Day At The Track
Search Results
65 to 80 of 305

Tioga Downs cancelled the Saturday (July 14) race card after five races due to inclement weather.   Driver Jim Meittinis and trainer Mike Deters combined for two wins on the evening.   Their first win was with Doo Wop Hanover ($2.50), he charged late to win in 1:54.2. The 7-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover is owned by Peter Blood and Rick Berks. It was his fourth win of 2018 and it was career victory number 18.   Their second win came with Ideal Feeling ($2.30) winning in 1:55.3. The 3-year-old colt by American Ideal is owned by Rick Berks. He won for the second time this season and for the third time in his career.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 15) with a 13 race card starting at 1 p.m. Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) will take center stage.   For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Milky Way Rae (Aaron Byron) wins the featured fillies and mares pace ($11,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (July 13). Heavens Dancer (Cory Stratton) controlled all the early fractions (:27.4, :57.4,1:26.0) Milky Way Rae ($28.00) followed in the pocket all the way until the top of the stretch. Owned by Fortunate One LLC and trained by Tony Dinges, she would zoom by in the stretch to win in 1:55.0. K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) fired late to finish second. all Charged Up (Mike Simons) was third best. Milky Way Rae is a 5-year-old mare by American Ideal. It was her fourth win this season and career victory number 20. Fern Paquet Jr. had a driving triple on the night. His wins were with Open Skies ($16.00), Sunset Dream ($11.00), and Embassy Seelster ($6.30). When I arrived at Tioga Downs in 2014. I noticed two people that seemed to be here during every race day. Their names are Mary Birdsall and Chris James. They love harness racing and they love Tioga Downs. Earlier this year Chris James purchased a 5-year-old mare named Open Skies. Two weeks ago they were in the winner's circle for the first time. Open Skies returned to the winner's circle again tonight and they found out it never gets old and is just as sweet the second time as the first time. Harness racing needs more people like Mary and Chris. It's hard not to root for Tioga Downs number one fans! Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 14) with a 13 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Three divisions of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old harness racing pacing fillies come to Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 15). In the first division ($35,866), Crazy Cute (Art Major-Crazy Luv Bug) is the morning line favorite at 2-1. She is driven by Jim Morrill Jr. for trainer Mark Harder and owner Joseph Jannuzzelli. She has two seconds in her two lifetime starts including a runner-up finish during a leg of the NYSS ($54,000) at Yonkers Raceway (July 6). The second morning line choice at 5-2 is Prescient Beauty (Art Major-Precious Beauty). Owned by James Avritt Sr., driven by Doug McNair and trained by Gregg McNair, she is one for one in her career with a impressive win at Woodbine Standardbred at Mohawk (July 2). The second division ($36,566) morning line favorite at 5-2 is JK American Beauty (American Ideal-JK Black Beauty). Driven by Yannick Gingras for owner 3 Brothers Stables and trainer Nancy Johansson, her best finish was a second in a leg of the NYSS ($54,000)at Yonkers Raceway (July 6). The second choice at 3-1 is Meghan Lynn (American Ideal-Ladyotra). Daniel Dube takes over the driving duties for owner Crawford Farms Racing and trainer Chris Oakes. She won a leg of the NYSS ($52,500) at Buffalo Raceway (June 20). She was third behind runner-up JK American Beauty at Yonkers Raceway (July 6). The third division of the NYSS ($36,566) for freshman pacing fillies, features 2-1 morning line favorite, the Ron Burke trained St Somewhere (American Ideal-Somstreetsomwhere). In her second lifetime start she won a leg of the NYSS ($54,000) at Yonkers Raceway (July 6). Yannick Gingras drives for owners Burke Racing Stable and P. Collura, J&T Ailva -Purnell Libby with Weaver Bruscemi. So Awesome (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl) is the second choice in the third division at 5-2. Tim Tetrick drives for trainer Scott Di Domenico and owner William Hartt. She also won a leg of the NYSS ($54,000) at Yonkers Raceway (July 6). Post time for the 13 race card at Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 15) is 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Dee's Rocketman (Andy Santeramo) won the Sunday matinee (July 8) Open Pace ($11,000) at