Day At The Track
Search Results
1 to 16 of 686
1 2 3 4 5 Next »

Vivid Wise As Wins Gr. II Prix Marcel Laurent November 7, 2019 The Italian invader and 8.6/1 outsider Vivid Wise As (5m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) rallied to take today’s Gr. II Prix Marcel Laurent (purse 100,000€, 2140 meters autostart, 14 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The race time was 1.10.7kr off quick early fractions (1.06.4kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.09.6kr at the 1000; 1.11.2kr with 500 remaining). The winner, teamed by Bjorn Goop for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl) made a three wide brush to the lead early and then was covered by the pacesetting Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) that held on for second reined by Alexandre Abrivard for owner/breeder/trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Vivid Wise As victory increased his life earnings to 651,736€.  The 3.3/1 Feliciano (4m Ready Cash-Ravenelle) was third with David Thomain the pilot for Ecurie des Charmes and trainer Philippe Allaire. The 54/1 Fric du Chene finished fourth. The 3.6/1 Falcau de Laurma was sixth; 9/2 Vitruvio was seventh (this a Gocciadoro trainee with Andrea Guzzinati up)l and 10/1 Mister F. Daag was a dq. The winner’s pedigree, all American bred and a 15% plus inbreeding coefficient, is shown in photo. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

CHESTER, PA - The Yankee Glide gelding Tight Lines enjoyed not having to go first-over against the likes of Hannelore Hanover and Rich And Miserable, as he had to in the Great Northeast Series Final in his last start, winning in 1:53.1 in the $18,000 harness racing featured trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. Trainer/driver Jeff Gregory got away third with Tight Lines in the :28.1 opener, then brushed to the lead in front of the stands, hitting the midpoles in :56.1 and 1:25 before drawing away to a 2¾ length victory over Armageddon Seelster. Owned by Jeff Gregory Inc., Jesmeral Stable and William Richardson, Tight Lines joined the Half-Million Dollar Club with the victory, raising his lifetime earnings to $506,246. Fans watching the live Philly racing might have thought they were watching the Little Brown Jug card at Delaware OH at times, as twelve of the fourteen horses who led at the half at Harrah's went on to victory. It looked like that total of twelve would be reduced by one in the $14,500 co-featured trot, as first-over Jack Vernon went past pacesetting Crazy About Pat nearing the three-quarters, but the latter was able to keep the outside challenger on the rim throughout the turn, then fought back in the stretch to earn a 1:55.1 victory. George Napolitano Jr. held the Crazed gelding together for Gilbert Garcia-Owen, the meet's leading trainer, and owner Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. Crazy About Pat went over $900,000 lifetime with his 43rd career win, with his lifetime bankroll now at $903,855. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Vivid Wise As (5m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip), off at 22/1, rallied late to win this evening’s Gr. II International UET Masters Series Grand Prix du Department des Alpes-Maritimes at Cagnes sur Mer (purse 150,000€, 1609 meters autostart, nine starters after the scratch of Tessy d’Ete), the fourth leg of the Challenge Vitesse series of mile sprints in France. Alessandro Gocciadoro trains and teamed the winner that was clocked in 1.08.6kr (mile race 1:50.39). The victory moved Vivid Wise As’ career earnings to 512,336€. The 11/1 Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) held second for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa after taking the lead mid-stretch. Then 69/1 Desir Castelets (6m Quaker Jet-Ophelia Jet) took third with David Bekaert aboard for trainer Luc Roelens, 1.8/1 Drole de Jet (6m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet)  set the pace after gaining the front in the first turn for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and ended fourth, nosing out fifth finishing 4.7/1 Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) handled by Christophe Martens for trainer