields, each for a purse of $37,966.   Post time on Sunday is 1:00 p.m. You can find the entries on the Tioga Downs website.   Nick Salvi

What a difference a week makes for Guardian Angel As (Jason Bartlett). The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing sophomore trotting colts and geldings were on hand for three divisions on Friday night (August 11) at Tioga Downs. Less than a week ago Guardian Angel As (Archangel) was racing in the Hambletonian and was interfered with and caused to go off stride. The judges ruled that What The Hill caused the interference and was disqualified after finishing first Stick With Me Kid (Chirs Lems) would get the lead and head into the first quarter in :27.1. Guardian Angel As ($2.40) would go first over from third and take the lead just before the clubhouse turn. Owned by ACL Stuteri AB with Kjell Johansson and trained by Anette Lorentzon, the 3 year-old colt would control all the fractions after that :56.3, 1:25.3, 1:54.1, getting a lifetime best mile. Stick With Me Kid (Deweycheatumnhowe) would take a run at him but Guardian Angel was too strong and won the second division of the NYSS ($39,200) and looked much the best, winning for the sixth time in 11 starts as a 3 year-old. Stick With Me Kid hung on for second with Another Chapter (Scott Zeron) getting third. The first division ($39,900) went to Seven And Seven (Thomas Durand). The 3 year-old colt by Chapter Seven was in the Hambletonian eliminations last Saturday finishing eighth in 1:53.1. Eye Of A Tiger As (Jason Bartlett) would lead to the first quarter in :27.2. Seven And Seven ($10.20) would be parked first over before taking the lead just before the half. Durand trains the colt and owns with June Durand and Allen Smith. He would hold off Eye Of A Tiger As (second) in the stretch to win in a lifetime best and first time as a sophomore in 1:54.1. Texican (Jim Marohn Jr.) finished third. In the final division, Long shot Icanflylikeanangel (Mickey McNichol) would charge late in the stretch to win in a lifetime best of 1:54.3. Money Macintosh (Andy Miller) looked poised to win when the colt went off stride in the stretch. Money Macintosh (Credit WInner) would finish third and placed fifth for failure to obey the breaking rule. Icanflylikeanangel (Archangel) who is owned by Joseph Hess and trained by D Benny Eggers, may have won anyway because he looked like he was flying in deep stretch, paid a whopping $37.60 for the win. Swell Chap (Jim Marohn Jr.) would come on late to finish second. Meetmeinthemiddle would finish fourth but placed third. Tioga Downs returns to live action Saturday (8-12) with a nine race card starting at 6:50. Also between live races is the "Fourth Annual World Spiedie Eating Contest" featuring Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Matt "Megatoad" Stonie. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing sophomore trotting colts and geldings, will be featured at Tioga Downs on Friday night (August 11). In the first division, the morning line favorite is Eye Of A Tiger As at 5-2. The 3 year-old gelding is owned by ACL Stuteri AB with Kjell Johansson and trained by Anette Lorentzon, has five wins in eights starts this season. Eye Of A Tiger As (Chapter Seven), has won NYSS races at Buffalo ($60,200) and Monticello ($39,200). He lost by a neck in his last NYSS race at Yonkers ($56833). The second choice is Top Flight Angel (Andy Miller) at 3-1. Owned by Legendary Standardbred Farm and trained by Julie Miller, Top Flight Angel (Archangel) won a NYSS race at Yonkers ($55833) last time out. The 3 year-old colt went gate-to-wire to win by almost six lengths. The third choice in the first division is Seven And Seven at 4-1. Although the 3 year-old colt has yet to win as to win this season, he had four wins as a 2 year-old, including the William Wellwood Memorial ($266,000) at Mohawk. Seven And Seven (Chapter Seven) who is owned by Allen Smith with June and trainer, driver Thomas Durand, finished eighth at the Hambletonian eliminations last week at the Meadowlands. His best finish this season was third best at the Goodtimes Final ($183,230) at Mohawk. The second division is also a very competitive race. Trainer Anette Lorentzon with owners ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson, also have the morning line favorite Guardian Angel As (Jason Bartlett) in this division at 2-1. He has five wins this season including a NYSS victory at Buffalo ($59,100) by eight lengths. Guadian Angel As (Archangel) placed eighth in the Hambletonian Final ($1,000,000) last week. The main rival will be second choice Stick With Me Kid (Chris Lems) at 5-2. The George Ducharme trained 3 year-old gelding is owned by Paul Fontaine, Ashlee Allyn, and Donna Bonno. Stick With Me Kid (Deweycheatumnhowe) has four wins as a sophomore trotter including a NYSS victory at Vernon Downs ($39,200). The third choice is Another Chapter (Scott Zeron) at 4-1. Owned by Jeffrey Snyder with Four Friends Stable LLC and trained by Per Henriksen, Another Chapter (Chapter Seven), is coming off a NYSS win at Yonkers ($56,833). The third division features 5-2 morning line favorite, Such An Angel (Mark MacDonald). Owned by Samuel Caruso Jr. with the Purple Haze Stables and trained by Paul Kelley. Such An Angel (Credit Winner) has just one win in six start as a 3 year-old but won four times as a freshman trotter. The Ron Burke trained Arch Credit (Jim Morril Jr.) is the second morning line choice at 3-1. Owned by Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Burke Racing Stable LLC, Arch Credit (Credit Winner) has one win, three seconds and a third this season. The third choice is Swell Chap (Jim Marohn Jr.) at 4-1. The 3 year-old colt is owned by Foge McKeever with Eldon Thompson and trained by Todd Rooney. Swell Chap (Chapter Seven) has won four times as a 3 year-old this season. Post time for the 11 race card at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 11) is 6:50 p.m. John Horne for Tioga Downs  

