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Harness racing driver Mike Merton and trainer Rob Harmon sweep co-features at Tioga Downs with Coveredndiamonds N and Clarion Hall on Saturday (August 8). Coveredndiamonds N ($5.70) captures the $5,500 featured fillies & mares pace. Prairie Westerngal (Wally Hennessy) took the field to the first quarter in :26.4. Coveredndiamonds N followed in the pocket as Prairie Westerngal used a :30.2 second quarter to lead to the half in :57.1. New Number Who Dis (Michael Deruntz) was the first to make a move going first-over into third but was just sputtering on the outside as Prairie Westerngal led to three-quarters in 1:26.1. As they made the turn for home Coveredndiamonds N popped out of the pocket and charged down the stretch to win in a seasonal best of 1:53.1 Prairie Westerngal had to settle for second best. Grant Me This (Jim Meittinis) finished third.   Coveredndiamonds N is 7-year-old mare by American Ideal. She is owned by Harmon Racing stable and Joel Kahan. It was her second win this season and her 21st career victory. Clarion Hall ($4.40) wins the $5,500 featured trot. Aquillo (Jim Meittinis) charges right out to the lead and led the first quarter in :27.4 Aquillo used a :29.0 second quarter to lead to the half in:56.4. Clarion Hall made his move as they headed for the backstretch going first-over from third. He took control just before hitting three-quarters in 1:25.3. Clarion Hall was joined by Joined by Lightfootedlegend (Bruce Aldrich) as they made the turn for home. Clarion Hall dug down deep and found something extra to win in 1:55.3. Lightfootedlegend was second best with Rose Run Rudi (Corey Braden) coming up to finish third.   Clarion Hall is a 6-year-old gelding by Windsong Espoir. He is owned by Michael Spaccarelli. It was his third straight win and fourth this season. He now has 18 career victoires. Mike Merton and Bruce Aldrich Jr. each drove three winners on the card. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (August 9) with a 10-race card starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Wally Hennessey reached seventh heaven on the five-eighths mile oval at Nichols, NY called Tioga Downs. He romped with seven harness racing winners including the $6,000 featured pace with Fernado on Sunday (August 2). In the feature, Catcha Lefty A (Mike Merton) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.2. Fernado ($4.00) came first-over from fourth and scurried past Catcha Lefty A as they went by the stands for the first time. Fernado led to the half in :56.0. The first to make a move was Jet Blue Miracle (Sean Bier) going down the backstretch. He sputtered first-over and forced a three-wide move by Red Dirt Rocknroll (Renaldo Morales) as Fernado led to three-quarters in 1:24.0. As they made to the turn for home Red Dirt Rocknroll moved into second and came charging at Fernado. Fernado dug in and held on to win in 1:53.2. Red Dirt Rocknroll had to settle for second place money. Jet Blue Miracle finished third. Fernado is a 6-year-old gelding by Delmarvalous. He is owned and trained by Jim McDonald. It was win number six of 2020. He now owns 19 career victories. Hennessey other wins came with Jurgen Hanover ($4.20), Money Earned ($3.60), Rock Star Melinda ($3.60), Court's N Session ($6.00), Mach West ($5.80). It was fitting his seventh win came with Mister Marvalous ($8.50). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 8) starting at 3 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Tioga Downs hosted two harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshmen pacing colts & geldings on Saturday (August 1). I'll Drink To That (Jim Morrill Jr.) wins the $53,100 first division. Major Bean (Jason Bartlett) went straight to the front. Sexy Blue Chip (Wally Hennessey) took over the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :28.0. Major Bean went back to the front as they headed for the stands for the first time. He led to the half in :57.3. I'll Drink To That ($14.60) made his move going first-over down the backstretch. He led to three-quarters in 1:24.4. I'll Drink To That continued to lead as they made the turn for home. Carrythetorchman (Marcus Miller) came flying as they hit the stretch but I'll Drink To That was too strong to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.2. Carrythetorchman had to settle for second. Sexy Blue Chip finished third.   I'll Drink To That is a 2-year-old colt by American Ideal-Margarita Monday. Trained by Chris Ryder for owners Craig Henderson, Lawrence Minowitz, Robert Mondillo, and Oompa's Farm. American Courage (Matt Kakaley) remains unbeaten with easy with in the $52,200 second division. Major Makover (Wally Hennessey) held a slight lead hitting the first quarter first in :27.0. Sauvignon Bluechip (Tyler Buter) took over the lead right after the first quarter but that was short lived when American Courage ($2.70) came flying by and took the lead with a lap to go. He hit the half in :56.0. Garrett's Drama (Jimmy Whittemore) came first-over to challenge as they reached the backstretch. American Courage cruised to three-quarters in 1:24.1. As they headed down the stretch it was all American Courage winning easily in a lifetime best of 1:51.3 Sauvignon Bluechip was second best. Major Makover finished third.   American Courage is a 2-year-old colt by American Ideal-Nota Fool Bluechip. He is owned by Fiddler's Creek Stables LLC and trained by Travis Alexander. He is now five for five in his young career. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (August 2) with a 13-race card starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs.

Tioga Downs welcomes two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old colts & geldings on Saturday (August 1). Both divisions will race for a purse of $53,100. The Mark Harder trained Southwind Petyr (Tyler Buter) is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first division. The colt by American Ideal-Southwind Paris will make his career debut after an impressive qualifier in 1:55.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia. His main rivals will be Major Bean (Jason Bartlett) and Carrythetorchman (Marcus Miller). Major Bean (Art Major-Lismorebella) is trained by Blake Macintosh. The colt has two seconds in three starts including a second place finish in the NYSS at Saratoga. Carrythetorchman (American Ideal-Kattimon) has a win in three career starts. Trained by Erv Miller, he also had a second place finish at Saratoga. Unbeaten American Courage (Matt Kakaley) should be the big favorite in the second division. American Courage (American Ideal-Nota Fool Bluechip) is four for four including a win in the MGM Springfield Stakes final at Yonkers. The colt trained by Travis Alexander also has a win in the NYSS at Saratoga. The Mark Harder trained King James Express (Jason Bartlett) should be the major rival. The gelding by Art Major-More Diamonds won a leg of the NYSS at Saratoga. He is one for two lifetime. The 15-race card starts at 3 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne for Tioga Downs  

Nichols, NY - Tioga and Vernon Downs racetracks are feeling the pinch from casinos at both properties not permitted to open. With more than 90% of the revenue for purses funded by the casino, purse money is running out at both venues.   Management opened both tracks in early June, as soon as allowable by Executive Order, to get the horses racing and earning for the owners and trainers after the long dry spell caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time the hope was that the casinos at both properties would soon be up and running. Sadly, that has not occurred.   Without casino revenue, both tracks are currently racing for casino generated purse money that had accumulated from the end of the 2019 live meet until the shut down order was given. The level of that funding has now reached the point where decisions must be made on future dates.   Tioga Downs has been racing three days per week on a schedule that was to continue through September 19. It has become necessary to reduce to two days per week, Saturday and Sunday, beginning August 1 with the goal being to continue to race through mid-September.   Vernon Downs is currently racing two days per week scheduled through November 21. Without casino revenue, the money for purses will run out and racing will end there in early September.   In the event the casinos are permitted to open, the above plans would change.   Starting August 1, both tracks are also moving to an earlier post time. Vernon will race on Friday and Saturday at 3:00PM both days. Tioga will race at 3:00PM on Saturday and 1:00PM on Sunday. All of the above is pending regulatory approval.   Tioga will have a double draw for the Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2 live cards on Wednesday, July 29 with a box close of 9:00AM.   The condition sheet may be accessed here.   by Nick Salvi  

Tioga Downs welcomed two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshmen trotting colts & geldings. Both divisions raced for a purse of $53.100. Ambassador Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) hangs on to capture the first division. Ambassador Hanover ($4.00) charged to the front to grab the lead. Creemore (Verlin Yoder) came first-over to take a slight lead just before hitting the first quarter in :28.4. Creemore could not clear and Ambassador Hanover re-claimed the lead as they came by the stands for the first time. Sevenshadesofgrey (Corey Callahan) followed tight in the pocket as Ambassador Hanover led to the half in :58.2. Creemore, who was parked the whole way once again put on the pressure and got to within a head as Ambassador Hanover hit three-quarters first in 1:29.2. As they reached the stretch Sevenshadesofgrey finally got an opening and popped out of the pocket. He came flying in deep stretch but Ambassador Hanover held on to win a lifetime best of 1:59.0. Sevenshadesofgrey settled for second for the third time in three lifetime starts. Creditrina (Trond Smedshammer) was third.   