Nichols, NY – Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) won the $11,000 featured Fillies & Mares Open Pace at Tioga Downs on Friday (Aug. 16).
Juxta Cowgirl (Aaron Byron) went to the front and controlled the pace hitting the first quarter in :27.1. Truth And Liberty ($3.90) watched from second as Juxta Cowgirl hit the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:23.2.
Truth And Liberty, who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, came out of the pocket in the stretch. She took a short lead and Juxta Cowgirl fought back. But in the end, Truth And Liberty was too strong and won by a half-length in a seasonal best 1:51. Juxta Cowgirl had to settle for second. KJ’s Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) finished third.
Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her third straight win and seventh victory this season. She now has 42 career victories and $450,209 in lifetime earnings.
Leading driver Wally Hennessey drover four winners on the card. He got his wins with Check Mach ($3.90), Glamorgal ($5.20), Persistent Bettor ($4.90), and Odds On Cheddar ($3.20). Mike Simons drove three winners on the night. His other wins came with Cayenne Victory ($2.50) and Lime Twist ($10.80).
Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (Aug. 17) with a 12-race card starting at 6:15 p.m.
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