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Leading driver Mike Merton won five races to close out the 2018 season at Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 22). Merton had wins on the night with Lauxmont Capri ($2.80), Blueberry Heaven ($8.80), Ponyta Boy ($3.30), Haviture Way Honey ($4.10), and Frappe' ($6.50). "Magic Mike" had a great season and an amazing last two days by winning 12 races to pull down his first driving title at Tioga Downs with 82 wins. Jim Taggert Jr. was second with 62 wins. Aaron Byron was third with 59 victories. Jim Meittinis secured fourth position with 56 tallies. Mike SImons rounded out the top five drivers with 47 wins. Dreams Beachboy (Gates Brunet) captures the featured Open Pace ($13,000). Pretty Boy Swag (Mike Merton) led the group to a first quarter of :27.2. Dreams Beachboy ($7.20) took over as they headed by the stands for the first time. Owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Brunet, he controlled the way to a half in :55.3 and led to a three-quarter mark of 1:23.2. Pretty Boy Swag would try to get by but had to settle for second because Dreams Beachboy was too strong as he won in 1:51.4. Time Out I'm Tired (Matt Romano) finished third. Dreams Beachboy is a 6-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere. It was his fifth win of the season and 23rd win of his career Gary Messenger edges out Mike Deters to win top trainer. Gary Messenger won his second training title at Tioga Downs with 40 wins. Mike Deters finished second with 35 trips to the winners circle. Patti Harmon had a very strong meet with 26 wins to finish third. Joe Skowyra (25) and Gaston Lareau (19) rounded out the top five. BJ Lorado and K J's Caroline are top horses at Tioga Downs for 2018. BJ Lorado was the top trotter this season at Tioga Downs. Owned by Michael and Diane Norcross and trained by Marc Major, the 4-year-old gelding by Bo W won six times in 17 starts at Tioga this year. He earned $40,435 this season. The top pacer went to K J's Caroline. The 8-year-old mare by Roddy's Bags Again won five times in 17 starts and earned $39,165. She is owned by Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger. The winner of the 2018 Toyota Corolla, that was part of the horseplay car giveaway promotion that ran all season long, was Andy Stromick. Tioga Downs would like to thank the horsemen and all the fans for making 2018 a very special year. See you on the first Saturday in May! For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

2018 leading driver Mike Merton padded his lead with seven wins including both co-features at Tioga Downs on Friday (September 21). Coveredndiamonds N (Merton) wins Fillies & Mares Open Pace ($13,000). K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) led to the first quarter in :27.2. Coveredndiamonds N ($2.50) took over just after the quarter and led to the half in :57.0 and hit the three-quarter mark in 1:25.0. Trained by Rob Harmon for owners Seth Rosenberg Racing LLC., and Joel Kahan, she flew home in a last quarter of 27.0 to win going away in a lifetime best of 1:52.0. Northern Dali (Mike Simos) came up to finish second with K J's Caroline holding on for third. Coveredndiamonds N is a 5-year-old mare by American Ideal. It was her eighth win of the season and her 13th career victory. Kinetic King (Merton) charges late to capture Open Trot ($13,000).   Buff (Corey Braden) went right to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:27.2, :57.1, 1:24.1).   Kinetic King ($9.10) was fifth after three-quarters. Trained by Patti Harmon for owners Brian Kleinberg and Harmon Racing Stable LLC., he went three-wide at the top of the stretch and blew right by to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.3. Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) finished second best with BJ Lorado (Aaron Byron) getting third money.   Kinetic King is an 8-year-old gelding by Ken Warkentin. It was his fourth win of 2018 and his 21st career victory.   Know as the "Magic Man" at Tioga Downs, Mike Merton had a magical night with seven wins. He got his five other wins with Rollingndiamonds ($4.30), Modern Mercury ($4.40), Persistent Bettor ($4.70), QB Kemp ($3.90), and Sweet Kix ($28.60). Tioga Downs returns for live racing for the last time in 2018 on Saturday (September 22). The 13 race card has a special post time of 5:30 p.m. with fireworks following racing. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs will end their very successful 2018 harness racing season on Saturday (September 22) with a special 5:30 p.m. post time. There will be special presentations for the top driver and trainer for 2018 as well as the season's top trotter and pacer. Tioga Downs will also be giving away a 2018 Toyota Corolla as part of the horseplay car giveaway promotion that runs all season long. Patrons will have one more opportunity to qualify for a chance to win the car on this night as well. The card features 13 races followed by fireworks to end the season. The next to last day of live racing is on Friday (September 21) with a 13 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. Friday will be the last fan appreciation day of the season that features 10 ounce draft beers, soda, hot dogs, popcorn and the Tioga Downs racing program for $1.00 each. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Americanprimtime) captured the Open Pace ($13,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 15). It was one of five winners on the night for harness racing driver Mike Merton. Americanprimetime ($3.00) went straight to the front covering the first quarter in :26.3 with Dull Roar (Jim Meittinis) following in second. Owned by the Rock&Roll Stable Inc. and trained by Rick Dane, Americanprimetime led to the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. He found another gear in the stretch to win in 1:50.3. Gillys Boy (Mike Simons) came up to get second. Dull Roar held for third, Americanprimetime is a 6-year-old horse by American Ideal. It was his sixth win this season and career victory number 27. BJ Lorado (Aaron Byron) cruises to Open Trot ($13,000) win. BJ Lorado ($19.00) charged out of the gate and went straight to the front. After hitting the first quarter in :27.1, he used a second quarter of :29.2 to hit the half in :56.3. He got some pressure from Buff (Corey Braden) as he hit three-quarters in 1:24.3. Trained by Marc Major for owners Michael and Diane Norcross, BJ Lorado was too strong in the stretch as he won easily in 1:55.1. Buff settled for second with Fox Valley Iliad (Larry Stalbaum) getting third money. BJ Lorado is a 4-year-old gelding by Bo W. It was his eighth win this season and his 12th trip to the winner's circle in his career. Leading driver Mike Merton won five on the night giving him 70 for the year. His other four wins came with Mikado Blue Chip ($15.80), R M Blackhawk ($6.20), Jacksrluckytoo ($5.10), and Onhishonor Hanover ($13.40). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 21). Closing night for 2018 is on Saturday night (September 22) with a special start time of 5:30 p.m. Fireworks follows the live racing. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs played host to a leg of the Kindergarten Classic for both 2-year-old pacers and trotters on Friday (September 14). All classes raced for a purse of $10,000. Cloud Nine Fashion remains unbeaten with Kindergarten Classic win in the second division for trotting fillies. Amanda Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) led the field to a first quarter in :28.3. Jezzys Legacy (Ray Schnittker) took her turn taking the lead with a lap to go. She led them to the half in 58.4 and three-quarters in 1:26.4. Cloud Nine Fashion ($3.30) went first-over just before the three-quarter mark. Owned by Fashion Farms LLC. and trained by Jim Campbell, she took over in the stretched and won easily in a lifetime best of 1:56.0. Jezzys Legacy held on for second. Amanda Blue Chip was third best. Cloud Nine Fashion is a filly by Muscle Hill-I'm On Cloud Nine. She is now a perfect five for five in her career. Starita (Tim Tetrick) wins first division of the Kindergarten Classic for trotting fillies. Princess Deo (Troy Beyer) led to a first quarter of :28.2 Starita ($3.00) took over with five-eighths of a mile left. Trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, she controlled all the rest of the fractions (:57.4, 1:26.1 1:56.0). Second place finisher Big Weezy (David Miller) and Princess Deo (third) both came at her in the stretch but Starita was too tough. Starita is a filly by Trixton-Morningstar. She captured her third career victory in eight lifetime starts. Cub Fan (Tyler Buter) fires late to win Kindergarten Classic for pacing colts and geldings. Sweet Troy (Atlee Bender) went to the front and led to a first quarter in :28.2. Mountain High (David Miller) took control and led to a half of :58.0 and three-quarters in 1:25.4. Cub Fan ($4.40) was fourth at the top of the stretch. Owned by Michael Anderson and trained by Erv Miller, he came charging down the stretch to win in 1:54.0. Southwind Ozzi (Mike Simons) came up late to finish second. Escapetothebeach (Tim Tetrick) took third money. Cub Fan is a