Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) charged late to win the $11,000 featured fillies and mares pace on Friday at Tioga Downs. Coveredndiamonds N (Mike Merton) put up all the early fractions (:26.3, :56.2, and 1:23.4). Truth And Liberty ($4.30), who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, was fifth at the halfway point. Second best at three-quarters, she flew down the stretch and held off a late rush by second place finisher Gina Grace N (Larry Stalbaum) to win in 1:52.2. K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) was third best.
Truth And Liberty is a 6-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her fifth win this season and career victory number 33.
Mike Simons had a driving double on the night. His other win came with Talkoholic ($9.10). The drivers win title is still up for grabs for 2018. Mike Merton has a slight lead with 54 wins. Jimmy Taggart Jr. is second best with 53 wins. Aaron Byron is tied with Jim Meittinis for third with 51 wins each. Andy Santeramo is fifth with 46 times to the winner's circle. The top drivers win title has been nip and tuck the whole season. Each of the top four drivers have had the lead at one point over the last two weeks. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. (Tioga)