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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Grand Circuit Rolls Into Tioga Downs on Sunday

Tioga Downs - With a break in the Sires Stakes schedule in both New York and Pennsylvania, the Tompkins-Geers stakes for three-year-old pacers has attracted a bounty of both fillies and colts to race at Tioga Downs on Sunday, July 2.

Twenty six fillies were entered and split three ways as races four, six and eight on the card each for a purse of over $25,000.

Trainer Linda Toscano returns with her trio of talented New York bred fillies, all of whom won a division of the Geers stake at two and went on to race in the NYSS freshman finals.

While Toscano's World Apart is defending her Geers title, Breeders Crown winner Someomensomewhere is the focus of the first division as she searches for her freshman form for trainer Jimmy Takter. The winner of over a half million dollars changed hands privately over the winter and now races for the interests of Diamond Creek Racing and ABM Stable with Jimmy Marohn, Jr driving from post four.

Planet Rock must overcome post nine for driver Mike Simons as she seeks her first win of the season in what looks to be a wide open race six.  The Rock N Roll Heaven lass earned more than $200,000 in 2016 for Linda and owner Ken Jacobs and has been second in her last two NYSS events.

The third member of the Jacobs and Toscano returning winners is Robin J (PP #5 Scott Zeron), another of last season's top Empire State fillies. She got her first score of the new season in a division of the Excelsior program at Buffalo in a speedy 1:54.4, which may signal her return to top form.

The seventeen pacing colts split into two $35,000 divisions carded as races three and seven with owner Jeff Snyder sending a formidable pair of homebreds into battle.

Mac's Jackpot (PP#5 Jim Marohn, Jr) has faced the top level colts at both two and three and won a division of the Grand Circuit Somebeachsomewhere stake on June 1. After being narrowly eliminated from the NA Cup final he was beaten just a head in the consolation for trainer Jim Campbell. The career winner of over $163,000 finds a bit of class relief in the Geers on Sunday.

Mac Attack was lightly raced at two but has been maturing quickly against overnight stock for trainer Mark Siva and shows a solid line against tough PASS competition on June 1. He'll have to overcome the far outside post nine for Marohn to get the job done in this one.

The fun starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday.