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Nicholas, NY - Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs will both celebrate America's Independence with live harness racing on Thursday, July 4.   Tioga will race a matinee card beginning at 1:00 pm. A New York Sires Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters is the day's highlight along with Filly & Mare pacing races. The condition sheet is posted on the internet and the box closes at 9:00 am on Sunday, June 30. The Race Office may be reached at (607) 699-7688. There will be no Friday live card at Tioga this week, racing will resume on Saturday and Sunday.   Vernon will race an evening overnight card that begins at the standard post time of 6:10 pm. The box for this card will close at 9am on Saturday, June 29. The condition sheet is available here. Vernon will have racing on Friday and Saturday, constituting a 3 da live racing week. The Race Office number is (315) 829-6825.   Electronic entry is encouraged at both tracks.     Nick Salvi

Tioga Downs welcomes two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing freshmen trotting colts and geldings on Sunday (June 30). Both divisions will race for a purse of $55,000. In the first division the top morning line choice at 3-1 is Saylor (Jim Marohn Jr). Owned and trained by D.R. Ackerman, he is a colt by Chapter Seven-Creme De Cocoa. The second choice at 7-2 is Hobbs (Tyler Buter), who is a gelding by Credit Winner-Cruella De Ville. He is owned by Runthetable Stables and trained by Jim Campbell. the third choice at 4-1 is Barn Holden (Jim Meittinis). He is a colt by Conway Hall-Barn Babe, who is owned by Purple Haze Stables, Out In The Country Stable with Nancy and trainer Steven Pratt In the second division the 9-5 morning line favorite is Chaptiama (Trond Smedshammer). He is a colt by Chapter Seven-Crediama. Owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Smedshammer. The second morning line choice at 4-1 is Third Shift (Ake Svanstedt). The colt by Chapter Seven-Overnight is owned by Melby Gard Inc. and trained by Svanstedt. The third choice at 6-1 is Take The Credit (Andy Miller). Owned by Brixton Medical Inc. and trained by Svanstedt, he is a colt by Credit Winner-Love Tactics. The 15 race card on Sunday (June 30) starts at 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www,tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs will feature the Geers Stakes for sophomore harness racing pacers on Friday (June 2). The first of the Geers races will be for 3-year-old colts and geldings for a purse $73,000. The Ron Burke trained entry of World On Edge (Corey Braden) and Warrawee Unique (Mike Merton) are the morning line even money favorites. World On Edge (Roll With Joe) has a win two second and two thirds so far this season. Warrawee Unique (Sweet Lou) has a win this season and two career victories including a mark of 1:50.2 as a freshman. The Erv Miller trained duo of Cole On The Beach (Aaron Byron) and Seafarer (Marcus Miller) are the second morning line choice at 4-1. Cole On The Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) has a win, a second, and a third in six starts this season. Seafarer (Captaintreacherous) has been razor sharp this season with three wins and three seconds in six starts, In the first division of the Geers Stakes ($33,750) for 3-year-old fillies, the 9-5 morning line favorite is the Chris Ryder trained Abigail Dawn (Mark MacDonald). The filly by Real Artist already has four wins in eight starts in 2019. The second morning line choice at 5-2 is Alii Nui (Marcus Miller). The Erv Miller trained filly by Captaintreacherous also owns four wins in eight starts this season. In the second division ($33,750), the 2-1 morning line favorite is Rose Run Uptowngal. Trained by Ron Burke, the filly by Dragon Again has reached the winner's circle in three of her eight starts this season. The Erv Miller entry of Rocknroll Annie (Marcus Miller) and Shes A Major Lady (Mark MacDonald) are at 7-2. Rocknroll Annie (Rocknroll Dance) has two wins so far this season. She's A Major Lady (Art Major) has two seconds and a third in five career starts. The Julie Miller trained As Time Goes By (Troy Beyer) is also a 7-2 morning line choice. The Captaintreacherous filly has two wins to go along with eight seconds in 2019. The Friday night 10 race card at Tioga downs will start at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs.  

