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Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) captured the $11,000 featured fillies & mares harness racing open pace at Tioga Downs on Friday (September 20). It was also another great night for driver Wally Hennessey, who led all drivers with five winners on the night. Truth And Liberty ($3.80) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :26.4. She put up a :28.4 second quarter to hit the half in :55.3. She continued to control the pace as they hit three quarters in 1:23.4. Truth And Liberty, who is owned by Fairy Horsemother and trained by Mike Simons, led by three lengths as they made the turn for home. Gigi From Figi (Wally Hennessey) tried to come late but Truth And Liberty was too strong and won in 1:52.3. Gigi From Figi had to settle for second with K J's Caroline (Jim Taggert Jr.) getting third money. Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her 10th win this season. She now owns 45 career victories. Leading driver Wally Hennessey continued his dream season with five wins on the evening. He got his wins with Unimpeachable ($12.80), Cinnabar Hall ($6.40), The Big Muscle ($4.00), Rollingndiamonds ($4.10), and Here We Go Again ($4.50). Mike Simons drove three winners on the evening. He got his other victories with Meadowbranch Vicki ($2.60), and Soho Hanover ($2.70). It will be closing night at Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 21) with an 11 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. Fireworks follows live racing. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) captured the $11,000 harness racing featured Filly & Mare Open Pace at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 23). Juxta Cowgirl (Aaron Byron) led to the first quarter in :26.4. Truth And Liberty ($4.10) took over as they went by the stands for the first time and led to the half in :55.4. She was the first to the three-quarter pole in 1:24.0. Gigi From Figi (Wally Hennessey) came first over as they went around the final turn. Truth And Liberty, who is trained by Simons and owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables, shook off Gig From Figi. She then held off the late charge from second place finisher K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) to win in 1:52.2. Gigi From Fiji finished third. Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. She has won four straight fillies & mares open 1 at Tioga. It was her eighth win this season and her 43rd career victory. Leading driver Wally Hennessey drove four winners on the night. He combined with trainer Mike Deters for wins with Mach West ($3.30) and Prairie Midnight ($9.40). He teamed up with trainer Jim McDonald for the other two wins. They won with Odds On Cheddar ($14.40), and Tap Tap Tap ($3.30). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 24) with a 12 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) wins the $11,000 featured fillies & mares open pace at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 16). Juxta Cowgirl (Aaron Byron) went to the front and controlled the pace hitting the first quarter in :27.1. Truth And Liberty ($3.90) watched from second as Juxta Cowgirl hit the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:23.2. Truth And Liberty, who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, came out of the pocket in the stretch. She took a short lead and Juxta Cowgirl fought back. But in the end Truth And Liberty was too strong and won in a seasonal best 1:51.0. Juxta Cowgirl had to settle for second. KJ's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) finished third. Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her third straight win and seventh victory this season. She now has 42 career victories. Leading driver Wally Hennessey drover four winners on the card. He got his wins with Check Mach ($3.90), Glamorgal ($5.20), Persistent Bettor ($4.90), and Odds On Cheddar ($3.20). Mike Simons drove three winners on the night. His other wins came with Cayenne Victory ($2.50), and Lime Twist ($10.80). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 17) with a 12 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns .com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs          

Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) wins the featured $11,000 fillies & mares open at Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 10). Truth And Liberty ($5.50) led to the first quarter in :27.3. Juxta Cowgirl (Aaron Byron) took control as they went by the stands for the first time and led to the half in :56.2. Gigi From Fiji (Wally Hennesey) went first-over and put on the pressure as Juxta Cowgirl hit three-quarters first in 1:24.0. Truth And Liberty, who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, squeezed through an opening on the inside as they went down the stretch. They were three across the track as Truth And Liberty got up in time to win in 1:52.4. Gigi From Fiji was second best with Juxta Cowgirl holding on for third. Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her sixth win this season. She now has 41 career victories. Mike Simons and Mike Merton each drove three winners on the night. SImons got his other wins with Celebrity Lover ($14.80), and Cinnamon Stick ($3.20). Merton went to the winner's circle with Hanovers Best ($3.40), Whip N Neigh Neigh ($4.00), and Dekeyser ($8.40). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (August 11) with a 13 race card. The card features the $148,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot and the $132,000 Joie De Vie open mare trot. There will also be two eliminations for the Empire Breeders Classic featuring 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Post time is 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs    

Rebellious (Tyler Buter) captures the featured harness racing Open Handicap Pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 2). Rebellious ($4.90) took the lead before hitting the first quarter in :26.3.  He continued to control the pace hitting the half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:23.3. Rebellious, who is owned by Joel Warner and trainer Mike Deters, was joined in the stretch by Ideal Feeling (Wally Hennessey).  The two would battle all the way down the stretch.  Ideal Feeling came hard but Rebellious dug in and held on to win in 1:52.1.  Ideal Feeling had to settle for second.  Rockntouch (Mike Simons) finished third. Rebellious is a 5-year-old gelding by Mach Three.  It was his fourth win of 2019.  He now has 23 career victories. Tyler Buter drove three winners on the day.  He teamed up again with trainer Mike Deters getting a win with Hulking ($18.60).  His other win came with Tangled Mind ($28.60). There is no racing at Tioga Downs on Friday (June 7) because of the Chubby Checker concert.  Live racing returns on Saturday (June 8) starting at 6:15 p.m.  There will be afternoon racing on both Sunday (June 9) and Monday (June 10) with a post time of 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) wins the filly and mares featured harness racing pace ($12,000) on Friday (May 24). Velocity McSweets (Mike Merton) led to a first quarter of :27.1. HP Sissy (Wally Hennessey) took over as they went by the stands for the first time before hitting the half in :56.2. Truth And Liberty ($5.10), who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, battled HP Sissy all the way around the final turn. Truth And Liberty had a short lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:23.4. HP Sissy would battle back to re-claim the lead at the top of the stretch. Truth And Liberty finally shook loose in mid-stretch and held off a late charge by second place finisher Velocity McSweets to win in a seasonal best of 1:51.4. Northern Dali (Jim Meittinis) was third best. Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her third win this season and her 37th career victory. Mike SImons also trained and drove Oneida Blue Chip ($5.80) to a victory on the night. Driver Jim Taggart Jr. and trainer Gary Messenger combined for two wins during the card. They got their wins with Filly Forty ($6.40) and Classic Can Dream ($8.40). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (May 25) with a 10 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 7, 2019-New York Sire Stakes season began Tuesday night (May 7th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $163,499 Joe Goldstein Trot for 3-year-old fillies. The lasses went as three harness racing divisions, two six-horse fields--purses $54,833 each-and a five-horse event at $1,000 less. The opening quintet saw Hanna Dreamgirl (Brian Sears, $13) waltz around the oval (:29.3, 1:00.1, 1:29.3, 1:59) as the only leaver. From post position No. 3, she never had any grief, disposing of first-up, 2-5 choice Stella Jane (Jason Bartlett), then hold pocket-sitting Sweet Chapter (Dave Miller) at