gelding by So Surreal-Pardon. It was his second win in five career starts. Cantab Fashion (Mike Simons) easily wins the Kindergarten Classic for trotting colts and geldings. Sheena's Boy (Ake Svanstedt) took the group to a first quarter in :28.3. Cantab Fashion ($5.80) took over and never looked back putting up all the rest of the fractions (:58.1, 1:26.0, 1:54.2). Battenberg (David Miller) finished second with entry mate Caesars Crazy (Tyler Buter) getting third. Cantab Fashion is a colt by Cantab Hall-Defiant Donato. He now has three wins in four career starts. Trainer Jim Campbell and owner Fashion Farms LLC. teamed up for their second win of the night. Michelon's Filly (Marcus Miller) wins non-betting Kindergarten Classic for pacing fillies. Alkippe (Tim Tetrick) controlled all the early fractions (:27.2, :56.0 1:24.2). Michelon's Filly followed in the pocket all the way until she got to the stretch. Trained by Erv Miller for owners Ronald Michelon and Michael Anderson, she flew by in late stretch to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.0. Alkippie settled for second. Under The Hood (Tyler Buter) was third best. Michelon's Filly is a filly by Captaintreacherous-New Album. It was her third win in seven lifetime starts. Leading driver Mike Merton won four on the night to give him 65 wins on the season. He now leads by eight races with three more cards to go. Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a 13 race card on Saturday (September 15) at 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs welcomes freshman pacers and trotters for a leg of the Kindergarten Classic on Friday (September 14). All classes will race for a purse of $10,000. A non-betting race for the Kindergarten Classic will feature a field of four pacing fillies. The Linda Toscano trained Alkippe (Tim Tetrick) should be the one to beat. The filly by Sweet Lou-Capelo Rose has two wins in five lifetime starts. Her main rival should be Michelon's Filly (Marcus Miller). Trained by Erv Miller, the filly by Captaintreacherous-New Album is two for six lifetime. Starita (Tim Tetrick) is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the the first of two divisions for trotting fillies. Trained by Joe Holloway, the filly by Trixton-Morning Star was fourth in the Jim Doherty final ($357,450) at the Meadowlands. She won a Reynolds Memorial race ($37,250) at Tioga Downs her last time out. The second morning line choice is the R, Nifty Norman trained entry of Antonia (Mike Simons) and Big Weezy (David Miller) at 2-1. Antonia is a filly by Donato Hanover-Tactical Caviar. She is two for five this season. Big Weezy is a filly by Trixton-Keepsake Hanover. Her only trip to the winner's circle came at Tioga Downs when she won a Tompkins Memorial race ($29,250) The second division for trotting fillies features the Jim Campbell trained duo of Cloud Nine Fashion (Tim Tetrick) and Fashion Rachel (David Miller). Cloud Nine Fashion (Muscle Hill-I'm On Cloud Nine) is a perfect four for four in her career. She captured a Reynolds Memorial race ($37,750) at Tioga Downs her last time out. Fashion Rachel (Possess The Will-Raising Rachel) has won three times and finished second three times in six career races. They are the morning line favorites at 7-5. The second morning line choice at 3-1 is the John Butenschoen trained Stella Jane (Tyler Buter). The filly by Crazed-Naughty Nana won a leg of the Kindergarten Classic at the Meadowlands for her only lifetime win in seven starts. In the Kindergaton Classic race for pacing colts & geldings, the 8-5 morning line choice is a trio trained by Erv Miller. Cub Fan (Tyler Buter) is a gelding by So Surreal-Pardon. He is one for four in his career. Sweet Troy (Atlee Bender) is a gelding by Sweet Lou-Magestic Blue Chip. He has three seconds and two thirds in six lifetime starts. Cole On The Beach (Marcus Miller) is a colt by Somebeachsomewhere-Talkative. He will make his first career start on Friday. The seocnd choice at 5-2 is Escapetothebeach (Tim Tetrick). Tony Alagna trains the colt by Somebeachsomewhere-Shelliscape. He has two seconds and a third in six lifetime starts. The morning line favorite for the Kindergarten Classic featuring trotting colts & geldings is the entry of Battenberg (Marcus Miller) and Caesars Crazy (Tyler Buter). Battenberg (Trixton-Coffeecake Hanover) is trained by Joe Holloway. He has a win and a second in three starts. Caesars Crazy (Muscle Hill-Crazy Grigio) is trained by John Butenschoen. He is one for one is his young career. The second choice at 3-1 is the Ron Burke trained Cheap Tricks (Mike Merton). The gelding by Trixton-Maud Blue Chip has two seconds and a third in five lifetime starts. The Firday (September 14) card starts with the non-betting race at 6p.m. The 13 race card to follows starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs    

