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Harness racing mare Dream Together (Bob McClure) charged late in the strech to steal the Joie De Vie ($141,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 12). Ariana G (Tim Tetrick) put up the first quarter time of :26.4. Yannick Gingras then charged out from third with the big favorite Hannelore Hanover. She had to put a little extra effort to get by. She led them to the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. As they reached the top of the stretch Ariana G tried to find racing room by found none. Barn-mates Dream Together ($29.60) and Emoticon Hanover (Dan Dube) came flying down the stretch together. Both mares are owned by Determination and trained by Luc Blais. Both would duel late in the stretch with Dream Together getting the upper hand to win in 1:53.1. Emoticon Hanover, who set a world record in this race a year ago, settled for second best. Hannelore Hanover hung on for third. Dream Together is a 4-year-old mare by Muscle Hill. She got a major upset victory for the second week in a row. She used late speed to win the Steele Memorial last week at the Meadowlands as well . It was her third win this season and 11th career victory. Will Take Charge (Tim Tetrick) sets track record in the Crawford Open Trot ($186,000). I Know My Chip (Jim Marohn Jr.) led the field to a first quarter of :27.1. Will Take Charge ($3.50) brushed by as they went by the stands for the first time. He would lead them to a half in :56.1. He increased his lead on the back stretch. He hit three-quarters in 1:23.3. Owned Mac T Nichol and trained by Jeffrey Gillis, once he reached the top of the stretch, everyone knew the race was over. He cruised home in a last quarter of :27.4 and set the track record for aged geldings with a time of 1:51.2. I Know My Chip followed to finish second. JL Cruze (Brett Miller) was third best. Will Take Charge is a 5-year-old gelding by Kadabra. He won for the eighth time this season and he captured career victory number 20. Favorites, Alexis Faith (Jim Morrill jr.) and Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) won Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) eliminations for 3-year-old pacing fillies. In the first EBC elimination, Ms Cheesman (John MacDonald) led to the first quarter in :27.0. Then Alexis Faith ($2.80) charged by to take over, hitting the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:23.3. Trained by Casie Coleman for owners West Wins Stable, Jim Fielding, Robert Darrow, and Kevin McKinlay, she held off a late run by Pueblo Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras) to win in 1:52.0. Second Place finisher Pueblo Blue Chip, third place finisher Painted Lady (Tim Tetrick), and fourth place finisher Ms Cheeseman, all qualified for next weeks final. Alexis Faith is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. It was her third win this season and ninth win in her career. In the second EBC elimination, I'm Trigger Happy (Jim Marohn Jr.) charged out to lead to a first quarter in :27.1. Youaremycandygirl ($2.10) was fourth after the first quarter. Gingras said go and she flew by before the second turn. Owned by W J Donovan, and trained by Ron Burke, she then controlled all the rest of the fractions (:56.2, 1:23.2, 1:51.0). In the order that finished after Youaremycandygirl is the rest of the qualifiers, I'm Trigger Happy, Believe In Me (David Miller), Solitary (Andy Miller), Majorette Angie (Drew Monti). Youaremycandygirl is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. She won for the fifth time this season and for the 14th time in her career. Here is the starting order for the EBC final for pacing fillies for an estimated $250,000 next week. (1) Alexis Faith, (2) Majorette Angie, (3) Solitary, (4) Pueblo Blue Chip, (5) I'm Trigger Happy, (6) Youaremycandygirl, (7) Painted Lady, (8) Believe In Me, (9) Ms Cheesman. American History (Yannick Gingras) and Courtly Choice (David Miller) won EBC eliminations on the boys side for 3-year-old pacers. In the first elimination for pacing colts and geldings, Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) went to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:28.1, :57.2, 1:23.4). Trained by Tony Alagna for owners Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz, and American History Racing, American History ($3.30) made his move just before the three-quarters. He took over at the top of the stretch and won in 1:51.1. Here are the rest of the qualifiers in the order then finished starting with the second place, Hitman Hill, Heavenly Sound (Jim Marohn Jr.), Ghost Dance (Scott Zeron). American History is a 3-year-old colt by American Ideal. It was win number four this season. He now has seven career victories. In the second EBC