bay. The final margin was three-quarters of a length, with Stella Jane settling for the bottom of the ticket. For third choice Hanna Dreamgirl, a daughter of Chapter Seven owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by George Ducharme, it was her seasonal debut (2-for-15, $115,204 as 2-year-old). The exacta paid $29.20, with neither triple nor superfecta wagering offered. The first of two happy half-dozen sire stakes events was won by With Out a Doubt (Andy Miller, $10.20). Making the first lead from post No 5, she gave it up to Sensibility (Scott Zeron) That lass worked through intervals of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:27, with minimal annoyance from Thanks for Leaving (Jordan Stratton) and even less from 17-10 favorite Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris). Sensibility owned a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane, but With Out a Doubt edged by with purpose. She drew out, winning by a length-and-three-quarters in a life-best 1:56.2...by far the night's fastest effort. Sensibility was a safe second, with 'Kellyanne' and Thanks for Leaving completing the gimmicks. With Out a Doubt                  -Mike Lizzi photo For fourth choice Without a Doubt, a daughter of Conway Hall co-owned by (breeder) Ross Bonafield, Robert McCarthy & James Moran and trained by Erv Miller, it was also her '19 purse bow (1-for-9, $51,536 as 2-year-old). The exacta paid $27, the triple returned $107 and the superfecta paid $199.50. "She's quick off the car and very handy," Andy Miller said. ...and down came the rain before the final statebred event, reclassifying the track as 'sloppy'. It was done in time defending sire stakes champion Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer, $4.60) to prevail-barley-snapping he nearly 39-1 rank outsider Pilgrim Lass (Mike Simons) by a head in 1:59.1. 'Pilgrim,' one of three that didn't jump it off early, led the remaining trio (:30.3, 1:01.1, 1:30.2). Winndevie, pocketed from post No. 5, took out early but found the leader quite stubborn. Winndevie did get past very late, with Amal Hall (Andy Miller) third. Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.), the 7-10 choice, did beat the other breakers. For second choice Winndevie, a Credit Winner miss trained by her driver for owner Purple Haze Stables, she began her sophomore season after going 6-for-7 ($227,878) as a frosh. The exacta paid $102, the triple returned $286 and the superfecta paid $771. New York Sire Stakes returns downstate Tuesday night (May 14th), with the Art Watson Pace for 3-year-old fillies. Total purses for the 2019 New York-bred program are estimated at $14 million. For more information, please visit www.nysirestakes.com.   by Frank Drucker Director of Publicity 810 Yonkers Avenue Yonkers, NY 10704

WILKES-BARRE PA - The male trotters got their first crack at Weiss Series harness racing action Sunday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with three $15,000 first round preliminaries seeing the fastest winner emerge as the Conway Hall gelding Hammer Creek, who nipped the heavy favorite Dover Dony in a personal best 1:55.1. Dover Dony had quarter-moved after a 27.2 opener and went on to post nice midsplits of 56.2 and 1:25.1. Pocono's "Trot Man," driver Mike Simons, bided his time with Hammer Creek, then moved out just before the ¾ and aimed right at the leader. Dover Dony had gamely and still was ahead in deep stretch, but his foe was relentless in pursuit and got the decision by the shortest possible margin. Kenneth Hess Jr. trains the winner, who dropped three seconds off his mark, for owner Richard Ciesielski. Although his time of 1:57 may not quite match up to 1:55.1, My Lindy Winner was also quite impressive in victory, remaining undefeated after four 2019 starts. Jim Morrill Jr., who teamed with trainer Rob Harmon for a pair of winners on the card, took his time with the son of Credit Winner in getting the lead, but once on top the issue seemed little in doubt, with My Lindy Winner six lengths clear after a 57.3 last half for the ownership of Vincent Laurenzo, Howard Taylor, and Thomas Lazzaro. The Explosive Matter gelding Higgs Boson doubled his lifetime win total when he won his Weiss division while taking a lifetime mark of 1:57.2. Driver Fern Paquet Jr. sent Higgs Boson on an uncovered mission nearing the 5/8, and the winner proved more than equal to the challenge for trainer Dave Wiest, co-owner with Paul