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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

June 17, 2017 - The great Vivid Wise As (3m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) took Saturday’s Gran Premio Nazionale (purse €187,000, 2250 meters autostart) at Milano over their 1050 meter oval. Enrico Bellei was the pilot for trainer Marco Smorgon. Allev. Della Serenissima SS bred the front-stepping winner of 10 of 11 career starts, and three for three this year, now for €260,821 earned. Timed in 1.12.7kr, the winner bested Vitruvio (3m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) driven by Pietro Gubellini and third went to Vessillo As (3m Mondiale OK-Yankee Dapple-Donerail) with Edouardo Baldi at the lines. This one was bred by the same farm as the winner. The undercard showcased the Gran Premio Nazionale Filly (purse €66,000, 1650 meters autostart) and the 1.13.7kr timed winner was Valdivia (3f Adrian Chip-Love On The Rocks-Donerail) driven by Roberto Vecchione. The winner recorded her fifth career victory in 13 starts, as she defeated Villa Santina Jet (3f Igor Font-Lunigiana Jet-Supergill) and Vale Capar (3f Conway Hall-Madame Capar-Supergill).  Scuderia Sant’Andrea SM bred the winning filly. Thomas H. Hicks

Banker Volo went to the gate for just the third time in 2017 on the Saturday night Harness Racing program at Running Aces , headlining the $10,000 Open Handicap , and he put together a dazzling performance to lower both his own previous track mark for older trotting stallions (1:55.2 last July) and the overall track standard of 1:54.4 (by Celebrity Hercules in 2013) as he hi-stepped the Minnesota oval in a swift 1:54.3 this evening. Starting from his assigned outside post in the talented six pack, he bolted to the front of the field and from there, frankly the rest of the field could only watch him do his thing. Driver Luke Plano had him fired up for the quarter (27.4) and was able to throttle the speed through the second panel (57.1) before turning on the afterburners and posting 1:24.4 at three quarters, then coasting home to easily post the new track mark. Banker Volo paid just $2.80 as the public’s overwhelming choice no doubt based on his current form and his 23 lifetime wins and $298,013 career bankroll. He is by Yankee Glide, and is owned by Daniel Roland and trained by Jenni King. Also on the program, the $8,000 3 year old open trot was contested, and Tap My Feet ($7.80) took the bow in the winner’s circle after posting his 2nd win in a row, and lowering his mark by over 4 seconds to 2:00 in the process. Tap My Feet is by Broadway Hall, and is owned by Mikaela Delgiudice. Trainer/Driver Rick Magee sent him quickly off the gate from post 8 in the 9 horse affair, where they secured the pocket position before sweeping to the lead just past the ¼ pole. From there Tap My Feet was never in doubt and is now a perfect 2-for-2 on the season. The Charlie Hare Trotting Series also got underway , with two divisions going to post in the first leg. In the first division it was odds-on favorite Lettinthenightroll ($3.00) with Luke Plano aboard for Jenni King in an eye-opening 1:56.2, and then Americas Game ($10.20) topped the field in the second division with Dean Magee driving for trainer Rick Bertrand owner Glen Wilson, with a new lifetime record of 1:57.3 The next card of Live Harness Racing at running Aces goes to post on Sunday, June 4th at 6:00 pm CT. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- BZ Glide ($10.20) made it a joyous celebration of his 100th career start on Friday night (May 26) with a neck victory over Jim Dandy in Buffalo Raceway's harness racing featured $10,000 Open Trot in 2:00.0 over the good track.   It was the 31st time in his career that the 8-year-old gelded BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer) has found the winner's circle. The victory was the first in three tries this season for BZ Glide, now a winner of $208,597 lifetime.   The favored Kahoku (Ron Beback Jr.) set the fractions of 28.2, 59.0 and 1:29.4 in the main event and brought BZ Glide in tow.   At the top of the lane, Kahoku bid everyone a good night while BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) was anxiously waiting to drop into the passing lane and trotted first to the line. Jim Dandy (Jim McNeight Jr.) made a serious attempt to collar BZ Glide late but ran out of real estate and finished just a neck behind. Southern Palms (Jim Morrill Jr.) took the show spot.   BZ Glide is owned by the Caprio Stable LLC and is trained by Alana Caprio.   Morrill completed the night with four victories while trainers Maria Rice and Gerry Sarama registered doubles.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with an 11-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - "It ain't a fit night out for man or beast." Such were the words of W. C. Fields many decades ago, repeated Tuesday evening (Apr. 25th) before, during and after the $100,000 harness racing final of Yonkers Raceway's YR/Standardbred Owners Association of New York Bonus Trotting Series. The all-card wind-driven rain didn't deter one man (Jeff Gregory) and one beast (Tight Lines, $2.40), who made short work of their rivals over the gooey going. The race wasn't officially over after the draw, but even those that weren't behind the eight-ball were in fact behind the eight-ball. From the pylons, Tight Lines deferred to a couple of early leavers before taking over from Golden Son (Jason Bartlett) From there, the only entrant to sweep all three preliminary legs hydroplaned his way to happiness (:28.1, :57.3, 1:26.3, 1:56.1). The final margin was 3¼ lengths over Pridecrest (Dave Miller), with Golden Son third. The minors went to Hillosophical (Tyler Buter) and Ameliosi (Yannick Gingras), while an out-the-mile Triumphant's Chip (Dan Dube), Windsong Magic (Brian Sears) and Steed (Joe Bongiorno) completed the order. For Tight Lines, a 4-year-old Yankee Glide gelding co-owned by his trainer/driver, Jesmeral Stable and William Richardson, is was his fifth win (all at odds-on) in as many seasonal starts. The exacta paid $11.20, the triple returned $45.40 and the superfecta paid $290.50. "The weather didn't play a part in my strategy." Gregory said. "I figured a few of the others would take a shot leaving and I wasn't going to stand mine on his head in the first turn. I thought I'd be able to get to the front at some point. "I paid him into some stakes for 4-year-olds, including the Graduate and Hambletonian Maturity," Gregory said. "He's going to have to step up his game to go with those trotters. If not, he stays here (Yonkers)." As per the conditions of the series, a $10,000 bonus was awarded to the winner by the SOA of New York. A $35,000 series consolation was won by Showmeyourguns (Jordan Stratton, $2.40, part of entry) in 1:58.2. Frank Drucker