Tioga Downs. Chumlee A (Larry Staubaum) covered all the early fractions (:27.1, :55.3, 1:23.3) Dee's Rocketman ($18.40) went first over resembling his name, looking like a rocket in the stretch. Owned by Joe Martinelli Sr. and trained by Mickey McNichol, he won in 1:52.0. Owosso Flash (Fern Paquet Jr.) charged late to get second money. Time Out I'm Tired (Aaron Byron) was third. Dee's Rocketman is a 6-year-old ridgling by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was his ninth win in 2018 and his 20th career victory. Bruce Clark gets a double double with training and driving wins with Niall Hanover ($9.20) and Heartbeat Hill ($3.00). Jim Taggart Jr. had a driving double with Bettorsluckystreak ($17.20) and Tarport Andy ($15.80) The driving title for 2018 continues to be wide open. Jim Meittinis and Aaron Byron are tied for the lead with 31 wins each. Mike Merton and Jim Taggart Jr. are tied for third with 29 tallies. Andy Sateramo is fifth with 20 wins. Gary Messenger continues to lead trainers in wins. He has won 22 races so far. Mike Deters is second with 18 victories. Joe Skowyra (13), Bruce Clarke (12) and Mark Major (10) round out the top five. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (July 13) starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information got to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Uncle Hanover ($11.80) led the field gate-to-wire (:28.2, :57.1, 1:26.0, 1:55.4). Icanflylikeanangel and harness racing driver Corey Braden followed in the pocket all the way to the middle of the stretch, he pulled from the pocket and went all out, but fell short and settled for second best. Tropical Trice (Mike Merton) finished third. Uncle Hanover is a 6-year-old gelding by Muscle Hill. Owned By Probber Morse Racing LLC and Unity Stable while trained by Barry Probber. He won for the fifth time this season and secured career win number 16. Probber had a training double. His other win was with Explosive Drama ($6.90). Wygant Prince (Paul Minore) wins Billings Amateur race ($6,000). Uriel Prince (Annie Stoebe) controlled all the early fractions (:28.0, :58.1, 1:27.0). Wygant Prince ($25.40) , who is owned by Minore and trained by Taylor Gower, popped out of the pocket going around the final turn and held off a late charge from Aventure (Tony Ciuffetelli) to win in 1:57.3. Aventure finished second best while Uriel held on for third.   Wygant Prince is an 11-year-old gelding by S J's Photo. It was his sixth win of 2018 and his 37th career trip to the winner's circle.   Fern Paquet Jr. and Kyle DiBenedetto each won two races on the night.   Paquet Jr. won with Bashful Strike ($18.00) and Zoraze ($9.70). DiBenedetto got his wins with Moolah Moolah ($23.80) and Explosive Drama ($6.90). Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a 13 race card on Sunday (July 8) at 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs  

Nichols,NY--The beauty of the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series is that its a traveling harness racing program where the competitors get a chance to exhibit their abilities on different size racetracks throughout the nine month season. Today ( July 7) the race was over Tioga Downs' 5/8ths mile oval in New York's southern tier and after a hard fought battle "Coach Paul" Minore and his veteran trotter, Wygant Prince, withheld a late charge by Aventure and driver "Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli and to score a 1:57.3 victory. Overlooked by the attending public Wygant Prince paid $25.40 for win. When the six-horse field was approaching the starting line the rail horse and even-money favorite, Fleet Honeybee ("Yankee Joe" Lee), went off-stride and was never in contention thereafter. When the mobile gate sprung Wygant Prince, racing from the two-hole, allowed (#6) Uriel and "Annie Get Your Gun" Stoebe, to gain command in the 28-second first quarter. When all the trotters lined up in single file Wygant Prince got to enjoy a two hole journey until the field headed to the third stanza. As the leaders rounded the final turn Minore kept his charge along the pylons and rallied past Uriel and braced for the hard charging Aventure. In the deep stretch Wygant Prince and Aventure matched stride for stride but at the finish Minore's trotter got the last call for a head victory. Uriel finished two lengths behind the top two for third money. The winner, an 11-year-old altered son of SJ's Photo, notched his sixth seasonal triumph and 37th of his illustrious career while raising his career earnings to over $411,000. Wygant Price is owned by his driver and trained by Taylor Gower. by John Manzi for the Billings Series  

