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The name may just be Joey, but Joey isn't just some horse. In discussing the purchase at auction of Joey, her now-3-year-old trotting colt, trainer and co-owner Leslie Zendt exclaimed, "I just loved the name! You get all these long, 18-letter names and he comes along and his name is Joey. I fell in love with his name before I fell in love with him. "At one track they were filling out paperwork on him and they said 'What's his name?' and I said 'Joey.' And they're like 'No, what's his full name?' I said 'It's just Joey.' They don't believe you if it's not some long name!" Despite the moniker's brevity, Joey is making a name for himself. Entering Saturday's $61,900 Tompkins-Geers Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters at The Meadowlands -- which will serve as a measuring stick for whether the horse will enter the $1.2 million Hambletonian on Aug. 4 -- Joey has won six of 10 career races for $36,700 in earnings. After winning two of three in a low-pressure rookie year, Joey has won four of seven this year, and has only lost once when he stayed trotting. After winning his first three races this season, Joey made breaks in the next two. The first was in a division of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and the second was in an elimination for the Goodtimes Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park, which was his only major stakes race to date. "He got in kind of a bad spot at Pocono," said Zendt, who owns Joey with husband Bill. "David Miller had him in the two hole, he was the favorite. The horse in front of him was backing into him a little in the last turn. He pulled him just to sit on the outside going into the last turn and he throws a front shoe. Everything kind of just blew up in his face right there and he made a break." The trainer chalked up the break to the thrown shoe and didn't think much of it. Until . . . "Then he came back and I was all excited to take him to Mohawk because I thought he would really pick up on a big track," Zendt said. "But he just had some issues up there. He did not get over that track well, and made a break." Thus, the Zendts fitted Joey with trotting hobbles to give him confidence and he raced well enough to finish second in a conditioned race at The Meadows, beaten by a head, with Dave Palone driving. "He was a lot safer, but Dave said he just didn't feel like he had the same speed," Zendt said. "He is a wicked fast horse. He just didn't feel like he had the same gait and the same go he did without hobbles." So, the hobbles were removed for last Saturday's race at The Meadows, his home track, and Joey won. That helped make the decision of what to do at the Meadowlands this weekend. "We weren't even sure what the rules were in Jersey about him racing with or without the hobbles," Zendt said. "We didn't know what was going on, we didn't know if he would be racing with hobbles or not. At least he took the question mark away because he raced really good without the hobbles. He's a much faster horse without the hobbles, so we are going hobble-less this weekend." And it's a big weekend for Joey as he tries to make Zendt's dream come true. The horse is staked to the Hambletonian, but Leslie and Bill are reluctant to put up the $15,000 entry fee without some type of favorable sign. They are hoping Joey will provide one at the Tompkins-Geers, with David Miller in the bike. Joey is 8-1 on the morning line. Evaluate is the 5-2 favorite followed by Zephyr Kronos at 7-2 and Met's Hall at 9-2. All three also are eligible to the Hambletonian. "It's my dream to go to the Hambletonian, but he'll let us know if he's that type of horse or not," Zendt said. "We want to get him up there and see how he gets over the track. That (Hambletonian) entry fee is a big thing to swallow when you own the horse yourself. So if he can go up there and do well, make a little money or at least show that he is competitive with that type of a horse, we'll see. "He's probably the second or third horse we've ever kept eligible to it. We try to pick and choose what we stake our horses in. The rule rather than the exception is you're going to overstake your horse rather than under. We're hoping we'll hit a middle ground with him. You take a shot. It's a dream, but you take a shot and leave him eligible in the Hambletonian just in case. I can dream!" Joey drew the seven hole in the eight-horse Tompkins-Geers field, prompting Zendt to note, "I wish he would