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>Nichols, NY --- Fall Bliss and Mark MacDonald captured Sunday afternoon’s $16,500 Open pace at Tioga Downs in a new lifetime best of 1:50.3. Starting from post position number four in a field of six, MacDonald settled in fifth as Vlos (Eric Carlson) cut fractions of :26.1, :54.2, and 1:22.2. As the field passed the three-quarters, Voice Of Truth (Fern Paquet, Jr.) was first-over with Fall Bliss tracking his cover.

Around the final turn Fall Bliss surged off of Paquet’s helmet and in a matter of strides grabbed control of the racetrack down the stretch. Vlos fought back gamely in the lane but had to settle for second, while Big Bay Point (Lewayne Miller) after sitting a pocket trip finished third.

Scott Blackler trains the 4-year-old son of Blissful Hall--Fall Festival, who won for the fifth time in 19 season’s outings. With the win, Fall Bliss increased bankroll to more than $59,000 on the season.

Tioga Downs will offer live racing next Friday and Saturday at 6:50 p.m., eastern, and Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. There will also be a special holiday card on Wednesday, July 4 at 6:50 p.m., capped by a fireworks display following the live racing. For more information about Tioga Downs visit