Tyler Buter wins five races at Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 23) including the featured harness racing pace ($12,000) with Prariie Panther. In the feature, Americanprimtime (Jim Taggart Jr.) went to the front and led to a first quarter in :26.2. Prairie Panther ($2.50) then took over control before hitting the half in :54.1. Prairie Panther, who is owned by trainer Mike Deters and Laurie Poulin, led to three-quarters in 1:22.1. Americanprimetime had the great pocket ride and was all set to challenge. Prairie Panther found another gear and flew to a last quarter of :27.3 to win in a career best 1:49.4. Americanprimetime settled for second best. Motown N (Jeffrey Long) finished third. Prairie Panther is a 5-year-old gelding by Royal Millennium. It was his seventh win in 12 starts this season. He now owns 28 career victories. Buter got his first win with Ponyta Boy ($2.20), who finished in a dead heat with Better Bangbang (Aaron Byron). His other wins came with Seal The Deal N ($5.30), Crius N Rock ($3.20), and CC Big Boy Sam ($6.00), Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 28) with a 10 race card featuring Geers Stakes races for 3-year-old pacers. Post time is 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs

Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) wins the featured harness racing Open Trot Handicap ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturday (June 23). Prairie Fortune ($6.40) charged to the front and led the group to a :28.2 first quarter. He led to the half in :58.0. Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) followed in the pocket. As they reached the back stretch Taco Tuesday (Mike Simons) went first-over and put on the pressure. Prairie Fortune, who is owned by trainer Mike Deters and Laurie Poulin, led to three-quarters in 1:26.0. He would put away Taco Tuesday at the top of the stretch. Prairie Fortune cruised to the victory in 1:54.1. Dragin The wagon was second best with Taco Tuesday settling for third money. Prairie Fortune is a 7-year-old gelding by Arapa Victory. It was his fourth win in 2019. He now owns 51 career victories. Leading driver Wally Hennessy drove five winners on the card. He got his wins with Geronimo Fame ($2.70), My Cousin Vinnie ($3.50), Bazaar Bazaar ($14.60), Celebrity Lover ($6.10), and Campbellini ($3.90). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (June 23) with 12 races starting at 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs

Gigi From Figi wins the filies & mares featured harness racing pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (June 21). Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) put up all the early fractions (:27.0, :55.1, 1:23.2). Gigi From Figi ($4.60), who is owned by trainer Mike Deters with L. Barnett and J Spindler, followed in second the whole trip. As they reached the stretch she came flying out of the pocket. She took the lead but and dug down deep to hold off the late charge of second place finisher Marvalous Jet (Mike Merton) and third place finisher Gold Star Mysti (Corey Braden) to win in 1:52.0. Gigi From Figi is a 5-year-old mare by Ponder. It was her seventh win this season. She now owns 16 career victories. Fern Paquet Jr. drove three winners on the night. He got his wins with Workin For Peanuts ($8.30), Studio City ($4.20), and Check Mach ($7.40). Mike Merton and Wally Hennessey each have drove 32 winners to lead all drivers. Jim Taggart Jr is currently in third pace with 18 victories. Fern Paquet Jr (17), and Andy Santeramo (16),round out the top five. Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a 10 race card on Saturday (June 22) with a 10 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com     John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Nichols NY - Tioga Downs will host the Geers stake for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies and colts on Friday, June 28.   It is important to note that the box for Friday, June 28 will close on Sunday, June 23 at 9:00 a.m.   The condition sheet is available here.   Electronic entry is encouraged.   Race office phone is 607-699-7688 and the judges direct line is 607-699-7573   The list of eligibles is available here.