elimination, Ideal Feeling (Tim Tetrick) went to a first quarter lead in :27.0. Courtly Choice ($2.20) buzzed by and never looked back, covering all the rest of the fractions (:55.0, 1:21.2, 1:49.0). Trained by Blake Macintosh for owners Hutt Racing Stable, Mac&Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe, and Touch Stone Farms, he was followed by the rest of the qualifiers in the order they finished. Ideal Feeling, Real Surreal (Jame MacDonald), Keystone Tenacious (Mark MacDonald), Mach N Cheese (Jim Marohn Jr.). Courtly Choice is 3-year-old colt by Art Major. It was his seventh win this season and ninth career victory. Here is the starting order for the estimated $250,000 EBC final for 3-year-old colts and geldings. (1) Heavenly Sound, (2) Keystone Tenacious, (3) American History, (4) Mac N Cheese, (5) Courtly Choice, (6) Hitman Hill, (7) Ideal Feeling, (8) Ghost Dance, (9) Real Surreal. It will be run next Sunday (August 19). Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (August 17) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Aaron Byron brought five horses to the winner's circle at Tioga Downs on Saturday Night (August 11). Byron led Barrys Gift (Northern Kid) to his sixth consecutive win. Owned by Exceed Stables and trained by Tony Dinges. The 5-year-old mare went gate-to-wire in 1:56.1 paying $5.70 for the win. Byron also had wins with Bashful Strike ($4.60), Pink Lady ($4.50), Chapter Too ($2.40), and Angel Cindy ($61.00). Prairie Diamond (Jim Meittinis) charges late to win Tioga Downs featured trot ($9,000). Rose Run Rudy (Aaron Byron) controlled all the early fractions (:27.4, :57.1, 1:25.4). Prairie Diamonds ($10.00) was sixth after three-quarters. Owned by Laurie Poulin, F. Morosini, Fritz Racing and trainer Mike Deters, she flew in the stretch beating all the boys in 1:55.1. Freddie Mac (Mike Merton) was second best with Rose Run Rudi settling for third money. Prairie Diamonds is a 4-year-old mare by Diamond Goal. It was win number four in 2018. It was her 13th career victory. Peach The Great wins Wiener Trot. A large crowd was on hand to watch the first ever wiener dog races at Tioga Downs. There were three heats with three dogs qualifying from each heat for the final. Peach The Great, who is owned by Jess Stanley, won easily winning a $500 wagering voucher. Lennie, who is owned by Zanetta Foster, finished second winning a $200 wagering voucher. Hershey, who is owned by Rianne Collson, finished third best winning a $100 wagering voucher. Tioga Downs returns to live action on Sunday (August 12) with their biggest races of the season so far. On the card is the Empire Breeders Classic elimination for 3-year-old pacers, Joie De Vie (Open Mare Trot) and The Crawford Farms Open Trot. There will also be a long sleeve t-shirt giveaway while supply lasts. The 13 race card starts at 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Tioga Downs played host to four Geers Stakes races and four Arthur Tompkins Memorial races for harness racing freshman pacers and trotters of both sexes on Friday (August 10). In the second division of the Geers Stake ($30,000) for freshman pacing fillies, Zero Tolerance (David Miller) took over after Tyler Buter took Money Shot Hanover (purse only) to a first quarter in :27.4. Zero Tolerance ($2.80) put up all the rest of the fractions (:56.3, 1:24.2 1:52.1). Money Shot Hanover held for second. JK American Beauty was third. Zero Tolerance is a 2-year-old filly by Heston Blue Chip-Feelinglikeastar. Her win was just one-fifth off the track record for freshman pacing fillies set last year by Youaremycandygirl in 1:52.0. She is now three for four in her career. In the first division of the Geers Stake ($29,500) for freshman pacing fillies, Surreality (So Surreal-Beat That) came up late to win in 1:54.3. Driven by Corey Callahan, she paid $22.20 for the win. Cub Fan (So Surreal-Pardon) won the the first division of the Geers Stakes ($25,200) for freshman pacing colts and geldings. Marcus Miller drove him to victory in 1:54.3 paying $40.80 for the win. The second division ($25,200) went to Flameproof Hanover (Captaintrecherous-Fashion Ecstasy). Driven by Tim Tetrick, he covered the mile in 1:54.2 paying $5.30. In the first division of the Arthur Tompkins Memorial ($28,750) for 2-year-old trotting fillies, Evident Beauty (Trixton-Stuck By Lindy) shocked the field flying in the stretch to get the win in 1:58.0. Driven by David Miller she won her first lifetime start paying $23.60. In the second division it was Big Weezy (Trixton-Keepsake Hanover) reaching the winner's circle with David Miller in command. She scored the mile in 1:59.2 paying $5.00. In the first division of the Arthur Tompkins Memorial ($28,650) for freshman colts and geldings, Tim Tetrick guided Chapter Fashion (Chapter Seven-New Hampshire Girl) to a victory in 1:56.1. He paid $2.80 for the win. In the second division ($29,150), Ray Schnittker drove Alternative Fact (Trixton-Myth) to a gate to wire victory in 1:55.3. He paid $31.60 for the win. Marcus Miller added three more wins to go with his win with Cub Fan, giving him four wins on the night. His other wins came with Lo Hold A Moonbean ($3.20), Mandolin Hanover ($51.50) and Mean Leen ($6.70) Live racing returns on Saturday (August 11) with 13 races on hand. Also the first annual wiener dog races will take place. 