Andreios Kardia and harness racing driver Aaron Byron win the Open Pace ($10,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 6). Time Out I'm Tired (Jim Marohn Jr.) would fly out to lead and carve out all the early fractions :28.1, :56.2, 124.4. Andreios Kardia (Badlands Hanover) would climb out of the three hole and go first over, trading blows with Time Out I'm Tired (second), all the way down the stretch. Andreios Kardia ($4.60) would prevail in the end with a 1:52.0 mile. The 6 year-old gelding would win for the third time this season and getting career victory number 22. Dash Of Danger (Jim Meittinis) would finish third best. Vernon Downs leading driver John MacDonald would continue his great weekend. He had 13 victories in three days at Vernon. He would add two more at Tioga downs on Sunday. He would first take Machmemackie ($7.80) to victory after making a late move in the stretch to win in 1:51.4. "J-Mac" would win again in the last race of the afternoon leading Charmbro Curiosity ($12.20) to the winner's circle. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 11) at 6:50. The track from Nichols, NY, will welcome the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for sophomore trotting colts. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

.Sweet Thing (Fern Paquet Jr.) drives late to capture the Tioga Downs Open Handicap Trot ($10,000), on Saturday night (August 5). After the big favorite Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) went off stride right after the start, Dragin The Wagon would take the early lead and control all the early fractions, :28.1, :57.1, 125:2. Winding Hill (Jimmy Whittemore) would make the first move breathing down the neck of Dragin the Wagon (Angus Hall), as they battled down the stretch. Sweet Thing (Chocolatier), who is owned by Robert Budding and trainer Homer Hochstetler, would somehow squeeze through to the two leaders to win in 1:54.2. Dragin The Wagon would hold on for second with Winding Hill (Here Comes Herbie) settling for third. Sweet Thing would win for the third fourth time this season and the 15th time in her career. Leading Driver, Mike SImons and leading trainer Mike Deters would each add two wins to their total. Simons who now has 61 wins on the season won with Ifya Start Me up ($6.60) and Vraka Hanover ($32.40). Deters now has 23 wins on the season. He teamed up with driver Jim Meittinis for victories with Prairie Cowgirl ($6.90) and Katch Kanna ($13.60). Tioga Downs returns to action Sunday afternoon (August 6) with a 10 race card starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs  

Harness racing driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Ron Burke combined for two of the three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing fillies, Friday night (August 4) at Tioga Downs. All Divisions raced for $37,266. The first division (NYSS) looked like an exciting two horse race on paper and it didn't disappoint. Hurrikane Shorty (Jim Marohn Jr) took the quick lead and hit the first quarter in 28.3. Youaremycandygirl (Matt Kakaley) would charge up and take over as they went by the stands for the first time. Youaremycandygirl (American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane) who is owned by W J Donovan and trained by Burke, would control all the late fractions, :56.0, 1:23.0, 1:52.0. As they got to the stretch Hurrikane Shorty (Art Major-Speed Date), would take a run at it, drawing even in mid-stretch but Youaremycandygirl ($3.80), would battle back and set the track record for 2 year-old fillies at Tioga Downs. It was her second straight win. Michelle's Jazz (Roll With Joe-Michelle's Dream) would finish third for driver Tom Jackson In the second division (NYSS), Twin B Peaches (Jody Jamieson) would take them to the first quarter in :28.1. The favorite All On Top Hanover (Markus Miller), would then take over and lead all the way to the top of the stretch. Let's Fall In Love (Matt Kakaley) was sixth at the top of the stretch but she looked like she was shot out of a cannon and blew right by. The Same team would win again as the owner was W J Donovan and the trainer was Ron Burke. Let's Fall In Love (Rock N Roll Heaven-Time N Again) would run the mile in 1:55.0 and pay $32.20 for the win. Python Blue Chip (Roll With Joe-Fancy Creek Funny), driven by Jim Marohn Jr. would come up to finish second. All On Top Hanover (Betterthancheddar-Allamerican Apex) would hang on for third. The third division (NYSS) went to the undefeated Alexis Faith (Jim Morrill Jr.). After Ubettergo Go (Jody Jamieson) led to the first quarter, Alexis Faith (American Ideal-Cannae Cammie) would forge to the front. Owned by West Wins Stable, Jim Fielding, J Robert Darrow, Kevin McKinlay and trained by Casie Coleman, Alexis Faith ($3.00) would never relinquish the lead. She would win for the fourth time in Four starts with a lifetime best of 1:53.1. Ubettergo Go (Art Major-Ubetterthink Think) would follow in the pocket the whole way and tried a late charge but fell short to finish second. Betterthangraduate (Betterthancheddar-Western Grduate) came on late to finish third for driver Matt Kakaley. Tioga Downs returns to live action on Saturday (August 5) with a 10 race card starting at 6:50 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