Tioga Downs ran three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Sunday (June 16). Hickfromfrenchlick (Mark MacDonald) won the first division ($38,900). Hickfromfrenchlick ($3.60) led to a first quarter in :27.2. Magic Joe Lindy (Scott Zeron) took over as they went by the stands for the first time leading to the half in :56.0. Hickfromfrenchlick, who is owned by trainer Ray Schnittker with Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico, made his move before hitting three quarters in 1:21.1. As they reached the stretch second place finisher, Respect Our Flag (Tyler Buter) and third place finisher, Major Blake (Jason Bartlett) gave chase but Hickfromfrenchlick was too strong and won in 1:51.3. It equaled his career best time. Hickfromfrenchlick is a 3-year-old colt by So Surreal. It was his third win this season. He now has seven career victories. Buddy Hill (Jason Bartlett) was an easy winner in the the second division ($38,200). Live Lucky (Wally Hennessey) led the group to a first quarter of :26.3. Buddy Hill would then take over leading to the half in :54.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. Buddy Hill, who is owned by Tom Hill and trained by Marcus Melander, was in total control as they reached the stretch. Artie's Ideal (Marcus Miller) came charging late but settled for second as Buddy Hill won in a lifetime best of 1:52.0. Live Lucky finished third. Buddy Hill is a 3-year-old colt by Roll With Joe. It was his first win as a sophomore. He now has two career victories. Major March (Jason Bartlett) captures the third division ($38,900). Major March ($15.40) led to the first quarter in :27.0. Big favorite, American History (Tyler Buter) took over with one lap to go. He led to the half in :54.3 and three-quarters in 1:23.0. Major March, who is owned by Bay Pond Racing Stable and trained by Linda Toscano, followed in the pocket. As they reached the stretch he would fly out of the pocket and go right by to win in 1:52.3. Rollwithpapajoe (Wally Hennessey) came up to finish second with American History holding on for third. Major March is a 3-year-old colt by Art Major. It was his third trip to the winner's circle this season. He now has four career wins. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 21) witha 10 race card starting at 6:15p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs        

Prairie Panther (Wally Hennessey) captures the harness racing Open Pace Handicap ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturday (June 15). Music Is Art (Jim Taggart Jr.) led the group to a first quarter in :26.2. Prairie Panther ($3.40), who is owned by trainer Mike Deters and Laurie Poulin, took the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. He set the pace as they hit the half in :55.1 and three-quarters in 1:23.1. As they reached the stretch he put on the after-burners and cruised to a 5 length win and a seasonal best time of 1:50.4. Motown N (Jeff Long) was second with Americanprimetime (Mike Merton) finishing third. Prairie Panther is a 5-year-old gelding by Royal Millennium. It was his sixth win this season. He now owns 27 career victories Jack Rules (Andy Santeramo) wins the Open Trot Handicap ($12,000). Tag Up And Go (Mike Merton) led the group to a first quarter of :28.0 and the half in :58.0. BJ Lorado (Jim Taggart Jr.) would take over before hitting three-quarters in 1:25.3. Jack Rules ($28.20), who is owned DJS Stables and trained by Santeramo, was third after three-quarters. He went three-wide down the stretch and held off the late charge of second place finisher Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinnis) to win in a seasonal best of 1:55.0. Tag Up And Go held on for third. Jack Rules Jack Rules is a 5-year-old gelding by Crazed. It was his seventh win this season. He now has 22 career wins. Wally Hennessey drove four winners on the night. He got his other wins with Campbellini ($5.70), Celebrity Lover ($3.00), and Groovey Kid ($9.90). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (June 16) featuring three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. The 13 race card also features the return of wiener dog races. Post time is 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Marvalous Jet (Mike Merton) wins the featured harness racing fillies and mares pace ($10,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (June 14). Gigi From Figi (Wally Hennessey) put up all the early fractions (:27.0, 55.4, 1;23.3). Gold Star Mysti (Corey Braden) went first-over and battled Gigi From Figi all the way around the final turn. Marvalous Jet ($14.20), who is owned by trainer Mario Dessureault and Catheline Pelletier, was second-over third at the three-quarter mark. She moved three-wide in the stretch and blew right by to win in 1:52.4. Gigi From Figi settled for second money. Gold Star Mysti finished third. Marvalous Jet is a 6-year-old mare by Delmarvalous. She won for the seventh time in 2019. She now has 31 career victories. Mike Merton drove three winners on the night. His other wins came with Vicky All ($4.70), and Gemalous ($6.70). Jim Meittinis and Jim Taggart Jr. each had driving doubles on the night. Meittinis teamed up with trainer Joe Skowyra to get victories with Law Of Attraction ($8.40), and Blurred Lines ($5.10). Taggart Jr. had wins with Prairie Easter ($4.30), and Delilah De Vie ($26.60). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (June 15) with an 11 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs  

