The 2014 stakes season at Tioga Downs kicks off tonight (May 23), as a pair of $62,400 New York Sire Stakes races showcase top three-year-old trotting colts and geldings in the state.
The first division is carded as race 3 on the nine-race card, with Martin Scharf's Flyhawk El Durado installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite.drives the son of , who prevailed as the two-year-old trotting champion on the New York Sire Stakes circuit last year, holding off Credit Fashion to take the winner's share of the $225,000 final at Yonkers. Wayne Chrebet and Little E, LLC's Lukas Hall also contests the first division, coming in off a runner-up performance to Trixton in the $51,543 Simpson at the Meadowlands. Jim Morrill, Jr. handles the driving duties.
's Expressive Action headlines the second division, which goes as race 6. Another son of , Expressive Action was a late-gaining fifth in the last November at the Meadowlands, ending a five-race freshman campaign against national stakes competition.
handles the driving duties on the 5-2 morning line favorite. Ann-Mari Daley and JLRL, LLC's Daley Lovin will line up as the 3-1 second choice in the morning line, dueling with Flyhawk El Durado in last year's two-year-old NYSS final before fading late. Trainer handles the driving duties.
Post time for the Friday nine-race card is 6:15 p.m. EDT.
by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs