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Batavia, NY---BZ Glide ($6.10) made a change in race strategy pay off by going wire to wire in the $9,500 Open trot feature at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Sept. 25). In what seemed to be a race from a parallel universe, nothing that is known to normally happen, occurred. BZ Glide (Mike Caprio), who almost always comes from off the pace, went right for the lead. And habitual frontrunner, Lutetium (Kevin Cummings), settled in the garden spot, opting to let someone else dictate the race. In the end the contrary methodology of one paid off while the other, not so much. BZ Glide performed like a well-oiled machine on top, covering scads of ground with his long, fluid stride. He controlled the field by a loose length the entire race under a passive hand-drive by Caprio, setting fractions of :28.2, :58.4 and 1:28.4 before rounding the final turn. As they headed down the stretch, Cummings directed Lutetium off his cover and tried to gain momentum on the pylons, but their attempt was ineffective as BZ Glide trotted home without issue in 1:57.4. It was the sixth win in 15 starts for BZ Glide this year and the winner's share of the purse boosted his earnings to $42,695 for owner Caprio LLC. The 6-year-old Yankee Glide gelding is trained by Alana Caprio. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 26) with a 6:35 p.m. post time. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Racing Media Relations  

There were four divisions of the Liberty Bell for 2-year-old filly trotters at the harness racing meetings at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 23), each going for a purse of $35,000. In the first division, it was Erv Miller & Paymaq Racing's Maker A Yankee (Marcus Miller) scoring the come from behind victory.   The daughter of Yankee Glide sat off the early duel while maintaining striking position throughout the middle half.   She entered the stretch two lengths from a battle between race favorite Maeve Quaider (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) and Lookin Sharp (Mike Simons).   She out closed Lookin Sharp in the final steps winning by a nose, stopping the clock in 1:57 for her second career win. She returned $13.40. The second division saw Candy Lane (Ake Svanstedt) upset favorite Whitelake Hanover (Geo. Napolitano Jr.).   The daughter of Cantab Hall led the first quarter, but yielded to the heavy effort soon after.   They were one-two until the stretch, when Candy Lane drove out of the pocket to win by nearly a length, stopping the clock in 1:58.4.   Twice A Night (Jackie Ingrassia) finished third.   It was the second straight win for Candy Lane ($16.20), who is owned by Melby Gard Inc.   The Melby Gard / Ake Svanstedt connection struck again in division 3, as Gracie Hanover sprung the mild upset.   The daughter of Andover Hall followed the blueprint of the previous winner, leading the opening quarter, and yielding to race favorite Twill Be Done (Mike Simons) shortly after.   Gracie Hanover vacated the pocket, winning the sprint home by 2 lengths in the end, stopping the timer in 1:58.2. She paid $9.20.   The fourth and final division went to Jimmy Takter trainee Kathy Parker (Geo. Napolitano Jr.).   The daughter of Andover Hall drafted behind the determined speed of Windowshopper (Ray Schnittker) until three-quarters. At that point, she engaged the leader, and was able to sprint away to win by 3 lengths in a series fastest 1:56.3.   Hot Curry (George Brennan) rallied up for place, while Windowshopper held third.   Kathy Parker ($2.20) has now won four of her last seven starts for owners Christina Takter, Joyce Mc Clelland, Brixton Medical and R A W Equine. Mike Bozich

Busto Arsizio, Italy - ITS-Aste completed its annual yearling sale of trotters conducted at Centro Ippico Etrea today and a solid auction it was. Italian-bred trotters have performed well throughout Europe and that fact overcame troubles at home. Quality yearlings prevailed this day with three bringing in excess of €100,000. Overall the sale was up 7.3% from prior year with an average of €22,000 and gross of €1,968,000. The leaders are listed below: Hip 19 - Vinky Wise As (filly, 3/10/14 by Yankee Glide-Winkys Truffle-Chocolatier), €140,000 to Roger Walmann, breeder Della Serenissima Allev. Hip 32 –VIP Bi (colt 4/29/14 by Manofmanymissions-Up Front JM-Self Possessed, €135,000 to Frackstady Lantbrucks, breeder Biasuzzi Srl. Hip 39 – Vivid Wise As (colt 1/31/14  by Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall), €110,000 to Bivans Srl, breeder Della Serenissima Allev. Full results can be viewed by link that follows: http://www.its-aste.com/aste/asta-super-selezionata-yearlings-trottatori-3/ by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

