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Fresh off his 1:47 win in the U.S. Pacing Championship, State Treasurer ($3.50) maintained his superiority in the older pacing ranks with a 1:47.2 triumph in the $150,000 Roll With Joe, held Sunday (August 23) afternoon at the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs.    The 6-year-old Real Desire entire tracked early pacesetters Dancin Yankee (Jim Morrill, Jr.) and Doctor Butch (Brian Sears) through the first turn, brushing to the fore just after a :26.3 first quarter.   Assuming control with a circuit to go, State Treasurer rated a :54.3 initial half before David Miller cut him loose on the backstretch.   State Treasurer used a :26 third quarter to evade the first-over challenge of Clear Vision (Brett Miller), in fact drawing clear to a four-length lead on the far turn as pocket rival Dancin Yankee could no longer keep pace.   State Treasurer prevailed by 3-3/4 lengths in the end, well in hand at the winning post with plenty in reserve beyond his 1:47.2 mile clocking.   Clear Vision held second, while Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) stayed on for third off a second-over trip.   Dr. Ian Moore trains State Treasurer for owners Sally and Paul MacDonald.   Mosquito Blue Chip, Rockin in Heaven upset in EBC finals   Earlier in the card, Mosquito Blue Chip ($10.20) mounted a late rally to collar odds-on favorite Divine Caroline in the $269,000 Empire Breeders Classic for New York-sired 3-year-old pacing fillies, while Rockin in Heaven ($24.80) sustained a first-over bid before holding off odds-on entrymates Betting Exchange and In the Arsenal--and a few others--in the $290,000 Empire Breeders Classic for New York-sired 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings.   In the distaff division, Mosquito Blue Chip found herself locked in just prior to a :54.4 half mile from Divine Caroline (David Miller), just three lengths off the lead but lacking for racing room until the conclusion of the final turn.   Off the corner, Jim Morrill, Jr. was able to find room with the Bettor's Delight filly, mounting a three-wide rally past pocket rival Band of Angels (Gingras) in the final sixteenth--and ultimately to just nab Divine Caroline at the winning post for a 1:49.3 score.   Trainer Paul Jessop shares in ownership of Mosquito Blue Chip with the Our Three Sons Stable and Donato Falcicchio.   In the male division, Arque Hanover (George Brennan) made an early push to the lead, taking over from Betting Exchange (Gingras) with a circuit to go and controlling a :54.4 half before bracing for the first-over Rockin in Heaven.   After dueling through a :27.2 third quarter, Rockin in Heaven got the better of Arque Hanover, extending his lead to 1-1/2 lengths at the eighth pole while Arque Hanover faded off the corner.   Upon establishing a clear lead, David Miller had to call upon the son of Rock N Roll Heaven for all he had, just staving off a late charge from Artistic Major (Morrill) by a neck in 1:50. A Bettor Hat (Brett Miller) rallied from deeper back, overcoming a fourth-over trip to just miss by half a length, finishing third.   Trainer Dr. Ian Moore co-owns Rockin in Heaven with Douglas Polley, Francois Lecomte, and Gordon McComb.   Reynolds Stakes contested   In addition to the Roll With Joe and the Empire Breeders Classic finals, 2-year-old trotters contested a number of Reynolds Stakes divisions on the Sunday program at Tioga.   The most notable victor was Southwind Frank ($2.90), a 2-year-old Muscle Hill colt who earned his fifth career win in 1:54.2 just two weeks after his triumph in the Peter Haughton Memorial.   Yannick Gingras was in the bike for trainer Ron Burke.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday (August 28) evening, with post time at 6:15 p.m. Eastern.   James Witherite

 A middle move into a contested pace sent 2-1 favourite B Yoyo ($6.00) to the front in Saturday (August 22) evening's $14,000 Open Trot at  the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs, and the 5-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding edged clear of his seven rivals for a 1:52.4 score in the Roll With Joe Eve feature. Vinny Ginsburg attended the early pace while inside three other leavers, allowing E R Ellie (Jim Meittinis), Skates N Plates (Aaron Byron), and Canadian Wildcat (Mike Simons) to alternate on the lead before commencing a first-over rally on the clubhouse turn with B Yoyo. After Canadian Wildcat reached race's midpoint in :55.2, B Yoyo ratcheted up the pressure, taking over midway on the backstretch and edging clear at will. B Yoyo authoritatively established the lead through a :28.3 third quarter, but 22-1 outsider Six Bax (Jim Taggart, Jr.) loomed a major threat after working out a second-over trip. Still, B Yoyo proved superior, edging clear to defeat Six Bax by 2-1/4 lengths. Jailhouse Jessica (Jim Marohn, Jr.) rallied from third-over to take third, while E R Ellie saved fourth after she was compromised by traffic on the far turn. Bob Bongiorno trains B Yoyo for Bill Lambos and Dionisios Liberatos. Jim Marohn, Jr. led all drivers with a hat trick on the 10-race card, teaming up with Marc Major trainees Highland Yankee ($31.60, 1:55.2) and Geronimo Fame ($8.40, 1:57.2), along with Mike Sinclair trainee Keystone Trevor ($4.80, 1:56). Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 23) afternoon, with first post on the stakes-studded card set for 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. James Witherite

Nichols, N.Y. -- Enjoying a second-over trip through a :28 third quarter, Arodasi ($4.30) prevailed as the even-money harness racing favourite, kicking cover and sprinting clear to a 1:51.1 victory in Friday (August 21) evening's $14,000 Mares Open Pace at Tioga Downs.   Mike Simons kept the 6-year-old Western Terror mare off a contested early pace, settling into fourth as Shutthefrontdoor (Dan Clements), Donttellruss (Aaron Byron), and Southwind Trini (Jim Marohn, Jr.) all vied for contention through a :27 initial quarter. After Southwind Trini, who won that three-way battle, rated a :55.2 half, she faced strong first-over pressure from Donttellruss on the backstretch. Arodasi slid second-over on approach to the far turn, closing in steadily and swinging three-wide as Donttellruss reached the apex of her bid. While Southwind Trini had enough to repel Donttellruss's challenge, Arodasi was able to vault clear in the final sixteenth, drawing off to defeat the longtime pacesetter by 1-1/4 lengths. Justhaventmetuyet (Corey Braden) rallied belatedly down the grandstand side to take third.   Trainer Joe Pavia, Jr. owns Arodasi in partnership with Peter Shank, Joseph Barbera, and the AGC Stables, Inc.   John Cummings, Jr. and Jim Marohn, Jr. both recorded driving doubles on the nine-race card.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 22) evening, with the first of 10 races scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- Top New York-sired 3-year-old pacers will contest a pair of Empire Breeders Classic finals on Sunday (August 23) at Tioga Downs, while the 2015 renewal of the Roll With Joe attracted a half-dozen veteran harness racing pacers.   Pacing fillies vie for $269,000 in their Empire Breeders Classic event (race 6), and Divine Caroline (post 2) has been installed the 2-1 morning line favourite. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven vaulted clear from the pocket for a 1:49.4 win her elimination last week, having earned runner-up honors in the Shady Daisy and Mistletoe Shalee earlier in the season. David Miller will drive the 4-time winner for trainer Joe Holloway. Along with Band of Angels (Yannick Gingras, post 3) and Moremercy Bluechip (Andy Miller, post 4), also victorious in their eliminations, a field of nine have been attracted for this prestigious distaff event.   Not a half hour later, pacing colts and geldings square off for a $290,000 purse in their Empire Breeders Classic event (race 7). In the Arsenal (post 2) rebounded well from a pair of off-the-board finishes in the Meadowlands Pace and the Cane Pace, controlling the terms in his elimination for a 1:49.3 triumph under Brian Sears. The Kelvin Harrison trainee has been installed part of an 8-5 favoured entry, along with Betting Exchange (post 7, Yannick Gingras). Casie Coleman trainee Arque Hanover (post 1), the other elimination winner, will receive the driving services of George Brennan as Sears opted to remain with In the Arsenal.   The ninth race on the Sunday afternoon program is the Roll With Joe for free-for-all pacers, and a select field of six will contest a $150,000 purse. Trainer Ron Burke sends out two of the six starters, with Foiled Again (post 5, Yannick Gingras) leading the sentimental interests. The 84-time winner has amassed over $7 million in his career, but only has one win to date in his 11-year-old season--he narrowly prevailed in the Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park in June. U.S. Pacing Championship winner State Treasurer (post 2) has been installed as the 6-5 morning line favourite following his dominant 1:47 triumph at the Meadowlands just two weeks ago. Trainer Dr. Ian Moore once again enlists David Miller to drive the 6-year-old Real Desire entire. Track record holder Doo Wop Hanover (post 6) returns to Tioga as well, having paced a 1:47.4 mile in his Graduate event on Memorial Day. John Campbell is back in the bike for trainer Steve Elliott.   Post time for the star-studded Sunday program is slated for 1:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