Ambassador Hanover is a 2-year-old colt by Chapter Seven-Angel Eyes Hanover. Trainer Svanstedt co-owns with Order By Stable, Howard and Judith Taylor, He is now unbeaten in two career starts. Dee's Red Delicious (Corey Callahan) cruises to easy win in the second division. Incommunicado (Ake Svanstedt) led to the first quarter in :27.3. The gelding used a :29.4 second quarter to lead to the half in :57.2. Dee's Red Delicious ($7.40) then made his move coming first-up from third. The two of them battled side by side as Dee's Red Delicious stuck a head in front and led to three-quarters in 1:26.2. As they hit mid-stretch Dee's Red Delicious found another gear and won going away in a lifetime best of 1:55.4. Incommunicado held on for second. Special Prosecutor (Marcus Miller) came up to finish third.   Dee's Red Delicious is a 2-year-old gelding by Credit Winner-Apple Plush. Owned by Joe Martinelli Sr. and trained by Bruce Saunders, he is now two for three in his career. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (July 31) starting at 4 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Tioga Downs played host to two harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts & geldings on Saturday (July 25). Hobbs (Jason Bartlett) homers to win the $56,000 first division. Hobbs ($3.60) jumped out of the gate and straight to the lead and led to the first quarter in :27.3.. Take The Credit (Jim Morrill Jr.) took the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. Hobbs would re-take control and led to the half in :56.3. Barn Holden (Jeff Gregory) would then make a bid going first-over down the backstretch. Hobbs continued to lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:24.4. Hobbs dug in as they reached the stretch and held off the late charge by second place finisher Ballcapsnbluejeans (Jim Meittinis) to win in 1:54.4. Barn Holden Held on for third.   Hobbs is a 3-year-old gelding by Credit Winner. He is owned by Runthetable Stables and trained by Jim Campbell. Hobbs won for the third time this season and now has four career wins. Chaptiama (Trond Smedshammer) captures the $55,000 second division. Berkery J (Wally Hennessey) passed Sir Cromwell (Jason Bartlett) just before hitting the first quarter in :27.2. He would use a :29.0 second quarter to hit the half in :56.2. Chaptiama ($5.40) would then make his move going first-over from third. Berkery J narrowly held the lead to three-quarters in 1:25.1. As they made the turn for home Chaptiama turned on the jets and cruised to a win in a lifetime best of 1:53.3. Bourbon Express (Tyler Buter) came up to get second. Berkery J had to settle for third money.   Chaptiama is a 3-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven. He is owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Smedshammer. It was his second win this season and his fourth career victory. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (July 26) featuring two divisions of the NYSS for 2-year-old colts & geldings. Post time is 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs welcomes two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting colts & geldings on Sunday (July 26). Both divisions will race for a purse of $53,100. Ambassador Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) and Sevenshadesofgrey (Corey Callahan) appear to be the ones to beat in the first division. Ambassador Hanover (Chapter Seven-Angel Eyes Hanover) is one for one in his career with a NYSS win at Yonkers Raceway. The colt is trained by Svanstedt. The Ron Burke trained Seveshadesofgrey (Chapter Seven-Ms Naughty) is searching for his first career win. The colt has two second place finishes in two career starts including a second to Ambassador Hanover at Yonkers Raceway. The second division will feature Incommunicado (Ake Svanstedt), Special Prosecutor (Marcus Miller), and In The Cards (Scott Zeron). All three are coming off NYSS wins at Yonkers. Incommunicado (Chapter Seven-Gran Cavalla) is trained by Svanstedt. The colt is one for one in his career. The David Dewhurst trained Special Prosecutor (Chapter Seven-Valley Makala) is unbeaten in two career starts. In The Cards is one for one in his career. The George Ducharme trained gelding is by RC Royalty out of Super Starlet. The 12-race card will start at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs      

