Ontario-Bred Stars At Tioga Tonight
Jun 16

Tempus Seelster (Tom Jackson) won the Fillies and Mares open 2 at Tioga Downs tonight. The four-year-old mare by Big Jim sat behind front runner K Js Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr) from the outset.

Tempus Seelster ($11.20) who is owned by the Holland Racing Stable and trained by Tony Dinges, shot out of the pocket at the top of the stretch and blew by K Js Caroline (third) to win in 1:51.4. Goldstar Rockette came on late to finish second.

Bred by Seelster Farms of Lucan, Ontario,Tempus learned her early lessons from trainer Travis Henry. She is the ninth foal from former Ontario Sires Stakes star The Patriot ($623,000).

Jackson would have three wins on the night. He won the first two races. Race one he led Big Valley Speed ($12.20) to victory holding off the late charge of Majestic Won (Corey Braden) to win by a nose in 1:56.4. Race two he would drive Truth Isalwaysbest ($5.80) past My Girl Gal (Mike Simons) just before the finish to win in 1:54.3.

Mike Simons still has big lead in driver standings. Mike Simons started this weekend with 30 wins, 25 seconds, and 25 thirds in 156 starts. The 2015 track champion, won two more tonight.

"Steady" Tom Jackson won nine times in his first 49 starts and eight times in his last 50 rides before tonight began. With his three wins tonight, Jackson has a total of 20 wins putting him in second.

Jim Taggart Jr. has 17 victories and is tied with Mike Merton (17) for third place. Jim Marohn Jr is fifth with 15 wins.


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