For the second week in a row Shady City (Larry Staulbaum) would capture the featured pace at Tioga Downs on Sunday afternoon (June 25). Sing For Me George (Aaron Byron) took over from the start and controlled all the early fractions :27.1, 55.2, 123.1. Shady City($4.80) for the second week in a row would find himself parked out first-over for over half a mile. The 7-year-old gelding by Metropolitan took over at the top of the stretch. Rodeo Rock (Jim Meittinis) would fire late and looked poised to win in the stretch but Shady City who is owned by Staulbaum and trained by Kim Asher dug down deep and found something extra to earn his fourth consecutive win going away in 1:51:1. Rodeo Rock settled for second best while Golden Gun (Truman Gale) was third.
Staulbam would win again in race 10 with the big long shot Great Tune ($80.50). Mad Mad World (Jim Taggart Jr.) had a three length lead at the top of the stretch but the big favorite would tire in the stretch, setting up the late chase by Great Tune (Art Major). Owned by Brittany Ohol and trained by Michael Ohol, Great Tune would win his first career victory in 1:56.3. Mad Mad World held for second. Winback Willie T (Atlee Bender) finished third.
Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 30). No racing on Saturday (July 1) because of 38 Special concert.
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