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Tioga Downs’ 2013 racing season came to a finish on Saturday night (September 14) with 2-year old pacers in the Reynolds Stakes, and yet another open pace victory by 2013 pacer of the year at Tioga Downs, Eastend Eddie. Two divisions of 2-year old colt and gelding pacers in the Reynolds Stakes were captured by Stratos Hanover – Andy Miller (1:54.1) for trainer Joe Holloway, and Beat The Drum – Jim Meittinis (1:53.3) for Staffan Lind. The fillies also drew two divisions in the Reynolds, and were taken by: Ali Blue – Jimmy Takter (1:53.4) also trained by Jimmy Takter, and Instant Respect – Jimmy Takter (1:54.1) to complete the Takter sweep of the Reynolds filly pace. In the $16,000 open handicap pace, Eastend Eddie continued his dominating ways and even did it against free for all pacer, Hurrikane Kingcole, who was shipped in to Tioga Downs for closing night by trainer John Mc Dermott. Driver Matt Kakaley settled Eastend Eddie in fifth as Aaron Byron hustled Hurrikane Kingcole to the front, but was unable to clear until past the opening quarter in 26.4. From there Byron tried to rate the 4-year old son of Cam’s Card Shark on the front getting by the half mile mark in 54.2. Down the backside Eastend Eddie was underway from the back of the pack by Kakaley and by three quarters in 1:22.1, Kingcole was under attack on the front end as Andy Miller had pulled the pocket with Panesthetic. Around the final turn it was apparent that Hurrikane Kingcole had enough and Eastend Eddie was charging three wide eating up ground with every stride. In deep stretch Eastend Eddie had put the field away once again to win by two lengths in 1:51.2. It was the tenth win of the season, nine of which have come at Tioga Downs for Eastend Eddie who was named the 2013 pacer of the year at Tioga Downs making it two years in a row for the Ron Burke trainee. The 2013 year end awards were given out on Saturday night at Tioga Downs wrapping up its eighth racing season and the 2013 driver of the year was: Jimmy Marohn Jr (76 wins) for the second consecutive year, trainer of the year: Jamie Paquet (24 wins), trotter of the year: Aruba Vacation, and pacer of the year: Eastend Eddie (2nd consecutive year). Tioga Downs would like to thank all of its fans and horsemen for their support in making 2013 another successful year of harness racing in Nichols, NY. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com . Dustin Ross

For You Almostfree and Aaron Byron took home the featured $16,000 open trot on Friday night at Tioga Downs. Leaving from post position number three in a field of eight, Byron got For You Almostfree away sixth as Neighsay Hanover (Jim Meittinis) took the field by the opening quarter in 27.1. As the field went by the three eighth’s mile mark of the race, Howard Parker brushed Cold Certified to the front but paid a steep price for the move as they got to the half mile in 55.1. Down the backside, Speculation (Mike Merton) moved first over with For You Almostfree following second over cover. The field passed the three quarter station in 1:24.1 as Cold Certified was feeling the effects of the opening half and was beginning to fade. Byron tipped For You Almostfree three wide around the last turn and he responded opening up with ease to win by more than four lengths in 1:54.1. In Your Room (Mike Simons) trotted home late to be second, while longshot Surface Tension (Fern Paquet Jr.) finished third. John McDermott trains the 5-year old son of Glidemaster – Pizza Dolce who won for the seventh time in twenty seven seasonal outings, good for earnings of more than $113,000. Corey Braden, Rod Allen, and Mike Simons each posted driving doubles on the night’s ten race card. Tioga Downs wraps up its 2013 racing season on Saturday, September 14th with a post time of 6:50pm, featuring two divisions of the Reynolds Stakes for 2-year old filly pacers and two divisions for 2-year old colt and gelding pacers. Tioga Downs will also have the finale of the 2013 Horseplay Car Giveaway, fireworks following live racing, and many giveaways during the racing program. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com . by Dustin Ross for Tioga Downs          

