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The Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame & Museum is pleased to announce the opening of "The Story of Harness Racing by Currier & Ives".   This travelling exhibit, on loan from The National Harness Hall of Fame & Museum in Goshen, N.Y. consists of a limited set of 33 reproduction prints from original Currier & Ives lithographs, plus four reader boards. The scenes illustrate harness racing's important role in American culture and history.   Prints depicting great trotting horses, bucolic mid-18th century scenes and comedic adventures convey a picturesque view of Americana prior to the advent and development of photography.   "Currier & Ives" has most recently been on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois; the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, New York; the Musee du Trot in Grosbois, France; Hazel Park Raceway; the Wayne County (Indiana) Historical Museum and Historic Walnford in Upper Freehold, New Jersey.   The exhibit is on loan through Sept 3, 2017. Museum hours are Tuesday - Saturday 11 AM-3 PM. The Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame & museum is located at 352 Jefferson St, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and is adjacent to the Jefferson Street entrance of Saratoga Casino. For more information, contact the Museum at 518-587-4210 during regular business hours.   Dave Oxford    

The Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame & Museum Announces it's Annual Harness Racing Induction Ceremony/Open House, Tuesday June 14, 2016 at the Museum- 352 Jefferson St, Saratoga Springs, NY. The museum is located off the Jefferson St. Entrance to Saratoga Casino Hotel.   This year's inductees are Dave Spagnola, trainer & Ackbro Ms Perfect, horse.   Spagnola, a longtime local trainer is the leader in all time training wins at the Spa Oval .    Dave Spagnola Dave Spagnola grew up on the family farm in Ft Johnson, NY.  Along with their riding horses, the family had harness horses trained by Bert and Yves Breton at Saratoga, developing his interest in racing at an early age. During his high school years he worked for Yves Breton, and after graduating he started working for Earl Bean. He spent a few years working for the Simser’s in Florida and even more with Jimmy Richards, working his way up from groom to assistant trainer before striking out on his own in 1986. He had a one horse stable with claiming pacer ID Guy, who he improved to 8-8-0 in 20 starts. Dave’s philosophy has always been that you put the time into the horse first to get results; you’re not rewarded with good performance up front. More owners and the 1987 Peerless McGrath award for up and coming trainer followed. Dave trained 1988 3YO Pacer of the year Vic’s Fortune, and was voted USWHA’s trainer of the year for 3 consecutive years 1989-1991. He would repeat that honor another 4 times in 1993, 1998, 2000 and 2001. 2002 marked the fourteenth year in a row his UTRS training percentage was over 300. Dave credits his longevity to having great owners over the years, and also his collaboration with Saratoga Hall of Fame driver Frank Coppola.  The two were roommates early in their careers, and both had the same viewpoint that you had to help your horses last throughout the yearly meet. Frank always gave a lot of solid facts about a horses condition, owners used Dave to train because Frank was a steady driver for him. Other notable Spagnola trainees include Amazing Grace who was 3YO Trotter of the Year in 2007 and $7500-10,000 claiming pacer of the year Artiology, with owner Michael Polansky. Dave’s stats to date are 7,385 LT starts for a record of 1,225-1,153-1,086 and $5,121,203 in purses (approx. since 1992) His stable today stands at about 30 horses, he likes training young trotters, and along with longtime owner Michael Polansky has several broodmares.    Ackbro Ms Perfect, owned by Dan & Steve Ackerknecht, and trained by Scott Mongeon was the 2007 Trotter of the Year.    Ackbro Ms Perfect   Ackbro Ms Perfect was foaled in 2003, a bay trotting mare by Credit Winner out of Lady Lindy. She was the third foal of Lady Lindy, a mare whose promising career had been cut short by injury at a young age. Dan Ackerknecht, convinced that she would make a good broodmare prospect, approached his brother Steve to get into the breeding business and chose upcoming NY sire Credit Winner to cover her in 2002. The pair approached longtime Saratoga trainer Scott Mongeon to break and train the filly, he would also become her regular driver for her stellar career. He remarked that she was built long and lean with great conformation, never made breaks and never wore trotting hopples. Ackbro Ms Perfect broke her maiden at Saratoga in a NYSS 2YO Filly Trot in July of 2005. She ended her 2 YO campaign with 8 starts 3-1-1 and $57,508 in purse money. The 3 wins were in the NYSS, finishing fourth in the late closer (now excelsior) final at Monticello. The 2006 campaign was a year of solid performances for the always well-mannered filly. She was undefeated in 5 NYSS starts, setting a track record of 1:56.3 at Saratoga.  She finished the year 8-1-2 for 15 starts with $137,531 in purses and a third place finish in the NYSS Night of Champions Final at Saratoga. 2007 turned out to be the breakout year for Ackbro Ms Perfect. She continued her winning ways now competing in the Open Trot classes at Saratoga, she turned in solid efforts week after week finishing the season with 36 starts for a record of 8-6-4 and $86,000 in earnings.  She was awarded both Aged Trotter of the year and Trotter of the Year by USHWA at year’s end. Ackbro Ms Perfect finished her career with stats of 38-26-17 for 157 starts and earnings of $389,165. Her 3YO mark of 1:56.3H was her fastest. Both Steve and Dan are grateful to Scott Mongeon and the Mongeon family for doing such a wonderful job with her over the years.   In addition we will be presenting the sixth annual Virginia O'Brien Memorial 110% Award. This award honors individuals who devote their life to the pursuit of the sport of harness racing, such as a groom or backstretch worker, who might not otherwise be in the limelight. The nominees are chosen by their peers from the Saratoga Harness Horseperson's Association.   The gates will open for the event at 5:30 pm, with the ceremony starting at 6:30 pm. Refreshments and light food will be served.   For more information contact Director, Dave Oxford at 518-526-3138 or email: doxford@nycap.rr.com    

