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Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Great First Step; Sunday Tioga Picks

The United States Trotting Association (USTA) have announced a new program to help standardbreds who have been neglected by their owners. As you probably are aware, animal welfare agents such as your local SPCAs will at times seize animals being neglected by their owners. Like many groups, some of these organizations are hurting for funds in this economic climate; to the point they are unwilling to seize horses due to the expense of maintaining a horse before it is re-homed. To help eliminate this problem, the USTA's new program, Support Our Standardbreds (SOS), will provide funds to animal control groups to feed and provide veterinary care to standardbred horses seized. By offering this program, the hope is no standardbred which is suffering from "criminal" neglect by their owners will have to suffer.

The USTA is to be applauded for the launching of this program. Not only is this doing a great service to these standardbreds in peril, it helps show the industry is trying to take care of its former athletes, not turning their back on them. This is a great first start. Unfortunately, the problem of unwanted standardbreds remains. The time has come for the USTA to develop a program which minimizes the chances of standardbreds finding themselves at risk of slaughter. I am confident as time passes, the problem will be addressed by the USTA. It is not a question of should they; they must.

Tioga Downs now has a page on their website with handicapping information, including the selections for the "Pen vs. Micro-Chip Challenge".   In addition, they also list their simulcasting partners.  As more sites are added to their simulcast network, the list will be updated.  Check it out.

While I am not participating in the challenge, here are my selections for Sunday afternoon at Tioga.  Hopefully, this week will make a better accounting of myself than I did last week.  If you are looking for Saturday's selections you may go here. 

1st Trot - Non-winners of 1 (Mares 2) pari-mutuel races lifetime
3  Incentive Hall  5-1
9  Classic Viking  3-1
4  Iroquoindianattack  8-1

2nd Pace - Class C
5  Rock N Amber  12-1
7  Counter Top  9-2
3  Bond Blue Chip  5-2

3rd Trot - Tioga Country Club Trot, LC #2
9  Study Hall  12-1
2  Definitely Mamie  5-2
3  Comical Dream  6-1

4th Pace - Class B
3  Smarty Merit  8-1
7  Jove's Success  7-2
4  Opan Heart  9-2k2  Burl Hanover  4-1

5th Trot - Tioga Country Club Trot, LC #2
2  Video  2-1
3  Sheezacredit  3-1
8  CC Dancer  4-1

6th Pace - Class A Fillies and Mares
1  Spectacular Cam  3-1
6  Miss Walker  9-2
4  Goldstar Rosie  5-2

7th Pace - Class C
6  Marty Tyme  5-1
8  Nothingcanshakeme  5-1
1  Sun Beau Slick  8-1
5  T B A  8-1

8th Pace - Class B Fillies and Mares
3  Menowyoulater  6-1
6  Shiva Master  9-2
8  Jamacianme Wild  5-1

9th Pace - $10-15,000 Claiming Handicap
4  Tempest Anvil N  12-1
6  Raytheking  5-1
5  Thomas John N  3-1

10th Pace - Class A Handicap
6  That's Justice  5-1
4  Sheer Brilliance  7-2
7  The Awful Truth  5-2

11th Pace - Class C-1
1  Uncommon Hanovoer  3-1
5  Real Houdini  12-1
7  Ludi Christy  4-1

12th Pace - Class C-1 Fillies and Mares
2  Day And Night  3-1
3  Allamerican Quiver  5-1
8  Seek The Dream  12-1

13th Pace - $4,000 Claiming
6  Sweetest Bunny  9-2
3  Zeesfasthands  8-1
2  Family Fortune  6-1
1  Savannah Scion  5-2

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