Day At The Track

Trotters shine in NYSS

09:25 AM 26 Jul 2020 NZST
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Hobbs (#5) holds off Ballcapsnbluejeans in the NYSS
Fred Brown photo
Chaptiama and driver Trond Smedshammer
Fred Brown photo

Tioga Downs played host to two harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts & geldings on Saturday (July 25).

Hobbs (Jason Bartlett) homers to win the $56,000 first division.

Hobbs ($3.60) jumped out of the gate and straight to the lead and led to the first quarter in :27.3.. Take The Credit (Jim Morrill Jr.) took the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. Hobbs would re-take control and led to the half in :56.3. Barn Holden (Jeff Gregory) would then make a bid going first-over down the backstretch. Hobbs continued to lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:24.4.

Hobbs dug in as they reached the stretch and held off the late charge by second place finisher Ballcapsnbluejeans (Jim Meittinis) to win in 1:54.4. Barn Holden Held on for third.


Hobbs is a 3-year-old gelding by Credit Winner. He is owned by Runthetable Stables and trained by Jim Campbell. Hobbs won for the third time this season and now has four career wins.

Chaptiama (Trond Smedshammer) captures the $55,000 second division.

Berkery J (Wally Hennessey) passed Sir Cromwell (Jason Bartlett) just before hitting the first quarter in :27.2. He would use a :29.0 second quarter to hit the half in :56.2. Chaptiama ($5.40) would then make his move going first-over from third. Berkery J narrowly held the lead to three-quarters in 1:25.1.

As they made the turn for home Chaptiama turned on the jets and cruised to a win in a lifetime best of 1:53.3. Bourbon Express (Tyler Buter) came up to get second. Berkery J had to settle for third money.


Chaptiama is a 3-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven. He is owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Smedshammer. It was his second win this season and his fourth career victory.

Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (July 26) featuring two divisions of the NYSS for 2-year-old colts & geldings. Post time is 1 p.m.

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by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

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