Nichols, NY — Tioga Downs played host to two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts & geldings on Saturday (Aug. 21).
Balenciaga (Wally Hennessey) outdueled barn mate, Ahundreddollarbill (Andrew McCarthy) to win the $56,000 first division.
Ambassador Hanover (Scott Zeron) took the lead but Ahundreddollarbill grabbed the lead before hitting the first quarter first in:27. Ahundreddollarbill used a :29.1 second quarter to hit the half in :56.1. Balenciaga ($2.70) made his move first-over from fourth as they went down the backstretch. Ahundreddollarbill led to three-quarters in 1:24.4.
Balenciaga and second-place finisher, Ahundreddollarbill battled shoulder to shoulder all the way down the stretch. Balenciaga lunged late to get the win in 1:53. Ambassador Hanover finished third.
Balenciaga is a gelding by Chapter Seven. Paul Kelley trains for owners S R F Stable and Crawford Farms Racing. It is his second career win.
Dewey Arnold (Jason Bartlett) dominated the $ 55,000-second division.
Steel (Andrew McCarthy) shot out to take the early lead but Dewey Arnold ($2.10) blasted by to lead to the quarter in :27.4. He used a :29.2 second quarter and led to the half in :57.1. He cruised to three-quarters in 1:25.2.
As they made the turn for home the pocket setter, Steel (Andrew McCarthy) went on a break as Dewey Arnold expanded his lead. There was never an anxious moment as Dewey Arnold cruised to an easy win in 1:53.3. Credit Con (Scott Zeron) finished second with Seven Nation Army (Mark MacDonald) getting third money.
Dewey Arnold is a gelding by Deweycheatemhowe. He is owned by Phillip Hale and trainer David Dewhurst. It was his 10th win this season. He now has 12 career victories.
Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (August 22), as they play host to two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies. It is part of a 13-race card starting at 1:00 p.m.
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