Tioga Downs will host three harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Father's Day Sunday (June 16). Hickfromfrenchlick (Mark MacDonald) is the 5-2 morning line favorite In the first division ($38,900). The 3-year-old colt by So Surreal is owned by trainer Ray Schnittker along with Nolamaura Racing, and Thomas Spatorico. He has two wins this season including a leg of the NYSS at Monticello. He has won six times in 10 career starts. The second morning line choice at 3-1 is Respect Our Flag (Joe Bongiorno). Trained by Jennifer Bongiorno for owners Barbara Bongiorno Stable, Bill Lambos, and Dionisios Liberatos. The 3-year-old gelding by Roll With Joe has two wins this season and four career victories. The second division ($38,200) features the 9-5 morning line favorite Reining Deo (Jim Morrill Jr.). The 3-year-old colt by Rock N Roll Heaven is owned by trainer Brett Pelling, Brian Gordon, and Deo Volente Farms. He has three seconds and a third in four starts this season. He has three career victories. The second morning line choice is Buddy Hill (Jason Bartlett) at 2-1. The 3-year-old colt by Roll With Joe is owned by Tom Hill and trained by Marcus Melander. He is still searching for his first win as a sophomore. He finished a respectable fourth in the Art Rooney Pace final ($300,000) his last time out at Yonkers. In the third division ($38,900) the morning line favorite at 2-1 is American Mercury (Tyler Buter). The 3-year-old gelding by American Ideal is trained by Chris Oakes for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Northfork Racing Stable, Chuck Pompey, and Scott Bice. He has NYSS wins at Yonkers and Saratoga this season. The gelding owns five career victories. The 5-2 second choice in the last division is the Linda Toscano trained Major March (Jason Bartlett). The 3-year-old colt by Art Major is owned by the Bay Pond Racing Stable. His two wins this season includes a NYSS win at Monticello. He has won three races in his career. Tioga Downs will also welcome the Wiener Dog races. There will be three heats of 10 dachshunds per heat. The top three finishers from each heat will qualify for the finals. The fastest wiener dog in the finals will win a $500 wagering voucher. Second place is good for a $200 wagering voucher. The third place finisher gets a $100 wagering voucher. The 13 race Father's day card starts at 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs

NICHOLS, N.Y. - The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund is hosting a seminar for new and prospective Standardbred harness racing horse owners at the Tioga Downs on Sunday, June 16. Participants are invited to gather at 9 a.m. for a backstretch tour and informational panel discussions, followed by lunch and live racing. There is no cost to this program, but reservations are requested by close of business on Friday, June 14 to ensure sufficient materials are available. 9:00 a.m. - Backstretch Tour 10:15 a.m. - Seminar 12:30 p.m. - Lunch 1:00 p.m. - Live Racing Panel discussions will be led by industry veterans and cover a variety of topics relating to Standardbred ownership, including types of ownership, the risks and rewards of owning a Standardbred racehorse, training costs, vet bills, tax issues/incentives, racehorse aftercare, and other financial considerations. "We are excited to offer this opportunity to introduce and educate potential new owners on the ins-and-outs of owning a Standardbred racehorse in a qualified environment with experienced Standardbred professionals," said M. Kelly Young, executive director, Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. "Owning a horse can be fun and rewarding, but it is a big step and no one should go in blind. We want to serve as a resource for first-time Standardbred owners and make the process of getting involved in this industry as easy as possible." For additional information and to RSVP, please contact Angie McGrath at amcgrath@caphill.com or call Sarah Buck at 518-463-8644. Tioga Downs is located at 2384 West River Rd, Nichols, NY 13812. About the Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund: The Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund is a public benefit corporation established in 1965 by the Laverne Law (Laws of New York, Chapter 567 of the Laws of 1965). The mission of the fund is to promote agriculture through the breeding of Standardbred horses and the conduct of equine research within the state. To carry out its legislative mission, the Fund administers the New York Sire Stakes races, Excelsior/State Fair Series races, and County Fair Races. Jason Politi | Baker Public Relations

