Rallying from off the pace with a three-wide move, Union-Endicott High School student Rachael Oltmer prevailed in the 2014 Tioga Downs harness racing scholarship race, earning a $3,000 scholarship through her victory with Newyorkjoyants. Oltmer, teamed with Tioga Downs driver Corey Braden for the non-betting race, moved Newyorkjoyants three-wide at the top of the stretch, moving clear of Ten Yard Penalty (Kayla Martin / Phil Fluet) and What About Brian (Megan Vanvorce / Mike Deters) to cover the 5/8-mile race in 1:17. Ideal Temptation (Jason Hill / Tim Lanpher) and Isthatallyagot (Shania Shaver/Edgar "Sparky" Clarke) completed the field. Oltmer will enter the veterinary technician program at SUNY Canton in the fall. Thanks to the efforts of the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association, the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State, the New York Sire Stakes, and the New York State Agriculture Fund, all five participating students earned at least $1,000 in scholarship money. by James Witherite, Tioga Downs
This Sunday (June 1) afternoon, five high school students from the Southern Tier will contest the 2014 Scholarship Race at Tioga Downs, sponsored by the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State, the New York State Agricultural Fund, the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association, and Tioga Downs. The students will contest a 5/8 mile race--one complete circuit of the Tioga Downs track--for a top prize of a $3,000 scholarship, with all students earning at least a $1,000 scholarship. The students will be joined in the race by the professional trainer or driver with whom they have prepared for the race through the previous two weekends. The participants (along with high school, horse, and professional horseman) are: Post - Student (high school) - Horse - Professional Horseman 1 - Megan Vanvorce (Binghamton) - What About Brian - Mike Deters 2 - Shania Shaver (Candor) - Isthatallyagot - Edgar "Sparky" Clarke 3 - Jason Hill (Maine Endwell) - Ideal Temptation - Tim Lanpher 4 - Kayla Martin (Newark Valley) - Ten Yard Penalty - Phil Fluet 5 - Rachael Oltmer (Union-Endicott) - Newyorkjoyants - Corey Braden The non-betting Scholarship Race will be held after race 2 on the Sunday card at Tioga Downs. First post for the stakes-laden program is set for 1:30 p.m. EDT. by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs
All Spirit and Jimmy Marohn Jr. took home Friday night's featured $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Tioga Downs. The harness racing duo settled in third as Billie Bluechip (Bruce Ranger) and Diva Delight (Brandon Simpson) were in an early dispute to the quarter with Diva Delight winning the early battle to the quarter in 27.
The wagering harness racing favorite My True Delight had to work hard before pulling out a neck victory in Friday night's $11,000 featured sixth race at Vernon Downs.
My True Delight saved her best for last to pull out a three quarter length victory in Friday night's $10,000 featured ninth harness racing event at Vernon Downs. While Biggest Big Bertha was cutting out fast early fractions (:27.2, :56.1 and 1:23.1), My True Delight was rallying from fifth to fourth around the final turn.