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Tioga Downs held the Empire Breeders’ Classic eliminations for 3-year old pacing colts on Sunday afternoon. Vegas Vacation and Sunfire Blue Chip each captured their respective $12,500 divisions sent off by the betting public as the heavy favorites. In the first division, Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears) got away third as Odds On Equuleus (John Campbell) took the field by the opening quarter in 26.4. Campbell then got away with a second quarter breather of 28.4 to reach the half mile mark of the race in 55.3. At the half, Sears sent Vegas Vacation first over and at the three quarter mile mark he was head to head with Odds On Equuleus by three quarters in 1:22.2. Around the final turn, Vegas Vacation eased away from the leader to draw clear in the stretch and win by two and a half lengths on cruise control in 1:49.2. “We had sort of an eased first up trip today and he finished very strong on the end of the mile. He is a major contender in the division this year, and he will get one of the big ones this year” said winning driver Brian Sears following the victory. In the second division, Sunfire Blue Chip fresh off of his Adios victory, quickly left the gate from post position number four and was in control by the quarter in 27.3. The duo then put up fractions of 55 and 1:23.2 before easily pacing clear of the field to win by a length and a quarter in 1:50.2. Jimmy Takter trains the 3-year old son of American Ideal – Shot Togo Bluechip, who has won six of ten seasonal starts good for more than $370,000 in earnings. “He won real easy today and we saved a good bit for the final next week so I was really happy with him today” said winning driver Yannick Gingras following the victory. “He has been getting better all year long and I wouldn’t trade him for anyone else going into the second half of the season, including Captaintreacherous” said Gingras. Qualifying for next week’s $257,250 Empire Breeders’ Classic final were: Vegas Vacation, Sir Cary’s Z Tam, Doctor Butch, Odds On Equuleus, Sunfire Blue Chip, Captive Audience, Bet The Moon, Olde Time Hockey, and drawing the last spot from the fifth place finishers was Source Of Pride, Swift As A Shadow will be AE1 for the final.     Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Friday, August 9th with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us on our website at . by Dustin Ross

Three divisions of NYSS for 2-year old filly trotters highlighted an eleven race card on Saturday night at Tioga Downs. Leading the way for the filly trotters was Crediama (Jim Marohn Jr.) in the third and final division of the night. Leaving from post position number four in a field of seven, Marohn put Crediama on the front end and put up all the fractions of 29.1, 59, and 1:28 before turning for home. Deep in the stretch it looked as though Beauty Of Gray (Jim Meittinis) may collar the leader on the wire, but Crediama fought tough and survived a photo to score her maiden victory in 1:57.4. Trond Smedshammer trains the 2-year old daughter of Credit Winner – Mama B for the Purple Haze Stable of Fairport, NY. Other division winners included: Share My Secret (Jim Marohn Jr.) – 1:59.3 for Trond Smedshammer: Conway Hall – Lawn Tennis, and Annies List (Andy Miller) – 1:58 for Julie Miller: Conway Hall – Ann’s Promise. Tioga also held four divisions of Excelsior stakes, winners included: Brookside Lily (Sean Bier) – 2:00.4, Caroline Street (Jim Meittinis) – 2:02, Trish (Cat Manzi) – 2:01.4, and Sweet Jesse T (Cat Manzi) – 2:00.   Aruba Vacation and Fern Paquet Jr. captured Saturday night’s $16,000 open handicap trot in 1:54.4 for trainer Guy Howard, and with the victory vaulted his career earnings to more than $500,000 for the homebred son of Dream Vacation – Dixie Hit.   Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Sunday, August 4th with a post time of 1:30pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us on our website at . by Dustin Ross  

