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Tioga Mares Open To Hello Great Mate

Published: July 8, 2011 10:06 pm ET

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Hello Great Mate and Lewayne Miller used front end tactics to take home Friday night’s $16,500 featured Fillies & Mares Open Handicap Pace.

Leaving from post position No. 3, Miller cut through fractions of :27.3 and :58.1 before Mike Micallef moved Billie Bluechip first over. The field turned down the backside and Miller accelerated through a third quarter in :28, tripping three-quarters in 1:26.1. Turning for home Micallef and Billie Bluechip continued with first over pressure, but was not strong enough to get by Hello Great Mate in the stretch. The mile of 1:54.4 was a new seasonal best for the four-year-old daughter of Allamerican Ingot-Cheery Hello, who is trained by Erv Miller for Kentuckiana Racing Stable of Lexington, Kentucky.

Hello Great Mate returned $15.80 to win.

Billie Bluechip (Mike Micallef) held on for second, while Lizzies Dream (Michael Merton) was third.

Fern Paquet Jr. posted a driving triple on the night’s nine-race card while 2011 leading driver Ed Hensley scored a double.

(Tioga Downs)

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