J-M Bazire. Romanesque was sixth. The even-money favorite Bel Avis was a dq for interference, reined by trainer Bazire. The race time lowered the previous record set in 2011 by Commander Crowe. Timoko won this race three times. Winners of GP du Département des Alpes-Maritimes from 2010 are shown below: 2018 : Un Mec d’Héripré - 1’10’’8 2017 : Timoko - 1’09’’1 2016 : Un Mec d’Héripré - 1’09’’8 2015 : Going For Gold Zaz - 1’09’’7 2014 : Timoko - 1’09’’9 2013 : Timoko - 1’12’’ 2012 : Commander Crowe - 1’10’’2 2011 : Commander Crowe - 1’08’’9 2010 : Ilaria Jet - 1’12’’6 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Columbus, Ohio--The CKG Billings Harness Driving Series made a stop at Scioto Downs on Thursday, August 8 for a trotting contest for members of the Midwest region and the lethal lady from Washington Court House Ohio, Alesha Binkley displayed her considerable talents when she turned back six others with a picture-perfect drive to score a 1:58 victory with Hititoutofthepark. After settling in the two-hole and smartly allowing Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford and Smart Flight to show the way to the first stanza in a speedy :27.4 Ms Binkley was content to follow the leader. And when Kelly "Sky" Walker moved Security Guard first-up followed closely by Mego Moss and driver Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel when they headed up the backside Binkley sat chilly and waited. As the leaders came off the final turn and were looking for paydirt it was clear that Walker and Keidel didn't have enough horse to capitalize. But as Smart Flight's strides began to shorten Binkley's charge began to make a serious challenge and just before the photo camera flashed Hititoutofthepark got his head in front and went on to victory. Two lengths in the rears in third place was Security Guard. It was Binkley's fifth winning drive and the sixth seasonal victory for the son of Yankee Glide who paid $5.20. He's owned by Trent Stohler Stable, Tim and Benjamin Graber and the Hen-Shaut Stable nd trained by Stohler. by John Manz,i for the Billings Series  

The Saturday evening harness racing program at Running Aces featured the inaugural Trout Air Trot with a $20,000 purse and a talented field of seven that included three current track record holders, who were the top three horses in the wagering. Banker Volo (Nick Roland) was sent off as the slight favorite at just under 3-1, while Pridecrest (Mooney Svendsen) was the public's second choice at 7-2 and Silverlode (Steve Wiseman) was also well supported at 4-1. Banker Volo left from post seven displaying his usual early speed and trotting right to the front, while Silverlode also flashed speed from post six and found the pocket and French Eclipse (Rick Magee) was also fast away and landed in third. The early fractions were solid at :27.3 and :56.2 and Bringoverthemoney (Tim Maier) was first to launch a challenge with a first-over bid just past the half, he got to third within two lengths of the leader on the far turn, but Banker Volo turned in a strong third panel of :28.3 to stop the outer flow from getting too close. As the stellar field rounded for home, Banker Volo was still trotting strong and he had nearly two lengths on his rivals. Silverlode had the best trip and angled from the pocket, with Winning Lyric (Williams Hernandez) tipping from second-over and closing late - but Banker Volo had plenty left in the tank and held firm to the wire, posting a solid 1 length score in 1:54.4 for his fourth-straight victory at Running Aces, and yet another high profile win for Banker Volo ($7.80) that brings his career win tally to 40 and pads his career bankroll to $454,353. The always impressive 10 year old Stallion by Yankee Glide is owned by Lucas Roland and trained by Jenni King. Silverlode held the second spot, while Winning Lyric checked in third. Trainer George Reider had a perfect night at Running Aces on Saturday, scoring 4 wins and 1 second in four races - from five starters. A night to remember for the veteran trainer who is a well respected member of the local colony each summer, and competes at Cal Expo in his home state of California the rest of the year. Drivers Gerald Longo and Nick Roland each posted driving doubles on the card. The 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot now stands at $7,826.37 heading into a big 11 race Father's Day card on Sunday, June 16 with a first post of 6:00 pm (CDT).   By Darin Gagne for Running Aces Casino Hotel and Racetrack

