Driver Tim Tetrick and Dragoon K won the $80,500 Kindergarten Classic Final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers on closing night at Tioga Downs.
The 2-year old son of Dragon Again is owned by Robert Key of Leechburg, Pa. and is trained by Richard Gillock.
It was the third win in six lifetime starts for the freshman, who has banked more than $51,000 in his short racing career.
JK Earl The Pearl (Jim Morrill, Jr.) finished second, while Dreams Are Real (Yannick Gingras) hung on for third.
JK Getupngo and Jim Morrill, Jr. used her off-the-pace tactics to nail the $77,500 Kindergarten Classic Series Final for 2-year-old filly pacers.
The freshmen pacer is the sport’s newest $100,000 winner, in only 10 lifetime starts for the 3 Brothers Stables of New York City. Linda Toscano trains the Western Ideal filly, who increased her bankroll to $132,695 with the victory.
Erma La Em (Yannick Gingras) went first-over and hung on for second, while stablemate Rusty Again (Greg Merton) held on for show.
The only mare in the Binghamton Mets Trotting Series Final did it with ease, as Khifra Hanover and Jim Morrill, Jr. jogged to victory in the $27,200 final, in 1:56.3. The duo was parked to the five-eighths mark, but was not fazed when Morrill said “go,” and Khifra responded by blowing past the pacesetter, Silverado Hall.
It was the 12th victory of the season for the 5-year-old Lindy Lane mare. Julianna Sue Edwards purchased Khifra from the Amish, and since doing so she has banked more than $61,000 for her owner. Khifra Hanover was also honored after the ninth race at Tioga for having been named local Trotter of the Year for 2007.
Jim Morrill, Jr. quarter-poled Barolo Hanover in the $30,000 United Sound Pacing Series Final, and never relinquished the lead heading to victory, in 1:52.1. It was the third victory of the year for Barolo Hanover, who is owned by Colby Hubble and Jacob Ramsburg, both of Maryland. It was a new lifetime mark for the 5-year-old son of The Panderosa. Forever Happy (Larry Stalbaum) finished second, while King Liam N (Greg Merton) got up for third.
Jim Morrill, Jr. posted five wins on the night’s 12-race card, Tim Tetrick enjoyed three trips to the winner’s circle, and Mike Simons notched a double.
Tioga Downs would like to congratulate all of its award winners for 2007, including leading driver Howard “Pacing” Parker, leading trainer Jamie Sullivan, the 2007 Trotter of the Year, Khifra Hanover, and the 2007 Pacer of the Year, Golden Falcon N. (Tioga)