30 dachshunds will vie for a first place prize of a $500 wagering voucher. The wiener races will be ran in between the live horse race. Post Time is 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Freshman harness racing pacers and trotters take center stage at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 10) in the Geers Stake and Arthur Tompkins Memorial races. The Geers Stakes featuring two divisions of 2-year-old pacing fillies as well as their counterpart colts and geldings. The morning line favorite in the first division of the Geers Stake ($29,500) for pacing fillies is Simone (American Ideal-Ritascape) at 6-5. She is trained and driven by Homer Hochstetler. The top choice in the second division ($30.000) for pacing fillies is the Mark Harder trained entry of Crazy Cute (Art Major-Crazy Luv) and Money Shot Hanover (Art Major-Marinade). Andy Miller drives Crazy Cute and Tyler Buter drives Money Shot Hanover. In the first division of the Geers Stake ($25,200) for freshman pacing colts and geldings, Goldberg (Mr Wiggles-Chausettes Blanche) is the morning line choice at 2-1. He is trained by Brenda Teague and driven by Montrell Teague. In the second division ($25,200) for pacing colts and geldings, the morning line favorite is the Nik Drennan entry of Rockme Rollme (Roacknroll Dance-Promysquous Lady) and Onemilebridge (American Ideal-Aria J) at 2-1. Dave Miller drives Rockme Rollme. Onemilebridge is driven by Andy Miller. The Arthur Tompkins Memorial races features two divisions of 2-year-old trotting fillies and 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Golden Tracks (Trixton-Golden Goose) is the morning line favorite in the first division ($28,750) of the trotting fillies at 8-5. She is trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt. In the second division ($29,250) for trotting fillies the morning line favorite is Big Weezy (Trixton-Keepsake Hanover) at 2-1. Big Weezy is trained by R. Nofty Norman and driven by David Miller. The morning line favorite for the first division ($28,650) of the Arthur Tompkins Memorial for colts and geldings is Chapter Fashion (Chapter Seven-New Hampshire Girl) at 9-5. He is trained by Jim Campbell and driven by Tim Tetrick. In the second division ($29,150) for colts and gelding the 5-2 morning line favorite is Brady Bunch (Muscle Mass-Miss Fidget). Brady Bunch is trained by Erv Miller and driven by Marcus Miller. The 13 race card at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 10) starts at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs        

Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs will host one of the biggest cards of their 2018 season this Sunday, August 12 and those races were drawn today.   The headliner will be the $141,000 Joie de Vie mare trot (race 8) where the long anticipated match up between 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover and 2017 sophomore filly title holder Ariana G will finally come to pass. Hannelore has drawn the rail while Ariana G will begin from post 4. Only one of them can be driven by Yannick Gingras who must make a difficult choice between the mares.   All of the top mares currently racing are in the field, including the winner of last Saturday's Steele Memorial at The Meadowlands, Dream Together along with Broadway Donna and Caprice Hill who followed her in.   The Crawford Farms Open trot (race 9) will be a full field of 10 racing for a purse of $186,000. Will Take Charge is the horse to beat here with Marion Marauder not among the entrants.   Also on Sunday are the elimination races for the $500,000 Empire Breeders Classic with those rich finals set for next Sunday. Both colts and fillies has 13 enter for the stake.   Courtly Choice and American History lead the colt brigade while Youaremycandygirl comes into the filly race hot off her dazzling 1:48.2 Meadowlands track record in the Shady Daisy.   You may see the entire fields on the web. Post time is 1:00 pm.   by Nick Salvi, for Tioga Downs  

