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The Last Chapter (Drew Monti) takes the harness racing featured Williams Auto Trot at Tioga Downs Sunday afternoon (May 21). This exciting race showed many lead changes until the top of the stretch. The 3 year-old Chapter Seven gelding took over and won with ease. Chapter Seven ($2.90) owned by Richard Gutnik, Joe Losito and the TLP Stable turned the mile in 1:56.2. Royal Casanova (Jim Taggart Jr) came up to take second. TT Conway (Jim Marohn Jr) finished third. Tioga Downs is dark this Friday and returns to live action on Saturday night (May 27) at 6:50pm. There is a special Sunday (May 28) start time of 6:50pm. New York Sire Stakes return Sunday night as 3 year-old trotting fillies take center stage. Memorial Day Monday (May 29) post time is 1:00 pm.   For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs

Northern Courtney (Mike Simons) captures M&J Oil Lube Trot Final ($25,000) for harness racing 3 year-old fillies at at Tioga Downs Saturday night (May 20). The 3 year-old Deweycheatumnhowe filly marched out to the lead and never relinquished it. Trained by John Butenschoen,the filly was trailed by Seven Magic Words (Tom Jackson) who road the pocket the entire way to finish second. Northern Courtney (2.20) captured her third straight win doing in a career best 1:55.0. However she was not the fastest 3 year-old filly tonight. That honor went to Barn Bella (Jim Taggart Jr), who captured the Open II trot. The Conway Hall filly trained by Steven Pratt, equaled the track record for 3 year-old fillies in 1:54.0. Barn Bella ($3.10) is three for three in 2017.   Tioga Downs returns to live action tomorrow (May 21) at 1pm.   For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs      

Super Soph (Mike Merton) beats four other mares to take the harness racing fillies and mares Open 2 at Tioga Downs (May 19). Super Soph, a 7 year-old Admirals Galley mare went right to the front. Owned by Mark Wamp and trained by Todd Buter, Super Soph would hit the first quarter in 27.3 and never look back, winning gate to wire in 1:52.1. Super Soph paid $14.60 for the upset win. A Wish For Wings (John Cummings Jr.) followed in the pocket the whole way and finished second. Kruella (Mike Simons) finished third. Tioga Downs is scheduled to start their 10 race card at 6:50 tomorrow but will follow the live showing of the Preakness. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Maxdaddy Blue chip (Mickey Mc Nichol) takes the Open Pace One ($12,000) at Tioga in 1:49.3. The 5 year-old Sportswriter gelding would sit back in fourth for most of the race watching as the two harness racing favorites, Clear Vision (Larry Staulbaum) and Pretty Boy Hill (Jason Bartlett) would duel all the way to the back Stretch. After Pretty Boy tired before the paddock turn, Clear Vision would be left alone in the lead as they turned for home. Andreios Kardia (Aaron Byron) looked poised to take over after leaving the pocket in the stretch. Mc Nichol would then guide Maxdaddy Blue Chip who is owned by Fred Monteleone three wide down the stretch to get the victory. Maxdaddy Blue Chip who is trained by Mc Nichol would pay $27.00 to win. Clear Vision would hang on for second with Andreios Kardia would finish third. Tioga Downs returns to action on Friday (May 19) at 6:50. For more information please go to our website www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Wings Of Royalty (Mike Simons) sets track record for harness racing aged horse in 1:53.2 as Simons wins four. The 5 year-old horse by RC Royalty would be forth at the halfway point going first over. Wings of Royalty ($4.90) would swoop by pace-setter Dragin The Wagin (Aaron Byron) and have the lead before the three-quarter mark. Owned by Raymond Campbell and trained by George Ducharme, Wings of Roylaty would win the Open 1 trot by four lengths. Finishing second was Upfront Billy (Tom Jackson) with Sweet Thing Fern Paquet Jr.) getting third. Simons also won race two with Law Of Attraction ($42.60), race four with Sarcastic Man ($5.30), and race eight with Warhorse ($3.30). Racing resumes Sunday (May 14) at Tioga Downs with a 13 race card starting at 1pm. All mothers will get a free rose while supplies last. For more information please go to our website www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

