Crown and Tillio’s Action nab NYSS wins at Tioga

Nichols, NY – Tioga Downs played host to two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Saturday night (Aug. 13).

Crown (Brian Sears) wins the $53,500 first division

Brian Sears, who won four races on the card, guided Crown to victory in the first division of the NYSS for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings Saturday night. Fred Brown Photo.

Kierkegaard K (Ake Svanstedt) was first to the quarter in :28.  Crown went on by and led with a lap to go.   He was first to the half in :57.1 and to three-quarters in 1:26.2.

As they made the turn for home, the battle was for second as Crown won easily in 1:55.4. The Gruffalo (Tyler Buter) beat out Kierkegaard K for second.

Crown is a 2-year-old colt by Chapter Seven-Amour Heiress.  He is owned by S R F Stable and trained by Marcus Melander.  He is a perfect three-for three in his career.  He ran for purse only.

Tillio’s Action (Mike Merton) captures the $53,500 second division

Tillio’s Action and Mike Merton took the second division of the NYSS Saturday night at Tioga Downs. Fred Brown Photo.

Kilgore S (Brian Sears) led to the quarter in :28.  Wild Bill Kelso (Wally Hennessey) took control as they went by the stands for the first time and was first to the half in :57.  Tillio’s Action ($29.20) made his move going first-over from fifth.  Wild Bill Kelso was first to three-quarters in 1:26.2.

As they made the turn for home, Tillio’s Action zoomed right on by and won going away in his first career start in 1:56.3.  Cecil Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) came up late to finish second.  Sevecheetah (Trond Smedshammer) finished third.

Tillio’s Action is a 2-year-old colt by E L Titan-Nothing But Nice.  He is owned and trained by John Grasso.

Brian Sears drove four winners on the card.  He got his other wins with Show Me The Magic ($7.30), Kaleun ($2.70), and Maximum Express ($6.40).

Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (Aug. 14) with an 11-race card starting at 1 p.m.

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