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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              

Dream Together came flying down the stretch to capture the fourth leg of the Miss Versatility ($40,000) on (Friday September 7). NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) passed Pink Pistol (Aaron Byron) just before hitting the first quarter in :27.0. then took the pack to the half in in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.1, Dream Together ($9.70) went three-wide around the last turn. Looking like she was shot out of a cannon she blew right by second place finisher NF Happenstance to win going away in 1:52.3. Caprice Hill (Mike Simons) was third best. Dream Together is a 4-year-old mare by Muscle Hill. Owned by Determination and trained by Luc Blais, she captured her third win in a row and fourth of the season. It was her 12th career victory. Warrawee Preferred (Jim Taggart Jr.) wins the Open Trot Handicap ($13,000). Warrawee Preferred ($16.00) charged right to the front and never looked back covering all of the fractions (:28.2, :58.0, 1:27.0, 1:56.1). Owned by Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger, as he reached the top of the stretch the only race left was for second. That went to Zoraze (Mike Simons). Finishing third was Oh No Three O (Jeff Long). Warrrawee Preferred is a 7-year-old gelding by Federal Flex. It was his sixth win this season and career victory number 37. Culinary Delight N (Larry Stalbaum) takes the Fillies and Mares Open Pace ($13,000). Heavenly Bet (Tom Jackson) took the lead just before the first quarter. She controlled all the early fractions (:26.3, :56.1, 1:23.1). Culinary Delight N ($7.30) followed patiently in the pocket. Owned and trained by Stalbaum, she popped out of the pocket in the stretch and zoomed by to win in a lifetime best of 1:52.0.. Heavenly Bet held on for second. Truth And Liberty (Mike SImons) charged late to finish third. Culinary Delight N is an 8-year-old mare by Lis Mara. It was her fifth win this season and her 19th career victory. Leading driver Mike Merton added three wins to his total on the night. He got his wins with Addie Rose ($11.60), Carson Hill ($6.20), and Lo Hold A Moonbean ($4.10) Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 8) with a 13 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Dream Together (Rick Zeron) will lead a field of seven in Leg Four of The Miss Versatility ($40,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (September 7). The last time Dream Together (Muscle Hill) raced at Tioga Downs it was the Joie De Vie ($141,000). The race was promoted as the first matchup between trotting heavyweights,Hannelore Hanover and Ariana G. Owned by Determination and trained by Luc Blais, Dream Together charged late down the stretch and stole the show to win in 1:53.1. he 4-year-old mare is the 5-2 morning line favuld be the second morning line choice, the Ake Svanstedt trained Ice Attraction (Simon Allard) at 7-2. Owned by Little E LLC., Svanstedt, Douglass Sipple, Mal & Janet Burroughs, she won the third leg of the Miss Versatility at Tioga Downs (August 1). The 4-year-old mare by Muscle Hill has 10 career victories. The rest of the field includes Celebrity Ruth (Jim Meittinis) at 4-1, NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) at 9-2. Millionaire, Caprice Hill (Mike Simons) is the fifth morning line choice at 5-1. The two longshots are Pink Pistol (Aaron Byron) at 8-1 and The Erm (Charlie Norris) at 10-1. The 13 race card on Friday (September 7) starts at 6:15 p.m. 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

Tioga Downs hosted the W.N. Reynolds Memorial races for freshman trotters and pacers on Sunday (August 26). Starita (David Miller) wins the first of two divisions of The Meda ($37,250) for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Starita ($2.80) pranced out to the lead and never looked back. She set down all the fractions (:28.3, :58.3, 1:27.2, 1:55.4). Trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz. she had a two length lead after three-quarters and turned on the after burners in the stretch to win going away by more than five lengths. Fashion Rachel (Corey Callahan) finished second with Cardinale (Andy Miller) taking third money. Starita is a filly by Trixton-Morningstar. It was her second win in seven career starts. Unbeaten Cloud Nine Fashion (Tim Tetrick) took the second division of The Meda ($37,750). After leader