After coming off two sub-par harness racing performances and no wins since July, BZ Glide put on the performance of his life in winning the $10,000 Open trot feature at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Sept. 11) Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) took an immediate lead at the start of the race while BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) left just enough from post five to tuck in third. Monti took the field through a soft :58.2 half until Caprio swung out at that station to start his assault. BZ Glide advanced with machine-like precision up the backside while trotting a :28.2 third panel. His momentum continued around the far turn as his margin of dominance widened. He trotted down the lane without a challenge from the field or encouragement from his driver and in victory, set a new lifetime mark of 1:56.3. It was the fifth win in 13 starts this year for BZ Glide ($4.90) and the effort increased his earnings to $37,445 for 2015. The 6-year-old Yankee Glide gelding is owned by the Caprio Stable LLC and trained by Alana Caprio. Drivers Mike Caprio, Jim McNeight and Dave McNeight III all scored driving doubles on the card. One of the biggest win mutuels in recent memory occurred in the sixth race when Stirling Cadillac (Mike Caprio) overcame post 8 to win at 77-1 and return $156.00. The exorbitant payoff triggered some lofty exotics as well. The 8-3 exacta paid $3,428.00 and the 8-3-all trifecta returned $4,169.00. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 12) with the first post set at 6:35 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

The Kindergarten Classic series came to to the harness racing meeting at The Red Mile in Kentucky on Thursday night with a mixed bag results-wise.   Fillies began the stakes with Jimmy Takter steering the unbeaten Donato Hanover lass Haughty to an as easy as can be 1:54.1 win.   Takter moved Haughty to the front on the backstretch and widened at will in a very impressive outing. Southwind Adele was second and Sweet Ashley T third.   The winner is owned by Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband who paid $80,000 at the Lexington Select sale last fall.   Jan Johnson steered I'm Volo to a 1:58 win for owner and breeder Jorgen Jahre at 17-1 in the second division.   Johnson put the Yankee Glide filly in play early, accepted cover then angled out late to rally past Earn Your Wings and Coco Truffles late.   The tote board exploded in the first of two colt divisions when Dave Palone and Hollywood Highway closed from well back to win in 1:56.1 at odds of 43-1.   With 1-9 favorite Jack Vernon eliminated by a break in the final turn, Palone found clear sailing wide from last and guided the Muscle Massive colt to his first victory for trainer Staffan Lind and owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, who have $50,000 for this fella at the Lexington yearling sale and had a pretty good night.   Sigmund came second and Mavens Way third.   Palone completed a driving triple on the night with a front end score aboard Southwind Flash in 1:55.2 for trainer Ronnie Burke.   The striking Muscle Hill colt took to the clay beautifully for his first win in six outings.   Honor Above All went beautifully in his very first career start tracking the winner and actually gaining late for driver Nicolas Roussel with Brownie Hanover third.   The winner is another Lexington Select sale grad costing Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Phil Collura and Jack Piatt lll $85,000 last fall.   Racing returns to The Red Mile on Saturday and the Kindergarten returns for leg four next Thursday.   Nick Salvi

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- No hurry. No worry. That's got to be the motto for BZ Glide and harness racing driver Mike Caprio as once again their patience paid off in a victory.   BZ Glide ($3.20) used his familiar late charge, going from last to first, to take a head win over Studio City in the featured $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (July 24). He covered the mile in 1:58.1 over the fast track.   The race went pretty much true to form as Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) took his usual seat on the front end while BZ Glide settled back to ride the tailgate in fifth.   After watching Lutetium set fractions of 29.1, 59.4 and 1:29.1, BZ Glide, who skimmed the pylons the entire mile, found plenty of racing room in the lightning lane. Caprio used some urging in the stretch and BZ Glide responded by storming to the wire to post the decision. Studio City (Ron Beback Jr.) got up in time for second while the tiring Lutetium held on for third.   It was the third consecutive win for the 6-year-old gelded BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer). Owned by the Caprio Stable and trained by Alana Caprio, it was the fourth victory in seven tries in 2015 for BZ Glide, now a winner of $25,250 this season and $142,207 lifetime.   The final weekend of racing continues on Saturday night with a 12-race card set to get underway at 6:35 p.m. The 2015 season will conclude on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. with 11 races.   For more information including the latest news, race results, replays and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Driver George Napolitano Jr. picked up his 7,000th career win on Wednesday afternoon (July 15) at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia.   The meet's leading reinsman captured the milestone in race two, driving 7-year-old gelding Shark Ingested to victory from post one.   Napolitano Jr. has over 140 victories for the meet thus far, leading his closest competitor Corey Callahan by more than 30 wins.   He has over $1.3 million dollars earned this season at Harrah's Philadelphia, and a UDRS of .364.   In other news, John Butenschoen trainee Boots N Chains (Andy Miller) was victorious in the featured event, a trot for non-winners of 5 races or $50,000 lifetime.   The son of Yankee Glide made every call a winning one, stopping the clock in 1:55.4.   It was his 4th career win out of 21 starts for owners Bill Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Shick.   He returned $5.40, keying a $11.60 exacta which saw Jimmy Takter trainee Smexi finish second.   Live racing returns Thursday afternoon with a first post of 12:40 PM.   Mike Bozich