Mike Simons drove six winners on the night including the featured pace ($13,000) with Stormont Czar A at Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 8). Stormont Czar A ($2.60) cruised to the lead and went gate-to-wire (:27.0, :56.0, 1:22.3, 1:50.4) Trained by Amber Buter for owners Oldford Racing LLC., and Tyler Buter, he got pressured around the final turn by Dreams Beachboy (Gates Brunet). Stormont Czar found another gear when he reached the stretch and won with ease. Shady City (Larry Stalbaum) came flying late to finish second. Dreams Beachboy settled for third best. Stormont Czar A is an 8-year-old gelding by Bettor's Delight. It was his third win of the season and the 23rd time he reached the winner's circle in his career. Simons added 5 more wins. His other wins came with Fritzie Pic Up Man ($7.70), Sam's Escape ($6.00), Always A Tiger ($46.80), Dash Of Danger ($4.30), and Thespywholovedme ($4.00). The drivers wins title is still wide open with four full racing cards left. Mike Merton leads all drivers with 61 wins. Aaron Byron and Jim Taggart Jr are tied for second with 57 wins each. Jim Mettinis is fourth with 51 victories. Andy Santeramo is fifth with 46 wins. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 14) with a post time of 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs              

Dream Together came flying down the stretch to capture the fourth leg of the Miss Versatility ($40,000) on (Friday September 7). NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) passed Pink Pistol (Aaron Byron) just before hitting the first quarter in :27.0. then took the pack to the half in in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.1, Dream Together ($9.70) went three-wide around the last turn. Looking like she was shot out of a cannon she blew right by second place finisher NF Happenstance to win going away in 1:52.3. Caprice Hill (Mike Simons) was third best. Dream Together is a 4-year-old mare by Muscle Hill. Owned by Determination and trained by Luc Blais, she captured her third win in a row and fourth of the season. It was her 12th career victory. Warrawee Preferred (Jim Taggart Jr.) wins the Open Trot Handicap ($13,000). Warrawee Preferred ($16.00) charged right to the front and never looked back covering all of the fractions (:28.2, :58.0, 1:27.0, 1:56.1). Owned by Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger, as he reached the top of the stretch the only race left was for second. That went to Zoraze (Mike Simons). Finishing third was Oh No Three O (Jeff Long). Warrrawee Preferred is a 7-year-old gelding by Federal Flex. It was his sixth win this season and career victory number 37. Culinary Delight N (Larry Stalbaum) takes the Fillies and Mares Open Pace ($13,000). Heavenly Bet (Tom Jackson) took the lead just before the first quarter. She controlled all the early fractions (:26.3, :56.1, 1:23.1). Culinary Delight N ($7.30) followed patiently in the pocket. Owned and trained by Stalbaum, she popped out of the pocket in the stretch and zoomed by to win in a lifetime best of 1:52.0.. Heavenly Bet held on for second. Truth And Liberty (Mike SImons) charged late to finish third. Culinary Delight N is an 8-year-old mare by Lis Mara. It was her fifth win this season and her 19th career victory. Leading driver Mike Merton added three wins to his total on the night. He got his wins with Addie Rose ($11.60), Carson Hill ($6.20), and Lo Hold A Moonbean ($4.10) Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 8) 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  

Dream Together (Rick Zeron) will lead a field of seven in Leg Four of The Miss Versatility ($40,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (September 7). The last time Dream Together (Muscle Hill) raced at Tioga Downs it was the Joie De Vie ($141,000). The race was promoted as the first matchup between trotting heavyweights,Hannelore Hanover and Ariana G. Owned by Determination and trained by Luc Blais, Dream Together charged late down the stretch and stole the show to win in 1:53.1. he 4-year-old mare is the 5-2 morning line favuld be the second morning line choice, the Ake Svanstedt trained Ice Attraction (Simon Allard) at 7-2. Owned by Little E LLC., Svanstedt, Douglass Sipple, Mal & Janet Burroughs, she won the third leg of the Miss Versatility at Tioga Downs (August 1). The 