Dee's Rocketman (Andy Santeramo) takes the Open Pace ($11,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 5). Dee's Rocketman ($9.70) went right to the front and hit the first quarter in :28.3. Dreams Beachboy (Gates Brunet) took over as they went by the stands the first time. He led to the half in :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:23.1. Dee's Rocketman was patient in the loose pocket. Owned by Joe Martinelli Sr. and trained by Mickey Mc Nichol, he flew down the stretch to win in 1:50.4, equaling his lifetime best. Dreams Beachboy held for second with Dash Of Danger (Corey Braden) getting third money. Dee's Rocketman is a 6-year-old ridgling by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was his 10th win this season and career victory number 21. Trainer Mike Deters wins four races on the day Deters got three wins with driver Jim Meittinis, Ideal Feeling ($3.60), Doo Wop Hanover ($6.00), and Winyard Hanover ($4.20). His fourth win was with Hurricane Howard ($25.00) and driver Mike Merton. The drivers win title continues to be wide open. Jim Meittinis leads all driver with 44 wins this season. Mike Merton is second with 42 wins. Aaron Byron is third with 40 wins. Jim Taggart Jr. is fourth with 39 wins. Andy Santeramo occupies the fifth spot with 33 wins. Gary Messenger leads all trainers with 28 wins so far this season. His top rival is defending champion Mike Deters with 26 victories. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 10) featuring the Tompkins Geers racing series for freshman trotters and pacers. Post time is 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Truth And Liberty with harness racing driver Mike Simons in the bike wins the Fillies and Mares Open Handicap ($11,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 4). Gigi From Fiji (Jim Meittinis) led the group to a first quarter of :28.1 and the half of :57.4. Truth And Liberty ($3.50) went first over down the backstretch and took the lead just before hitting three-quarters in 1:25.1. Owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, she would hold off a late rush by second place finisher Milky Way Rae (Aaron Byron) to win in 1:53.1. Gigi From Fiji was third best. Truth And Liberty is a 6-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her fourth win in 2018 and it was career victory number 32. Barrys Gift (Aaron Byron) wins fifth straight. Barrys Gift ($3.80) went gate-to-wire in capturing her fifth consecutive victory putting up all the numbers (:27.2, :56.4, 1:25.1, 1:55.3). Lexus Rocky (Andy Santeramo) finished second with Legend Field (Corey Braden) taking third. Barrys Gift is 5-year-old mare by Northern Kid. She is owned by Exceed Stables LLC. and trained by Tony Dinges. It was her fifth win of the season and of her career. Aaron Byron and Mike Merton each drove three winners on the night. Byron's other wins came with Bashful Strike ($8.30) and Rose Run Rudi ($8.90). Merton went to the winner's circle with KJ's Caroline ($2.70), Commentary ($4.20), and Freddie Mac ($7.40) Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 5) with a 13 race card starting at 1:00 p.m. For More information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting fillies took center stage at a soggy Tioga Downs on Friday (August 3). In the first division of the NYSS ($35,866, Winndevie (Jim Meittinis) nips Amal Hall (Marcus Miller) in an exciting stretch drive. Qiss Me Blue Chip (Rick Zeron) led them to a first quarter of :30.1, Amal Hall then took control leading them to a half of 1:00.3 and three-quarters in 1:29.2. Winndevie ($3.50) made her move at the half . Owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Trond Smedshammer, she took over second before the three-quarter. Winndevie and Amal Hall then matched strides around the last turn and all the way down the stretch with neither filly giving an inch. Winndevie made one last lunge to capture the mile in a lifetime best of 1:58.0. Amal Hall had to settle for second best with Qiss Me Blue Chip taking third. Winndevie is a 2-year-old filly by Credit Winner-Vida De Vie. She is now a perfect four for four in her young career. Meittinis drove two more winners on the night. His other wins came with Persistent Bettor ($6.00) and Royalpine Princess ($3.50). Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) charges late to win the second division of the NYSS ($36,566). Liquorstoreblues (Kim Crawford) led to a first quarter in :28.3. Sweet Chapter (Rick Zeron) blew by just after the first quarter and easily led the group to the half in :57.4 and was the first one to three-quarters in 1:26.3. Quincy Blue Chip ($3.00) was six lengths back after three-quarters. Owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trained by Gareth Dowse, she just flew down the stretch to win in 1:56.1. With Out A Doubt (Marcus Miller) came on late to finish second with Thanks For Leaving (Jeff Gregory) finishing third. Quincy Blue Chip is a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Sirenuse. It was her third win in four career starts. Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder) was impressive in NYSS debut, winning the third division ($36,566). Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris) controlled the first half of the race (:28.1, :58.3). Woodside Charm ($3.30) followed in the pocket until the middle of the backstretch. Owned and trained by Yoder, she brushed to the lead hitting three-quarters in 1:26.2 and breezed in the stretch winning in 1:55.2. She was just 1/5 of a second off the track record . Stella Jane (Jim Morrill Jr.) finished second. Sensibility (Mike Simons) was third best. Woodside Charm is a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Fireworks Hanover. She is now two for two in her career. Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a 13 race card on Saturday (August 4) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old harness racing trotting fillies take center stage at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 3). Unbeaten Winndevie (Jim Meittinis) is the morning line favorite in the first division of the NYSS ($35,866) at 8-5. Owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Trond Smedshammer, all her wins were legs of the NYSS. The 2-year-old filly by Credit Winner-Vida De Vie, got her wins at Monticello ($26,750), Yonkers ($38,700), and Batavia Downs ($36,567). The 2-1 second choice is Amal Hall (Marcus Miller). Trained by Julie Miller for owners GTY Stables, Dumain Haven Farm, and Andy Miller Stables Inc., she has two wins and two seconds in her four starts. She is a 2-year-old filly by Credit Winner-Arabella Hall. She has won NYSS races at Monticello ($27,250) and Buffalo ($35,166). Amal Hall lost by a neck to Winndevie the last time out at Batavia Downs. In the second division of the NYSS ($36,566), the morning line favorite is Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) at 2-1. The 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Sirenuse, has two wins and a second in three starts. Owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trained by Gareth Dowse, she has NYSS wins at Yonkers ($39,400) and Batavia Downs ($36,567). The second choice at 3-1 is Liquorstoreblues (Kim Crawford). Owned by Paul and trainer Shawn Warner, she has one win, two seconds, and two thirds in five lifetime starts. Liquorstoreblues is a 2-year-old filly by Conway Hall-Blueridge Yankee. In the third division of the NYSS ($36,566), the morning line favorite is Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder) at 9-5. Owned and trained by Yoder, she won in a romp in her only career start at Hoosier Park. She is a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Fireworks Hanover. Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris) is the 2-1 second morning line choice. The 2-year-old filly by Conway Hall-Pacific Centerfold, has NYSS wins at Yonkers ($39,400) and Batavia Downs ($36,567). She is trained by Charlie Norris for owners Carrie Norris, Acadia Farms Inc., and G&B Racing . The 12 race card at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 3) starts at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Tioga Downs hosted three harness racing divisions of the NewYork Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing colts and geldings on Sunday (7-29). In the third division of the NYSS ($35,866), Melodies Major (Tyler Buter) won for the fourth time in four lifetime starts. Melodies Major ($2.50) jumped out of the gate took the lead and never looked back (:27.2, :57.0, 1:24.3, 1:53.1). Owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Mark Ford, he easily held off a charge from Jack Nation (Jim Morrill Jr) to win in a lifetime best mark. Jack Nation was second best to Melodies Major for the third time in four starts. Rockin Jimmy Brown (Marcus Miller) was third. Melodies Major is a 2-year-old colt by Art Major-Hilarious. All four of his wins have been in legs of the NYSS. In the first division of the NYSS (36,566), Major Blake (Tim Tetrick) was much the best. Major Blacke ($6.50) put in the fastest mile of the day. Owned by Matthew Bencic, Howard Berke and trainer Sam Schillaci, he made every split a winning one (:28.1, :57.3, 1:25.0, 1:51.4). Hickfromfrenchlick (Ray Schnittker) followed all the way to finish second. Reigning Deo (David Miller) was third best. Major Blake is a 2-year-old colt by Art Major-Bet Your Life. He put in the fastest mile of his life. He now has two wins and one second in his career. His second place finish came to Melodies Major. Artie's Ideal (Marcus Miller) was upset winner in the second division of the NYSS ($36,566). In the most exciting race of the three, Buddy Hill (Scott Zeron) laid down all the early fractions (:28.2, :58.2, 1:26.3). Arties Ideal ($12.00) was third at the half, went first over just before the three-quarter mark and ran down Buddy Hill in a great stretch drive to win in 1:54.1. Buddy Hill had to settle for second money while Jet Rock (Mike Simons) finished third. Arties Ideal is a 2year-old colt by American Ideal-Midnight Art. Owned by Bay Pond racing Stable and trained by Erv Miller, he was a winner in his first lifetime start. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 3) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs welcomes three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old harness racing pacing colts and geldings on Sunday (July 29) at 1 p.m. In the first division of the NYSS ($36,566), Major Blake (Tim Tetrick) is the morning line favorite at 5-2. The 2-year-old colt by Art Major-Bet Your Life is owned by Matthew Bencic, Howard Berke and trainer Sam Schillaci. He has a win and a second in two starts. His win was in a leg of the NYSS at Yonkers ($53,000) The second morning line choice in the first division is the Ron Burke trained Bicorne Hanover (Matt Kakaley) at 3-1. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Martin and Switala. The 2-year-old colt by Art Major-Boldnbrash Hanover won a leg of the NYSS his last time out at Buffalo ($53,500). In the second division of the NYSS ($36,566), the morning line top choice is Buddy Hill (Scott Zeron) at 5-2. Owned by Tom Hill and trained by Chris Ryder, he has a win and a third in three career starts. He is a 2-year-old colt by Roll With Joe-Lessofit Hanover. The second morning line choice is World On Edge (Matt Kakaley) at 3-1. Ron Burke trains this 2-year-old colt by Roll With Joe-Inanotherworld for owners Joe Di Scala, J&T Silva - Purnell & Libby, Andrew Sorella and Burke Racing Stable. World On Edge is one for three with a win in a leg of the NYSS at Yonkers ($53,000). In the final division of the NYSS ($35,866) the big morning line favorite at 9-5 is Melodies Major (Tyler Buter). Owned by Marin Scharf and trained by Mark Ford, he is undefeated, three for three in his young career. The 2-year-old colt by Art Major-Hilarious has captured legs of the NYSS at Yonkers ($52,000), Monticello ($54,500), and Buffalo ($53,500). The second morning line choice is the Blake Macintosh trained Jack Nation (Jim Morrill Jr.) at 5-2. Owned by Macintosh, Hutt Racing Stable, Ridgeway Racing Stable with Ozzie & Reg Stables, he has one win and two seconds in three starts. Jack Nation is a 2-year-old colt by American Ideal-Ladyjack. His win was a NYSS win at Monticello ($55,500). He has finished second twice to Melodies Major. The 13 race card at Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 29) starts at 1 p.m. One Hand Keg Stand wins F & M feature Friday One Hand Keg Stand  (Jeff Long) charges late to capture Fillies & Mares Open 4 ($6,800) at Tioga Downs Friday (7-27-18). Juice Hanover (Matt Romano) led, hitting the first quarter in :27.1.  SInspirational (Aaron Byron) then took over hitting the half in :56.3.  It was then Gold Star Aurora taking them to three-quarters in 1:25.0.  She looked like the winner at the top of the stretch. One Hand Keg Stand ($15.00) was ninth at the halfway point and seventh at the three-quarter mark.  Owned by Robert Fleming and trainer Timothy Miller Jr, she looked like a rocket ship in the stretch flying by them all in 1:55.1.  Goldstar Rockette (Corey Braden) also fired late to finish second.  Juice Hanover was third best. One Hand Keg Stand is a 4-year-old mare by Lislea.  It was her fifth win this season and career victory number nine. Outsidecourt (Jim Taggart Jr.) is upset winner in top trot race ($6,800).   Vicki All (Mickey Mc Nichol) controlled all the early fractions (:28.1, :58.1, 1:27.2).   Outsidecourt ($55.00) was fifth after three-quarters.  Owned by P&J Stables and trained by Gary Messenger, she went three wide battling Barn Star (Jim Meittnis) and Vicki All from mid-stretch.  She lunged at the finish line to win by a head in 1:56.4.  Barn Star managed to finish second with Vicki All settling for third.   Outside Court is a 5-year-old mare by Conway Court.  It was her second win this season and career victory number 17.   Barrys Gift (Aaron Byron) won her fourth straight at Tioga Downs.  The 5-year-old mare by Northern Kid is trained by Tony Dinges for owner Exceed Stables.  She had now wins until this year, she is four for four this season. No live racing on Saturday (July 28) due to Wynonna and The Big Noise concert.  