Nichols, NY — Winning Legends (Justin Huckabone) and Ideal Jimmy (Jody Jamieson) captured the co-features at Tioga Downs on Sunday (May 30).
Winning Legends ($7.00) breezed to an easy win in the $9,000 Open Trot.
Creekside Pete (Corey Braden) got the first call but Winning Legends took control just before hitting the first quarter in :28. I Got The Looks (Drew Monti) made the first move, coming first-over on the way to the half, which Winning Legends reached first in :57.4. As they went down the backstretch Winning Legends shook off the challenge and led to three-quarters in 1:25.1.
As they made the turn for home, Creekside Pete popped out of the pocket and took to the chase but Winning Legends was too strong and won easily in 1:54.3. Creekside Pete had to settle for second and I Got The Looks finished third.
Winning Legends is a 5-year-old gelding by Winning Mister. He is trained by Huckabone for owner Jonathan Appelbaum. It was his third win of the season and career victory number 18.
Ideal Jimmy ($7.90) charged late to take the $9,000 Open Pace.
Ideal Jimmy went straight to the lead. Rebellious (Wally Hennessey) came first-over to take control just after Ideal Jimmy hit the first quarter om top in :27.1. Rebellious controlled the pace with a :28.1 second quarter. He quickened up the pace with a backside :27.1 third quarter and hit three-quarters in 1:22.3.
As they headed to the stretch, Ideal Jimmy pounced out of the pocket and went right on by in deep stretch to win in a lifetime best of 1:50.1. Rebellious had to settle for second money. Waimac Attack N (Michael Merton) finished third best.
Ideal Jimmy is an 8-year-old gelding by Western Ideal. He is owned by D R Van Witzenburg and trained by Erv Miller. Ideal Jimmy won for the fourth time this season and now has 29 career victories.
Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 4) starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.