While both of their harness racing careers have come to an end, world champions Sebastian K and Sweet Lou will be honored this weekend with unique giveaways at the tracks that hosted two of their signature wins. Friday night, fans at Vernon Downs will receive a Sebastian K travel mug (while supplies last), celebrating the world's fastest trotter's win in last year's Crawford Farms Open Trot. This year's $200,000 event is the highlight of a stakes-filled card at the Central New York oval that will also include the $177,000 Muscle Hill Mare Trot and the $194,000 Artiscape Open Mare Pace plus the New York Sire Stakes Two-Year-Old Filly Pace. The giveaway begins at 5:00 p.m. and a spectacular fireworks show will take place after the races. "Sebastian K superseded all our expectations during his North American adventure and we enjoyed bringing him to many different tracks around the region," said Tristan Sjoberg, who along with his brother own Sebastian K under the Knuttson Trotting banner. "His win in the Crawford Farms Trot at the picturesque Vernon Downs when he wired the field in effortless fashion was one of the highlights of a sparkling season." The nine-year-old Sebastian K was recently retired after a European and North American career where he earned $2,973,252. Sunday afternoon, fans at Tioga Downs will receive a Sweet Lou travel mug (while supplies last); celebrating the 2014 Pacer of the Year's win in last year's Roll With Joe Open Pace. This year's $155,000 renewal highlights Sunday's stakes-filled card that will also include the Empire Breeders Classic Finals and the Reynolds Stakes for freshman trotters. The giveaway begins at 12:30 p.m. with post time set for 1:30 p.m. Sweet Lou earned $3,478,894 during his four-year racing career for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr, and Phil Collura. For more racing and promotional information, visit www.tiogadowns.com and www.vernondowns.com. Justin Horowitz

Nichols, N.Y. -- A first-over bid into a fast pace would be enough for Bound For Fame in Friday (August 14) evening's $14,000 Open Trot at Tioga Downs, as he was able to overpower his five rivals for a 1:54.3 harness racing victory.   Corey Braden settled the 8-year-old S J's Photo gelding just off the pace, drafting from midfield through a :56.2 middle half before making his move out of fourth on the backstretch. As pacesetter Jailhouse Jessica (Jim Marohn, Jr.) opened up on the backstretch, Bound For Fame wore down odds-on favourite Spice It Up Lindy (Mike Simons), ultimately working clear in the final sixteenth. Bound For Fame expanded his lead to 1-1/4 lengths, prevailing easily in 1:54.3 over Jailhouse Jessica. Six Bax (Jim Taggart, Jr.) rallied through traffic from the back of the pack to save third.   Mike Forte trains Bound For Fame for Rags to Riches of PA, LLC and Mark Goldberg.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Sunday (August 16) afternoon, with an all-stakes program kicking off at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- While 2- and 3-year-old trotters contest eleven combined divisions of the Arthur Tompkins Memorial Stake on Sunday (August 16) at Tioga Downs, New York-sired 3-year-old pacers--15 colts and geldings; 21 fillies--will try to earn their way into next week's Empire Breeders Classics finals.   The first $12,500 elimination for colts and geldings, carded as race 5, sees 11-time winner In the Arsenal (8-5 morning line favourite) return to Tioga after earning top-four finishes in both the North America Cup and the Max Hempt Memorial. Brian Sears drives the son of American Ideal for trainer Kelvin Harrison. In the second elimination, scheduled as race 7, 8-time winner National Seelster (3-1, Andy Miller) squares off against Betting Exchange (5-2, Jim Morrill, Jr.), who finished third in the North America Cup earlier in the season.   Fillies contest three eliminations, and trainer Ron Burke has a reasonable chance to sweep the preliminary splits on the distaff side. Bettor N Better (5-2, Matt Kakaley) leads the charge in the first elimination, carded as race 6, but will have to stave off the steadily improving Moremercy Bluechip (2-1, Andy Miller) from the Julie Miller stable. Burke sends out 10-time winner Band of Angels (7-5, Yannick Gingras) in the second elimination (race 10) and the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven looks to make amends for a seventh-place finish in the Shady Daisy at the Meadowlands. Sassa Hanover (8-5, Gingras) completes the trio of Burke distaffers, headlining the third elimination (race 12) with 12 wins to her name. While enjoying Sire Stakes success, she earned top-four finishes in both the Shady Daisy and the Fan Hanover on the national scene.   The afternoon's Arthur Tompkins Memorial Stake action is highlighted by 11-time winner Habitat, the 6-5 favourite in the $58,662 ninth race for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The son of Conway Hall narrowly missed in the Dancer Memorial at the Meadowlands, and was a chasing--yet distant--second in the Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon earlier in the summer. Yannick Gingras will drive the Ron Burke trainee.   The all-stakes Sunday card at Tioga is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. (EDT) start time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

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