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CHESTER, PA - The pair of harness racing feature races at Harrah's Chester on "Trottin' Thursday" were both hard-fought affairs, with both headliners finding less than two lengths separating the winner from the last checkgetter. In the $18,000 top-level event, the Crazed gelding Izoh ignored both a 23-1 dismissal by the crowd and a grueling first-over trip to catch favored sophomore Goes Down Smooth, whose last appearance was a checkgetting one in the Breeders Crown, by a nose in 1:55.1. There was a half-length between Goes Down Smooth and third-place Ooh Rah, who in turn captured third by a half-length over Sumatra, with Armagedon Seelster another neck back in fifth. Izoh, now with two wins and three seconds in his last five starts despite rising in class steadily, triumphed for trainer Frank Ingrassia and driver Jackie Ingrassia, who is a co-owner with Arden Homestead Stable, Donna Franchetti, and Thomas Doran. The $14,500 co-feature saw the Muscle Mass gelding Cruising In Style come up the inside to outstep first-over favorite Crossfit by ¾ of a length in 1:55.4. Fashion Creditor was a half-length behind those two and Hill Of A Horse only a head behind the show horse and a half-length ahead of Sylvesteramericait. CruisingIn Style pushed his earnings over the quarter-million dollar mark, with the figure now at $250,819 for the Andrew Harris trainee, who is owned by Thestable Cruising Group. Cruising In Style was driven by George Napolitano Jr., who had four wins on the Thursday card; Marcus Miller was next in line with three sulky successes. From Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - The Muscle Mass gelding Armageddon Seeslter went right to the lead and took the shortest way home in the $18,000 featured harness racing trot on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, but he had to be good late to hold off two threatening foes for the 1:55.1 triumph. Pat Berry sent the winner to the front before the :27.4 quarter, and didn't receive great pressure through middle splits of :56.4 and 1:26. When the wide tiers did not keep up into the stretch, pocketsitting Wisenheimer and third-in Sylvesteramerica IT had room to angle outside and challenge, and Armageddon Seelster had to dig down to maintain a neck advantage over Sylvesteramerica IT at the finish, with Wisenheimer just photoed out for second. Ron Coyne Jr. conditions the winner for Ron Coyne Stables Inc., Blair Corbeil, and Mike Mcallister. In a $14,500 trot, the Crazed gelding Simply Volo tucked fourth behind a wall of early leavers, went up to challenge uncovered at the half, and in a battle that lasted more than the last quarter-mile, got by pacesetting Amador by a neck in 1:55.2. The public caught on to the winner, who was the third-last choice on the morning line but went off as the favorite, as he pushed his earnings to $305.075 for driver Corey Callahan, trainer Joe Pavia Jr., and owners Steven Held, Jack Shaffer, Jeffrey Nana, and Pint Size Racing LLC. Driver George Napolitano Jr. had five winners on the afternoon card, bringing his career total to 9,997. When he reaches the milestone 10,000th win, he will be the 18th driver in North American history to reach five figures in driving wins, and he currently ranks 11th among active drivers. Napolitano is booked on eight drives for the Friday card at the riverside oval, among them three morning line favorites. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - A pair of $15,000 co-featured harness racing trots on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono were won in photo finishes by the pocketsitter who used the Pocono Pike as the path to victory. The faster of the two winners was the Crazed gelding Krentler Hanover, who lowered his lifetime best to 1:55 for trainer Bruce Clarke and owner Anthony Cangialosi. Marcus Miller used the rail well to defend the pocket behind pacesetting Fire'N Woodshed, then caught that one by a head. The Sierra Kosmos mare Bag O Chips, a former stalwart of the Massachusetts program, raced in the two-hole behind Pilgrims Lass, then had enough trot late to win by a neck over tough first-over challenger Allthefixins, with Pilgrims Lass another 1¼ lengths back in third in the 1:56 mile. Eric Carlson handled driving duties behind the winner of $212,820 for trainer Bucky Angle and owners Howard and Joshua Kaufman. The World Of Rocknroll mare Clarebear was three-wide well past a fast quarter in pursuit of the lead in the $14,000 co-featured pace for mares, but once on the front she held on to her advantage to the wire for a 1:52.1 victory. Eric Carlson kept the winner of $290,208 alive to the line to post a ¾ length win over pocket rallier Truth And Liberty for trainer Michael Russo and the Cavalli Veloci ("fast horses" in Italian) Stable LLC. George Napolitano Jr. had a driving double on Tuesday night, bringing his local four-card week's tally to 17 and his career total to 9,992. George now heads down the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike for three days of competition at Harrah's Philadelphia - whether he will be still be looking for the milestone 10,000th victory when he returns to Pocono on Saturday is up in the air, as he had three winners last Sunday at Philly. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs  