Britcher Jr. Co-featured were a pair of $17,000 events for developing horses, many of whom should be a good bit higher on the class ladder in short order. First up were the pacers, and the winner was the Rock And Roll Heaven gelding Rebel Rouser, who had established a four-race win streak at Yonkers and The Meadowlands, then made it five in a row with a 1:51.3 victory. The lightly-raced but successful pacer (12 for 24 lifetime now at age five) was three-wide a good part of a 27.2 opener, made the lead just after that station , then yielded to a tough opponent in Shadow Cat, who took the field past the half in 55.4 and the 3/4s in 1:24. Driver Andrew McCarthy roused Rebel Rouser out of the two-hole past midturn, went up to the leader and then asserted himself with strong stretch steps, finishing under a hold while ¾ of a length to the good of Shadow Cat, who took second over inside-rallying Ideal Wheel. Robert Cleary is the conditioner of the promising pacer, who is owned by W. J. Donovan of New England and Florida and Donal Murphy of Baltimore - Baltimore, Ireland, that is. Andrew McCarthy also accounted for the trotting co-feature, taking advantage of a perfect pocket trip with the Kadabra gelding Mr Houdini and then holding off longshot closers by ¾ of a length while posting a clocking of 1:56.4. The combine of Ron Burke and Burke Racing Stable LLC / Weaver Bruscemi LLC added yet another victory to their unprecedented accumulation. PHHA / Pocono Jerry Connors

Pompano Beach, FL…October 22, 2018…Pompano Park kicked off its 2018-2019 season on Sunday night with driver Mike Simons earning his 4000th career win and Lucan Hanover eking out a photo finish win in the feature. Simons earned his milestone victory with Blueberry Heaven, a four year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven in the second race, scoring with the Mickey McNichol trained gelding in 1:54.3 in a near gate-to-wire effort. Owned by Marianne Ayers along with Anne Marie Hubbard and Heddy Nelson, Blueberry Heaven posted panels of :29, :57.4 and 1:26.3, fighting off challengers with a stout :28 finale. The win was the fifth of the year for Blueberry Heaven, sending his 2018 bounty to $33,484. Said the humble Simons after the race, “It’s really no big deal. After all, I’ve been at this a long time and to see these young kids and their talent in the bike thee days, I am just fortunate to be able to compete with them.” The $10,000 feature—the $10,000 Open Pace—went to Lucan Hanover, driven by John MaccDonald,  by a whisker over track record holder Panocchio, handled by Wally Hennessey. The game eight year-old altered son of Western Ideal, stalked the pace-setting Panocchio through fractions of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25 before engaging in a war then entire length of the lane to get up in the final stride. Speed Trap (Matt Krueger) was third while Kotare Yael and Hot Art picked up the minor awards. Trained by Jack Rice , who co-owns with Pine Hill Racing and Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Lucan Hanover pushed his 2018 scorecard to 6-2-4 in 24 tries, good for $58,575. He’s banked $1,149,971 lifetime to go along with his 1:48 mark at Pocono Downs. Remarked driver John MacDonald after the event, I really didn’t know if he got there or not but, let me tell you, these are two great, game horses—Panocchio and Lucan Hanover—and we got the better trip tonight and that was the difference. The third leg of the FSBOA sponsored Sunshine State Stakes for the two year-olds were contented as four non-wagering events and Proud Sophie, Damien Hall, Natasha and Mister Marvalous reached the winner’s circle. Proud Sophie, driven by Jay Sears, took advantage of a miscue in the lane by rival Kerry B to score her maiden win in 2:05.3. The Kim Sears trainee, a daughter of Proud Bushy, is owned by Jay along with David Fishman. Damien Hall, a son of Cash Hall trained by driver-trainer Jim Mc Donald for the Pacing Pretty Stable, pulled away in the lane to score in a lifetime best 2:05.1 for his second career win in three starts. Natasha, a sharp looking Six Of Diamonds filly, made a quarter move to the top and then used a :28.3 finale to score handily in 1:57.4 for her third straight win in Sunshine State Stakes action. Wally Hennessey was in the sulky for trainer Kim Sears and owner Jay Sears. Finally, Mister Marvalous, a record unblemished in the Sunshine State Stakes by scoring a wire-to-wire win in 1:59.3-28.2 