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The Multi-millionaire, Bettor's Edge (Jennifer Lappe) wins the $5,200 featured harness racing pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 1). Major Leaguer (Josh Kinney) went to the lead and put up a sharp :25.4 first quarter. He continued in front using a :28.4 second quarter to hit the half in :54.3. Zone Blitz (John MacDonald) was the first to make a move first-over but stalled as they headed for three-quarters with Major Leaguer getting there first in 1:22.4. As they headed for home Bettor's Edge ($5.70) got an opening and popped out of the pocket and challenged Major Leaguer for the lead. Chip Walther (Leon Bailey) came three-wide down the stretch but Bettor's Edge got the jump and won in a seasonal best of 1:50.0. Chip Walther came up for second with Major Leaguer holding on for third.   Bettor's Edge is an 11-year-old gelding by Bettor's Delight. Lappe trains and co-owns with Robert Santagata. It was his second win this season and his 48th career victory. John MacDonald drove three winners on the card. Jennifer Lappe and Roman Lopez each had training-driving doubles. Josh Kinney piloted two winner's on the night as well. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 7) at 3 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Monticello, NY - On Friday December 27, at Monticello Raceway on a track listed as good, a field of 5 pacers lined up behind the starting gate for the last time in their career in the Au Revior $5,000 Invitational Pace. For almost a decade and a half, these 5 equine iron geldings have been behind the starting gate almost 1600 times in their combined careers. When the gate left, the betting favorite FLEM N EM N starting from post position. 5 and driver Jim DeVaux were first away followed by Lucky Man right along side, DeVaux worked his mount hard to get the front keeping Lucky Man at bay, they zipped the opening quarter in 27.3, Driver Jennifer Lappe and Lucky Man were parked and had no choice and was forced to tuck in the 3 hole well past the paddock turn. The Saratoga invader FLEM N EM M took the field to the half in 57.3, at this point Lappe pulled the right line for the last time and started the outer flow and was first over and bid his time as the leader FLEM N EM N hit the the ¾ in 1:27.3, with Lucky Man parked on the outside. In the paddock turn Lucky Man, urged on by Lappe, exploded in a matter of strides and had an instant three length lead on the field at the head of the stretch. The usually reserve Lappe savored the moment and pumped her arm in the air before the wire, reminiscent of the Stanley Dancer moment with Duenna in the Hambletonian, the duo hit the wire in 1:57.2 drawing off by 5 lengths, pacing their last quarter in 29.4. FLEM N EM N finished second Lightning Raider N third, the winner paid a $6.40 for win. It was his 9th win of the season and has banked over $32,000 in 2019, Christopher Bliss was a late scratch. Lucky Man's career stats and overall body of work is impressive, the $90,000 Camluck yearling purchase amassed lifetime earning of $1.2 million with a lifetime mark of 1:49.1 as a 5 year old at Mohawk Raceway with 60 career wins, he is co owned by trainer-driver Jennifer Lappe and Patrick Laiso. After the winner circle presentation, and emotional Lappe paid homage to her steed and unhooked the sulky and walked the gutsy campaigner Lucky Man back to the paddock for the last time to enjoy the moment amid the spattering of claps for the classy duo from those admirers on the racing apron that braved the elements to bid him farewell. Cool him out good, this last time. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway          

Batavia, NY --- Batavia Downs has a long history of lady harness racing drivers competing at the track going back to the 1950's. Names like Edith Mouw, Mary Ann Sarama, Cindy Stark, Laurie Stark, Anne Wheeler, Jeanette Byer and Myrtle Patistas were regulars at the Downs for decades. But it has been a fairly male-dominated track when the gate has swung open in recent years. That all changes on Wednesday (Sept. 25) when one of the top distaff sulky stars in North America ships into Batavia to take on the local driving colony. Jennifer Lappe got into harness racing in 1993 when she bought a trotter off an Amish truck. That horse eventually won three races for her but defined what she has described herself as being in a 2018 interview; "a salvager". Lappe sees value and potential in horses many others may not and isn't afraid to take on the challenge of an older horse or a horse with issues and has capitalized on that over time. Lappe's career training numbers are excellent. 4,990 starts with 858 wins, 771 seconds and 690 thirds which means she's hit the board 46% of the time and has earnings of $5,678,220 to show for it. She started her driving career in the mid-west on county fair circuits in Illinois and Iowa before moving on to pari-mutuel racing at Balmoral Park after that. In 2007 Lappe made the move to New York and is now based out of Campbell Hall which is not far from Goshen. From 2008 until 2018 Lappe used primarily catch drivers to capitalize on the healthy purses in New York. But she returned to the bike full time last year and has really put up some impressive driving numbers in a very short amount of time. Over the past two years Lappe's driving has yielded 73 wins out of 653 starts with 111 seconds and 108 thirds. That's 45% in the money with $429,693 in earnings. Currently in 2019, Lappe has the best Universal Driver Rating (.267), second highest earnings ($194,562) and third highest amount of wins (34) among all female drivers in North America with 300 or more starts this year. For the better part of this season Lappe has raced at Vernon Downs, but has also shipped horses to Monticello Raceway, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and now Batavia. Lappe also had a successful stint at The Meadowlands during the winter of 2018. Lappe's regular starts in Central New York have given her an outstanding meet at Vernon where she currently sits fourth in the overall trainer standings with 27 wins; only nine behind the leading Marissa Chadbourne (36). She is also eighth among all drivers for wins. Earlier this year Lappe made history at Vernon when she drove her top class Open pacer Bettor's Edge to a 1:50 win in June which was the fastest win time ever recorded by a female driver at that track. And that win time was only 2/5ths of a second off the world record of 1:49.3 set by Stacy Chiodo and Mighty Young Joe at the Meadowlands in 2014. With her operation still spread over multiple tracks, Lappe will test the waters in Genesee County where she will ship four of her stablemates this week. Dreamlands Art (Artsplace-Dreamlands Delilah) 1:49.3 ($751,244), Beyonces Rockn (Rock N Roll Heaven-I'm Betting On you) 1:51 ($278,850), Lucky Man (Camluck-Under Her Spell) 1;49.1 ($1,268,345) and Electrofire (Electric Stena-Temples May Day) 1:50 ($608,812) will all be competing at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening. Post time for the first race is 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

What's Goin On (Claude Huckabone III) took the Vernon Downs featured harness racing pace ($7,000) on Sunday (May 12). Seel The Deal N (Jennifer Lappe) went to the front and put up all the early fractions (:27.4, :58.3, 1:28.4). What's Goin On ($4.50), who is Trained by David Russo for owners Marissa and Joseph Russo, took the lead at the tap of the stretch. Heaven Rocks (Jimmy Whittemore) came flying late but What's Goin On dug in deep and would not be denied winning in 1:56.4. Heaven Rocks settled for second with I Am Golden (Ronald Harp) finishing third. What's Goin On is a 5-year-old gelding by Roll With Joe. It was his fifth win this season. He now has 15 career victories. Adam Capizzano, Claude Huckabone Jr., and Roman Lopez all had driving doubles. Capizzano won with Reuben Tune Ups ($17.40) and Sapient Hanover ($18.60). Huckabone Jr. came in first with American Jo Jo ($15.00) and Brookdale Bruiser ($4.30). Lopez got his wins with Release The Terror ($26.60) and Bay Rum ($3.00) Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (May 17). They will feature the eliminations for the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) for both 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings as well as 3-year-old trotting fillies. Post time is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to   John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Monticello, NY--It doesn't seem to matter who Jennifer "the Golden Girl" Lappe races against; amateurs or professionals. She does equally well against both. Today(Nov. 8) at Monticello Raceway she had a driving double on the betting card when she won an amateur contest in race two, and then came right back with a victory against professional drivers in race three. And