4-year-old mare by Muscle Hill has 10 career victories. The rest of the field includes Celebrity Ruth (Jim Meittinis) at 4-1, NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) at 9-2. Millionaire, Caprice Hill (Mike Simons) is the fifth morning line choice at 5-1. The two longshots are Pink Pistol (Aaron Byron) at 8-1 and The Erm (Charlie Norris) at 10-1. The 13 race card on Friday (September 7) starts at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Sir Ziggy's Z Tam (Mike Simons) takes the Open Pace 1 ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Monday (September 3). Seel The Deal N (Austin Siegalman) controlled all the early fractions (:27.0 :55.4, 1:22.2). Sir Ziggy's Z Tam ($29,60) was fifth after the three-quarters. Owned by Tessa Roland and trained by J D Perrin, he squeezed through a small opening at the pylons to sneak by and get the win in 1:51.3. Seel The Deal N held on for second money, Dreams Beachboy (Gates Bruntet finished third best. Sir Ziggy's Z Tam is a 10 year-old gelding by Art Major. It was his ninth win in 12 starts this season. It was his 36th career victory. Simons won two more on the day. His other wins came with City Hall ($3.40) and You Said It ($2.60). Time Out I'm Tired (Aaron Byron) captured the Open Pace II ($10,000). Time Out I'm Tired ($20.20) went gate-to-wire (:26.4, :55.4, 1:23.2 1:51.3). Trained by Joe Skowyra for owners William Mears and Janine McIlvane, he gutted out a great stretch drive with second place finisher Pretty Boy Swag (Mike Merton). Finishing third was Spirit Shadow (Fen Paquet Jr.). Time Out I'm Tired is a 6-year-old horse by Artiscape. It was his third win this season and career victory number 17. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 7) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

The Last Chapter (Mike Simons) takes the Tioga Downs featured trot ($10,000) on Saturday (September 3). BJ Lorado (Jim Mettinis) jumped out to the lead and hit the first quarter in :28.2. The Last Chapter ($4.10) went first-over from third and took the lead with five-eighths of a mile left. Trained by Ed Hart for owners Richard Gutnick, Joe Lozito Jr., and T L P Stable, he hit the half first in :57.3 and three-quarters in 1:25.1. BJ Lorado would climb out of the pocket at the top of the stretch but didn't have any charge left. Second place finisher Vicki All (Corey Braden) found racing room late in the stretch but fell short as The Last Chapter won in 1:55.0. BJ Loarado settled for third. The Last Chapter is a 4-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven. It was the sixth win of the season and his 10th career victory. Simons drives four winners on the night. His other wins came with Eldorado Of Gold S ($3.80), S J Better Days ($4.10), Stormont Dundas ($8.60). Gary Messenger and Mike Deters continue to battle it out for the trainer's wins title. Messenger is in first with 34 wins. Deters is second best just two behind with 32 victories. Joe Skowyra is third with 19 trips to the winner's circle. Patti Harmon is fourth with 18 wins. Tony Dinges and Marc Major are tied for fifth with 15 victories. No live racing on Sunday (September 20) at Tioga Downs due to Michael Bolton concert. Live racing returns for a special Labor Day matinee on Monday (September 2). The 12 race card starts at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) charges laet to win the featured fillies and mares pace ($11,000) on Friday (August 31). Coveredndiamonds N (Mike Merton) put up all the early fractions (:26.3, :56.2, 1:23.4). Truth And Liberty ($4.30), who is owned by Fairy Horsemother and trained by Simons, was fifth at the halfway point. Second best at three-quarters, she flew down the stretch and held off a late rush by second place finisher Gina Grace N (Larry Stalbaum) to win in 1:52.2. K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) was third best. Truth And Liberty is a 6-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her fifth win this season and career victory number 33. Mike Simons had a driving double on the night. His other win came with Talkoholic ($9.10) The drivers win title is still up for grabs for 2018. Mike Merton has a slight led with 54 wins. Jimmy Taggart Jr. is second best with 53 wins. Aaron Byron is tied with Jim Meittinis for third with 51 wins each. Andy Santeramo is fifth with 46 times to the winner's circle. The top drivers win title has been nip and tuck the whole season. Each of the top four drivers have had the lead at one point over the last two weeks. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs hosted the W.N. Reynolds Memorial races for freshman trotters and pacers on Sunday (August 26). Starita (David Miller) wins the first of two divisions of The Meda ($37,250) for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Starita ($2.80) pranced out to the lead and never looked back. She set down all the fractions (:28.3, :58.3, 1:27.2, 1:55.4). Trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz. she had a two length lead after three-quarters and turned on the after burners in the stretch to win going away by more than five lengths. Fashion Rachel (Corey Callahan) finished second with Cardinale (Andy Miller) taking third money. Starita is a filly by Trixton-Morningstar. It was her second win in seven career starts. Unbeaten Cloud Nine Fashion (Tim Tetrick) took the second division of The Meda ($37,750). After leader Sabrina Deo (Corey Callahan) and follower Explosive Mel (Marcus Miller) each went on breaks, Cloud Nine Fashion ($2.10) led the group to the first quarter in :30.3. Southwind Percy (David Miller) took over the pocket. It was then a two horse race. Cloud Nine Fashion led to a half of 1:00.1 and to three-quarters in 1:28.1. South Percy put on the pressure around the final turn but when they reached the top of the stretch, Cloud Nine Fashion had a lot in the tank and won easily in 1:57.0. Southwind Percy settled for second best while Chardonnay Nay (Tom Jackson) finished third. Cloud Nine Fashion is a filly by Muscle Hill-I'm On Cloud Nine. Owned by Fashion Farms LLC and trained by Jim Campbell, she is now a perfect four for four in her young career. No Drama Please (Andy Miller) easily wins The Judge Moore ($69,300) for 2-year-old trotting colts & geldings. No Drama Please ($8.70) charged straight to the front and never looked back. He hit all the stations first (:28.3, :58.0, 1:26.2, 1:56.0). The betting favorite Holiday Hangover (Tim Tetrick) looked like he had a chance just before the three-quarter mark but he went on a break. No Drama Please then breezed home to get his first career victory by over two lengths in the end. Cheap Tricks (Jim Taggart Jr.) finished second. Sheena's Boy (Marcus Miller), who was racing for purse only was third. No Drama please is a colt by Trixton-Female Drama. Owned by Stoy Inc., and trained by Julie Miller. It was his first win in six starts. Zero Tolerence (David Miller) gets impressive win in The Lorraine ($56,300) featuring freshman pacing fillies. Zero Tolerence ($2.10) went to the front and led from gate-to-wire (:28.1, :57.4, 1:26.0, 1:53.2). She never let them get close in winning her fourth straight race. Prairie Westerngal (Jim Taggart Jr.) finished a distant second with Simone (Homer Hochstetler) getting third. Zero Tolerence is a filly by Heston Blue Chip-feelinglikeastar. Trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, she won for the fifth time in six starts. It was an owner-trainer-driver double for them on the afternoon. Mangogh (Tim Tetrick) hangs on to win The Solicitor ($66,600) for 2-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Mangogh ($7.20) went to the front followed by Sweet Troy (Marcus Miller). He led them to the first quarter of :28.0 and then to a half of :56.0. One half of the betting favorite entry, Captain Panko went on a break at the halfway mark. Trained by Bruce Saunders for owners M&L Of Delaware LLC., and M&M Harness Racing LLC., Mangogh was pressured by Saronno (Andy Miller) as he hit the three-quarter mark in 1:24.3. As they were in the stretch, Sweet Troy finally was able to find racing room and charged at Mangogh in deep stretch but it was too late and Mangogh won in a career best time of 1:53.4. Sweet Troy settled for second. Sarrono ended up third best. Mangogh is a colt by Western Ideal-My Little Artist. It was his second win in six career starts. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 31) starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

BJ Lorado (Jim Meittinis) cruises to victory in the Tioga Downs featured trot ($10,000) on Saturday (August 25). BJ Lorado ($6.00) hit the first quarter in 27.0. and then was first to the halfway marker in :57.3. Trained by Marc Major for Owners Michael and Diane Norcross, he let loose in the backstretch leading by four lengths as he hit three quarters in 1:25.2. He would cross the finish line in 1:55.2 Cashahallic (Corey Braden) would chase the whole way to finish second. Zaraze (Bruce Clarke) would be third best. BJ Lorado is a 4-year-old gelding by Bo W. He won for the second straight time and seventh time this season. He captured his 11th career victory. Mike Merton had three driving wins on the night. He won with Vicki All ($6.40), Tropical Trice ($3.60), and Hurricane Howard ($11.20). Trainers Gary Messenger and Mike Deters continue to battle it out for the Trainers win title. Messenger currently leads with 33 wins so far this meet. Deters is two behind with 31 trips to the winner's circle. Joe Skowyra is third with 17 wins. Patti Harmon is in fourth with 17 tallies. Marc Major is fifth with 15 wins. It is Corntastic weekend at Tioga. Bill Stepanosky won the popular corn eating contest. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (August 26) featuring W.N. Memorial Reynold for both freshman pacers and trotters. Post time for the 12 race card is 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Northern Dali (Corey Braden) is victorious in fillies and mares featured pace ($9,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 24). Milky Way Rae (Aaron Byron) went to the front and carved out all the early fractions (:27.1, :57.0, 1:24.4) Northern Dali ($12.40) who is owned by JP Houle Stables and trained by Gaston Lareau, took the lead in mid-stretch and held off a late charge by second place finisher Oneida Blue Chip (Mike Simons), to win in 1:53.2. A Wish For Wings (Fern Paquet Jr.) got third money. Northern Dali is a 6-year-old mare by Dali. It was her seventh win this season. She now owns 37 career victories Andy Santeramo won four races on the night. He got his wins with Talkoholic ($4.10), Court's N Session $7.60), Metro Glide ($7.30), and Lugar ($46.60). The driver wins title remains wide open. Jim Taggart Jr. now leads with 51 wins. Mike Merton, Jim Meittinis, and Aaron Byron are all tied for second with 49 victories. Santeramo finds himself in fifth with 44 wins. Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 25) with a 12 race card starting at 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs will play host to five W.N. Reynolds Memorial races for freshman pacers and trotters on Sunday (August 26). In the first of two divisions of "The Meda" ($37,250) for 2-year-old trotting fillies, the morning line choice is Starita (David Miller) at 9-5. Trained by Joe Holloway, the filly is by Trixton-Morningstar. She has a win and a second in six starts so far in her career. Mimi'spearloflinday (Mattias Melander) is the second choice in at 5-2. Trained by Marcus Melander, the daughter of Cantab Hall-Lindy's Showgirl has one win in four starts. In the second division of "The Meda" ($37,750), the unbeaten Cloud Nine Fashion (Tim Tetrick) is the 2-1 morning line favorite. The filly by Muscle Hill-I'm On Cloud Nine is trained by Jim Campbell. She is three for three in her young career. Matter Of Fact (Mattias Melander) has been deemed as the second choice at 5-2. Trained by Marcus Melander, the filly by Explosive Matter-Chips N Caviar has a second place finish in three starts. The 2-year-old trotting colts & geldings will participate in "The Judge Moore" ($69,300). The 9-5 morning line favorite is an entry of three colts trained by Ake Svanstedt. The trio is led by Lindy Express (Jim Meittinis) a colt by Trixton-Nashville Lindy. The second part of the entry is Sheena's Boy (Marcus Miller) by Trixton-Sheen's Shadow. The last part of the entry is Galixton (Corey Callahan). He is by Trixton-Spring Gala. Freshman pacing fillies will compete in "The Lorraine" ($56,300). The overwhelming morning line favorite at 8-5 is Zero Tolerance (David Miller). The filly by Heston Blue Chip-Feelinglikeastar is trained by Joe Holloway. She has already earned over $60,000 in her career with four wins in her five lifetime starts. The second choice in "The Lorraine" is Simone (3-1), who is trained and driven by Homer Hochstetler. The filly by American Ideal-Ritascape has reached the winner's circle twice in four lifetime starts. Freshman pacing colts & geldings will vie for a purse of $66,600 in "The Soliciter". The 9-5 morning line favorite is an entry trained by John Butenschoen. The first part of the entry is Captain Panko (Corey Callahan), a colt by Captaintreacherous-P Note Blue Chip. He has won two of five starts so far this season. The second part of the entry is Scirocco Mistysaid (Tom Jackson). The gelding by Well Said-Cold Mist has a second an two thirds in six career starts. The second morning line choice for "The Soliciter" is the Erv Miller trained Sweet Troy (Marcus Miller) at 5-2. The gelding by Sweet Lou-Magestic Blue Chip has a second and two thirds in his four lifetime starts. The 12 race card on Sunday (August 26) starts at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Down    

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