by James Witherite, Tioga Downs racing media
After a dominant 1:53.3 win in last week's sub-featured trotting event, Spice It Up Lindy ($6.50) sustained a first-over bid en route to a 1:54.3 triumph in Saturday (July 19) evening's $14,000 Miracle Mile 1 trot at Tioga Downs.
With the two mares in the field--As Ya'll Like It (Brandon Simpson) and Dough Dough (Mike Simons)--assuming the pacesetting duties with a circuit remaining and Spice It Up Lindy eight lengths off the lead while trailing the sextet, Jim Meittinis angled the 11-year-old SJ's Caviar gelding first-over, progressing steadily after a :57.1 half-mile and into a :27.4 third quarter. On the far turn, Spice It Up Lindy turned up the pressure on As Ya'll Like It, taking the lead off the corner and kicking clear. In the final sixteenth, Dough Dough found room at the pegs to re-rally, but only got to within a length of Spice It Up Lindy. Mr Web Page (Aaron Byron) followed the winner's cover throughout, staying on for third.
Santo Zuzolo owns and trains Spice It Up Lindy, who scored his 30th career win.
The winning drive in the feature kicked off a hat trick on the evening for Meittinis, who tied Brandon Simpson with three driving wins on the night.
Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 20) afternoon, with the first of 11 races slated for 1:30 p.m. EDT.