Lady Athens, who was off stride in both her previous career outings, was flat and fast Wednesday at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows when she trotted to a stake record 1:57.1 in a $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event for freshman fillies. The stake was contested over five divisions, with LOL Hanover, Ballerina Volo, Real Caviar and Witnesstheprincess taking the other splits. Aaron Merriman and trainer Chris Beaver teamed for a pair of stake victories with Ballerina Volo and Witnesstheprincess. Rich Gillock, who trains the homebred daughter of Muscle Massive-Miss Athens for Thomas Brice and Charles Receski, indicated he's been tweaking Lady Athens' shoeing to keep her on gait. " She caught a hard track in her first start, and I'm not so sure her feet weren't hurting her," Gillock said. "It's taken us a while to get her squared away." "Today everything worked out nice." "I'd like to have seen the last quarter in 28 rather than the first one." "We'll have to work on that next." On Wednesday, she led the field through a swift 1:26 three-quarters before tiring late. But she responded to Tony Hall's urging and held off 41-1 long shot My Pink Bike by a neck. Global Installation finished third. The time knocked a tick from the previous stake mark established by Nitro Nittany in 2013. It was one of four wins on the 15-race card for Hall. Lol Hanover took to the track for her career debut before the surface was upgraded from good to fast, but the daughter of Explosive Matter-Lil' Miss Tut had little trouble overcoming a parked-out first quarter and prevailing in 1:57.3 for trainer/driver Charlie Norris. Early leader Moolah Moolah was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Moots third. "She wasn't real sure of the track when I warmed her up, and I just wanted to get her set before I went forward with her," Norris said. "She's growing so fast -- that's why I didn't throw her in the sires stakes." "I want to bring her along slow." Carrie Norris and Neal Goldman campaign Lol Hanover, a $13,000 yearling acquisition. Ballerina Volo has been ahead at every pole in her two-race career, and the daughter of Yankee Glide-Bank of Newport hardly was tested in Wednesday's victory. She scored for owners Synerco Ventures, Bill Manes and Beaver in 1:59.4, 3 lengths better than Goodtogo Hanover. High Beam Hanover completed the ticket. "She won on her own today -- I left the plugs in," Merriman said. "I don't know how good she'll be." "I'm sure she'll go a little bit more when she's following." "Honesty pays. When you have an honest trotter, you'll make money." In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Atta Boy Dan not only made it five wins in his last six starts, but he also eclipsed Itrustyou's track record for older geldings by triumphing in 1:49.1, fastest mile this year at The Meadows. Dave Palone drove the 6-year-old son of Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $339,117, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Friday's program at The Meadows features six divisions of the Meadow Gladys, a $211,838 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 6:55 PM. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, July 7, 2015 -- When Milligan's School captured a division of Tuesday's $216,980 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows, he brought joy to Julie and Andy Miller -- and a little slice of Russia. That's because Milligan's School is owned by Stroy Inc. whose Natalia Stroy operates a fair-sized stable from her Moscow base. According to Julie Miller, Stroy wanted to gain access to the American market, so Dr. Paul F. Spears, vice president of Hanover Shoe Farms, introduced her to the Millers. They helped her pick out the son of Yankee Glide-Tori Ann at Harrisburg and signed the ticket for $120,000. "She wanted to race horses here," Julie Miller indicated, "and as Paul Spears said, one of the best places to race in the U.S. is the Pennsylvania circuit. So I'm glad it worked out." Stroy's American adventure nearly turned sour when, in his career debut in a PA All-Stars split, Milligan's School was on the business end of a mishap and nearly knocked off his pins. The youngster showed no ill effects Tuesday when he responded to Andy Miller's urging and blasted past past the leader, Boyz N Guitars, to defeat him by 2 lengths in 1:57. Pastor Dudley finished third. "We didn't make any changes," Julie Miller said. "All we wanted was a trouble-free trip. If we had that, I thought he'd have a go, and he did." The stake, known as the Hickory Pride, was contested over six divisions, with Lagerfeld, Hititoutofthepark, Sliding Home, Dupree and Staying Focused taking the other splits. The Millers teamed for a second stake win with Staying Focused while Corey Callahan enjoyed a stake double (Hititoutofthepark, Sliding Home). Lagerfeld is a full brother to 2012 Hambletonian runner-up Guccio, who was piloted and conditioned by Jimmy Takter. When Takter saw Lagerfeld at auction, he knew he had to have this yearling, so he joined with Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding to purchase the son of Yankee Glide-Southern Senorita for $200,000. In his career debut in the Hickory Pride, Lagerfeld began to pay dividends on that handsome investment, moving twice for Takter and surging late to defeat the game Raisethejollyroger by a neck in 1:58.1. Granite State earned show. "He wanted to win," Takter said. "I had to stabilize him in the last turn, but he raced a good race. He has the pedigree to step it up. I just have to teach him some things. I want him to come here and learn something for his future." Out before the half, Hititoutofthepark moved relentlessly to gobble up the leader and scored in 1:57, matching Milligan's School for stake honors. Brownie Hanover was second, 3 lengths back, while Major Matter completed the ticket. "He's a little quirky," Callahan said. "I kind of have to let him do what he wants to do. He definitely wants to do it. He has a great attitude. He's a little anxious and wants to go a million at the word "go." He has to figure the whole racing thing out." John Butenschoen trains the $18,000 yearling acquisition, a son of Yankee Glide-Celebrity Liza, for Give It A Shot Stable, Kurt Welling and VIP Internet Stable. Dave Palone drove three winners on the 15-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features five divisions of a PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