have drawn a little better, but at least with only eight horses, it should be a pretty compact field, it shouldn't get strung out too bad." Should the dream not become reality, Joey could race in the Dennis Drazin Trot (formerly the Townsend Ackerman). Whatever happens, Zendt's faith in him will not be diminished. She liked Joey, a son of Yankee Glide out of Jodi's Jayme, from the start. "I went through the catalog and put down the pedigrees I was interested in," she said. "I knew I couldn't afford the Muscle Hills or the Cantab Halls. I went through and tried to pick out the Donato Hanovers, the Yankee Glides. Then I went through and watched all the videos of the colts, and he was my No. 1 Yankee Glide at the sale." They paid $25,000 for the short-named horse named after a million pizza places. "When Bill got to the sale, he pulled him out of the stall and liked him, it was just a question of whether we could afford him," Zendt said. "That's about normal for what we like to pay for a yearling." Leslie felt Joey would be a "pretty nice horse" in February 2017, but because he was a big colt and a late foal, his schedule was limited to three races. "When you have to stake a horse yourself, you have to get an idea of what kind of horse you have before you invest a lot of money into staking him," Zendt said. "We thought he showed enough, trotting (1):57 at The Meadows, that we tried to stake him in the bigger races on the bigger tracks. He's eligible in Lexington, back at Mohawk and some stuff at Hoosier at the end of the year. Some big-track stuff." The bottom line, in Zendt's mind, is that no matter how this season turns out, it's only the beginning of what has potential to be a nice career. "If worse comes to worse I'll be happy if he's a nice horse and I can keep him and race him next year," she said. "He's got a lot of upside to him, he's a horse that should get better as he matures. He's got nothing but a bright future in front of him." He's already got a western Pennsylvania fan club. "He's a very talented horse, he takes good care of himself," Zendt said. "He's just a gorgeous horse. I don't know whether it's his name or the way he looks, but everybody on the track knows Joey. He's big and black and has a white star and I usually drive him in blue-white polos (wraps). He's just stunning on the track. He'll be jogging and everyone will be yelling "Joooey! Joooey!" Which is fine with Zendt, who just loves to hear the name. Here is the field for Saturday's Tompkins-Geers for 3-year-old male trotters. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-Evaluate-Corey Callahan-Marcus Melander-5/2 2-Samo Different Day-Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter-5/1 3-Eurobond-Brian Sears-Domenico Cecere-8/1 4-Seven Iron-Andrew McCarthy-Linda Toscano-10/1 5-Met's Hall-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-9/2 6-Helpisontheway-Tim Tetrick-Linda Toscano-10/1 7-Joey-David Miller-Leslie Zendt-8/1 8-Zephyr Kronos-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter-7/2 by Rich Fisher, for the USTA  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- BZ Glide ($9.00) got the early jump on the field in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Open Trot on Friday night (July 13) and just kept right on rolling to post a solid three-quarter length victory over Barn Winner in 1:57.4.   It was a wide open affair according to the tote board with Fox Valley Veto (Jim Morrill Jr.) sent off as the lukewarm 5-to-2 post time favorite while BZ Glide, Southern Palms and Barn Winner were each dismissed at 7-to-2.   BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) nabbed the front end with relative easy, registering fractions of :28.4, :59.1 and 1:29.0 on the fast track. He braced himself for challengers in the stretch but no one could come up with the answer. Using a :28.4 last panel, BZ Glide never wavered in the lane and held off the timid bids of Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Fox Valley Veto who had to settle for the second and third place checks.   Owned by the Caprio Stable LLC and trained by Alana Caprio, BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer) is a 9-year-old gelding who was won three times in nine attempts this season. The victory pushed his 2018 earnings to $27,600 and to $283,602 in his career.   Fisher Jr. and Morrill Jr. each had driving doubles on the card.