Nichols, NY — Big favorites Shartin N (Tim Tetrick) and McWicked (Brian Sears) each captured stakes victories to highlight the fabulous card at Tioga Downs on Sunday (Aug. 18).
In the $137,000 Artiscape Mares Open Pace, Shartin N ($2.10) was able to make the lead before a :25.3 first quarter. She was able to ration out the speed with a :29 second panel before stepping on the gas to three-quarters in 1:22.
Seaswift Joy N (Brian Sears made a valiant first-over bid and fought on through the stretch, narrowly being defeated in 1:49.1. Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) had to settle for third.
Shartin N is trained by Jim King Jr. for owners Rich Poillucci, Jo-Ann Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC.
Shartin N is a 6-year-old mare by Tintin In America. It was her 13th win in 14 starts this season, and now has won 39 times in her career.
McWicked ($2.70) fired late through the stretch to pass Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras) through the stretch to win the $170,000 Roll With Joe Open Pace.
Filibuster Hanover controlled the tempo for three-quarters of a mile (:26.4, :55.2, 1:21.2), before having to deal with intense pressure from 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked.
McWicked made a middle move at the half to engage the leader who he was able to wear down passing him late to win in a seasonal-best 1:48.3. Don’ttellmeagain was a charging third.
McWicked is owned by S S G Stables North and trained by Casie Coleman. For McWicked it was his third win of 2019, and the champion now has 37 career victories.
Zero Tolerance (David Miller) made short work of her competition with a victory in the $232,700 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) Final for sophomore pacing fillies.
Zero Tolerance ($2.40) went to the front early, rationing out her speed to the first quarter in :27.3. Following a :55.3 second panel, Zero Tolerance dealt with pressure from St Somewhere (Yannick Gingras) who grinded away first-over heading to three-quarters in 1:22.4.
As the field entered the stretch, Miller let Zero Tolerance out a little bit more to draw off to win by 4-1/4 lengths in 1:50.2. Fool Me Again (Tim Tetrick) closed well to be third with St Somewhere holding on for third.
Zero Tolerance is owned by Val D’Or Farms and Ted Gewertz while trained by Joe Halloway. The Heston Blue Chip filly has five wins on the season and has amassed 12 career victories.
Hickfromfrenchlick (Matt Kakaley) captured the $238,200 Empire Breeders Classic for 3-year-old colt & gelding pacers.
Hickfromfrenchlick ($8.10) made the lead early to a snappy first quarter of :26.2. Heading to three-quarters (1:21.1), big favorite Shake That House (Brian Sears) made his move and got within a quarter-length of the leader, before being shrugged off by Hickfromfrenchlick who paced strongly through the stretch to win by 3-1/4 lengths in 1:48.4. Artie’s Ideal (Marcus Miller) finished second, Covered Bridge (Wally Hennessey) closed gamely to finish third.
The So Surreal colt Hickfromfrenchlick scored his sixth win in nine starts this season.
The last three races on the card were canceled due to weather.
Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (Aug. 23) with an 11 race card starting at 6:15 p.m.
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