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Titus Seelster (Artistic Fella) won the Open Pace for the third time in as many tries on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jackie Greene-trained pacer rattled off back to back jacks in the Open in late May before a brief stint out of town. Frank Coppola Jr. piloted the six year old gelding who in Saturday's feature was content to sit the pocket behind rival Givenupdreaming (Billy Dobson). The race's favorite Long Live Rock (Wally Hennessey) was flying late and powered past Givenupdreaming before Titus Seelster shook loose up the inside to win it all. The seventh victory of the season for Titus Seelster came in a career best-matching 1:51.1. Long Live Rock was the runner up while Givenupdreaming held on for third in the $13,000 Open. It was the third win in the local Open Pace for Titus Seelster this year and it was the seventh time this season that conditioner Jackie Greene secured a win in the Open Pace (three times with defending Pacer of the Year Artful Way.) Titus Seelster paid $8.10 to win on Saturday and started an exacta and triple that came back $20 and $31.80, respectively, in the six horse feature. Greene and Coppola also scored in the $12,500 Winners Over on Saturday securing an upset victory with Memory Game (Artiscape). Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Artful Way (Artistic Fella), the defending Pacer of the Year at Saratoga Casino Hotel, recorded the fastest mile of the year on Saturday night when he won the harness racing Open Pace in 1:50.1. Frank Coppola Jr. went pedal to the metal in the early going with the 7-5 betting favorite in the $14,500 Open and Artful Way hit the quarter in 26.3. The tempo didn't slow much and after checking in at three quarters in 1:22.3, the star pacer had enough left to draw away and win in 1:50.1. Don'tcallmefrancis (Bruce Aldrich Jr) was the runner-up for the second consecutive time in the Open while JK Panache (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. For Artful Way, it was the third victory in the local Open Pace this year. His trainer Jackie Greene now has recorded six wins in the regular Saturday feature at the Spa this season. It was the 26th win in just 80 career starts for the five year old Artful Way whose 1:50.1 final time served as a new lifetime mark. Artful Way, who paid $4.80 to win, led an exacta and triple that came back $16.40 and $32, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Titus Seelster (Artistic Fella) went back to back in the harness racing Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the Jackie Greene trainee went coast-to-coast for the second consecutive week. Despite being assigned the outside post in Saturday's $14,500 Open, Titus Seelster blasted out to the early lead. After a first quarter in 27 seconds, driver Frank Coppola Jr gave the standout a second quarter breather of 29 seconds. From there, the six year old pacer went a back-half in 55.1 before stopping the timer in 1:51.1 en route to his sixth win of the year. The win time was the second fastest of the year at Saratoga, second only to Titus Seelster's stablemate Artful Way who won the Open in 1:51 back in April. Don'tcallmefrancis (Bruce Aldrich Jr) sat the pocket to the winner and finished second while Bettor Rock On N (Stephane Bouchard) came on for third. Titus Seelster, who was the favorite in last week's Open, returned $16.40 to win this week and led an exacta and triple that paid $89 and $404.50, respectively. Artful Way gave Greene a training double on Saturday as the standout pacer dropped down into the $12,500 Winners Over level to secure a victory of his own, a win that came in 1:51.4 with Coppola in the sulky. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Plainville, MA---After winning feature races at the Meadowlands and Saratoga Raceway in recent weeks, Artful Way ($4.20) brought his harness racing traveling road show to Plainridge Park and captured the $13,000 Open Handicap pace on Monday afternoon (May 1). It was a mad rush for the lead when the gate released the field. Marital Bliss (Chris Long), Artful Way (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) and last week's Open winner Hickory Icon (Eddie Davis Jr.) all battled for the front before they settled in past the quarter in :26 flat. Hickory Icon leading, was followed by Artful Way and Marital Bliss and the rest of the field did what it could to keep up. But when they hit three-quarters in 1:21.4, it became a two-horse breakaway as Hickory Icon and Artful Way showed their superior class. At the