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway with an 11-race program scheduled for 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, simulcast schedule, upcoming promotions, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- BZ Glide ($4.00) tied the all-time harness racing trotting record in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Open Trot on Friday night (June 29) and broke the aged (5+) gelding mark as well with a brilliant gate-to-wire 1:56.1 mile over the fast track.   It was also a lifetime mark for the 9-year-old gelded BZ Glide whose previous career best was 1:56.3.   The all-time standard equaled by BZ Glide will be shared with Gural Hanover and Chelseas Chance who each went 1:56.1 in 2014 and 2018 respectively. Ironically, Chelseas Chance finished second, two lengths behind behind BZ Glide on Friday.   The aged (5+) gelding record was 1:56.2 established by Lutetium in 2014 and Kahoku in 2016.   While BZ Glide gets the credit for the record-tying race, driver Mike Caprio said the change of bikes made a huge difference. "The bike I was using was like 20 years old so I bought the one I am using now from Jim Morrill Jr. I adjusted the seat and foot pegs and BZ Glide was a lot more comfortable with it."   BZ Glide was ready to go at the start and immediately fired out to the lead. Posting fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:27.2, it appeared Barn Winner might be the main threat down the stretch but that attempt fizzled out. Chelseas Chance (Bobby Verney) skimmed the rail for second while Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) held on for third.   Owned by the Caprio Stable LLC and trained by Alana Caprio, it was the second win in seven starts in 2018 for BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer). The victory pushed his seasonal earnings to $20,930 and $276,932 lifetime.   Ray Fisher Jr. and Kevin Cummings had doubles in the sulky while Verney and Marc Shuttleworth had two training victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday night with 10 races scheduled for a 6 p.m. post.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway:        

Gramster (Yankee Glide) won the $9,000 feature for trotters on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jordan Derue trainee set a lifetime mark two starts back when he swooped the group from post eight to upset at odds of 34-1. Following that career-best 1:57 romp, Gramster threw a clunker the following week while on the front end. On Thursday, leading driver Billy Dobson sat behind the five year old trotter who was the favorite in the race for winners of two but not more than five races lifetime and got away third in the early going. Things weren't looking good for Gramster who stayed inside and got shuffled a bit after a half mile clocked in 59 seconds. Pappagiorgrio (Dan Cappello Jr) was carving out the fractions and appeared strong after going past three quarters in 1:28.2. Gramster then shook loose around the final turn and came surging late to win in 1:58.2 for Dobson. Pappagiorgio finished second while Chili (Brett Crawford) earned the show spot. Gramster is set to compete once again in the claiming ranks on Sunday afternoon as he looks to go three for his last four. Live racing continues at the Spa on Friday evening with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Tropical Storm Bi (Yankee Glide) parlayed his pocket ride to victory in Sunday's Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Tony Ciuffetelli trainee drew the rail in the $14,500 feature and driver Phil Fluet set up shop in the pocket behind the race's favorite Uva Hanover (Billy Dobson). Uva Hanover set comfortable fractions on the lead as a rain began to fall in Saratoga. First over threat Crazycat (Bruce Aldrich Jr) couldn't get by the front-running favorite but Tropical Storm Bi could. Once he got into the passing lane, Tropical Storm Bi surged by before drawing off to prevail in 1:57 for his second Open win of the season. The six year old gelding paid $7.70 to win. Last week's Open winner Crazycat was the runner-up on Sunday. Uva Hanover finished third while a beaten favorite for the second consecutive week. Tropical Storm Bi owns the fastest time of the year for any trotter at Saratoga as he scored in a dazzling 1:54.3 on a Sunday afternoon in May and has since established himself as a force in the local Open. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 9, 2018-Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett, $4.80) and Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory, $8.10) shared the Saturday night (June 9th) spotlight, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $44,000 Open Handicaps. Favored Somewhere in L A, remanded behind the eight-ball in week's adult pace, was parked past a :26.4 opening quarter-mile to make the lead. He did so around Always at My Place (George Brennan), with Soho Wallstreet A (Eric Goodell) away third. Somewhere in L A found a :56.1 intermission before invading Barimah A (Brent Holland) moved from fifth. The one had an eventful effort, looking around while on a line, then seemingly stalled before getting in gear again. Meanwhile, the leader remained so in and out of a 1:24 three-quarters, the advantage a length entering the lane. Always at My Place was able to extricate himself from the cones, but missed a in 'Somewhere's' season's-best 1:52. Barimah A was a good third, with Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton) and Theartofconfusion A (Dan Dube) grabbing the remainder. For Somewhere in L A, a 7-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Rich Banca, it was his fifth win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.20, the triple returned $88 and the superfecta paid $454.50. The weekly trotting feature had a different look early when 9-10 choice Seasoned Saint (Bartlett) broke before the start and wound up a 'did not finish,' appearing injured. Bluebird Jesse (Holland) made the lead (:28, :57.4), pocketing 82-1 bombardier Fearless Man (Goodell). Tight Lines, away third from post position No. 4, moved to the leader down the backside the second time. He was the new at the 1:25.3 three-quarters, widening to a length-and-three-quarters in and out of the final turn. From there, Tight Lines closed the sale, winning by 2¾ lengths in 1:54...fastest local trot mile of the season. Bluebird Jesse easily held second, with Andy Ray (Dube), Uva Hanover (Brian Sears) and DW's NY Yank (Brennan) relegated to the minors. For second choice Tight Lines, a 5-year-old Yankee Glide gelding co-owned by his trainer/driver, Jesmeral Stable and William Richardson, it was his first board finish in four '18 tries. The exacta paid $42.20, the triple returned $234.50 and the superfecta paid $2,099. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Columbus, MN- The Saturday evening Harness Racing card at Running Aces featured the Showdown in Columbus between reigning king of Minnesota trotting Banker Volo, and king of California trotting Pridecrest.   The masses were split right down the middle in whom they thought would take the top prize in their first matchup, in the $11,000 Open Handicap. Pridecrest took more action at the windows, going off as the ever-so-slight favorite at 4-5, over Banker Volo at 6-5. When the gate sprung open and pulled away, it was Banker Volo (Nick Roland) who was charging hardest of all, quickly securing the lead.   All eyes were searching for Pridecrest at the start as well, and he was unhurried in the early stages, floating away in 5th through the early fractions of 28.2 and 58.2. Pridecrest launched a first-over attack just past the half mile pole, sprinting up to second position but never quite drawing alongside Banker Volo, who began to accelerate around the final turn. Silverlode had enjoyed a sweet pocket trip behind Banker Volo, and came charging late to make for a thrilling finish.   The crowd was aroar with support for Banker Volo and he fought gamely to the wire to secure the heartwarming victory, successfully defending his legacy as the top trotter in track history. The timer stopped at 1:55.1, with an impressive final panel of 27.4 for the winner, with Silverlode trotting home in 27.2 to come up just a head short on the line.   Banker Volo ($4.40) is now a 9 year old stallion by Yankee Glide, and he is owned by Jeralene Roland and trained by Jenni King, and has now won 33 races and $365,898 lifetime.   The $10,200 3 year-old Minnesota-Sired "A" pace went to Peekaboo Tattoo ($9.80), a filly by Up Front Brad who had raced only 1 time as a two year old, before campaigning in California this year, and picking up 4 wins in 12 starts there. The filly was up against a very tough competitor in Giggle Monster, the odds on favorite in the talented field. Giggle Monster (Dean Magee) made a quarter pole move to take control of affairs after a slow opening panel of 30.0, and the sharp gelding by Wind Me Up led through middle panels of 1:00.2 and 1:28.4 but Peekabo Tattoo (Steve Wiseman) shook free from a three hole journey to gun down Giggle Monster in the final strides, getting up to win by ¾ of a length in 1:56.2 for a new lifetime mark. The winner is owned by Fabiola Quevedo and trained by Edwin Quevedo. Steve Wiseman led all drivers on Saturday with another Hat-Trick for his third consecutive night of 3 wins, while Nick Roland posted his second double in a row.   