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Monday, June 5, 2017

Mister Daytona N takes Tioga Downs Open Pace.

John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Mister Daytona N (Mike Simons)  won the Tioga Downs Open Pace ($12,000) on Sunday afternoon (June 4).  Simons who is the leading driver so far this season guided Mister Daytona N (American Ideal) to the outside at the three-quarter mark.  Mr Daytona N ($4.40), who is owned by Albert Abdala III and trained by SImons would wear down front running Deetzy (Jim Taggart Jr.) in the stretch to win in 1:51.4.  Americanprimetime (Rick Dane Jr. would finish third.

Simons had a driving double on the day putting his total to 26 wins on the season.  Jim Marohn Jr.  won three races on the day.  Race two he would score with Free Love ($8.10), race four he led Winyard Hanover ($2.70) to victory, and race 10 he piloted Nicholas Ryan ($7.70) to a win.

A "Long" weekend at Tioga Downs.  Jeff Long, trainer, driver, and owner had great start to the month of June.  On Friday night he piloted Yoooukilis ($16.20) to pay dirt.  The 6 year-old Ken Warkentin gelding went gate to wire in 157.0.

Long, a Endicott, NY native had two wins on Saturday night.  He guided Tidquist ($8.60) to victory taking the 5 year-old Conway Hall gelding gate to wire in 1:55.2.  His second win of the evening came with Oh No Three O.  Trained by Paul Long for owner Charlene Long, the 10 year-old Ken Warkentin gelding trotted past favorite McKenzie's Star (Fern Paquet Jr.) in the stretch.  Oh No Three Oh ($6.90) came home in 1:54.4.

Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday Night (June 9) at 6:50.  On Sunday afternoon (June 11) the Grand Circuit returns to Tioga Downs with the third of the Graduate Series for 4yo pacers and trotters.

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