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Artful Way (Artistic Fella) was at it again. The Jackie Greene trainee scored another win in the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday night as the harness racing  five year old destined to be the track's Pacer of the Year for the second straight season prevailed in the local Open for the eighth time of the year. Artful Way blasted out to the early lead over a sloppy track on Saturday and the public's 4-5 betting favorite never had an anxious moment before stopping the timer in 1:53. The track's Pacer of the Year in '16, Artful Way is having an even better year in '17 as his Saturday victory was his thirteenth of the campaign, eight of which have come in the local Open. Dancin Yankee (Mark Beckwith) finished second in the $19,500 feature as he kept a streak of his own alive. The pacer who holds the all-time track record at the Spa has competed seven times in the Open this year and finished second or third in all seven. Bet You (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot on Saturday as Artful Way cemented his Pacer of the Year status once again. The local star will certainly be a top candidate to be Horse of the Year in '17 as well. Frank Coppola Jr, who piloted the superstar Artful Way to the victory, had a sensational night. The track's top driver piled up an amazing seven victories on the card, padding an already insurmountable lead in the driver standings. Trainer Jackie Greene had four winners on the Saturday program. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) continued his sensational campaign in Saturday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The defending Pacer of the Year at the Spa, Artful Way put the swoop to the group in the $18,000 Open Pace for the second consecutive weekend. The Jackie Greene trainee again got away last in the seven-horse feature and sat patiently as track record holder Dancin Yankee (Mark Beckwith) battled it out with co-favored Deetzy (Billy Dobson). Those two checked in together to three quarters in 1:23.2. All the while, Frank Coppola Jr. was about to make his move with Artful Way who is actually having a better year already than he did in his award winning 2016 campaign. Coming from last at the half when he was still nine lengths off the lead, Artful Way powered past the dueling rivals to win in 1:52.2. Dancin Yankee was the runner-up in the Open for the second consecutive week while Deetzy earned the show spot, hitting the board for the third straight week in Saturday feature. Artful Way was co-favored at odds of 8-5 and led an exacta and triple that paid $17 and $24.40, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee set to begin at 12:15pm. There is a Monday matinee scheduled as well with the Columbus Day program also starting at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) put in as impressive of a performance on Saturday night as you will see in an harness racing Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jackie Greene trainee got away fifth in a six horse field in the $18,000 Open Pace while his co-favorite Dancin Yankee (Mark Beckwith) set up shop on the front end. Dancin Yankee, who holds the all-time track record with a 1:48.4 victory in the Gerrity Pace in 2015, finished third in his return to town last week. Driver Mark Beckwith put that classy veteran on the lead in the early going on Saturday night and despite going a fast first quarter in 26.4, got to back it down a bit en route to going a first half in 56 seconds. Artful Way made his move from the back of the pack with about 3/8 of a mile to pace and when he did so, he meant business. Unleashing an eye-popping move heading to the three quarter pole, Artful Way paced right past Dancin Yankee and drew away to win the Open in 1:51.4. Highlighted by a final half in 54.2, Artful Way became the first five-time Open Pace winner at the Spa this season. Dancin Yankee won the photo for place while last week's Open winner Deetzy came on to finish third. Artful Way, the track's defending Pacer of the Year, has already matched his win total from 2016 with ten and is just shy of his earnings from last year of $115,000+. Artful Way was piloted to the Open score by Frank Coppola Jr. Greene and Coppola teamed up for a pair of victories on Saturday night as heavily favored Some Attitude (Somebeachsomewhere) moved his local record to two-for-two. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon with a matinee that kicks off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Artful Way and harness racing driver Brett Crawford takes the Vernon Downs Open Pace ($11,400) on Monday (September 4). Artful Way (Artistic Fella), would jump out to the lead and go gate-to-wire. The 5 year-old, who is owned by the Kellogg Racing Stables and trained by Jackie Greene, would put up all the fractions :25.3, :53.4, 1:21.1, 1:49.0. JK Panache (Jimmy Whittemore) would follow the whole way to finish second. Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) would take third. Artful Way ($3.50) would win for the ninth time this year and for the 29th time in his career. Leading driver John MacDonald would win four on Monday afternoon. MacDonald won with Manverick ($3.10), Mayflowermoonshine ($3.40), Dragon Fever ($6.40), and Coopers Beach ($2.60) Vernon Downs returns for live racing on Thursday (September 7), featuring the New York Sire Stakes for Freshman trotting colts. Post time is 6:45. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) did on Saturday night what Artful Way does as the Jackie Greene harness racing trainee scored an Open Pace win at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The track's defending Pacer of the Year went coast to coast in Saturday's $18,000 feature and never suffered an anxious moment. Coming in off a victory in the Plainridge Open earlier in the week, Artful Way utilized his early speed to make it to the top with relative ease. After getting a first half in 56.2, he had plenty left for the back-half and cruised to the win in 1:52.1 with Frank Coppola Jr. in the sulky. Longshot Wynberg Courage N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) was the runner-up as the 28-1 shot got the pocket ride and held on to earn the place spot on Saturday while fellow invader Maxdaddy Blue Chip (Billy Dobson) came on to finish third. Though Artful Way was the race's odds-on favorite, the exacta and triple in the Open paid well. The exacta returned $42.40 while the triple came back $271 in the seven-horse feature. Artful Way joined stablemate Titus Seelster as four-time winners of the Open Pace at the Spa this season. Both standouts are owned by the Kellogg Racing Stables of Queensbury, NY. Artful Way's connections also had the winner of Wednesday night's Fillies and Mares Open as Stylsh Beachwhere scored the victory in a local feature for the second time in three tries. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

On Saturday night, Titus Seelster (Artistic Fella) became the first harness racing four-time winner of the Open Pace this season at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jackie Greene-trained pacer loves the lead and got it with relative ease in the $18,000 feature on Saturday. After having things his own way in a first half paced in 56.2, Titus Seelster faced a stiff challenge from rival Panocchio (GerryMattison) who turned up the pressure while grinding up first over. As those two did battle, He's A Lock (Wally Hennessey) sat in the catbird seat observing the action before flying up the passing lane. It was he and Titus Seelster that would hit the line at almost the same time. Separated by the slimmest of margins on the wire, Titus Seelster got the best of longshot He's A Lock to prevail in 1:52.2 over a track labeled 'good.' Panocchio earned the show spot. Titus Seelster paid $10.60 to win in the six-horse Open leading an exacta and triple that came back $82 and $131, respectively. Titus Seelster, who was driven to victory by Frank Coppola Jr, won for the ninth time in 2017. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Tuesday night with a 7:05pm first scheduled post. Mike Sardella

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

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