Tioga Downs played host to two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies on Monday (June 10). DD Delicious (Jim Morrill Jr) came flying late to capture the first division with a stake of $57,600. So Awesome (Tim Tetrick) was the big favorite and went to the front and led the group to a first quarter of 28.1. She controlled the pace as they hit the half in :57.1. JK American Beauty (Scott Zeron) would make the first move. She came first-over from third and started to pressure So Awesome as they headed for the last turn . So Awesome maintained a short lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:25.0. The two fillies remained side by side all around the final turn. DD Delicious ($13.40), who is owned by Fiddler's Creek Stables and trained by Travis Alexander, followed in the pocket the whole trip. In mid-stretch she found an opening on the inside and turned on the after burners to slip by and pick up the win in 1:54.1. So Awesome had to settle for second with the late charging Hurrikane Norakane (David Miller) getting third. DD Delicious is a 3-year-old filly by Art Major. It was her third win in five starts this season. She did not race as a freshman. Zero Tolerance (David Miller) cruises to easy win in NYSS second division ($56,500). Brooklyn Lilacs (Joe Bongiorno) set the pace and carved out all the early fractions (:27.3, :56.2, 1:24.0). Zero Tolerance ($2.10), who is trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, patiently followed in second. She took over around the final turn. As she hit the stretch, the filly found another gear and won by over 10 lengths in 1:53.2. My Lady Dude (Scott Zeron) came up to finish second. Brooklyn Lilacs had to settle for third. Zero Tolerance is a 3-year-old filly by Heston Blue Chip. It was her third win as a sophomore. She now owns 10 career victories. Zero Tolerance Scot Zeron drove three winners on the day. He got his wins with Haydens Little Man ($4.40), American Sombrero ($6.50), and Chase You ($3.80). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 14). Post time is 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs              

