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Coulter Steers Tioga Feature Winners

Published: August 7, 2016 10:18 pm ET

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Scott Coulter, the leading driver at Tioga Downs with six weeks remaining in the 2016 meet, enjoyed a sweep of Sunday (August 7) afternoon's featured events, capturing both $9,000 Open 2 paces carded on the 12-race program.

In the seventh event, Coulter sustained gains with Energy Shakes ($23.20) without the aid of cover en route to a 1:53 win as the longest shot on the board. The five-year-old Western Terror gelding gradually gained on pacesetter Pier Ho Temptation (Jim Taggart Jr.) through the far turn, striking the front at the eighth pole and holding off a belated charge from even-money favourite Dees Rocketman (Fern Paquet Jr.) by half a length. Lilys Real Boy (Corey Braden) and Prairie Jaguar (Jim Meittinis) mounted rallies from well off the pace to narrowly miss the runner-up spot. Dan Morrissey trains Energy Shakes for owner Leona Morrissey.

The afternoon's 10th race saw Andreios Kardia ($4.10) return to his winning ways by way of a drastic change of tactics. While his success at the Open 2 level earlier in the season came by way of stalking and closing efforts, the five-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding brushed to the fore with a circuit to go and maintained a rapid pace throughout. Andreios Kardia drew off easily at the top of the stretch, posting a four and a quarter length margin of victory over the late-rallying Vangura (Braden) and Always N The Money (Jim Marohn Jr.), who tired after chasing from the pocket. Andreios Kardia dominated in 1:50.3 for owner/breeder Ina Madill and trainer Jeffrey Byron.

A non-wagering Racing Under Saddle event was contested early in the afternoon, with Hyway Marcus making his bid off a clear tracking trip a quarter-mile from home en route to a clear nine-length victory. The five-year-old Gut Instinct gelding covered the one-mile journey in 1:59.1 with Maria Buchanan in the irons for owner Marohn Racing LLC and trainer Patti Harmon. The Franchise (Michelle Crawford) mounted a stand-side rally to take second, while Funny Photo (Sophie Engerran) stayed on off a wide stalking trip to save third.

Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Thursday (August 11) evening, with post time slated for 6:30 p.m. Eastern. Horsemen are advised that entries for the Thursday card close Monday (August 9) morning at 9 a.m.

(Tioga Downs)

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