08/12/2016 10:10PM

Tioga Downs: Tetrick, Toscano sweep; Cougar Bait, Every Way Out impress in Geers action

Fred J. Brown
Planet Rock was the second of Linda Toscano and Tim Tetrick's three winners together

A sweep of the filly divisions by trainer Linda Toscano and driver Tim Tetrick, a track record performance by Cougar Bait, and Every Way Out running his record to five wins in five starts were the highlights of Geers Stakes action for 2-year-old pacers on Friday night at Tioga Downs.

Toscano and Tetrick joined forces with owner Ken Jacobs for their first two victories in the filly flights.  Robin J was their first winner, as she cleared and dropped down to the cones past the 28 3/5 opening quarter, then led the rest of the way in a 1:54 mile.  She defeated Touchamatic (Mike Simons) by 2 3/4 lengths, with Haviture Way Honey (Marcus Miller) back in third.

Robin J has now won four times in five starts and earned $76,505.  A daughter of Roll With Joe-Mommy Robin Q, she was a $60,000 Standardbred Horse Sale purchase.  The 1-9 favorite, Robin J paid $2.10.

Planet Rock was away four for Tetrick in the next filly split, but she moved to the lead en route to the 57 2/5 half.  From there, she tacked on a 1:25 2/5 three-quarters before she pulled away to prevail by 5 1/2 lengths in 1:53 1/5.  Kiss Kiss (John Cummings Jr.) was second, followed by Jaye`s A Lady (Marcus Johansson).

A daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Villa Hanover, Planet Rock is now five-for-five in her career, and she has banked $97,665.  Also a 1-9 choice, she returned $2.10.

World Apart raced for the Toscano/Tetrick duo in the nightcap, and she turned a second-over trip into a 1:53 tally.  Pleasant Roll (Marcus Miller), who provided the first-over cover for the eventual winner, wound up second, 3 1/4 lengths in arrears, and Ideal Plan (Cummings Jr.) checked in third.

The victorious Art Major-Polar Opposition filly is owned by South Mountain Stables, The Bay`s Stable LLC., Little E LLC., and Radio Racing Stable.  A $25,000 Standardbred Horse Sale buy, she now has three victories from four attempts, and she has earned $51,240.  Sent off at 1-5, she paid $2.60.

As for the colts, Cougar Bait (Mike Simons) kicked off their races with a 1:52 2/5 track record effort for a rookie gelding pacer.  He downed Beyond Delight (Jim Marohn Jr.) by 2 1/2 lengths, and Epic Union (Marcus Miller) took third.

John Butenschoen trains the winner, a son of Western Terror-No One Is Alone, for owners Harmony Oaks Racing Stable Inc., Jeremey Day, Tangie Massey, and Vip Internet Stable LLC.  Cougar Bait, a $20,000 purchase at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, has won in half of his four attempts, and he has put away $23,280.  The 2-1 second choice, Cougar Bait paid $6.10.

New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Every Way Out (Tetrick) remained perfect in his Geers dash, moving to the lead past the 27 1/5 opening quarter and holding it the rest of a 1:51 1/5 triumph.  Bettor's Western (Brett Miller) was a good second out of the pocket, finishing three-quarters of a length back, and Maconupwithedragon (Marcus Miller) snagged third.

An If I Can Dream-Every Play colt, Every Way Out is trained by Dylan Davis for the ownership group of Howard Taylor, Abraham Basen, Edwin Gold, and Thomas Lazzaro.  He has banked $96,765 from his five tallies, and he paid $2.50 as the 1-5 favorite.  Every Way Out was purchased for $12,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale by previous owner/trainer Aaron Lambert.

The remaining Geers winner was Ocean Colony (Brett Miller), who broke his maiden in his fourth start after a 1:53 3/5 win.  R J P (Marcus Miller) was second and Andy's Ideal (Tetrick) collected third.

Ocean Colony is a Somebeachsomewhere-Amora Hanover colt trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Hatfield Stables, and Mkatz Alibfeld Sgoldband.  Ocean Colony, who was taken out of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale for $115,000, has now banked $18,079.  A 10-1 shot, Ocean Colony paid $23.60.