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Wally Hennessey driove five harness racing winners including the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace at Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 4). In the feature, Rebellious (Mike Merton) went to the front and put in a fast first quarter of :25.4. Americanprimetime ($5.10) followed in second with Funknwaffles (Gates Brunet) in the third position. Rebellious slowed things down a little with a :28.3 second quarter hitting the half in :53.4. Americanprimetime would make his move going first-over with three-eighths of a mile left. Rebellious still led to three-quarters in 1:21.2. Americanprimetime, who is owned by Rock&Roll Stable Inc. and trained by Rick Dane Jr., charged to the front as they reached the stretch. Americanprimetime found another gear and breezed in the stretch to equal his seasonal best in 1:50.0. Rebellious held on for second. Funknwaffles finished third. Americanprimetime is a 7-year-old horse by American Ideal. It was his eighth win this season. He now has won 36 times in his career. Hennessey's other wins came with Thatsjusthowiroll ($7.90), Lily Hammer ($6.10), Miss Real Deal ($5.90), and Hugh Hefner N ($3.20). Joe Skowyra trained four winners on the day. He combined with Hennessey to win with Hugh Hefner N. His other wins came with Mr Big Bucks ($2.30), Freak On A Leash ($4.20), and The Spy ($15.40). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 9) with an 11 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Tag Up And Go (Mike Merton) captures the $10,000 featured trot at Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 3). Campbellini (Jim Taggart Jr.) led to the first quarter in :27.4. Tag Up And Go ($4.80) then took the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. He led to the half in :57.0 and to three-quarters in 1:25.1. Tag Up And Go, who is trained by Patti Harmon for owners Lester Gelardi Jr., and Anthony Passafaro, led to the stretch. Dragin The Wagin (Aaron Byron) came first over and tried to challege for the the lead. Tag Up And Go was too strong and would get the victory in 1:54.3. Dragin The Wagon settled for second. Miss Flora (Corey Braden) came charging late to finish third. Tag Up And Go is a 9-year-old gelding by Angus Hall. It was his ninth win this season. He now has 48 career victories. Leading driver Wally Hennessey drove four winners on the night. He got his wins with Geronimo Fame ($18.00), Sweet Royalty ($8.60), Beguin Dugoutier F ($6.90), and Cinnabar Hall ($2.70) Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (August 3) with an 11 race card starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Juxta Cowgirl (Aaron Byron) captures the $12,000 featured fillies and mares open on Friday (August 2). Juxta Cowgirl ($21.40) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :26.1. Gigi From Fiji (Wally Hennessey) sat in the pocket and followed as Juxta Cowgirl led to the half in :55.3 and controlled the pace to three-quarters in 1:22.4. Juxta Cowgirl, who is trained by Mike Watson for owners Robert Cooper Stables LLC., and Glasser Racing LLC., led going to the stretch. Gigi From Fiji popped out of the pocket and came charging late but Juxta Cowgirl dug in and won in a seasonal best of 1:51.2. Gigi From Fiji settled for second. Gold Star Mysti (Corey Braden) finished third. Juxta Cowgirl is a 5-year-old mare by Relentless Yankee. It was her third win this season. She now has 34 career victories. Fern Paquet Jr. drove three winners on the night. He finished first with Gold Star Aurora ($3.80), Nothern Dali ($18.00), and Shutthefrontdoor ($10.80). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 3) with a 10 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Nichols, NY - Horsepersons should be advised that all divisions of the Tompkins-Geers stakes for 2-year-old trotters and pacers will be raced on Friday, August 9 at Tioga Downs.   The draw for that card will be on Sunday, August 4 with a box close of 9:00am.   The Empire Breeders Classic pacing eliminations, Crawford Fars & Joie De Vie Open Trots are all to be raced on Sunday, August 11.   The draw for those stakes is on Wednesday, August 7 with a box close on 9:00am.   Horses for the Crawford Farms and Joie De Vie are required to be checked into the Stakes Barn by 8:00pm on Saturday, August 10.   Condition sheets may be found on the web. Electronic entry is encouraged. The Racing Office may be reached at (607) 699-7688.   By Nick Salvi, for Tioga Downs      

