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Archangel impressive in NYSS win at Tioga
Friday, May 18, 2012 - by Dustin Ross, Regional Racing Operations Manager, Tioga Downs & Vernon Downs

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Nichols, NY --- The NYSS rolled into Nichols, NY on Friday night, featuring three divisions for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters.


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Archangel posted the fastest time (1:54.2) Friday night in three divisions of NYSS at Tioga Downs.
Posting the fastest mile for the three divisions was Archangel (Jim Morrill Jr.) in the second division for $44,266. Leaving from post position number six, Morrill put Archangel into play past the opening quarter in 28.4 taking over control of the race from Flyhawk Jester (Stephane Bouchard). The duo raced in line through fractions of 57.2 and 1:26.3 until the pair straightened up through the stretch but Archangel was too strong, posting a 27.4 final quarter to win in 1:54.2. The mile established a new lifetime mark for the 3-year-old son of Credit Winner – Michelle’s Angel who is trained by Peter Arrigenna. Flyhawk Jester held tough for second, while New York Attitude (Fern Paquet Jr.) was third.


The night’s third division featured the high priced Royal Shyster versus the hometown connected Coraggioso for Tioga Downs’ regular Phil Fluet. Fluet placed Coraggioso on the lead early before relinquishing it to Royal Shyster, who made a brief break going to the three-eighths pole. After regaining his composure, Royal Shyster and driver George Brennan cut through fractions of 57.2 and 1:26. As they turned for home the field was circling the leader and Fluet was over loaded with trot looking for daylight. Coraggioso and Fluet eventually found the room they needed to win by a length in 1:55.4. Fluet trains the 3-year-old son of Conway Hall – Electra Hanover for Joe Spadaro and Tom Durkin, both of New York.


Delano (Ray Schnittker) was an impressive winner in the first division in a new lifetime best of 1:54.4 in the first start of his sophomore campaign.

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