Live Racing is back at Aces on Sunday, May 27, with first post at 6:00 pm CDT. Carryover in the .20 cent Pick-5 wager is $577.67 and the .50 cent Hi-5 is $1,211.15.   By Darin Gagne' for Running Aces  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- BZ Glide may have disappointed his backers in his seasonal debut last week but they were all smiles with his performance this time around after rumbling to a solid 1-1/2 length victory over Fox Valley Veto in Buffalo Raceway's co-featured $11,500 Open Trot on Saturday night (May 26).   In the $11,500 Open Pace, Upfront Countryboy ($6.80) used a :27.4 third quarter split that demoralized the rest of the field and then strolled off to a dialed down 4-1/2 length win over Continual Hanover in a seasonal best 1:52.3 over the fast track.   With absolutely no resistance in getting the lead off the starting gate, BZ Glide ($4.50) and driver Mike Caprio showed the way with fractions of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:28.3. With a final panel to trot, BZ Glide found a timid rally from runner up Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) but the result was never in doubt. Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) took the show spot.   Owned by the Caprio Stable LLC and trained by Alana Caprio, it was the first victory in just two starts this season for the 9-year-old gelded BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Zoomer Bloomer). The win pushed his seasonal earnings to $7,080 and $263,130 lifetime.   Upfront Countryboy toyed with the field in the co-featured pacing event in scoring a blowout win.   On the point through the opening frames of :28.2 and :57.1, Upfront Countryboy enjoyed the front end journey. Down the back stretch the final time, driver Shawn Gray let the front runner out a notch and was up by four lengths with a final panel to go.   There was little doubt about the outcome in the stretch as Upfront Countryboy easily crossed the finish line ahead with the only battle remaining being for the minor awards. Those went to Continual Hanover (Davis Jr.) and Im So Handsome (Ray Fisher Jr.) who took second and third respectively.   Conditioned by James Clouser Jr., and owned by William Emmons, Upfront Countryboy (Dragon Again-Cambloid) has seven wins in 13 tries in 2018. The victory upped the 9-year-old gelding's bankroll to $30,065 and $392,075 lifetime.   Gray completed the night by putting six victories in the win column while Fisher Jr. had a triple and Monti a double. Clouser Jr. had four training wins while JD Perrin and Ryan Swift adding a pair.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. when a nine-race program will be presented.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing fans were greeted with late morning snow showers and temperature just above freezing for the 40th and final day of the 2017 race season at the Hippodrome 3R, but it did not deter fans from coming to the track for closing day. Driver Stephane Brosseau wasted little time in capturing the leading driver honors for the 2017 season. Going into the final race card, Brosseau held a five-win lead, 51 to 46, over rival Stephane Gendron, but after the second race pace, the lead for Brosseau grew. He took Soccer Hanover ($4.00) three-wide in the backstretch after being in eighth place at the half mile, then by the three-quarters they not only looped the field, but cleared to the lead before the top of the stretch for the easy win. Then Stephane Gendron came back with a win in the fifth race pace with Stronski ($11.80) but by this point on the race card, it was too late for Gendron to catch Brosseau. Brosseau won the driving title with 53 wins over 48 for Gendron. Trainer Francis Richard captured his first ever leading trainer title with 26 wins from his stable, six more than Yves Tessier (20). In the co-featured sixth race trot, Ice O Late and driver Sylvain Filion were game enough to go three-wide in the backstretch against first-over Lucky Promesses (Jerome Lombart) and pacesetter R Rkadabra (Pierre Luc Roy) and dug in through the stretch to win by a head in 2:01, paying $9.60 to win. R Rkadabra was second with Torches Angel (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the