currently "the Golden Girl" is ringing up stats that the professionals would be proud of. Her first victory was with Multitaskr Hanover ($4.60) in 2:00.1, which, by the way, was Lappe's second consecutive triumph with the Explosive Matter gelding. In today's contest"Coach Paul" Minore hustled Wygant Prince to the front but "Yankee Joe" Lee, with On The Podium, parked him to a :28.4 first quarter before he allowed Minore to take charge. At that point Lappe was in third position along the pylons after starting from the three-hole. When he field rounded the second turn and headed down the stretch On The Podium was still the race leader in a the :58.4 clocked half. As the field trotted to the third stanza Lappe moved Multitaskr Hanover off the pylons and made a serious challenge for the lead. As they trotted by the three quarters Lappe's horse tried to pull- up but expertly she allowed him to drift so as not to go off-stride and once she settled him they got back in the race. However, Ms Lappe displayed her displeasure with her trotter's drifting and she went to work on getting him back to strongly challenge On the Podium as they rounded the final turn. In the lane Multtaskr Hanover trotted to the lead and went on to a one-length triumph over On The Podium. Fiji, with Dave "the Rave" Offenberg at the controls, came from far back to finish third. Although she didn't have much time to hang up the lines after her victory and get Giddy Up Delight ready for the very next race, she did however, explain that Multitaskr Hanover lost his left front shoe in the post parade and they returned to the paddock to have it nailed on. "I was grateful that we found the shoe and that the paddock blacksmith nailed it in place; But it took quite a while," Lappe said of the ordeal that caused a big delay at the start of the race." When we did get back on the racetrack we had no time to score down and had to go directly behind the starting gate . And I think a cold start confused Multitaskr and in the race he tried to pull-up before the final turn. But what ever it was once I got him back heading in the right direction he was full of trot." After her three-length 1:57.4 pacing victory with Giddy Up Delight ($10.80)in the following race "the Golden Girl" currently has 35 wins, 43 seconds and 53 thirds in 288 seasonal starts, good for a .266UDR. Lappe has a big stable and as a trainer of record this season she has 92 wins in 557 starts good for a .298UDR. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series

Monticello, NY--Two solid divisions for members of the North American Amateur Drivers Association were presented on the pleasant fall afternoon of November 1 at Monticello Raceway and when the judges hung the official signs Jennifer Lappe and Alan Schwartz won their respective splits; Lappe with Multitaskr Hanover in 2:00.4 and Schwartz up behind Peoplesayimnogood in 1:59.1. In the first division Lappe hustled her trotter to the lead as the wings of the mobile gate folded and they had command with Ladys Big Stormont out on the limb when the field headed for the quarter pole. As they approached the first marker Lappe grabbed leather and allowed Schwartz's charge to take command as the timer flashed :28.4. Content to enjoy a covered trip Lappe followed Schwartz's lead and Ladys Big Stormont trotted by the halfway point in :59.3. Still being stalked as the field passed the three quarters Ladys Big Stoemon seemed comfortable, but when the two rounded the final turn Lappe slide out from behind her cover and Multitaskr Hanover trotted to the lead and finished one length better than Ladys Big Stormont. Third place went to Gianni and driver, Bob Davis in the 2:00.2 trotted mile. Asked why she chose to move to the outside when the field rounded the final turn instead of taking advantage of the passing lane, Lappe responded ; "my horse drifted out coming off the turn so instead of trying to angle him back toward the passing lane I gave him his head and he responded wonderfully by trotting around Alan's horse and on to an easy victory." It was the 30th driving victory this year for Ms Lappe who not only competes in amateur races but also drives against the professionals. Currently, to go along with her 30 wins, are 43 seconds and 53 thirds and a respectful ,256 UDR from 280 starts thus far this year. It was also her 87th training victory for the accomplished horsewoman. Ms Lappe owns and trains the winner who paid $8.80. Although he finished