Batavia, NY --- After destroying the harness racing field by nine-lengths in a lower conditioned start at the Downs last week, CR Blazin Beauty moved up to the $11,000 Open II and left the field chasing her once again as she won by open lengths in track record time at Batavia Downs. The players and the script were the same; driver John Cummings Jr. left hard and put CR Blazin Beauty on the point and did whatever they felt from there. After stopping the timer in :28, :58.2 and 1:27.3, CR Blazin Beauty opened up three-lengths at the head of the stretch and extended it to 5-¾ lengths at the wire where she won her second straight in 1:56.1. The time tied the track record for aged trotting mares set by Chelsea's Chance in 2018. CR Blazin Beauty ($4.00) pushed her earnings to $53,895 on the strength of her fifth win of the year. The 5-year-old daughter of Crazed-Melrose Abbey is owned by Marissa Russo and is trained by David Russo. Despite being a record-tying race, it wasn't even the feature. The $12,500 Open I trot was won by Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) who sat fifth while Osprey Vision (John Cummings Jr.) and Kahoku (Pat Galbraith) were battling on the front in a suicide mission to the half in :57.1. Davis pulled Fox Valley Veto at that point, tracked the leaders to the three-quarters and then pulled three-deep into the final turn. There he cleared and opened up two-lengths at the top of the stretch before holding off a fast closing Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) at the wire to win in 1:56.4. It was the eighth win of the year for Noble Legend ($9.40) who is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice. Maria Rice trains the winner. Billy Davis Jr. was red hot on Friday, winning four races on the card. He had his picture taken with Mr. Perseverance (1:56.2, $3.20), the aforementioned Fox Valley Veto, OK Galahad (1:55.3, $3.30) and Noble Legend (1:58.3, $4.50). Dave McNeight III had a good night as well scoring a driving hat trick during the proceedings. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Aug. 31) with post time for the first race at 6:00 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

World Champion racehorse and sire Crazed, who stood at Tara Hills Stud in Ontario the last two years, has been sold to Newport Breeding (Peter and Jesse ter Borgh) of The Netherlands. Crazed is expected to stand at stud in Sweden in 2019. Crazed, himself a winner of $1,063,059, has sired the winners of more than $23-million. He has produced 47 trotters with sub-1:55 records and 55 $100,000-plus earners during his career in North America. He is the sire of a pair of millionaires in World Champion Crazy Wow 3,1:51.1 ($2,532,143) and JL Cruze 4,1:49.4 ($1,340,452) and three others whose earnings surpass $850,000. In Europe, Crazed has multiple stakes winners including Tumble Dust, with earnings of nearly 5,000,000 SEK ($530,000 U.S.) and a record of 1:53.2. From the Crazed Syndicate  

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 25, 2018- Yonkers Raceway's Sunday (Nov. 25th) matinee saw an anxiously-pocketed Andy Ray (Jason Bartlett, $7.60) winning the featured $44,000 Open Handicap. The Sunday feature went at the flat mile, one race after the seven added-distance 'French' trots. The field of seven was effectively downsized to four as three of the gang-The Last Chapter (Matt Kakaley), Crazy About Pat (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Gruden (Dan Dube)-did the dance of the damned. Meanwhile, Andy Ray-from post position No. 5-worked around 1-2 choice Lean Hanover (Jordan Stratton) for the lead before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. He then gave it up to DW's NY Yank (George Brennan), with that one finding a :57.4 intermission. However, 'Andy' was getting' itchy and gettin' out before a 1:26.3 three-quarters. Andy Ray disposed of DW's NY Yank, but Lean Hanover was poised right behind. The people's preference proved no match, though, as Andy Ray finished it off by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.3. A tiring DW's NY Yank was third, dividing the smaller envelope with a trotting-in-place Lazarus (Brent Holland) and The Last Chapter. For second choice Andy Ray, a 6-year-old Crazed gelding owned by Yinson Quezada and trained by Anette Lorentzon, it was his sixth win in 27 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.40, the triple returned $58.50 and the superfecta paid $251.50. Sunday's incarnation of the 'New York, New York Double' featured a winning combination of 5-Tequila Sunday (Aqueduct's 1st race) and 1-Quick Summer (Yonkers' 5th race), returning $23.70 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $3,416. The next Sunday matinee is Dec. 2nd (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

