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Tom Agosti, defending champion trainer of thoroughbreds at Fort Erie Race Track, will attempt a new kind of daily double this season. Starting Friday, the 45-year-old North Tonawanda native also will drive harness horses at Buffalo Raceway.

Agosti, a veteran standardbred trainer and driver, left the sulky set to train runners in 1995. Last season, he led the Fort with 27 wins in 129 starts.

He said his interest in harness racing was rekindled while training thoroughbreds at Tampa Bay Downs last winter.

"My veterinarian (in Florida) is a standardbred fanatic. He bought a farm, and I used to go to the farm with him and train with them," Agosti said.

"With the slot machines (at Buffalo Raceway), they restarted the health and pension plans again. Both plans are really good. . . . That's the main reason.

"My thoroughbred owners, who used to be standardbred guys, got interested in buying a few (standardbred) horses, and I'm going to drive them."

He said the horses will be trained by Alex Giuliani.

On Friday, Agosti is slated to drive three pacers: Silver Scoot (seventh race), Miss Finale (10th) and Epic Venture (11th).