Fiesta Camcun and Corey Braden captured Thursday night’s $16,000 fillies and mares miracle mile 1 handicap at Tioga Downs. Leaving from post position number four in a field of eight, Fiesta Camcun got to the opening quarter in 27.4 and the half mile mark in 57.1. As the field headed towards three quarters, Little Santamonica (Aaron Byron) applied heavy first over pressure and those two raced stride for stride through a third panel in 26.3, reaching three quarters in 1:23.4. Around the final turn, Braden and Fiesta Camcun had repelled the challenge of Little Santamonica, but the backfield was in motion. In deep stretch Braden continued to work on Fiesta Camcun and the iron tough mare held strong through the stretch to win by half a length in 1:52.4 over a track listed as sloppy. Southwind Trini (Mike Simons) raced well from off the pace to finish second, while Arodasi (Jason Beattie) closed from seventh at the top of the stretch to finish third. Paul Bernardo trains the 7-year old daughter of Camotion – Perfect Catch who won for the 8th time in thirty two seasonal starts good for earnings of more than $57,000. Aaron Byron posted a driving triple on the night’s eleven race card, while Mike Simons, Corey Braden, and Fern Paquet Jr. each recorded doubles. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Friday, September 13 with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com . Dustin Ross

Tioga Downs held two divisions of NYSS for 3-year old colt and gelding trotters and five divisions of excelsior stakes on Sunday afternoon. In the first $66,043 division of the NYSS, Modest Prince and Mike Simons got away second as Crazy About Pat (Jim Meittinis) cut through fractions 27.4, 56.1, and 1:25.2. Around the final turn, Crazy About Pat was still in command and in the stretch Simons tipped Modest Prince to the outside and got up to win in a new lifetime best of 1:54.4 by a length and a quarter. The 3-year old son of RC Royalty - In To Me is owned by Richard Gutnick and is trained by Linda Toscano. Crazy About Pat (Jim Meittinis) hung on for second, while Rolls Blue Chip (Aaron Byron) was third. In the second $66,043 NYSS division, Jim Morrill Jr. opted to take Tirade Hanover from post position number eight over EL Rocket (Jim Marohn Jr.) post six. When the field hit the quarter pole in 27.3, Morrill was on top with Tirade Hanover while Marohn settled in second with El Rocket. Morrill then cut through fractions of 57.4 and 1:27 before asking Tirade Hanover for trot in the final quarter mile of the race. Down the stretch Marohn tipped El Rocket to the outside, but was unable to get by Tirade Hanover and those two finished first and second a quarter length apart at the wire in 1:55. The win was the fourth in nine seasonal starts for the 3-year old son of Crazed - Teagarden Hanover for trainer Tyler Raymer. Tioga Downs also held five divisions of NYSS excelsior stakes which were won by: Jelectric - Jim Marohn Jr. (1:58.2), Bromance Hanover - Mike Simons (1:56.4), Prove Up - Marcus Johansson (1:56.3), Golden Tate - Mike Simons (1:56.3), and Brookroaddonnie - Mike Simons (1:56.1). Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Thursday, September 12 with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com . Dustin Ross  

Speculation and driver Jim Meittinis captured Saturday night’s $16,000 open handicap trot at Tioga Downs, one of four wins on the card for Jim Meittinis. Leaving from post position number four after the field was scratched down to five, Meittinis got away last as Waiting On A Woman (Jim Marohn Jr.) took the field to the quarter in 27.2. Marohn and Waiting On A Woman continued to lead the field by the half mile mark in 55.3 as Fox Valley Smarty (Corey Braden) was parked out in second. Down the backside, Waiting On A Woman was still in command as Meittinis got underway from last and moved Speculation into second over position behind Fox Valley Smarty as the field reached three quarters in 1:23.3. Just past the three quarter mile mark of the race, Waiting On A Woman made a break on the lead leaving Gaelic And Garlic (Fern Paquet Jr.) in control of the race with Speculation making a three wide move around the final turn. In the stretch, Gaelic And Garlic was clinging to a short lead, but a closing Speculation would not be denied and got up to win by a nose in 1:55.1. The win was the fourth of the year for the 7-year old son of Pistols N Spurs – Mathers Cunchita, who is trained by Robert Bath. With the win, Speculation increased his seasonal earnings to more than $78,000 for owner Cozette Mcavoy of Pennsylvania. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Sunday, September 8 with a post time of 1:30pm, featuring two divisions of NYSS for 3-year old colt and gelding trotters. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com . Dustin Ross

