Nichols, NY – Custom Cantab (Aaron Merriman) captured the $40,000 fourth leg of the Miss Versatility at Tioga Downs on Friday (Sept. 6).
Emoticon Hanover (Aaron Byron) led the first quarter in :26.4 and continued on lead to the half in :56.3. Ice Attraction (Mike Merton) was the first to challenge as Emoticon Hanover led to three-quarters in 1:24.3.
Custom Cantab ($4), who is owned by trainer Christopher Beaver, Donald Robinson and R.B.H. Ventures, was fourth after three-quarters. She would go four wide down the stretch to win in 1:53. Dream Together (Wally Hennessey) finished second with Emoticon Hanover settling for third.
Custom Cantab is a 4-year-old mare by Mr Cantab. It was her third win this season and 18th of her career.
Gigi From Fiji (Wally Hennessey) takes the $11,000 Fillies & Mares Open 1.
Gigi From Fiji ($8.30) went to the front and controlled all the fractions (:27.2, :55.3, 1:23,) to win in 1:52. She got challenged in the stretch by second-place finisher Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons). But Gigi From Fiji, who is owned by trainer Mike Deters, L Barnett, Joel Warner and John Spindler, was not to be denied and held on for the win by 1-1/4 lengths. Northern Dali (Fern Paquet Jr.) finished third best.
Gigi From Fiji is a 5-year-old mare by Ponder. She won for the ninth time this year and increased her career wins to 18.
Mike Merton drove five winners on the night. He won with Blurred Lines ($3.80), Choochoocharlie ($6), Roaring Rei ($6.50), Runhappy Ten ($9), and R M Blackhawk ($9.40)
Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (Sept. 7) with a 13-race card starting at 6:15 p.m.
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