second straight win and seventh victory on the year for Ice O Late. The five-year-old gelded son of Yankee Glide is trainer by Luc Chouinard for owner Claude Surprenant of Farnham. In the eighth race co-featured pace, it was Arazi (Sylvain Lacaille) who cut the mile from the start, but it was the race favorite, Mister Big Top, who would have his photo taken in the winner's circle. With After Market (Carol Voyer) sitting the pocket trip, Arazi led the field and then at the half mile marker, Code Word (Pascal Berube) came first-over with Mister Big Top and Stephane Gendron second-over, but not for long, as they swept three-wide and blew by the field, winning with ease by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.1. It was the ninth win this year for Mister Big Top. The five-year-old gelded son of Mister Big, trained by Yves Tessier, is owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $3.80 to win. Track Notes: Four drivers each had two winners on Sunday. They were Pascal Berube, Stephane Brosseau, Stephane Gendron and Francis Picard. Long shots continued at H3R Sunday as 33-1 Miss Sangria and driver Francis Picard upset the field with a 1:58.2 lifetime mark in the first race pace and paid $69.90 to win. While Lucky Promesses did not win today, she did conclude the race season as the winningest horse at H3R in 2017, scoring eight of her ten wins this year at her home track. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Batavia, NY---Heavy storms blew through western New York and provided less than desirable conditions, but an off-track and six harness racing foes couldn't keep BZ Glide from getting to the winner's circle in the $10,500 Open handicap trot at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Aug. 4). Noble Legend (Ray Fisher Jr.) left with the gate and dropped in second behind Lutetium (Ron Beback Jr.) who was not about to give up the front. The race then proceeded from there in single-file order in :28.3 and :59.1. Pulling first-over at that point was Jim Dandy (Jim McNeight Jr.) who brought BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) in tow fourth. The outer flow was dull and Jim Dandy had trouble getting to the leader up the backside, but he finally drew alongside around the final bend. At the top of the stretch Lutetium and Jim Dandy were joined by three -across by Noble Legend who ducked in the passing lane. But the final blow came when BZ Glide, who had drafted second-over, tipped four-deep around Jim Dandy and out-trotted everyone down the lane, pulling away to an easy length victory in 2:00.1. BZ Glide ($4.00) registered his third win of the year and 33rd win of his career. The 8-year-old gelded son of Yankee Glide is owned by the Caprio Stable LLC and is trained by Alana Caprio. In the $8,000 Open II trot, Striker Ace (Ray Fisher Jr.) pulled first-over from fourth at the three-eighths and advanced to the lead by the three-quarters before opening up a three-length lead and trotting home handily to win by four in 1:58.3. Striker Ace ($25.60), who is now two for two at Batavia Downs, is owned by Finish Line Investors and John Mungillo, who also trains the winner. "Drivin" Drew Monti had a grand slam Friday winning with Doing Some Damage (1:57.1, $27.40), Tenor Duharas (2:01.1, $5.00), Button Fly (1:56.2, $33.20) and Rollovin (1:57.4, $6.40). Kevin Cummings also had a driving triple and Larry Stalbaum registered a double. Conditioner Rose Russo sent two sent two trainees to the winner's circle for photographs. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night with a guaranteed pool of $6,000 for the early Pick-5 which goes in races one through five. The carry-over pool for that wager is $3,281. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Plainville, MA---After competing successfully at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs last week, Cypress Point shipped up to Plainridge Park and continued his winning ways by taking the $12,000 conditioned trotting feature at The Ridge on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 1). Cypress Point (Greg Merton) went right for the lead and opened up a two-length advantage when he got there. Without opposition, Merton then guided the 5-year-old trotter to the quarter in :27.4, the half in :57.4 and the three-quarters in 1:27 before Shorething Fashion (Mike Eaton) pulled alongside to offer a challenge. Those two proceeded to go stride for stride to the top of the lane before Cypress Point changed