Prairie Lee and Jim Meittinis captured Friday night’s $16,000 fillies and mares miracle mile 1 open pace for trainer Mike Deters. Leaving from post position number one in a field of seven, Prairie Lee settled in fourth as Fiesta Camcun (Corey Braden) gave the cold shoulder to Brownsville Bomber (Fern Paquet Jr.) past the quarter in 26.4. The two continued their disagreement neck and neck by the half mile mark of the race in 54.4 and as the field reached three quarters Brownsville Bomber began to pack it in as Fiesta Camcun tripped three quarters in 1:22.1. Jimmy Marohn Jr. slipped to the outside from the two hole and went three wide around Brownsville Bomber which allowed Meittinis to continue up the inside behind Fiesta Camcun. As the field entered the stretch, Hot List was beginning to fade on the outside and Meittinis squeezed Prairie Lee out in close quarters and got up to nip Fiesta Camcun on the line in 1:51.2. The mile established a new lifetime best for the 4-year old daughter of Spy Hard – Taylors Lady who is shared in ownership by Laurie Lee Poulin and Mike Deters. The win was the fifth of the year in fourteen seasonal starts for Prairie Lee, and with the win she increased her seasonal earnings to more than $35,000. Tioga Downs’ leading driver, Jimmy Marohn Jr., Jim Meittinis, and Aaron Byron all posted driving doubles on the night’s ten race card. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Saturday, September 7th with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com . Dustin Ross

For You Almostfree and Aaron Byron captured Saturday night's $16,000 open trot at Tioga Downs for the 5-year old stallions Saturday. It was his sixth victory of the year. Leaving from post position number three in a field of seven, Byron moved For You Almostfree to the front and took control from Cold Certified at the quarter in 28.4. From there Byron controlled the half mile mark in 57.4 as Jimmy Marohn Jr. sent Waiting On A Woman with a strong first over brush and was neck and neck with the leader by three quarters in 1:26.1. Around the final turn, Byron had repelled the challenge from Marohn, but Cold Certified (Jim Meittinis) had got to the outside and was coming three wide off the final turn. In the stretch Byron asked For You Almostfree for more and he responded hanging on to win by a length in 1:55.3. Cold Cetified (Jim Meittinis) got up for second, while Waiting On A Woman (Jim Marohn Jr.) hung tough for third. It was the sixth win of the year for the 5-year old son of Glidemaster - Pizza Dolce for the ownership group of JET Dream Stable, Pucila, Klee Racing, and Cohen. Tioga Downs' leading driver Jimmy Marohn Jr. increased his lead with a driving triple on the night's ten race card, while Aaron Byron and Corey Braden each recorded doubles. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Monday, September 2nd with a post time of 1:30pm featuring the Cane Pace, Shady Daisy, and the final round of the Drivers' Championship. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com . by Dustin Ross  

Little Santamonica (Aaron Byron) posted a 10-1 upset victory in the Friday night’s $16,000 fillies and mares miracle mile 1 at Tioga Downs. Byron and Little Santamonica got away fourth in a field of six from post position number one as Prairie Lee (Jim Meittinis) moved to the front by an opening quarter in 27.4. As the field went by the half mile mark of the race in 56.2, Keith Kamann moved last week’s winner, Hot List, first over and battled Prairie Lee down the backside and the duo went by three quarters in 1:23.3. Around the final turn, Byron tipped Little Santamonica three wide off Kamann’s helmet and surged to the front in the stretch holding off a late charge by Brownsville Bomber (Fern Paquet Jr.) to win by a quarter length in 1:52.2. The mile equaled the lifetime mark for the 5-year old daughter of Little Steven – Tonianne N for Kelly Dawn Hope, and trainer Jordan Hope. Fern Paquet Jr. and Aaron Byron each posted driving triples on the night’s nine race card.   Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Saturday, August 31st with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com . by Dustin Ross

The draw for the final round of the Drivers’ Championship at Tioga Downs and the Shady Daisy Pace will be held on Thursday morning (August 29 – by 9:00am) for the races that will be held on Monday, September 2nd (Labor Day) with a post time of 1:30 pm. Five races with nine horse fields will be needed for the Drivers’ Championship races and the purses for those events will be raised 20% for that one day. Another incentive for trainers of the horses used for the Drivers’ Championship is the trainer bonuses being offered. The winning trainer of the Drivers’ Championship legs will be paid $500 each, second place trainers will receive $250, and third through ninth will receive $100. The horses racing in these events that do not get a check (sixth through ninth) will be paid $100 for participating in the Drivers’ Championship. A condition sheet for Monday’s events can be found by following this link . Tioga will also hold the draw for the 90,000e Shady Daisy on Thursday morning, which will be co-featured with the $360,211 Cane Pace Final. All eight horses that declared for the Cane Pace last week will automatically be entered directly into the final, post positions have already been drawn and the field is led by Captaintreacherous Tim Tetrick) and Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears). The point standings for the Drivers’ Championship after the first round held at Vernon Downs this past Sunday night are as follows: Jimmy Marohn Jr. – 27, Jody Jamieson - 20 , Tim Tetrick – 18, Brian Sears – 17, Ron Pierce – 10, Yannick Gingras – 6, Rick Plano – 3, David Miller – 2, and Corey Callahan – 1. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Friday, August 30th with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com  . by Dustin Ross  