second in the first NAADA trot Alan Schwartz made amends when he rallied Peoplesayimnogood to a three-length triumph in the second division. After starting from the three-hole Schwartz eased his trotter to the pylons when the gate sprung and Joe Faraldo sent Tough Get Going toward the front but Joe Lee, with Tim Lizzie, parked him by the first quarter in :28.2. Once in command Faraldo kept the pedal to the metal and Tough Get Going opened a five-length lead as they trotted by the half in :57.2. At that point Schwartz's trotter was third, some seven lengths off the lead, but as Tough Get Going passed the three quarters he only had two lengths on the field and Schwartz rallied Peoplesayimnogood to third position. When he rounded the final turn Schwartz took aim at a leg-weary Tough Get Going and by mid-stretch Peoplesayimnogood had command and were pulling away and went on to a three-length triumph in a 1:59.1 clocking. Third place went to Celebrity Blue Chip, driven by Jennifer Lappe. "This was the first time I drove Peoplesayimnogood and I didn't know much him since he did most of his racing out of town. But he was a perfect horse to drive," Schwartz said after the race." We had a covered trip and when I pulled him it was 'ballgame'." The winner, who notched his 7th seasonal triumph, is owned by Dr. Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger. He paid $15.20 for win. And for Schwartz it was his 11th seasonal triumph and 607th of his brilliant amateur career. by John Manzi, for NAADA

MONTICELLO, NY--The final leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's Summer Trotting Series was contested at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, August 9th and when the judges declared the event official, Jennifer Lappe walked away with all the marbles when she guided Multitaskr Hanover home first over Crystal Sphere and driver Alan Schwartz in a 2:00 clocking. Woody finished third for Tony Ciuffetelli, For the talented lady tail-setter who has had 170 previous starts this year against her counterparts as well as against professional drivers, it marked her 16th seasonal driving victory to go along with her 26 seconds and 33 third place finishes. However, Lappe won another race later on the Monticello Raceway card, also. When the wings of the mobile gate sprung Lappe grabbed the racetrack from the 3-hole and then allowed Keenan and driver John Calabrese to take command. Once Keenan settled on the lead Lappe then moved Multitaskr Hanover back to the front as the quarter mile timer flashed :28.1. Comfortable on the front-end Lappe got her charge by the halfway point in :58.2 but when they straightened up the backside Crystal Sphere and Alan Schwartz rallied alongside the leader and even gained command for a short way but Ms Lappe urged her trotter and they rebuffed the challenge and went on to a 2-1/4 length triumph. "It was an aggressive race and I gave my horse an aggressive drive," Lappe said with a smile . "I had instructions before the race but I nixed them at the gate and decided to go for the lead ...and it all worked out well." The winner, a 5-year-old Explosive Matter gelding, owned and trained by Ms Lappe, notched his seventh seasonal victory. He returned a $5.40 win payoff. For Lappe, it was her 40th driving victory and her 58th training win thus far this year. The NAADA Series $6000 consolation-- if it fills-- will be contested on Wed, August 15. The $15,000 Final--expected to fill-- will be raced at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, August 16. by John Manzi, for NAADA

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The night before the 93rd Hambletonian it was bombs away at the Meadowlands Friday, as a track that had seen 29 favorites score in its previous 60 races (48 percent) became the land of long shots. Five times on the 12-race harness racing card the winner's odds were 16-1 or higher, and even though the 50-Cent Pick-5 saw a 2-5 shot win leg four, the payout was still a hefty $12,016.25. The non-chalk parade began in the opening race when amateur driver Roberto Michelotto guided Cheeky Little Minx ($48.60) to victory in an event for Hambletonian Amateur Drivers. The second amateur drivers race saw Jennifer Lappe guide Fox Valley Steffen ($69.80) to victory lane in race five. Ake Svanstedt, who has a big chance to win both the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks Saturday, took race seven with Can't Afford It ($35.80) before