There were five stallion series races for harness racing 3-year-old filly trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (June 24), each going for a purse of $20,000. The fastest of which went to Albert and Michelle Crawford's Sistas (Geo. Napolitano Jr.). The Daughter of Andover Hall was able to repel the bid of six-time winner Speak To Me (Scott Zeron) to secure back to back wins in a time of 1:54.3. The Chris Oakes trainee now has six wins of fourteen career starts, with earnings close to $40,000. Trainer/Driver Ake Svanstedt had two stallion series wins on the day. Joe Lozito's Setubal closed sharply to pick up her second win in just four lifetime starts. The daughter of Yankee Glide was six lengths off the lead at three-quarters, before closing in :29.1 to narrowly defeat Seduce A Stranger (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) by a neck in 1:57.1. Svanstedt's second stallion series win came when Top Ten Racing Stable's Scented Roses took advantage of the pocket trip. The daughter of Cantab Hall edged off the pylons to out close long shot Vanity Blast (Dave Miller) to win by two lengths, stopping the clock in 1:56.4. Other stallion series winners included Hauser Brothers and Conrad Zurich's Day Lily (Tim Tetrick). The daughter of Andover Hall was a gate-to-wire winner in 1:55. Another daughter of Andover Hall Lilu Hanover (Jimmy Taker) was successful in her division. She was able to quarter-brush to the top and hold off Murderers Row (Tim Tetrick) in the late stages to win by a head in 1:55.2. Michael Bozich

