Day At The Track

Custom Cantab wins $40,000 Miss Versatility leg

12:43 PM 07 Sep 2019 NZST
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Custom Cantab and driver Aaron Merriman
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Gigi From Fiji and driver Wally Hennessey
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Custom Cantab (Aaron Merriman) captures the $40,000 fourth leg of the Miss Versatility at Tioga Downs on Friday (September 6).

Emoticon Hanover (Aaron Byron) led the first quarter in :26.4. She continued to lead to the half in :56.3. Ice Attraction (Mike Merton) was the first to challenge as Emoticon Hanover led to three-quarters in 1:24.3.

Custom Cantab ($4.00), who is owned by trainer Christopher Beaver, Donald Robinson, and RBH Ventures, was fourth after three-quarters. She would go four wide down the stretch to win in 1:53.0. Dream Together (Wally Hennessey) finished second with Emoticon Hanover settling for third.

Custom Cantab is a 4-year-old mare by Mr Cantab. It was her third win this season. She now owns 18 career victories.

Gigi From Fiji (Wally Hennessey) takes the $11,000 fillies & mares open 1.

Gigi From Fiji ($8.30) went to the front and controlled all the fractions (:27.2, :55.3, 1:23.0, 1:52.0). She got challenged by second place finisher Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons). Gigi From Fiji, who is owned by trainer Mike Deters, L Barnett, and J Spindler, was not to be denied and held on for the win. Northern Dali (Fern Paquet Jr.) finished third best.

Gigi From Fiji is a 5-year-old mare by Ponder. She won for the ninth time this year. She now has 18 career victories.

Mike Merton drove five winners on the night. He won with Blurred Lines ($3.80), Choochoocharlie ($6.00), Roaring Rei ($6.50), Runhappy Ten ($9.00), and R M Blackhawk ($9.40)

Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 7) with a 13 race card starting at 6:15 p.m.

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by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

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