On Sunday afternoon, Tioga Downs held the $40,000 fourth and final division of the Miss Versatility trotting series and Maven completed the sweep with regular pilot Yannick Gingras. Leaving from post position number six in a field scratched down to eight, Maven got away second as Cedar Dove (Ron Pierce) got to the opening quarter in 28.1. As the field headed towards the half mile mark, Pierce had the field at a crawl and Gingras decided it was time to move Maven to the outside just after the three eighth's mark as the field went by the half in 57.2. Down the backside, Pierce attempted to step away from the rest of the field with a third panel in 27.2, but Maven would not go away and as the field entered the stretch, Maven had a quarter length advantage on the field. Down the stretch, Maven stepped away from the field and was able to hold off a late charge by Beatgoeson Hanover (David Miller) to win by a neck in 1:53.3. It was the sixth win in eight seasonal starts for the 4-year old daughter of Glidemaster - M Stewart, who is owned by W J Donovan of Florida, and is trained by Jonas Czernyson. Beatgoeson Hanover (David Miller) got up for second, while Cedar Dove (Ron Pierce) hung on for third. The $100,000e Miss Versatility Final will be held on Jug Day in Delaware, OH (September 19) with the top eight point earners that declare making the final. Tioga Downs also held three divisions for 2-year old colt trotters in the Kindergarten Classic which were won by Southwind Spirit - Yannick Gingras (1:56.1) a 2-year old son of Muscle Hill - Spice On Ice, Toss Cartwright - Corey Callahan (1:57) a 2-year old Muscles Yankee - Toss Up, and Resolve - Roman Lopez (1:55.2) a 2-year old son of Muscle Hill - Anikawiesahalee which equaled the track record for 2-year old colt trotters held by Delano from 2011. Two divisions for 2-year old filly trotters were also held on Sunday in the Kindergarten Classic: You And I - John Campbell (1:56.3) a 2-year old daughter of Muscles Yankee - Spendthrift and Chocolate Crisp - Tim Tetrick (1:56.1) 2-year old Chocolatier - Yankee Valentine. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Friday, August 30th with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com. . by Dustin Ross  

Mike Simons and In Your Room captured the $16,000 open trot on Saturday night at Tioga Downs. Simons and In Your Room got away third from post position number three as Cold Certified (Aaron Byron) the 1-2 betting favorite cut through fractions of 27, 56, and 1:24.1. Around the final turn, Simons and In Your Room found themselves four lengths off the lead with Cold Certified controlling the race over a pocket sitting Fox Valley Smarty (Corey Braden). Down the stretch, Simons pulled In Your Room to the outside and she responded trotting a final quarter in 28.4 to get up for a length and three quarter victory in 1:53.4. The win was the sixth of the year in twenty seasonal starts for the 5-year old daughter of CR Excalibur – Chris Image for the Classico Stables and trainer Gail Wrubel. Cold Certified (Aaron Byron) hung on for second, while Fox Valley Smarty was third to round out the 3-5-6 trifecta good for $92.00. Fern Paquet Jr. recorded a driving triple on the night’s ten race card, while Jimmy Marohn Jr. and Corey Braden each posted doubles. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Sunday, August 25th with a special post time of 1:00pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com . by Dustin Ross  

Hot List (Jim Marohn Jr.) captured Friday night's $16,000 fillies and mares miracle mile 1-2 handicap at Tioga Downs. The duo of Marohn - Burke have been on a roll lately at Tioga Downs, and they continued their success on Friday night as Marohn put Hot List on the lead from post four after an opening quarter of 26.3. From there Hot List controlled the half mile mark in 55.1 as Aaron Byron and Little Santamonica unleashed a wicked first over move down the backside and stuck a nose in front as the field reached three quarters in 1:23. Around the final turn, Hot List fought back and repelled the tough challenge from Little Santamonica to go on and win by a length in 1:51.4. Ron Burke trains the 5-year old daughter of McArdle-Only Gossip for the ownership group of Burke Racing, Di Scala Jr., and Massari of Pennsylvania and New York. Fiesta Camcun (Corey Braden) used a pocket trip to secure second, while Little Santamonica (Aaron Byron) hung on for third to round out the 4-5-6 trifecta good for $54.50. Jimmy Marohn Jr. and Corey Braden each posted driving triples on the night's ten race card. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Saturday, August 24th with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com . Dustin Ross  

