Before a healthy Independence Day crowd, Antigua Hanover ($4.40) parried a late charge from Solid Queen to take the Friday (July 4) distaff feature at Tioga Downs.
The $11,000 Miracle Mile 2 pace for fillies and mares featured a field of six, with Ideal Helen (John Cummings, Jr.) dictating the pace early after clearing from the extreme outside. After rating a :56.2 half mile,advanced first-over with 6-5 favorite Antigua Hanover. Midway up the backstretch, the four-year-old mare pushed clear of Ideal Helen, carrying Sinspirational ( ) into second through a 1:24.3 three-quarter split. While edging clear by 1-3/4 lengths off the far turn, Antigua Hanover soon found herself in the sights of Solid Queen ( ), who rallied late off cover, but only could close to within a half length of Antigua Hanover's 1:53.3 victory.
V'la Faire (), also a beneficiary of late live cover, sustained a late bid to take third.
trains Antigua Hanover for Oldford Farms and .
Racing resumes at Tioga with a Sunday (July 6) afternoon program. Post time for the 10-race card is slated for 1:30 p.m.
by James Witherite, Tioga Downs racing media