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Batavia, NY --- It was a landmark night for owner Cary Cantelon as her prized harness racing trotter Dragin The Wagon shipped in from a three-week stint at Yonkers Raceway to score his 50th lifetime win in the $12,500 Open Handicap trot at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Nov.1). Driver Aaron Byron left hard with Dragin The Wagon from post five and crossed-over in the first turn. But he was soon joined by Joey Pro (Jim Morrill Jr.) who made his way up the outside to the front by the quarter in a swift :27.3. Now in control, Joey Pro trotted strong on the point past the half and on to the second circuit. The lone mare in the race, Wheels A Turning (Billy Davis Jr.), pulled first-over and made her way alongside the leader by the time they hit three-quarters in 1:26.2. Joey Pro was far from finished and he continued to park out Wheels A Turning around the last turn, although that one was matching strides all the while. When the race hit the stretch, Joey Pro drifted off the pylons which allowed Byron and the pocket-sitting Dragin The Wagon enough room to squeeze through and draw away by 1-1/2 lengths at the wire in 1:57.1. It was the fifth win of the year for Dragin The Wagon ($7.30) who now has $443,879 in earnings to go along with his 50 wins. In the co-featured $11,000 Open II Handicap trot, Southern Palms (Jim Morrill Jr.) made a first-over move past the half, tangled with the front-running Rose Run Rudi (Aaron Byron) for a quarter of a mile before gaining a one-half length advantage under the wire to win in 1:59.2. Southern Palms ($5.40) is owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama. Southern Palms was just one of five wins driver Jim Morrill Jr. had on the night, including the natural hat trick in races two through four. He also scored with Well Connected Kid (1:59.3, $3.20), Let's Be Honest (1:59.1, $4.50), JNR Express (2:00.4, $2.30) and Can't Win (2:01, $4.20). Morrill also had two seconds and a third to top off his night. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday afternoon with a special Breeder's Cup Day post time of 3:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs      