Sprinter N ($69.80) rocked the clock to the tune of 1:48.3 in the eighth. The ninth race saw Steve Smith score with Atlas Alliance N ($49.60) to complete a Pick-3 that returned a whopping $6,797.00, while the 50-Cent Pick-4 (races eight through 11) came back $6,128.50 - despite being anchored by 3-1 and 3-5 winners - given the big prices that started the sequence in the eighth and ninth. A LITTLE MORE: Brett Miller, Andy Miller and Andy McCarthy all recorded driving doubles. ... All-source handle totaled $2,332,354. HAMBO DAY! The 93rd edition of the Hambletonian is the centerpiece for Saturday's 16-race, stakes-laden card at the Big M. Doors open at 10 a.m. Post time for the first race is noon. Post time for the Hambletonian is 5:14 p.m. If you can't make it to the track, the Hambo can be seen live on the CBS Sports Network. The 90-minute broadcast begins at 4 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

WILKES-BARRE PA - The top three open pacing horses in the standings of the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) will be joined by the 2017 Breeders Crown divisional winner and recent Franklin Consolation winner in a matchup of seasoned harness racing battlers in a $30,000 GNOS contest this Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Established as the 5-2 morning line favorite is Split The House, who last Saturday made his second start of the year a winning one while taking the Franklin Consolation here in 1:49, faster than McWicked's 1:49.3 in taking the Franklin Championship. A conqueror of McWicked in the Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park last fall, Split The House will start from post two for driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Chris Oakes. Second choice at 3-1 is Bettor's Edge, #3 in the GNOS list and like the two above him a two-time winner in Great Northeast action. He has the fastest 2018 clocking in the field, a 1:48.2 triumph in the opening race of Sun Stakes Saturday elimination night, and he will start from post four with the guidance of trainer Jennifer Lappe - who last week at The Meadowlands got her horse to pace his last ¾ in an amazing 1:19.4 while raw to miss a nose in a 1:48 mile. The 4-1 third choice is Rodeo Romeo, who won the first two legs of the Great Northeast, then has been twice second and once third in the series, including being the place horse in the big winning mile of Bettor's Edge. Rodeo Romeo draws the rail, which can be a nice advantage for a horse with his early foot, and the #2-ranked pacer in the GNOS with be handled by Eric Carlson for trainer Ross Croghan. And, no, we haven't forgotten about the #1 pointwinner in the series, Rockeyed Optimist, who comes off a GNOS win at Harrah's last Sunday. The reason the pacer was rated no higher than the 9-2 fourth choice is that he draws outside all of his main rivals, leaving from post six for driver Marcus Miller and trainer Jake Leamon. Outrajus Blue Chip (post three, driver Tom Jackson), Nocturnal Blue Chip (post five, driver Jim Morrill Jr.), Voracity (post seven, Anthony Napolitano), and Great Vintage (post eight, driver Simon Allard) complete the talented field, to go to the gate in race ten on the Saturday Pocono card. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

It was a great week for all of horse racing with the stupendous Triple Crown-winning performance by Justify in The Belmont Stakes. That kind of thing reminds everyone what special athletes these horses are, and we at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono are privileged to get to see them do their thing up close and personal four nights a week. We see great performances on the regular, and the best of those from this past week get the spotlight as we hand out the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: MAJOR TRICK In many cases, the horses that take home the Weekly Awards are those who are in the midst of winning streaks. Yet in the case of Major Trick, his previous race to his start on Saturday night in a $30,000 to $40,000 claiming handicap pace was a loss by a half-length in third to Eastend Eddie. That loss snapped a string of three consecutive wins for the seven-year-old gelding. Major Trick, a popular claiming commodity even at the high price, rejoined the barn of trainer Hunter Oakes in his Saturday night attempt to atone for the loss. Leaving from post position #4 in a field of nine as a 6-5 betting favorite, Major Trick sat third early