Rallying from off the pace with a three-wide move, Union-Endicott High School student Rachael Oltmer prevailed in the 2014 Tioga Downs harness racing scholarship race, earning a $3,000 scholarship through her victory with Newyorkjoyants.
Oltmer, teamed with Tioga Downs driverfor the non-betting race, moved Newyorkjoyants three-wide at the top of the stretch, moving clear of Ten Yard Penalty (Kayla Martin / ) and What About Brian (Megan Vanvorce / ) to cover the 5/8-mile race in 1:17. Ideal Temptation (Jason Hill / ) and Isthatallyagot (Shania Shaver/Edgar "Sparky" Clarke) completed the field.
Oltmer will enter the veterinary technician program at SUNY Canton in the fall.
Thanks to the efforts of the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association, the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State, the New York Sire Stakes, and the New York State Agriculture Fund, all five participating students earned at least $1,000 in scholarship money.
by James Witherite, Tioga Downs