BL Lorado, Sea Harrier take NY features
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BJ Lorado (Tyler Freese) took the Tioga Downs featured trot ($9,000) on Saturday (June 30).
BJ Lorado ($18.40) flew out of the gate and never looked back, putting up all the fractions (:27.4, :57.1, 1:25.1, 1:55.1). Picture This (Charlie Norris) followed in the pocket trip the whole way and tried to sneak by on the inside in deep stretch, but BJ Lorado was just too strong on this day and won by a length. Picture This settled for second best with Tropical Trice (Mike Merton) finishing third.
BJ Lorado is a 4-year-old gelding by Bo W. Owned by Michael and Diane Norcross and trained by Marc Major, he won his fifth race of the year. It was career win number nine.
Jim Meittinis, Jim Taggart Jr., and Bruce Clarke all had driving doubles on the night.
Meittinis won with Prairie Diamonds ($34.40) and Court's N Session ($8.70). Taggart Jr. picked up his wins with Yessirimgone ($2.60) and Outsidecourt ($3.50). Clarke went to the winner's circle with Defiantsnowfashion ($4.80) and Morosita Bi ($5.30).
Tioga Downs returns to live action on Sunday (July 1) with a 13-race card starting at 1 p.m.
At Vernon Downs Saturday, Sea Harrier (Claude Huckabone III) won the co-featured pace.
Golden Gun (Claude Huckabone Jr.) set the pace for the first three-quarters of the mile (:27, :55.2, 1:23.4). Sea Harrier($10.80) was fifth after three-quarters but turned it on in the stretch and blew right by to win in 1:52. Serious Major (Jimmy Whittemore) was second best. Golden Gun held on for third.
Sea Harrier is an 8-year-old gelding by Jereme's Jet. Owned by Go Where Is Stable and trained by Huckabone III, he won for the third time this season. It was career win number 25.The other co-featured pace ($6,000) went to Redhot Romeo (Claude Huckabone III).
Jimmy Whittemore leads all driver with 41 wins this season. Defending champion John MacDonald is second with 37 wins. (Tioga & Vernon)