Live racing returns to Tioga Downs with a 13 race card featuring three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes on Sunday (July 29) at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Harness Driver Jim Meittinis captured his 2000th career victory with Rebellious, in the Open Pace ($11,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 22). Bettorsluckystreak (Jim Taggart Jr.) took them to the first quarter in :27.4. Rebellious ($2.90) went first over from third as they went by the stands for the first time. Owned by Joel Warner and trainer Mike Deters, he controlled the rest of the fractions (:56.3, 1:24.1, 1:51.2). Once they reached the top of the stretch, win 2000 was in the bag. Rebellious found another gear and left second place finisher Believe This Bob (Aaron Byron) in his dust. Bettorsluckstreak settled for third. Rebellious is a 4-year-old gelding by Mach Three. It was his 10th win this season and career victory number 14. Meittinis got his very first win in 1987. He now leads all drivers in wins at Tioga Downs this season with 36. He has one more win than Aaron Byron. Driver Mike Merton and trainer Patti Harmon combined for two wins on the day. They won with Mister Special T ($5.10) and R M Backhawk ($5.60). Andy Santeramo had a driving double as well, with You Said It ($16.00) and Team Captain ($7.00). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (July 27) at 6:15 p.m. There will be no racing on Saturday (July 28) because of the Wynonna and The Big Noise concert. For more information go to www.tiogsdowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Obrigado (Rene Sejthen) looked in prime form beating the best trotters at Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 21). Obrigado ($5.20) was bet as the second choice to Barn Bella (Claude Huckabone). Obrigado controlled all the fractions (:27.3, :56.3, 1:25.0, 1:53.3). He went to the lead and never gave it up even as he was pressured all the way down the backstretch and the final turn by the betting favorite, Barn Bella (Claude Huckabone Jr.). Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) took a run at him in the stretch but settled for second best. Barn Bella gutted it out to finish third. Obrigado is an 8-year-old gelding by Boy Band. Owned by trainer Paul Kelley as well as SRF Stable, L Higgins and Stable 45. It was his first win in two years and career victory number 43. He has won almost 1.8 million dollars in his career. Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) fires late to capture Fillies and Mares Open Handicap ($12,000). Roll With Sparky led the group to the first quarter in :27.1 and the half in :56.1. K J's Caroline (Mike Merton) then took a short lead before hitting three-quarters in 1:23.4. Truth And Liberty ($5.20), who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, went three wide at the top of the stretch and blew right by to win in 1:52.3. MC Attagirl (Fern Paquet Jr.) came up late to finish second. K J's Caroline settled for third. Truth And Liberty is a 6-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her third win in 2018. She now has 31 lifetime victories. Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 22) with a 13 race card starting at 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs hosted three harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old colts and geldings on Friday ((July 20). Each division raced for a purse of $37,966. Cavill Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) wins first division of the NYSS. JNR Express (Jim Marohn Jr) jumped out to the lead hitting the first quarter in :28.0 and the half in :59.3. Cavill Hanover ($8.20) took control on the backstretch. Trained by Svanstedt for owners Little E LLC., Vanersol Inc., and Wolgang A Stable inc., he would lead them to three-quarters in 1:27.3 and win going away in a lifetime best of 1:56.4. JNR Express held for second. Kredit Karma (Brian Sears) finished third. Cavill Hanover is a 2-year-old colt by Muscle Mass-Cr Calendar Girl. He is now two for two in his young career. Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) is impressive in the second division of the NYSS. Brady Bunch (Andy Miller) controlled all the early fractions (:29.0, :59.0, 1:27.3). Gimpanzee ($3.40) went first-over from third before the three-quarter mark. Trained by Marcus Melander for owners Courant Inc., and SRF Stable, he wore down second place finisher Brady Bunch to win easily in 1:56.1. Chapter Fashion (Mike Simons) was third best. Gimpanzee is a 2-year-old colt by Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows. He used a career best time to go two for two in his career. Chip Chip Conway (Jim Taggert Jr.) is an upset winner in the third division of the NYSS. Leap Year Lucky (Dan Daley) led the trotters to a first quarter of :28.4 and to the half in :59.4. Winning Habit (Andy Miller) took the lead just before hitting three-quarters in 1:28.2. Chip Chip Conway ($22.40) was third heading to three-quarters. Owned by Ken Weckstein and trainer Gary Messenger, he charged late down the stretch to win in a lifetime best of 1:58.0. Our White Night (Jim Morrill Jr.) came flying late to finish second. Winning Habit settled for third. Chip Chip Conway is a 2-year-old gelding by Conway Hall-Get Chipped. It was his second win in four lifetime starts. Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a 13 race card on Saturday (July 20) starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman trotting colts and geldings will take place at Tioga Downs on Friday (July 20). All divisions will race for a purse of $37,966 each. The morning line favorite for the first division is Cavill Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) at 5-2. The 2-year-old colt by Muscle Mass-Cr Calendar Girl is trained by Svanstedt for owners Little E LLC., Vanersol Inc., and Wolfgang A Stable Inc. He is one for one in his young career. His victory came at a leg of the NYSS at Monticello ($27,750). The second morning line choice in the first division is Skyway Kon Man (Trond Smedshammer) at 3-1. The 2-year-old colt by Conway Hall-Keystone Sadie is owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Smedshammer. He finished third at a leg of the NYSS at Monticello ($27,750) in his only career start. In the second division the morning line choice is the Jimmy Takter trained Keystone Cash (Josert Fonseca) at 5-2. The 2-year-old colt by Chapter Seven-Keystone Cola is owned by Howard Taylor, Judith Taylor, and Order By Stable. He has a win and a second in two career start. His victory was in the NYSS race at Monticello ($27,750). Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) is the second morning line choice in the second division at 3-1. Marcus Melander trains for owners Courant Inc., and SRF Stable. The 2-year-old colt by Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows won a leg of the NYSS at Monticello ($27,750) in his only start. The 2-1 morning line favorite in the final division of the NYSS is Captain Krupnik (Ake Svanstedt). Owned by Lars Berg and Svanstedt (trainer), the 2-year-old colt by Conway Hall-Salt Hill Brigid was second in his only career start. It was during a leg of the NYSS at Monticello ($27,750). The second morning line choice in the third division is Chip Chip Conway (Jim Taggart Jr.) at 3-1. The freshman gelding by Conway Hall-Get Chipped has one win in three career starts. He is owned by Ken Weckstein and trainer Gary Messenger. The 13 race card at Tioga Downs on Friday (July 20) starts 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) took center stage at the Tioga Downs Sunday afternoon (July 15). St Somewhere (Yannick Gingras) charged late to win the third division ($36,566). Zero Tolerance (David Miller) charged out of the gate and controlled all the early fractions (:27.4, :56.3, 1:25.0). St Somewhere ($2.90) who is trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable & P Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby with Weaver Bruscemi, followed in the pocket until almost mid-stretch, fired like he had a jet pack on and got by just before the wire in 1:52.2. She missed the track record for 2-year-old filly pacers by two fifths of a second. Zero Tolerance settled for second. Money Shot Hanover (Tyler Buter) was third. St Somewhere is a 2-year-old filly by American Ideal-Somstreetsomewhere. It was her second win in three lifetime starts. Prescient Beauty (Doug McNair) holds on to capture first division of NYSS ($35,866). Prescient Beauty ($2.80) made every pole a winning one (:28.1, :57.1, 1:25.3, 1:54.1). Owned by James Avritt Sr. and trained by Gregg McNair, she looked like she was going to breeze in the stretch but Crazy Cute (Jim Morrill Jr.) came flying late but just fell short to finish second. Ladybeluckytonite was third. Prescient Beauty is a 2-year-old by Art Major-Precious Beauty. She is two for two in her young career. The 1:54.1 is her fastest. Long shot Boogie Roll (Tyler Buter) fires late to capture the second division of the NYSS ($36,566). Sun Viser (Tim Tetrick) went to the front and led the group to a first quarter of :28.0 and half of :57.3. Gia's Surreal (Doug McNair) flew by on the backstretch and led them to three-quarters in 1:25.3. She look like she was poised to win. Boogie Roll ($27.40) was fifth after the three-quarter mark. Owned by Joe Lee, Diamond Pride, Sholty Racing, I Goldfarb and trained by Buzzy Sholty, she went three widein the stretch and went on by to win her first career race in 1:54.0. Gia's Surreal settled for second. JK American Beauty (Yannick Gingras) finished third. Boogie Roll is a 2-year-old filly by Roll With Joe-Boogie Woogie Flu. Tioga Downs returns to live racing when they host NYSS freshman trotting colts on Friday (July 20) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

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