in the mile. A speed duel materialized in front of him, and the fractions spiraled quickly out of control. Sensing that the leaders were tiring, driver George Napolitano Jr. sent Major Trick for a quick first-over move on the back stretch, and he was on the lead in just a matter of moments. But it also made him a target for the closers, especially considering how close he had been to the blistering pace. In the stretch, both Our Dragon King and Our Regal Ideal were closing with a head of steam. But Major Trick showed himself to be none the worse for wear, closing strong to hold of Our Dragon King by a half-length. The proof of his excellence was in the winning time of 1:49.4, which established a new career mark. Major Trick has now won four of his last five races, and it seems like another prolonged winning streak could be starting right after the one that was just broken. Other top pacers this week include: Unbeamlievable (George Napolitano Jr., Gilberto Garcia-Herrera), who followed up a win at Harrah's with a victory in Monday night's featured claiming handicap for mares in 1:53.4; Boston Red Rocks (Anthony Napolitano, Jake Leamon), whose condition win on Saturday night came in 1:48.4, fastest time of the 2018 meet to date; and Mach It So (George Napolitano Jr., Jeffrey Bamond Jr.), who came up victorious in the Great Northeast Open series on Saturday night as an 11-1 shot in 1:49.3. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: OSTRICH BLUE CHIP For handicapping purposes, there were a couple of red flags that might have dissuaded you from putting your money on Ostrich Blue Chip on Saturday night. On the one hand, the four-year-old mare from the Rene Allard barn was coming off a sharp win on May 28 at Pocono in 1:54.3. But the negatives for her condition trot on Saturday night included the fact that she would be leaving from the difficult #9 post and would be jumping a few rungs on the condition ladder to face the $14,000 group. But the mare was driven by Simon Allard as if she was the no-doubt favorite and not a 6-1 third choice, which was the reality of the situation. She quickly hustled to the front end from the outside post in a rapid :26.4 for the opening quarter. That made it seem like she would be vulnerable, and, indeed, the favorite TSM Photo Bugger came brushing up on the back stretch to challenge. But when he reached Ostrich Blue Chip, she accelerated again and left him hanging on the outside. From there, it was just a matter of sealing the deal, and Ostrich Blue Chip was able to do that with aplomb. She withstood yet another charge from the game TSM Photo Bugger at the end of the mile, coming home three-quarters of a length in front. The winning time of 1:53.1 was a new career-best and also the fastest trotting time posted at Pocono this week. For all of those red flags, Ostrich Blue Chip was the one who took home the green, as in the winner's share of the $14,000 purse. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: LMC Mass Gem (Simon Allard, Rene Allard), who moved up in class to capture Sunday night's featured condition trot, winning in 1:56.3 in the slop for his second straight victory; Skates N Plates (Anthony Napolitano, Andrew Harris), who stepped up the condition ladder to pick up his second straight win on Monday night, this one coming in 1:55.4; and Manchego, the three-year-old filly superstar who stayed perfect, two for two this year and 14 for 14 lifetime, with a Pennsylvania All-Stars victory on Tuesday night in 1:52.4, matching her career mark. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: HIGHLAND DYNAMITE Dynamite, indeed: This trotting filly, with Simon Allard driving, pulled a stunner in Pennsylvania All-Stars action Tuesday night, winning at approximately 124-1 to pay off $250.80 on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: GEORGE NAPOLITANO JR. The milestones just keep on coming for Pocono's 10-time driving champion, as his win on Monday night with Myidealson N was the 9,000th driving victory of his illustrious career. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: JENNIFER LAPPE Lappe sent out a pair of New Zealand-bred winners on Saturday night, each of whom managed a new career-best with their victory: Motown N in 1:50.1 and Seel The Deal N in 1:51.1. That will do it for this week at Pocono, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at by Jim Bevigilia, for Pocono Downs