Tioga Downs held the draw for the Cane Pace eliminations on Wednesday morning (August 21) and when the box closed on the sophomore pacers at 9:00am sharp, only eight had declared. No eliminations will be necessary and all eight including sophomore standout Captaintreacherous will go straight to the final on Monday, September 2nd (Labor Day) with a post time of 1:30pm. Captaintreacherous (Tim Tetrick) will be joined by his entry mate, Wake Up Peter (Ron Pierce) listed as 1 and 1A and will face off against the Casie Coleman trained pair of Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears) and Lucan Hanover (David Miller). Vegas Vacation is coming off of two very impressive wins at Tioga Downs in the Empire Breeders' Classic where he was sent first over and drew clear of the field, the latter in world record time of 1:48.3. Also joining these four looking for Cane Pace glory will be: Someplace Special (Corey Callahan), Word Power (Jim Morrill Jr.), Twilight Bonfire (David Miller), and Varadero Hanover (Yannick Gingras). Below is the field before final programs changes in post position order for the $360,212 Cane Pace Final at Tioga Downs: $360,212 Cane Pace Final # PP HORSE DRIVER TRAINER 1 2 Captaintreacherous Tim Tetrick Tony Alagna 1A 3 Wake Up Peter Ron Pierce Tony Alagna 2 4 Vegas Vacation Brian Sears Casie Coleman 2A 8 Lucan Hanover David Miller Casie Coleman 3 1 Someplace Special Corey Callahan Mark Silva 4 5 Word Power Jim Morrill Jr. Larry Remmen 5 6 Twilight Bonfire David Miller Danny Collins 6 7 Varadero Hanover Yannick Gingras Ron Burke Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Friday, August 23rd with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com by Dustin Ross  

Vegas Vacation and Shebestingin both captured the Empire Breeders' Classic finals at Tioga Downs, and both equaled world records in the process on Sunday afternoon. Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears) got away fourth from post four as Sunfire Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras) took the field to the opening quarter in 26.4. As the field went by the stands for the first time, Sears was forced first over from fourth as the other part of the Takter entry, Source Of Pride, was moving on the outside. Vegas Vacation edged first over and got wheel to wheel with the leader by the half mile mark of the race in 54.4. The pair then powered head to head through a third quarter in 26.4 to reach the three quarter mile mark of the race in 1:21.3. Around the final turn it looked as though Vegas Vacation was still gaining on the leader and began to put away the leader Sunfire Blue Chip. Down the stretch, Sears and Vegas Vacation eased away from Sunfire Blue Chip to win by a length and a half in 1:48.3 which equaled the world record for 3-year old gelding pacers on a five eighths mile track also held by Alsace Hanover and Beach Memories. "That was actually the trip I was hoping for today because he is so good when he can come first over like that. He has been super all year long and has been knocking on the door in the big races all year long it is nice to get one today" said winning driver Brian Sears. Casie Coleman trains the 3-year old son of Bettor's Delight - Don't You Smile for West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella, Anthony Beaton, and Phyllis Saunders all of Ontario. It was the sixth win in eleven seasonal starts for Vegas Vacation, who with the win increased his seasonal bankroll to more than $463,000. Casie Coleman in a post race interview confirmed that Vegas Vacation's next start will also be at Tioga Downs in the Cane Pace elimination scheduled for Sunday, August 25th. In the $250,750 Empire Breeders' Classic final for 3-year old filly pacers, Shebestingin and David Miller moved to the front after an opening quarter of 26.1 with a big brush from fourth. The duo then controlled the fractions of 55 and 1:21.3 as Shebestingin began to march away from the field with ease. At the top of the stretch, the only question left was by how many and what the timer was going to say. Shebestingin captured the EBC final by ten lengths in a world record equaling 1:49, which is also held by Big McDeal and Economy Terror. Joe Holloway trains the 3-year old daughter of Bettor's Delight - Armbro Tussle for Val D'Or Farms, Theodore Gewertz, and L & L Devisser. The win was the seventh in eleven seasonal starts for Shebestingin, and increased her seasonal earnings to more than $300,000. Tioga Downs' track superintendent Adam Barger and his staff have done an impressive job on the racing surface this year at Tioga and this weekend recorded three separate world records. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Friday, August 16th with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com  . by Dustin Ross  

