BZ Glide wins second straight Open trot at Batavia Downs
Batavia, NY --- BZ Glide ($6.90) used another impressive charge in the home stretch, posting a 29.0 final panel, and captured his second consecutive win in $8,500 Open Trot in 1:58.2 at Batavia Downs Friday night.
|Paul White photo|
|BZ Glide (7) reached on the far outside to win the Friday night feature at Batavia Downs|
BZ Glide (Yankee Glide-Bloomer-Zoomer) is a 4-year-old gelding owned by Caprio and trained by his wife Alana. He now has five wins in 18 starts and $34,711 in earnings this season and $45,448 lifetime.
Three reinsman recorded driving triples, Aaron Byron, Ron Beback, Jr. and Shawn McDonough.
A busy night is ahead on Saturday as a 13-race card will get underway at 6:30 p.m. It will be 'Old-Fashioned' Night at Batavia Downs with Sahlen's hot dogs and sodas just 50 cents while draft beer and racing programs will be $1. You can also watch and wager on the 'Night of Champions' card from Yonkers Raceway. Yonkers programs will be free.
The feature at Batavia Downs will go as the eighth race where a full field of eight will go to the post in the $8,500 Open Pace. Fireyourguns will open as the 5-2 morning line favorite and will start from the five spot with Mike Caprio in the sulky.
Defending dashwinning and training champion Rick Plano was on top of his game again at Vernon Downs on Friday night, posting four first place finishes, including a 1:54.4 score with his trotter She’s All In, during the $8,000 featured ninth event. Competing as the crowd’s favorite from post five in Friday’s ninth race, She’s All In drafted along in second behind the pacesetting second choice, Manningly, until the final furlong, where she found racing room in the pylon patch and accelerated to a 1-1/4-length victory over the onrushing Dreamanotherdream. Manningly ended up third. Friday’s victory was the fourth locally, the sixth this season and 15th overall for the 4-year-old daughter of Revenue S--Simply Royal, who raised her lifetime earnings to more than $110,000. Plano’s other tallies were with his wife’s (Maryann) trotter Ulay Boko in the third race, the Jeffrey Long-conditioned trotter Isabella Gal in the fifth session, and Lon Frocione’s trotter Naughty Not Nice in the eighth event, bumping his win-total after 70 programs to 127 and his conditioning count to 50. After Ulay Boko tied fellow trotter Ziegler Hanover at eight for most wins by a horse at the meet in Friday’s third event, Ziegler Hanover hustled up his ninth first place finish during the track’s 60th anniversary season in the sixth session. It was the second win in succession, the sixth in the last seven starts, and the 26th all-time for the steady-striding 8-year-old son of Andover Hall--Xqsmwa, who raised his career earnings to nearly $260,000 for owner Regina Dewhurst. Chris Lems did the steering for trainer Dave Dewhurst. Truman Gale, a former provisional driving champion here, captured the first, second and 12th races of the evening to record his third triple at the meet.
Metrodisle paced home for her fourth straight win on Friday in Northfield Park’s 13th race. The 5-year-old is owned by Darren Tannyhill of Fenton, Mich. and is trained by Dean Eckley. Josh Sutton has driven the mare in all four victories. Metrodisle began from post seven and was sent hard right from the gate. She led the mile from start to finish, pacing fractions of :27.4, :56.1, 1:25.1 and 1:54.3. She maintained a 1-½ length margin of victory over her closest competitor, LF Kilowatt Time (Keith Kash Jr.). The mile clocking represented a season’s mark for Metrodisle. Friday’s triumph increased Metrodisle’s (Metropolitan--Rondisle Hanover by Arturo) season’s win tally to six and her career earnings to $45,257. Despite having three prior victories, she returned $24.80 to win. Driver Josh Sutton had another successful Friday. Metrodisle was one of four winners on the Friday program for Sutton.
Tac’s Delight (Self Possessed) made his local debut a winning one on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Billy Dobson piloted the 8-year-old trotter to a win in the $19,260 Open trot for trainer Rene Allard after coming from the back of the pack before winning a tight win photo. Tac’s Delight was making just his second start of the season for Allard and his first since January but was good enough to score in 1:56.2. Pay The Winner (Stephane Bouchard) just missed securing the upset and had to settle for second while Victory Tax (Shawn Gray) earned the show spot. Tac’s Delight returned $15.60 to win in the Friday feature.