Sabrina Deo (Corey Callahan) and follower Explosive Mel (Marcus Miller) each went on breaks, Cloud Nine Fashion ($2.10) led the group to the first quarter in :30.3. Southwind Percy (David Miller) took over the pocket. It was then a two horse race. Cloud Nine Fashion led to a half of 1:00.1 and to three-quarters in 1:28.1. South Percy put on the pressure around the final turn but when they reached the top of the stretch, Cloud Nine Fashion had a lot in the tank and won easily in 1:57.0. Southwind Percy settled for second best while Chardonnay Nay (Tom Jackson) finished third. Cloud Nine Fashion is a filly by Muscle Hill-I'm On Cloud Nine. Owned by Fashion Farms LLC and trained by Jim Campbell, she is now a perfect four for four in her young career. No Drama Please (Andy Miller) easily wins The Judge Moore ($69,300) for 2-year-old trotting colts & geldings. No Drama Please ($8.70) charged straight to the front and never looked back. He hit all the stations first (:28.3, :58.0, 1:26.2, 1:56.0). The betting favorite Holiday Hangover (Tim Tetrick) looked like he had a chance just before the three-quarter mark but he went on a break. No Drama Please then breezed home to get his first career victory by over two lengths in the end. Cheap Tricks (Jim Taggart Jr.) finished second. Sheena's Boy (Marcus Miller), who was racing for purse only was third. No Drama please is a colt by Trixton-Female Drama. Owned by Stoy Inc., and trained by Julie Miller. It was his first win in six starts. Zero Tolerence (David Miller) gets impressive win in The Lorraine ($56,300) featuring freshman pacing fillies. Zero Tolerence ($2.10) went to the front and led from gate-to-wire (:28.1, :57.4, 1:26.0, 1:53.2). She never let them get close in winning her fourth straight race. Prairie Westerngal (Jim Taggart Jr.) finished a distant second with Simone (Homer Hochstetler) getting third. Zero Tolerence is a filly by Heston Blue Chip-feelinglikeastar. Trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, she won for the fifth time in six starts. It was an owner-trainer-driver double for them on the afternoon. Mangogh (Tim Tetrick) hangs on to win The Solicitor ($66,600) for 2-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Mangogh ($7.20) went to the front followed by Sweet Troy (Marcus Miller). He led them to the first quarter of :28.0 and then to a half of :56.0. One half of the betting favorite entry, Captain Panko went on a break at the halfway mark. Trained by Bruce Saunders for owners M&L Of Delaware LLC., and M&M Harness Racing LLC., Mangogh was pressured by Saronno (Andy Miller) as he hit the three-quarter mark in 1:24.3. As they were in the stretch, Sweet Troy finally was able to find racing room and charged at Mangogh in deep stretch but it was too late and Mangogh won in a career best time of 1:53.4. Sweet Troy settled for second. Sarrono ended up third best. Mangogh is a colt by Western Ideal-My Little Artist. It was his second win in six career starts. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 31) starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

BJ Lorado (Jim Meittinis) cruises to victory in the Tioga Downs featured trot ($10,000) on Saturday (August 25). BJ Lorado ($6.00) hit the first quarter in 27.0. and then was first to the halfway marker in :57.3. Trained by Marc Major for Owners Michael and Diane Norcross, he let loose in the backstretch leading by four lengths as he hit three quarters in 1:25.2. He would cross the finish line in 1:55.2 Cashahallic (Corey Braden) would chase the whole way to finish second. Zaraze (Bruce Clarke) would be third best. BJ Lorado is a 4-year-old gelding by Bo W. He won for the second straight time and seventh time this season. He captured his 11th career victory. Mike Merton had three driving wins on the night. He won with Vicki All ($6.40), Tropical Trice ($3.60), and Hurricane Howard ($11.20). Trainers Gary Messenger and Mike Deters continue to battle it out for the Trainers win title. Messenger currently leads with 33 wins so far this meet. Deters is two behind with 31 trips to the winner's circle. Joe Skowyra is third with 17 wins. Patti Harmon is in fourth with 17 tallies. Marc Major is fifth with 15 wins. It is Corntastic weekend at Tioga. Bill Stepanosky won the popular corn eating contest. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (August 26) featuring W.N. Memorial Reynold for both freshman pacers and trotters. Post time for the 12 race card is 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Northern Dali (Corey Braden) is victorious in fillies and mares featured pace ($9,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 24). Milky Way Rae (Aaron Byron) went to the front and carved out all the early fractions (:27.1, :57.0, 1:24.4) Northern Dali ($12.40) who is owned by JP Houle Stables and trained by Gaston Lareau, took the lead in mid-stretch and held off a late charge by second place finisher Oneida Blue Chip (Mike Simons), to win in 1:53.2. A Wish For Wings (Fern Paquet Jr.) got third money. Northern Dali is a 6-year-old mare by Dali. It was her seventh win this season. She now owns 37 career victories Andy Santeramo won four races on the night. He got his wins with Talkoholic ($4.10), Court's N Session $7.60), Metro Glide ($7.30), and Lugar ($46.60). The driver wins title remains wide open. Jim Taggart Jr. now leads with 51 wins. Mike Merton, Jim Meittinis, and Aaron Byron are all tied for second with 49 victories. Santeramo finds himself in fifth with 44 wins. Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 25) with a 12 race card starting at 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs will play host to five W.N. Reynolds Memorial races for freshman pacers and trotters on Sunday (August 26). In the first of two divisions of "The Meda" ($37,250) for 2-year-old trotting fillies, the morning line choice is Starita (David Miller) at 9-5. Trained by Joe Holloway, the filly is by Trixton-Morningstar. She has a win and a second in six starts so far in her career. Mimi'spearloflinday (Mattias Melander) is the second choice in at 5-2. Trained by Marcus Melander, the daughter of Cantab Hall-Lindy's Showgirl has one win in four starts. In the second division of "The Meda" ($37,750), the unbeaten Cloud Nine Fashion (Tim Tetrick) is the 2-1 morning line favorite. The filly by Muscle Hill-I'm On Cloud Nine is trained by Jim Campbell. She is three for three in her young career. Matter Of Fact (Mattias Melander) has been deemed as the second choice at 5-2. Trained by Marcus Melander, the filly by Explosive Matter-Chips N Caviar has a second place finish in three starts. The 2-year-old trotting colts & geldings will participate in "The Judge Moore" ($69,300). The 9-5 morning line favorite is an entry of three colts trained by Ake Svanstedt. The trio is led by Lindy Express (Jim Meittinis) a colt by Trixton-Nashville Lindy. The second part of the entry is Sheena's Boy (Marcus Miller) by Trixton-Sheen's Shadow. The last part of the entry is Galixton (Corey Callahan). He is by Trixton-Spring Gala. Freshman pacing fillies will compete in "The Lorraine" ($56,300). The overwhelming morning line favorite at 8-5 is Zero Tolerance (David Miller). The filly by Heston Blue Chip-Feelinglikeastar is trained by Joe Holloway. She has already earned over $60,000 in her career with four wins in her five lifetime starts. The second choice in "The Lorraine" is Simone (3-1), who is trained and driven by Homer Hochstetler. The filly by American Ideal-Ritascape has reached the winner's circle twice in four lifetime starts. Freshman pacing colts & geldings will vie for a purse of $66,600 in "The Soliciter". The 9-5 morning line favorite is an entry trained by John Butenschoen. The first part of the entry is Captain Panko (Corey Callahan), a colt by Captaintreacherous-P Note Blue Chip. He has won two of five starts so far this season. The second part of the entry is Scirocco Mistysaid (Tom Jackson). The gelding by Well Said-Cold Mist has a second an two thirds in six career starts. The second morning line choice for "The Soliciter" is the Erv Miller trained Sweet Troy (Marcus Miller) at 5-2. The gelding by Sweet Lou-Magestic Blue Chip has a second and two thirds in his four lifetime starts. The 12 race card on Sunday (August 26) starts at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Down    

