Tioga Downs held two divisions of New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters and five divisions of Excelsior Stakes on Sunday afternoon.
In the first $66,043 division of the NYSS, Modest Prince and Mike Simons got away second as Crazy About Pat (Jim Meittinis) cut through fractions :27.4, :56.1 and 1:25.2. Around the final turn, Crazy About Pat was still in command and in the stretch Simons tipped Modest Prince to the outside and got up to win in a new lifetime best of 1:54.4 by a length and a quarter. The 3-year-old son of RC Royalty-In To Me is owned by Richard Gutnick and is trained by Linda Toscano. Crazy About Pat (Jim Meittinis) hung on for second, while Rolls Blue Chip (Aaron Byron) was third.
In the second $66,043 NYSS division, Jim Morrill Jr. opted to take Tirade Hanover from post position 8 over EL Rocket (Jim Marohn Jr.) and post 6. When the field hit the quarter pole in :27.3, Morrill was on top with Tirade Hanover while Marohn settled in second with EL Rocket. Morrill then cut through fractions of :57.4 and 1:27 before asking Tirade Hanover for trot in the final quarter mile of the race.
Down the stretch Marohn tipped EL Rocket to the outside, but was unable to get by Tirade Hanover and those two finished first and second a quarter length apart at the wire in 1:55. The win was the fourth in nine seasonal starts for the 3-year-old son of Crazed-Teagarden Hanover for trainer Tyler Raymer.
Tioga Downs also held five divisions of NYSS Excelsior Stakes which were won by: Jelectric – Jim Marohn Jr. (1:58.2), Bromance Hanover – Mike Simons (1:56.4), Prove Up – Marcus Johansson (1:56.3), Golden Tate – Mike Simons (1:56.3), and Brookroaddonnie – Mike Simons (1:56.1). (Tioga Downs)