Tag Up And Go Takes Tioga Trot
Tag Up And Go was victorious in the featured $12,000 Open Trot Handicap at Tioga Downs on Saturday, May 11.
Tag Up And Go went to the front and never looked back. Trained by Patti Harmon for owners Lester Gelardi Jr. and Anthony Passafaro, he put up fractions of :27.3, :58.2 and 1:26.3 before hitting the wire in 1:55.1. Prairie Fortune charged late to finish second. Dragin The Wagon was third.
Tag Up And Go is a nine-year-old gelding by Angus Hall. It was win number five on the season. He now owns 44 career wins. Mike Merton drove the $7.40 winner.
Truth And Liberty charged late to take the featured $12,000 Fillies & Mares Open Pace.
January A took the lead to a quarter of :27.2. Hp Sissy took over and led them to a half of :55.0 and to three-quarters in 1:23.0.
Truth And Liberty, who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, was fifth at the top of the stretch. She came flying down the stretch to wear down second place finisher Hp Sissy to win in 1:55.2. Family Roll Call finished third.
Truth And Liberty is a seven-year-old mare by Total Truth. The win was her second in 2019 and her 37th overall. Mike Simons drove the $7.70 winner.
Mike Simons won two more on the night. He got his other wins with Oneida Blue Chip ($2.90), and Bob N Tony ($6.50).
Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday, May 12 with an 11-race card starting at 1 p.m. All mothers in attendance will receive a free rose while supplies last.
(with files from Tioga Downs)