Day At The Track

Historics are all the go at Tioga on Sunday

02:50 AM 15 Jun 2013 NZST
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The Historic stakes for all divisions of harness racing three year olds will be raced on Sunday at Tioga Downs for total purses of nearly $250,000.

Sophomore trotting colts lead off the card with a field of five vying for the winner's share of $59,300 in the "Historic-Dickerson Cup". Corky is the odds maker's choice here, opening at 2-1 for the Takter barn. The Muscles Yankee colt was the NJSS final winner at two but has been held winless thus far in four outings. David Miller is his regular driver and will be at the lines on Sunday for owners Christina Takter along with John & Jim Fielding.

Four pacing colts chase the $52,800 prize in the "Jersey Cup", carded as race three. Sky Is The Limit is a slight favorite in this one for the Erv Miller barn. The Western Ideal colt is a four time winner for owners Lombardi, Fielding, Strachan and the Erv Miller Stable. Erv's boy Marcus will be the driver.

Race five will field a quintet of trotting fillies in the $57,300 "Coaching Club Trotting Oaks". True Day Dream is the morning line choice here, off a pair of wins in her only 2013 starts. She won a division of the Simpson Memorial at The Meadowlands for Sunday's driver Jim Meittinis in early May. The Infinitif filly sports nine wins in thirteen career starts for owner Joseph Hess and trainer Dan O'Mara.

The "Ladyship" stakes for pacing fillies is the seventh on Sunday and Linda Toscano trains four of them, including the favorite JK Black Beauty. This Bettor's Delight filly has three wins in just five starts, among them the $117,000 Lismore stake at Yonkers a few weeks ago. Brian Sears is to drive for the 3 Brothers Stable of New York City.

Also on the big Sunday card is a $16,000 Open Pace (race 6) featuring Kenny Jacob's track record holder Heston Blue Chip.

Post time is 1:30 and you can get even more information on the races by visiting the Tioga Downs website.

by Nick SALVI

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