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Icanflylikeanangel (Corey Brady) took the first of two co-featured trots ($7,900) at Tioga Downs on Saturday (June 16). Kahoku (John Cummings Jr.) went to the front and led to a first quarter in :28.1. Icanflylikeanangel ($4.30) took the lead as they went by the stands the first time and never looked back. Owned by Joseph Hess and trained by Benny Eggers, he went to the half in :56.4, the three-quarters in 1:25.4 and won in 1:55.3. Kahoku was second with Commentary (Mike Merton) finished third. Icanflylikeanangel is a 4-year-old gelding by Archangel. It was win number three this season and career win number eight. In the co-featured trot, Noble Anthony (Mike Simons) came late to run down Wawaree Prefeferred (Jim Taggart Jr.). Wararee Preferred (second) controlled all the early fractions (:28.1, :56.4, 1:25.4). Noble Anthony (Mike Simons) flew down the stretch to win in 1:56.0. My Cherry Pie (Jim Meittinis) was third. Noble Anthony is an 8-year-old gelding by Andover Hall. Simons trains and co-owns the gelding with Albert Abdala III. It was win number five this season and career victory number 28. Driver Jim Taggart Jr. and trainer Gary Messenger teamed up for three wins on the night. The wins came with Justsingalong ($4.60), Connie Keeper ($8.00) and with 2-year-old gelding Chip Chip Conway (Conway Hall-Get Chipped), who won in his career debut. Aaron Byron won three on the night as well. His wins came with Standing Respect ($27.80), One Hand Keg Stand ($12.40), and De Valaria ($4.80). Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 17) featuring a 13 race card plus Osritch and Camel racing. Post time is at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Helpisontheway (Tim Tetrick) won the first division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing trotting colts and geldings ($39,900) at Tioga Downs on Friday (June 15) and in doing so he set the track record for 3-year-old colts with a time of 1:52.2. It was one of the three divisions of NYSS that raced Friday. Fourth Dimension (Brian Sears) made his 3-year-old debut. He would lead to a first quarter in :27.0. He would work hard getting the lead. He led them to the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. Helpisontheway ($5.00) sat back patiently and would make his move in the stretch to blow right by to win in track record time and beat his personal best by two seconds. Fourth Dimension settled for second. Classichap (Trond Smedshammer) finished third. Helpisontheway is a 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven. Trained by Linda Toscano for owners Camelot Stable Inc., The Bay's Stable LLC., and Little E LLC. It was his second win in 2018 and career win number three. The second division of the NYSS ($40,600) went to Voss Volo (Corey Callahan). Yuge (Scott Zeron) led the pack into a first quarter of :27.2. Cruising In Style (Anthony MacDonald) took over and led to a half in :56.3. Voss Volo ($9.50) went to work in the back stretch rushing by to take over before hitting three-quarters in 1:24.4. Owned by Pinske Stables and William Wiswell, while trained by John Butenschoen. He would just cruise in the stretch to win in 1:53.4. On The Ropes (Ake Svanstedt) came up to finish second. Sevon Iron (Tim Tetrick) was third. Voss Volo is a 3-year-old gelding by Credit Winner). He won for the first time this year and secured career win number two. The Veteran (Tim Tetrick) easily won the third division of the NYSS ($39,600). The Veteran ($3.00) went gate-to-wire putting up all the numbers (:29.0, :57.4, 1:26.0, 1:54.1). Owned by W. Donovan, S Michaels, J Winske and trainer George Ducharme, the colt never had an anxious moment. Southwind Chrome (Scott Zeron) was second best. Fashion Forever (Corey Callahan) finished third. The Veteran is a 3-year-old colt by Muscle Mass. It was his third win of the season and it was career victory number five. Tioga Downs returns to live action with a 13 race card on Saturday (6-16) starting at 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs      

