Freshmen shine in Tompkins-Geers Stakes at Tioga Downs

Nichols, NY – Tioga Downs hosted six Grand Circuit Stakes on Friday (Aug. 9), with three Geers Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers along with three divisions of the Arthur Tomkins Memorial for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters.

Dexter Dunn and Major Betts won the first division of the Geers Stakes Friday at Tioga Downs. Fred Brown Photo.

Major Betts (Dexter Dunn) took the first division of the $29,350 Geers Stakes.  Major Betts ($8.60), who is owned by trainer Mark Harder, Joseph Jannuzzelli, and Deena Frost, went to the front and never looked back putting up all the fractions (:27.2, :57.3, 1:25.3) to win in 1:53.2.  Bombshell Hanover (Andy Miller) was second best with Papi Rob Hanover (David Miller) third.

Major Betts is a 2-year-old colt by Art Major-Southwind Johanne.  He is now two-for-two in his career.

In the $29,350 second division, Western Vacation (Andy Miller) was first to the quarter in :27.3.  Manticore (David Miller) took over the lead before hitting the half in :56.1.  He led to three quarters in 1:25 and held off a late charge by second-place finisher Western Vacation to win in 1:52.2.  JK Lucky Charms (Dexter Dunn) finished third.

Manticore ($3) is a 2-year-old colt by Western Ideal-Southwind Playa.  He is trained by Bruce Saunders for owners M and L Of Delaware LLC., and M & M Harness Racing LLC.  It was his second win in five career starts.

Shining Beauty (Tim Tetrick) came flying late to win the $64,900 Geers Stakes for freshmen pacing fillies.  Ladyboss (Wally Hennessey) led to a first quarter of :28 and to the half in :57.1.  Coconut Beach (Jim Morrill Jr.) took over and led to three-quarters in :1:25.1.  Shining Beauty ($4.80), who is owned by Brittany Farms LLC., and trained by Linda Toscano, looked like she was shot out of a cannon in the stretch as she flew by to win in 1:53.3.  JK Finendandy (Dexter Dunn) was second with Bolt Of Beauty (Marcus Miller) finishing third.

Shining Beauty is a filly by Captaintreacherous-American Jewel.  She broke her maiden in her first career start.

Saylor with D R Ackerman won the $54,000 division of the Tompkins Memorial at Tioga Downs on Friday. Fred Brown Photo.

Saylor (D R Ackerman) won the $54,000 Arthur Tompkins Memorial for 2-year-old trotting colts & geldings.  Sixteen (Wally Hennessy) led to a first quarter in :29.1.  Saylor ($10.60) took control as they went by the stands for the first time.  Owned and trained by Ackerman, he went to the half in :59.  He then cruised through three-quarters in 1:28.1 and won in 1:58.4.  Coventry Hall (Corey Callahan) finished second.  Third money went to AP Hall Of Trix (David Miller).

Saylor is a 2-year-old colt by Chapter Seven-Creme De Cocoa.  It was his second career victory.

Common Sense S (Jim Morrill Jr.) went gate-to-wire to capture the $41,800 division of the Arthur Tompkins Memorial for 2-year-old trotting fillies.  Owned by trainer Ake Svanstedt and S R F Stable, she put up all the fractions (:28.1, :58, 1:27) and won in 1:56.3.  Eye On The Hill (Dexter Dunn) was second with Thankful For You (Corey Callahan) getting third.

Common Sense S ($4.40) is a 2-year-old filly by Trixton-Opportunity.  It was her second career victory.

Musclesandmascara (Corey Callahan) were the winners in the $41,300 division of the Tompkins.  She controlled all the early fractions (:29.3, 1:00, 1:29).  Hannah (Andy Miller) took the lead at the top of the stretch and looked poised to get the win but went on a break in mid-stretch.  Musclesandmascara ($21.40), who is owned by Consus Racing Stable and trained by Jonas Czernyson, reclaimed the lead and won in 1:58.4.  Luv U Bye Click (Steve Smith) finished second.  Stella Kemp (Jim Morrill Jr.) was third best.

Musclesandmascara is a 2-year-old filly by Muscle Hill-Broadway Sister.  It was her first career victory.

Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a 12-race card on Saturday (Aug. 10) starting at 6:15 p.m.

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