Harness racing driver Mike Merton won the $11,000 featured pace with Rebellious and drove four more winners at Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 28). Rebellious ($5.30) went straight to the lead and led to the first quarter in :26.1. Americanprimetime (Wally Hennessey) took over as they went by the stands for the first time. He controlled the pace as they hit the half in :53.3 and three-quarters in 1:21.3. Rebellious, who is owned by trainer Mike Deters and Joel Warner, went first-over just before three-quarters. He would fly right by and win going away in a new lifetime mark of 1:49.0. Americanprimetime held on for second. Motown N (Jeffrey Long) finished third. Rebellious is a 5-year-old gelding by Mach Three. It was his seventh win this season. He now owns 26 career victories. Rebellious Merton got his other wins with Melanie's Fran ($4.60), Mr Big Bucks ($2.90), Itsnoproblemman ($15.80), and The Spy ($6.10). Trainer Mike Deters swept the co-features as Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) destroys the field in the $11,000 featured trot. Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :26.4. He was first to the half in :56.2. Prairie Fortune ($2.50), who is owned by Deters and Laurie Poulin, went first over on the back stretch and took over with three-eighths of a mile to go. He hit three-quarters first in 1:23.4. He breezed down the stretch to win by 10 1/2 lengths in a lifetime best of 1:52.3. Jack Rules (Andy Santeramo) finished second. Campbellini (Corey Braden) was third best. Prairie Fortune is a 7-year-old gelding by Arapa Victory. It was his seventh win this season. He now owns 54 career victories. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 2) with a nine race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) takes the $12,000 fillies & mares harness racing open 1 at Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 27). Brunhilda (Fern Pauqet Jr.) went to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:27.0, :56.3, 1:24.2). Truth And Liberty ($10.00), who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, went first -over from third just before the three-quarter mark. She was side by side with Brunhilda going around the final turn. Truth And Liberty shook loose and held off the late charge by second place finisher Gold Star Mysti (Corey Braden) to win in 1:52.4. Kruella (Jim Meittinis) finished third. Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. She won for the fifth time this season. She now has 40 career victories. Aaron Byron drove four winners on the night. He finished first with Check Mach ($7.60), Here's The Magic ($17.40), Jett Star ($5.70), and Lusty Delight ($7.20). Mike Simons and Jim Meittinis each had driving doubles on the evening. Simons got his other win with Baby I'm Worth It ($5.10). Meittinis went to the winner's circle with Joey Pro ($5.70), and McKenzie's Star ($10.20). Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a 12 race card on Sunday (July 28) starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs    

Tioga Downs hosted three harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stake for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Monday (July 22). Movie Town (Tyler Buter) comes flying late to steal the $34,866 first division. Coconut Beach (Marcus Miller) controlled the early fractions. She hit the first quarter in :28.0 and the half in :58.4. Lolas Gold (Dexter Dunn) went first-over and pressured Coconut as they hit three-quarters in 1:27.1. As they hit the stretch Roll With Angel went three-wide to take a short lead in mid-stretch. Movie Town ($10.60), who is owned by the Bay Pond Racing Stable and trained by Jeffrey Stafford, hit the stretch like he had a rocketwas strapped to her and blew right by to win in 1:56.2. Roll With Angel had to settle for second as Coconut Beach held on for third. Movie Town is a 2-year-old filly by American Ideal-New Hollywood. It was her first career win. So Rude (Matt Kakaley) captured the $35.566 second division. Merga Hanover (Yannick Gingras) took the lead hitting the first quarter in :26.4. Galleria Gal (Dexter Dunn) took control just before going past the stands for the first time. She hit the half first in :56.0 and was first to three-quarters in 1:24.2. Racine Belle (Jason Bartlett) went first-over and challenged Galleria Girl around the final turn. Racine Belle then took over at the top of the stretch. So Rude So Rude ($7.00), who is trained by Scott Di Domenico for owners Geoffrey Lyons and Glenn Goller, was second-over as they went around the last turn. As they reached the stretch she would slingshot right on by to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.3. Merga Hanover came up late to finish second. Racine Belle held on for third. So Rude is a 2-year-old filly by So Surreal-I Am A Snob. It was her second career win in four lifetime starts. Turnthefrownaround (Dexter Dunn) is victorious in the $35,566 third division. Cash Roll (Scott Zeron) led to the first quarter in :27.2. Tipperary Hill (Wally Hennessey) went on by at the top of the stretch. Cash Roll then re-claimed the lead with a lap to go. She led the way to the half in :57.1 and to three-quarters in 1:24.3. Turnthefrownaround ($7.90), who is owned by Craig Henderson and trained by Chris Ryder, went first-over before the three-quarter mark. She took the lead at the top of the stretch and breezed home to win her first career race in 1:53.3. Hidden Cove (Marcus Miller) was second best. Hen Party (Yannick Gingras) was third. Turnthefrownaround Turnthefrowaround is a 2-year-old filly by Roll With Joe-Knockout Pout. Wally Hennessey drove five winners on the day. He got his wins with Believe In Angels ($10.20), Americanprimetime ($4.60), Kitty Hoyne ($6.70), Lady Boss ($2.80), and Lilly Hammer ($4.30). Dexter Dunn recorded four winners on the day. His other wins came with Lookatmyart ($5.90), Dragon Roll ($9.20), and Herecomesmagotta. The will be no live racing this Friday (July 26) because of the George Thoroughgood concert. Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 27) starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs.  