The Saratoga Harness Racing Hall of Fame & Museum Announces it's Annual Induction Ceremony/Open House, Tuesday June 9, 2015 at the Museum- 352 Jefferson St, Saratoga Springs, NY. The museum is located off the Jefferson St. Entrance to Saratoga Casino & Raceway.   This year's inductees are Dr. Richard Frank, DVM; and Kelly's Noah, horse.   Frank, a longtime Saratoga Equine Veterinarian has served the needs of the harness horse population at Saratoga for over 50 years. . See below Bio for more details   Kelly's Noah a hard racing pacer has dominated the Open Classes at Saratoga for years, earning the 2010 Horse of the Year Title, among other honors He also holds the record for most earnings per start. See attached bio for more information   In addition we will be presenting the fifth annual Virginia O'Brien Memorial 110% Award. This year we will be honoring Michael Block. This award honors individuals who devote their life to the pursuit of the sport of harness racing, such as a groom or backstretch worker, who might not otherwise be in the limelight. The nominees are chosen by their peers from the Saratoga Harness Horseperson's Association.   The gates will open for the event at 5:30 pm, with the ceremony starting at 6:30 pm. Refreshments and light food will be served.   For more information contact Director, Dave Oxford at 518-526-3138 or email: doxford@nycap.rr.com   Dr. Richard Frank   Dr. Richard Frank was raised in Goshen, NY. He attributes growing up near the Goshen Historic Track and what is now the National Harness Hall of Fame, helping to develop his interest in horses at a young age. He graduated from Cornell University in 1963 and started practicing as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1964. Early in his career a good deal of his work was at nearby Monticello Raceway. He was introduced to Saratoga as his clients would race here while Monticello was on break, and in their off season. He liked the area and thought the community had appeal with much to offer, and of course the horse population was booming.  He started out working with Dr. Vern Fobian, while also doing a bit of work for the local thoroughbred population. He gradually moved into working on his own. In the late 1960’s he purchased a farm in Stillwater, NY, this gave him a good base for working both at Saratoga and nearby Green Mountain Raceway. The farm had an airstrip and Doc enjoyed flying his plane from there both for work and pleasure.  “Doc Frank” as he is known to everyone, still resides in Stillwater with his wife Beverly, and has raised three children Kathleen, Cheryl and Gregg. He has enjoyed a career here at Saratoga that has spanned over 50 years. Kelly’s Noah   Kelly’s Noah, a bay colt by Dream Away out of Canaco Kelly, was foaled in 2006 at the Harvey family farm in Duxbury, Vt.  Owner/Trainer Jim Harvey works the talented gelding on his farm track, starting each year in March or April, as weather permits, patiently training him down for the his first Saratoga start in mid-June. It all started in 2008. Upon qualifying Kelly’s Noah for his 2 year old season, Harvey wanted to give the young pacer a start before the NYSS races began, entering him in a county fair race I Plattsburgh, NY. Jim drove him himself and he won handily to break his maiden the first time out. Kelly’s Noah completed his 2 year old campaign with a record of 5-2-1 in 11 starts, earnings of over $25,000. and a mark of 1:55.2 Despite battling allergies at 2 and 3, which had to be worked around during the summer racing seasons, Kelly’s Noah capped off his 3 year old season with a pair of Open Pace wins in the fall at Saratoga with earnings of $70,728. in 19 starts for a record of 7-3-2 on the board, and improved mark of 1:53.4. His efforts earned him the title of 3 year old Pacer of the Year at Saratoga; it was only a glimpse of what was to come next season. At four, Kelly’s Noah really came into his own, previous years of racing experience allowing him to blossom with age and compete at the highest level at his home track of Saratoga Raceway. He began the year notching 2 wins in 4 Open Pace starts, 2 wins in 3 legs of the Gerrity Open Free For All Series, and a second place finish by a head in the $124,000. Gerrity Series Final. He continued his monster season reeling off another 7 wins and 4 seconds in 14 Open Pace starts. Kelly’s Noah finished his 2010 campaign 11-5-1 in 24 starts, over $153,000 in earnings and a mark of 1:52. His outstanding performance earned him 2010 Aged Pacer of the Year, 2010 Pacer of the Year, and the prestigious 2010 Horse of the Year honors. The rock steady gelding continued his winning ways in 2011, starting 21 times for an 8-4-5 record, $118,000. in earnings, and once again an improved lifetime mark of 1:51.3 earning him Pacer of the Year recognition for the second year in a row. Although making a few less starts per year the past few years, the framework for Kelly’s success continues. Jim gets him ready, qualifies him mid-June, and he competes in the Open Pace or Winner’s Over classes in the summer and fall. Throughout his (now) eight year career, the outstanding gelding has hit the board 65% of the time, tallying 39 wins in 123 starts and just over $500,000 in earnings. Kelly’s Noah’s most impressive stat is that all but 7 of his 123 starts are at Saratoga Raceway. His Raceway earnings of $475,000+ make him the all-time money earner per start (to date). He is truly a Saratoga Raceway horse. Dave Oxford

The Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame & Museum Announces it's Annual Induction Ceremony/Open House, Tuesday June 10, 2014 at the Museum- 352 Jefferson St, Saratoga Springs, NY. The museum is located off the Jefferson St. Entrance to Saratoga Casino & Raceway.   This year's inductees are Dan Cappello, Jr. horseman; and Prime Interest, horse.   Cappello, Jr. a long time driver has had a stellar career spanning over 3 decades at Saratoga. See attached Bio for more details   Prime Interest, was a hard racing Trotter who dominated the open Trot classes at Saratoga, earning the 2008 Horse of the Year Title. See attached bio for more information   In addition we will be presenting the fourth annual Virginia O'Brien Memorial 110% Award. This year we will be honoring Steve Greenfield. This award honors individuals who devote their life to the pursuit of the sport of harness racing, such as a groom or backstretch worker, who might not otherwise be in the limelight. The nominees are chosen by their peers from the Saratoga Harness Horseperson's Association.   The gates will open for the event at 5:30 pm, with the ceremony starting at 6:30 pm. Refreshments and light food will be served.   For more information contact Director Dave Oxford at 518-526-3138 or email: doxford@nycap.rr.com by Dave Oxford, for Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame & Museum

Little Santamonica became the first two-time Open winner at Saratoga Casino and Raceway this season as the pacing mare went wire-to-wire for the second straight Sunday afternoon. The Jordan Hope-trained mare moved out to front end in the early stages and set fast fractions throughout before opening up a big lead turning for home. Longshot rival Billmar Scooter (Bruce Aldrich Jr) came flying late but came up second best. Venus Delight (Jordan Derue) closed to be third in her seasonal debut. For Little Santamonica, the victory in 1:57.3 is the third on the year. Jim Devaux was the winning driver for the mare who returned $10.80 to win. Live racing resumes on Thursday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway

Pan From Nantucket (No Pan Intended) scored an impressive victory in the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night. The Jose Godinez-trained pacer has been a threat in the Yonkers Open this year and not only started from the outside post on Saturday but was outside the race's odds-on favorite Sparky Mark. Pan From Nantucket moved aggressively first over and squared off with the public choice who was on the front end before wearing him down in the stretch and recording the victory in the $17,000 feature. Sand Summerfield (Billy Dobson) closed for second while Sparky Mark (Jim Morrill Jr) had to settle for third for the second consecutive week. Pan From Nantucket, whose win came in 1:57, was piloted by Bruce Aldrich Jr.who scored four wins on the Saturday card, three of the victories coming while driving for trainer Jose Godinez. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a carryover of nearly $2,000 in the pick five pool. First post time is set for 12:45pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

Live Jazz (Andover Hall) secured a first over victory in the $17,000 Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Friday night. The red hot connections of driver Jim Morrill Jr and trainer Kevin Efimetz won another four races on Friday night including the trotting feature. Live Jazz wound up taking on the race's frontrunner Cash Poor (Austin Siegelman) and they dueled for a half mile before the favored wore down Cash Poor in the final eighth of a mile before stopping the timer in 1:58.1. Cash Poor held on for second while Justa Rebel (Jay Randall) came from last to finish third. The Morrill-Efitmetz combination is winning at roughly an 80 percent rate in the early stages of the meet at the Spa. Morrill tallied five total wins on the card. Live racing continues on Saturday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

The Jim Morrill Jr- Kevin Efimetz combination continued their unheard of streak of winning on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Coming into the matinee card on a six race win streak as a combo, Morrill and Efitmetz again dominated the day. They teamed up five times on the afternoon and recorded four wins and a second. When Stage It Right was defeated in the $17,000 Fillies and Mare Open, the potent driver-trainer combo had won ten consecutive starts together. Stage It Right was good enough to win but came up second best as rival Little Santamonica (Little Steven) made the early lead and never looked back. Jimmy Devaux piloted the winner of the feature for the second consecutive day as he also scored the victory behind Whogoesfirst in the Saturday night Open. Since the start of the 2014 racing season last week, Morrill and Efimetz have teamed up nineteen times and recorded an incredible fourteen wins and five seconds. Live racing resumes on Thursday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Jim Morrill Jr is now three-for-three in the Opens in the young 2014 season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the veteran reinsman piloted Turtle Express (Dream Vacation) to victory in Friday night's $17,000 Open Trot. Turtle Express had rattled off three consecutive wins at Yonkers before a try in their Open in his last start. Making his local debut, the Kevin Efimetz trainee was assigned post eight on Friday but it didn't matter. Morrill rolled Turtle Express to the lead heading to the half mile pole and opened up a nearly half dozen length advantage before eventually stopping the timer in 1:57.2. Cash Poor (Austin Siegelman) was the runner up while Strong Hall (Barry Segel) closed for third in the trotting feature. The Morrill-Efimetz combo has dominated the action through the first week of the racing season at the Spa. For the third consecutive night, the pick five was not hit so the carryover to Saturday's card will be over $7,000. The pick five begins in race six. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a card highlighted by that pick five carryover. First post time is set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Panpero Firpo (No Pan Intended) continued the year long trend of a different horse winning the Open Pace almost every Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. In addition he battled through the snow and older rivals to hold on and a trip to victory lane. On closing night, the three year old Panpero Firpo became the twenty-first different pacer to win the Open in the past twenty-three weeks. Driver Jordan Derue was aggressive with the Jackie Rousse trainee and moved to the lead early in the mile on a snowy night in Saratoga. The sophomore dug in in the stretch to hold off a host of rivals before stopping the timer in 1:57.4 over the snow covered oval. The race's favorite Bet On Roulette (Shawn Gray) was the runner up in the $16,050 feature while Whogoesfirst (Jim Devaux) finished third. The 2013 racing season is now complete at the Spa with live action set to resume on March 2, 2014. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