CHESTER, PA - The veteran Crazed gelding Crazy About Pat pushed his lifetime earnings to $833,750 with a 1:54.2 victory in the $18,000 featured trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. Eric Carlson settled in second early with the winner behind fast-starting Ameliosi, then made a move topward by the 27.4 half. Middle splits of 57 and 1:25.2 were hung up, and when no outer tier action materialized, Ameliosi proved to be the main competition, but Crazy About Pat kept him at bay by a solid 2¼ lengths. Gilbert Garcia-Herrera is the owner/trainer of Crazy About Pat. It may surprise some non-Mid-Atlantic fans to learn that Garcia-Herrera is within the top six trainers at Yonkers, Pocono, and Philadelphia, where he sits second in the table to Ron Burke. He is also sixth in North America, with Crazy About Pat the 200th winner from the barn this year. There were a pair of $14,500 trotting co-features on the card, with Carlson also victorious in one of them, handling the Cam's Rocket sophomore gelding What That Is in a 1:56.1 triumph. One of Maryland's top colts the last couple years, What That Is swung wide from third-over and ran down a game Le Tissier, who had taken over in the stretch after going first-over, by three parts of a length for trainer Kerry Welty and owner Brian Emerson. In the other co-feature, 2017 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Fashionwoodchopper got the first win of his sophomore campaign, going to the lead near the quarter for driver David Miller and then holding off potential pocket rocket Tymal Reign by ¾ of a length to win in 1:55. Despite the paucity of seasonal successes, the Donato Hall colt has still banked $106,370 this year and $363,259 lifetime for trainer Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC. FINISHING LINES - Because of the galloping activity in Kentucky associated with the two-day Breeders Cup championships, post time at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday will be 2:05 p.m. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

Saturday’s V75-3 Gold Express Gaxe at Orebro in Sweden (200,000SEK to winner, 2100 meters autostart) saw 5.2/1 Antonio Tabac (6m Crazed-Grace Tabac-Tap In) score gate to wire timed in 1.12kr for driver Oskar Kylin Blom and owner Gerth-Owe Karlsson. The winner scored for the fifth consecutive time and now has seven wins in his last 10 outings. He now has 17 career wins for 2,265,800SEK earned. The 2.4/1 Nadal Broline was second for Erik Adielsson and third went to 2.2/1 odds Love Matter that was reined by Orjan Kihlstrom. Volstead and Cash Okay were scratched from this event. Top flight action is just ahead in Italy. On October 28 at Visarno will be the male and female divisions of the GP Anact, each with a purse of 110,000€. On November 1st at Torino will be the Orsi Mangelli Filly for 88,000€ and two elims of the GP Mangelli, each elim for a 22,000€ purse. Also that day will be the UET Master Series GP Della Nazione for the 154,000€ purse. Dijon and Timone EK are expected to be at the start in that event. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 6, 2018 -- Shuffled to third after grabbing the early lead, 12-1 long shot EZ Passer responded with a decisive first-over move that carried her to an easy score in Thursday's co-feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. EZ Passer zipped to the front for Jim Pantaleano and stretched out two challengers, Delcrest Magicstar and Bella's Punkett, before yielding. The 4-year-old daughter of Crazed-Musclegrad opened an insurmountable lead with her uncovered burst before prevailing by 6-1/2 lengths in 1:54.3. Rose Run Reanna rallied for second while favorite You're Majestic recovered from an early break to earn show. Bill Zendt trains EZ Passer, who lifted her career bankroll to $187,821, for Shanamphilaniklou Inc. In Thursday's companion feature, a $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace, Bontz N extended her U.S. unbeaten streak to three with a powerful front-end win in 1:53.1 from post 9 for Tony Hall, trainer Sarah Andrews and owner Michael Jurczykowski. The 7-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Blue Delight compiled career earnings of $26,689 in her native New Zealand but has banked $19,100 in her first three U.S. starts. Hall collected four wins and Jim Pantaleano three on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