for Wally Hennessey. Racing continues Monday night with first post set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Mike Simons stands on the doorstep of the milestone of 4000 career driving victories, as he won three races on Monday, including two at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. In the 15,840 feet his horses covered in those three winning miles for Simons, the aggregate margin of victory was about 40 inches - and with each race, the margin drew tighter. Mike won in the afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia with trotter D'Dream for trainer Neal Ehrhart, going by by a neck. At Pocono Monday night, Simons bookended the card with a pair of "Tom-trained horses," taking the first with the Tom Gummerson-conditioned trotter El Pescadoro by a head, and then the last with pacer Griffon Hanover for trainer Tom Fanning by - you guessed it, a nose. (Maybe Simons will dead-heat for win for #4000.) The 57-year-old Simons, a resident of nearby Nazareth PA, has won 100 or more races every year since 2002 in a sulky career that started in the early eighties. Mike led the driver win standings at Pocono in 2002, and in fact was only the second driver to win 200 races in a single season at Pocono, behind Walter Case Jr. His best year statistically came in 2007, when he won a total of 274 races and $2.9 million. Simons is known as "The Trot Man" because he seems to have a special affinity for getting success out of horses of the gait, and sometimes at large mutuels. Unfortunately from the standpoint of Pocono, his "base track" for many years, when Simons gets win #4000, it won't be at the mountain oval, as The Downs will not be back in action until Saturday. Simons has a drive with Ask Queenie, a 9-2 proposition, in the F&M pacing feature at Monticello this afternoon, and then at Yonkers tonight he has five horses listed, the one with the best chance of winning being the trotter Eldorado Of Gold S, listed at 7-2 in the fourth race. His next slated action beyond Tuesday is Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Tioga Downs played host to a leg of the Kindergarten Classic for both 2-year-old pacers and trotters on Friday (September 14). All classes raced for a purse of $10,000. Cloud Nine Fashion remains unbeaten with Kindergarten Classic win in the second division for trotting fillies. Amanda Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) led the field to a first quarter in :28.3. Jezzys Legacy (Ray Schnittker) took her turn taking the lead with a lap to go. She led them to the half in 58.4 and three-quarters in 1:26.4. Cloud Nine Fashion ($3.30) went first-over just before the three-quarter mark. Owned by Fashion Farms LLC. and trained by Jim Campbell, she took over in the stretched and won easily in a lifetime best of 1:56.0. Jezzys Legacy held on for second. Amanda Blue Chip was third best. Cloud Nine Fashion is a filly by Muscle Hill-I'm On Cloud Nine. She is now a perfect five for five in her career. Starita (Tim Tetrick) wins first division of the Kindergarten Classic for trotting fillies. Princess Deo (Troy Beyer) led to a first quarter of :28.2 Starita ($3.00) took over with five-eighths of a mile left. Trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, she controlled all the rest of the fractions (:57.4, 1:26.1 1:56.0). Second place finisher Big Weezy (David Miller) and Princess Deo (third) both came at her in the stretch but Starita was too tough. Starita is a filly by Trixton-Morningstar. She captured her third career victory in eight lifetime starts. Cub Fan (Tyler Buter) fires late to win Kindergarten Classic for pacing colts and geldings. Sweet Troy (Atlee Bender) went to the front and led to a first quarter in :28.2. Mountain High (David Miller) took control and led to a half of :58.0 and three-quarters in 1:25.4. Cub Fan ($4.40) was fourth at the top of the stretch. Owned by Michael Anderson and trained by Erv Miller, he came charging down the stretch to win in 1:54.0. Southwind Ozzi (Mike Simons) came up late to finish second. Escapetothebeach (Tim Tetrick) took third money. Cub Fan is a gelding by So Surreal-Pardon. It was his second win in five career starts. Cantab Fashion (Mike Simons) easily wins the Kindergarten Classic for trotting colts and geldings. Sheena's Boy (Ake Svanstedt) took the group to a first quarter in :28.3. Cantab Fashion ($5.80) took over and never looked back putting up all the rest of the fractions (:58.1, 