Wally Hennessey drives five winners including Prairie Cougar in the featured $8,000 fillies & mares open handicap at Tioga Downs on Friday (July 24). Prairie Cougar ($5.30) battled Tay Tay M (Jim Taggart Jr.) out of the gate. Prairie Cougar went on by and led to the first quarter in :27.0. She would slow down the pace using a :30.1 second quarter as she hit the half first in :57.1. Gold Star Mysti (Corey Braden) was the first to make a move going first-over. She stalled on the outside with The Charging Moa N (Mike Merton) caught behind second-over. Prairie Cougar led to three-quarters in1:24.1. As they made the turn for home Tay Tay M found room to pop out of the pocket with The Charging Moa forced to go three-wide to chase the top two. Prairie Cougar dug in and held on to win in 1:52.3. Tay Tay M settled for second. The Charging Moa N was third.   Prairie Cougar is a 4-year-old mare by Royel Millennium. She is owned by Laurie Poulin, Barbara Jenssen, and trainer Mike Deters. It was her fourth win in six starts this season. She now has 11 career wins. Hennessey's other wins came with Money Earned ($2.10), Princess Holly N ($14.80), Maddelle ($3.30), and Freak On A Leash ($7.00). Gaston Lareau trained four winners on the card and leads all trainers with 26 wins so far this season at Tioga. Rob Harmon trained two winners on the card and is second with 24 trips to the winner's circle. Joe Skowyra is third with 17 tallies. Jim McDonald (16) and Mike Deters (15) round out the top 5. Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a 13-race card featuring two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Post time is 4 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Tioga Downs will host two harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts & geldings on Saturday (July 25). In the $56,000 first division the top two contenders will be Hobbs (Jason Bartlett) and Take The Credit (Jim Morrill Jr.). Hobbs (Credit WInner) is trained by Jim Campbell. He won a division of the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) final at Vernon Downs and a leg of the NYSS at Yonkers this season. The gelding has three career wins and has earned over $200,000. Take The Credit (Credit Winner) is trained by Ake Svanstedt. He is still looking for his first career win. The gelding has three seconds and one third this season. He has career earnings of over $80,000. Their main rival should be the Steven Pratt trained Barn Holden (Kevin Cummings). The colt by Conway Hall has two wins so far this season. He has five career victories with over $167,000 in the bank. Berkery J (Wally Hennesey) and Chaptiama (Trond Smedshammer) are set to square off in the $55,000 second division. Berkery J (Chapter Seven) has a win and a second in three starts this season. Trained by George Ducharme, the colt has four career wins and has earned just shy of $200,000 lifetime. Chaptiama (Chapter Seven) also has a win and a second this season. He is trained by Smedshammer. The gelding owns three career wins and earnings of over $240,000. Berkery J beat second place finisher Chaptiama in a NYSS race at Vernon Downs. Chaptiama got even by just squeaking by Berkey J in a leg of the NYSS at Yonkers Raceway. The 13-race card starts at 4 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Tioga Downs hosted two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday (July 19). Albergita Hanover (Scott Zeron) romped in the $49,500 first division. Rightfully Mine (Jason Bartlett) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :28.1. Summer Rae (Jim Morrill Jr.) took over the lead as they went by the stands for the first time and led to the half in :57.1. As they headed to the backstretch Albergita Hanover ($2.20) would make her move. She came first-over from fourth and took over the lead before hitting three-quarters in 1:25.0. As they made the turn for home Albergita Hanover just destroyed the field coasting to her first career win. She won by 10 and a half lengths in 1:53.0. Rightfully Mine finished in second. Sea Of Love BC (Jim Marohn Jr.) was third best.   Albergita Hanover is a 2-year-old filly by Roll With Joe-Armbro Amoretto. She is trained by Linda Toscano for owners George Derocker, Seth Coen, Camelot Stable, and Decker's Corner Stable. Think Of Galaxies (Mark MacDonald) is an upset winner in $50,400 second division. DC Batgirl (Billy Dobson) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :28.1. As they were coming around the first turn Easy To Please (Jim Morrill Jr.) went to make a three-wide move and caused Test Of Faith (Jim Marohn Jr.) to go on a break for just a moment. This caused both fillies to back track. Think Of Galaxies ($20.40) was left in the open and then made her move taking the lead with a circuit to go. She led to the half in :56.1. As they headed for the final turn Easy To Please went first-up from third but she just didn't fire. Think Of Galaxies easily led to three-quarters in 1:24.4. Think OF Galaxies then let it loose as they headed for home. It was then a battle for second as Think Of Galaxies glided home in 1:53.2. Test Of Faith finished second with Spicy Covina (Tyler Buter) getting third money.   