Tioga Downs will welcome three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes NYSS) for trotting colts and geldings on Friday (June 15). The first division ($39,900) will feature the sophomore debut of Fourth Dimension (Brian Sears). The 2-1 morning line favorite hasn't raced since his win in the Valley Victory final ($464,650) at the Meadowlands on 11-25-17. The 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven is owned by Courant Inc. and trained by Marcus Melander. He won eight of eleven starts as a 2-year-old, amassing almost $400,000 a season ago. The second morning line choice at 5-2 is Helpisontheway (Tim Tetrick). The 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven has won a leg of the NYSS and a finished fourth at the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) earlier this year at Vernon Downs. Linda Toscano trains the colt owned by Camelot Stable, The Bay's Stable, and Little E LLC. The second division ($40,600) morning line favorite is Tito (Marcus Miller) at 5-2. Owned by Anthony Lombardi, George Golemes, and Louis WIllinger, while trained by Erv Miller. The 3-year-old colt by Muscle Mass is looking for his first win of 2018. He won four races as a freshman trotter. The second choice for the second division is Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley), who won his first race of the season during a leg of the NYSS on 6-6-18 at Buffalo. The 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven is trained by Dan Dailey for owners A. Dailey, J. Crawford IV, R Lombardo, and D. Brenner. He is the second choice at 3-1 even though he beat the morning line favorite (Tito) his last time out at Buffalo going gate-to-wire. The third division ($39,900) features morning line favorite Don (Jim Morrill Jr.). Trained by Julie Miller and owned by Andy Miller Stable and Little E LLC, the 3-year-old colt by Credit Winner has won two legs of the NYSS this season. He picked up those wins at Vernon Downs (May 11) and Buffalo Raceway (June 6). The second favorite is Southwind Chrome (Scott Zeron) at 3-1. The 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven didn't race as a two-year-old and even though he is winless in three starts, he was impressive in the EBC final at Vernon Downs. He charged late in the stretch and finished second to Six Pack by half a length. Owned by Dreamville Stable and trained by Paula Wellwood, he will go for his first win of his career at the five-eighths mile oval in Nichols, NY. The 13 race card at Tioga Downs on Friday (June 15) starts at 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs                            

Fillibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras) won the first division of The Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers at Tioga Downs on Sunday afternoon (June 10). Tioga Downs hosted three divisions of The Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and two divisions for trotters. All five raced for a purse of $50,000. Also on hand were three divisions of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. Fillibuster Honover ($2.50) went right to the lead and carved out all the fractions (:27.4, :56.3, 1:24.0, 1:50.3. Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan) went first-over and was within a nose and look like he might get by. Filibuster Hanover had other ideas. He dug in and withheld the challenge to score the victory. Funknwaffes settled for second. Bloodline (Tim Tetrick) followed in the pocket the whole way and finished third. Unbeaten this year, Filibuster Hanover is a 4-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, J Di Scala Jr and J & T Silva Stables. Ron Burke trained him to his fifth win in five starts in 2018. It was career win number 12. Miso Fast (Tim Tetrick) holds off late rush by Western Joe (Scott Zeron) to capture the second division of The Graduate Series for pacers. Miso Fast ($3.10) went to the lead and was first at every pole (:27.0, :53.4, 1:21.0, 1:49.2). Boogie Shuffle (David Miller) went three-wide around the last turn to pressure Miso Fast. Miso Fast responded and opened up by two lengths in mid-stretch. Western Joe followed in the pocket trip the whole way. He found an opening on the inside but fell just short and had to settle for second. Rock N Tony (Matt Kakaley) came up to finish third. Miso Fast is a 4-year-old horse by Roll With Joe. Owned by Winchester Baye Acres LLC and trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. He won for the third time this season and notched career victory number 10. Highalator (David Miller) impressive in gate-to wire win in the third division for pacers. Highalator ($3.80) charged out of the gate and never looked back. Owned by Joann Dombeck, Midsize Construction Inc., and trainer Jenny Bier, he owned all the fractions (:27.0, :55.3, 1:22.0, 1:49.0). It was the fastest mile of the day. Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) was second with Beckhams Z Tam (Ricky Macomber Jr.) finishing third. Highalator is a 4-year-old horse by Somebeachsomewhere. It was win number six of the season and the 18th of his career. Guardian Angel As (Tim Tetrick) uses his wings to win the first division of The Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters. Fraser Ridge (Dave Miller) laid down the early fractions (:28.0, :56.2, 1:24.0). After the favorite Yes Mickey (Andrew McCarthy) went on a break, Guardian Angel As ($5.90) went three-wide at the top of the stretch and flew by to win in a lifetime best mark of 1:52.4. Lord Cromwell (Jim Marohn Jr.) finished second with Fraser Ridge hanging on for third. Guardian Angel As is a 4-year-old horse by Archangel He is owned by Acl Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson while trained by Annette Lorentzon. He is two for two as a 4-year-old. It was career win number 11. Moonshiner Hanover (David Miller) gets big upset victory in the second division for trotters. Top Flight Angel (Andy Miller) put up all the early fractions (:28.0, :57.2 1:25.1). Moonshiner Hanover ($51.50) stayed patiently in the pocket until he got an opening at the top of the stretch. He blew by to win in a career best time of 1:53.1. Bill's Man (Corey Callahan) charged late to finish second. Top Flight Angel was third. Moonshiner Hanover is a 4-year-old horse by Andover Hall. Owned by Synerco Ventures, Bill Maines and trainer Christopher Beaver, he won for the third time this season. It was career victory number seven. Springsteen (David Miller) is the boss in the first division of the NYSS ($40,600) for sophomore colts and geldings. Real Surreal (Scott Zeron) led all the way through three-quarters (:27.3, :56.2, 1:23.0). Springsteen ($3.80), who is owned by Allard Racing, B. Soulsby, A. Weisenberg, and K. SIngh, while trained by Rene Allard, went first-over from fourth and battled Real Surreal (second) all the way down the stretch to win in 1:51.0. I Soar Him First (Jason Bartlett) was third. Springsteen is a 3-year-old colt by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was his first win in 2018. He secured his fourth career victory. Heavenly Sound (Andrew McCarthy) wins the second division for the NYSS 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings ($39,900). After Ostro Hanover led them to the first quarter in :26.4, Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett) took over before hitting the half in :55.3. Heavenly Sound ($22.00) went first-over after after the halfway point. Heavenly Sound and Trump Nation battled back and forth around the final turn. Owned by M&M Racing LLC., and trained by Bruce Saunders, Heavenly Sound shook loose in the stretch and held off a late charge by second place finisher Ideal Feeling (Tim Tetrick) to win in 1:50.4. Trump Nation ended up finishing third. Heavenly Sound is a 3-year-old colt by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was his fourth win this season and career victory number six. Keystone Tenacious (Mark MacDonald) was a gate-to-wire winner in the last division for NYSS pacers ($39,900). Owned by the Patricia Stable with Lawrence Thomases and trained by Paul Kelley, Keystone Tenacious ($7.30) put down all the fractions (:27.2, :57.1, 1:24.2, 1:52.1). My Delight (Marcus Miller) finished second. Twin B Tuffenuff was third. Keystone Tenacious is a 3-year-old colt by So Surreal. It was win number two this year and he won for the third time in his career. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 15) with a post time of 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) took the Open Trot ($12,000) at Tioga Downs for the third time in a row on Saturday (June 9). Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) controlled all the early fractions (:26.4, :56.1, 124.4). Prairie Fortune ($4.20) went first-over from last just before the half and took over after the three quarter pole. Owned by Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters, he cruised to an easy victory in 1:54.2. Golden Son (Mike SImons came up to get second place. Dragin The Wagon settled for third. The two time defending Tioga Downs trotter of the year is a 6-year-old gelding by Arapa Victory. He now has won seven races in 2018. It was his 44th trip to the winner's circle in his career. Meittinis had two more wins on the night. He also won with Fox Valley Leo ($48.80) and Sports Authority ($7.10). Jim Taggart Jr. won three races as well. He got wins with Rolling Sea ($6.30), Brown Titan ($10.40). His third win came with KJ Owen ($8.40) who was part of a dead heat with Tymal Vortex (Corey Braden. Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 10) with a special 15 race card starting at 1:00p.m. The Grand Circuit comes to Tioga Downs with a leg of the Graduate Series for both pacers and trotters. There is two divisions of trotters and three division for pacers. All with a purse of $50,000 each. Also on hand is three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