All Munkey Business and John Plutino captured Saturday night’s $10,000 featured condition trot at Tioga Downs. Plutino got All Munkey Business away in the pocket as Prairie Big John (Jim Marohn Jr.) put up fractions of 28.3, 56.3, and 1:24.4. Around the final turn, Prairie Big John began to come back to the field and All Munkey Business was in perfect striking position. Down the stretch Plutino moved All Munkey Business to the outside and went right by the leader to open up and win by a length and a quarter in 1:55.1. It was the second win of the year for the 5-year old daughter of Dream Vacation – Eagle Lane for the Funky Munky Stable LLC of New York, New York and trainer Jean Drolet. Prairie Big John held tough to finish second, while Stars And Glides (Bruce Clarke) was third. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Sunday, August 11th with a post time of 1:30pm featuring the Empire Breeder’s Classic Finals. Vegas Vacation and Sunfire Blue Chip will renew their rivalry as both won their eliminations last week with ease. Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears) captured his elimination in 1:49.2 for trainer Casie Coleman, while Sunfire Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras) captured his in 1:50.2 for trainer Jimmy Takter. The field as listed below for the Empire Breeder’s Classic Finals:   Race 6: $250,750 EBC Final 3-year old filly pace #             HORSE                  DRIVER                 TRAINER 1              Road Bet                              Marcus Miller                    Mickey Peterson 2              Cult Status                          Jim Morrill Jr.                     Richard Silverman 3              Social Scene                       George Brennan              Casie Coleman 4              Ballineen                             Yannick Gingras                Steve Elliott 5              Shebestingin                      David Miller                        Joe Holloway 6              Park N Orchard                 Brian Sears                          George Zitone 7              Bettor Think Twice          Cat Manzi                            Chuck Sylvester 8              JK Black Beauty                 John Campbell                  Linda Toscano 9              Give Me An Amen           Randall Waples                 Linda Toscano    Race 9: $257,250 EBC Final 3-year old colt pace #             PP           HORSE                                  DRIVER                 TRAINER 1              3              Sunfire Blue Chip                             Yannick Gingras                Jimmy Takter 1A           5              Source Of Pride                                Mark Macdonald              Jimmy Takter 2              1              Bet The Moon                                   George Brennan              Ron Burke 3              2              Doctor Butch                                      Jim Morrill Jr.                     Linda Toscano 4              4              Vegas Vacation                                 Brian Sears                          Casie Coleman 5              6              Odds On Equuleus                           John Campbell                  Robin Schadt 6              7              Captive Audience                            Randall Waples                 Colin Johnson 7              8              Sir Cary’s Z Tam                                 Pat Lachance                      Pat Lachance 8              9              Olde Time Hockey                              Jason Bartlett                    Tom Fanning by Dustin Ross

Coming into Friday night’s NYSS events for 2-year old colt pacers, the talk of the state has been about He’s Watching who has posted two impressive sire stakes wins at Saratoga and Buffalo after making breaks at the start. When the night was over, the story got more impressive after He’s Watching (Jim Morrill Jr.) minded his manners on Friday night at Tioga and erased the world record for 2-year old colt pacers previously held by Rock N Roll Heaven (Dan Dube) of 1:50.3 when he cruised to victory in 1:50. Leaving from post position number four, He’s Watching took his time working his way to the front through an opening quarter of 27. As the field headed towards the half mile mark of the race, He’s Watching kept a snug hold of Morrill and continued through some brisk fractions posting a half mile mark in 54.4. Twin B Speedo (Yannick Gingras) was doing all he could do to keep within striking distance sitting in the two hole as the field went by three quarters in 1:22.4. Around the final turn, Morrill let the 2-year old son of American Ideal – Baberhood pace the final quarter and quickly step away from the rest of the field to win by six and a quarter lengths in a world record of 1:50. David Menary trains and co-owns He’s Watching with Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero of Ontario. “He is such a nice colt and he is just so fast it is unbelievable. I asked him to go in the stretch there tonight a little bit but he could have just as easily gone in 49 tonight, he is just so fast it’s amazing” said drive Jim Morrill Jr. following the victory. Three other divisions of NYSS for 2-year old colt pacers were held on Friday night at Tioga, the winners included: Neat – Marcus Miller (1:53.2), Major Trick – Jim Morrill Jr. (1:53.2), and Stay Up Late – David Miller (1:52.4). Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Saturday, August 10th with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us on our website at www.tiogadowns.com . Dustin Ross  

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