December 15, 2018 - The Saturday V75 Gold was at Aby Sweden in the Legolas Minne (200,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) and victory went to 1.10.6kr timed and 1.3/1 odds Nadal Broline (8g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) with harness racing driver Erik Adielsson up for trainer Reijo Liljendahl. 12.2/1 Torno di Azzurra (6m Love You) was second driven by Peter Ingves for trainer Steen Juul. Third was 15/1 Art On Line (11g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy) handled by Bjorn Goop for Mikko Aho. Probo OP was fourth for Wim Paal. On the undercard, the Belgium invaders Rick Ebbinge (driver) and Jeroen W.M. Engwerda (trainer) were successful with two victories, the first with Velten Versailles (3m Prodigious-Sugar-Pine Chip), his fifth consecutive victory, and then in the V75 Bronze with Tuxedo Bi (6g Love You-Iberia Bi-Supergill), also his fifth win in a row. Thomas H. Hicks  

The V75 Gold Konung Carl XVI Gustafs Silverhast (400,000SEK to the winner, 21 40 meters autostart, 12 starters) was the featured harness racing event on Saturday’s excellent Solvalla program and was billed as the next step in Propulsion’s training toward the January Prix d’Amerique. However, Nadal Broline (8g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner), at 4.2/1 odds, went gate to wire this day from post five to score timed in 1.11.9kr, with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Reijo Liljendahl.  The winner recorded his second 2018 victory and 21st in 59 career starts, now for 5,814,415SEK earned. Zenit Brick (7g Maker It Happen-Exi Svard-Super Arnie), from post 11 and at 17.8/1 odds, was second for driver Mika Forss and trainer Timo Nurmos. Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) rallied for third after trailing the field for much of the way. He was the 1.6/1 favorite. Milligan’s School. On Track Piraten, I Love Paris and Antonio Tabac finished fourth through seventh. The undercard was loaded with upper class trots with good purses, The Gr. II International Solvalla Grand Prix (12 four year old starters, 500,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the 23.6/1 outsider Hard Times (4m Coktail Jet-Tigerlily-Pine Chip) with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Ola Asebo. He was clocked in 1.12.7kr for his second win in 2018 in 12 starts. Eldorado B (4m Maharajah-Alexia Hammering-Smasher) was second for Hans-Owe Sundberg at 5/1 and third went to Output Pressure (4g Gigant Neo-Joda Lesdelles-Sebrazac) for driver Jorma Kontio. The V75 Silver Division (300,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw Chief Orlando (5m Orlando Vici-Muito Bonita-Felix Santana) scored at 11/1, timed in 1.12.5kr. The now six time 2018 winner defeated Disco Volante (5g Scarlet Knight-Glorify-Super Arnie) with Ulf Ohlsson up and third finishing Don’t Mind Me (6m Andover Hall-Peace Of Mind-Armbro Charger). The Habo Boss V75 Bronze (250,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw the 14.4/1 Milliondollarrhyme (4g Ready Cash-Nursery Rhyme-Credit Winner) score timed in 1.12.1kr. Fredrik B. Larsson trains and drove the now five time 2018 winner. Esprit Sisu (4g Ready Cash-Yankee TL-Cantab Hall) was second for Erik Adielsson and third went to Dizzy River (7g Dream Vacation-Just About Enough-SJs Photo) with Johan Untersteiner up. The other races with 250,000SEK to the winner included the Klass II Final (2140 meters autostart) that Cobbys Olifant (4g Orlando Vici-Peach Penny-Spotlite Lobell) won for Thomas Uhrberg timed in 1.13.2kr; the Diamantstoet Final (2140 meters voltstart distance handicapped) that went to Queen Of Sand (4f Maharajah-Frillan Filiokus-Malabar Circle As) timed in 1.14kr for driver Stefan Soderkvist; and the Klass I Final (2140 meters autostart) that saw Heart Of Steel (4g Cantab Hall-Angel Heikant-Open The Sky) score in 1.12.3kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Earlier on the card was the Mustaschkampen Monte (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, eight starters) that went to 1.32/1 odds Assault (4g Weingartner-Northern Gleam-Love You) with Sofia Adolfsson in the irons. This pair defeated 4.7/1 Lorina Citron (4f Niky-Valley Victorian-Andover Hall) for Anna Erixon and third finishing 68.2/1 Zola Wind (4g Zola Boko-Indra Wind-Indro Park) with Jenny Bjork up. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Canadian invader Blake Macintosh brought two of his trainees south to Saratoga Casino Hotel to compete on Friday night. The veteran conditioner came to the Spa with four year old pacer Clear Idea (American Ideal) and four year old trotter Just For You (Yankee Glide). Clear Idea has been one of the top stars out of the Macintosh stable, particularly in her 2017 campaign when she finished second in the Empire Breeders Classic in a race that went for a purse of $257,850. In that season, she thrived in the New York Sire Stakes, at one point winning five consecutive races in stakes competition in a campaign that culminated with a second-place finish in the $225,000 Final on the Night of Champions. Clear Idea began her 2018 season already having amassed over $340,000 in her young career. This year, the four year old hasn't displayed quite the same winning way and in fact was winless in the U.S. leading up to her return to Saratoga on Friday night. Though she had recorded just two wins in '18 (both in Canada), the mare had almost another $75,000 in earnings this year to add to her already impressive bankroll. Billy Dobson piloted Clear Idea in an $8,000 conditional race on Friday and moved the talented distaffer out to the early lead. Once she got there, Clear Idea poured it on with seemingly every stride before drawing away to win by better than five lengths in 1:53.3. The mile was the fastest of the evening at over a track labeled 'sloppy' at the Spa. Macintosh went back-to-back on the card when his Just For You went coast-to-coast for Dobson in a trotting event contested for a purse of $9,000. A new addition to the Macintosh stable, Just For You finished third last week when making her local debut but had little difficultly cruising to a 1:57.3 victory on Friday night. Macintosh now has 10 wins in just 26 starts this season at the Saratoga. Live racing continues on Saturday evening with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 17, 2018 -- Glidinthruparadise followed the live cover of Expose Yourself, then outkicked her in the lane to capture Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Ohio invader Rose Run Sydney kept the field in single file until the three-quarters, when the challengers made their moves. While Expose Yourself knifed inside to the Lightning Lane, Glidinthruparadise maintained her momentum outside for Brian Zendt and downed Expose Yourself by 1/2 length in 1:54.3. Rose Run Sydney saved show. Ed Zubkoff, Jr. trains Glidinthruparadise, a 5-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda who extended her career bankroll to $234,633, for Brookside Stables. Dave Palone collected four wins and Tony Hall three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features a pair of rich pool guarantees -- $10,000 for the Pick 5, $7,500 for the Pick 4 -- as well as a $1,589.30 jackpot in the Super Hi 5. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Kentuckiana Farms announces the retirement of Yankee Glide from active stud duty. Yankee Glide (Valley Victory – Gratis Yankee, 3, 1:55.1M, $506,904). At 2, winner of an elim. and final of the Peter Haughton Memorial, leg and final of the New Jersey Sire Stakes. At 3, winner of the Zweig Memorial and Hambletonian elim.; second in a Kentucky Futurity heat. It was in the breeding shed where Yankee Glide made his greatest impact as a regular at the top of all stallion categories throughout his stallion career. To date, his offspring have earned $93,463,131 and have averaged over $89,000 per starter. Yankee Glide has produced nine millionaires including Passionate Glide ($2,060,447), Glidemaster ($1,968,023), Mystical Sunshine ($1,793,755), Falls For You ($1,311,152) and Manofmanymissions ($1,215,000) to name a few. His offspring consistently topped the yearling sales with 18 crops having sold for over $40 million. Yankee Glide has also made his mark as a prolific broodmare sire, with his daughters producing the likes of Market Share ($3,792,101), Shake It Cerry ($2,786,104), Flanagan Memory ($1,609,330), and Lifetime Pursuit ($1,065,586) to name a few.  From Kentuckiana Farms