Brownsville Bomber returned to Tioga Downs on Friday night and captured the featured $12,000 fillies and mares miracle mile 1-2 handicap. Assigned post position number six in a field of six, Fern Paquet Jr. settled in third as Prairie Lee (Jim Meittinis) took the field through an opening quarter of 27.1. By the fans and the stands for the first time, Paquet quickly moved Brownsville Bomber to the front and control the fractions of 55.3 and 1:23.3. Around the final turn, Paquet asked Brownsville Bomber for more and the mare responded with a 28.1 final panel to capture the race in a new lifetime best of 1:51.4. Ed Hart trains the 4-year old daughter of American Ideal – Cantor’s Daughter for Joseph Betro, Ian Behar, and Kristi Leigh Farm Inc. all of New York. The win was the second of the year in fifteen seasonal outings for Brownsville Bomber, who increased her seasonal bankroll to more than $61,000. Fern Paquet Jr. posted a driving triple on the night’s ten race card, and in the process captured his 2,500th career win in the last race of the night with Dreamnwillie who is conditioned by his wife, Jamie Paquet. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Saturday, August 3rd with a post time of 6:50pm featuring three divisions of NYSS for 2-year old filly trotters. In the third and final division of the night, L Dees Scripture (Andy Miller) will look to stay undefeated on the season after winning the Tompkins-Geers at Tioga and then a division of NYSS at Monticello in her last outing. Julie Miller trains the 2-year old daughter of Credit Winner – Graceful Way, who owns a mark of 1:58.3 in her career debut right here at Tioga Downs. Four divisions of NYSS Excelsior stakes will accompany the three sire stake divisions on Saturday night at Tioga. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us on our website at . Dustin Ross Regional Racing Operations Manager Tioga Downs/Vernon Downs (Desk) 607.699.7657 (Cell) 315.243.3249 (Fax) 607.699.7429 P.O. Box 509 Nichols, New York 13812  

Tioga Downs held the draw on Wednesday morning (July 31) for the Empire Breeders’ Classic eliminations for 3-year old New York bred pacers. Twelve 3-year old pacing colts were entered and were split into two six horse $12,500 eliminations set to go post ward in races four and eight on Sunday afternoon. Leading the field of six in the first elimination is Adios runner-up, Vegas Vacation from the powerful Casie Coleman stable, who has listed Brian Sears to do the driving. Coming off of a second place finish to Sunfire Blue Chip in the $450,000 Adios final, Vegas Vacation drew post position number six. Here is the field in post position order with drivers listed before scratch time: #1 Odds On Equuleus (John Campbell), #2 Sir Cary’s Z Tam (Pat Lachance) #3 Source Of Pride (Mark MacDonald), #4 Thirty Two Red (Ray Schnittker), #5 Doctor Butch (Jim Morrill Jr.), and #6 Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears). The second $12,500 elimination, Adios winner Sunfire Blue Chip from the Jimmy Takter stable leads a field of six pacing colts aimed towards advancing to the $257,250 final. Yannick Gingras will once again do the driving on the 3-year old son of American Ideal – Shot Togo Bluechip from post position number four on Sunday afternoon. Here is the field in post position order with drivers listed before scratch time: #1 Bet The Moon (Jim Morrill Jr.), #2 Captive Audience (Randy Waples), #3 Swift As A Shadow (Jim Morrill Jr.), #4 Sunfire Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras), #5 Olde Time Hockey (Jason Bartlett), #6 A Bettor World (Jim Marohn Jr.). Nine 3-year old pacing fillies entered on Wednesday morning for the $250,750 Empire Breeders’ Classic and all nine will move directly into the final. Entries for the Empire Breeders’ Classic for sophomore pacing fillies include: Ballineen, Bettor Think Twice, Cult Status, Give Me An Amen, JK Black Beauty, Park N Orchard, Road Bet, Shebestingin, and Social Scene. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Friday, August 2nd with a post time of 6:50pm. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us on our website at . by Dustin Ross  

