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Batavia, NY---Fresh off a win in the Yonkers preferred pace last week, BJ's Guy shipped into Batavia Downs to take on the best local harness racing talent on Saturday night (Oct. 15) and went from worst to first in the $9,500 Open pacing feature. Normandy Invasion (Jim Morrill Jr.) took a methodical stroll to the front off the gate and eventually opened up a two-length lead at the quarter in :27.2. Positions remained unchanged to the half in :55.2, when BJ's Guy (Drew Monti) started up on the outside from last and prompted Brees Creek (Kevin Cummings) and China Dream (Shawn Gray) to pull in front of him, establishing a three-horse outer flow going up the backside. When the group passed three-quarters, China Dream tipped three-deep and BJ's Guy followed in step and they both began to chip away at Normandy Invasion's lead. As they came off the turn and stormed down the lane, Normandy Invasion began to tire and China Dream got to the front, but BJ's Guy brushed harder and overtook him in the middle of the track and got home first in 1:53.4. China Dream did hold on for second and Junior Pride (Ray Fisher Jr.) snuck up the passing lane to grab third. It was the ninth win of the season for BJ's Guy ($7.70) who has now earned $91,902 during the year for owners Blindswitch Racing Stable, David Sebolsky and Stanley Yoskowitz. The 7-year-old gelded son of Towner's Big Guy is trained by Jose Godinez. Jim Morrill Jr. won four more races on Saturday night and those wins pushed him into second place for the dash winning lead with 65 victories behind Kevin Cummings who has 68. The quadruple also gave him 12 wins in the last three nights of racing at Batavia. Also on Saturday, Shawn Gray scored a driving hat trick while Drew Monti doubled up on the card. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Oct. 19) with post time set at 6:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Bj’s Guy (Towner’s Big Guy) went wire-to-wire in Saturday night’s harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   Trainer Jose Godinez won his fifth local Open Pace of the year as his six year old trainee held off several rivals in the stretch before recording a 1:53.1 victory in the $18,000 feature.   Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted BJ’s Guy who won for the seventh time of the year and second time in the local Open.   Fellow Yonkers invader Winter Blues (Billy Dobson) sat the pocket and just missed the winner in the final strides, having to settle for second. Memory Game (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot.    Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at the Spa with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm.   Mike Sardella  

LEBANON, OH. - Onemorelastchance, the only Ohio-sired horse in the race, captured the $14,000 championship leg of the harness racing 'Look Sharp Series' on Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway. The nine-year-old gelded son of Towner's Big Guy beat a full field of younger combatants for owner Diane Stephenson, trainer Greg Horn and driver Dan Noble. It was the 26th career win for the homebred who has raced his entire career for the same connections and increased his lifetime earnings to $167,859. Noble gunned Onemorelastchance to the front early in the mile then held off favored Foreign Officer (Tyler Smith) and hard-charging Toledo Bend Gator (Chris Page) in 1:55. The series was named after Look Sharp, a son of Abercrombie, who stood stud at the nearby Hagemeyer Farm for many years and produced countless good race horses, many of whom seemed to getter better with age. The prolific southwest Ohio sired died in 2014 at the age of 30. A $16,500 Open Trot was also presented on the matinee program with March Awareness (Chris Page) making his first local appearance a winning one, beating Rehab Mountain (Brad Hanners) and Can'tcutthatchip (Jack Dailey) in 1:57. Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi LLC own the five-year-old altered son of Ken Warkentin who now sports 15 wins in just 48 career starts. In other news, the Saturday night (February 21) program produced a Miami Valley track record handle when $308,977 went through the mutuel windows. Gregg Keidel  

Double Dribble was first to cross the wire in the $5,000 Open Pace in Northfield Park's sixth on Monday, April 15, 2013.

Apparently, nobody told Golden Receiver that he was supposed to slow down a bit at the age of seven. Because the harness racing New York-bred gelding is doing the exact opposite.

Belikin Da Pelican pulled off a harness racing upset in the Wednesday (May 2) featured race at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

TSM Photo Bugger inherited the lead early and made the most of it, overpowering the field once on top and capturing Friday's harness racing $22,500 Preferred Trot at The Meadows.

Valentowner waited patiently in the pocket, then roared through the harness racing 'Lightning Lane' to capture Tuesday's $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows at a healthy 5-1.

Crossthreaded needed the first three-eighths to secure the lead, but once there, she was much the best, as she cruised to harness racing victory in a career-best 1:52.2 in Friday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.

Valentowner made a triumphant return to The Meadows' pacing elite Wednesday when he brushed wide and late to capture the $22,500 Preferred. A harness racing fixture in the track's top pace for years, Valentowner had retreated in recent months to conditioned races.

Caramel Dumpling scored his 10th victory this year on Wednesday, December 14, and the 72nd time he has been in the winner's circle throughout his harness racing career.

Continuing his late season run at divisional honors among the three-year-old colt pacing set harness racing owners Steve Calhoun & West Wins Stables Betterthancheddar continued to emphatically state his case for top three-year-old pacing colt in the country as he destroyed seven other sophomores by five and a half lengths while taking Friday's $175,000 Windy City Pace at Maywood Park in an effortless 1:52.3.

Dalcroft Big Guy and Ten Yard Penalty earned a final leg victories in a pair of respective late closing stake series' Saturday afternoon at Colonial Downs. Dalcroft Big Guy scored in the $11,500 one mile finale of the harness racing Juniors Pacing Series.

Harness racing driver Kayne Kauffman swung Crossthreaded three-wide with a quarter-mile remaining in the $16,500 Ohio Breeders Stakes and the filly paced on to a hard-won 1:53.4 victory at Scioto Downs on Sunday afternoon (July 31). It was her second win in eight starts this season and the time was a new lifetime mark for the daughter of Towner's Big Guy.

Bobsujak, a six-year old Towner's Big Guy gelding, out of the Nihilator mare Early Curfew, won the $10,000 Open Pace in 1:56.1, over a fast track, for harness racing owner Sidney B Easton, of Belmont NY, here at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (May 21). It was the second win this season in eighteen attempts for Bobsujak.

The Buckeye State's top county fair competitors contested eight season-ending finals at Northfield Park Saturday night and the harness racing was very competitive. The evening started with a $13,800 event for two-year-old trotting fillies and 3-5 favorite Minnie Spur rolled late to a 2:00.1 lifetime best win.

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