Sunday's (May 4) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Tioga Downs and Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
Fireyourguns three-for-three with Tioga victory
|Fred Brown photo|
|Fireyourguns is now three-for-three in 2014 after this 1:51.4 win.|
Nichols, NY --- After beating top company at Buffalo and Vernon, Fireyourguns ($3.00) scored his third victory in as many seasonal starts in Sunday (May 4) afternoon's $14,000 Open Pace at Tioga Downs.
The 5-year-old American Ideal gelding floated to the front early on, setting even fractions of 28, 56, and 1:23.4 while Mystical Valentine (Jason Ryan) chased from the loose pocket throughout. On the far turn, Aaron Byron called upon Fireyourguns to draw clear, and the response was instant, as the 1-2 favorite opened up to a 3-1/2-length advantage before reaching the top of the stretch. Prairie Jaguar (Jim Marohn Jr.) angled to the outside just off the turn to put in a late bid, rallying to be second, while Mystical Valentine was a tiring third. Fireyourguns was measured in the last sixteenth of a mile en route to a 1:51.4 win with plenty in reserve.
Trainer Terence McClory co-owns Fireyourguns with Jennifer and Robert Lowe.
Earlier in the card, the Jeff Sorenson-trained Golden Gun prevailed in the $11,000 Open II Pace, holding off a late challenge from the pocket-sitting Bettorsluckystreak to win in 1:55.1 in rein to Jim Marohn Jr.
Live racing resumes on Friday evening, with first post at 6:15 p.m.
-- James Witherite
Saratoga Casino and Raceway
The defending Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Let’s Go Higher (Cole Muffler), prevailed in her return to town on Sunday afternoon. The 6-year-old mare flew out to the early lead behind a fast quarter of :27.2 and never looked back. Shawn Gray piloted Let’s Go Higher for trainer Heidi Rohr and secured the victory in 1:55. Aint No Dollatable (Billy Dobson) sat the pocket to finish second in the $17,000 matinee feature while Venus Delight (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Let’s Go Higher, who completed a training triple on the card for Rohr, was the race’s 4-5 public choice.