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Lady Dela Renta A (Well Said) brought her two-for-two local record back to Saratoga Casino Hotel to compete in Thursday's Fillies and Mares Open. The Jose Godinez-trained mare had little difficulty rattling off back-to-back wins in the $18,000 Open when she came to town in October. On Thursday, Lady Dela Renta A returned to the Spa looking to stay undefeated against the track's top distaffers. The race's 3-5 betting favorite drew inside her major danger The Charging Moa N (Jay Randall) in the five-horse feature but unlike in her previous pair of local tries, Lady Dela Renta A took back in the early going and opted to come from off the pace. Leading driver Billy Dobson sat patiently with the five year old mare as the first lap went in 57 seconds. Lady Dela Renta A made her move just past the half and powered-up first over to overtake the leader past three quarters in 1:25 but in the meantime towed The Charging Moa N into contention as that one drafted behind the cover of the favorite. Those two drew off from their rivals in the stretch before Lady Dela Renta A held off the charge from The Charging Moa N and reported home in 1:54.2 to move her record at the Spa to three-for-three. The Charging Moa N was a strong second to complete a $5.20 exacta. Bye Bye Felicia (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. The victory in the feature was one of three on the card for Dobson. Lady Dela Renta A's win was her eleventh of the season and moved her '19 bankroll to over the $150,000 mark. Godinez won the previous two installments of the local Open for pacing mares with his Dibaba N who scored impressively in her pair of Saratoga starts. With Thursday's victory, Godinez now has nine wins in the Fillies and Mares Open at the Spa in the 2019 campaign. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

The Fillies and Mares Open was contested as the feature on Wednesday's program at Saratoga Casino Hotel. After a scratch, the field was reduced to five members but what a strong group of distaffers it was. Dibaba N (Shadow Play) made her local debut a winning one last Thursday (November 21) and was the public's even money favorite on Wednesday as she looked to go back-to-back in the $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open. Driver Billy Dobson flashed speed with the Jose Godinez trainee who wound up yielding to fellow invader Tequila Monday (Mark Beckwith) to get a pocket trip. Those two mares squared off just two weeks ago at Dover Downs in Delaware with Dibaba N pacing past Tequila Monday in the final strides to secure the victory. The rematch wound up as a near carbon copy of the first battle between them as Dibaba N pounced out of the pocket and rolled past Tequila Monday to secure her third win in a row. Now two-for-two at Saratoga, Dibaba N stopped the timer in 1:52.4 in what was her seventh victory of the campaign. Tequila Monday was the runner-up and completed a $9.50 exacta. Miss Irish Rose A (Larry Stalbaum) finished third. Dibaba N is owned by the Blindswitch, Robert Cooper, VIP Internet and J&T Silva Stables. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening and will feature a Pick Five carryover of $3,819. The Pick Five is a 50 cent minimum wager and starts in the evening's first race. First post time is set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Dibaba N (Shadow Play) made her local harness racing debut a winning one in Thursday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The five year old mare was making her first start out of the Jose Godinez stable when she went off as the public's 1-9 betting favorite in the $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open on a pleasant Thursday afternoon in the Spa City. Dibaba N got away last in the field of five distaffers but when leading driver Billy Dobson called on the talented New Zealand invader, she appeared every bit up to the task. Going first-over against the pacesetting leader Brontz N (Jimmy Devaux), Dibaba N had little difficulty pacing past the leader in a third quarter that went in 27.3 before drawing away to win by open daylight in 1:54.3. Bontz N held strong for second to continue her breakout season at Saratoga while longshot Hilaria (Brett Crawford) earned the show spot. With the victory, Dibaba N becomes the fifth different lady pacer to win the Fillies and Mares Open for Godinez this season at Saratoga. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Lady Dela Renta A (Well Said) made her local debut a winning one in the Thursday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Trainer Jose Godinez has often brought New Zealand and Australian invaders to town to compete in Opens over the last handful of years and his newest revelation Lady Dela Renta A impressed in Thursday's $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open. The field was reduced to five after a scratch and Lady Dela Renta A wound up as the public's 2-5 betting favorite as she marched out to the early lead in the ladies' feature. Leading driver Billy Dobson got the invader to the top in a first quarter in 27 seconds before reaching the half in 56.1. Lady Dela Renta A never suffered an anxious moment before pacing away from her rivals to stop the timer in 1:52.4 to record the win in her local debut. Longshot Hilaria (Brett Crawford) got the pocket trip behind the winner and wound up as a clear-cut second-place finisher while Bye Bye Felicia (Mark Beckwith) finished third. Lady Dela Renta A's win was her ninth on the season and fifth since coming over to the U.S. from her native Australia. Paying just $2.80 to win on Thursday, Lady Dela Renta A, who led an exacta that returned $22.40, became the fourth Godinez-trained distaffer to win the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga in 2019 but the first since May. The five year old mare is owned by the Blindswitch Racing Stable of Cortlandt Manor, NY and Dolne Farm Services of Indiana. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Bontz N (American Ideal) continued to show that she is a force among the lady harness racing pacers at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday afternoon. The eight year old New Zealand-bred debuted at the Spa with a win in August and immediately vaulted into Open company. Bontz N came into Thursday's try with two victories in her four starts in the $15,000 feature and wound up as the 7-5 top choice in the wagering as started from her assigned outside post position six. Billy Dobson piloted the Gary Levine trainee in the Open and powered her out to an easy lead. Over a track labeled 'good', Bontz N cruised unopposed in a soft first half of 58.3 but had two challengers closing in past three quarters in 1:26.3. Itty Bitty (Jordan Derue) was first-over and got to drop in around the final turn as Come Get The Cash (Jay Randall) closed in from the back of the pack. Bontz N faced a two-pronged challenge in the stretch but had enough to prevail for the third time in her last four starts in the Open, stopping the timer in 1:55. Come Get The Cash has become a force at the Spa as well since debuting here in July and finished second to Bontz N in the feature to extend her "on the board" streak that has now lasted almost three months. Itty Bitty earned the show spot. Bontz N paid $4.90 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $20.20 and $57, respectively. Her win was one of two on the day for her connections as trainer Gary Levine and leading driver Billy Dobson teamed up for another victory on Thursday with low-level condition mare Baddabingbaddabang. The Pick Five carryover at Saratoga on Saturday will be the largest it's been in years as a $10,950 carryover will be there for the taking. The Pick Five begins in the evening's first race on Saturday which is set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

With no Open on the docket, the $12,500 Winners Over for fillies and mares was the harness racing feature on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Bontz N (American Ideal) was making her local debut for trainer Gary Levine as she went off as the public's 1-5 betting favorite in the Friday feature. The New Zealand invader was coming off a decisive victory at Yonkers and once again was pointed out to the front-end in her local debut. Bontz N got a second quarter breather after clicking off a first quarter of 27.4 before the favorite got her first test as she led the charge to three quarters, a challenge that came from Come Get The Cash (Jay Randall). The long first-over journey for Come Get The Cash resulted in a second-place finish as Bontz N paced home in 27.2 to stop the timer in 1:53.3 to prevail in her first start at the Spa. Come Get The Cash was a strong second while Poppy Drayton N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Bontz N paid just $2.50 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $14.60 and $25.40, respectively. Leading driver Billy Dobson piloted Bontz N to her victory in the feature. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

For the second consecutive Saturday night, Beach Boogie (Somebeachsomewhere) won the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Rene Allard trainee was assigned the outside post in the $15,000 five-horse feature and leading driver Billy Dobson sat behind the race's 1-5 favorite. Beach Boogie came from off the pace to win last weekend's Open in 1:51.3 but on this beautiful Saturday night in Saratoga Springs, the five year old cruised out to an easy lead. After carving out first half fractions of 27.3 and 56.1, Beach Boogie didn't face a challenge until pocket-sitter Century Endeavor (Gerry Mattison) charged up the passing lane in the stretch. The chase proved futile though and Beach Boogie stopped the timer in 1:51.3, once again, to record his second straight Saturday score at the Spa and the sixth consecutive Open win at Saratoga for the Allard stable. Century Endeavor came up second-best in his debut in the Open on Saturday while invader Summer Side (Phil Fluet) earned the show spot. Beach Boogie has now won five times in eleven starts in 2019. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

