Not just anyone can come back in 52 days from hip replacement surgery to drive a car, let alone drive a racehorse, but that exactly what The Bionic Man, Tim Tetrick did. Not only did he drive, he won his first race back at The Meadowlands, guiding Eagle Say to a score in the third race Filly & Mare C-2 Trot in 1:58. Tetrick made his move to the half, sensing a soft clip through a 58.3 half-mile and easily launched past a tired Rel Postage Due. It was that middle move that won the race, as Eagle Say (7-2) scored a decisive two length victory over Bluebird Kidsqueen. Tetrick drove the winner for trainer Eric Mollor and winning owner Gary Wolfinger. "It feels good (to get the first win out of the way)," said Tetrick in a paddock interview with Justin Horowitz. "It was a little rougher trip to get back, but I feel good. I'm definitely out of shape a little bit, but hopefully that will all come back." The full interview can be seen on The Meadowlands Youtube page at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuroSY7Hau0. Yannick Gingras and Dave Miller both dominated the rest of the card, winning six of the remaining nine races, splitting those six at three-a-piece. In fact, Miller put up a natural hat trick, sweeping races five, six and seven on the card. The Pick 5 carryover of $18,083 led to a total pool in the Pick 5 of $137,829. The sequence returned $2,712.30 on the fifty-cent investment, thanks to the win by Casino King and driver/trainer Joe Martin in the 4th race C-2 Pace, who scored at 23-1 in 1:54.4 for owner Beauty Bridle Racing Stable Incorporated. In addition the Winter Survival Online Challenge kicked off Thursday night with 5,393 participants, a 54-percent increase from last year and the most ever seen in the contest, which runs every race night through the end of the Winter/Spring meet on Saturday April 26th. The contest can be found at http://wintersurvivalchallenge.com/. Racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday night with post time of 7:15 P.M. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands
BATAVIA, N.Y. -- It was a 'Daley Double' in the New York Sires Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies at Batavia Downs Friday night. Trainer/driver Dan Daley registered two victories on the evening, guiding Flyhawk Fallina and Exotic Form to the winner's circle to highlight the Sire Stakes action. In the third and final division, Beauty Of Gray ($3.20) with Jim Meittinis in the bike recorded the popular victory in front of the Batavia Downs fans. In the first division worth $34,577, it was a matter of survival. Flyhawk Fallina ($5.90) shot to the lead off the gate, managing to escape the chaos of four breaking horses. She won going basically unchallenged from gate-to-wire in in 2:01.3. Fashionable Apple (Jim Morrill Jr.), the only other starter not to break, finished 3-1/4 lengths behind in second while the heavily-favored Maud Blue Chip (Cat Manzi) regrouped after the miscue and finished third. Flyhawk Fallina now has two victories, all in Sire Stakes competition, in five career starts for owners J. Pennacchio, A. Daley and M.F. White. It moved her earnings to $53,530 on the season. Flyhawk Fallina is a Cash Hall filly out of Nowerland Nanette, Daley made in two straight Sire Stakes wins in the $35,277 second division as he steered Exotic Form ($13.00) to a head victory over the pace-setting Crediama (Jim Marohn Jr.) in 2:00.3. It was the fastest time of the night in the Sires Stakes. Crediama set the fractions of 30.3, 1:00.3, 1:30.1 over the fast track but couldn't hang on as Exotic Form went to the passing lane and got up just before the wire. Ruby Ruby Who (Jeff Gregory) took the show position. Exotic Form, a Malabar Man filly out of Form Fitting, scored her first victory of her career and increased her bankroll to $28,601 for Winbak Farms. In the final division, worth $35,277, Beauty Of Gray took the lead from Gammy's Girl just before the quarter pole and breezed home from there. Gammy's Girl (Manzi) was two lengths back and took second while Seeyouincourt (Eric Mollor) rallied for show. It was the first career win in two starts for Beauty Of Gray for trainer/owner Tommy Andersson of Sweden. The Conway Hall filly from Armbro Sparkle has made $26,554 in two career appearances. In the $12,800 Excelsior Series, it was bombs away in the first division as Thoughtfilly ($46.40) notched the win for Jim Morrill Jr. in 2:02.1. Sweet Jesse T ($3.20) went the mile in 2:03 for trainer/driver Gates Brunet to take the second division while Emiliana ($4.50) took the final division in 2:03 with Chris Long in the sulky. In overnight action, Cowgirl Hall, currently the Downs track record holder for 3-year-old trotting fillies lowered the aged mark for mares when she went wire-to-wire in 1:57 for trainer/driver Gates Brunet. Racing returns on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. with a 13-race card. The feature is the $8,500 Open Pace with a field of seven set to go to the post. Naked News, last week's winner, will score from the three hole and is the 3-1 morning line favorite with Jim McNeight in the sulky. Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) is the next choice at 5-2 out of the seven spot. For all the latest news, information, promotional schedule and race replays, go to http://bataviadownscasino.com/live-racing . by Brian J. Mazurek
Shadows Dream sustained a powerful first-over bid that carried him to victory in Wednesday's $20,000 harness racing 'Preferred Handicap Pace' at The Meadows.
Vlos captured Monday evening's (August 20) featured $16,500 open pace at Tioga Downs. Starting from post position number six, his harness racing driver, Fern Paquet Jr made and uncharacteristic move with Vlos and took him off the gate to settle in last as the field went by the opening quarter in 27.1.
Vlos, used his early tactical speed to capture Sunday afternoon's $16,500 Open pace with harness racing driver Fern Paquet Jr. at Tioga Downs. Leaving from post position number five in a field of eight, Paquet got away with a soft opening quarter of 27.4 and was uncontested through a half mile in 56.
Cams Art and top harness racing driver David Miller were re-united and the pair made the winners circle after a 1:50.1 triumph in the $30,000 Delaware Special. Vlos won the $23,000 Open pace on a balmy Monday card, Dec. 5 at Dover Downs.
Vlos started his harness racing career later than most, but he has certainly made up for lost time. The 7-year-old is one of the leading candidates in the field for the $127,000 Presidential Final, the first major stake race of the year for older pacers, on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.
The photo finish camera could not separate Alexie Mattosie and Bettor Sweet at the wire in their $50,000 harness racing division of the Presidential Series on Saturday night (Januaruay 22) at Meadowlands Racetrack.The photo finish camera could not separate Alexie Mattosie and Bettor Sweet at the wire in their $50,000 division of the Presidential Series on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.
It was only fitting that Vlos would be winning the $24,000 open handicap pace Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. For the 12th race of the 13-race harness racing card honored Vlos after being named Pacer of the Year along with Golden Receiver. Both pacers have excelled in the $24,000 open handicap pace throughout the season.