April 16, 2017 - Veteran campaigner Nidal Broline (7g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) won the Romme Sunday harness racing featured V75 Gold Olympiatravet Elimination (purse 150,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.8kr for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl and Finish owner Onket Invest. The Olympia Trot final is April 29 at Aby. The 8.7/1 odds winner defeated 1.8/1 Volstead (6m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) driven by Orjan Kihlstom for trainer/owner Stefan Melander. 3.2/1 D.D.’s Hitman (6m Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny-Muscles Yankee) took third for Johnny Takter. 17/1 Rocky Winner (9m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo-Arnaquer) and 15/1 Dante Boko (7g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) were the fourth and fifth horses to the line. Nadal Broline now has 16 career wins in just 27 starts for 2,220,500SEK earned.   Thomas H. Hicks

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 13, 2017 -- Valley Of Sin quarter-poled to the lead and hung tough late to score in 1:55.4, fastest this year by an older harness racing stallion on a five-eighths-mile track, in Friday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Valley Of Sin was third when trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder sent him to the point. The 1-1 favorite needed some encouragement late, but he held off Trustworthy Kid, who was racing off a four-month layoff, by a length. The first-over Nothinbutanallstar earned show. John Ducharme campaigns Valley Of Sin, a 7-year-old Yankee Glide-Anklet Hanover ridgling who extended his career bankroll to $267,659. Dave Palone collected three wins on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