Motown N (Jeff Long) and Dreams Beachboy (Wally Hennesey) each notched wins as Tioga Downs ran two $9,000 harness racing features for pacers on Sunday (July 21). In the first feature Motown N ($9.60) put up all the fractions (:27.3, :56.3, 1:24.1, 1:52.0) to be an easy gate-to wire winner. Owned by Jennifer Lappe and Robert Santagata, the 7-year-old gelding by Bettor's Edge was never threatened. He beat out second place finisher Sporty Redout (Fern Paquet Jr.) by five and a quarter lengths. Rockintouch was third best. Motown N won for the first time in 2019. He now owns 12 career victories. Dreams Beachboy ($3.40) held on to win the second feature. Legal Power (Fern Paquet Jr.) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :27.3. Dreams Beachboy would soon take control leading to the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:23.3. Dreams Beachboy, who is owned by Crawford Farms racing and trained by Gates Brunet, held off a late rally by Stick With Cramer (Andy Santeramo) to win in 1:51.3. Stick With Cramer would have to settle for second. Jay Jay (Renaldo Morales III) finished third. Dreams Beachboy is a 7-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere. He got his third win of the season. He now has 28 career victories. Dreams Beachboy Joe Skowyra trained five winners on the afternoon. He won three times with driver Mike Merton. They won with Mr Big Bucks $2.80, Time Out I'm Tired ($3.00), and The Spy ($6.10). He teamed up with Mike Simons to get wins with Freak On A Leash ($18.60), and Hugh Hefner N ($6.70. Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a special Monday Matinee (July 22) featuring three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for freshman pacing fillies. Post time for the 13 race card is 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Nichols, NY--Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow- the CKG Billings Harness Diving Series- moved on to Tioga Downs for a trotting contest on Sunday afternoon, July 21 and when the judges hung the official sign "Easy Dave" Russo surprised his competition guiding longshot Osprey Vision to a 1:57.4 triumph over the even -money favorite, Starsaboveallerage, driven Steve "You're Never Too Oldford. With the temperature hovering in the mid-90's Russo sent his charge to the lead from the three=hole and played hardball with Cashaholic and Billings newcomer "Florida Jeff" Schaefer, parking them by the quarter in :28.1 and past the half in :57.2 with neither driver yielding. Obviously feeling that Cashaholic would keep him locked-in, Tony "the Capo" Verruso who was third along thew pylons, wheeled Glided In The Wind three-deep hoping to circle the leaders. But as they trotted by the third stanza there were three horses across the track and it appeared at that point Staraboveallerage, who was getting a two-hole journey, would be the strong when the field headed for home. In the deep stretch Glide In The Wind faded as did Cashaholic while Osprey Vision hung gamely to the lead and although Starsaboveallerage was gaining he ran out of race track as Russo's trotter clung to a head victory. It was the fourth seasonal vriumph for the 10-year-old altered son of Ken Warkentin which raised his career earnings to over $235,000. Sent off at odds of over 23-1 Osprey Vision paid $48.40. And although Russo is now primarily a trainer still it was his 34th career driving victory..   by John Manzi for the Billings Series

Nicholas, NY - Tioga Downs will present a Monday matinee card featuring New York's finest 2-year-old pacing fillies. The entries for the New York Sires Stakes numbered twenty necessitating three divisions, each with a purse in the $35,000 range.   The theme for the stakes is a tale of two fillies from opposite ends of the pedigree spectrum that have yet to taste defeat in their brief careers and both may continue on that course as they drew into different divisions on Monday.   Merga Hanover is an American Ideal filly bred in the purple and demanded a bid of $150,000 from the partnership of noted owners Tom & Scott Dillon, Joe Sbrocco and Bill Donovan. They placed her in the Ron Burke stable and she's been perfect thus far with wins in a pair of Gaitway qualifiers before a Meadowlands overnight and a NYSS win at Yonkers. She'll begin from post 3 in the seventh race on Monday with regular pilot Yannick Gingras slated to drive.   Cash Roll on the other hand hails from more humble parentage, costing her owner Louis Palumbo but $9,000 at auction and races out of the Rich Ringler barn. Not only has the Roll With Joe lass won all three of her purse starts, Cash Roll has not been headed by a rival at any call. Scott Zeron will call the shots from the sulky seat Monday, as he has in her prior state restricted wins. She'll leave from post 6 in the ninth race.   Post time for the Monday card is 1:00 pm.        

