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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

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

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