Courtly Choice (David Miller) won the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) final ($272,025) in a track record for 3-year-old colts of 1:48.3. It was just one of many big races at Tioga Down on Sunday afternoon (August 19). Courtly Choice ($2.80) would pass Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) and lead to the first quarter in :26.4. He guided them to the half in :54.4, with a pretty sharp :28 second quarter. As they reached the backstretch, the second choice in the betting, American History (Yannick Gingras) went first-over from third and applied pressure. Courtly Choice led them to three-quarters in 1:21.1, using a :26,2 backside quarter. As they rolled around the far turn the race was still up for grabs. As they reached the top of the stretch, Miller asked for more and he responded winning it easily in 1:48.3. American History had to settle for second best on the day, Real Surreal (Cory Callahan) came up to get third money. Courtly Choice is a 3-year-colt by Art Major. Trained by Blake Macintosh for owners Hutt Racing Stable, Mac & Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe, and Touch Stone Farms. The winner of the Meadowlands Pace, won for the eight time in eleven starts this season. It was career win number 10. Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) too sweet for the field in the EBC final ($270,425) for sophomore pacing fillies. Youaremycandy ($2.20) went to the lead going to a first quarter of :27.3 and taking them to a :56.3 halfway mark. I'm Trigger Happy (Jim Marohn Jr.) was still close as they hit three-quarters in 1:23.2. Owned by William Donovan and trained by Ron Burke, Youaremycandygirl found another gear and left them all in her dust gliding home and hitting the mile in 1:50.4. Alexis Faith (Jim Morrill Jr.) came up and finished second. I'm Trigger Happy settled for third. Youaremycandygirl is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. It was her sixth win this season and the 15th victory of her career. In the most exciting race of the day, Western Fame (Andrew McCarthy) charges late to shock the field in Roll With Joe open pace for a purse of $143,000. Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) went to the front leading them to a first quarter in :26.4 and the half in :54.4. All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) went first over to engage Rockin Ron on the back stretch. They hit the three-quarter mark at 1:21.1. The two raced as a tandem all the way around the final turn. Dealt A Winner (David Miller) went three-wide at the top of the stretch. Western Fame ($32.20) came from last at the top of the stretch going four wide. Owned by Brittany Farms and trained by Jimmy Takter, he flew down the stretch and just got by Dealt A Winner to win in a lifetime best of 1:48.4. Dealt A Winner settled for second best losing by just a head. Rockin Ron held on to finish third. Western Fame is a 5-year-old horse by Western Ideal. It was his fifth win this year and the 15th time he has stepped into the winner's circle in his career. Shartin N (Tim Tetrick) wins the Artscape ($161,000) open mares pace. Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) took them to a first quarter in :26.2. Shartin N ($3.30) went first-over from fourth and took over the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. Trained by Jim King Jr. for owners Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King, she put up all the rest of the fractions (:54.2, 1:22.2, 1:50.0). Caviart Ally came out the pocket to put up a late challenge but had to settle for second money. Apple Bottom Jeans (Jim Marohn Jr.) took third place. Shartin N is a 5-year-old mare by Tintin In America. It was her 14th win in 18 starts this season. She now owns 21 career victories. Ice Attraction (Yannick Gingras) wins the first division of the Ms Versatilty ($30,000) in leg #3. Ice Attraction ($3.40) went right to the front and controlled all the fractions (:28.2, :57.3, 1:25.0, 1:53.2). Owned by Little E LLC, D. Sipple, Mal and Janet Burroughs and trainer Ake Svanstedt, she was followed by pocket sitter Pink Pistol (Tim Tetrick). Pink Pistol popped the pocket and gave everything she had but fell just short to finish second. Barn Bella (Trond Smedshammer) was third best. Ice Attraction is a 4-year-old mare by Muscle Hill. It was her first win this season and her 10th career victory. Broadway Donna (David Miller) easy winner in the second division of the Ms Versatilty ($30,000). Broadway Donna ($2.90) went to the front and led the field gate-to-wire (:27.1, :56.4, 1:24.2, 1:52.1). Owned by Fashion Farms LLC. and trained by Jim Campbell, she shook off the late pressure by second place finisher NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) to secure the win. Celebrity Ruth (Trond Smedshammer) was third best. Broadway Donna is a 5-year-old mare by Donato Hanover. It was her fourth win this year and her 21st career victory. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 24). It starts Corntastic weekend with a post time of 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