Campbellini (Corey Braden) captures the $9,000 harness racing featured trot at Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 20). BJ Lorado (Andy Santeramo) controlled all the early fractions (:27.0, :56.1, 1:25.1). Campbellini ($14.60), who is trained by Rick Dane Jr. for owners Scott Dane, Wi liam Dane Jr., and Joanna Dane, followed in the pocket seat. As they made the turn for home Campbellini popped out of the pocket and battled BJ Lorado down the stretch. Campbellini wore him down to win in 1:55.0. BJ Lorado held on to settle for second. Warrawee Preferred (Jim Taggart Jr.) finished third. Campbellini is a 5-year-old gelding by by Cantab Hall. It was his ninth win in 2019. He now has 13 career victories. Wally Hennessey drove three winners on the night. Mike Merton and Corey Braden each had driving doubles. Hennessey got his wins with Dangerous Mood ($39.40), Celebrity Lover ($2.50), and Glamorgal ($7.30). Merton won with Baby I'm Worth It ($7.50), and Savin Rock $34.00. Braden's other win came with Miss Flora $14.80. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (July 21) with a 13 race card starting at 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs    

Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) wins the $59,800 first harness racing division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts & geldings at Tioga Downs on Friday (July 19). Gimapanzee ($2.10) hit the first quarter in :28.1. Mr Vicktor (Tyler Buter) followed in the pocket the whole trip. Gimapanzee hit the half in :56.2. Cruised to three-quarters in 1:24.3 and then found another gear to win by over four lengths in a lifetime best of 1:52.4. Mr Vicktor had to settle for second money. Livinonthedash finished a distant third. Gimpanzee is a 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven. He is three for three this season. He now is a perfect 12 for 12 in his career. Cavill Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) wins the $60,900 second division. Lucky Weekend (Brian Sears) went to the first quarter first in :28.4. Cavill Hanover ($7.90) took over the lead after they went by the stands for the first time hitting the half in :58.2. He led to three-quarters in 1:26.2. Cavill Hanover, who is trained by Ake Svanstedt for owners Little E LLC., Wolfgang A Stable Inc., and Borje Nasstrom, held off a late charge by second place finisher Lucky Weekend to win in 1:55.2. Quiksilver Bluechip (Wally Hennessey) was third best. Cavill Hanover is a 3-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass. He won for the second time this season. He now owns five career victories. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 20) with a 10 race card starting an hour later than usual at 7:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Tioga Downs features two divisions of the NYSS for harness racing sophomore trotting colts & geldings on Friday (July 19). Unbeaton Gimpanzee will be making his third start of the year. Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) is the 3-5 favorite in the $59,800 first division. The 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven is trained by Marcus Melander for owners Courant Inc, and S R F Stable. After going nine for nine as a freshman he is two for two so far this season. His picked up wins in the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) final at Vernon Downs and NYSS at Yonkers. The second choice is the Jennifer Lappe trained Mr Vicktor (Tyler Buter). The 3-year-old colt by RC Royalty has won six times in seven starts this season. He is owned by Lappe, Robert Santagata, Diamond Pride LLC., and Joe Lee. He has NYSS wins at Vernon Downs, Monticello, Buffalo and Yonkers this season. The colt's only blemish in 2019 was a second place finish to Gimpanzee in the EBC final In the $60,900 second division Cavill Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) is the 2-1 morning line favorite. The 3-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass is trained Ake Svanstedt for owners Little E LLC., Borje Nasstrom, and Wolfgang A Stable Inc. He has a win, two seconds, and a third in six starts this season. The gelding has four career victories. Travel Winner (Tyler Buter) and Winnerup (Trond Smedshammer) are the chief rivals. They are both the second morning line choices at 7-2. The R. Nifty Norman trained Travel Winner is a 3-year-old colt by Credit Winner. He has four wins this season for owner James Fleming. Winnerup is trained by Smedshammer for the Purple Haze Stables. The 3-year-old colt by Credit Winner has NYSS wins at Vernon Downs and Monticello. He has a total of three wins this year and four career victories. The 13 race card starts at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Quncy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Stella Jane (Jason Bartlett) each won their harness racing division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for sophomore trotting fillies at Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 14). The two divisions each raced for a purse of $57.600. In the first division Amal Hall (Andy Miller) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :28.0. Quincy Blue Chip ($4.40) then took over the lead with a lap to go. She was first to the half in :57.0. Winndevie (Jason Bartlett) went first-over from third on the back stretch. The two rivals raced side by side going around the last turn after Quincy Blue Chip hit the three-quarters first in 1:24.4. Quincy Blue Chip, who is owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc, and trained by Gareth Dowse, had a slight lead as they reached the stretch. Winndevie gave everything she had but Quincy Blue Chip was too strong and won in a lifetime best of 1:53.2. Winndevie settled for second with Amal Hall getting third place. Quincy Blue Chip is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. She won for the fifth time this season. She now has nine career victories. In the second division, With Out A Doubt (Marcus Miller) jumped out to the lead and went to the first quarter in :28.3. Stella Jane ($6.00) followed in the pocket. With Out A Doubt hit the half in :58.4 and three-quarters in 1:27.2. Gobi Princess (Andy Miller) was the first to challenge just before hitting the three-quarter mark. With Out A Doubt shook her off and continued to lead as they reached the stretch. Stella Jane, who is owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by John Butenschoen, popped out of the pocket in the stretch and went right on by to win in 1:55.3. With Out A Doubt held on for second. Gobi Princess finished third. Stella Jane is a 3-year-old filly by Crazed. It was her first win in 2019. She now has four career victories. Jason Bartlett had four wins on the afternoon. He got his other victories with Divine World ($25.60), Amanda Blue Chip ($5.30), and Hanna Dreamgirl ($4.20). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (July 19) with a 13 race card featuring two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Post time is at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs

Priarie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) was once again victorious in the $12,000 featured harness racing open trot at Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 13). The Last Chapter (Wally Hennessey) led the group to a first quarter in :27.1. Prairie Fortune ($3.50) gained control as they went by the stands for the first time. He reached the half first in :56.3. The Last Chapter had to settle for the pocket seat. Prairie Fortune continued to lead as they reached three-quarters in 1:26.0. Prairie Fortune, who is owned by trainer Mike Deters with Laurie Poulin, had plenty left in the tank and cruised to an easy win in a seasonal best of 1:53.3. The Last Chapter held for second. Rose Run Rudi (Aaron Byron) was a distant third. Prairie Fortune is a 7-year-old gelding by Arapa Victory. It was win number six of the season. He now has finished first 53 times in his career. Leading driver Wally Hennesey drove three winners on the night. He got his wins with I Rhoda Daley ($5.10), Celebrity Lover ($2.90). and Boli ($4.40). Meittinis and Andy Santeramo each had driving doubles. Meittinis got his other victory with Barney Mac ($5.10). Santeramo went to the winner's circle with Schubie ($21.80), and BJ Lorado ($4.80). Tioga Downsreturns to live racing on Sunday (July 14) with a 15 race card featuring two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for sophomore trotting fillies. Post time is 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs

Gold Star Mysti (Corey Braden) takes the $11,000 featured harness racing fillies and mares pace at Tioga Downs on Friday (July 12). The big favorite Shebang N (Wally Hennessey) laid down all the early fractions (:26.0, :57.0, 1:24.3). Gold Star Mysti, who is owned by Gold Star Farm and trained by John Hallett, followed in the pocket for the whole trip. As they reached the stretch she slipped through on the inside and held off a late charge by Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) to win in a seasonal best of 1:52.3. Truth And Liberty settled for second money. Delilah De Vie (Jim Taggart Jr.) came flying late to finish third. Gold Star Mysti is a 6-year-old mare by Mysticism. She won for the sixth time this year. She now has 24 career victories. Leading Driver Wally Hennessey added three wins to bring his season total to 55. He was first with Prairie Foolish ($3.50), Move Over Sis ($6.10), and Glamorgal ($3.80). Second leading driver is Mike Merton with 45 wins. He won twice tonight getting victories with A Wish For Wings ($4.60), and Persistent Bettor ($12.20). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 13) with a nine race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs.

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