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g>Elkton, MD — After a relatively slow start to his career, and a few ‘hard luck’ stretches, 5-year-old pacer Geez Joe is starting to find his stride. He has established himself as a major force in the Preferred ranks at The Meadowlands, and is looking for even bigger things in 2019.

“He’s taking a short break right now,” said regular driver Marcus Miller. “We’re hoping he can take a swing at some of the open stakes this year.”

His last race was a grinding first over win at The Meadowlands on Jan. 19.

Geez Joe is trained by Erv Miller for owner Bay Pond Racing Stable. He was bred by Winbak Farm in Chesapeake City, Md.

The gelded son of Roll With Joe-Beach Bretta made his career debut on July 8, 2016 in a New York Sire Stakes Excelsior Event at Saratoga, finishing a disappointing eighth versus a then budding John Butenschoen superstar Funknwaffles, who went on to win as the heavy favorite.

Geez Joe ended his freshman campaign on a better note, hitting the board in two of his last three.

Armed with a new trainer and a bit more maturity, Geez Joe broke his maiden in his first start as a sophomore, winning an overnight event at Harrah’s Philadelphia in 1:55. After a few more confidence building wins against overnight company, Geez Joe enjoyed the first stakes win of his career — a New York Sire Stakes Excelsior triumph on June 18 at Vernon in 1:51.2.

He went on to win the Excelsior final on Oct. 18 at Vernon, overcoming a troubled start and post position eight to take down the lion’s share of the $45,000 purse. He followed that with a grinding third place finish against top sophomore pacer Filibuster Hanover in the Pegasus at Hoosier Park. He completed his 3-year-old season proving he belonged with the top pacers in his age group, with a third in the Hap Hanson Progress Pace elimination, and a fifth in the final against Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon.

After it was all said and done, Geez Joe completed his sophomore campaign with eight wins out of 23 starts, and earnings just under $145,000.

His 4-year-old campaign saw him notch another speed mark (1:48.1), as well as duplicate his eight-win season from the year prior.

Miller describes Geez Joe as big and strong.

“He’s funny. When you first step on the track, you’d think he’s going to be grabby, but he’s really laid back,” Miller said.

Miller feels we have yet to see the best Geez Joe has to offer.

“He gave us hints all along,” Miller explained. “Some big miles at age three. At four, a couple of wins from impossible spots at Batavia and Pocono. Then obviously, he caught everyone’s eye in December at The Meadowlands.”