gears and trotted away to a three-length win in 1:55.2, just a tick off the lifetime he set last week. It was the third win of the year for Cypress Point ($3.20) and his owner Adam Friedland. The gelded son of Yankee Glide is trained by Dan Gill. In the co-featured $10,000 conditioned trot, Queen Adjala (Chris Long) took full advantage of an early position battle between Annie OK (Michael Stevenson), Dewey's Breeze (Ivan Davies) and L Dee's Yoyo Ma (Steve Nason) to go three-wide at the three-quarters and eventually win by two lengths in 1:56.2, blowing up the tote board at 20-1. Owned by the ADV Racing Stable LLC, Queen Adjala ($40.20) scored her third victory of the year for trainer Rob Harmon. Driver Chris Long had the natural hat trick in races eight, nine and ten while Jim Hardy scored a double for the day. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Aug. 3) with post time at 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Bloodstockshalltab (Jimmy Wittemore) and Jersey Boy (Ben McNeil) each take a co-feature trot on Friday night (July 28) at Vernon Downs. Bloodstockshalltab (Cantab Hall) would explode out of the gate and put up fractions of :27.2, :58.0, 1:26.1, 1:54.3 to go gate-to-wire in the first of two featured trots. Owned and trained by leading trainer Dennis Wittemore, the 7 year-old would win by three lengths over second place finisher Mc Tiny's Hope (Ben McNeil). My Lucky Word (Truman Gale) finished third. Bloodstockshalltab ($3.60) would win the sixth time this season' Jersey Boy (Yankee Glide) would hang on to win the second trot feature. Gimme The Cash (Chris Lems) would lead to the first quarter in :27.3. Jersey Boy ($4.70)who is owned by John Orsaio and trained by John McNeil III, would take over from there on. He would fight off a late rush from Gimme The Cash (second) to win by a nose is 1:55.1. Parkhill Horton (Triman Gale) finished third. Jersey Boy won for the fifth time this year and for the 33rd time in his career. Chris Lems would win three to give him 60 wins on the season, to trail leading driver John MacDonald by six races. He would win with Chocalate Cream ($10.20), Taila ($3.70), and Dw's Revenge ($4.40). Vernon Downs returns with an eight race card on Saturday (July 29), starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne for Vernon Downs

Tropical Storm Bi (Yankee Glide) set a lifetime mark winning the Winners Over trot in 1:55 last week at Saratoga Raceway. On Wednesday night, the Tony Ciuffetelli-trained trotter was dismissed at odds of 5-1 as he looked to repeat with harness racing driver Jimmy Devaux in the sulky.  Devaux blasted Tropical Storm Bi off the car as the five year old flashed some uncharacteristic early speed. Fending off a few challengers along the way, Tropical Storm Bi stopped the timer in 1:57 to record his second of back-to-back jacks in the $12,500 feature. Mugshots Bro (Bruce Aldrich Jr) sat the pocket and finished second while longshot Silent Pine (Bruce Cooper) earned the show spot. Tropical Storm Bi returned $12.20 to win in his second consecutive victory. The win was one of four on the night for Devaux who is in the midst of a big month at the Spa. Aldrich piloted five winners on the Wednesday card. Live racing resumes on Friday evening with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After a pair of heart-breaking losses to Empire Earl N the past two weeks, BZ Glide was able to turn the tables on him and capture the $10,000 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (July 7) in a seasonal best 1:57.3 over the fast harness racing track.   BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) was second best by just a nose and a half length to Empire Earl N (Larry Stalbaum) in their last two encounters. But the favored BZ Glide ($3.40) was able to go gate-to-wire and get revenge on Empire Earl N by 1-1/2 lengths.   In drawing the two post, a rarity for BZ Glide, the 8-year-old gelding had no struggles in reaching the front end, putting up fractions of 28.3, 58.4 and 1:28.4. Empire Earl N, who got away fifth in the field of five, was first over and was in a perfect striking position with a final stanza to trot.   But BZ Glide was sick of being a bridesmaid and put up a last quarter of 28.4 to comfortably turn back the mild challenge from Empire Earl N in the stretch drive. Noble Legend (Ray Fisher Jr.) took third place.   Owned by the Caprio Stable LLC and trained by Alana Caprio, BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer) has won two times in nine starts in 2017. The victory pushed his seasonal winnings to $16,700 and $220,297 lifetime.   Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Larry Stalbaum padded his win total with three victories while Fisher Jr. also posted a triple.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 10-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

