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Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) captured the $11,000 featured fillies & mares harness racing open pace at Tioga Downs on Friday (September 20). It was also another great night for driver Wally Hennessey, who led all drivers with five winners on the night. Truth And Liberty ($3.80) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :26.4. She put up a :28.4 second quarter to hit the half in :55.3. She continued to control the pace as they hit three quarters in 1:23.4. Truth And Liberty, who is owned by Fairy Horsemother and trained by Mike Simons, led by three lengths as they made the turn for home. Gigi From Figi (Wally Hennessey) tried to come late but Truth And Liberty was too strong and won in 1:52.3. Gigi From Figi had to settle for second with K J's Caroline (Jim Taggert Jr.) getting third money. Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her 10th win this season. She now owns 45 career victories. Leading driver Wally Hennessey continued his dream season with five wins on the evening. He got his wins with Unimpeachable ($12.80), Cinnabar Hall ($6.40), The Big Muscle ($4.00), Rollingndiamonds ($4.10), and Here We Go Again ($4.50). Mike Simons drove three winners on the evening. He got his other victories with Meadowbranch Vicki ($2.60), and Soho Hanover ($2.70). It will be closing night at Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 21) with an 11 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

Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) captured the $11,000 harness racing featured Filly & Mare Open Pace at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 23). Juxta Cowgirl (Aaron Byron) led to the first quarter in :26.4. Truth And Liberty ($4.10) took over as they went by the stands for the first time and led to the half in :55.4. She was the first to the three-quarter pole in 1:24.0. Gigi From Figi (Wally Hennessey) came first over as they went around the final turn. Truth And Liberty, who is trained by Simons and owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables, shook off Gig From Figi. She then held off the late charge from second place finisher K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) to win in 1:52.2. Gigi From Fiji finished third. Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. She has won four straight fillies & mares open 1 at Tioga. It was her eighth win this season and her 43rd career victory. Leading driver Wally Hennessey drove four winners on the night. He combined with trainer Mike Deters for wins with Mach West ($3.30) and Prairie Midnight ($9.40). He teamed up with trainer Jim McDonald for the other two wins. They won with Odds On Cheddar ($14.40), and Tap Tap Tap ($3.30). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 24) 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

Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) wins the $11,000 featured fillies & mares open pace at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 16). Juxta Cowgirl (Aaron Byron) went to the front and controlled the pace hitting the first quarter in :27.1. Truth And Liberty ($3.90) watched from second as Juxta Cowgirl hit the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:23.2. Truth And Liberty, who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, came out of the pocket in the stretch. She took a short lead and Juxta Cowgirl fought back. But in the end Truth And Liberty was too strong and won in a seasonal best 1:51.0. Juxta Cowgirl had to settle for second. KJ's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) finished third. Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her third straight win and seventh victory this season. She now has 42 career victories. Leading driver Wally Hennessey drover four winners on the card. He got his wins with Check Mach ($3.90), Glamorgal ($5.20), Persistent Bettor ($4.90), and Odds On Cheddar ($3.20). Mike Simons drove three winners on the night. His other wins came with Cayenne Victory ($2.50), and Lime Twist ($10.80). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 17) 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          

Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) wins the featured $11,000 fillies & mares open at Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 10). Truth And Liberty ($5.50) led to the first quarter in :27.3. Juxta Cowgirl (Aaron Byron) took control as they went by the stands for the first time and led to the half in :56.2. Gigi From Fiji (Wally Hennesey) went first-over and put on the pressure as Juxta Cowgirl hit three-quarters first in 1:24.0. Truth And Liberty, who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, squeezed through an opening on the inside as they went down the stretch. They were three across the track as Truth And Liberty got up in time to win in 1:52.4. Gigi From Fiji was second best with Juxta Cowgirl holding on for third. Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her sixth win this season. She now has 41 career victories. Mike Simons and Mike Merton each drove three winners on the night. SImons got his other wins with Celebrity Lover ($14.80), and Cinnamon Stick ($3.20). Merton went to the winner's circle with Hanovers Best ($3.40), Whip N Neigh Neigh ($4.00), and Dekeyser ($8.40). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (August 11) with a 13 race card. The card features the $148,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot and the $132,000 Joie De Vie open mare trot. There will also be two eliminations for the Empire Breeders Classic featuring 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Post time is 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs    

Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) charges late to capture the harness racing featured Fillies & Mares Open 1 ($10,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (May 31). Well Said Maria (Aaron Byron) carved out all the early fractions (:27.2, :56.2, 1:25.0). Truth And Liberty ($7.30), who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, was eighth after the first quarter and nine lengths back. She still found herself in seventh at the half and fifth after three-quarters. As she hit the stretch she looked like she sprouted wings. She zoomed by to win in 1:53.3. Velocity McSweets (Mike Merton) was second best with Well Said Maria hanging on for third. Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her fourth win of the season. She now owns 39 career victories. Mike Simons, Fern Paquet Jr., and Wally Hennessey all had driving doubles on the card. Simons other win came with Boogie Roll ($14.20). Paquet Jr. got his wins with Windsun Brooklyn ($13.20) and Tipp City ($3.20). Hennessey reached the winner's circle with Celebrity Lover ($3.90) and Odds On Cheddar ($3.10). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (June 1) with a 10 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com 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

Truth And Liberty (Total Truth) won the Fillies and Mares Open two weeks ago as the Bob Lounsbury trainee grinded out a first over harness racing victory. After making a break as the favorite in last week's installment of the $19,500 feature for fillies and mares, Truth And Liberty once again wound up first over in the Open on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The favored Tiptina (Phil Fluet) set quick but reasonable fractions on the engine and after reaching the half in 56.2 was met with the challenge of Truth And Liberty. That twosome battled for close to a half mile before Truth And Liberty put away Tiptina in the stretch and drew clear to win in 1:53.3. Pocket sitter Brown Brinny (Dan Cappello Jr) closed to be second while Tiptina had to settle for the show spot. Truth And Liberty paid $8.40 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $27.40 and $111.50, respectively. Jimmy Devaux piloted the five year old mare to the Friday score on a night in which the red hot reinsman piled up three wins. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Truth And Liberty (Total Truth) made her harness racing return to the Fillies and Mares Open a winning one on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Bob Lounsbury trainee prevailed in the local Open a year ago nearly to the day. After the five year old mare scored a wire-to-wire victory last Friday night while competing in a condition race at the Spa, it was back into the $18,000 feature this week. Driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. moved the classy distaffer first over approaching the half to come after the front-running Yonkers invader Dewar N Soda (Jim Devaux). Despite setting fast first half fractions of 27 and 55.3, Dewar N Soda proved to be game and seemingly fended off Truth And Liberty around the final turn. That was before the late resurgence from Truth And Liberty who found a second wind and came on in the final strides to win a photo with Dewar N Soda in a mile clocked in 1:53.2. Dewar N Soda was second best in her local debut while longshot Beyonces Rockn (Shawn Gray) earned the show spot. A winner at odds of 7-2, Truth And Liberty led an exacta and triple that paid $67.50 and $800, respectively. Truth And Liberty, whose Friday victory was her ninth of the year, won her first local Open on October 7th of last year. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

DAYTON, OH. - Doctor Carter (Mike Micallef) pulled a mild harness racing upset in Hollywood Dayton's featured $18,500 Open Pace on Saturday night (Sept. 23), nipping Secret Threat (Josh Sutton), who was last week's winner, in 1:50.4. The winning 6-year-old son of Total Truth equaled his lifetime best effort capturing his 36th career victory. Owned by Andrea and Tommy Householder and trained by Pat Karcher, Doctor Carter's total bankroll now has reached $420,000. Micallef shot directly to the lead when the starting gate sprung open, then yielded to Let's Drink On It (Travis Seekman) as the pair sped past the opening quarter beam in :26.2. Content to sit the pocket through fractions of :53.4 and 1:22, Doctor Carter and Micallef were patient as Secret Threat pressured Let's Drink On It from just past the half until midstretch. As Let's Drink On It began to yield and Secret Threat finally nosed in front, Doctor Carter found a seam and scooted past the pacesetters in the final strides. Dispatched at 4-1 odds, Doctor Carter returned $10.60 to his faithful. Coupled with Secret Threat, the exacta returned $46.20. Longshot My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith, 25-1) grabbed the show dough which triggered a $269.85 payoff for a 50-cent trifecta ticket. Excitement is building for next Friday night (Sept. 29) when the Grand Circuit stops at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Top horses and drivers are expected from around North America for the $160,000 (est.) Dayton Trotting Derby and the $150,000 (est.) Dayton Pacing Derby. Trotter Homicide Hunter and pacer All Bets Off, both impressive winners in Grand Circuit stakes at Hoosier Park on Friday (Sept. 22) are likely entrants who will be challenged by the best older harness horses in training. Post time will be 6:15 p.m. Gregg Keidel

Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) charges late to win the Fillies & Mares harness racing open 2 handicap ($9,000) at Tioga Downs Friday (June 23). The 5-year-old Total Truth mare found herself fourth all the way to the top of the stretch. K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) set the pace for the field of seven putting up the early fractions :26.2, :55.1, 1:23.1. Once they turned for home Truth and Liberty ($6.80) who is owned by Tracy Moss and trained by Robert Lounsbury blew by them all, winning going away by three lengths in 1:52.4. KJ's Caroline gutted it out to hang on for second. Goldstar Rockette (Aaron Byron) finished third. Simon's who picked up wins 35 and 36 on the night, won the nightcap with Iaquinta ($8.60). The 5-year-old Artzina mare was last until just after the first half. By the top of the stretch Iaquinta who is owned Brian Calvert and trained by Fred Cohen was heads apart with front-running Sinspirational (Tom Jackson). Iaquinta would fly right by to win in 1:54.0 for her fourth victory of the season. Sinsperational was second with Watt A Funny Face (Doug Bowins) getting third. Mike Merton remained hot with two more wins himself. He would win with Celebrity Lampert ($6.10) in race number four. He would win race number 6 with Pokerface ($7.40). His 21 wins on the season are second to Simons. Tioga Downs returns to action Saturday night (June 23) with a 10 race card starting at 6:50p.m. For more information go to 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.

East Rutherford, N.J. - A sustained three-wide push of the far turn propelled Truth and Liberty ($15.60) to victory in Thursday (December 22) evening's featured $15,000 distaff pace at The Meadowlands, while Tony Ciuffetelli took top honors in the GSY Series final for harness racing amateur drivers on a night which proved to be a longshot player's paradise. Truth and Liberty settled in mid-division on the first turn, well behind That Woman Hanover (Jim Marohn, Jr.) and Ideal Nuggets (Joe Bongiorno), who would duel through a :54.4 first half mile. As That Woman Hanover labored on the far turn after repelling a first-over challenge from Ideal Nuggets, Andy Miller moved the 4-year-old Total Truth mare first-over with three-eighths to go, and was carried three-wide around Caviart Shelly (John Campbell) amid her push to an upper-stretch lead. Truth and Liberty edged clear in the final sixteenth, and held clear of the late-rallying UF Dragon's Queen (Tyler Smith) by just over a length in 1:53.2 as the pace folded. Better Said (Vinny Ginsburg) just reached third over odds-on favorite Sheeza Shark N (Brett Miller). Bob Lounsbury trains 14-time winner Truth and Liberty for owner Tracy Moss. For Miller, the featured win capped a natural hat trick. In the $12,500 final of the fall-winter GSY Series for amateur drivers, Tony Ciuffetelli and Avivas Winner ($24.20) made every yard a winning one, successfully bottoming out the field for a 1:59.2 score over fast going. The 5-year-old Credit Winner gelding outsprinted Count Speed (Bob Hechkoff) into the first turn and immediately gained separation on the field through sectionals of :28.1, :56.2, and 1:26, at one point drawing clear to a 10-length lead. Despite Count Speed being unable to close any ground in upper stretch, Avivas Winner was fully extended off the far turn to hold sway of a sustained late charge from Ellen's Streak (Dr. John Kokinos), who angled out to claim second off the far turn and closed ground steadily to ultimately reach within a length and a quarter. Dream Rocker (Hannah Miller) was a staying third, just holding off a mild stand-side rally from Feisty Love (David Glasser). The GSY final was the first leg of the night's 50¢ Pick 5, which attracted $212,276 in new money in great part to a $25,874 carryover. As four of five favorites in the sequence were vanquished--two of those defeated public choices being sent off at odds-on, the dividend ballooned to $17,908.35 for the successful 6/2/7/9/3 combination. Additionally, the fifth-race 20¢ Jackpot Super High Five was taken down for $4,676.44 after Carobbean Pacetry ($40.60) and Andy Miller successfully evaded odds-on choice Not Before Eight (John Campbell) to key the 3-2-9-8-6 combination. Miller came back immediately to team up with Sumatra ($4.00) in the sixth and round out an early Pick 4 sequence which returned $9,900.70 on a dollar ticket before continuing to capture the feature. Total handle for the 12-race card was $2,190,429. A Jackpot High Five carryover of $8,321.98 will await players in Friday's closing race. Racing continues at The Meadowlands with a 13-race card on Friday (December 23) evening; post time is 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

Truth And Liberty (Total Truth) scored a first over victory in the Friday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Bob Lounsbury-trained distaffer had been a factor in the local Fillies and Mares Open on several occasions this fall but has recently endured some breaking trouble. The four year old mare made her return to the Spa following a try at the Meadowlands last week and drew the rail in the evening's $9,400 feature for the ladies. Bruce Aldrich Jr piloted Truth And Liberty and rolled her first over approaching the half and the mare took it from there. Truth And Liberty stopped the timer in 1:54.1 in recording her tenth win of the season. Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr) was the runner up to the favored winner as she finished second for the fourth consecutive week while Bye Bye Michelle (Dan Cappello Jr) earned the show spot. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Truth And Liberty (Total Truth) prevailed in her first start in the local Open for harness racing Fillies and Mares on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Bob Lounsbury-trained mare moved first over on the race's 1-9 betting favorite Velocity Vespa (Jim Devaux) approaching the half mile pole and ground the leader into submission before hitting the wire first in 1:53. Piloted in the $16,000 feature by Bruce Aldrich Jr, Truth And Liberty recorded her ninth win in 32 seasonal tries and did so at odds of 15-1. Velocity Vespa had to settle for second place after prevailing in five of her previous six tries in the local Open for distaffers while Bye Bye Michelle (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. Returning $33 to win in the upset score, Truth and Liberty led an exacta and triple that paid $90.50 and $491.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