Wally Hennessey drives five winners at Tioga Downs on Saturday (May 25). Hennessey got his wins with Groovey Kid ($4.90), Crazy Every Time ($2.60), Itsnoproblemman ($2.10), Soho Hanover ($3.90), and Music Is Art ($2.30). Freddie Mac (Mike Merton) wins featured trot ($12,000). Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) carved out all the early fractions (:27.1, :56.3, 1:24.4). Freddie Mac ($5.20), who is trained by Patti Harmon for the ADV Racing Stable LLC., sat in the pocket all the way until the stretch. He would pop out and go right by to win in 1:54.0. Dragin The Wagon held on for second. Boli (Wally Hennesey) finished third. Freddie Mac is a 5-year-old horse by Cornaro Dasolo. It was win number four in 2019. He now has 14 career victories. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (May 26) with a 10 race card starting at a special post time of 6:15 p.m. There is an umbrella giveaway while supplies last. Fireworks follows live racing. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Sir Ziggy's Z Tam (Mike Simons) takes the Open Pace 1 ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Monday (September 3). Seel The Deal N (Austin Siegalman) controlled all the early fractions (:27.0 :55.4, 1:22.2). Sir Ziggy's Z Tam ($29,60) was fifth after the three-quarters. Owned by Tessa Roland and trained by J D Perrin, he squeezed through a small opening at the pylons to sneak by and get the win in 1:51.3. Seel The Deal N held on for second money, Dreams Beachboy (Gates Bruntet finished third best. Sir Ziggy's Z Tam is a 10 year-old gelding by Art Major. It was his ninth win in 12 starts this season. It was his 36th career victory. Simons won two more on the day. His other wins came with City Hall ($3.40) and You Said It ($2.60). Time Out I'm Tired (Aaron Byron) captured the Open Pace II ($10,000). Time Out I'm Tired ($20.20) went gate-to-wire (:26.4, :55.4, 1:23.2 1:51.3). Trained by Joe Skowyra for owners William Mears and Janine McIlvane, he gutted out a great stretch drive with second place finisher Pretty Boy Swag (Mike Merton). Finishing third was Spirit Shadow (Fen Paquet Jr.). Time Out I'm Tired is a 6-year-old horse by Artiscape. It was his third win this season and career victory number 17. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 7) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Milky Way Rae (Aaron Byron) wins the featured fillies and mares pace ($11,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (July 13). Heavens Dancer (Cory Stratton) controlled all the early fractions (:27.4, :57.4,1:26.0) Milky Way Rae ($28.00) followed in the pocket all the way until the top of the stretch. Owned by Fortunate One LLC and trained by Tony Dinges, she would zoom by in the stretch to win in 1:55.0. K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) fired late to finish second. all Charged Up (Mike Simons) was third best. Milky Way Rae is a 5-year-old mare by American Ideal. It was her fourth win this season and career victory number 20. Fern Paquet Jr. had a driving triple on the night. His wins were with Open Skies ($16.00), Sunset Dream ($11.00), and Embassy Seelster ($6.30). When I arrived at Tioga Downs in 2014. I noticed two people that seemed to be here during every race day. Their names are Mary Birdsall and Chris James. They love harness racing and they love Tioga Downs. Earlier this year Chris James purchased a 5-year-old mare named Open Skies. Two weeks ago they were in the winner's circle for the first time. Open Skies returned to the winner's circle again tonight and they found out it never gets old and is just as sweet the second time as the first time. Harness racing needs more people like Mary and Chris. It's hard not to root for Tioga Downs number one fans! Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 14) with a 13 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) goes gate-to-wire to win the Saturday night (June 23) featured pace ($10,000) at Tioga Downs. Dragin The Wagon ($7.10) charged out of the gate from his outside position and put up all the fractions (:27.3, :571, 1:25.2, 1:55.0). Trained by Jeff Byron for owners Cary, David, and Michael Cantelon, Dragin the Wagon was pressured a little at the top of the stretch by second place finisher Noble Anthony (Atlee Bender), but the gelding found another gear and won easily. SR Radar finished third. Dragin The Wagon is an 8-year-old gelding by Angus Hall. It was his third win of the season and his 42nd career victory. Mike Merton won three races on the night. His wins were with Jupiter Johnny ($3.70), Commentary ($7.60), and Odds In Play ($13.20). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (June 24) featuring three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Also Tioga Downs, the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association, and the Harness Horse Breeders' of NYS are joining together once again to host its Annual "Scholarship Race". It will be after race 2. The 15 race card starts at 1:00 p.m. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Andreios Kardia (Aaron Byron) wins the Open Pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on a special Sunday night card (May 27). Chantepleure (Drew Monti) zoomed to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:26.0, :54.0, 1:21.3) Andreios Kardia ($6.40), who is owned by Ina Madill and trained by Jeff Byron, found himself third at the halftime mark. The two-time defending pacer of the year at Tioga Downs, charged first over just before the three-quarter mark. He took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off a late rush by the second place finisher, Time Out I'm Tired (John MacDonald). Finishing third was Lauxmont Capri (Jim Taggart Jr.). Andreios Kardia, a 7-year-old gelding by Badlands Hanover, finished the mile in 1:50.2. It was his third win of the season and the 29th time he has been in the winner's circle in his career. Aaron Byron had two more winners on the night. His first win came with Joe's Life ($5.60), who is owned by Rocco Stebbins and trained by Joe Skowyra. His other win came with Frontier Seelster ($9.50). The 4-year-old gelding is owned by Cody Hawkins and trained by Doug Bowins. Fans received patriotic red, white and blue hats and enjoyed fire works after racing. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 1) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Milky Way Rae (Aaron Byron) captured the fillies and mares featured Open 2 Pace ($9000), on Friday (May 25) at Tioga Downs. K J's Caroline (Mike Merton) went right to the lead and carried all the early fractions (:26.2, :55.4, 123.4). She was pressured by Ask Queenie (Jim Taggart Jr.) all the way around the final turn. Milky Way Rae ($10.00) watched all the action from the pocket seat. Owned by Fortunate One LLC., and trained by Tony Dinges, she would make her move after Ask Queenie went on a break. Milky Way Rae zoomed to the front and won in a career best time of 1:52.4. Super Soph (Jim Meittinis) came on late to finish second. Beyonces Rockn (Kyle DiBenedetto) took third. Milky Way Rae is a 5-year-old mare by American Ideal. She notched win number two of the season. It was her 18th career win. Aaron Byron and Mike Merton each won two on the night. They are tied for the leading driver standings with 11 wins a piece. Jim Taggart Jr. and Jim Meittinis also won two races on the night. They are tied for third in the standings with eight wins each. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (May 25) with an eight race card starting at 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns .com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs.  

Dragin The Wagon captured the harness racing featured trot ($10,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (September 8). Wisenheimer (Mike SImons) called the shots early, :27.2, :55.4, 1:24.3. Dragin The Wagon (Angus Hall) followed in the pocket until mid stretch. Owned by James, Michael, and David Cantelon, while trained by Jeff Byron, the 7 year-old gelding found himself trapped on the inside. Aaron Byron was able to squeeze by an opening at the cones in mid-stretch. Dragon The Wagin ($4.90) surged to the front to win in 1;54.2 Caulfied (Mike Merton) would charge late and fall just short to settle for second. Picture This (Tom Jackson) finished third. Dragin The Wagon won for the fifth time this season and secured his 36th lifetime victory, Leading driver, Mike Simons won three on the night to get 70 on the season. He won with Ifya Start Me Up ($5.40), Ameliosi ($4.80), and Rockin Show ($14.60). Jim Taggart Jr. won three as well on the night. He won with K J's Caroline ($3.50), Gwally ($6.20), and Justsingalong ($26.20). Tioga Downs returns to live action on Saturday (September 9) with a 14 race card with New York Sire Stakes action, featuring Freshman Pacing Colts and Geldings. It is also Apple Fest at the track with free apple pie slices and apple cider. Post time is 6:50p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs

Little Santamonica (Aaron Byron) would capture the Fillies and Mares Open II ($9,000). on Friday (September 1) at Tioga Downs. Little Santamonica ($6.20) would charge out of the gate to take the lead but All Charged Up (Tom Jackson) would take over before the first quarter. Little Santamonica (Little Steven) re-took the lead as they went by the stands for the first time and the 9 year-old mare, who is owned Courtney Crawford and trained by Jordon Hope, never looked back and won in 1:52.3. Finishing second was K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) and Mcace Of Arts (Mike Merton) got third. Mike Merton would win twice on the night. First with Rockin Desire ($30.40) and then with Empty Gesture ($15.40). Tioga Downs returns to live action on Saturday (September 2) with a 10 race card starting at 6:50 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) would take the harness racing featured Open II pace ($9,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturday night (August 26). Dragin The Wagon (Angus Hall) would fly out of the gate and never look back. Owned by James, Michael, and David Cantelon and trained by Jeff Byron, the 7 year-old would control all the fractions :28.0, :57.1, 1:25.3, 1:54.3 for the victory. Bjanthony (Mickey McNichol) and Zoraze (Fern Paquet Jr.) would both charge late to make it interesting. Both horses ended in a dead heat for second. Dragin The Wagon ($4,00) won for the fourth time this season and earned his 35th career victory. Byron would win two more on the night. His next win was with Warhorse ($12.00) and his final win was with Rose Run Rudi ($5.50) Dein Spriggs won the Billings Driver Club race with Perfect Road ($10.20). Live racing returns on Sunday (August 27), featuring The Crawford Farms Trot, The Joie De Vie Mares Trot and the Artiscape Open Mares Pace. Also on hand will be the Reynolds Stakes races, featuring freshman colts and fillies, trotters and pacers. Corntastic weekend comes to an end on Sunday featuring Western Family Fun Day (Free) and free long sleeve t-shirts. The 12 race card begins at 1 p.m. For more information please go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs    

Andreios Kardia with harness racing driver Aaron Byron in the bike takes the Open 1 Pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Monday (August 14). Marty Monkhouser A (Scott Coulter) would take the lead and control all the early fractions :27.1, :55.0, 1:22.3. Andreios Kardia (Badlands Hanover), who is owned by Ina Madill and trained by Jeffrey Byron, would charge out first over and take the lead at the top of the stretch. Fireyourguns (Jim Meittinis), always likes to be on the lead but would use a different strategy on this night by coming from off the pace. He would battle Andreios Kardia ($5.00) all the way down the stretch. Andreios Kardia would win for the fourth time this season, getting a victory in 1:50.3. Fireyourguns (American Ideal) would settle for second with Time Out I'm Tired (Mike SImons) would finish third. John MacDonald, Scott Coulter, and Mike Merton would all win to apiece on the night. MacDonald won with Prince Adiran ($6.10) and Machmemackie ($3.20. Coulter got victories with Lyons Johnny ($25.40) and Spirit Shadow ($17.60). Merton won with Cabo Real ($5.10) ad Tyler ($4.10. Tioga Downs returns to live action on Friday (August 18) at6:50 p.m. There will be no racing on Saturday because of the LeAnn Rimes concert. For more information please go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs    