The Fillies and Mares, Open 2 Pace ($9000) headlined the Tioga Downs harness racing card on Friday night. The slight betting favorite, So Nice (Mike Merton) pushed the gate open and was loose on the lead from the outset. So Nice upped her lead to three lengths after three-quarters in 122.4. Truth And Liberty (Aaron Byron) followed patiently in the loose pocket all the way to the top of the stretch. Once the 6 year-old mare by Total Truth jumped out of the pocket, she looked like she was shot out of a cannon. Owned by Tracy Moss and trained by Robert Lounsbury, she would blow right by in deep stretch for the win in 1:51.2. Truth And Liberty would pay $5.00 for the win. So Nice hung on for second with Rock my World (Mike Simons) getting third. Tioga Downs returns to live racing Saturday (May 13) at 6:50pm with a nine race card featuring the Open Trot ($12,000). For more information please go to our website www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Former track champion and harness racing driver Jim Marohn Jr. captured the $12,000 Open Pace with Knocking Around (6.10). Sing For Me George (Corey Braden) would take charge to the first quarter. Owned by David McNeight Jr. and trained by Courtney McNeight, Knocking Around would take the lead just before the half. The 7 year-old Western Terror gelding would battle Sing For Me George all the way to the three-quarter mark. Knocking Around held off the late charging Andreios Kardia (Aaron Byron) to win in 1:51. Quality Closer (Rick Dane) would finish third. Live action returns to Tioga Downs on Friday starting at 6:50. For more information go to our website www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs.

The first race of the Tioga Downs 2017 harness racing season was the $12,000 Open Trot. The front running favorite Dragin the Wagon(Aaron Byron) would lead the field all the way until deep stretch. Warrawee Preferred (Jim Taggart Jr.) followed the leader in the pocket the whole way. Taggart would then pop out of the pocket with the 6 year-old Federal Flex gelding in mid-stretch. Owned by Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger, Warrawee Preferred (9.20) would go right by to win by a length in 1:55.0. Dragin the Wagon would settle for second with the hard charging Oho Diamond (Ronny Morales) getting third. Tioga Downs will have a 10 race card starting at 1pm (May 7). For more information got to our website www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs.  

Tioga Downs to open its 12th season on Saturday (May 6) at 5pm with a 12 race harness racing card. Tioga Downs will start its racing season off with a bang on Saturday. The first race is the featured Open Trot. Last year's trotter of the year (Prarie Fortune) will once again team up with last year's top trainer (Mike Deters). The 5 year-old gelding, Arapa Victory, cruised to 12 victories last year. Driven by Jim Meittinis, he was installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite coming out of post 3, but he will run into tough competition in the opener. Starting from post 4 is the Gary Messenger-trained Warrawee Preferred. With already three wins on the season, the 6-year-old Federal Flex gelding seems to be coming into prime form. Jimmy Taggert Jr. will be between the wheels for the 3-1 morning line co-second choice. The other main rival will be Dragin the Wagon. The 7-year-old gelding is coming off an impressive win at Yonkers. Trained by Jeffrey Byron and driven by Aaron Byron, Dragin the Wagon has won $209,503 in his career. Coming from post 5, he is also a morning line 3-1 choice. Race three will feature 3-year-old fillies in the first leg of the M&J Oil & Lube Trot. Northern Courtney is the 6-5 morning line favorite. The Deweycheatumnhowe filly is coming off a win at Pocono Downs. She is trained by John Butenschoen and piloted by Mike Simons from post number 3. The entry of Crazy Smart (Scott Coulter] and Jenn's Dew Drop (Renaldo Morales III) trained by Michael Sinclair is the morning line 2nd choice. Saturday is also Derby day with a t-shirt and calendar giveaway plus a Derby Hat contest and much more. The day will end with a bang, with a fireworks display right after the races have been completed. For more information, please visit our website at www.tiogadowns.com. By John Horne for Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs will begin the 2017 harness racing season in less than a week, and when it does it will be with a new announcer. Taking over the mic this year will be John Horne, Jr. John has been an employee at Tioga for the past 3 years, working as an assistant to the Judges as well as filling in as the track's back-up announcer. John has also filled in at several other tracks around the state as well as our sister track Vernon Downs. John, who originally hailed from Middletown, NY, now lives with his wife Richi and son JT in Worcester, NY. John comes to us from the Baseball Hall of Fame where he still currently works as the Coordinator of Rights & Reproductions, a position he's held for the last 21 years. "We've watched John grow as an announcer these past few years. He's called all sorts of other sports, predominantly baseball, but his love for the sport of harness racing has fueled his desire to become a track announcer," said Jason Bluhm, Director of Racing at Tioga. "I can remember when he interviewed for the Judge's assistant position a few years ago, one that only offers few hours and not much of a chance at making any serious money. I remember looking at his application and seeing he lived over and hour and a half away and thought to myself there's no way this guy will want to drive here every day for these few hours. When I asked him about it, John replied that he loved the sport and his ultimate goal was to become an announcer and here we are today watching him realize that dream". Horne replaces former Tioga Downs race caller James Witherite. Witherite was the announcer for 3 years. "He (Witherite) will be a hard act to follow," said Horne. "He has been my mentor since day one. I wouldn't be here without him," added Horne. Horne will call his first race of the season on May 6th at 5:00pm. For more information, please visit our website at www.tiogadowns.com. Jason Bluhm Sr Regional Director of Racing Tioga Downs & Vernon Downs C: (607) 372-1693