Ali Blue scores in NYSS action on Monday at Tioga Downs Ali Blue (Yannick Gingras) posted the fastest of three divisions of NYSS for freshman pacing fillies on Monday night at Tioga Downs. Leaving from post position number one in a field scratched down to seven, Gingras moved Ali Blue back to the front after an opening quarter of 29 set by Suplemental Income (Matt Kakaley). From there the duo posted fractions of 57.1 and 1:24.4 before sprinting home in 27.4 to capture her third win of the season in a new lifetime best of 1:52.3. The only blemish on the record of the 2-year old daughter of American Ideal - Mintjulep Bluechip, came in the Tompkins-Geers stakes where Ali Blue broke a hopple just after the start of the race. Jimmy Takter trains Ali Blue for the ownership group of Christina Takter, John Fielding, R A W Equine, and Jim Fielding. Other NYSS division winners included: Sweetnsinful - Jimmy Whittemore in 1:53.2 for trainer Homer Hochstetler and Tioga Downs' track record holder, JK Molly - Tim Tetrick in 1:53 for trainer Linda Toscano. Five divisions of NYSS excelsior events were also held on Monday night with divisions being won by: Valentina De Vie - Howard Parker (1:54.3), Spreester - Jim Morrill Jr. (1:57), One Hot Majorette - Tim Tetrick (1:55.4), Just Add Vodka - Tyler Buter (1:57.2), and Francessa - Sam Caruso Jr. (1:56.4). Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Friday, August 2nd with a post time of 6:50pm. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us on our website at . Dustin Ross  

North American Cup elimination winner, and multiple sire stakes victor, Fool Me Once, leads the headlines for eighteen 3-year old colt pacers on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs. Campaigned from the Mark Austin Stable from Ontario, Canada, the 3-year old son of Art Major - Fool That I Am has enjoyed a wonderful first half of his sophomore campaign. Fool Me Once has recorded six victories in eight beautifully mapped out starts to keep the ten time career winner fresh heading into the second half of the season. Fool Me Once took his seasonal mark of 1:48.1 when he captured an elimination of the North American Cup at Mohawk in June. Scott Zeron will make the trip to Nichols, New York to drive Fool Me Once who will start from post four in the first of two $67,243 NYSS divisions. In the second $67,243 division, Source Of Pride has been installed as the 5/2 morning line favorite for the Jimmy Takter stable. The 3-year old son of American Ideal - Trim Hanover won a division of the NYSS at Yonkers two starts back in 1:50.4. Jim Morrill Jr. has been listed to drive Source Of Pride who will leave from post position number two in Sunday afternoon's ninth race. Tioga Downs will also hold five divisions of NYSS Excelsior races on Sunday afternoon for 3-year old colt pacers, post time for the twelve race card is slated for 1:30pm. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us on our website at . by Dustin Ross  

Shebestingin (David Miller) captured Sunday afternoon's $29,883 Tompkins-Geers stakes for 3-year old pacing fillies at Tioga Downs. Getting away third in a field of six, Shebestingin waited as Jim Morrill Jr. and Give Me An Amen took the field by the quarter in 28.1. As the field headed towards the half, Give Me An Amen was still in control by the half mile mark in 56.2 as Shebestingin began her first over bid. Down the backside, Shebestingin unleashed a wicked 26.1 third quarter brush to clear and open up on the field by three quarters in 1:22.3. Around the final turn, the question was not if but by how many for Shebestingin and David Miller who crossed the wire shut down in 1:50.4. Joe Holloway trains the 3-year old daughter of Bettor's Delight - Armbro Tussie for Val D'Or Farms, Theodore Gewertz, and L & L Devisser. The win was the sixth of the year in ten seasonal starts for Shebestingin who increased her seasonal earnings to more than $176,000. In the other division for 3-year old pacing fillies, JK Black Beauty and David Miller captured the five horse race in first over fashion with a new lifetime best of 1:52 for trainer Linda Toscano. In the second division for 3-year old pacing colts, Bet The Moon and Jim Marohn Jr. upset the heavily favored Doctor Butch (Jim Morrill Jr.) after sitting the pocket through fractions of 27.2, 56.2, and 1:23.4. As the field headed down the stretch, Marohn pulled Bet The Moon to the outside and paced by the pacesetter to win by a length and a quarter in a new lifetime best of 1:51.4. Ron Burke trains the 3-year old son of Bettor's Delight - Sun N Moon for Edwin Gold. Don't Ya Know (David Miller) captured the other division for 3-year old pacing colts with a front end victory in 1:52.3 for trainer Joe Holloway. Tioga Downs passed a milestone on Sunday afternoon, as in the 6th race of the day Fireyourguns with his 1:50.4 victory became the 5,000th two minute mile in history of Tioga Downs. Tioga Downs continues live racing on Friday, July 26th with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information please visit us online at . by Dustin Ross  