The Eash Racing Stable and harness racing driver LeWayne Miller teamed up for a night to remember on Saturday (March 12) at Miami Valley Raceway. Not only did Astreo's Love capture the $20,000 Open Pace for trainer Don Eash and Miller, but E R Rudy copped the $20,000 championship leg of a top conditioned late closing series, stable mate Undertaker triumphed in the $10,000 first leg of the George Williams Memorial late-closer for non-winners of four pari-mutuel races or $30,000 life, and E R Oliver capped off the 'Grand Slam' by winning a $10,000 conditioned race. Astreo's Love took full advantage of his first inside post position in six weeks and the scratch of his most serious threat (Mykindachip) to score in 1:50.4 over Nitro (Chris Page) and Fancy Creek Elusiv (Kayne Kauffman). It was the fourth win of the year for the six-year-old son of Make My Day, but the first since early February. As the 3-5 favorite, Astreo's Love returned $3.20 to his backers. The winner has now banked $46,680 in seven seasonal starts, all at Miami Valley. Although he didn't win a preliminary leg of the late-closer, E R Rudy was sent postward as the third choice in the betting and Miller gave his supporters a picture-perfect drive to pull the minor upset in 1:51.4. The five-year-old Art's Chip gelding sat chilly in the pocket throughout as second choice Major Blue Chip (Josh Sutton) cut the fractions and favorite Stonebridge Adam (Chris Page) pressured first-up on the outside. When a seam opened between the two preliminary leg winners, E R Rudy shot through for the impressive 7-2 score. Undertaker gave the Eash-Miller combo their third triumph when he bested Gunny Wilson (Tyler Smith) and Goodtime Matt (Trace Tetrick) in 1:53.1 to stamp himself as the early favorite in the George Williams Memorial series. The four-year-old Rockin Image gelding now has 22 victories, all but four at Indiana county fairs. Startin Something (John DeLong) was an upset winner in the other William division, paying $25.00 following his 1:54 tally. Brent Tartar owns the Johnson Hill Jr.-trainee, who topped Artistic Blue (Ken Holliday) and American Paradise (Chris Page). The icing on the Eash-Miller cake was E R Oliver's victory in a $10,000 conditioned race in 1:53. The five-year-old son of Total Truth surpassed the $100,000 career earnings plateau with the winner's share. With the four wins, Don Eash climbed from a tie for tenth in the trainer's standings to a tie for fifth place. Miller, who has had much success in his first foray into Ohio, is now tied for ninth in the driver's dash standings with 30 wins and over $300,000 in purse winnings. Gregg Keidel

Dublin, Ireland – Newtown Stud was proud to recently welcome their newest addition to their farm, the top pacer Total Truth, who will be standing stallion for the 2016 season. Total Truth has become the richest Standardbred stallion to stand in the UK and Ireland. He is a career winner of $2,022,433 and had a race record of 1:48.3. The royally bred son of Jenna’s Beach Boy’s accomplishments include  at 2, winner of the Smullin Memorial, Niatross, and an elimination of the Kentucky Sire Stakes at Lexington.  At 3, he was the winner of the North America Cup, Hoosier Cup, Progress Pace, Cane Pace, Burlington Pace and a Matron Stake elimination. Total Truth was named the 3-year-old Pacing Colt of the Year and Pacer of the Year in 2006. In 2008, Total Truth was sold at Tattersalls for $900,000, a record for a male pacer.  He has settled in well at Newtown Stud and the farm is looking forward to a super breeding season with him. Newtown Stud was established in 1978 and is run by the Wallace family, who are into the harness racing business since the 1960’s. They have had numerous top class horses over the years that have raced both locally and internationally. Currently they have in training 7 French trotters, three 2yos, one 4yo and three 3yo pacers. They have 12 top bred broodmares, six yearlings, and two world champion stallions now available for stud. Total Truth will stand the 2016 season for a fee of €1000. Their other stallion is Allamerican Captor, who stands for a fee of €700.   Newtown Stud has an all-weather half mile training track and is located in the North side of Dublin, just a few minutes’ drive from the International Dublin Airport. Their contact number is +353 87 634 8862 and they are on facebook at https://m.facebook.com/NewtownStud/. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

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