Roll With Sparky won the Tioga Downs Fillies and Mares Open Handicap ($10,000) on a special July fourth harness racing matinee. Roll With Sparky ($3.80) went to the lead and controlled all the fractions (:27.1, :57.0, 1:24.0, 1:52.1). Miss Irish Rose A (Larry Stalbaum) followed the whole way. She would make a run at the lead in the stretch but Roll With Sparky had plenty in the tank to win with ease. Miss Irish Rose A finished second. K J's Caroline (Mike Merton) was third best. Roll With Sparky is a 4-year-old mare by Roll With Joe. Trained and driven by John MacDonald for owners James Graham, Lee Winters, and Paul Tandlmeyer, it was her fourth win this season and 16th career victory. MC Attagirl (Fern Paquet Jr.) wins seventh in a row with a victory in the Fillies And Mares Open 3 ($7,900). MC Attagirl ($10.80) went to the lead and controlled the early fractions (:28.1, :57.3, 1:25.4). Checkered Past (Jim Meittinis) pressured her all around the last turn taking the lead at the top of the stretch. MC Attagirl answered back by pulling away in deep stretch to win in 1:52.4. Rockin Desire came up to finish second. Calbay (Dan Harvey) picked up third place. MC Attagirl is a 4 year-old mare by Proper Respect. Owned and trained by Edgar Clarke, she now has eight wins on the season. It was the 10th time she reached the winner's circle in her career. Tioga Downs will have no racing on Friday (July 6). Live racing returns on Saturday (July 7) 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

Harness racing pacer Rebellious (Jim Meittinis) takes the Tioga Downs Open ($12,000) on Sunday (July 1). Time Out I'm Tired (Mike Merton) went to the front and carried them to the half (:28.2, :57.3). Sir Ziggy's Z Tam would have a slight lead after hitting three-quarters in 1:25.3. Time Out I'm Tired reclaimed the lead by two lengths at the top of the stretch.   Rebellious ($6.00) was sixth at the top of the stretch but faster than a speeding bullet. he flew by to win in 1:52.2. Time Out I'm Tired settled for second best with Caviart Reagan finishing third.   Rebellious is a 4-year-old gelding by Mach Three. Owned by Joel Warner and trainer Mike Deters, he won for the eighth time this season. It was career win number 12. After the first day of July, the drivers win title remains wide open. Aaron Byron and Jim Meittinis are tied for first with 29 wins each. Jim Taggart Jr is third with 27 wins just one ahead of Mike Merton's 26 wins. Defending Champion Mike Simons and Andy Santeramo are tied for fifth with 18 wins a piece. Gary Messenger leads all trainers with 21 wins. Defending Champion Mike Deters is second with 17 victories. Joe Skowyra is third with 13 trips to the winner's circle. Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a special eight race card on Wednesday (July 4) starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

BJ Lorado (Tyler Freese) took the Tioga Downs featured trot ($9,000) on Saturday (June 30). BJ Lorado ($18.40) flew out of the gate and never looked back putting up all the fractions (:27.4, :57.1, 1:25.1, 1:55.1). Picture This (Charlie Norris) followed in the pocket trip the whole way and tried to sneak by on the inside in deep stretch but BJ Lorado was just too strong on this day and won by a length. Picture This settled for second best with Tropical Trice (Mike Merton) finishing third. BJ Lorado is a 4-year-old gelding by Bo W. Owned by Michael and Diane Norcross and trained by Marc Major, he won his fifth race of the year. It was career win number nine. Jim Meittinis, Jim Taggart Jr., and Bruce Clarke all had driving doubles on the night. Meittinis won with Prairie Diamonds ($34.40) and Court's N Session ($8.70). Taggart Jr. picked up his wins with Yessirimgone ($2.60) and Outsidecourt ($3.50). Clarke went to the winner's circle with Defiantsnowfashion ($4.80) and Morosita Bi ($5.30). Tioga Downs returns to live action on Sunday (July 1) with a 13 race card starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Thinkbig Dreambig (Jimmy Takter) gutted out a victory in the third division ($25,400) of the Tompkins-Greers Stakes races for 3-year-old harness racing pacing colts and geldings at Tioga Downs on Friday (6-29). There were three divisions of Sophomore pacers for colt and geldings as well as three division for their counterpart pacing fillies. No Easy Day (Matt Kakaley) took the lead and controlled all the early fractions (:27.2, :56.4, 1:24.1). Thinkbig Dreambig ($3.40) went first-over on the back stretch and pressured No Easy Day all around the last half mile. Trained by Takter for owners Brixton Medical Inc., D Fielding, G N Anderberg, and G C Falk, he would take over in mid-stretch and hold off the late charge of Ideal