Tioga Downs will commence their 12th harness racing season on Saturday, May 6th at 5pm in front of thousands of fans combining opening day with the Kentucky Derby. Opening day will feature giveaways, a $1,000 Derby Dream bet, Derby hat contest, Fireworks and much more. Tioga will race 59 days throughout the summer mixing in exciting overnight action with Grand Circuit stakes. 2016 top trainer Mike Deters and driving champion Scott Coulter return to defend their titles. Deters's title was his 3rd Tioga Downs training title, including 2 of the last 3 years. His 34 wins beat out Tony Dinges by just 3 wins. Coulter, who won the driving title in his first full season at Tioga, will once again tangle with 2015's top pilot Mike Simons who was just 5 wins short of Coulter's 68 wins last season. The track from Nichols, NY will once again be home for some of the sports top stakes races. On Sunday, June 11th a leg of the Graduate series returns as 4yo pacers and trotters will compete for a purse of $75,000e. Sunday, July 2nd features the $125,000e Tompkins-Geers 3yo Pace. In August, things really heat up with stake-laden Sunday's. Beginning on August 13th, NY's finest 3yo pacers do battle in the $50,000e Empire Breeders Classic Eliminations. The following week on the 20th, the $500,000e Finals are held alongside the popular $175,000 Roll With Joe Open Pace, the $40,000e Miss Versatility featuring Open mare trotters and the $200,000e Tompkins-Geers 2yo's. Finally the last Sunday of the month brings two new events to Tioga, formally held at Vernon Downs, the $175,000e Crawford Farms Open Trot and the $175,000e Joie De Vie Open Mare Trot. Paired with the new Tioga events, the $175,000e Artiscape Open Mare Pace and the $200,000e Reynolds 2yo's make for an exciting last day of Grand Circuit racing at Tioga. The 12th season at Tioga Downs will also feature new post times. Friday and Saturday nights will begin at 6:50pm while Sundays and holidays will begin at 1:00pm with the exception of Sunday May 28th which will start at 6:50pm. For more information, please visit our website at www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne from Tioga  

Nichols NY - Payments to make harness racing  two year olds eligible to and sustain or supplement three year olds for the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) are due by March 15. The annual stallion nomination payment to make 2017 yearlings eligible to the 2019 EBC is also due.   Also due are the nomination payments to the Roll With Joe FFA pace, Crawford Farms FFA trot, Artiscape FFA mare pace and Joie De Vie (formerly known as the Muscle Hill) FFA mare trot all of which will be raced at Tioga Downs in 2017.   Nomination forms complete with conditions and other pertinent info are available here.   The Tioga Downs Late Closing series' that begin during the month of May also require a $300 nomination payment by March 15.   Check the website for information on these stakes and while you're at it, download a stall application and mail it on in so you may enjoy a summer racing at the "Jewel of the Southern Tier" of New York.    

Four veterinarians (including one veterinarian requested by Mr. Gural) have examined the outstanding stallion prospect Betting Line and have deemed him unfit to race in 2017 due to a severe injury incurred on the eve of the 2016 Breeders Crown eliminations. As such, Mr. Gural will allow the offspring of Betting Line to compete at his racetracks. Limited bookings and shares remain in this outstanding son of Bettor's Delight. Please call Hanover Shoe Farms (717) 637-8931 for more information. From Hanover Shoe Farms