The Open wins just keep coming for trainer Rene Allard and driver Billy Dobson at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The red-hot tandem has now teamed up for five consecutive Open victories at the Spa. Following two Open wins on Gerrity night in July, Allard and Dobson won features last Friday and Saturday night, securing victories in the Fillies and Mares Open and the Open Pace. Eclipse Me N (Real Desire), who paced 1:51.4 on Gerrity night to become the fastest mare of the season at the Spa, cruised to a coast-to-coast victory in Friday night's $15,000 Open for distaffers as she made good at odds of 1-2 to move the Open streak to five. Dobson marched Eclipse Me N out to the early lead and they never looked back, cruising home to win in 1:52.2. Longshots Bye Bye Felicia (Bruce Aldrich Jr) and Spreester (Jimmy Devaux) finished second and third, respectively, in Friday's feature. Eclipse Me N's win was her seventh in fifteen starts in 2019. Dobson piloted another Allard trainee to victory on Friday as well as young pacer Robyn Camden (Art Professor) cruised to a career-best score in 1:53.2 at odds of 1-9 in a $7,500 conditional race for fillies and mares. Allard's Beach Boogie will likely be the favorite in Saturday night's Open Pace as the Allard-Dobson combo will look to extend the streak to six for consecutive victories in local Opens. Beach Boogie has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite for Saturday's try in the Open. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. There is a Pick Five carryover of $1,303 in Saturday's Pick Five, a wager that starts in the evening's first race. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Wednesday afternoon's harness racing card at Saratoga Casino Hotel was dominated by red hot reinsman Billy Dobson. The track's defending top driver is having a sensational 2019 campaign and has enjoyed a huge last few weeks of action in the sulky. On Wednesday, the 35 year old piloted four winners including one while sitting behind former Saratoga Trotter of the Year Twisted Pretzel (Crazed). The Scott Mongeon-trained Twisted Pretzel was named the track's top trotter in 2017 and enjoyed a solid '18 campaign as well. The nine year old was the odds-on favorite in his conditional race on Wednesday's afternoon program at the Spa and Dobson picked up the catch-drive behind the longtime Saratoga veteran high-stepper. Twisted Pretzel appeared content to sit the pocket after giving way to a rival approaching the opening quarter but as the trotters made their way to the half, Dobson powered the 3-5 favorite out and cruised past the leader before drawing away to win in 1:56.2 for his first victory of the season. Now approaching $450,000 in lifetime earnings, Twisted Pretzel has spent almost all his career racing right here at Saratoga. As far as Dobson, the beat just goes on. The talented reinsman scored a grand slam on Wednesday adding four more wins to already huge lead in the driver standings as the Michigan native pursues his seventh local driving title in the last decade. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time scheduled for 12:00 Noon.   Mike Sardella

Sandy Sue (Shark Gesture) joined the Jimmy Nickerson harness racing stable earlier this month and the four year old mare finished second in her first start in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. In the two weeks that followed her local debut, Sandy Sue didn't factor in the feature which led to her being assigned the rail for Thursday's try in the $15,000 Open for distaffers. Leading driver Billy Dobson sat behind Sandy Sue who went off at odds of 7-2 in the five-horse feature and took advantage of her inside post to cut the mile on Thursday. After pacing a first half in 57 seconds, Sandy Sue felt just mild pressure from the race's favorite Coveredndiamonds (Jay Randall) before scampering away around the final turn. Pocket-sitting Spreester (Jimmy Devaux) closed up the rail in the stretch but it was too little, too late as she ended up as the runner-up to Sandy Sue who stopped the timer in 1:53.4 for her first win in the local Open. Sandy Sue paid $9.00 to win and led an exacta with Spreester second that returned $49.80. Coveredndiamonds N had to settle for third. Defending driving champion Billy Dobson is having another huge year at Saratoga in 2019 and added three more wins to his total on Thursday's matinee. Live racing resumes at the Spa on Saturday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm.   Mike Sardella Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino

After a scratch, the featured field on Sunday afternoon was down to six participants at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The six-pack of Open trotters slugged it out for their share of the $15,000 purse and Mandeville (Majestic Son) emerged victorious with leading driver Billy Dobson in the bike. Mandeville was a two-time Open winner at the Spa in 2018 but scored his first win of the season just last week when he stopped the timer in 1:54.2, the fastest clocking for any trotter at Saratoga this year. Mandeville was up into Open company on Sunday and brushed up to take over the lead approaching the half mile pole and once he made the lead, the Don Billings-trained trotter never looked back. Mandeville withstood heavy pressure from the race's favorite Bobs Hope (Jay Randall) who came into Sunday on a three-race win streak in the Open. Mandeville proved up to the task and rebuffed Bobs Hope who still earned a second-place finish. Longshot Cartier Volo was third in the mile clocked in 1:55.3 over a track labeled 'good.' Mandeville paid $9.50 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $21.40 and $126.50, respectively. With the victory, Mandeville becomes just the fifth horse at the Spa to win an Open Trot this season, a level that has been dominated by two horses that he defeated on Sunday, Bobs Hope and Cash Me Out. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:00 Noon.   Mike Sardella

Eclipse Me N (Real Desire) prevailed in her 2019 harness racing debut while competing in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday afternoon. The Rene Allard trainee enjoyed a $100,000+ campaign last season and debuted in the local feature off a pair of qualifiers that took place at Pocono Downs. With leading driver Billy Dobson in the bike, Eclipse Me N got a second-over trip in the five-horse field, following the cover of the race's favorite. Betabcool N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) enjoyed a hassle-free first lap on the lead before being met with the challenge of the favorite approaching three quarters. Eclipse Me N fanned off her cover around the final turn and came on in the final strides to best Betabcool N and secure the victory in the $15,000 feature. Betabcool N was the runner-up while Miss Irish Rose A earned the show spot. Eclipse Me N, who stopped the timer in 1:54.4, paid $7.70 to win and led an exacta that returned $30.00.   There is a Pick Five carryover of $3,061 on Saturday's card at Saratoga with the Pick Five beginning in race one. First post time is set for 6:45pm.   Mike Sardella