1:26.0, 1:54.2). Battenberg (David Miller) finished second with entry mate Caesars Crazy (Tyler Buter) getting third. Cantab Fashion is a colt by Cantab Hall-Defiant Donato. He now has three wins in four career starts. Trainer Jim Campbell and owner Fashion Farms LLC. teamed up for their second win of the night. Michelon's Filly (Marcus Miller) wins non-betting Kindergarten Classic for pacing fillies. Alkippe (Tim Tetrick) controlled all the early fractions (:27.2, :56.0 1:24.2). Michelon's Filly followed in the pocket all the way until she got to the stretch. Trained by Erv Miller for owners Ronald Michelon and Michael Anderson, she flew by in late stretch to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.0. Alkippie settled for second. Under The Hood (Tyler Buter) was third best. Michelon's Filly is a filly by Captaintreacherous-New Album. It was her third win in seven lifetime starts. Leading driver Mike Merton won four on the night to give him 65 wins on the season. He now leads by eight races with three more cards to go. Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a 13 race card on Saturday (September 15) at 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Mike Simons drove six winners on the night including the featured pace ($13,000) with Stormont Czar A at Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 8). Stormont Czar A ($2.60) cruised to the lead and went gate-to-wire (:27.0, :56.0, 1:22.3, 1:50.4) Trained by Amber Buter for owners Oldford Racing LLC., and Tyler Buter, he got pressured around the final turn by Dreams Beachboy (Gates Brunet). Stormont Czar found another gear when he reached the stretch and won with ease. Shady City (Larry Stalbaum) came flying late to finish second. Dreams Beachboy settled for third best. Stormont Czar A is an 8-year-old gelding by Bettor's Delight. It was his third win of the season and the 23rd time he reached the winner's circle in his career. Simons added 5 more wins. His other wins came with Fritzie Pic Up Man ($7.70), Sam's Escape ($6.00), Always A Tiger ($46.80), Dash Of Danger ($4.30), and Thespywholovedme ($4.00). The drivers wins title is still wide open with four full racing cards left. Mike Merton leads all drivers with 61 wins. Aaron Byron and Jim Taggart Jr are tied for second with 57 wins each. Jim Mettinis is fourth with 51 victories. Andy Santeramo is fifth with 46 wins. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 14) with a post time of 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by 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

The Last Chapter (Mike Simons) takes the Tioga Downs featured trot ($10,000) on Saturday (September 3). BJ Lorado (Jim Mettinis) jumped out to the lead and hit the first quarter in :28.2. The Last Chapter ($4.10) went first-over from third and took the lead with five-eighths of a mile left. Trained by Ed Hart for owners Richard Gutnick, Joe Lozito Jr., and T L P Stable, he hit the half first in :57.3 and three-quarters in 1:25.1. BJ Lorado would climb out of the pocket at the top of the stretch but didn't have any charge left. Second place finisher Vicki All (Corey Braden) found racing room late in the stretch but fell short as The Last Chapter won in 1:55.0. BJ Loarado settled for third. The Last Chapter is a 4-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven. It was the sixth win of the season and his 10th career victory. Simons drives four winners on the night. His other wins came with Eldorado Of Gold S ($3.80), S J Better Days ($4.10), Stormont Dundas ($8.60). Gary Messenger and Mike Deters continue to battle it out for the trainer's wins title. Messenger is in first with 34 wins. Deters is second best just two behind with 32 victories. Joe Skowyra is third with 19 trips to the winner's circle. Patti Harmon is fourth with 18 wins. Tony Dinges and Marc Major are tied for fifth with 15 victories. No live racing on Sunday (September 20) at Tioga Downs due to Michael Bolton concert. Live racing returns for a special Labor Day matinee on Monday (September 2). The 12 race card starts at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) charges laet to win the featured fillies and mares pace ($11,000) on Friday (August 31). Coveredndiamonds N (Mike Merton) put up all the early fractions (:26.3, :56.2, 1:23.4). Truth And Liberty ($4.30), who is owned by Fairy Horsemother and trained by Simons, was fifth at the halfway point. Second best at three-quarters, she flew down