Think Of Galaxies is a 2-year-old filly by So Surreal-Lightening D Dube. Trained by John McDermott for owners Jonathan Klee Racing and Peter Kleinhans. It was her first win in only her second career start. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (July 24) at 4 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Jins Shark (Jim Taggart Jr.) wins the $8,000 open pace and My Lindy Winner (Mike Merton) takes the $8,000 open trot at Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 18). In the open pace, Harry Terror (Wally Hennessey) led to the first quarter in :27.3 and to the half in :56.3. Kotare Yael N (Corey Braden) made the first move going first-over from third going down the back stretch. Harry Terror hit three-quarters first in 1:24.2. As they made the turn for home Harry Terror and Kotare Yael battled tooth and nail for the lead. Somehow Jins Shark ($19.60) squeezed in between them both to get the victory in a seasonal best of 1:51.4. Kotare Yael finished second. Harry Terror settled for third money.   Jins Shark is a 9-year-old gelding by Four Starzz Shark. The gelding is owned by Joel Warner and trained by Mike Deters. It was his fifth win this season. He now has 40 career victories. In the open trot it was Boli (Walley Hennessey) darting out for the lead. He led to the first quarter in :28.1. He continued to control things by hitting the half first in :58.4. My Lindy Winner ($2.40) made his move down the backstretch going first-over from fifth and getting into second as Boli hit three-quarters first in 1:27.1. My Lindy Winner took control as they went around the final turn. He just cruised down the stretch to easily win in 1:55.3. Uncle Hanover (Kyle DiBenedetto) came up to take second. Boli had to settle for third.   My Lindy Winner is a 5-year-old horse by Credit Winner. He is trained by Rob Harmon for owners Vincent Laurenzo and Howard Taylor. It was his fourth win this season and 12th career trip to the winner's circle. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (July 19) featuring two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for freshman pacing fillies. The 11 race card starts at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

The Charging Moa N breezes to an easy harness racing win for driver Mike Merton in the $8,000 featured fillies & mares open handicap at Tioga Downs on Friday (July 17). Tay Tay M (Jim Taggart Jr) was the first to the front but that was short lived when the Charging Moa N ($3.90) took over before hitting the first quarter in :27.4. She controlled the pace using a :29.1 second quarter to hit the half in :57.0. She led them all to three-quarters in 1:24.4. As they made the turn for home second place finisher Tay Tay M gave everything she had but all she could do was watch as Charging Moa N found another gear and easily won in a seasonal best time of 1:52.4. Machs Echo (Jim Meittinis) finished third.   The Charging Moa N is a 9-year-old mare by Changeover. The mare is trained by Rob Harmon for owners Winners Circle Racing, Howudoin Stable, Richard Lerner, and Harmon Racing Stable. It was her second win of the season and her 24th career victory. Mike Merton drove three other winners on the day. He combined with trainer Gaston Lareau for wins with Blurred Lines ($8.30), and Sun Belle Slippery ($8.50). His other win came with A Yankee Feelin ($7.10). Lareau also trained Money Earned ($3.20) to a first place finish. Wally Hennessey leads all drivers so far this season with 38 wins. Mike Merton is second with 30 tallies. Tyler Buter (18), Corey Braden (13), and Renaldo Morales III (13) round out the top five. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 18) with a 12 race card starting at 4 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs welcomes two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old harness racing pacing fillies on Sunday (July 19). Albergita Hanover (Roll With Joe-Ambro Amoretto) appears to be the one to beat in the ($49,500) first division. Trained by Linda Toscano, and driven by Scott Zeron, she finished second in her career debut in a NYSS race at Vernon Downs on July fourth. Rightfully Mine (American Ideal-Leah) should be stiff competition. She finished third in her first career start also during a leg of the NYSS at Vernon Downs. She is driven by Jason Bartlett for trainer Monique Cohen. The $50,400 second