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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Wind Of The North takes Tioga Downs Open Trot on Saturday night (July 22).

WInd Of The North (Mike Simons) leaves the rest in the dust as they capture the Open Trot ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 22).

Picture This (Charlie Norris) would charge to the front and take them to a first quarter in 28.4.  Wind Of The North (Cantab Hall) would then move first over from fourth and blow right by to take over before the half.  Owned by Darryl Bier and Joann Dombeck, while trained by Jeff Long, the 7 year old gelding would follow up with fractions of :57.2, 1:25.0, 1:53.1 and winning by three lengths in the end.  Dragin The Wagin (Aaron Byron) would come late to finish second.  Picture This would settle for third.

Wind Of The North ($3.90) would win for the sixth time this season in 18 starts and for the 30th time in his career.  Mike Simons would take win number 51 on the season.  Jeff Long would earn his sixth training win on the season.  The exacta (1-6) would pay $20.20.

The large crowd was entertained after racing with a fantastic display off fireworks.

Tioga Downs returns to racing Sunday afternoon (July 23) with a 12 race betting card and one non-betting Riders Under Saddle (RUS) race (following race one).  Post Time is 1:00pm.  Also on Sunday is the "Belly Busting Burger Battle" on the trackside apron from 1-4p.m.  Tickets are $15 with children under 3 free.  1/2 of ticket proceeds will go to a selected charity.  Includes all burger tasting, water and one voting slip per person.  Live entertainment and cash prizes.  This is weather permitting only.

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