As is the norm, Monticello Raceway Thursday's harness racing card features amateur racing. On November 2, the Catskill Amateurs were featured in an 8-horse field that went to post for a purse $3,900. As the gate left, Jennifer Lappe and Lightning Strike spurted away from post position 6, she was followed by Monica Banca and Fox Valley Leo, (PP3) Banca was the recent winner of the Catskill Amateur final held earlier in the year, Lightning Strike and Lappe cut fractions of 28.2, 58.0, 1:27 and tripped the beam in 1:56.2 on her way to a 2-length victory over the pocket sitting Fox Valley Leo, Sand Benelli (Bob Davis) finished 3rd. It was the 5th win of the year for Lighting Strike a 9-year-old gelding by Cam Terrific, he is owned trained and by William Mintz of Harris, New York. By: Shawn Wiles

Monticello, NY--It was Ladies Day in the harness racing Amateur contests at Monticello Raceway on Thursday (Oct. 5) when two of three races were won by members of the gentle sex. Jennifer Lappe won the Catskill Club's Pace and Monica Banca copped the second leg of the NAADA trots. Only a victory by Dave Yarock in the first NAADA Trot saved face for the boys. Lappe, who had harnessed 63 winners as a trainer thus far this season enjoyed her third driving victory of the year when she guided Lightning Strike to a 1:57.2 triumph finishing a head better than Fox Valley Leo, driven by Monica Banca Lappe and her pacer started from the pole position and enjoyed two hole journey behind Fox Valley Leo until overtaking him in the deep stretch. "It always helps when you have the rail because you have lots of options,"Lappe said after her victory."I sat patiently and it all worked out." Bob Davis took home the show dough in that contest with Sand Benelli. Lightning Strike is owned and trained by Bill Mintz. The veteran 9-year-old Cam Terrific gelding paid $12.20. Sent off as the odds-on favorite in their NAADA Trot Banca once again used the front-end route with Brandos Muscle Man but this time Banca's charge didn't falter in the lane and went on to a solid one length triumph in 2:00 over Tim Lizzi. Although driver Joe Lee and Tim Lizzi stalked the leader throughout the mile they didn't have enough in the tank to overtake the leader. "He's a tough old horse ",Banca said with a smile in the paddock after the race was completed."He just wants to go and I just kept feeding him his head and when he was challenged in the stretch he dug in and would let Tim Lizzi pass him." Peter Kleinhans finished third with Toss Cartwright. Banca co-owns the winner with the Rock & Roll Stable. With his victory the 9-year-old Muscles Yankee gelding raised his career earnings to over $480,000. He's trained by Rick Dane, Jr. It was Banca's eighth driving victory this year. Although both Lappe and Banca had a mount in the first NAADA Trot the girls couldn't deny Dave Yarock his day in the sun as both finished out of the money in that event. When the gate sprung Yarock set sails with Mr Ridgetaker and they made every pole a winning one en route to a 1:59.2 victory. Despite being stalked by Ladys Big Stormont and driver Alan Schwartz ,Yarock wasn't going to be denied. "He's really a handful and he's not the best gaited trotter around, either. I had to hold him together right from the start and keep from fighting him so he wouldn't make a break,"Yarock explained. "He's a fast horse but not an easy one to manage." Schwartz's trotter finished a length behind the winner in second place while Sam's Honeybee rallied from far back to garner the show dough. Yarock owns Mr Ridgetaker who's trained by Dawn Devaux. He returned a $13.20 mutuel. by John Manzi for NAADA & CADC

Beyonces Rockn (Rock N Roll Heaven) was destiny's child at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the five year old mare scored in the Friday harness racing feature. Making her local debut, Beyonces Rockn moved out to the early lead in the $10,500 feature for fillies and mares and the Jennifer Lappe trainee never looked back. The invader didn't face her first challenge until checking in at three quarters in 1:26 when Walk Two Moons (Frank Coppola Jr) rolled up to the outside of the 3-1 shot Beyonces Rockn. The eventual winner had little difficultly thwarting that bid before being faced with the chore of holding off the favored Sometimes Graceful (Wally Hennessey) who got the pocket trip on Friday. Beyonces Rockn, who had competed in Opens at Yonkers and Tioga earlier in the summer, rediscovered the winning way as she hit the line first in 1:54.1 for her eighth victory of the season. Sometimes Graceful came up second best while Walk Two Moons earned the show spot. Beyonces Rockn, who was driven to victory by Bruce Aldrich Jr, paid $8.40 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $28 and $79.