Ontario-Sired, Dragin The Wagon, Takes Tioga Open

The Ontario-owned Dragin The Wagon captured the featured $10,000 Open Handicap Trot at Tioga Downs on Friday (September 8).

Wisenheimer (Mike Simons) called the shots early (:27.2, :55.4, 1:24.3) with Dragin The Wagon following in the pocket until mid-stretch. Owned by James, Michael, and David Cantelon while trained by Jeff Byron, the seven-year-old homebred Angus Hall gelding found himself trapped on the inside. Aaron Byron was able to squeeze by through an opening at the cones in mid-stretch and Dragon The Wagin ($4.90) surged to the front to win in 1:54.4.

Caulfield (Mike Merton) charged late and finished just short to settle for second. Picture This (Tom Jackson) was third.

Dragin The Wagon won for the fifth time this season and secured his 36th lifetime victory,

Leading driver Mike Simons won three on the night to get 70 on the season. He won with Ifya Start Me Up ($5.40), Ameliosi ($4.80), and Rockin Show ($14.60).

Jim Taggart Jr. won three as well on the night with K Js Caroline ($3.50), Gwally ($6.20), and Justsingalong ($26.20).

Live harness racing resumes at Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 9) with a 14-race card featuring freshman pacing colts and geldings in New York Sire Stakes action. It is also Apple Fest at the track with free apple pie slices and apple cider. Post time is 6:50 p.m.

(Standardbred Canada with files from Tioga Downs)

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