K J's Caroline (Mike Merton) wins the featured fillies and mare pace ($9,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday night (June 8). Driving grand slam for Mike Simons. Milky Way Rae (Aaron Byron) controlled the first half of the race with a first quarter in :26.4 and the half in :55.4. K J's Caroline ($5.10) , who is owned by Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger, charged to the front to hit the three-quarters in 1:23.2. She took off in the stretch to win easily and equal her career best time of 1:51.2. Gigi From Fiji (Jim Meittinis) came up to finish second. Northen Dali (Corey Braden) was third. K J's Caroline is an 8-year-old mare by Roddy's Bags Again. She won her fourth race this season. She captured career win number 42. Tioga Downs top driver of 2017, Mike Simons won four on the night. He won with Chilicheatum ($5.90), Winning Shadow ($4.00), Eldorado Of Gold S ($4.00), and Truth Isalwaysbest ($16.80). Gary Messenger had three training wins on the night. Along with K J's Caroline, he had wins with Connie Keeper ($15.60) and Six Bax ($15.80). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (June 9) with a 13 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs    

Trenton, NJ --- Owner Ed Telle feels he has something special in Miso Fast, but is in no rush to prove it. The pacer will race in the second of three Graduate Series divisions for 4-year-olds at Tioga Downs in New York Sunday (June 10) after winning a Graduate division last week at Woodbine Mohawk Park. He is staked in all the major events this year, but whether he races in them will be decided as time goes on. “It’s just a matter of picking or choosing what we want to do at the time,” Telle said. “He’s got what, about $40,000 on his card, and we just started the year. “We’ll just give him some time. A lot of owners are worried about money. If I plan on keeping him for five years and we do this thing the right way, we’ll do just fine.” It has been the game plan ever since Telle went to the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands for the sole purpose of buying Miso Fast. He shelled out the day’s top price -- $250,000 -- for the stallion, who at that point had won seven of 36 career races and earned $647,938. “I haven’t pushed him,” Telle said. “I’ve found out over the years that a 4-year-old, when we’re racing where we’re racing right now, you’ve just got to be easy with him. You pick your spots. You can destroy him. They’re just not strong enough to go with the 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds. We can race around here at The Meadows and at invites and what not, and we should be very competitive.This year, Miso Fast has won two of six starts and earned $37,453. “He won’t really get good until he’s 6. That’s when I figure he’ll peak and I’ll have him in everything. He’ll be in a lot next year and the following year but you know what, I don’t mind racing him at Hoosier Park and The Meadows because they’re going for good money.” So, what was it about a single horse that brought Telle to New Jersey in January? “You look at the horses that went to stud, Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon, this horse was third to them and he beat Fear The Dragon at Pocono (in an elimination of the Hempt Memorial),” the owner said. “I just thought he’s a nice horse, he’s built; he’s just a gorgeous horse. He’s got that move you don’t see in many horses. That’s what I saw in him.” On Sunday, Miso Fast is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in his Graduate division and will have Tim Tetrick in the sulky for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. The Ron Burke-trained entry of Rock N Tony and Lawrencetown Beach is 2-1. “He’s in there with two of Ronnie Burke’s horses, and you know Ronnie sends them to the gate fit, they’re ready to rock,” Telle said. “But I think he’s getting better each week. It just depends on how Tim takes him. He’s getting to know him and he’s going where he is to drive him. “He’s got an eighth move that nobody has. When he moves him, that boy flies. Last week he went from fourth to first in what, 100 yards? That’s the move he has, so if Tetrick works with him and doesn’t press him too bad, he should finish really good. He’s proven that.” In the first Graduate division for the male pacers, Filibuster Hanover, unbeaten in four starts this year, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite for trainer Burke. In the third division, Burke’s entry of Maroma Beach and Eddard Hanover is also the 9-5 choice. There also are two Graduate Series divisions for trotters. Ake Svanstedt’s Yes Mickey is the 2-1 favorite in the first division and Julie Miller’s Top Flight Angel is the 2-1 choice in the second. Racing begins at 1 p.m. (EDT). For complete entries, click here. by Rich Fisher, USTA Senior Correspondent

