True Day Dream and Jim Meittinis captured Saturday night's $35,383 division of the Tompkins-Geers trot for 3-year old trotting fillies at Tioga Downs. Leaving from post position number four in a field of eight, Meittinis settled True Day Dream in second as he relinquished the lead to the favored Andie Sophia (Cat Manzi) by the quarter in 28.1. Andie Sophia who was coming off of her Hudson Trot victory then led the field through fractions of 57.4 and 1:26.4 with her main contender sitting on Manzi's helmet. As the field headed into the stretch, Meittinis moved True Day Dream to the outside and battled Andie Sophia through the stretch to get up and win by a length and a half in 1:56. Dan O'Mara trains the 3-year old daughter of Infinitif - Tenacious Victory for owner Joseph Hess of New Milford, NJ. Andie Sophia (Cat Manzi) finished second, while Silver Credit (Jim Marohn Jr.) finished third. The other division winner for the 3-year old trotting fillies was Southwind Cocoa (Jeff Gregory) in 1:57.2, after the 2-5 betting favorite Classic Martine made a break just past the quarter. Classic Martine (Jim Marohn Jr.) did rebound after dropping to last to close and finished second. In the $62,766 lone division for 3-year old trotting colts, Pine Credit received an extremely patient drive from Brandon Simpson and it paid off. Simpson sat in with Pine Credit fifth as the field was led through fractions of 28.4 and 58.3 by Crazy About Pat (Cat Manzi). As the field passed by three quarters in 1:27.3, Simpson found room to his right and slid Pine Credit to the outside. The duo began tracking horses three wide around the final turn and as they entered the stretch he was picking up ground on the leader Crazy About Pat with every stride. Pine Credit got up to win in the final strides over Crazy About Pat by a neck in 1:56.4, for his first seasonal victory of the year for trainer Erv Miller. Erv Miller shares ownership of the 3-year old son of Credit Winner - Ms Piggy Pine with Harvey Eisman and Paymaq Racing. Sunday afternoon wraps up the Grand Circuit Tompkins-Geers stakes for 2013. A dozen sophomore pacing colts are split into two sixes, each for a prize of $31,833 in races one and five. The opener is an even field with Don't Ya Know a slight choice off of his win in the Historic stakes here last month. He has followed that one up with two more wins in overnights at Yonkers. Bluestone Farms, Kitty Hawk Stable and Val D'Or Farms share ownership of the Western Ideal colt from Caviart Vegas, Joe Holloway trains and David Miller drives. The second division fave is Kenny Jacobs good Art Major colt Doctor Butch. He won the Art Rooney last month and has been on the board in every one of his 18 career outings while bringing home more than a half million dollars. Linda Toscano trains this fella and Jim Morrill, Jr has the drive. Eleven filly pacers made for an owner-friendly split of five and six in the stake. JK Black Beauty (Bettor's Delight) headlines the first division in race three. She is another Toscano trainee, this one for the 3 Brothers Stable, who's been lightly raced but very successful. JK Black Beauty captured the Lismore stake last month on her way to over $80,000 in seasonal earnings. The second filly division is race eight with the six pack racing for a purse of $29,883. Shebestingin is (Bettor's Delight) the most accomplished of the group with over $160,000 earned this year on the strength of five wins in nine outings. She took her personal speed record at Tioga in a NYSS event last month and is paired with her regular driver, Dave Miller, for this engagement. Joe Holloway trains her for Val D'Or, Ted Gewertz and L & L Devisser. Kenny Jacobs' fan favorite and track record holder Heston Blue Chip makes a local appearence in the Open pace on Sunday afternoon as well. The fun starts at 1:30. by Dustin Ross
The Tompkins-Geers grand circuit harness racing events roll into Tioga Downs next week beginning on Thursday, July 18th at 6:50pm.
Archangel prepped for the Hambletonian on Saturday night at Tioga Downs with a harness racing stakes record performance of 1:54.3 in the Tompkins-Geers. Starting from post number three in a field of six, catch driver Fern Paquet Jr. wasted no time getting Archangel to the front through an opening quarter in 28.2.
Shebestinging looked impressive on the program lines coming into Friday night's Tompkins-Geers stakes for harness racing 2-year old filly pacers at Tioga Downs. When the race was over she reassured everyone that was not deceiving winning her division impressively in 1:53.4.
Three divisions for 2-year old trotting colts and three divisions for 2-year old trotting fillies highlighted the nine-strong harness racing card on Thursday night (July 19) at Tioga Downs. Aperfectyankee (Jim Oscarsson) established a new stakes record for 2-year old trotting colts in the second division with a wire to wire effort in 1:56.4.
The Tompkins-Geers grand circuit events begin its weekend long stay at Tioga Downs beginning Thursday, July 19 at 6:50 pm. Three division for 2-year old trotting fillies and three divisions for 2-year old trotting colts lead off the five day stretch of live harness racing.
This Week: Tompkins-Geers Stakes, Tioga Downs, Nichols, New York. Schedule of harness racing events: Tompkins-Geers action begins on Thursday (July 19) with three divisions in the $88,266 2-year-old colt trot and three splits in the $76,514 2-year-old filly trot.
The Tompkins-Geers Grand Circuit stakes will be raced at Tioga Downs next week. Qualifying standards for these harness racing events require a clean charted line 30 days date of race to date of declaration.
Tioga Downs would like to extend an invitation to all horsemen and owners participating at Tioga Downs to join us in the annual Tompkins - Geers golf outing on Friday, July 20.
Harness racing tracks Tioga Downs and Vernon Dows have finalized their 2012 race and stakes schedule for the upcoming race season (pending regulatory approval).
The Tompkins - Geers grand circuit rounded out its four day harness racing weekend on Monday evening at Tioga Downs. One lone $65,910 division for 3-year old filly trotters brought the curtain down on grand circuit weekend. Go Go Dancer and Brian Mattison was sent off as the prohibitive race favorite, and wasted no time getting control of the race past the quarter in 28.1.
In the second of a five day stretch of live harness racing at Tioga Downs, the filly pacers were in the spotlight on Friday night. Five divisions for two-year old fillies were contested, while just one full field of nine was drawn out for the sophmores.
The freshman trotters rolled into Tioga Downs for a special Thursday night (July 14) harness racing card in the Tompkins-Geers stakes. When the dust settled multiple track records had fallen victim to some impressive 2-year old trotters.
Tioga Downs would like to extend an invitation to all harness racing horsemen and owners participating at Tioga Downs to join us in the annual Tompkin - Geers golf outing on Saturday, Jul 16. The format for the golf outing will be the traditional Captain and Crew format and will take place at Shepard Hills in Waverly, New York with an 8:30 am shotgun start.
With the March 15 payments taken and tallied, several of the marquee harness racing events scheduled for the 2011 Tioga & Vernon season have realized substantial increases. The popular Free For All early closers are up slightly and have again captured the best and most recognizable equine personalities harness racing has to offer.
It was a day full of records that were broken in Nichols, New York on Sunday afternoon (July 18) as three Stakes Records for the Tompkins Geers gave way to new harness racing heirs.