division features Easy To Please (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Test of Faith (Jim Marohn Jr.). Both are coming off NYSS wins at Vernon Downs. Easy To Please (Roll With Joe-Lorrie Please) is trained by Michael Hall. She comes in two for two in her young career. The Brett Pelling trained Test Of Faith (Art Major-Cannae Cammie) put in an impressive gate-to-wire win in 1:52.2. Her second career start will be on Sunday. Tioga Downs will host the 11 race card at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs played host to two hanress racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday (July 12). Both divisions raced for a purse of $59,000. Hen Party (Andrew McCarthy) rolls to easy win in the first division of the NYSS. The Fun Marshall (Mitchell Cushing) went straight to the lead but was quickly passed by Alleyesonme AS (Scott Zeron). Alleyesonme AS led to the first quarter in :27.3. Hen Party ($2.70) came first-over from third and grabbed the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. She led to the half in :55.1. She used a :28.4 third quarter to hit three-quarters in 1:24.0. As they made the turn for home the only one with a shot was second place finisher, Alleyesonme AS but she couldn't get close and Hen Party breezed home in a lifetime best time of 1:52.0. Rapunzel Bluechip (Jason Bartlett) finished a distant third.   Hen Party is a 3-year-old filly by Roll With Joe. Owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Tony Alagna, she won for the second time this season. She has five career victories. Merga Hanover (Matt Kakaley) charges late to win the second division of the NYSS. Racine Bell (Jason Bartlett) flew out of the gate and went straight to the lead. She hit the first quarter in :27.0. The filly went :28.4 in the second quarter to hit the half first in :55.4. As they reached the backstretch So Rude (Joe Bongiorno) came first up and put on the pressure. Racine Bell held on to a slight lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:22.1. So Rude wrestled the lead away as they reached the stretch. Merga Hanover ($41.20) popped out of the pocket going three-wide in mid-stretch and blew right on by to win in a lifetime best of 1:51.1. So Rude held for second with Dragon Roll (Jim Morrill Jr.) coming up to get third.   Merga Hanover is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. She is trained by Ron Burke for owners Joe Sbrocco, WJ Donovan, Thomas and Scott Dillon. It was her first win this season. She now owns seven career victories. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (July 17) starting at 4 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Harry Terror (Wally Hennessey) captures the $8,000 open handicap pace at Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 11). Jins Shark (Jim Taggart Jr,) was the first out of the gate. Harry Terror ($9.90) took over and hit the first quarter in :27.3 and went to the half in :56.3. Reggiano (Renaldo Morales III) was first to make a move going first-over but couldn't get any closer than a length away. Harry Terror led to three-quarters in 1:24.3. Harry Terror went to cruise control as the reached the stretch. Jins Shark made a great effort in deep stretch but fell short and settled for second as Harry Terror crossed the finish line first in 1:53.0. Kotare Yael N (Corey Braden) finished third.   Harry Terror is a 6-year-old gelding by Western Terror. It was his fourth win of the season. He now has 20 career victories. My Lindy Winner (Mike Merton) takes the $8,000 open handicap trot. BJ Lorado (Jim Meittinis) went straight to the lead and led to the first quarter in :28.1. He used a :29.0 second quarter to hit the half in :57.1. My Lindy Winner ($3.20) made his move going first-over down the backstretch. He was the first to three-quarters in 1:25.1. My Lindy Winner started to open up as they made the turn for home. The last one with a chance was second place finisher Beguin Dugoutier (Corey Braden) but My Lindy Winner was much the best and won going away in 1:54.1. BJ Lorado held on for third.   My Lindy Winner is 5-year-old horse by Credit Winner. It was his third win this season. He now owns 11 career victories. Mike Merton drove four winners on the night. His other wins came with A Yankee Feeln ($5.30), Alway'syourway ($6.10), and Just Don't Wait ($26.60). Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 12) with an 11-race card starting at 1 p.m. They will feature two division of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Dowms

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