Andreios Kardia and harness racing driver Aaron Byron win the Open Pace ($10,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 6). Time Out I'm Tired (Jim Marohn Jr.) would fly out to lead and carve out all the early fractions :28.1, :56.2, 124.4. Andreios Kardia (Badlands Hanover) would climb out of the three hole and go first over, trading blows with Time Out I'm Tired (second), all the way down the stretch. Andreios Kardia ($4.60) would prevail in the end with a 1:52.0 mile. The 6 year-old gelding would win for the third time this season and getting career victory number 22. Dash Of Danger (Jim Meittinis) would finish third best. Vernon Downs leading driver John MacDonald would continue his great weekend. He had 13 victories in three days at Vernon. He would add two more at Tioga downs on Sunday. He would first take Machmemackie ($7.80) to victory after making a late move in the stretch to win in 1:51.4. "J-Mac" would win again in the last race of the afternoon leading Charmbro Curiosity ($12.20) to the winner's circle. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 11) at 6:50. The track from Nichols, NY, will welcome the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for sophomore trotting colts. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Andreios Kardia (Aaron Byron) wins an action packed Tioga Downs Open Handicap ($12,000) on Sunday Afternoon (July 23). Leading harness racing driver Mike Simons would win five times. Golden Gun (John MacDonald) would take the lead into the first quarter. Fireyourguns (Scott Coulter), would then take command and lead into the half. Andreios Kardia (Badlands Hanover) would go first over on the back stretch and take over at three-quaters. Owned by Ina Madill and trained by Jeff Byron, the 7 year-old would open up by two at the top of the strecth and hold on after a late charge by Time Out I'm Tired (Jim Marohn Jr). Andreios Kardia ($9.30) would finish the mile in 1:50.3. Time Out I'm Tired (Artiscape) would finish second with Bettorsluckystreak taking third. Mike Simons would get victories with Y S Joe ($13.60), Rebel Jet ($5.70), A Breath Of Fresh Art ($3.00), No Bad Dreams ($3.30), and would win number five with M G Home Run ($7.40). He now has 56 wins at Tioga Downs for the season. One True Friend was victorious in the special non-betting Racing Under Saddle (RUS) race at Tioga. The lady riders put on a great non-betting performance at the Nichols, NY track on Sunday. One True Friend (Dream Vacation) went gate-to-wire putting up the fractions :30.1, 1:00.2, 1:30.3, 2:03.3. Admirable Hanover (Vanessa Karlewicz) would follow the whole way to finish second. Railroad Lane (Michelle Miller) finished third. Iron WIll (Heather Reese) came in fourth. Boy Can She Fly (Codie Smith) was fifth with Stirling Accord (Sasha Moczulski) finishing sixth. There will be no live racing at Tioga Downs on Friday (July 28) due to a 38 Special concert. Live racing returns on Saturday (July 29) with a post time of 6:50p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Believe this Bob (Aaron Byron) cruised to an easy win in the Tioga Downs feature (May29). Owned by Mary Ann Larrimore and trained by Joe Skowyra, the nine year old Beach Romeo gelding won in 1:51.3. Believe this Bob paid $2.50 for the gate to wire win. Alaskan Seelsteer (Jim Meittinis) took second and Owosso Flash (Mike Simons) finished third. Tioga Downs returns to live racing Friday (June 2) at 6:50 pm. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs.

The Fillies and Mares, Open 2 Pace ($9000) headlined the Tioga Downs harness racing card on Friday night. The slight betting favorite, So Nice (Mike Merton) pushed the gate open and was loose on the lead from the outset. So Nice upped her lead to three lengths after three-quarters in 122.4. Truth And Liberty (Aaron Byron) followed patiently in the loose pocket all the way to the top of the stretch. Once the 6 year-old mare by Total Truth jumped out of the pocket, she looked like she was shot out of a cannon. Owned by Tracy Moss and trained by Robert Lounsbury, she would blow right by in deep stretch for the win in 1:51.2. Truth And Liberty would pay $5.00 for the win. So Nice hung on for second with Rock my World (Mike Simons) getting third. Tioga Downs returns to live racing Saturday (May 13) at 6:50pm with a nine race card featuring the Open Trot ($12,000). For more information please go to our website www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Nichols, N.Y. -- Owner-breeder Ina Madill's Andreios Kardia ($3.00) demonstrated great determination in the featured $10,000 Pacer of the Year Match Race on Saturday's (September 17) closing-night harness racing program at Tioga Downs, upending pacesetter Believe This Bob in a 1:50.1 mile.   The 5-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding was eager to go on from race's outset, offering pressure to Believe This Bob through a :26.3 first quarter before settling into a tight pocket through the middle half. Mike Simons and Believe This Bob relaxed the terms through a :55.2 half mile, but were forced to accelerate as Aaron Byron switched Andreios Kardia back to the two-path with five-sixteenths to go. The two dueled through a :27.1 third quarter, and Andreios Kardia would emerge victorious in the final 150 yards, edging away from the game pacesetter by half a length while driven.   Jeff Byron trains 15-time winner Andreios Kardia, whose third consecutive top-level victory earned him 2016 Tioga Downs Pacer of the Year honors.   Aaron Byron and Mike Merton led all drivers with four wins apiece on the 11-race card.   Additionally, Trotter of the Year honors were bestowed upon Prairie Fortune, campaigned by owner Laurie Poulin, owner-trainer Mike Deters, and regular driver Jim Meittinis. Deters was also crowned the seasonal training champion, while Ontario-based Scott Coulter maintained a clear margin over Mike Simons to capture top driving honors.   Horseplayers and horsemen alike are advised to visit www.tiogadowns.com for updates on the ongoing casino expansion, as well as on the 2017 harness racing season.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

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