BJ Lorado (Andy Santeramo) took the featured trot ($9,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 18). BJ Lorado ($9.90) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :28.0 and the half of :57.2. Freddie Mac (Mike Merton) would go first over and claim the lead at the three-quarter mark of 1:25.4. The two horses would then battle their way around the final turn together. BJ Lorado would dig down deep and re-claim the lead in the stretch to win in 1:55.0. Rose Run Rudi (Aaron Byron) came up to finish second. Freddie Mac settled for third. BJ Lorado is a 4-year-old gelding by Bo W. It was his sixth win of the season and it was career victory number 10. Trained by Marc Major for two of the the nicest owners you would ever want to meet in Diane and Michael Norcross. The lovely couple can be seen here almost every night at the finish line rooting their horses on. Mike Merton and Jim Taggart Jr. each won three races on the night. Merton got his wins with Gifted George ($6.30), Vicki All ($9.50), and Mr Carrotts ($6.10). Taggart Jr, won with Pinstripe Pride ($13.80), Celebrity Lover ($15.80), and Master Of Puppets ($5.30). Uriel (Annie Stoebe) wins the Billings Amateur race ($6,000). Uriel ($13.80) charged to the front and went gate-to-wire (:28.1, :59.3, 1:27.3, 1:56.4). Owned and trained by Stoebe, he had to hold off the late rush of second place finisher Celebrity Bluechip (Jennifer Lappe). Connie Keeper (Bob Davis) was third best. Uriel is a 7-year-old gelding by Explosive Matter. It was his fourth win this season and career victory number 27. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (August 19) with their biggest card of the year. Sunday will feature Empires Breeders Classic (EBC) final for 3-year-old pacing fillies ($270,425) and the EBC Classic Final for 3-year-old colts and geldings ($272,025). Also on the card is the Roll WIth Joe Open Pace ($143,000) and the Artiscape Open Mares Pace ($161,000). As well as 2 divisions of the Ms Versatility for Open Mares trotters (leg 3). The 13 race card starts at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Nichols, NY--The ever-traveling CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series moved on to Tioga Downs for a trotting contest and it turned out to be ladies night when Annie "Get Your Gun" Stoebe used the front-end route with Uriel to hold off "Lady Jennifer" Lappe and Celebrity Blue Chip for a 1:56.4 victory which marked the first time this season--maybe ever-- that women finished one-two in a Billings event. When the wings of the mobile gate folded Stoebe wasted no time sending Uriel to the front and they had a two-length lead on Celebrity Blue Chip at the first quarter which was trotted in :281. When Stoebe began to slow the pace "Buffalo Bob" Davis , who was sitting third, was out and going with Connie Keeper and they ranged alongside Uriel but as they did Miss Annie stepped on the gas and Uriel trotted the third quarter in :28.0 which not only put away Connie Keeper but opened daylight on Lappe's charge as the timer flashed 1:27.3. When the field headed down the lane Uriel had two lengths on Celebrity Blue Chip as Connie Keeper faded. At the wire Uriel was one-length winner. Celebrity Blue Chip held second and Connie Keeper finished third, seven lengths behind the winner. It was the fourth victory of the season for Uriel, a 7-year-old Explosive Matter gelding who returned a $13.40 mutuel. He's owned and trained by Stoebe who scored her fourth seasonal driving victory. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series      

On Your Six (Ross Wolfenden) wins the featured fillies and mare pace ($9,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 17). On Your Six ($3.00) took over just before the first quarter and controlled all the fractions (:27.4, :56.4,, 1:24.3, 1:52.2). Owned by David Banks and trained by Wolfenden, she never had an anxious moment as nobody ever came close. Embassy Seelster (Fern Paquet Jr.) was second best with Northern Dali (Mike Simons) finishing third. On Your Six is a 5-year-old mare by Yankee Cruiser. It was win number five this season and career victory number 19. Fern Paquet Jr. won two on the night. His wins were with A Wish For Wings ($5.10) and Gold Star Aurora ($7.30). The Driver's win title remains tight. Jim Meittinis and Aaron Byron are tied with 47 wins each. Mike Merton is third with 46 wins. Jim Taggart Jr is fourth with 45 wins. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday with an 11 race card starting at 6:15 p. m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs    

Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs will present the richest card of its 2018 season at the "Jewel of the Southern Tier" on Sunday offering nearly $1 million in purses on the day. The featured stakes include the $550,000 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) 3-year-old pacing finals, the $161,000 Artiscape and $143,000 Roll With Joe for FFA mare and horse pacers respectively and the 3rd leg of the $60,000 (divided) Miss Versatility for trotting mares. The Miss Versatility split into a pair of six mare fields as they continue to accumulate points toward the $110,000 final at the Delaware County Fair on Little Brown Jug Day, September 20. Broadway Donna, Celebrity Ruth, Ice Attraction and Barn Bella head up the contestants for Sunday's races. The EBC fillies (race 7) are led by Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) who continued her current form spree with an effortless 1:51 romp in her elimination last week. She leaves from post 6 for trainer Ron Burke and owner Bill Donovan in the $270,425 final. Meadowlands Pace winner Courtly Choice (Dave Miller) has been tabbed as the morning line favorite in the $272,025 EBC colt pace final. He's won 7 of 10 starts including an impressive 1:49 elimination success last week and stands at nearly a half million dollars in seasonal earnings for trainer Blake MacIntosh who shares ownership with Hutt Racing, Daniel Plouffe and Touch Stone Farms. Courtly Choice starts from post 5 in the 8th race. American History (Gingras) endured a long uncovered grind to win the other elimination, albeit 2 seconds slower than Courtly Choice. He's been sharp recently and has landed post 3 for this race permitting the driver options to secure the type of trip needed to win. Tony Alagna trains American History, the fastest sophomore of the 2018 season by virtue of his 1:47 Meadowlands clocking in June for Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and American History Racing. All of the top older mares are in town for the Artiscape (race 9) with division leader Shartin N (Tim Tetrick) seeking to continue her season-long dominance over her rival distaffers. She won 13 of 17 starts and collected over $680,000 for owners Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King with the Matchmaker, Roses Are Red and Lady Liberty on her seasonal resume. Jim King, Jr is the trainer. The pacing horses number but five in the Roll With Joe and include last year's winning pair in Dealt A Winner and driver David Miller. The now 6-year-old is rounding into form of late and recently eclipsed the $1 million mark in career earnings for owner Jeffrey Snyder. Mark Silva conditions Dealt A Winner who will face stiff competition from a pair of Burke entries in Rockin Ron (Gingras) and the ageless All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley). Post time for the big card at Tioga is 1:15 pm. by Nick Salvi, for Tioga Downs

Harness racing mare Dream Together (Bob McClure) charged late in the strech to steal the Joie De Vie ($141,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 12). Ariana G (Tim Tetrick) put up the first quarter time of :26.4. Yannick Gingras then charged out from third with the big favorite Hannelore Hanover. She had to put a little extra effort to get by. She led them to the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. As they reached the top of the stretch Ariana G tried to find racing room by found none. Barn-mates Dream Together ($29.60) and Emoticon Hanover (Dan Dube) came flying down the stretch together. Both mares are owned by Determination and trained by Luc Blais. Both would duel late in the stretch with Dream Together getting the upper hand to win in 1:53.1. Emoticon Hanover, who set a world record in this race a year ago, settled for second best. Hannelore Hanover hung on for third. Dream Together is a 4-year-old mare by Muscle Hill. She got a major upset victory for the second week in a row. She used late speed to win the Steele Memorial last week at the Meadowlands as well . It was her third win this season and 11th career victory. Will Take Charge (Tim Tetrick) sets track record in the Crawford Open Trot ($186,000). I Know My Chip (Jim Marohn Jr.) led the field to a first quarter of :27.1. Will Take Charge ($3.50) brushed by as they went by the stands for the first time. He would lead them to a half in :56.1. He increased his lead on the back stretch. He hit three-quarters in 1:23.3. Owned Mac T Nichol and trained by Jeffrey Gillis, once he reached the top of the stretch, everyone knew the race was over. He cruised home in a last quarter of :27.4 and set the track record for aged geldings with a time of 1:51.2. I Know My Chip followed to finish second. JL Cruze (Brett Miller) was third best. Will Take Charge is a 5-year-old gelding by Kadabra. He won for the eighth time this season and he captured career victory number 20. Favorites, Alexis Faith (Jim Morrill jr.) and Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) won Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) eliminations for 3-year-old pacing fillies. In the first EBC elimination, Ms Cheesman (John MacDonald) led to the first quarter in :27.0. Then Alexis Faith ($2.80) charged by to take over, hitting the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:23.3. Trained by Casie Coleman for owners West Wins Stable, Jim Fielding, Robert Darrow, and Kevin McKinlay, she held off a late run by Pueblo Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras) to win in 1:52.0. Second Place finisher Pueblo Blue Chip, third place finisher Painted Lady (Tim Tetrick), and fourth place finisher Ms Cheeseman, all qualified for next weeks final. Alexis Faith is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. It was her third win this season and ninth win in her career. In the second EBC elimination, I'm Trigger Happy (Jim Marohn Jr.) charged out to lead to a first quarter in :27.1. Youaremycandygirl ($2.10) was fourth after the first quarter. Gingras said go and she flew by before the second turn. Owned by W J Donovan, and trained by Ron Burke, she then controlled all the rest of the fractions (:56.2, 1:23.2, 1:51.0). In the order that finished after Youaremycandygirl is the rest of the qualifiers, I'm Trigger Happy, Believe In Me (David Miller), Solitary (Andy Miller), Majorette Angie (Drew Monti). Youaremycandygirl is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. She won for the fifth time this season and for the 14th time in her career. Here is the starting order for the EBC final for pacing fillies for an estimated $250,000 next week. (1) Alexis Faith, (2) Majorette Angie, (3) Solitary, (4) Pueblo Blue Chip, (5) I'm Trigger Happy, (6) Youaremycandygirl, (7) Painted Lady, (8) Believe In Me, (9) Ms Cheesman. American History (Yannick Gingras) and Courtly Choice (David Miller) won EBC eliminations on the boys side for 3-year-old pacers. In the first elimination for pacing colts and geldings, Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) went to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:28.1, :57.2, 1:23.4). Trained by Tony Alagna for owners Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz, and American History Racing, American History ($3.30) made his move just before the three-quarters. He took over at the top of the stretch and won in 1:51.1. Here are the rest of the qualifiers in the order then finished starting with the second place, Hitman Hill, Heavenly Sound (Jim Marohn Jr.), Ghost Dance (Scott Zeron). American History is a 3-year-old colt by American Ideal. It was win number four this season. He now has seven career victories. In the second EBC elimination, Ideal Feeling (Tim Tetrick) went to a first quarter lead in :27.0. Courtly Choice ($2.20) buzzed by and never looked back, covering all the rest of the fractions (:55.0, 1:21.2, 1:49.0). Trained by Blake Macintosh for owners Hutt Racing Stable, Mac&Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe, and Touch Stone Farms, he was followed by the rest of the qualifiers in the order they finished. Ideal Feeling, Real Surreal (Jame MacDonald), Keystone Tenacious (Mark MacDonald), Mach N Cheese (Jim Marohn Jr.). Courtly Choice is 3-year-old colt by Art Major. It was his seventh win this season and ninth career victory. Here is the starting order for the estimated $250,000 EBC final for 3-year-old colts and geldings. (1) Heavenly Sound, (2) Keystone Tenacious, (3) American History, (4) Mac N Cheese, (5) Courtly Choice, (6) Hitman Hill, (7) Ideal Feeling, (8) Ghost Dance, (9) Real Surreal. It will be run next Sunday (August 19). Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (August 17) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

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