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Monday, July 3, 2017

Jim Marohn Jr. and Scott Zeron each win two Tomkins Geers Stakes races at Tioga.

Jim Marohn Jr. and Scott Zeron each take two Geers Stakes races at Tioga Downs on Sunday Afternoon (July 2).

Jim Marohn would be the first to win taking Mac's Jackpot (Somebeachsomewhere) and going almost the whole way in the lead.  During the first of two Geers Stakes ($33,935) for 3 year-old pacing colts and geldings, Mac's Jackpot ($4.70), who is owned Jeffrey Snider and trained by Jim Campbell would hold off Northwest Yankee (Brett Miller).   Mac's Jackpot would win for the seventh time in his career setting a lifetime best at 1:50.2.  Northwest Yankee would hold for second.  Finishing third was The Wall (Scott Zeron.

The next Geers stakes race was for 3 year-old fillies ($25,960).  This time it was Scott Zeron's turn winning with World Apart (Art Major).  The 3 year-old who is owned by South Mountain Stables, Bay's Stables, Little E LLC, radio Racing Stable and trained by Linda Toscano, would go right to the front and never looks back.  The big favorite Someomensomewhere (Jim Marohn Jr.) would follow the whole way but would fall short to finish second.  World Apart ($12.40) put up fractions of :26.4, :56, 1:23.4, 1:52.2 ,  and was just too strong in the end to capture her first win as a 3 year-old.  Sweet Emotion (Brett Miller) would take third.

It would be the Fillies version of the Geers Stakes ($25,960) again.  Ideal Plan (Western Ideal) would be the next win for Marohn Jr.  Owned by West Wins Stable, Jim Fielding, and Kevin McKinlay while trained by Casie Coleman, Ideal Plan ($12.20) would lead until the back stretch when Oceania (Jim Taggart Jr.) would take over and lead till just after the top of the stretch.  Tori Hanover (Scott Zeron) would then take a short lead before Ideal Plan would find her second wind and go by to win by a head in 1:53.1.  For Ideal plan it was her third win of the season.  Tori Hanover was second with Shepulledthegoalie flying late to finish third.

Independant One (Jim Taggert Jr.) would take the second Geers Stakes ($34,435) for 3 year-old colts and geldings.  The favorite, Jo Pa's Somebeach (Brett Miller) would lead all the way to the top of the stretch.  Independant One ($11.80) would come out of the pocket and wear down Jo Pa'sSomebeach (third) in the stretch and hold off a furious late charge by Art Scene (Scott Zeron) to win in a lifetime best 1:51.3.  Art Scene wound up second.  Independant One, who is owned by William Wiswell and Pinske Stables and trained by John Butenschoen , would win for the fourth time this season.

The Final Geers Stakes ($25,460) race was for 3 year-old fillies.  Scott Zeron would team up with trainer Linda Toscano once again.  This time with Robin J (Roll With Joe) who is owned by Kenneth Jacobs.  Magic Forces (Marcus Miller) would lead the way until just before the half.  Looking like she was shot out of a cannon, Robin J ($4.20) would fly by to win by five lengths in the end to establish a new life time mark of 1:51.2.  Touchamatic (Brett Miller) would finish second with No Chaser (Tom Jackson getting third.  For Robin J it was her second win of the season and her eighth career victory.

Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Tuesday (July 4) starting at 1 p.m.  The 13 race card will feature the New York Sire Stakes for 2 year-old trotting colts.

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