MILTON, ON - September 1, 2018 - Crazy Wow, piloted by Jody Jamieson, posted a barefoot 31-1 upset over favoured Marion Marauder in Saturday's $651,000 Maple Leaf Trot, at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Trained by Marcus Melander for owners Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J And T Silva Stables LLC and Deo Volente Farms LLC, the six-year-old son of Crazed was first off the gate and first when it mattered most in the Canadian classic. Will Take Charge overtook the speedy Crazy Wow and Emoticon Hanover to make the quarter in :27.1 and the half in :55.1. Ariana G moved first over with Marion Marauder following her cover, but it was Crazy Wow, sitting second late in the turn, that had the most to offer down the lane to spring the upset in 1:51.1. While the public was surprised, Jamieson, who previously won the Maple Leaf Trot in 2012 with Mister Herbie, was not. "I thought I was even-money," joked Jamieson when asked what he thought of his chances going into the race. "I talked to Marcus (Melander) and he said he was real confident in the horse. We actually hooked up jogging (in the warm ups) with St Lads Neptune and this horse, Crazy Wow, and he said, 'look at him. Look how happy he is.' I couldn't argue with him, the horse looked amazingly happy. When the horse saw the gate tonight he was just a different animal." Although it was Jamieson's first time piloting the six-year-old, the veteran driver performed with confidence. "I've watched him race plenty of times, but I didn't realize what kind of horse he was," said Jamieson. "That was a big trip tonight and he made it look real easy." Jamieson made the winning move at the top of the lane, when squeezing inside of Will Take Charge. "I wasn't sure I was going to get through. Around the last turn, I was following what I figured was the best horse in the race, Will Take Charge," said Jamieson. "And with Ariana G out there I figured maybe I'm going to be third, maybe at the very worst, and a little slim lane opened up and I jammed myself through there like I get in trouble sometimes for doing, but he just trotted right through there. Once I got through there clean it was never in doubt that he was going to win." Melander made the key decision to pull Crazy Wow's shoes for the lucrative final. "I've been thinking about that since I got the horse eight weeks ago," said Melander. "We trained him our way and then he qualified good at Pocono. He was a little short last week, of course, after just one qualifier after eight weeks break. "We were actually supposed to race barefoot last week," continued Melander. "But, there were two scratches in the race and we only had to beat one horse, so we kept the shoes on and saved the feet on him. The track was amazing today and it was an easy decision." Like Jamieson, Melander approached the Maple Leaf Trot final with confidence noting that he wasn't surprised at all with the winning effort. "Not really when we got the one-hole. He showed that he's been beating these horses before and the horse felt so sharp going into the race," offered Melander. "He needed a race last week and I was very happy with him this week and he warmed up great. I know he has an extra gear when I pull the shoes, that's for sure." Crazy Wow, bred by Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Ohio, paid $64.20 to win. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Crazy Wow will make his first start for Marcus Melander in the first of Saturday's two eliminations for the Maple Leaf Trot at Ontario's Woodbine Mohawk Park and the trainer is looking forward to seeing the 6-year-old stallion in action. Melander took over the conditioning of the career $2.27-million-earner in early July. A total of 16 older trotters, including defending champion Hannelore Hanover, entered the Maple Leaf Trot and were split into two eight-horse eliminations. The top-five finishers from each C$40,000 division will return for the C$651,000 final on Sept. 1 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Crazy Wow, trained previously by Ron Burke, will start from post three in his elimination with driver Tim Tetrick and is 5-1 on the morning line. Crazy Wow last raced June 30 and enters the elimination off a 1:55.2 win in a qualifier at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Aug. 15. The elimination also includes Marion Marauder, Emoticon Hanover, I Know My Chip, Dancer Hall, Bill's Man, JL Cruze, and Pinkman. Marion Marauder is the 5-2 favorite followed by Dancer Hall, a C$40,000 supplemental entrant, at 3-1. "I'm very excited to see him race," Melander said about Crazy Wow. "It's only the first start for me; I don't really know what to expect from him after only one qualifier. I've been training him a lot, but the other horses are going into the race in full form. He's on his way up. "Hopefully we can make the final because I think he will be much better in the final the week after. But I think he's ready to go with these horses. He hasn't raced for seven or eight weeks, he's not going to be on top of his game, but I think he will do a good race." In the second Maple Leaf Trot elimination, Will Take Charge is the 5-2 favorite followed by Hannelore Hanover at 3-1. The division is completed by Odds On Amethyst, Warrawee Roo, Guardian Angel As, Il Sogno Dream, Ariana G, and Dunbar Hall. Saturday's card also includes three divisions of the Nassagaweya Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers and three divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. Crazy Wow is owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J&T Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms. Melander trains multiple other horses for several of the partners. A son of Crazed out of No Pan No Gain, Crazy Wow has won 21 of 64 career races and one of five this season. His win this season came in a preferred handicap at The Meadowlands. He finished third in the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial, behind Hannelore Hanover and Will Take Charge, and third in the Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational, behind Will Take Charge and Marion Marauder. "He's a very nice horse to be around," Melander said. "Even though he's a stud, he's like a gelding to be around. He's a little lazy in training. I didn't know really where I had him before we qualified because at home he's very comfortable. "In the qualifier, when we went behind the gate, he really stepped up. You could feel he was the racehorse you thought he would be. But at home he is very laid back." Melander drove Crazy Wow in his qualifier. "I always like to drive my horses in their first qualifier, at least," Melander said. "Especially if it's a new horse, so I can feel if I want to do any changes. I didn't really know what to expect from him in the qualifier, but it was a good qualifier. He went a (1):55 mile pretty good and I was happy with him." Melander has spent the past several weeks getting to know Crazy Wow and tinkering with his equipment. "We changed a little shoeing," Melander said. "I qualified him with an open bridle. I know he had cups before; maybe we put something on his head as well because he is very laid back. You try to do some changes, do what you think is best. Every trainer trains differently. We trained him the way we train our horses. It feels like he is happy. "There are a lot of big races left, so I think he could have a good next couple of months." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

CLEARFIELD, PA - Tuesday and Wednesday were devoted to three-year-old Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes at the end of the four-day meeting in this northcentral Pennsylvania town, and the same pattern repeated from the Sunday/Monday opening sessions for harness racing two-year-olds: the trotters, who went first in each "group," got the better of the weather. Another pattern that repeated was that in general the trotting fillies went a little bit faster than their colt counterparts. The fastest mile of Tuesday was turned in in the very first race of the day by the Crazed filly Critical Hanover, who won her third straight on the county fair circuit, overcoming the outside post four (!) for a 2:03.4 victory for the dominant performer of the meet, trainer/driver Todd Schadel, and for his wife and son, owners Christine and Cody Schadel.  In the other "A" 3FT, Schadel's co-owner on the storied Vivid Photo, Roger Hammer, won with the Explosive Matter miss Blow Back, running her fair record to 5-3-2-0 in 2:04.2 for trainer/driver Hammer, also co-owner with Vicki Fair. Quickest of the trotting males was the Muscle Massive gelding What A Hunk, a 2:04.4 winner for driver Steve Schoeffel, trainer Bill Daugherty Jr. (a perennial factor among the fair trotting set), and owner Susan Daugherty. Winning for the third time at the fairs was Grapple Hanover, an Andover Hall gelding who went just a tick behind What A Hunk for trainer/driver Wayne Long and the partnership of William Kreutzer and Denton Barrett. The rains came back for the pacers on Wednesday, and again the track crew at Clearfield worked wonders to keep the surface safe and raceable. The Daily Double even managed to produce a pair of sub-2:00 miles as trainer/driver Roger Hammer swept the "A" male events, with Cirrus De Vie becoming the first horse to win at the fairs five times this year as he kept his circuit record spotless with a 1:59.2 mile, only 2/5 off the divisional track record, with Hammer sharing ownership with Vicki Fair. In the other cut, Marvalous Falcon, a double winner in the "B"s, survived being three-wide to the quarter (in a five-horse field) to post a 1:59.3 time, a seasonal best, for his scrappy breeder/owner/trainer/driver. Earning filly honors was the A Rocknroll Dance miss Dance For Kisses, who traversed a "sloppy +3" oval in 2:01.2 for her second fair win. Tony Schadel handled the sulky duties for owner/trainer Justin Lebo. Todd Schadel, with nine sulky victories, won Clearfield's annual Buster DiSalvo trophy for that accomplishment; all his winners were from his barn, so he also topped that category. Schadel now has 25 wins on the fair circuit in both categories, six ahead of friendly rival Hammer. The Pennsylvania Fair circuit will be doing a "split" for next week's racing. Some horses will go to the far northeast corner of the state, to Honesdale, which will conduct its two-day meet on Sunday and Monday and then its fair meet on Wednesday and Thursday. The other group will be 358 miles away in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania, where the Greene County Fair will race at Waynesburg on Tuesday and Wednesday. From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

CHESTER, PA - Driver Corey Callahan recorded five victories on the Thursday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia, including a $30.80 upset with Wisenheimer in one of two $14,500 divisions of the day's featured trotting event. Wisenheimer raced behind the cover of Valley Of Sin as the latter attacked pacesetting favorite Crazy About Pat. The leader jumped offstride midway around the final turn, with Valley Of Sin able to go the lead and the inside, leaving Wisenheimer uncovered, but the Revenue S gelding battled on to the finish to take a 1:54.3 decision. P L Icabod, who had to dodge the breaking horse along the inside, closed to be a head shy on the money, with Valley Of Sin another head off in finishing third behind the winner, who is trained by Jenny Melander; she also races the winner of $356,236 under lease. Amid Callahan's quintet were the two highest-priced winners of the day, with Wisenheimer topped two races later by $47.40 victress Beatrice, also a trotter coming from off the pace. In the other featured trotting event, Izoh was all "go" from the start, cutting the pace then withstanding the first-over grinding move of favored Wheelsandthelegman to win by a length while lowering his mark a tick to 1:54.1. The winning Crazed gelding is trained by Frank Ingrassia and was driven by his wife Jackie, who is the co-owner with the Arden Homestead Stable, Donna Franchetti, and Thomas Doran. Driver Andrew McCarthy cut the distance to his milestone 2000th career win in half during the Thursday Philly action, reporting home first three times to bring his lifetime total to 1997. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

Crazycat (Crazed) made his return to the Open Trot a winning one on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez trainee had two Open victories on his resume from earlier this season but recently dropped in company off a few dull tries. The five year old Crazycat rattled off back to back jacks in the conditional ranks at the Spa before heading into Sunday's feature off a career-best 1:54.4 victory. Bruce Aldrich Jr. co-owns and drives Crazycat and in Sunday's $14,500 feature, he powered the talented trotter out to the lead approaching the opening quarter. The race's favorite Uva Hanover (Billy Dobson) yielded and wound up sitting the pocket to Crazycat wound up cruising to his third Open win of the season, stopping the timer in 1:55.1 while off at odds of 8-5. Uva Hanover was a strong, albeit well beaten, second while Twisted Pretzel (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot in the six-horse trotting feature. The victory was the seventh on the year for Crazycat who is in the midst of his breakout campaign for Aldrich and Godinez. The exacta paid $10.80 while the triple returned $46.60 in the Spa's most recent installment of the Open Trot. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Last season, Twisted Pretzel was named Trotter of the Year at Saratoga Casino Hotel after winning thirteen times at the Spa with six of his victories coming in the Open Trot. Although 2018 hasn't been as strong as '17 was thus far for Twisted Pretzel, the veteran trotter did come into Sunday's feature as a three-time winner this season with one victory in the $14,500 Open. On Sunday, Twisted Pretzel (Crazed) drew the rail and went off at odds of 7-2 with Mark Beckwith in the sulky. The eight year old Spa regular took advantage of the inside post in the feature and cruised out to the early lead. After setting fractions in the first lap of 27.3 and 57.1, Twisted Pretzel didn't face his first test until three quarters when longshot Mugshots Bro (Frank Coppola Jr) rolled up first-over to challenge for the lead. Those two battled throughout the final quarter before Twisted Pretzel drew off late to win in 1:55.2, a seasonal best win time for the track's defending top trotter. Mugshots Bro, who won his first career Open two weeks ago, was the runner-up on Sunday while the favored Tropical Storm Bi (Phil Fluet) earned the show spot. Twisted Pretzel paid $9.50 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $68 and $179.50, respectively, in the six-horse Open. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time of 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

It was a monster afternoon for trainer Jose Godinez and driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. on Sunday at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Godinez had five trotters in to go on the thirteen race matinee card and had the services of Aldrich for all of them. That top-flight tandem teamed up for four wins on Sunday led by the Godinez stable's top trotter Crazycat. Crazycat (Crazed), who is co-owned by Godinez and Aldrich, is a two-time Open Trot winner this season at Saratoga but after running into a bit of a cold spell, dropped in company on Sunday to compete in a $9,500 conditional trot. Crazycat was the public's even money betting favorite as he toughed-out a first-over victory in 1:55.2. The five year old trotter's win completed a grand slam for his connections as Godinez and Aldrich teamed up for victories with veteran On The Podium and with four year olds Mr Powers and CR Blazin Beauty, the latter who won for the third consecutive week at the Spa. With the big day on Sunday, led by his barn's top highstepper, Godinez moves into second in the local trainer standings. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time of 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

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