Nichols, N.Y. - Officials at Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have unveiled a new-look stakes schedule for the 2017 harness racing season, with top horses converging on upstate New York to compete for over $3.7 million in purses. Top veteran Standardbreds and 3-year-old New York-sired pacers take center stage on a pair of blockbuster Sundays at Tioga Downs. The August 20 card features the $175,000 (est.) Roll With Joe for open pacers and both $250,000 (est.) Empire Breeders Classics for three-year-old pacers. One week later (August 27), distaff pacers contest the $175,000 (est.) Artiscape as a co-featured event with the $175,000 (est.) Crawford Farms Trot and the $175,000 (est.) Joie de Vie (formerly the Muscle Hill) Mares Trot, both of which move to the Southern Tier from Vernon Downs. "We have an amazing stakes lineup on back-to-back Sundays in August," said Jason Bluhm, Director of Racing at Tioga Downs. "I think our fans will enjoy seeing all the sport's top stars--all the top horses, drivers and trainers--converge on Tioga for what should be some phenomenal racing." Other stakes highlights at Tioga include a Graduate Series preliminary for 4-year-olds on the pace and on the trot, the Geers Stakes for 2- and 3-year-old pacers, the Arthur Tompkins Memorial for 2-year-old trotters, the W. N. Reynolds Stakes for 2-year-olds, and a Miss Versatility preliminary for distaff trotters. At Vernon Downs, the marquee event remains the Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters, but it has been moved from its late July position to two weeks after the Hambletonian, where it will now take place on Friday, August 18. The main event for top colts and geldings carries a $370,000 (est.) purse, while top fillies vie for $150,000 (est.). "We thought it was the perfect opportunity to move into this spot when Pocono decided not to race the Colonial in 2017," remarked Vernon Downs Director of Racing Scott Warren. "We are hopeful we'll be able to attract the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks winners." New York-sired 3-year-old trotters will compete in the $250,000 (est.) Empire Breeders Classics on Sunday, June 18, and the sport's finest 2-year-olds will compete for an estimated $600,000 as the Kindergarten Classic finals return to the Miracle Mile on Friday, November 3. Full 2017 schedules will be available in mid-winter, pending approval by the New York State Gaming Commission. Further stakes information is available at https://www.tiogadowns.com/racing/horsemen/. by James Witherite, Tioga and Vernon Downs

After a gaming license pursuit that has spanned more than three years, Tioga Downs has announced it will officially open the new casino to the public on Friday, December 2nd at 3 pm.   The new gaming floor features 33 long-awaited table games, including Blackjack, Craps and Roulette, as well as popular casino games like Pai Gow Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold 'Em, Let It Ride, 3-Card and 4-Card Poker and the Big 6 Wheel.   New tables aren't the only new games players will find in the casino. The facility also replaced all of the video lottery terminals with new slot machines.   Staff at Tioga Downs will open the doors to the new gaming floor at 3 pm on Friday following an opening presentation and official ribbon-cutting ceremony.   More detail on the event and the casino itself is available from this link.   Tioga Downs    

Nichols, N.Y. -- Owner-breeder Ina Madill's Andreios Kardia ($3.00) demonstrated great determination in the featured $10,000 Pacer of the Year Match Race on Saturday's (September 17) closing-night harness racing program at Tioga Downs, upending pacesetter Believe This Bob in a 1:50.1 mile.   The 5-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding was eager to go on from race's outset, offering pressure to Believe This Bob through a :26.3 first quarter before settling into a tight pocket through the middle half. Mike Simons and Believe This Bob relaxed the terms through a :55.2 half mile, but were forced to accelerate as Aaron Byron switched Andreios Kardia back to the two-path with five-sixteenths to go. The two dueled through a :27.1 third quarter, and Andreios Kardia would emerge victorious in the final 150 yards, edging away from the game pacesetter by half a length while driven.   Jeff Byron trains 15-time winner Andreios Kardia, whose third consecutive top-level victory earned him 2016 Tioga Downs Pacer of the Year honors.   Aaron Byron and Mike Merton led all drivers with four wins apiece on the 11-race card.   Additionally, Trotter of the Year honors were bestowed upon Prairie Fortune, campaigned by owner Laurie Poulin, owner-trainer Mike Deters, and regular driver Jim Meittinis. Deters was also crowned the seasonal training champion, while Ontario-based Scott Coulter maintained a clear margin over Mike Simons to capture top driving honors.   Horseplayers and horsemen alike are advised to visit www.tiogadowns.com for updates on the ongoing casino expansion, as well as on the 2017 harness racing season.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

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