Deetzy Dashes To Tioga Win

Deetzy glided to an easy win in the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace at Tioga Downs on Sunday, May 19.

Americanprimetime grabbed the lead just before hitting the first quarter mark in :26.2. Deetzy soon took over the lead passing the stands and led to the half in :54.1. New World Order applied some pressure just before Deetzy hit the three-quarter mark in 1:22.1. But Deetzy shook loose in the stretch to win in 1:50.1. Americanprimetime was second best with Dakota Jack getting third money.

Deetzy is a seven-year-old gelding by Jeremes Jet trained by Jimmy Nickerson and owned by the Holland Racing Stable. It was his third win this season. He now has reached the winner's circle 26 times in his career. Shawn Gray drove the $4.10 winner.

Tag Up And Go charged late to capture the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot.

Prairie Fortune went to the front and carved fractions of :27.2, :57.0 and 1:25.1 on the lead. Tag Up And Go, who is trained by Patti Harmon for owners Lester Gelardi Jr. and Anthony Passafaro, sat fourth heading into the stretch and then out-dueled second-place finisher Golden Son to win in 1:54.2. Prairie Fortune held on to finish third.

Tag Up And Go is a nine-year-old gelding by Angus Hall. He has six wins this season, including the last four in a row, and now owns 45 career victories. Mike Merton drove the $2.40 winner.

Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday, May 24 at 6:15 p.m.

(with files from Tioga Downs)