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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Golden Son looks bright as he takes Tioga Feature.

John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Golden son (Mike Simons) wins the Tioga Downs open trot Saturday night (June 3).  The 4  year-old Majestic Son gelding road in the pocket following the favorite Sweet Thing (Fern Paquet Jr.).  Sweet Thing led the field hitting the first quarter in :27.4, the half in :56.4 and three quarters went in 1:25.1.  Simons waited patiently in the stretch for an opening.  Once he got it he guided Golden Son ($8.30) to the front for a three length win in 1:54.1.  Golden son who is owned John Devito and Rocco Maniello while trained by Jenny Melander won for the 6th time this season.  Sweet Thing finished second with Another Breath (Jim Meittinis) getting third.

Mickey  Mc Nichol continues to soar at Tioga Downs this season.  The 68 year-old trainer, driver has had a stellar start at Tioga Downs this season.  On May 14, 2007, he piloted Maxdaddy Blue Chip to a mile in 1:49.3 during the Open Pace.  On Monday (May 29), he had another great drive when he guided the 31-1 long shot Good Luck to victory.   Owned by Fred Monteleone, Good Luck escaped the pocket at the top of the stretch and surged by For A Bettor Time for an easy win in 1:52.0.

Tonight (June 3) he would add two more wins.  In race number two Mc Nichol guided Blueberry Heaven ($7.90) to a win in 1:52.1.  Race number nine he was victorious with the  favorite Massive Lightning ($4.00).  Fred Monteleone owned both horse who were trained by Mc Nichols as well.

Tioga Downs returns to action with an 11 race card on Sunday afternoon (June 4) at 1pm.

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