Havefaithinme N (Bettor's Delight) scored in the first Open Pace of the year at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez trainee brought his over $1 million in harness racing career earnings into the Monday afternoon feature which was contested for a purse of $12,000. The fractions in the race were slow over a track labeled 'good' and Havefaithinme N had his work cut out for him to come from off the pace. The millionaire eight year old toughed it out, though, and wore the leader Khun Ratha A (Larry Stalbaum) down before stopping the timer in 1:56.2 en route to his second win in as many starts in 2019. Khun Ratha A was a strong second while Maxdaddy Blue Chip (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. Havefaithinme N completed a Monday hat trick for driver Bruce Aldrich Jr who got his season off to a strong start behind the three-win afternoon. The race's favorite at odds of 2-1, Havefaithinme N paid $6.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $22.60 and $96, respectively. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon for the first of what will be regular Wednesday matinees on the schedule this year at Saratoga. There is a Pick Five guarantee of $5,000 on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout February and March. The Pick Five now begins in race one on the card. Also, race 5 will feature a $25,000 guaranteed trifecta pool on Wednesdays and Thursdays. First post time for the matinee cards is set for 12:00pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Trainer Rene Allard scored a pair of wins with the two trotters he brought to Saratoga Casino Hotel on Wednesday afternoon. Volare (Conway Hall) cruised to a wire-to-wire victory score as the fastest of the winners of three co-features for New York sired trotters on the chilly afternoon at the Spa. Allard brought Volare to town as the trotter looked to shake what had been some second and third-itis over the past couple of months. Leading driver Billy Dobson wasted little time moving the race's favorite out to the early lead and once the four year old got there, he had no trouble coasting to victory in 1:57.3. Volare's win came in one of the three $11,000 co-features and was the fastest among them on the matinee card. Allard's other victory came with Haveitalltogether (Cantab Hall) who toughed it out first over in a $9,000 event for young trotters. Volare was the by far the fastest of the three winners of the Wednesday co-features but John Stark Jr's Miss Muscle (Muscle Mass) and Notmeitsyou (Chapter Seven) also secured victories in the $11,000 trio of features on the matinee card. Miss Muscle went coast-to-coast for Stark as the three year old filly continued her solid sophomore campaign with what was her fourth victory of the '18 season. Miss Muscle stopped the timer in 2:00.1 as her race's 2-1 favorite. The third co-feature went the way of Notmeitsyou who lived up to the hype as a 1-5 betting favorite on Wednesday as the three year old drew away late to prevail in 1:58. It was the second win for Notmeitsyou in as many weeks in the $11,000 co-feature as the sophomore continues what has been a terrific run since coming to Saratoga in September for trainer-driver Phil Fluet. Live racing resumes on Friday evening with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Saturday featured two divisions of the second leg of the Gary Kamal Memorial Pacing Series. It is the fifth installment of the series that honors the memory of the longtime horseman at Saratoga Casino Hotel and is for young pacers, five years old and younger. Both divisions went for a purse of $10,000 and it was Arch Hanover (Art Major) who cemented himself as the series' one to beat on Saturday night. Arch Hanover brought a four-race win streak into the second leg but drew post seven in the eight-horse race. Leading driver Billy Dobson blasted Arch Hanover out early and the four year old wound up in the pocket. Rival Kiwi Tintin N (Frank Coppola Jr) came into the race with a three-for-three record since coming to the USA and the New Zealand invader was subsequently the 1-2 betting favorite despite starting from post eight. Kiwi Tintin N surged up first over and took the lead around the final turn but Arch Hanover came roaring out of the hole setting up a sensational stretch duel. Arch Hanover got up in the final stride to prevail in 1:53.4, matching his win time from leg one which served as a lifetime mark. Kiwi Tintin N will be a force in the final as he was a strong second while longshot Still To Come (Chris Long) earned the show spot. The other division of the series' second leg was won by SB Angelindisguise (Shawn Gray) who romped in his second local start, stopping the timer in 1:53.3 to punch his ticket to the final. The Joe De Carlo trainee spent his summer competing in the Midwest and headed east just two weeks ago to compete for new connections in the Kamal Memorial Pace. SB Angelindisguise bested Saulsbrook Deputy (Frank Coppola Jr) who was the race's odds-on favorite on Saturday night en route to his first local score. Barbados (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. The Gary Kamal Memorial Pacing Series Final will take place next Saturday night (Oct 27) and will be contested for a purse of $35,200. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Precocious Lady (Lucky Chucky) got her career off to a strong start as a freshman in 2017. The Margaret Spagnola trainee raced seven times as a two year old, recording three wins and hitting the board in six of the seven starts. The sophomore season hasn't been as smooth though for Precocious Lady who got off to a slow beginning to her '18 campaign. The three year old has been much improved recently and came into Thursday's $8,500 event for New York sired trotters at Saratoga Casino Hotel with a win and three third place finishes in her last five starts. Drawing the rail on Thursday, Precocious Lady had leading driver Billy Dobson in the sulky who perhaps used a bit of caution in the early going as the filly was coming off of a break. After getting away third from the rail, Precocious Lady swung first-over and powered past the leader before drawing off to a resounding six-plus length victory on a chilly autumn afternoon in upstate New York. Precocious Lady's win, which came in 2:01.3, was the second of the day for her owners and trainer as Jim Corona and John Shufon teamed up with Margaret Spagnola earlier in the card for a win with veteran trotter Quick Feet (Crazed). Quick Feet cruised to a four and a half length win on Thursday as he scored for the second time in just five days. Both of his victories this week came with Frank Coppola Jr. in the sulky. Corona and Shufon have been long time partners in the horse business enjoying perhaps their greatest success with Mr. One Eyed Jack who was named Saratoga's Pacer of the Year back in 2004 while a member of the Spagnola stable. Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post featuring a pick five carryover of $1,673. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

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