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 21, 2017) - Bettor's Edge, the 2015 TVG Free For All champion, returned to the Meadowlands and rewarded his new harness racing connections with a decisive 1:49.4 score in the $16,000 Saturday night feature. Bettor's Edge was recently purchased by trainer Jennifer Lappe and Robert Santagata after racing for Ron Burke and earning nearly $1.9 million. Brett Miller put the 8-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding on the front end through a 55.3 half mile and kicked home in 26.3 to record his 33rd lifetime win. 2013 Little Brown Jug champion Vegas Vacation finished second with Somesizesomestyle finishing third. "He is an old class horse," said Miller, who was driving the horse for the first time. "I have raced against him quite a bit over the years and he was as nice driving tonight as he always looked when he would beat me." Bettor's Edge made amends for a break he made in his first start for the new connections last week at Yonkers, but Miller gave a big excuse. "Apparently they had the hopples set way too long when he raced at Yonkers," explained Miller. "They tightened them and he felt pretty good. He seems like he would be a nice horse for the Levy Series at Yonkers." Lappe added two other wins on the card to post a training triple. Heidi Rohr and Ron Burke scored two training wins. Corey Callahan led all drivers with three wins while Miller, Yannick Gingras, Marcus Miller, and Jim Marohn, Jr. all posted two wins. Total handle for the 13-race card was $2,747,729. The Meadowlands moves to a three-nights-a-week schedule beginning next week with Thursdays added to the regular Friday and Saturday nights. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

East Rutherford, NJ - Friday night's Meadowlands card should delight harness racing fans and horseplayers alike with full and competitive fields in many of the night's dozen races and a $47,000 carryover in the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5.   The GSY Amateur weekly leg kicks off the card where this scrappy troupe of enthusiasts have recently been unable to stop and now only hopes to contain Dr. John Kokinos and his high percentage trotting mare Ellen's Streak. That pair has won the last two of these affairs and been assigned the outside post ten on Friday as a result of their recent dominance. Ellen's Streak overcame that starting point last week converting a wide but patient steer from Kokinos for her 13th seasonal score. Jennifer Lappe owns and trains the six-year-old CR Excalibur mare who has won 30% and been on the board in 65% of her 128 career starts.   The $17,500 feature condition trot is the penultimate event on the Friday menu. It offers an evenly matched field of seven accomplished square-gaiters led by return winners Waiting On A Woman and Rock Of Cashel who take on solid shippers Watkins and B Yoyo.   The dining options are many and wagering options a plenty with several guarantees and the customary complimentary program pages for the Late Pick 4.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Meadowlands Media Relations        

Kelly Ford's Something For Doc ($7.60) repelled a stout challenge from even-money favorite All Stienam to capture Sunday (May 8) afternoon's $8,200 top-level harness racing pacing event at Tioga Downs.   Justin Huckabone secured the pocket early with the 8-year-old Western Hanover gelding, brushing with a circuit to go to overtake Golden Gun (Tyler Freese) after a :27.2 initial quarter. After rating a :29.2 second split, Something For Doc was forced to accelerate by the favored All Stienam (Jim Marohn, Jr.), who applied stern first-over pressure on the backstretch. Something For Doc would not be worn down, edging away off the far turn and defeating All Stienam by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.1. All Golden Gun just stayed on for third from his loose pocket trip.   Jennifer Lappe trains Something For Doc, now a 22-time winner.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (May 14) evening, with post time slated for 6:30 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

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