Feeling (Corey Callahan) to win in 1:52.2. No Easy Day and Ideal Feeling ended up in a dead heat for second. Thinkbig Dreambig is a 3-year-old colt by Bettor's Delight. Not raced as a 2-year-old, he has won four straight as a sophomore in five career starts. In the Tompkins-Geers first division ($24,900) for Colts and geldings, Rockapelo (Jim Morrill Jr.) charges late to get the victory in 1:50.2. Shadow Cat (Corey Callahan) finished second. Wheels On Fire Matt Kakaley was third. Rockapelo ($10.80) is a 3-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven. Owned by Enviro Stables and trained by Linda Toscano, it was his second win this season and career win number six. Winston (Corey Callahan) went gate-to-wire to win the second division ($24.90) of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes. Putting up all the numbers. (:27.1, :55.1, 1:22.1, 1:50.1). Second place finisher Terror Atthe Beach (Fern Paquet Jr.) came out of the pocket to challenge but fell short by a neck. Heartbeat Hill (Jim Marohn Jr.) was third. Winston ($7.10) is a 3-year-old gelding by Western Ideal. He is owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by John Butenschoen. It was his fourth win this season and career victory number six. Jewels Forreal (Matt Kakaley) came out of the clouds to win the first division ($23,500) of the Thompkins-Geers Stakes for sophomore pacing fillies. Sixth at the top of the stretch she swooped by to win in 1:51.0. E Dee's Well Said (Jim Pantaleano) was second with Betterthanbrie (Jimmy Takter) finished third. Owned by trainer Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi LLC., the 3-year-old filly by So Surreal won for the second time this season. It was career win number five. Ask Me If I Care (Mike Micallef) went gate-to-wire to barely hold-off Aldine Hanover (Marcus Miller) in the second division ($23,500) of the Tompkins-Geers for Fillies in a time of 1:52.1. Kimberlee (Jim Morrill Jr) finished third. Ask Me If I Care ($9.20) is a 3-year-old filly by Manhardt. Trained by Micallef for owners Libby Myers and Anita Micallef. It was her second win of 2018. It was career tally number four. In the last Tompkins-Geers Stakes ($23,500) for sophomore pacing fillies it was Cuts Like A Knife (Corey Callahan) to steal the victory with a late run in 1:52.4. Reign On Me (Jim Morrill Jr.) was second best. Newsday (Jim Marohn Jr.) finished third. Cuts Like A Knife ($23.00) is a 3-year-old filly by A Rocknroll Dance. Trained by Bruce Saunders for owners Charles, Julie and Francene Nash, it was her first win this season and fourth career victory. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (June 30) with a 10 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. Fireworks follows live racing. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Tioga Downs will welcome six Tompkins-Geers Stakes races on Friday (June 29). There will be three Grand Circuit harness racing divisions for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings as well as three divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies. In the first division($24,900) for pacing colts and geldings, the morning line favorite at 5-2 is Shadow Cat (Corey Callahan). Trained by John Butenscoen for owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick, the 3-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere, has one win , two seconds and two thirds this season. The 5-2 morning line favorite for the second division ($24,900) featuring sophomore colts and geldings is Art Dancer (Jim Morrill Jr.). The 3-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Dance is owned by Rick Phillips, VIP Internet Stable, and trainer Mark Harder. Art Dancer is six for ten in 2018. In the third division ($25,400) for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings the morning line favorite at 5-2 is Thinkbig Dreambig (Jimmy Takter). Takter trains the 3-year-old colt by Bettor's Delight for owners J D Fielding, G N Anderberg, G C Falk, and Brixton Medical Inc. Thinkbig Dreambig didn't race as a 2-year-old. He is three for four with three straight wins as a sophomore pacer. In the first division ($23,500) for pacing 3-year-old fillies, the Ron Burke trained entry of Jewels Forreal (Matt Kakaley) and Python Blue Chip (Corey Callahan) are the 2-1 morning line favorite. Jewels Forreal (So Surreal) , who has five career victories is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Python Blue Chip (Roll With Joe) is three for fifteen in her career. She is owned by Stable 45, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Ake Svanstedt and R. Smith. Alidine Hanover (Marcus Miller) is the morning line top choice in the second division ($23,500) at 3-1. Erv Miller trains the 3-year-old filly by Rocknroll Dance for owners Glenn Bechtel, Louis Willinger, and the Ervin Miller Stable. She has three seconds and one third in her four starts as a sophomore filly. The 5-2 morning line favorite in the final division for 3-year-old pacing fillies is Reign On Me (Jim Morrill Jr.). The 3-year-old filly by Well Said had a great freshman season but is looking for her first win as a sophomore. She is trained by R. Nifty Norman for owners Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., and Jennifer Dalton Stable LLC. The 14 race card on Friday (June 29) starts at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs      