Nichols, NY - The eyes of the harness racing world shift to Tioga Downs on Sunday afternoon when that New York venue hosts the third and last preliminary leg of the $1 million Graduate series for 4-year-olds and the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old colt pacers.   The Graduate drew a strong response at the entry box, resulting in three $50,000 divisions of pacers and a pair of trotting races.   Trotters are up first, races 3 and five both sporting user friendly six horse fields.   Yes Mickey has been tabbed as the favorite in the third. The Muscle Hill gelding was third in leg #1, suffered traffic woes in the bulky 12 horse field at Mohawk in the second leg and gets Andy McCarthy to drive for trainer Ake Svanstedt and owner Melby Gard at Tioga.   Top Flight Angel, winner of the Yonkers Trot last season, is a slight morning line choice in division two. He was a good third in last week's leg and has drawn the advantageous rail position for Team Miller, driver Andy and trainer Julie who look after the son of Archangel for Legendary Standardbred Farm.   Ron Burke holds a very strong hand in the Graduate pacing events with a total of five going post ward over the three division of seven horses each.   The current scourge of the open ranks, Filibuster Hanover kicks it off for the "Burke Brigade in race 7. He's won all four of his 2018 starts including the 1st Graduate leg at The Meadowlands. He will begin from post six with Yannick Gingras driving for Ron Burke and partners Joe DiScala, J&T Silva Stable and Weaver Bruscemi.   The second division, race 9 includes a pair of contenders from the Burke barn but the favorite's role interestingly goes to a former Burke horse, Miso Fast, who now races out of the Virgil Morgan, Jr barn. Despite a remarkably poor run at the post position draw thus far in 2018, Miso Fast has weathered that storm and captured his division of leg two in Canada. Tim Tetrick has the assignment from post 5 on Sunday as the 9-5 choice from Winchester Baye Acres of Ohio.   The tenth race, Graduate pace number three, is a very contentious one. Maroma Beach (Gingras) won a Graduate division last week for Burke, Highalator (David Miller) equaled the fastest mile in all of racing with a 1:48.1 score in a Meadowlands overnight for trainer / owner Jenny Bier and her partner Charlie Dombeck and Donttellmeagain (Tetrick) looks for his second score in the series for trainer Jimmy King and Paton Racing Stable.   The NYSS split into four very contentious $40,000 divisions as races 4, 6 & 8.   The beautiful new Tioga Downs hotel offers a resort feel that was not previously available as well as packages for a spa, stay, golf trifecta that has been designed especially for horsemen. Call (607) 699-3900 to make your reservation for a few days of bliss.   Post time for the big Sunday card is 1:00 pm.   by Nick Salvi, for Tioga Downs

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Betfair US announced today that it has reached long-term agreements for retail and online/mobile sports betting with Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey and Tioga Downs in New York.   Under the agreements, Betfair US will provide a full suite of cutting edge sports betting products to customers in New Jersey and New York pending legislative and regulatory authorization. Betfair US is a subsidiary of Paddy Power Betfair plc, one of the largest publicly traded sports betting companies in the world with leading brands Paddy Power and Betfair in the United Kingdom and Europe, Sportsbet in Australia and TVG in the US. Across its four major brands, Paddy Power Betfair has five million active customers and processed over $15 billion in sports wagers in 2017. The company recently announced that, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, it is combining its US operations with leading daily fantasy sports company FanDuel. This transaction is expected to complete in Q3 2018. "We could not be more excited to partner with Jeff Gural and his partners for sports