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Rebellious (Tyler Buter) captures the featured harness racing Open Handicap Pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 2). Rebellious ($4.90) took the lead before hitting the first quarter in :26.3.  He continued to control the pace hitting the half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:23.3. Rebellious, who is owned by Joel Warner and trainer Mike Deters, was joined in the stretch by Ideal Feeling (Wally Hennessey).  The two would battle all the way down the stretch.  Ideal Feeling came hard but Rebellious dug in and held on to win in 1:52.1.  Ideal Feeling had to settle for second.  Rockntouch (Mike Simons) finished third. Rebellious is a 5-year-old gelding by Mach Three.  It was his fourth win of 2019.  He now has 23 career victories. Tyler Buter drove three winners on the day.  He teamed up again with trainer Mike Deters getting a win with Hulking ($18.60).  His other win came with Tangled Mind ($28.60). There is no racing at Tioga Downs on Friday (June 7) because of the Chubby Checker concert.  Live racing returns on Saturday (June 8) starting at 6:15 p.m.  There will be afternoon racing on both Sunday (June 9) and Monday (June 10) with a post time of 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Greg Merton led Tag Up And Go ($7.00) to a win in the harness racing featured Open Handicap Trot ($12,000) at Tioga Downs. Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) put up all the early fractions (:28.1, :58.0, 1:26.1). The Last Chapter (Mike Simons) took the lead at the top of the stretch. Tag Up And Go, who is trained by Patti Harmon for owners Lester Gelardi Jr. and Anthony Passafaro, went second over fourth as they hit three-quarters. He would go four wide in mid-stretch. The Last Chapter went off-stride in deep stretch and Tag Up And Go went by to win in 1:55.2. Dragin The Wagon settled for second best. Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) finished third. Tag Up And Go is 9-year-old gelding by Angus Hall. It was his seventh win of 2019 including the last five in a row. He now has 46 career victories. Merton's five wins included two more wins with trainer Patti Harmon. Their other two wins came with Tropical Trice ($5.70) and Quick Deal ($14.00). His other driving wins came with Kabang ($16.60) and Choochoocharlie ($13.80). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (June 2) with a 13 race card starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs

Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) charges late to capture the harness racing featured Fillies & Mares Open 1 ($10,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (May 31). Well Said Maria (Aaron Byron) carved out all the early fractions (:27.2, :56.2, 1:25.0). Truth And Liberty ($7.30), who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, was eighth after the first quarter and nine lengths back. She still found herself in seventh at the half and fifth after three-quarters. As she hit the stretch she looked like she sprouted wings. She zoomed by to win in 1:53.3. Velocity McSweets (Mike Merton) was second best with Well Said Maria hanging on for third. Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her fourth win of the season. She now owns 39 career victories. Mike Simons, Fern Paquet Jr., and Wally Hennessey all had driving doubles on the card. Simons other win came with Boogie Roll ($14.20). Paquet Jr. got his wins with Windsun Brooklyn ($13.20) and Tipp City ($3.20). Hennessey reached the winner's circle with Celebrity Lover ($3.90) and Odds On Cheddar ($3.10). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (June 1) with a 10 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Americanprimetime (Drew Monti) charges late to capture the featured harness racing Open Handicap Pace ($12,000) on Sunday (May 26). Dakota Jack (Mike Simons) went to lead just before hitting the first quarter in :26.3. Ideal Feeling (Wally Hennessey) took over as they went by the stands for the first time and led to the half of :54.4. and three-quarters in 1:22.1. Americanprimetime ($16.60), who is owned by the Rock&Roll Stable and trained by Rick Dane, went second-over on the back stretch. He then made a three-wide move going around the final turn. He took over in mid-stretch and survived a late rush by second place finisher Prairie Panther (Jim Taggart Jr.) to win in a seasonal best of 1:50.2. Ideal Feeling held for third. Americanprimetime is a 7-year-old horse by American Ideal. It was his fourth win this season. He now owns 32 career victories. Drew Monti and Andy Santeramo each drove three winners on the day. Monti got his others wins with Weekend Atnannies ($9.30) and Freak On A Leash ($7.60). Santeramo reached the winner's circle with Stick With Cramer ($16.60), Rozewood ($12.80), and Rock Icon ($5.20). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (May 31) with a post time of 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Wally Hennessey drives five winners at Tioga Downs on Saturday (May 25). Hennessey got his wins with Groovey Kid ($4.90), Crazy Every Time ($2.60), Itsnoproblemman ($2.10), Soho Hanover ($3.90), and Music Is Art ($2.30). Freddie Mac (Mike Merton) wins featured trot ($12,000). Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) carved out all the early fractions (:27.1, :56.3, 1:24.4). Freddie Mac ($5.20), who is trained by Patti Harmon for the ADV Racing Stable LLC., sat in the pocket all the way until the stretch. He would pop out and go right by to win in 1:54.0. Dragin The Wagon held on for second. Boli (Wally Hennesey) finished third. Freddie Mac is a 5-year-old horse by Cornaro Dasolo. It was win number four in 2019. He now has 14 career victories. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (May 26) with a 10 race card starting at a special post time of 6:15 p.m. There is an umbrella giveaway while supplies last. Fireworks follows live racing. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) wins the filly and mares featured harness racing pace ($12,000) on Friday (May 24). Velocity McSweets (Mike Merton) led to a first quarter of :27.1. HP Sissy (Wally Hennessey) took over as they went by the stands for the first time before hitting the half in :56.2. Truth And Liberty ($5.10), who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, battled HP Sissy all the way around the final turn. Truth And Liberty had a short lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:23.4. HP Sissy would battle back to re-claim the lead at the top of the stretch. Truth And Liberty finally shook loose in mid-stretch and held off a late charge by second place finisher Velocity McSweets to win in a seasonal best of 1:51.4. Northern Dali (Jim Meittinis) was third best. Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her third win this season and her 37th career victory. Mike SImons also trained and drove Oneida Blue Chip ($5.80) to a victory on the night. Driver Jim Taggart Jr. and trainer Gary Messenger combined for two wins during the card. They got their wins with Filly Forty ($6.40) and Classic Can Dream ($8.40). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (May 25) with a 10 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Deetzy (Shawn Gray) glides to an easy harness racing win at the Tioga Downs Open Handicap Pace ($12,000) on Sunday (May 19). Americanprimetime (Mike Merton) grabbed the lead just before hitting the first quarter mark in :26.2. The lead was short lived as Deetzy ($4.10) took over as the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. Deetzy led to the half in :54.1. New World Order (Tyler Buter) put on some pressure just before Deetzy hit the three-quarter mark in 1:22.1. Deetzy is trained by Jimmy Nickerson and owned by the Holland Racing Stable. He shook loose in the stretch to win in 1:50.1. Americanprimetime was second best with Dakota Jack (Mike Simons) getting third money. Deetzy is a 7-year-old gelding by Jerome's Jet. It was his third win this season. He now has reached the winner's circle 26 times in his career. Tag Up And Go (Mike Merton) charges late to capture the Open Handicap Trot ($12,000). Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) went to the front and carved out all the early fractions (:27.2, :57.0, 1:25.1). Tag Up And Go ($2.40), who is trained by Patti Harmon for owners Lester Gelardi Jr. and Anthony Passafaro, was fourth heading into the stretch. He looked like he put on wings as he out-dueled second place finisher Golden Son (Mike Simons) to win in 1:54.2. Prairie Fortune held on to finish third. Tag Up And Go is a 9-year-old gelding by Angus Hall. He has six wins this season including the last four in a row. The gelding now owns 45 career victories. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (May 24) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs

Roundtown Rocker (Jim Taggart Jr.) charges late to take the Tioga Downs featured harness racing pace ($9,000) on Saturday (May 18). Meadowbranch Ricky put up all the early fractions (:27.4, :57.0, 1:25.2). Roundtown Rocker ($14.20), who is trained by Rick Dane for owners Scott Dane and the Rock&Roll Stable, was third after three-quarters. He went flying in the stretch and wore down second place finisher Meadowbranch Ricky to win in a seasonal best time of 1:55.3. Jack Rules (Andy Santeramo) came up late to finish third. Roundtown Rocker is a 6-year-old gelding by Hard Rock N Roll. It was his second win this season. He now has 33 career victories. Jim Taggart Jr. had two more wins on the night. His other wins came with Soho Hanover ($9.00) and Six Bax ($6.00). Live racing returns to Tioga Downs with a 13 race card on Sunday (May 19) starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs

Tay Tay M (Renaldo Morales III) wins the featured Fillies & Mares Open 1 Pace ($12,000) on Friday (May 17) at Tioga Downs. HP Sissy (Jim Meittinis) put up all the early numbers (:28.0, :56.4, 1:24.2) Tay Tay M ($20.60), who is trained by Kim Sears for owners Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, rode in the pocket all the way to the stretch. She would go to the front and hold off the late charge by second place finisher, Velocity McSweets (Mike Merton) to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.0. Northern Daily (Wally Hennesey) was third best. Tay Tay M is a 5-year-old mare by Six Of Diamonds. It was her third win this season. She now has 11 career victories. Mike Merton had three winners on the night. He got the wins with Lotus Seelster ($15.40), Gold Star Mysti ($9.30), and Marvelous Jet ($7.70). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (May 18) with an eight race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Prairie Panther (Tyler Buter) wins the featured harness racing Open Handicap Pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (May 12). Sir Pugsley (Drew Monti) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :26.3. Prairie Panther ($4.00)then took control as they went by the stands for the first time. He led the group to a half of :55.0 and three-quarters in 1:22.4. Owned by Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters, he found another gear in the stretch to win by four lengths in 1:52.1. Americanprimetime (Greg Merton) came on late to finish second. Bettor's Edge (Howard Parker) was third best. Prairie Panther is a 5-year-old gelding by Royal Millennium. It was his fifth win in eight starts this season. He now has 26 career victories. Tyler Buter won three on the day. His other wins came with New World Order A ($6.30) and A Bettor Hat ($2.90). Drew Monti teamed up with trainer Joe Skowyra to win a pair on the day. They got their wins with Weekend Atnannies ($5.50) and The Spy ($10.40) Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (May 17) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs

Tag Up And Go (Mike Merton) was victorious in the featured harness racing Open Trot Handicap ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturday (May 11). Tag Up And Go ($7.40) went to the front and never looked back. Trained by Patti Harmon for owners Lester Gelardi Jr. and Anthony Passafaro, he put up all the fractions (:27.3, :58.2, 1:26.3, 1:55.1) to win gate-to-wire. Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) charged late to finish second. Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) was third best. Tag Up And Go is a 9-year-old gelding by Angus Hall. It was win number five on the season. He now owns 44 career wins. Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) charges late to take the featured Fillies & Mares Open Pace ($12,000). January A (Mike Merton) took the lead to a quarter of :27.2. Hp Sissy (Jim Meittinis) took over and led them to a half of :55.0 and to three-quarters in 1:23.0. Truth And Liberty ($7.70), who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, was fifth at the top of the stretch. She came flying down the stretch to wear down second place finisher Hp Sissy to win in 1:55.2. Family Roll Call (Aaron Byron) finished third. Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. The win was her second in 2019. She now has 37 career victories. Truth And Liberty                                                 ---Photo by Fred Brown Mike Simons won two more on the night. He got his other wins with Oneida Blue Chip ($2.90), and Bob N Tony ($6.50). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (May 12) with an 11 race card starting at 1 p.m. All mothers will receive a free rose while supplies last. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com Photos by Fred Brown   John Horne for Tioga Downs

Prairie Panther (Tyler Buter) takes the featured Open Handicap Pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs harness racing on Sunday (May 5). Americanprimetime (Greg Merton) went to the lead from his outside post and put up all the early fractions (:27.1, :56.3, 1:24.0). Prairie Panther ($5.70), who is owned bu Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters) road in the pocket seat the whole way.  He went first-over at the top of the stretch and wore down second place finisher Americanprimetime to win in 1:51.1. Finishing third was Owosso Flash (Fern Paquet Jr.) Priarie Panther is a 5-year-old gelding by Royal Millennium.  He is now four for seven in 2019.  It was career victory number 25. Buter had a driving triple on the day.  His other wins came with Seel The Deal N ($8.40) and Race Me Villa ($5.80). Father and son, Mike Simons and Shawn Simons each had a win on the card.  Mike took All About Rusty ($13.40) to the winner's circle.  Shawn got his win with Wildcat Hilton ($3.40). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (May 11) with a post time at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Prarie Fortune wins the Tioga Downs harness racing featured Open Handicap Trot ($12,000) on Saturday (May 4). Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) led them to a first quarter of :27.1. Taco Tuesday (Jim Taggart Jr.) then dashed by to lead them to a half of :55.3 and a three-quarter mark of 1:24.2. Prairie Fortune ($4.70) went first-over from third just before three-quarters. Owned by Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters, he would charge to the front and hold off the late charge of second place finisher Freddie Mac (Mike Merton) to win in 1:53.4. Dragin The Wagon finished third. Prairie Fortune is a 7-year-old gelding by Arapa Victory. He won for the third time this season. and won for the 50th time in his career. Shutthefrontdoor (Fern Paquet Jr.) edges HP Sissy (Jim Meittinis) to claim the Fillies & Mares Open 1 Handicap ($12,000). HP Sissy led to a first quarter of :26.2 and the half in :56.0. Shutthefrontdoor went first over to stick a head in front while hitting three-quarters in 1:25.1. The two horses looked like they were joined at the hip as the went around the final turn. HP Sissy regained a short lead as they reached the stretch. Shutthefrontdoor, who is trained by Guy Howard for owners Brianne Good and Richard Villenueve. surged enough in deep stretch to win in 1:53.3. HP Sissy was a stubborn second with K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) getting third money. Shutthefrontdoor is an 8-year-old mare by Well Said. It was her first win of 2019 and her 24th career victory. Shutthefrontdoor The huge opening day crowd enjoyed a large display of Fireworks after racing concluded. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (May 5) with 10 race card and a special starting time of 1:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs will open the 2019 season on Saturday (May 4) with a nine race harness racing card and a special post time of 5:30 p.m. Mike Merton, the 2018 top driver with 82 wins, returns to defend his title. Jim Taggart Jr. was second in 2018 with 62 trips to the winner's circle. Aaron Byron was third best a season ago with 59 wins. Jim Meittinis was fourth with 56 victories. Mike Simons was fifth in the standings with 47 wins. Gary Messenger was top dog in the trainer standings. He won 40 times a year ago. Mike Deters was second with 35 tallies. Patty Harmon (26), Joe Skowyra (25), and Gaston Lareau (19) round out the top five. Tioga Downs will begin their 14th season on Saturday with "Derby Day". The celebration will include a Derby Hat contest, t-shirt and magnet giveaways as well as a live bugler. The day will also include a chance for two contestants to get a $500 dream bet. They will be able to bet $500 to win on any horse in the 2019 Kentucky Derby. They will get to keep any winnings. The evening will end with a large fireworks display. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs will begin their 14th season of harness racing with a live card on "Derby Day", Saturday (May 4), with a special post time of 5:00 p.m. The celebration will include a Derby Hat contest, t-shirt and magnet giveaways. The day will also include a $1000 Derby Dream Bet Promotion. The two Dream Bet winners will receive $500 to wager on any horse in the Kentucky Derby. They will take home any winnings. The Kentucky Derby will be shown live on our large Tote board screen as well as on TV's all around Tioga Downs. A spectacular fireworks display will follow live racing. Tioga Downs will once again be the home to some of the best harness horses in the country. On Sunday, June 9th Tioga will feature a leg of The Graduate Series ($75,000), for 4-year-old pacers and trotters. On Sunday, August 11th the five-eighths mile track in Nichols, NY, will feature the Empire Breeders Classic eliminations, with races for both 3-year-old fillies and colts. Also featured on the card it the Joie De Vie Open Mare Trot ($175,000), as well as the Crawford Farms Open Trot ($175,000). In the 2017 version of the Joie De Vie, Emoticon Hanover set a world record for 4-year-old trotting mares on a five-eighths mile track with a time of 1:50.2. She owns the overall Tioga Downs track record for all trotters as well. On Sunday, August 18th Tioga Downs will feature the Empire Breeders Classic finals with both 3-year-old pacing fillies and colts, each racing for a purse of $250,000 (Est.). Also on that day will be the Roll With Joe Open Pace ($175,000), and the Artiscape Open Mare Pace ($175,000). For more information go to www.tiogadowns .com John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs will kick off the 2019 live harness racing season on Saturday, May 4.   Racing will be Saturday and Sunday the first two weeks then pick up Friday beginning with May 17.   The first draw will be a double draw held on Wednesday, May 1 with a box closing of 9:00am.   A racing application is required and they may be found, along with other pertinent information, on the Tioga website.   The first condition sheet is up on ustrotting.com.   Enter via e-track or by calling (607) 699-7688 and the direct line to the Judges is (607) 699-7573.     Nick Salvi    

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