Higher And Higher made her first appearance back at Tioga Downs on Friday night since her sixth place finish in this year’s Artiscape pace on June 10.
Trainer, driver, and co-owner Daryl Bier got Higher And Higher away fifth from post position number seven as the field passed the quarter in 27. All Spirit (Jim Marohn Jr.) quickly shuffled from fourth as the fielded headed by the three eighth’s to take control from Kiddie McCardle past the half in 55.2.
Down the backside and headed towards three quarters, Daryl Bier, edged Higher And Higher from fifth to begin the first over grind and began to press the leader by three quarters in 1:23.3.
Around the final turn Higher And Higher stuck a head in front and put away All Spirt, but Kiddie McCardle escaped the pocket and charged three wide. However, through the stretch Higher And Higher proved to much and prevailed in 1:52.1 for her seventh win of the year.
Kiddie McCardle (Corey Braden) finished second, while All Spirit (Jim Marohn Jr.) hung on for third.
Mike Merton posted a driving grand slam on the night’s nine race card, while Jim Meittinis scored a double.