John Ducharme has enjoyed a varied career in harness racing, from attorney to racetrack presiding judge, to breeder, trainer, driver, and owner. And as he approaches his 90th birthday, in March, he considers himself fortunate. "When you get the chance to live out your passion," Ducharme said, "it doesn't get any better than that." Right now, it doesn't get any better than the ride Ducharme is on with 7-year-old male trotter Valley Of Sin. Ducharme bought Valley Of Sin privately in October 2015 with the idea of breeding him to his small band of broodmares, but has put those plans on hold after watching the horse's successful return from injury. Last year, Valley Of Sin won eight of 28 races and earned $87,240. The son of Yankee Glide-Anklet Hanover was at his best as the year came to an end, capturing four of his final five starts of 2016, all at The Meadows. On Saturday, he is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $22,000 Preferred Handicap at The Meadows, leaving from post No. 9 with trainer-driver Wilbur Yoder. For his career, Valley Of Sin has won 18 of 48 races and earned $256,899. He has won six of nine races lifetime at The Meadows, finishing worse than second only once. "He's a nice horse," Ducharme said of Valley Of Sin, who at age 3 was a multiple winner on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit and also won the Townsend Ackerman at the Meadowlands Racetrack. "When he was young and sound, he raced well wherever he was." Ducharme is no stranger to success with trotters. He bred, trained and co-owned 1995 Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt champion Abundance (who also won a Hambletonian heat before finishing second to Tagliabue in the final); bred, trained and owned stakes-winner High Tech (a Breeders Crown runner-up in 1999); and trained 1975 Elitlopp runner-up Quick Work and 1982 Canadian Trotting Classic runner-up Crowntron. When Ducharme watched Valley Of Sin win a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in a track-record 1:52.3 at The Meadows in 2013, he decided to keep an eye on the horse. Unfortunately, Valley Of Sin suffered a suspensory injury and was limited to only four starts (three wins and a second) in the ensuing two years. "I saw that (sire stakes) race and thought he was the best I'd seen in a while," Ducharme said. "I followed his career because I thought I might like to buy him, and I finally did. I was going to breed him to a few of my mares, but he seemed to be sound, so while we were waiting to breed him we decided to see how he would hold up in training. Wilbur has done a great job with him. He's showing the type of horse that he was, and is." Said Yoder, "I like everything about him. The minute he walked in the door, he was just a nice horse. You can do whatever you want with him. He's got a lot of speed and he's got a lot of manners. He handles nice, he's quiet, he does his work, his ears are always up; he's just hap py to be a racehorse." For now, Valley Of Sin, who is a ridgling, will remain a racehorse. Ducharme has 10 mares, but wants to keep Valley Of Sin "in racing mode" as long as the horse is healthy. "I'm an older man, so I enjoy having him race," Ducharme said, laughing. "Of course, racing horses is race to race. I think he's capable of racing at the top level and I'd like to maybe give him that opportunity (this year) on a limited basis. It's a management issue, but hope is eternal. "We're just enjoying this," he added. "It's been a good ride." by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications/USTA

December 26, 2016 - Vivid Wise As (2m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) scored an impressive front-trotting 1.14.7kr victory in today’s Gran Premio Allevatori (purse €187,000) at Capannelle Roma’s 1000 meter harness racing track. Enrico Bellei teamed the open-lengths winner over the 2100 meter autostart course. Second was Vessillo As (2m Mondiale OK-Yankee Dapple-Donerail) driven by Edoardo Baldi and third was Vampire Dany (2m Conway Hall-Illusion Dany-Varenne) reined by Roberto Andreghetti. The Filly Division (purse €66,000, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.14.2kr clocked Vale Capar (2f Conway Hall-Madame Capar-Supergill) for Antonio DiNardo. A length off in second was Villa Santina Jet (2f Igor Font-Lunigiana Jet-Supergill) for driver V.P. DellAnnunziata and third place was Victoria Luis (2f Conway Hall-Danae del Ronco-Lemon Dra). The aged performers met in the classic Gala Internazione del Trotto (purse €110,000, 2100 meters autostart). The very impressive 1.12.8kr timed victory went to Trendy OK (4f Varenne-Annette Hanover-Sierra Kosmos) with Alessandro Gocciadoro aboard. She literally wide circled the field in the last turn and motored clear in late stretch to defeat Rocky Winner (8m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo-Arnaquer) with Roberto Andreghetti up. Third home was Sharon Gar (5f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra). Positano d’Ete and Divisionist were fourth and fifth respectively as pacesetter Pascia’Lest was eighth after fading badly in the lane. Thomas H. Hicks

