Nichols, NY — Juxta Cowgirl and Aaron Byron captured the featured $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open on Friday (Aug. 2) at Tioga Downs.
Juxta Cowgirl ($21.40) went to the front and led through a first quarter of :26.1 while Gigi From Fiji (Wally Hennessey) followed in the pocket. Juxta Cowgirl controlled the pace through the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:22.4. At the top of the stretch, Gigi From Fiji popped out of the pocket and came charging, but Juxta Cowgirl dug in and won in a seasonal best of 1:51.2. Gigi From Fiji settled for second, while Gold Star Mysti (Corey Braden) finished third.
Juxta Cowgirl, a 5-year-old mare by Relentless Yankee trained by Mike Watson, earned her third win this season for the Robert Cooper Stables LLC and Glasser Racing LLC. She now has 34 career victories.
Fern Paquet Jr. drove three winners on the night, teaming up with Gold Star Aurora ($3.80), Nothern Dali ($18.00) and Shutthefrontdoor ($10.80).
Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 3) with a 10-race card starting at 6:15 p.m.