True Day Dream and Jim Meittinis captured Saturday night's $35,383 division of the Tompkins-Geers trot for 3-year old trotting fillies at Tioga Downs. Leaving from post position number four in a field of eight, Meittinis settled True Day Dream in second as he relinquished the lead to the favored Andie Sophia (Cat Manzi) by the quarter in 28.1. Andie Sophia who was coming off of her Hudson Trot victory then led the field through fractions of 57.4 and 1:26.4 with her main contender sitting on Manzi's helmet. As the field headed into the stretch, Meittinis moved True Day Dream to the outside and battled Andie Sophia through the stretch to get up and win by a length and a half in 1:56. Dan O'Mara trains the 3-year old daughter of Infinitif - Tenacious Victory for owner Joseph Hess of New Milford, NJ. Andie Sophia (Cat Manzi) finished second, while Silver Credit (Jim Marohn Jr.) finished third. The other division winner for the 3-year old trotting fillies was Southwind Cocoa (Jeff Gregory) in 1:57.2, after the 2-5 betting favorite Classic Martine made a break just past the quarter. Classic Martine (Jim Marohn Jr.) did rebound after dropping to last to close and finished second. In the $62,766 lone division for 3-year old trotting colts, Pine Credit received an extremely patient drive from Brandon Simpson and it paid off. Simpson sat in with Pine Credit fifth as the field was led through fractions of 28.4 and 58.3 by Crazy About Pat (Cat Manzi). As the field passed by three quarters in 1:27.3, Simpson found room to his right and slid Pine Credit to the outside. The duo began tracking horses three wide around the final turn and as they entered the stretch he was picking up ground on the leader Crazy About Pat with every stride. Pine Credit got up to win in the final strides over Crazy About Pat by a neck in 1:56.4, for his first seasonal victory of the year for trainer Erv Miller. Erv Miller shares ownership of the 3-year old son of Credit Winner - Ms Piggy Pine with Harvey Eisman and Paymaq Racing. Sunday afternoon wraps up the Grand Circuit Tompkins-Geers stakes for 2013. A dozen sophomore pacing colts are split into two sixes, each for a prize of $31,833 in races one and five. The opener is an even field with Don't Ya Know a slight choice off of his win in the Historic stakes here last month. He has followed that one up with two more wins in overnights at Yonkers. Bluestone Farms, Kitty Hawk Stable and Val D'Or Farms share ownership of the Western Ideal colt from Caviart Vegas, Joe Holloway trains and David Miller drives. The second division fave is Kenny Jacobs good Art Major colt Doctor Butch. He won the Art Rooney last month and has been on the board in every one of his 18 career outings while bringing home more than a half million dollars. Linda Toscano trains this fella and Jim Morrill, Jr has the drive. Eleven filly pacers made for an owner-friendly split of five and six in the stake. JK Black Beauty (Bettor's Delight) headlines the first division in race three. She is another Toscano trainee, this one for the 3 Brothers Stable, who's been lightly raced but very successful. JK Black Beauty captured the Lismore stake last month on her way to over $80,000 in seasonal earnings. The second filly division is race eight with the six pack racing for a purse of $29,883. Shebestingin is (Bettor's Delight) the most accomplished of the group with over $160,000 earned this year on the strength of five wins in nine outings. She took her personal speed record at Tioga in a NYSS event last month and is paired with her regular driver, Dave Miller, for this engagement. Joe Holloway trains her for Val D'Or, Ted Gewertz and L & L Devisser. Kenny Jacobs' fan favorite and track record holder Heston Blue Chip makes a local appearence in the Open pace on Sunday afternoon as well. The fun starts at 1:30. by Dustin Ross  