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 21, 2016 -- Abandoning his customary rallying style, Valley Of Sin zipped right to the front, thwarted his lone serious challenger and captured his third straight harness racing victory in Wednesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. In his most recent six starts, Valley Of Sun never held the lead until the final call. On Wednesday, however, trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder hustled him to the point and gave him a comfortable 59 opening half. That left the 6-year-old Yankee Glide-Anklet Hanover ridgling with enough pop to turn back the first-over bid of Sixteen Mikes and triumph in 1:55.3. The pocket-sitting Classicality finished second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Sixteen Mikes was third. John Ducharme campaigns Valley Of Sin, who now boasts $256,899 in career earnings. Dan Rawlings collected three wins on the 12-race card.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Under The Stars (Yankee Glide) came from the clouds to win the harness racing 2016 Holiday Trot Final at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday evening. Frank McMahon trains the nine year old veteran campaigner whose second place finish in leg one of the series propelled him to Thursday's final. Phil Fluet piloted Under The Stars who got a second over trip behind the race's favorite Golden Stroke (Stephane Bouchard), the only trotter to score victories in each of the legs of the series heading into the $15,450 final. When Golden Stroke was tiring, Fluet guided Under The Stars to the far outside as front-running Tagmaster (Tony Ciuffetelli) was started to falter on the lead. Under The Stars got up to win in 2:00.1 on a cold December evening in Saratoga and did so at odds of 8-1. My Friend Charlie (Mark Beckwith), dismissed at odds of 10-1 came charging hard for second while Tagmaster held on to earn the show spot. Under The Stars returned $19.60 to win and started an exacta that paid $147 and a triple that came back $570. There are three race cards remaining in the 2016 campaign at Saratoga with racing on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 6:45pm and on Sunday with a matinee that kicks off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Last into the final turn, Valley Of Sin roared wide through the lane to capture Wednesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Not only did Valley Of Sin trail late, but he also had excess cover that guaranteed him a wide journey in the stretch. When trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder angled him to the middle of the track, however, the 6-year-old Yankee Glide-Anklet Hanover ridgling blazed by them all to score in 1:56.1. The pocket-sitting Classicality shot the Lightning Lane for second, a neck back, while Explosive Leggs earned show. John Ducharme campaigns Valley Of Sin, who won for the third time in his last four starts and extended his career bankroll to $247,899. Dave Palone, Dan Rawlings and Mike Wilder each collected three wins on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The 2016 Holiday Trotting Series kicked off on Thursday at Saratoga Casino Hotel for harness racing trotters who had compiled seasonal earnings of $12,500 or less as of 10/31/16. There were two divisions of the series each going for a purse of $6,000. Golden Stroke (Yankee Glide) worked hard early and moved to the lead while aggressively piloted by Stephane Bouchard in the first division on Thursday. The Eve Bergeron-trained trotter held on late to win in 1:59.3 for his second victory of the year. Golden Stroke had finished second or third in four of his previous six starts before becoming the public's 6-5 favorite in leg one of the newly contested series at the Spa. Tony Ciuffetelli's Tagmaster (Tagliabue) was the fastest of the leg one trotters as the 12 year old circled the field to prevail going away in 1:59.1 in the second division. Ciuffetelli owns, trains and drives the veteran high-stepper who surged past his rivals after making a big three wide move en route to his fourth win of the year and third in his last four starts. Leg two of the Holiday Trotting Series will take place next week with the final being contested during closing week of the '16 racing season. The Holiday Pacing Series kicks off on Friday night. First post time on Friday is set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 30, 2016 -- Valley Of Sin used a relentless uncovered move in the slop to wear down the leader and capture Wednesday's harness racing $15,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. Valley Of Sin was fifth near the half when trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder sent him after I Know My Chip, who had worked hard to reach the front. The 6-year-old Yankee Glide-Anklet Hanover ridgling put away I Know My Chip at the top of the lane and held off Nothinbutanallstar by 3/4 lengths to prevail in 1:54.4. Cantab Lindy finished third. John Ducharme campaigns Valley Of Sin, who pushed his career bankroll to $237,899. Aaron Merriman piloted three winners on the 14-race card. With two victories, Mike Wilder extended to five his streak of multiple-win programs; his win total during that stretch is 21. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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