Driver Billy Dobson has locked up his fourth consecutive driving title at Saratoga Casino and Raceway and the 29 year old reinsman is ending the year in style. Dobson piloted five winners on the final Friday racing card at the Spa, including three scores for trainer Rene Allard. Allard's Uncle Freddie (Danish Delight) won for the twelfth time this year and scored in an impressive 1:56.3 victory on the cold night in Saratoga. Allard's Ken U Sing (Ken Warkentin) continued his win streak on Friday while released as the betting public's 1-5 favorite. Pacer Come Together completed the training triple for Allard by going last to first with Dobson in tow. Unlike his trotting stablemates, Come Together's victory came with a solid price tag attached, returning $11.00 to win. Dobons is likely sorry to see the season end as he has finished up the meet with a flourish in the final month of the campaign. Live racing continues on Saturday night for the final time in 2013 with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

Leg two of the SHHA Claiming Series for trotters took place on Friday night at Saratoga as horses competed for points towards next weekend's marathon final. Donttellmywife (Malabar Man) jogged for the second consecutive week in the series as Bruce Aldrich Jr.put the 1-9 favorite on the lead in the early stages of the mile and a quarter long trot. Donttellmywife cruised to a win of almost ten lengths in 2:30.2 for the longer distance. Claimed out of leg one of the series by conditioner Andy Sardella, Donttellmywife won for the eleventh time in nineteen seasonal tries. The series' favorite was claimed back on Friday night by trainer Melissa Beckwith who will send him out in next weekend's $10,000+ Final to be contested at a distance of a mile and a half. Psyched (Jay Randall) won the other division of the second leg of the series after outclosing the favorite Stormont O My (Shawn Gray) in the stretch to prevail for his new connections. Trainer Jody Weidman will bring Psyched into next weekend's series final as one of only four horses to record wins in the SHHA Claiming Series legs. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Driver Jim Devaux scored a hat trick during the Sunday matinee at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   Devaux piloted trotter Wind And A Prayer; and pacers Theseyesrcrying and Durable to the winners circle on a cloudy Sunday afternoon over a fast track.   Wind And A Prayer is owned by Roy Dobbins and trained by Andy Byler. The 5 year old Like A Prayer gelding turned in a winning time of 2:00.2.   by Dave Oxford for Saratoga Raceway  

Whogoesfirst added his name to the long list of Open Pace winners at Saratoga Casino and Raceway this season with a hard charging score in Saturday's feature. The Luann Case-trained five year old has raced at the Spa in the past but hasn't been in town in quite some time. He took advantage of a race filled with early speed on Saturday night and after a scramble in the opening quarter of 26.4 and first half in 56.1, Whogoesfirst (Cambest) and reinsman Jim Devaux slid out heading to three quarters and outclosed his rivals while stopping the timer in 1:54. Released at odds of 6-1, Whogoesfirst hit the wire first for the just the second time this season. It's a Good Thing (Shawn Gray) was the runner up in the $16,050 Open while Duc Dorleans (Stephane Bouchard) finished third. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

New York Terror (Western Terror) made a big late move to reel in the favorite in the $5,885 featured race on Wednesday at Saratoga. Chris Long sat patiently with New York Terror before unleashing a late attack and getting by the 1-5 favorite Keystone Real Deal (Billy Dobson). Trained by Ray Sharpe, New York Terror was coming off a strong closing second last week and was equally strong in the stretch on Wednesday in the $15,000 conditional-claimer to prevail in 1:55.4. Keystone Real Deal was second while Gibson Blue Chip (Jay Randall) earned the show spot. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post of 6:45pm. by MIke Sardella for Saratoga Raceway

Ramalama, with Dan Cappello, Jr. in the bike, captured Sunday’s featured Filly & Mare Open pace with a purse of $15,000 at Saratoga Raceway. Owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock, Inc. and trained by Dave Duspiva, the 4 year old Bettor’s Delight mare out of Town Feather turned in a winning time of 1:53.1 over a sloppy track. by Dave Oxford for Saratoga Raceway

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