the stretch and held off a late rush by second place finisher Gina Grace N (Larry Stalbaum) to win in 1:52.2. K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) was third best. Truth And Liberty is a 6-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her fifth win this season and career victory number 33. Mike Simons had a driving double on the night. His other win came with Talkoholic ($9.10) The drivers win title is still up for grabs for 2018. Mike Merton has a slight led with 54 wins. Jimmy Taggart Jr. is second best with 53 wins. Aaron Byron is tied with Jim Meittinis for third with 51 wins each. Andy Santeramo is fifth with 46 times to the winner's circle. The top drivers win title has been nip and tuck the whole season. Each of the top four drivers have had the lead at one point over the last two weeks. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Batavia, NY --- The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters visited Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 28) and ended up making a big impression on the track's record book. In the first $58,000 division, Winning Shadow (Credit WInner-Sheena's Shadow) came into the race off a new lifetime mark taken at the Poconos last week and at the end of the day not only bested that, he also broke two long standing Batavia Downs track records. Winning Shadow (Mike Simons) went right for the lead and held it mostly uncontested for the rest of the mile. Simons cut some lively fractions going to the quarter in :27.2, the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24.3 at which point it was clear a track record was well in reach. At that last station the pocket-sitting Clive Bigsby (Jason Bartlett) started to pull and take his best shot at the leader. Coming with him second-over was Cruising In Style (Jim Morrill Jr.) who quickly found himself three-deep leaving Voss Volo (Andy Miller) on the pylons behind the leader. Heading into the lane, these horses were three across the track, trying to advance behind Winning Shadow. But Simons was line-driving down the lane and Winning Shadow crossed the wire with authority by a length in 1:53.4. The winning time was a new lifetime mark for Winning Shadow, a new track record for 3-year-old trotting geldings and a new all-time track trotting record breaking the previous standard of 1:54.3 set by Archangel in 2012 and tied by his son, Top Flight Angel in 2017. "Coming into the race I was very confident, but scoring down he was a little more aggressive than he usually is and I was a little worried about that. But he handled himself well; he's maturing fast. He had plenty left, he just keeps getting better and Jake (Huff) has done a great job with him" said Simons after the race. Winning Shadow ($10.80) is owned by Our Horse Cents Stable, is trained by Jake Huff and was bred by James Wilhite Jr. A lightning storm rolled in just before the second $58,000 split, but it didn't detract from the performance of I'm The Muscle (Muscle Mass-Lady Bling) who was the easiest of winners after moving into NYSS action for the first time from the Excelsior "A" ranks. Perlucky (Trond Smedshammer) was quickest off the gate but that lead was not held for long. I'm The Muscle (Jason Bartlett) who had gotten away fourth, was out and rolling past the three-eighths and took command in front of the stands by the half. Under a tight hold by Bartlett, I'm The Muscle opened up a three-length advantage that he maintained up the backstretch and around the far turn. Heading into the stretch, Bartlett was just a passenger as I'm The Muscle rambled off to a four length lead and won for fun in 1:55.2, which tied his lifetime mark set just last week. I'm The Muscle ($2.60) scored his fifth consecutive win and the first of his career in NYSS action. Owned by Rheau Viau and trained by Rene Allard, I'm The Muscle was bred by Blair and Erna Corbiel. There were also two Excelsior "A" races on the card. Troller (Muscle Mass-Pearls Last Chance) went gate to wire in 1:57. Troller ($4.30) was driven by Jim Morrill Jr. for owner/trainer Paul Kelley and was bred by Bonnie Woodward. And Crime Fighter (Chapter Seven-Southwind Cocoa) closed late and just got up to win in 1:58.1. Crime FIghter ($6.60) is owned by Richard Gutnik, William Augustine, Joseph Lozito Jr. and T L P Stables. Gutnik and Augustine bred the winner. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

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