BLOOMSBURG PA - If you ask the Pennsylvania fair harness racing horsemen's community to consider an old adage, they would definitely say that the glass is half-full.   For the second straight week, the PA fair circuit was reduced from two scheduled days to one because of rain. Last week at Wattsburg, the three-year-olds got to race Sunday; this past weekend, the two-year-old set got their first action on Saturday at Bloomsburg, the speedy northeast Pennsylvania half-miler.   The star of the Saturday action had to be Billy's Falcon, a Nuclear Breeze gelding out of B T Falcon, and whose granddam produced two Sire Stakes champions - so he had the pedigree. In his corner is breeder / owner/ trainer / driver Roger Hammer - "the King of the PA Fairs."   And he has the speed - he won in 2:00.1 over a fair track rated "good," in his second career start, with back fractions of 58 - 28.4. The other 2PC winners went good miles (McClassic in 2:04.3 - 28.4, Crazy Idea home in 30.2 in a 2:07 outing), but Billy's Falcon and Hammer certainly stamped themselves as the early horse to keep an eye on.   Fastest 2PF winner was Unbeamlieveable (a Moon Beam filly backed by driver Chris Shaw, trainer Jason Shaw, 3YO owner Mason Shaw), stopping the clock in 2:04 - 28.3. On the trot, speed honors went to the filly She's Seaworthy (Cantab Hall), a 2:07.3 winner for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel, James Nelson, and the BPN Partnership; fastest colt was another trainer-driver Hammerite, the Yankee Glide gelding Keystone Shotgun, home in 2:08 for the ownership team of Hammer and Todd Schadel, the partnership behind Vivid Photo, the Hambletonian winner ten years ago.   In all, Hammer had an owning / training / driving triple; horsemen doublers were trainer/driver Schoeffel, driver Shaw and trainer Shaw, and driver Shawn Johnston.   The circuit heads back west this weekend to the Meadville Sertoma event at the Crawford County fairgrounds, where legendary "host" Boots Dunn will do his best to give his fellow horsemen a "full glass of action."     Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association's Publicity Office        

Nichols, N.Y. -- Taking advantage of live cover just as he did in his two previous races, Valley of Sin ($9.00) kicked clear in his seasonal debut among Open harness racing company, capturing the $14,000 featured trot in 1:53.4 on Saturday (June 20) evening at Tioga Downs.   After getting away second to last in the field of eight, Jim Meittinis floated the 5-year-old Yankee Glide entire second-over to track the cover of Bourbon Bay (John Cummings, Jr.) before pacesetter Its Payday Friday (Dan Clements) rated a :56.2 initial half mile.   "It's only his third start back in well over a year, so my plan was to lay off the early speed and pick up the pieces at the end," said Meittinis. "Being that this horse has such a will to win, I put him in the race late, and he did the rest." Valley of Sin advanced into midfield with the aid of cover through three-quarters in 1:24.3, and was poised to strike as Bourbon Bay turned up the heat on Its Payday Friday through the far turn.   At the top of the stretch, Meittinis tipped Valley of Sin three-deep, and the response was instant. He kicked past the dueling leaders in mid-stretch, prevailing by a widening 1-1/2 lengths while in hand up to the winning post.   "When I tipped him off cover there was no urging--just a couple taps to keep him to task," concluded Meittinis. "The speed was all him."   Its Payday Friday held second, while Awsome Valley (Aaron Byron) held third up the pegs from his pocket trip.   Earlier in the program, Hannah Miller notched a win with Jacks to Open ($3.10) in a C. K. G. Billings Amateur Driving Series event, powering clear to a seven-length win over CSI What's My Name (Dave Yarock) and Insider Access (Steve Oldford) in 1:55.2.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Sunday (June 21) afternoon, with first post set for 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

