Heaven's Gait, Obvious Blup Chip win EBC finals
August 20, 2017
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Heaven's Gait (David Miller) won the $263,100 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs. Two track records, beautiful weather, and big longshot made it a perfect day of racing at the five-eighths oval.
In the EBC for 3 year-old colts and geldings, it was In A SIngle Bound (Billy Dobson) who took charge with a first quarter in :27.4, and a half in :55.4. Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan) battled and then took the lead to the three-quarter mark in 1:21.4.
Heaven's Gait (Rock N Roll Heaven) watched this speed duel from the third. Owned by John Cummins and trained by Nicholas Devita, the 3 year-old colt charged down the stretch like he was shot out of a cannon.
Heaven's Gait ($4.50), won in 1:49.2. He won for the fifth straight time. Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley) fired late to finish second. Music Is Art (Tim Tetrick) came up late to finish third.
In the $257,850 EBC final for sophomore pacing fillies, it was big longshot Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron), who was victorious.
Tequilla Monday (Brian Sears), put up all the early fractions of :26.3, :54.4, 1:22.3. Clear Idea (Mark MacDonald) put on pressure during the whole race. He was parked almost the whole way and took the lead at the top of the stretch.
Obvious Blue Chip (Roll With Joe), who is owned by NLG Racing Stable with Stephen Klunowski and trained by Mark Steacy, took advantage of a second-over trip. The 3-year-old filly blew right by Clear Idea (second) to win in a lifetime best of 1:50.2. Third place went to Ameriway (Corey Callahan).
Obvious Blue Chip ($57.50), won for fourth time this season and the fifth of her career.
Dealt A Winner (David Miller) shocked the field to win the $163,000 Roll With Joe with a track record for aged geldings at 1:47.4.
Sunfire Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald) hit the first quarter in :26.1. Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) then continued the fast pace hitting the half in :54.1 and three-quarters in 1:20.4. Dealt A Winner (Cam's Card Shark) followed Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) with a second-over trip.
Dealt A Winner ($72.50), who is owned by Jeffrey Snyder and trained by Mark Silva, went three wide at the top of the stretch flying to the lead and tack record. He fell short of the world record for aged gelding pacers for a five-eighths mile track by one-fifth of a second. The 5 year old won for the 13th time in his career.
Rockin Ron hung on for second with Sunfire Blue Chip getting third.
Pasithea Face S (Tim Tetrick) won the third $40,000 leg of the Ms. Versatility, setting a new track record for all trotters in 1:50.4.
Oho Diamond (Brett Miller) led into the first quarter in :27.1. Pasithea Face S (Muscle Hill) took over as they went by the stands for the first time. She followed with times of :55.1, 1:23.4, 1:50.4.
Pasithea Face S ($3.40) didn't have it easy though. She battled the first-over PL Hill (Corey Callahan) all the way from the three-quarter mark and holding on by a quarter-length. PL Hill (Kadabra) finished second with entry mate Oho Diamond (Ken Warkentin) getting third.
Pasithea Face S is owned by Courant Inc. and trained by Jimmy Takter. She won for the fifth time this season getting a new lifetime mark. She was just one-fifth of a second off the world record for aged mares for a five-eighths mile track. (Tioga Downs)