by James Witherite, Tioga Downs racing media
Nichols, N.Y. -- Tioga Downs has revamped its 2016 late-closing program to avail 3-year-olds opportunities to race in conjunction with the New York Sire Stakes schedule, with a quartet of estimated $25,000 finals scattered through May and June.
The Gail's Diner and Nichols True Value series, both for 3-year-old pacers which have not won two races or $25,000 at the close of nominations, will take place entirely in the month of May before the Sire Stakes season begins. The M&J Oil & Lube and Williams Auto series, both for trotters under the same conditions, are scheduled to take place in June while premier trotters compete in the Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon.
Each series will feature two preliminary legs worth $7500 apiece, with top earners reconvening for the final. Nominations close on March 15, 2016, with a fee of $300 per horse nominated due to the Tioga Downs Race Office along with the nomination blank available at http://tiogadowns.com/media/racing/lcad.pdf.