For the upcoming holiday week, Tioga Downs will be altering its draw schedule to accommodate an afternoon racing card on the 4th of July. The Wednesday, 7/4 card will be drawn for on Sunday, July 1st. The box will close at 9am. Driver changes for the card will also be completed by the end of racing on the 1st. Since there is no Friday racing that week, single draws for the Saturday 7/7 and Sunday 7/8 cards will be completed on Wednesday 7/4 and Thursday 7/5. Box will close at 9am each day with driver changes due the next day by 10am. For more information go to www.Tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Atlanta (Scott Zeron) adds the Tioga Downs 3-year-old trotting track record to her resume as she was impressive going gate-to-wire in the second division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) to win in 1:52.1. Scott Zeron swept the three divisions of the NYSS for 3-year-old trotting fillies. All three races ran for a purse of $40,600. Harness racing driver Zeron had six wins total on the day. In the second division of the NYSS Atlanta ($2.10) charged out of the seventh post position and as expected Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) followed in the pocket. Atlanta hit every pole first (:27.4, :57.0, 1:25.0, 1:52.1). Plunge Blue Chip came out of the pocket to make a run at Atlanta just before three-quarters. Atlanta could feel the pressure and turned it up a notch. Once she hit the stretch nobody was going to catch her. She now holds the track record for all 3-year-old trotters at Tioga, winning in 1:52.1. Plunge Blue Chip easily finished second. Lima Novelty (Jim Morrill Jr.) finished a distant third. Trained by Rick Zeron for owners Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor, and Bradley Grant, the 3-year-old by Chapter Seven is now four for four as a sophomore filly. It was her eighth career win. Tribute To Seven (Scott Zeron) uses a late run to win the first division of the NYSS. The favorite Lucky Ava (Ake Svanstedt) went to the front and laid down all the early fractions (:28.4, :59.0, 1:27.1). Tribute To Seven ($9.50) went first over before the three quarter mark. Owned by Richard Gutnick and trained by Linda Toscano, she would battle second place finisher Lucky Ava, all the way down the stretch winning by a neck in 1:55.2. Getting third money was Perfect Summer K (Jason Bartlett). Tribute To Seven is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. She picked up her third win of the season and career. Repentance (Scott Zeron) zoomed by in the stretch to capture the third division of the NYSS. Fury Road (Ake Svanstedt) controlled all the early fractions (:28.2, :58.3, 1:26.3). Repentance ($7.10) was second over around the final turn and used a sweeping three wide move in the stretch to win going away in 1:55.3. Golden Muscle (Jim Morrill Jr.) finished second with Fury Road holding on for third place. Repentance is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. Owned by Diamond Creek Racing and trained by Linda Toscano, she won for the second time this season and the third time in her career. Zeron also had wins with A Gift For You ($2.80), Ithinkthatsmine ($18.00), and Mikado Blue Chip $14.60. Tioga Downs, the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association, and the Harness Horse Breeders' of NYS joined together once again to host its Annual "Scholarship Race" for high school seniors. Paxton Jobson of Newark Valley and driver Jim Meittinis finished first with Prairie Midnight. Angel Keppler of Owego and driver Tony Dinges finished second with Stick With Cramer. Sarah Kasson of Vestal and driver Lou Ginesi finished third with College Major. Finishing fourth was Joshua Dolphin of Union Endicott and driver John Hallet with Jessica's Pride. Audra Jaye of Tioga Central and driver Vern Smith finished fifth with Candadian Chrome. All five students received a $1,700 scholarship. Before racing Tioga Downs honored horsemen that passed away over the winter and spring. Honored were Jim Perry, Dennis Payne, Paul Bernardo, Joe Juckas, Fred Cohen and Fred Monteleone. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 29) with a post time of 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs                      

Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) goes gate-to-wire to win the Saturday night (June 23) featured pace ($10,000) at Tioga Downs. Dragin The Wagon ($7.10) charged out of the gate from his outside position and put up all the fractions (:27.3, :571, 1:25.2, 1:55.0). Trained by Jeff Byron for owners Cary, David, and Michael Cantelon, Dragin the Wagon was pressured a little at the top of the stretch by second place finisher Noble Anthony (Atlee Bender), but the gelding found another gear and won easily. SR Radar finished third. Dragin The Wagon is an 8-year-old gelding by Angus Hall. It was his third win of the season and his 42nd career victory. Mike Merton won three races on the night. His wins were with Jupiter Johnny ($3.70), Commentary ($7.60), and Odds In Play ($13.20). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (June 24) featuring three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Also Tioga Downs, the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association, and the Harness Horse Breeders' of NYS are joining together once again to host its Annual "Scholarship Race". It will be after race 2. The 15 race card starts at 1:00 p.m. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Kruella (Mike Simons) charged late in the stretch to win theTioga Downs Fillies and Mares Open Handicap harness racing pace ($11,000) on Friday (June 22). K J's Caroline (Mike Merton) went right to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:26.1, :56.0, 1:24.0). Kruella ($8.40) was fourth after three-quarters. Owned by Two Gals Stable LLC., and trained by Jineen Simone, she used a sweeping three-wide move to blow by to win in a lifetime best time of 1:52.2. A Wish For Wings (Fern Paquet Jr.) charged home late to finish second. K J's Caroline hung on for third. Kruela is a 6-year-old mare by American Ideal. She is two for two this season and she secured career win number 34. Aaron Byron leads all drivers in wins so far this season with 26. Jim Taggart Jr is second with 24 victories with Jim Meittis in third with 23 tallies. Mike Merton is fourth with 21 times to the winner's circle. Last year's driving champion, Mike Simons rounds out the top five with 16 wins. Tioga Downs was blessed with a flyover during tonight's National Anthem by 3 T6 Texans. They will be at the air show sponsored by Tioga Downs at the Greater Binghamton Airshow at the Greater Binghamton Airport from 12-4 on Saturday (June 23). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday with a 12 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Nichols, NY -- Several local horsemen, including farrier Dennis Payne, who passed away over the past year, will be remembered during a memorial service prior to the first race at Tioga Downs, Nichols, NY, on Sunday, June 24, 2018. Born in Binghamton, N.Y., on February 27 1944, Dennis Leo Payne was raised in the Southern Tier region of New York and in Central Florida. He got into the horse business with his grandparents on his mother's side, and he learned shoeing and blacksmithing from his stepfather Robert. Over the course of his 50-plus years of shoeing horses, he was responsible for the foot care of three Hambletonian winners, including Continentalvictory, Self Possessed and Victory Dream. He quietly shod dozens of World Champions and superstars of the sport of harness racing...too numerous to mention. In fact, when Niatross visited Monticello Raceway in 1980, it was Dennis Payne who re-set the iconic pacers footwear. Payne passed away on February 1 2018, and is survived by his loving wife Joann Murns-Payne, 2 sons, Danny Payne (Carol Ann) Ga., John Payne (Dawn) S.C., a daughter Amie Payne, Ga, a step daughter Casey Huckabone (Claude) N.Y., a step son Dustin Miller (Margaret) N.Y., a brother Richared Wride, fifteen grand children and ten great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Robert and LaRita Wride and a brother Russell Payne. The Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association is coordinating a memorial service with horsemen and women walking from the Tioga Downs paddock to the Winner's Circle at 12:50 pm on Sunday for a brief memorial service, honoring members who have passed in the last year. Food and refreshments will be served, along with the sharing of fond memories, from 1 pm to 2 pm in the Tent on the Tioga Downs apron.  by Chris Tully on behalf of the Payne family                      

65 to 80 of 305