FREEHOLD, NJ -  Freehold Racing hosted another harness racing weekend of New Jersey stakes races. On Friday (Aug 31) the first leg of the 2-year-old colt trotters NJ Standard Development Fund with a purse of $7,500, while the 3-year-old open NJ Futurity went on Saturday (Sept 1). No Drama Please took the first leg of the NJSDF for 2-year-old colt trotters in 1:58.3 for trainer Julie Miller. The Yankee Glide colt, bred by TLP Stable of New Jersey, notched win number two for owner Stroy Inc. American Dream Boy finished second with Cheap Tricks in third. The second division went to Nick Drennan trainee Warrior One, the odds-on favorite in 2:01.0. The son of Father Patrick earned his first-lifetime win for owners Joseph Davine, Brad Shackman and Drennan Stable LLC. Gerris Trix was a close second with The Light In Me third. The New Jersey Futurity for 3-year-old pacers with a purse of $15,475 was won on Saturday (Sept 1) by Hypnotic Tale. The Hypnotic Blue Chip mare is owned by Ronald Mario and trained by Ross Croghan. Melanie's Fran was second with Dream Police Woman coming in third. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 8, 2018 -- Parked every step, Final Answer still found more in the stretch and collected a maiden-breaking victory in Wednesday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman colt and gelding trotters was contested over five divisions, with Kate's Massive, Forecast, Natl Guard Hanover and Cantab Ed also taking splits. Mike Wilder enjoyed a stake double behind Forecast and Natl Guard Hanover. Final Answer launched his career in the tougher PA Sires Stakes but couldn't maintain his gait. Thus, on Wednesday, Anthony MacDonald was content to float on the outside and let the youngster cut his own mile. "He has a lot of talent, but he's very green and still makes mistakes," McDonald said. "I just wanted to keep him out of harm's way, and I thought he was as good or better than the others. So the trip was more or less by design." The Yankee Glide-Armbro Talk gelding surged late and defeated Winning Legends, a 23-1 bomber, by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:59.1, with Big Bad Caviar third. Andrew Harris trains Final Answer for Thestable Finalanswer Group. Kate's Massive had won both career starts in which he'd stayed flat, so the job of trainer/driver Ray Paver on Wednesday was to keep him focused. "He needs to pay attention, and I need to pay attention -- a little of both," Paver said. "His mind wanders a lot. If we make the final, he'll have the Keystone Classic here next. That'll be it for the year." Kate's Massive minded his manners and made short work of the field, triumphing on the front end in 1:59.1. Star Caviar was a ground-saving second, 4-1/2 lengths back, while Capt Chaps Hanover completed the ticket. A homebred son of Muscle Massive-Sister Kate, Kate's Massive campaigns for Harry Horowitz and Iris Horowitz. Forecast left alertly but was shuffled and appeared hopelessly locked in entering the final turn. When Casanova's Jewel jumped it off to his outside, however, Wilder was able to angle the son of Cantab Hall-Downpour off the cones. Once he saw racetrack, Forecast accelerated and downed the previously undefeated Faithfulandtrue by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:59.3. Angus Hanover earned show. "I probably should have pulled him first up," Wilder said. "The reason I didn't was, when I cleared in the first turn, he kind of got lost on me and was a little off the bit. I was afraid that I might clear too early. I gambled and stayed in. When I did get him out, he had a lot of steam." John Butenschoen trains Forecast for William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features the Florida Pro, a $181,388 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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  

1 to 16 of 686
1 2 3 4 5 Next »