EAST RUTHERFORD (June 12, 2015) - The elements came together perfectly for some fast times in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Friday evening. With temperatures approaching 90 degrees and a great deal of humidity, the one mile oval at The Meadowlands was lightning fast for the 12-race harness racing program. The mile that had the grandstand buzzing came in the sixth race, upper-level condition trotting event. A field of seven accomplished trotters with plenty of class lined up behind the gate, including the prohibitive favorite Master Of Law, who was sent off as the 1/2 choice. Master Of Law is known for his explosive late kick, but tonight would change his tactics and take control of the race as the field went past the opening quarter. From there, the five year old gelding would establish strong fractions of 27.2, 55.1 and 1:23.3 before turning for home with a two length lead. World Cup was tracking from third position and Joe Bongiorno angled his trotter in the stretch and as soon as he was shown racetrack, World Cup found another gear. Master Of Law fought back gamely and the two hit the wire together, noses apart, but the nose in front belonged to World Cup, stopping the timer in 1:50.4. Master Of Law was a game second with the mare Clementine Dream third. World Cup won for the 17th time in his career, with earnings of $332,845. The 1:50.4 clocking was a new lifetime mark for the six year old son of Yankee Glide. He is owned by Carly L Roman and trained by Bob Bongiorno. Another mile that lit up the teletimer came in the first race, where Beach Granny stormed to a 1:49 winning performance in a filly and mare condition pacing event. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere cleared the lead past the half-mile pole in 54.1, paced a powerful 27.1 third quarter while leading the field and was able to fend off Wicked Little Minx to score in a lifetime best performance by nearly four seconds for Scott Zeron and trainer Steve Elliot. The 1:49 clocking was the fastest mile for any pacing mare this season, but that would only last for a few hours. In the 11th race on the program, Hot List by McArdle, coming off a blowout win at Goshen lowered the national season's mark for the pacing mares, with a 1:48.2 performance in a condition event while rallying up the pylons to catch Monkey On My Wheel. The win was the 27th of her career that now includes earnings of over $380,000. Hot List  with a 1:48.2 performance In other action, Aldebaran Eagle took a big step on the Road to the Hambletonian with a blowout win against a strong condition trotting group in 1:52.1, a lifetime best performance. The stakes winner as a two year old took over on the back stretch and never looked back, trotting home willingly in 28-seconds flat. This son of Muscle Hill is owned by Aldebaran Park Inc, and driven by Corey Callahan for trainer Jonas Czernyson. There were two divisions of the second leg of the Cathedra Dot Com for pacing mares on Friday night. The first division saw a repeat winner in Real Drama (Real Desire) who set a new lifetime mark, winning in 1:50.4. The second division was a runaway as That Woman Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) bottomed out the field to score by many, also in 1:50.4. The $20,000 Final will take place on Friday, June 19th. At the betting windows, total handle was up nearly 10 percent, with the on-track handle up nearly 40-percent as nearly 10,000 spectators flooded the Big M oval to watch the camels and ostriches do battle. Both $.20 cent jackpot Super Hi-5 carryovers continued to grow, as the 5th race carryover swelled to $155,451 and the last race carryover now standing at $129,920. Racing returns with a 13-race program on Saturday, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

June 8, 2015 - Spartan Kronos (4m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos-King Conch) secured today’s Ina Scots Ara (200,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart, four year-olds) at Mantorp with harness racing trainer Conrad Lugauer driving. He scored in 1.12.8kr for a length verdict over Explosive de Vie (4g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) with Jim Oscarsson up. Origo Tilly (4g Super Arnie-Regina Tilly-Speedy Crown) took third for teamster Torbjorn Jansson. The winner has a 2-1-2 slate in five 2015 appearances for owner Thomas Berchtold et.al. and breeder Allev. Kronos Srl. This day, also at Mantorp, Guiding Solo (3m Yankee Glide-Sole Mate-Self Possessed-Sole To Sole-Royal Prestige) took a 1640 meter autostart event for Peter Untersteiner timed in 1.14.4kr. This Kentuckiana Farms pedigree has been consistently productive. The dam Sole Mate was a US$145,000 yearling and was third at age two in the Lexington Filly and Johnston Memorial. She produced Flashback and Mr. Jim Dandy and this maternal family produced Duke Rodney (from Duke’s Dutchess), Courtly, Jermyn Street and Trapped (from Kimberly Dutchess) and other top performers including Justice Hall, Springboard, All About Justice, Just A Con Man, Diva Diva and Top Chef. Thomas H. Hicks

