Nichols, NY – Warawee Unique (Mike Merton) captured the $73,000 Tompkins-Geers Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts & geldings at Tioga Downs on Friday (June 28).
Live Lucky (Wally Hennessey) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :26.4. Cloudbreak (Mark MacDonald) took over the lead as they went by the stands for the first time and hit the half first in :54.1. Next, it was Seafarer (Marcus Miller) who took over on the backstretch and led to three-quarters in 1:21.3.
Warrawee Unique ($4.20), who is trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnell & Libby, went first over as they went around the final turn. He battled Seafarer all the way down the stretch and lunged past to win by a half-length in 1:50.3. Seafarer settled for second while Captain Panko (Mike Simons) charged late to finish third.
Warrawee Unique is a 3-year-old gelding by Sweet Lou. It was his second win this season and career victory number three.
JK Mardi Says (Josert Fonseca) charged late to win the first of two divisions of the $33,750 Tompkins-Geers Stakes for 3-Year-Old Fillies after Abigail Dawn (Mark MacDonald) put up all the early fractions (:27.2, :57.2, 1:23.4).
JK Mardi Says ($51.50), who is owned by 3 Brothers Stables and trained by Nancy Johansson, was in fifth place seven lengths back after three quarters. She came flying in the stretch to shock the field by winning in a lifetime best of 1:52.2. Abigail Dawn was third but placed ahead of Alii Nui (Marcus Miller) who was second across the wire.
JK Mardi Says is a 3-year-old filly by Somebeachsomewhere. It was her second win in 2019 and the fifth of her career.
In the second $33,750 division for the fillies, Rocknroll Annie (Marcus Miller) used late speed to earn the victory.
Adorabella (Wally Hennessey) went to the front and controlled all the early numbers (:27, :56.1, 1:24.1).
Rocknroll Annie ($10.20), who is trained by Erv Miller for owners Michael Anderson, Louis Willinger, and Glenn Bechtel, was fifth best at the top of the stretch. Rose Run Uptowngal (Jim Meittinis) took over in mid-stretch but Rocknroll Annie blew right by to win in a career best of 1:53.1. Rose Run Uptowngal held for second. Alkippe (Mike Simons) was third best.
Rocknroll Annie is a 3-year-old filly by Rocknroll Dance. She did not race as a freshman but now owns three lifetime wins.
Returns to live racing on Saturday (June 29) with a 13-race card starting at 6:15 p.m.
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