08/23/2015 4:07PM

Tioga: State Treasurer romps in the Roll With Joe

Nikki Sherman
State Treasurer became the fastest horse in Tioga history.

If the $150,000 Roll With Joe on Sunday at Tioga was a fight, they would have stopped it. State Treasurer laid down the gauntlet early in the mile and romped to an easy 1:47 2/5 track record score, capping a big day for trainer Dr. Ian Moore and driver David Miller.

Dancin Yankee was fast off the gate to put up the first fraction in 26 3/5, but Miller was quickly on the move with State Treasurer to gain control. The half was a reasonable 54 3/5 and then Miller stepped on the gas with a 26-second third quarter to open up daylight on Clear Vision and stablemate Foiled Again.

At the wire State Treasurer was by his lonesome, having paced the fastest mile in the history of Tioga Downs and stamping himself as the clear-cut leader in the older pacing division.

“He’s been sensational since we’ve had the horse,” said Moore. “I don’t train him much anymore, but he seems to be excelling with that program.”

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State Treasurer, who is owned by Sally Macdonald and Paul Macdonald, paid $3.50 to win and increased his 2015 earnings to $489,482. His next stop will be the Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations at Mohawk.

Empire Breeders Classic colt final

In The Arsenal was supposed to win the $290,000 Empire Breeders Classic final, but despite a perfect cover trip, he failed to make good on his public support.

Rockin In Heaven moved first-over between the 26 2/5 opening quarter and the 54 4/5 half. Driver David Miller turned up the heat approaching the 1:22 third quarter marker and Rockin In Heaven responded with a huge mile fending off all comers in 1:50 for the mile.

"He's been a very unlikely colt to be where he is today for us," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore, who listed a Sire Stakes race at Batavia next Sunday as his next immediate goal, followed by possibly the Simcoe, NYSS Final and/or the Little Brown Jug.

The winner paid $24.80 to win.

Empire Breeders Classic filly final

Mosquito Blue Chip left for position and waited in third as 1-2 favorite Divine Caroline set strong fractions of 26 4/5, 54 4/5 and 1:22. Band Of Angels angled from the pocket and Mosquito Blue Chip from third to take aim and the latter edged out Divine Caroline right at the wire in 1:49 3/5.

Jim Morrill, Jr. guided the 3-year-old Bettor's Delight filly for trainer/co-owner Paul Jessop.

"I knew I would get up to them, but I didn't know if I was going to get by them or not," said Morrill about the stretch drive.

She paid $10.20 to win.