The Downtown Bus (Tim Tetrick) charges late to win a leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers at Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 10). The five-eighths oval at Nichols NY played host to two harness racing divisions of the Graduate Series for both pacers and trotters. All divisions raced for a purse of $50,000. In the first division for pacers all eyes were on the two favorites, Courtly Choice (David Miller) and Lather Up (Montrell Teague) but it was The Downtown Bus ($25.20) to steal the show. The Downtown Bus went straight to the lead and hit the first quarter is :26.0. Courtly Choice then took over as they went by the stands for the first time and led at the halfway point in :54.0. Lather up went first-over as they headed around the second turn and pressured Courtly Choice all the way down the backstretch. Courtly Choice still had the lead as they reached three-quarters in 1:20.0. By the time they got to the stretch he had put away Lather Up. The Downtown Bus, who is owned by trainer Jeffrey Gillis and Ellen Ott, followed in the pocket seat for the whole trip. He would find an opening on the inside and squeeze by just before hitting the finish line in a career best of 1:48.2. Courtly Choice settled for second. Lather Up managed to hold on for third. The Downtown Bus is a 4-year-old gelding by Mach Three. It was his third win this season and his 14th career victory. Late moving Backstreet Shadow (Tim Tetrick) wins second division of Graduate Series for pacers. This Is The Plan (Yannick Gingras) went straight to the lead and put up all the early numbers (:26.2, :55.1, 1:21.1) Backstreet Shadow ($10.00), who is owned by William Hartt and trained by Scott Di Domenico, was second-over going around the last turn and went three-wide in the stretch to go by and win in 1:49.1. This Is The Plan held on for second. Done Well (Dexter Dunn) finished third. Backstreet Shadow                                                Backstreet Shadow is a 4-year-old gelding by Shadow Play. It is his fourth win this season and 11th career victory. Custom Cantab (David Miller) wins the first division of the Graduate Series for trotters. Custom Cantab ($5.40) went to the lead before hitting the first quarter mark in :28.0. She stayed in control to led to a half of :57.3. Muscle M Up (Ake Svanstedt) went first over and the two battled around the final turn with Custom Cantab hanging on to the lead and hitting three-quarters in 1:24.2. Custom Cantab Custom Cantab, who is owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc. and trained by Svanstedt, dug down deep in the stretch and won in a lifetime best of 1:52.4. Muscle M Up was second best with Mississippi Storm (Tim Tetrick getting third money. Custom Cantab is a 4-year-old mare by Mr Cantab. It was her first win of 2019 and her 16th career victory. Crystal Fashion (Tim Tetrick) hangs on to capture the second division of the Graduate series for trotters. Crystal Fashion ($7.40) Put up all the early numbers (:28.3, :58.1, 1:26.1). He battled Fiftydollarbill (David Miller) all around the final turn. Fiftydollarbill actually stuck a head in front in the stretch. Crystal Fashion, who is owned by Fashion Farms LLC and trained by Jim Campbell, found another gear and won in 1:53.3. Fiftydollarbill was second best. Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt) was trapped in the pocket and had to settle for third. Crystal Fashion Crystal Fashion is 4-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall. It was his second win in 2019. He now owns 15 career victories. Tim Tetrick drove five winners on the day including three Graduate Series races. His other two wins came with Captain Deo ($2.50) and Manofmanyimages ($10.20). Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a special Monday matinee featuring two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. The 14 race card starts at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Tioga Downs welcomes two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies on Monday (June 10). So Awesome (Tim Tetrick) is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first division. The 3-year-old filly by So Surreal is owned by William Hartt and trained by Scott Di Domenico. In her four starts as a sophomore she has two seconds and a third. She has four career victories. DD Delicious (Matt Kakaley) is the second choice at 5-2. The 3-year-old filly by Art Major is trained by Travis Alexander for the Fiddler Creek Stables. Not raced as a freshman she has two wins in four starts this season. In the second Division Zero Tolerance (David Miller) is the 2-1 morning line choice. She has already captured two legs of the NYSS this season with wins at Yonkers Raceway and Vernon Downs. The 3-year-filly by Heston Blue Chip is owned by Val D'Or Farms and trained by Joe Halloway. She is after career win number 10. Brooklyn Lilacs (Joe Bongiorno) is the second morning line choice at 7-2. The sophomore filly by Rock N Roll Heaven is owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Jennifer Bongiorno. She captured a leg of the NYSS at Yonkers Raceway. The 14 race card is set to get underway at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs will host the third leg of the Grand Circuit Graduate Series for 4-year-olds on Sunday afternoon. Both the pace and trot split into two divisions, each for a purse of $50,000.   Lather Up and Courtly Choice will hook up in the first of two seven horse pacing divisions in race six. This pair split the first leg of Graduate divisions at The Meadowlands back on May 4 with Lather Up taking the single division of the second leg at WMP last Saturday. Lather Up is a slight favorite in the field of seven with Montrell Teague back aboard for trainer Clyde Francis and owners Gary & Barbara Iles.   Division two (race 9) features Done Well and Thinkbig Dreambig who are both off to strong starts on the season. Thinkbig Dreambig is the 2-1 choice in this division off losing a photo to Lather Up in last week's race. Scott Zeron has the drive for trainer Nancy Johansson and owners Brixton Medical, Fielding, Anderberg and Falk.   The first trotting division (race seven) sees leg one winner Muscle M Up (Ake Svanstedt) look to double up in the series from post 2 in the abbreviated five horse field. He has won all three starts this year for owner Knutsson Trotting but has been on the bench since his May 18 Graduate success.   Division two (race 10) features plenty of horsepower with a pair of million dollar winning sophomores from last year, Six Pack and Crystal Fashion, meeting up for the first time this season. Six Pack became the fastest 3-year-old colt trotter ever twice last year by winning in 1:50 at The Meadowlands then taking the Kentucky Futurity in a sizzling 1:49.1. Six Pack captured his division of the first Graduate leg then skipped leg two in Canada and will make his second seasonal start on Sunday. Ake Svanstedt drives and trains for his own interests along with partners Little E, LLC, Knutsson Trotting, Stall Kalmer and L. Berg.   Post time for the 13 race card is 1:00 pm.     Nick Salvi

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