Hello Great Mate in Tioga Friday night feature
Nichols, NY -- Hello Great Mate and Lewayne Miller posted a mild upset victory in Friday night’s featured conditioned event at Tioga Downs.
|Fred Brown photo|
|Hello Great Mate was a 1:53.2 winner.|
Leaving from post position four, Miller settled in early and made a quarter pole move in :27.3. Hello Great Mate then led the field through fractions of :57.2 and 1:25.1 before Miller stepped on the gas to cruise to victory in a new seasonal mark of 1:53.2. Stash The Cash (Fern Paquet, Jr.) used a two hole trip to finish second, while Shesa Bragn Dragon (Brandon Simpson) finished third despite a tough first over journey.
It was the fourth win of the year for Hello Great Mate, a 4-year-old daughter of Allamerican Ingot–Cheery Hello, who is owned by Kentuckiana Racing Stable and is trained by Erv Miller.
Jimmy Marohn, Jr. posted a driving triple on the night’s 12-race card, while Brandon Simpson and Corey Braden each recorded doubles.
-- Dustin Ross
Driver Jack Flanigen steered homegrown Tuesdays With Mom to victory in the $9,000 Open Trot at Batavia Downs Casino on Friday night. As the gate pulled away, favorite Tuesdays With Mom ($3.00) went for a lead she would never relinquish. The field traveled Indian-style to the quarter in a meager :29.4 and a half in :59.1. Manfromnantucket (Jim McNeight) pulled to the outside and mounted a brief challenge before the mare pulled away at the three-quarters in 1:28.1. Manfromnantucket slowly fell back into the pack as everyone approached the stretch and fanned wide. Columbia County (Ray Fisher, Jr.) surged late from the far outside, but Tuesdays With Mom was able to hold her own for the win by 1-1/2 lengths, in a seasonal best 1:58. Columbia County finished second and Kash N Credit (Troy Boring) hung on for third. This 4-year old mare is owned and trained by Peter Arrigenna. She was a champion of the New York Sire Stakes at 2 and 3 and now has $442,306 in lifetime purse earnings. Friday’s feature was only her fourth start of 2011 with two wins and one third for her efforts. John Cummings, Jr. accumulated four wins Friday evening. He won the first with Art Reactor ($6.20), the fourth with C J D Sale ($3.30), upset in the sixth with Let’s Get Serious ($19.60) and won the tenth with Odds On The Beach ($3.80).
His owner didn't take a plane, he didn't take a train, he took a car, and after 510 miles, Stanza made it worthwhile for his owner. An even mixture of six conditioned and claiming pacers, racing for a purse of $3,400, were featured at Cal Expo on Friday night in which Stanza didn't have to fight lady luck. Taking off when asked, the 5-year-old drew off to win ($5.80) by 3-3/4 lengths. Myra's Hiho was a good second and Western So finished another three lengths farther back in third. It was a nice win for his owner Mark Benvenga because he drove all the way from Del Mar Friday morning to see him race and win. Stanza was driven by trainer Steve Wiseman, who had five piloting victories on the card and now has nine wins over the last two Friday programs. Also on the card, trainer Bob Johnson had a training grand slam, giving him ten wins over the last two Friday cards.