The Tompkins-Geers grand circuit stakes for 2-year old pacers took center stage at Tioga Downs on Friday night. Three divisions of freshmen filly pacers and three divisions of freshmen colt pacers were the co-featured events on the night's twelve race card. In the first $26,040 division of the night, the filly pacers showed off their stuff and Linda Toscano's JK Molly opened some eyes in her second lifetime start. Getting away in fifth from post position number five, Tetrick settled JK Molly in as Expose (David Miller) cut through fractions of 26.4 and 55. As the field headed down the backside, JK Molly was positioned second over as Dottie Major (Marcus Miller) tried a first over assault through a third quarter in 28 (1:23). Around the final turn Tetrick tipped JK Molly three high off fading cover and the 2-year old daughter of Art Major - Heather's Western responded by pacing away from the field to win by three. The mile of 1:52.2 eclipsed the previous track record that was held by Drop The Ball from 2010 of 1:52.4. Linda Toscano trains JK Molly for the 3 Brothers Stable of New York, New York. Other division winners for the pacing fillies were: Anegada - Jim Morrill Jr. (1:55.1) and Ravinia Hanover - Yannick Gingras (1:54). On the colt side of the grand circuit stakes, it was a Linda Toscano sweep as she trained the winners of all of the 2-year old colt pacers, all for different owners. Posting the fastest mile of the hot and humid evening for the colt pacers, was Murder He Wrote, who stayed a perfect two for two in his young career. Tetrick quarter poled to the front by the quarter in 28.3 and then reeled off fractions of 57.4 and 1:25.4 before sprinting home a winner in 1:53.1. Toscano trains the 2-year old son of Kenneth J - Jk Dancing Queen for herself, as owner of the Camelot Stable Inc., of Freehold, NJ. Other division winners included: El Bloombito - Tim Tetrick (1:54) and Winds Of Change - Tim Tetrick (1:53.3). Sophomore trotters take to the track in the Tompkins-Geers Grand Circuit stakes on Saturday night at Tioga. One division of ten colts race for $62,766 in the 8th races where trainer Noel Daley sends out a pair of Crazed prospects tabbed as the morning line choice. Crazy About Pat has matured into a top NYSS performer this season with four wins from eleven outings for just shy of $100,000 in seasonal bankroll for the Patricia Stable. His latest win was in a career best 1:54- in a sires stake at Vernon Downs. His regular pilot Cat Manzi will be in for the drive. Up Front And Crazy, out of Love's Caress, is slightly less accomplished but strung three overnight wins together in Canada for owners Up Front Racing, Tres Amigos Stable and the trainer. The fillies split two ways with a field of eight competing for $35,383 in each. Andie Sophia comes in off of a 1:55.3 win in the Grand Circuit Hudson Filly trot at Yonkers. The ultra-consistent Like A Prayer x Promising Deal lass has won four of nine lifetime starts for over a quarter million dollars in earnings career-wise. Trainer Rob Harmon has managed her beautifully and owns the filly in partnership with Comfortably Numb Stable and and A. Friedland. Manzi picks up the drive on Saturday. Division two features the speedy Classic Martine. This Classic Photo filly from Drinking Days has won six of nine starts this year for $112,083 in earnings and has really been sharp since moving into the Chris Oakes barn in early June, winning a pair of PA stakes in 1:53.1. The Hauser Bros, Susan Oakes and Conrad Zurich share ownership and top Tioga reinsman Jimmy Marohn, Jr has the drive. Post time on Saturday is 6:50pm. Dustin Ross