top of the lane Artful Way pulled out and paced up next to Hickory Way and from there, Davis and Aldrich bounced in their bikes in unison down the stretch. About one hundred yards from the wire, Artful Way got stout and put his head in front for good and hung on to win in 1:50.2. It was Artful Way's third win in four weeks and included victories over three different sized tracks. And those wins tied his existing lifetime mark twice and established a new one of 1:50.2 at Plainridge Park. It was the fourth win in eight 2017 starts for Artful Way and it raised his annual income to $32,020 for owner Kellogg Racing Stables LLC. The 5-year-old gelded son of Artistic Fella is trained by Jackie Greene. In the co-featured $10,000 "Old Ironsides" starter event, Cherokee Hiflyzane (Chris Long) stalked the favored pacesetter Escape The News (Ron Cushing) before out-legging him down the lane in 1:52.2. It was the third victory in four starts this year for Cherokee Hiflyzane ($8.60) and his owners Roger Farrar II and Barrie Farrar, who also trains the winner. Bruce Aldrich Jr. and Greg Merton both had driving doubles on Monday and Barrie Farrar and Dan Gill each scored two wins on the training side. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (May 2) with the first post set for 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) worked hard early and hung tough late as the harness racing four year old won the Open Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel for the eighth time on the season. Frank Coppola Jr. went pedal to the metal with Artful Way early on as the speedy pacer worked past his rivals to make the lead in a brisk quarter of 26.4. Without getting much of a breather, the front-runner for Pacer of the Year at Saratoga held strong throughout while faced with the challenge of first over longshot Gibson Blue Chip (Jimmy Devaux). While Artful Way has been a winning machine this year in the feature, his eighth Open score of the year was his first since September. The race's 1-2 betting favorite stopped the timer in 1:52 on a cold night in Saratoga to best runner-up Gibson Blue Chip and third place finisher Bet You (Stephane Bouchard). The exacta and triple paid $27.40 and $206, respectively. The victory was the tenth overall this year for Artful Way who has followed up his 2015 campaign very well with his second consecutive season of ten wins and over $100,000 in earnings. Artful Way is owned by the Kellogg Racing Stables, LLC of Queensbury, NY. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) won the Saturday feature at Saratoga for the seventh time this season. The Jackie Rousse trainee moved out to the early lead in Saturday's $16,000 Open Pace and the harness racing four year old would not be denied. Enjoying a breakout year in 2016, Artful Way went coast to coast on a chilly autumn evening in the Spa City. Driver Frank Coppola Jr. gave Artful Way a 28.4 second quarter breather after cruising through a first panel in 27 seconds flat. After putting up a first half in 55.4, Saratoga's favorite to be Pacer of the Year posted a matching second half en route to victory in 1:51.3. BJ's Guy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) closed sharply for second while Respectable Dream (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. The race's favorite Givenupdreaming (Stephane Bouchard) was tasked with trying to go last to first in the feature but despite a late surge didn't get close to the top few finishers and had to settle for fifth. Artful Way was surprisingly dismissed at odds of 6-1 and returned $14.80 to win. The exacta paid $56 while the triple came back $248. Frank Coppola Jr, who has surged into a big lead in the driver standings, piloted four winners on the Saturday card. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee that begins at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) came up just shy of an Open harness racing win last weekend at Saratoga Casino Hotel when the Jackie Rousse-trained pacer got reeled in, in the final strides of the $15,000 Open. On Friday night, Artful Way would not be denied as he changed tactics a bit and sat the pocket behind the race's even money favorite JK Panache (Wally Hennessey). JK Panache powered out to the lead in a 27.1 opening quarter and paced consecutive 28 second quarters in the race's middle half before being confronted by the pocket-pulling Artful Way. Those two speedsters battled it out in the final eighth of a mile before Artful Way came on to win in 1:51.2. JK Panache was a strong second while longshot Respectable Dream (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Artful Way returned $8.00 to win and led an exacta completed by the favorite that came back $11.80. The win was one of three on the card for trainer Jackie Rousse and driver Frank Coppola Jr who also teamed up for victories with claiming pacers Wayne The Lefty (Allamerican Ingot) and Jojo Jove (Village Jove). Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Titus Seelster (Artistic Fella) utilized his tremendous early speed at the start of Saturday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel and then was able to sit back and watch as his hareness racing rivals duked it out. The Jackie Rousse-trained pacer sat the pocket in Saturday's $15,000 Open Pace and waited patiently while front-running Sassy Hanover was met with several challenges. Respectable Dream (Austin Siegelman) was dismissed at 13-1 and fought gamely on the outside while wearing down the leader. All the while, the race's odds-on favorite Givenupdreaming (Stephane Bouchard) was making progress in his attempt to go last to first. Respectable Dream took the lead turning for home and while Givenupdreaming was flying on the outside, Titus Seelster snuck up the passing lane and proved fastest of all, stopping the timer in 1:52.3. Titus Seelster returned $14.20 to win in the mild upset as he bested Respectable Dream who was a more than respectable second in his debut in the local Open and Givenupdreaming who had to settle for third. The exacta and triple came back $187 and $910, respectively. Titus Seelster was driven to his second local Open win of the year by Frank Coppola Jr. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga when three year old colts and geldings take center stage as part of the New York Sire Stakes. First post time is set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Harness racing trrack records were broken and dreams came true at yesterday's (Sunday's)  Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge Regional Finals Day ($30,600 each race) at Newcastle Paceway. The Blake Fitzpatrick-trained Fun Magic Trix set the scene setting a new age record when taking out the Two-Year-Old Fillies Group Three Final. Leading throughout, the daughter of Artistic Fella clocked 1:55.9 to eclipse the record of 1:57.1 that her stablemate Shez Sugarsweet set at that track a month ago. "Fun Magic Trix has the ability but is still very green," Fitzpatrick said. "It was a great effort by her and she will have a spell now." The Two-Year-Old Colts and Geldings Final was won by Hez All Courage. Piloted by Chris Geary for Georges Plains mentor Bernie Hewitt, the son of Courage Under Fire rated a career best 1:57.7 to secure his second win in just eight starts. It did not take long for the next record to be set, as Pixies Parlour made her presence felt in the Three-Year-Old Fillies Final rating a slick 1:54.4. Driver Amanda Turnbull was unsure of how the race would unravel with Pixies Parlour drawn wide beginning from barrier nine. "She has drawn wide again and bad draws have been working against her of late but she has been racing well enough," Turnbull said before taking out the Group Three. The track remained fast for the following race, the Three-Year-Old Colts and Geldings Final as Si Nardore lived up to his $3.50 favouritism rating a personal best 1:54.9. In the Four-Year-Old Mares Final the well-bred Maudie Mombassa swooped down the middle of the track to win the feature, beating fellow Sydney-trained pacer Deadly Merrywood. And it was another Sydneysider that won the Four-Year-Old Entires and Geldings Final when Valoroso Hanover produced a dominate display clocking 1:54.1. The son of Kenneth J had the odds against him having raced at Tabcorp Park Menangle the night before and also being involved in a transport issue on the way to Newcastle. However, that was not enough to stop the gelding from causing a minor upset and winning by more than seven metres. AMANDA RANDO

