World champion Check Me Out will come to Tioga Downs on Friday night along with three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters.
Fresh off of her convincing 1:51.3 world record performance turned in at Pocono Downs in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, Check Me Out will make her first start against aged trotters in Friday night's $18,000 Open Trot. Nine horses entered and the luck of the draw did not fare so well for Check Me Out, as she has drawn post position number nine in Friday night's eighth event. Check Me Out's regular pilot, Tim Tetrick, will be on hand to do the driving for trainer and co-owner Ray Schnittker.
The 3-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover- Illusion Bi has won nine of 11 starts this year with earnings of more than $834,000 in 2012, and more than $1.7 million in lifetime earnings. She has made one start at Tioga Downs in her racing career, that coming in the Tompkins-Geers last July where she set the track mark for 2-year old filly trotters of 1:56, a mark which still stands today.
The track mark for 3-year-old filly trotters was set earlier this summer by Cant Have My Moni and Tetrick of 1:54.2, and as Check Me Out's past performance lines shows that mark is in serious jeopardy should she win.
Also highlighting the Friday night card will be three divisions of NYSS for 2-year-old filly trotters. Lady Riviera leads the first division for $38,043 in race number two against five other rivals. The 2-year old daughter of Sand Vic-La Riviera Lindy has won four of seven this year with two seconds good for earnings of more than $92,000 for trainer-owner-breeder Richard Banca. The three divisions of the NYSS for 2-year-old filly trotters have been set for races two, six and 10 on the night's 12-race card.
Tioga Downs wraps up its 2012 racing season this weekend with live racing on Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15. Friday's post time is set for 6:50 p.m., while Saturday night begins racing at 6 p.m. (Tioga Downs)