Hands To Yourself and Jim Morrill, Jr. destroyed the previous track record for 2-year-old gelding pacers on Friday night (August 31) at Tioga Downs. The mile of 1:53.3 erased the previous mark of 1:55.3 set last year by Lessman.
It was the fourth New York Sires Stakes victory of the year for the son of Sealed N Delivered, and his fifth win in six lifetime starts. Hands To Yourself has sure paid his way back, as he was bought at the Morrisville Sale for $5,000. With the winnerís share of the $41,704 purse, the freshman pacer increased his bankroll to more than $78,000 on the season.
Share The Delight remained undefeated in the second division of the New York Sires Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Jim Morrill, Jr. steered the Bettorís Delight colt to victory for trainer Linda Toscano with a mile in 1:55.2. With the victory, Share The Delight increased his 2007 bankroll to more than $85,000 for owners The Four Horsemen Stable and Algonquin Farms of Colorado.
Riggins continued his success and stepped his way into the $100,000 earnings club with his fourth victory of the season. The mile of 1:54 equaled the track record for 2-year-old colt pacers at Tioga Downs that was set by Share The Delight. Ray Schnittker drives and trains the Art Major son, who was purchased for $95,000 at the Harrisburg Sale.
In The Jungle and Jim Morrill, Jr. benefited from some early battling and came from off the pace in deep stretch to take the fourth and final division of the NYSS. The Ameripan Gigolo colt is trained by Roy Dinges and is owned by Perfect World Enterprises of Old Westbury, New York. In The Jungle increased his seasonal earnings to more than $24,000 with the winnerís share of the $42,504 purse.
Jim Morrill, Jr. continued his dominating performance in New York by winning five races on the 12-race card, which included three of the four Sires Stakes divisions.
Tioga Downs continues live racing action from Nichols, New York, on Saturday, September 1, with a post time of 6:50 p.m. (Tioga Downs)