The first division looks to be a harness racing showdown between the Ron Burke trained entry of Step Beyond (Art Major-Apogee Hanover) with Youaremycandygirl (American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane), who is the morning line favorite (2-1) and the Kevin McDermott trained Hurrikane Shorty (Art Major-Speed Date), who is 5-2. Step Beyond (Marcus Miller), who is owned by Burke Racing Stable, F. Baldachino, Silva, Purnell & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi, is still looking for her first career win. At the Vernon Downs leg of the NYSS, she finished a solid third. Her other NYSS start she finished fourth at Saratoga. Youaremycandygirl (Matt Kakaley), is owned by W J Donovan, she had a bad first start at Vernon Downs (NYSS), but would have an impressive win at Saratoga (NYSS). She would win by a little over two lengths in 1:54.1, using a :27.2 last quarter. Hurrikane Shorty (Jim Marohn Jr.) is owned by Little E LLC, J Settlemoir, A. Geiger, and D. Stolz, has two wins and a second in three starts. She won her last start at Saratoga (NYSS), going gate-to-wire in 1:55.0. She had to settle for second at the Vernon Downs (NYSS) leg. In the second division the (5-2) morning line favorite is the Erv Miller trained, All On Top Hanover (Betterthancheddar-Allamerican Apex). She is owned by by Crawford Farms Racing, Ervin Miller Stable, R. Michelon and G. Golemes. All On Top Hanover (Marcus Miller), has won her last two starts, including a gate-to-wire win at Saratoga (NYSS) in 1:55.0. The second choice at (7-2) is Twin B Peaches (Betterthancheddar-Beach Bound), she is trained by Blake Macintosh. The freshman fillie, captured a leg of the NYSS at Vernon Downs (1:52.0), as one of her two lifetime wins. Twin B Peaches (Jody Jamieson), is owned by Onaroll Stable, Touch Stone Farms, and Reginald Petipas. The thrid choice is the Nicholas Devita trained Another Lawsuit (American Ideal-Court Stenographer) at 4-1. She secured her only career victory during the Buffalo Raceway (NYSS) leg, winning in 1:57.2. Another Lawsuit (Jim Morrill Jr.), is owned by Carl Sackheim. The final division features the 5-2 morning line favorite Alexis Faith (American Ideal-Cannae Cammie). She is owned by West Wins Stable, Jim Fielding, J Robert Darrow, and Kevin McKinlay, whiled trained by Casie Coleman. Alexis Faith (Jim Morrill Jr.), is three for three in her freshman season including a NYSS victory in her last start at Saratoga, winning in 1:55.3. Ubettergo Go (Art Major-Ubetterthink Think) is the chief rival being named the 7-2 second choice. She has won two legs of the NYSS She won her divisions Vernon Downs (1:53.0) and Buffalo Raceway (1:57.2). Ubettergo Go (Jodie Jamieson) is owned by Tony Basile, Reginald Petipas, Ozzie Mackay, and trainer Blake Macintosh. The other top contender is Betterthangraduate (Betterthancheddar-Western Graduate), who is trained by Ron Burke. She is the morning line third choice (5-1). She has victories at two legs of the NYSS She took her divisions at Vernon Downs (1:55.0) and Buffalo Raceway (1:57.1). The 2 year-old was second to Alexis Faith at Saratoga (NYSS) losing by a length in the stretch. Betterthangraduate (Matt Kakaley) is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Purnell & Libby, P. Colluera and Weaver Bruscemi. Post time for the Friday 13 race card at Tioga Downs is 6:50 p.m. For more information please go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga 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  

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