betting in New Jersey and New York," said Kip Levin, CEO of Betfair US. "Meadowlands Racetrack has the potential to be among the best, if not the best, sports betting venues in the US. Combining these premier facilities with the global sports betting prowess of Paddy Power Betfair is a great match and will enable us to bring an unparalleled sports betting experience to customers in the northeast." Meadowlands Racetrack is on the grounds of the renowned Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which is located less than 10 miles from Times Square in the heart of Manhattan and in one of the most densely populated areas of the US. Rebuilt by Chairman Jeff Gural and his partners in 2013, the facility is state-of-the-art with modern and luxurious amenities for racing and sports betting customers. Tioga Downs, located in Nichols, NY, recently opened one of New York's four commercial casino facilities featuring a hotel, entertainment center and modern casino floor featuring slots, table games and horse racing. "Sports betting is a great opportunity for Meadowlands and Tioga Downs," said Jeff Gural, Chairman of New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC and Tioga Downs LLC. "We went through a diligent process and reviewed several options to provide customers with the best sports betting experience possible. In the end, Betfair's world leading products and experience proved the best choice. We are eager to get started with our partners, with whom we have had a long relationship for racing with TVG, on this exciting venture."  

The 2017 2-year-old filly pacer of the year, Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras), rebounded from a sixth place finish in her 2018 debut last week to win a leg of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing fillies at Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 3). She won the third division of three divisions that ran Sunday afternoon. All three divisions competed for a purse of $40,600. Youaremycandygirl ($2.90) controlled the race from the start. She went to the first quarter in :27.4. Painted Lady (Scott Zeron) was content to follow her with a pocket trip. Youaremycandygirl led them to the half in :57.0 and three-quarters in 1:23.4. Painted Lady popped the pocket at the top of the stretch and pressured the leader. Gingras asked Youaremycandygirl for more in the stretch and she responded to win in 1:51.1. Painted Lady settled for second. Solitary (Marcus Miller) finished third. Youaremycandygirl is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. She is owned by W J Donovan and trained by Ron Burke. She is now one for two as a sophomore filly. She now has 10 wins in her career in just 13 starts. Tell Me A Joke (Jim Morrill Jr.) held on to win the the first division of the NYSS. Tell Me A Joke ($12.80) went right to the lead. The betting favorite I'm Trigger Happy (Scott Zeron) tried to challenge for the lead but backed off and settle for the pocket trip. Tell Me A Joke controlled all the fractions (:28.0, :57.1, 1:24.3, 1:53.2). As they reached the end of the backstretch Newsday (Jim Marohn Jr.) pressured Tell Me A Joke all the way around the final turn. As they reached the stretch I'm Trigger Happy was trapped in the pocket. She squeezed into an opening on the inside but it was too late and she had to settle for second. Jewels Forreal (Matt Kakaley) charged late and fininished third. Tell Me A Joke is a 3-year-old filly by Art Major. She is owned by H A Taylor, S J Taylor and Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. Trained by Gareth Dowse, it was her third career win. All her wins have come as a 3-year-old. Ubettergo Go (Mark MacDonald) very impressive in the second division of the NYSS. Ubettergo Go ($4.90) took the sophomore fillies in to the first quarter in :26.4. Hurrikane Shorty (Jim Marohn Jr.) followed in the pocket. After hitting the half in :55.1. Pelican Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) took up the chase first over and was second after Ubettergo Go hit three-quarters in 1:22.0. As they hit the top of the stretch it looked like the only one with a chance to beat Ubettergo Go was Wisdom Tree (Scott Zeron). MacDonald said go and Ubettergo Go simply flew in the stretch winning going away in an eye-popping career best time of 1:50.0. Wisdom Tree was second and Pelican Blue Chip held on for third. Ubettergo Go is a 3-year-old filly by Art Major. Owned Tony Basile, Reginald Pettipas, Ozzie Mackay and trainer Blake Macintosh, it was her second win this year and career victory number five. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 8) starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis)takes the Tioga Downs Open Trot ($12,000) on Saturday (June 2). Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) jumped out to the early lead hitting the first quarter in :27.2. Muscles Jared (John Cummings Jr) took over and controlled the next fractions (:56.2, 1:24.3). He led to the top of the stretch. Golden Son (Mike Simons) then battled Prairie Fortune ($6.20) all the way down stretch. Neither horse wanted to give an inch but Prairie Fortune used one last lunge to win in 1:54.1. Golden Son had to settle for second. Dragin The Wagon took third. Prairie Fortune is a 6-year-old gelding by Arapa Victory. He is owned by Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters. It was win number six for the season and career victory number 43. Trainer Mike Deters and driver Jim Meittinis also had a victory together with Music Is Art ($2.40). Andy Sateramo won three on the night. He went to the winner's circle with BJ Lorado ($6.00), Uncle Hanover ($6.30), and I Am Golden ($6.20). Live racing returns on Sunday (June 3) with a 14 race card featuring three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for sophomore filly pacers. The 2017 2-year-old filly of the year, Youaremycandygirl looks to rebound after finishing sixth in her first start of the year last Sunday. Post time is 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

K J's Caroline (Mike Merton) comes out of the clouds to win the fillies and mares feature ($9,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday night (June 1), as Merton has five winners. Milky Way Rae (Aaron Byron) led the group into a first quarter of :26.4. Ask Queenie (Jim Taggart Jr.) then took over before hitting the half in :55.3. She would hit the three quarter mark in 1:23.4. It looked like a two horse race in the stretch between Ask Queenie and Milky Way Rae. K J's Caroline ($15.80) was last of all after three-quarters. Owned by Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger, she swooped by them all in the stretch to win by a nose with Ask Queenie settling for second. Milky Way Rae was third. K J's Caroline is an 8-year-old mare by Roddy's Bags Again. It was her third win of the season and her 41st trip to the winner's circle. Merton won four more races on the night. He got wins with Commentary ($3.60), Sailer Eddie ($10.60), Sandy Sue ($7.30), and Rusty's Flying ($10,60). For Rusty's Flying (Artiscape) it was her fifth straight win. Owned and trained by Monica Banco, she is four for four at Tioga Downs this season. Tioga Downs returns to live action on Saturday (June 2) with an 11 race card starting at 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs.  

Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies will take center stage at Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 3). Each division will race for a purse of $40,600. In the first division, I'm Trigger Happy (Scott Zeron) is the morning line favorite at 5-2. The 3-year-old filly by Art Major is owned by Let It Ride Stables and trained by Ross Croghan. She is two for two this year with both wins coming at Pocono Downs. She will be looking for career win number seven on Sunday. The second morning line choice is Tell Me A Joke (Jim Morrill Jr.) at 3-1. She is a 3-year-old filly by Art Major. She is owned by H A Taylor, J S Taylor and Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., while trained by Gareth Dowse. Winless as a 2-year-old, she is two for four this season. She finished third at Saratoga in a leg of the NYSS ($59,100) last Sunday (May 27) In the second division, the morning line favorite at 3-1 is the American Ideal 3-year-old filly Presto Blue Chip (Drew Monti). She is owned by Howard and Michael Ouriel while trained by Jeffrey Smith. She is three out of five in 2018. She finished third at the Saratoga leg of the NYSS ($60,200) on Sunday (May 27). The close second choice at 7-2 is Wisdom Tree (Scott Zeron). The sophomore filly by Betterthancheddar has won four straight including a NYSS ($59,100) victory on Sunday (May 27) at Saratoga. She is owned by Thomas Pollack with Jeffrey Cullipher and trained by Edward Hart. The final division features 2017 filly pacer of the year, Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras). The morning line choice at 2-1 is owned by W J Donovan and trained by Ron Burke. The 3-year-old filly by American Ideal tries to rebound after finishing sixth at the Saratoga leg of the NYSS ($59,100) last week. She put down blazing early fractions (:26.4, 53.3, 122.2) to start with but faded in the stretch to finish sixth. Her main rival will be Kimberlee (Jim Marohn Jr.), who is part of an entry with Python Blue Chip (Matt Kakaley). The entry is rhe morning line second choice at 5-2. Kimberlee (Rock N Roll Heaven) is owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc. and Asa Sjober while trained by Ake Svanstedt. She is five for seven this season. Post time for the 14 race card on Sunday (June 3) is 1:00 p.m.. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs                  