Louisville, KY --- When harness racing trainer John Butenschoen selected Boots N Chains and Suit And Tie from the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale, obviously each yearling possessed their individual appeal, but both colts also satisfied another essential criteria: they were Pennsylvania Sire Stakes eligible. “We focus on the Pennsylvania program and anything else is an additional perk,” said the 52-year-old Illinois native. “Suit And Tie was the first surviving foal out of a Yankee Glide mare (and he is) by Andover Hall. Of course we go with a budget and a list of things we are looking for. He fit perfectly ($30,000 sales price). “Boots N Chains, however, was a bit of a different story. We gave $75,000 for him, which is quite high for us and he was on the smallish side, but we were familiar with the family. The Pinskes had his full older brother (Leave Your Mark 4,1:55.4f, $123,360) down in Florida a couple years ago and we trained him. He was a very nice horse and I really like this family.” Each colt will look to improve upon their career and seasonal records when they leave the gate side-by-side in the $119,565 Currier and Ives Trot for 3-year-old males at The Meadows on Saturday (June 6). In what is carded as the 10th race, Suit And Tie commences his mile from post position four, while his stablemate starts trotting from post position five. Boots N Chains is the 3-1 morning line choice and Suit And Tie is 5-1. “It may not be the biggest of stages, but I’m happy with the opportunity to go for a purse of more than $100,000 if other people decide to take their horses elsewhere,” Butenschoen said. “It’s not like it used to be where if you had a nice horse you knew where to race them. Now it is about managing them correctly and placing them in the right spots so the owners can make some money with them. “It may not sound as exciting as being in some of the big stake races, but if you can stay right in Pennsylvania and race for money like this, why wouldn’t you? I did that with Allstar Partner a couple years back and he made over $200,000 just racing in the sire stakes by winning the final.” As 2-year-olds, Suit And Tie, co-owned by William Wiswell and M and L of Delaware, and Boots N Chains, co-owned by Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick, earned what was proffered for them and more. Suit And Tie collected just shy of $50,000 from 17 performances. He was third in his Breeders Crown elimination, but ninth in the $500,000 final and set his 2-year-old mark of 1.58.1f in his sole victory at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Aug. 13, 2014. “The only thing that held this horse back was his mentality,” Butenschoen said. “He finished out the year very nicely as he was trotting home very strongly in the Kindergarten and I was very pleased with him in the Breeders Crown. He really lost all chance in the final, but still did his best.” Boots N Chains also gave a good account of himself in his first year of competition as he trotted in 1:54.4 and amassed just under $120,000 in purse money with only one triumph from 12 starts. He was, however, second to French Laundry in the $240,500 Kindergarten final and to Muscle Diamond in a $77,120 division of the International Stallion Stakes at The Red Mile with a last panel in :27.4. Although their year has just begun, both colts have been promising. Boots N Chains has compiled a record of 4-2-0-1 and $35,767. Suit And Tie has collected $20,080 and possesses a resume of 4-1-1-0. Despite the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit being the primary focus, if either colt should prove they are prepared for another stage, Butenschoen has them staked in order to do so. “They are both Hambletonian eligible,” he said. “They are paid into other races, too and I wouldn’t say they are heavily staked, but they have the opportunity to compete in those races should the case arise. “How I look at it is if they have the ability to go to the Hambo, great, it’s what we all dream of in this business, but if not, I just hope I can spot them correctly in these stakes with good purses to do the right thing by my owners. All of us horsemen are always perpetually reaching for that ring, but we also have to make the appropriate decisions for our businesses so we can afford to continue to do that.” By Kimberly French 

Vernon, N.Y. -- A pair of $6,500 upper-level conditioned events--one for trotters, one for pacers--headlined the Memorial Day (May 25) harness racing program at Vernon Downs, with Jersey Boy ($4.40) and UF Bettors Hanover ($16.40) proving best on their respective gaits.   The Turn N Burn Stable's Jersey Boy made an early push to the lead in the trotting feature, but was rebuffed by McKenzie's Star (Fern Paquet, Jr.) through a :27.3 first quarter. The two battled side-by-side for the majority of the race, until Jersey Boy pushed clear in the final eighth, drawing off by three lengths for a 1:54.4 triumph. My Buddy Hall Lee (Roman Lopez) stayed on from the pocket to take third.   Josh Kinney drove the 6-year-old Yankee Glide gelding for trainer Jessica Okusko.   UF Bettors Hanover ($16.40) sprung a mild upset in the afternoon's pacing feature, swinging three-wide off dueling leaders A Fool For Mark (Dustin Ingraham) and Lilys Real Boy (Fern Paquet, Jr.) en route to a 1-1/4 length win. The 5-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding sprinted clear of the late-closing Relentless Dreamer (Brian Connor) for a 1:51.4 victory in rein to Justin Huckabone.   Trainer Scott West co-owns UF Bettors Hanover with Katie Currie.   Live racing returns at Vernon on Friday (May 29) evening, with first post scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

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