06/10/2012 9:40PM

Harness: Dreamfair Eternal and Clear Vision score upset wins in Tioga stakes events

Clear Vision (1A) gets by stablemate Foiled Again and Bettor Sweet at the wire.

Fans were treated to 20 of the sports best horses in training and two fantastic races on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs, that included the $184,000 Artiscape Pace and $182,000 Bettor’s Delight open pace.

In the $184,000 Artiscape Pace, Dreamfair Eternal and driver Jody Jamieson left from post position number one and got away sixth as Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick) surged to the lead from post position number nine. As the field passed the quarter in :26 1/5, Brian Sears drove on to the front with Put On A Show after a failed attempt to tuck in third.

The outer flow developed with Chancey Lady (David Miller) pulling first over from fifth and supplying a perfect second over trip for Dreamfair Eternal. The field tripped the half mile mark in :53 4/5 and continued a heavy pace by three quarters in 1:21.

Around the final turn Chancey Lady continued her impressive first over grind, but the biggest threat was on her back with Dreamfair Eternal exploding off cover to pace clear of the field in the stretch. The mile time of 1:49 established a new track and stakes record that Dreamfair Eternal had held in partnership with 2011’s Artiscape champion Anndrovette.

"I said to (trainer) Pat (Fletcher), maybe we'll just roll her out from the rail, but he gave me a funny look so I dumped that idea," said Jamieson about his chosen trip with Dreamfair Eternal.

Rocklamation (Ron Pierce) opted to sit in along the rail third during the mile and found room late to be second, while Drop The Ball (Yannick Gingras) closed from ninth at the three quarter pole to be third.

The win was the first of the year for the 8-year old daughter of Camluck – J Cs Nathalie, who is owned by John Lamers and is trained by Patrick Fletcher.

In the $182,000 Bettor’s Delight open pace, last year’s champion Bettor Sweet (John Campbell) was not going to be denied the front end, but paid the steep price of a :25 3/5 opening quarter to get there. Foiled Again and Gingras also left alertly from the outside and was able to get in the two hole behind Bettor Sweet.

Clear Vision and Matt Kakaley were sitting sixth along the rail past the three-eighths when Razzle Dazzle (Brian Sears) pulled first up from fifth providing perfect cover. Bettor Sweet was able to get a second quarter breather in :28 2/5, reaching the half in :54 as Razzle Dazzle continued uncovered.

Down the backside, Rockincam gapped out of third allowing Sears to get back to the pylongs and forcing Clear Vision to continue first up uncovered. At the three quarter mark in 1:21 1/5, Gingras said go with Foiled Again, pulling the pocket on Bettor Sweet and applying heavy pressure turning for home. Foiled Again put a head in front down the stretch, but was unable to hold off stablemate Clear Vision on the wire in 1:48 2/5.

The mile was just a fifth of a second off of the world record for aged gelding pacers established in last year’s Bettor’s Delight by Bettor Sweet – 1:48 1/5, and established a new lifetime mark for Clear Vision.

"I didn't think I was going to blow by, but thought I had a good shot," said Kakaley on his chances at the head of the stretch.

The 6-year old son of Western Hanover – Artistic Vision is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Panhellenic Stable, and J Koran and is trained by Ron Burke. It was the third win in 11 seasonal starts for Clear Vision, who increased his seasonal earnings to more than $240,000 with the win. Foiled Again, also part of the four-horse Burke entry finished second while Bettor Sweet hung on for third.

Links to replays of the races can be found here.

Three divisions of New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers were also contested on Sunday afternoon, with New York Kitty (George Brennan) – 1:52.1, Eighthunrdolarbill (George Brennan) – 1:51.1, and Major Look (Jeff Gregory) – 1:50.1 taking their respective divisions.

(edited release - Tioga)