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) became the first horse to record his fifth win of the year in the Saturday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel as he came from off the pace to register his most recent victory. Frank Coppola Jr. had thoughts of leaving with Artful Way but had to back off as the six horse feature had too much early speed for him. Artful Way sat patiently as two rivals slugged it out in first half fractions of 26.3 and 53.4 before Coppola made his move. The Jackie Rousse trainee fanned three wide around the final turn and hit the wire first in 1:52.2. The race's odds-on favorite Givenupdreaming (Stephane Bouchard) followed Artful Way throughout but couldn't get by him in the stretch having to settle for second. Sassy Hanover (Billy Dobson) who raced parked the mile as part of the early speed duel held strong for third. For Artful Way, who returned $10 to win, it was victory number six on the year and his fifth in the $15,000 Open Pace. Givenupdreaming, who came into the Saturday tilt as a winner of five of his last seven races, secured his second second place finish of year. The exacta in the Open paid $10.20 while the triple came back $31. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with two year old trotting colts featured as part of the New York Sire Stakes. First post time is set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Vernon, N.Y. -- Harness racing driver Chris Lems availed 5-4 favorite Titus Seelster ($4.50) a clear pocket trip off a fast pace in the featured $6,500 top-level Miracle Mile pacing event at Vernon Downs on Saturday (July 9) evening, making his winning move in the last eighth of a 1:49.4 mile.   The 5-year-old Artistic Fella gelding was the only one able to keep up with the blistering pace set by Modern Gesture (Jimmy Whittemore), drafting intently off splits of :25.1, :53.4, and 1:22.2. Just upon cornering for home, Lems tipped Titus Seelster off the pegs, urging him to the fore in mid-stretch and edging away by 1-1/4 lengths in the end. Runner-up Modern Gesture was a farther 9-1/4 lengths clear of Fox Valley Cadet (John MacDonald), who passed a tiring A Fool for Mark (Dustin Ingraham) for third. Abreathofreshart (Dan Daley) was the tail-ender for the entire mile after breaking at race's outset.   Jackie Rousse trains 16-time winner Titus Seelster for the Kellogg Racing Stables, LLC.   John MacDonald padded his lead in the driver standings with yet another hat trick, giving him 10 over the last three cards. MacDonald teamed up with odds-on choices Ring Leda ($3.20, 1:53.3), Columbia Lion ($3.60, 1:57.2), and Aloneinspades ($3.70, 1:52.3).   The 50¢ Pick 5 returned $550.50, buoyed by 8-1 winner JD's Brent N Sheree and 11-1 outsider Mr Wiskers both prevailing in the sequence.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (July 14) evening, with the first of 10 races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) won his fourth Open Pace of the year on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jackie Rousse-trained four year old not only set a lifetime mark but also paced the fastest mile of the year thus far at the Spa when he stopped the timer in 1:51. Frank Coppola Jr. pointed Artful Way out to the early lead in a sizzling 26.3 before yielding to rival JK Panache (Wally Hennessey) past the quarter. JK Panache flew through a half in 54.1 and three quarters 1:22.1 and still had something left in the stretch. Artful Way tracked him down in the final strides to record the mild upset at odds of 6-1. JK Panache held second while Caution Signs (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Artful Way, who won ten times in 25 starts last year en route to over $100,000 in earnings, is on almost that exact pace again in 2016 as he never owns five wins and more than $50,000 in his first thirteen starts of the season. The winner returned $15.80 while the race's exacta and triple paid $60.50 and $380, respectively. Live racing takes place on Sunday and Monday afternoons with matinees beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) prevailed in the Open Pace for the third time in the last four weeks at Saratoga. The Jackie Rousse trainee got away last in the $15,000 harness racing  six horse Open on a hot night in the Spa City. Frank Coppola Jr. got a cover trip for Artful Way as the four year old pacer followed the race's 4-5 betting favorite Panocchio (Gerry Mattison) who wound up first over after the first half was paced in 55.2 by Spinarama (Austin Siegelman). Artful Way fanned off his cover and reeled in Panocchio in the final strides before stopping the timer in 1:52.1, matching the fastest mile time of the year thus far this season at Saratoga. Panocchio wound up second best while Caution Signs (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Artful Way paid $13.60 to win while pulling off the mild upset. The exacta returned $32.80 with the favorite finishing second and the race's triple came back $102. It was the fourth win in nine starts in 2016 for Artful Way who scored ten victories in 25 seasonal starts in '15. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) scored in the Open Pace for the second time in the last three weeks on Saturday night at Saratoga. The Jackie Rousse-trained pacer faded on the front end in last Saturday's installment of the $15,000 Open as the favorite after being used hard throughout. This week, driver Frank Coppola Jr. elected to sit the pocket with Artful Way who tracked JK Panache (Wally Hennessey) throughout the 1 1/16 mile feature. Artful Way popped the pocket turning for home and cruised past the race's front running favorite before stopping the timer in a dazzling 1:58.2 for the elongated distance after covering the mile in 1:51.2. JK Panache was the runner up for the second consecutive week in the feature while Caution Signs (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Artful Way paid $11.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $40.20 and $349.50, respectively. The win was one of two on the card for conditioner Jackie Rousse and one of three on the night for veteran reinsman Frank Coppola Jr. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Last Saturday night, Artful Way (Artistic Fella) blasted out to the early lead in the $15,000 Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Though the harness racing four year old flashed incredible turn of foot early in the 1 1/16 mile feature last week, Artful Way tired late before fading to a sixth place finish.   This week, the tune was much different for the Jackie Rousse-trained pacer. Frank Coppola Jr. once again powered Artful Way out early but eased him back before yielding to rival Spinarama (Austin Siegelman).   Spinarama got a big time second quarter breather but was hounded by the race's favorite JK Panache who was first over.   Dismissed at odds of 12-1, Spinarama turned back JK Panache but Artful Way got loose late and surged up the passing lane before hitting the wire first in 2:00 for the 1 1/16 mile.   Spinarama held second while E Z Noah (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot.   Artful Way returned $9.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $80.00 and $375.50, respectively.   Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Forbes will host a Carnival Of Cups meeting on Sunday afternoon and Toby Vautin is hoping to take out the harness racing feature event. Vautin has two runners in the $12,240 Forbes Services Memorial Club Final and both were impressive winners in the heats. Vautin will drive Playful Fella (Artistic Fella) while Casey Williams will partner Early Decision (Dawn Ofa New Day) with both horses set to start off the front row. "It was great to see Playful Fella finally win a race this time in, he has been a little bit frustrating for me and funnily enough I only nominated him for the heats so Early Decision had a travelling companion," Vautin said. "Playful Fella won a number of races early in his career and I decided to give him a good long break after a run at Menangle in January last year. I thought he had the makings of a nice horse and the break might take him to the next level but he has come back and he is not the same horse." Playful Fella defeated Tuapeka Glory in a heat but Vautin has nominated the Wendy Turnbull trained runner as the hardest to beat. "I was able to beat Tuapeka Glory in the heat but it has drawn barrier one this Sunday so it is the logical horse to beat. I'll be trying to get the front early and if I can't I'll race up on the pace because that's where he likes to be. "I actually think Early Decision is the better of my two chances, I'm driving Playful Fella because he can be a bit of a handful to drive." Early Decision has been plagued by bad barrier draws recently and that trend continued this weekend with the gelding set to start from barrier six. "I think he has drawn inside gate five once in his last fourteen or fifteen starts, he is the most honest horse you could find. He tries hard every start you give him and he'll just need a little bit of luck in the early stages. "I will be instructing Casey to come out on him early and look to slot in somewhere. The owners wanted to give Casey a chance to drive him because she helps out around the stable when she can, it was definitely the right thing to do." Early Decision won his heat by more than ten metres and Vautin is confident the gelding can win more races if he can get some luck with the barrier draws. "His luck will come, hopefully he gets the luck on Sunday. If I was to run first and second this weekend I reckon it would make my day a great one." Forbes will run seven races on Sunday with the first timed to begin at 1:20pm. Greg Hayes

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