Andreios Kardia (Aaron Byron) wins the Open Pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on a special Sunday night card (May 27). Chantepleure (Drew Monti) zoomed to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:26.0, :54.0, 1:21.3) Andreios Kardia ($6.40), who is owned by Ina Madill and trained by Jeff Byron, found himself third at the halftime mark. The two-time defending pacer of the year at Tioga Downs, charged first over just before the three-quarter mark. He took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off a late rush by the second place finisher, Time Out I'm Tired (John MacDonald). Finishing third was Lauxmont Capri (Jim Taggart Jr.). Andreios Kardia, a 7-year-old gelding by Badlands Hanover, finished the mile in 1:50.2. It was his third win of the season and the 29th time he has been in the winner's circle in his career. Aaron Byron had two more winners on the night. His first win came with Joe's Life ($5.60), who is owned by Rocco Stebbins and trained by Joe Skowyra. His other win came with Frontier Seelster ($9.50). The 4-year-old gelding is owned by Cody Hawkins and trained by Doug Bowins. Fans received patriotic red, white and blue hats and enjoyed fire works after racing. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 1) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) wins the featured Open Trot ($12,000) on Saturday night (May 26). Buff (Mike Merton) put up all the early fractions (:28.1, :56.1, 1:24.1). Prairie Fortune ($3.30), who is owned by Laurie Poulin, and trainer Mike Deters, went first over just before three-quarters. He zoomed by and took over at the top of the stretch and held off a late rush by second place finisher Ticket To Seattle (John Cummings Jr.) to win in 1:56.1. Dragin The Wagon finished third. Prairie Fortune is a 6-year-old horse by Arapa Victory. It was his fifth win this season and the42nd victory for his career. Meittinis and Deters also teamed up to win with Prairie Diamonds ($11.80). She is a 4-year-old mare by Diamond Goal. She picked up career win number 11. Meittinis picked up his third win of the night with Noble Anthony ($7.00). Congratulations to harness driver Bryan Anderson as he capture his first driving win with Pleaspleaspleas ($12.00). Anderson also trains the horse for owner Robert Zaykian. The 3-year-old filly by Muscle Mass won for the first time in 10 career starts. Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a special Sunday night (May 27) performance. The 10 race card starts at 6:15. Tioga Downs will celebrate Memorial Day a day early. There will be a special hat giveaway with fireworks following live racing. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Milky Way Rae (Aaron Byron) captured the fillies and mares featured Open 2 Pace ($9000), on Friday (May 25) at Tioga Downs. K J's Caroline (Mike Merton) went right to the lead and carried all the early fractions (:26.2, :55.4, 123.4). She was pressured by Ask Queenie (Jim Taggart Jr.) all the way around the final turn. Milky Way Rae ($10.00) watched all the action from the pocket seat. Owned by Fortunate One LLC., and trained by Tony Dinges, she would make her move after Ask Queenie went on a break. Milky Way Rae zoomed to the front and won in a career best time of 1:52.4. Super Soph (Jim Meittinis) came on late to finish second. Beyonces Rockn (Kyle DiBenedetto) took third. Milky Way Rae is a 5-year-old mare by American Ideal. She notched win number two of the season. It was her 18th career win. Aaron Byron and Mike Merton each won two on the night. They are tied for the leading driver standings with 11 wins a piece. Jim Taggart Jr. and Jim Meittinis also won two races on the night. They are tied for third in the standings with eight wins each. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (May 25) with an eight race card starting at 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns .com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs.  

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