Tioga Downs held a special Thursday evening racing program with three divisions for 2-year old trotting fillies and four divisions of 2-year old colt trotters for the Tompkins-Geers stakes. In the 2-year old colt division, Flyhawk El Durado and Cat Manzi posted the fastest mile of the night winning in a new lifetime best of 1:57.3. Manzi got away third with Flyhawk El Durado as Consumer Rate (Jim Morrill Jr.) put up fractions of 28.3 and 58. Down the backside, Manzi moved Flyhawk El Durado first over through a third quarter in 29.2 as the field reached three quarters in 1:27.2. Around the final turn, Manzi still had plenty of work to do as the deficit was seven at the three quarter mark of the race. At the top of the stretch, Manzi was tracking the leader and used a 28.4 final panel to get up for victory by three parts of a length. Mark Ford trains the 2-year old son of Conway Hall - El Paso Gal for Martin Scharf who recently purchased Flyhawk El Durado from his former connections. Consumer Rate (Jim Morrill Jr.) hung tough to finish second, while Fashion Crazy (Matt Kakaley) finished third. In the 2-year old filly trot, L Dees Scripture (Andy Miller) posted the fastest mile of the night in her first pari-mutuel lifetime start in 1:58.3. Andy Miller sent the 2-year old daughter of Credit Winner - Graceful Way to the front through factions of 29.4, 1:00.3, and 1:30 before cruising home with a final panel of 28.3. Other division winner for the 2-year old filly trot included: Love Detective - Jimmy Takter (1:59) and Winning Pursuit - Jim Morrill Jr. (1:59). Division winners for 2-year old colt trotters included: Big Bang Hanover - Matt Kakaley (1:59.2), Credit Fashion - Matt Kakaley (1:58), and Starsaboveallerage - Paul Macdonell (1:58.4). Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Friday, July 19th with a post time of 6:50pm when two year old pacers begin the "Geers" portion of the 2013 Tompkins-Geers Grand Circuit stakes. Three divisions of fillies will race for a total of nearly $80,000 and they open the card with the full sister (Bettor's Delight x West Side Glory) to the sensational See You At Peelers, Gentlemen's Delight, a slight morning line fave for the Jimmy Takter barn. She led all the way to win a NYSS division at Monticello in 1:58- on Independence Day for owners Christina Takter and John & Jim Fielding. Yannick Gingras is in for the drive. Division two (race 3) features another Takter debutante, Ali Blue. This American Ideal filly from Mint Julep Blue Chip has won both of her NYSS engagements, zipping around the Monticello oval in 1:56.1 for Gingras in her last. Mrs Takter owns this one as well in a partnership that includes John & Jim Fielding and RAW Equine, INC. The sixth race offers the cleverly named Vitameatavegamin, an homage to the old I Love Lucy skit. She is an Art Major from Armbro Bijou who was second in her lone pari-mutuel engagement, a NYSS event at Yonkers. Tony Alagna trains her for the Eagles Soar Partners, Joe Sbrocco and Carver Stables and Tim Tetrick will drive. The three $27,824 divisions for the colts will be races seven through nine. El Bloombito, reported to be a "term of endearment" for NYC Mayor Bloomberg, has the favorite's role in the seventh. The American Ideal x On The Arm colt has been third and second in the NYSS thus far for his owners the Stake Your Claim Stable, Camelot Stable and Fred Wallace. Linda Toscano and Tetrick will handle the racing duties. Sand Gunner makes the foray east for trainer Tye Loy and drew the oddsmaker's eye in race eight. This homebred Sand Shooter x Ticket Counter gelding has three sharp Ohio qualifiers on his card and makes his pari-mutuel debut for owner Bill Sanders. David Miller is listed to drive. The evening's stakes wrap with Doo Wop Hanover headlining the final division. This sharp Rocknroll Hanover colt from Deer Valley Miss went a deceptively good race in last week's NJSS final to grab the last check. Steve Elliott trains him for Rick Berks and Gary Piontkowski. Jimmy Morrill, Jr will do the driving. Post time Friday is 6:50pm on Friday. Dustin Ross  

Eastend Eddie and Jim Marohn Jr. made it back to back harness racing victories in the $16,000 open pace on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs. Getting away third in a field of six from post position number three, Marohn watched as Sheer Brilliance (Aaron Byron) put up fractions of 27.4 and 55.2.

Bound For Fame and Corey Braden got up in the final strides to capture Saturday night’s $16,000 Open trot at Tioga Downs.

All Spirit and harness racing driver Jimmy Marohn Jr. enjoyed their continued success in the featured fillies and mares $16,000 Miracle Mile 1 on Friday night at Tioga Downs.

The Tompkins-Geers grand circuit harness racing events roll into Tioga Downs next week beginning on Thursday, July 18th at 6:50pm.

Tui returned to the harness racing winner's circle on Saturday night in the $16,000 open trot at Tioga Downs.

Fair Voltage and Greg Merton captured Tioga's $10,000 featured condition pace on Thursday night in front of a packed house of more than 8,500 fans.

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