One of the most impressive performances on the Tuesday evening harness racing program at Running Aces came in the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot, and it was Banker Volo ($3.20) who once again dominated the proceedings with a dazzling gate-to-wire performance, and another new all-age track record for trotters. Driver Luke Plano sent the superstar trotter right to the front from the outside 6 post, and they never looked back from there, widening the lead at every marker, and registering a 6½ length romp in 1:54.2, for the fastest trotting mile in the history of the track, a feat he also accomplished just 2 weeks ago. The ultra-sharp 8 year old stallion is by Yankee Glide, and is trained by Jenni King for owner Dan Roland, who again invited any interested fans to join in the winner’s circle celebration after the record mile, it made for a fantastic photo and it put a big smile on so many faces. Also featured on the night was the $11,000 Mares Open Pace, and Best of Jenna ($3.00) did not disappoint her fans as she posted another brilliant gate-to-wire Tally for her fifth straight victory at the top mares level at Running Aces. Tonight, Best of Jenna and Rick Magee brushed immediately to the lead from post 7 as usual, and controlled the affair, but faced a furious late charge from Shark Festival (Mooney Svendsen) in the homestretch, Best of Jenna responded gamely and fought to the wire to hold on by a neck in 1:53.3. The winner is trained by Rick Magee and is owned by Dr. Ken and Jana Lee Rucker, she remains a perfect 5-for-5 this season. The Minnesota-Sired 2 year old pacers made their debut this evening as well, and it was Aint No Uppy Girl (by Wind Me Up) who took the $8,000 Filly pace in 2:01.1 with Joe Casagranda driving for The Van Oterloo Stables and trainer David Flinn, the winning filly paid $6.00. The $8,000 colts & geldings pace went to Giggle Monster (by Wind Me Up), with a very sharp gate-to-wire showing in 1:58 with Dean Magee aboard for Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and trainer Denise Maier, and Giggle Monster paid $7.60. Firedrake, the 4 year old pacing gelding by Dragon Again, also turned in another razor-sharp dominating win in a very nice $6,500 conditioned pacing event as he turned in another new lifetime best mile in 1:52.2 for owner Jessica Johnson. Trainer/Driver Nick Roland waited for no one and sent the razor sharp pacer right to the lead, and they turned back a strong challenge from Fire On The Water (James Yoder) through the middle portions of the mile, forcing that rival to settle for second. Firedrake has now won 4 races in a row, and 5 of 6 starts this season. Nick Roland led all drivers this evening with another Grand Slam (4 wins) on the 12 race program, he has won 13 races over the last 3 nights of racing. James Yoder also had a big night, with 3 wins on the card. The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Saturday night, July 1 at 6:00 pm CDT, with a carryover in the .20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager of $2,367.20. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

WASHINGTON, PA, June 27, 2017 -- Glidinthruparadise followed the first-over cover of Bessie, then overtook her in mid-stretch to capture her second straight harness racing victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Glidinthruparadise broke stride in three straight starts before righting the ship in her last outing, a conditioned event. On Tuesday, she looked more than comfortable with the track's distaff trotting elite, downing Bessie by a length for trainer/driver Brian Zendt in 1:54.4. Bags For All finished third. Lisa Dunn campaigns the 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda, who extended her career bankroll to $122,753. Elsewhere on the card, Count On Cody became harness racing's fastest freshman colt trotter on a five-eighths-mile track when he won at first asking in 2:00.3. Marty Wollam drove and trains the son of Full Count-Caviar Forthe Lady for Acadia Farms and G&B Racing. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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