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Bazooka Terror (Western Terror) has been a solid threat in the Fillies and Mares Open throughout the harness racing season at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Heidi Rohr-trained mare had often finished second in the local feature but had not prevailed in it before her most recent start at the Spa on August 25th. In that race, Bazooka Terror pulled off a mild upset, recording her first victory in the local Open and doing so at odds of 6-1. On Friday night, the seven year old mare was dismissed at odds of 12-1 and got away last in the six-horse Open. The backfield got in motion late and Bazooka Terror swooped the group to record the win in 1:54.2, going last to first in the $16,000 feature for distaffers. Bazooka Terror, who returned $27.60 to win, was piloted to the win by Billy Dobson. So Nice (Mark Beckwith) came on late to win a photo for second with Bye Bye Michelle (Stephane Bouchard) who earned the show spot. The exacta returned $73 while the triple paid $258 in a race in which the 3-5 betting favorite was never a factor. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Bazooka Terror (Western Terror) had been the runner up six times in the harness racing feature for fillies and mares at Saratoga Casino Hotel this year and on Thursday night, the Heidi Rohr trainee shook her bridesmaid status and became the bride. Bazooka Terror moved first over on the race's favorite Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open and after fast early fractions helped to set the table went right by her rivals in the stretch en route to victory in 1:52.1. The win time served as a new lifetime mark for the seven year old mare. Longshot Narcian Jewel (Bruce Aldrich Jr) closed up the inside and bested Godiva Seelster in the photo for place. The favorite had to settle for third. Bazooka Terror, who was piloted to the win by Billy Dobson, returned $15.80 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $145.50 and $310.50, respectively. While it was the first win in the local Open for Bazooka Terror, it was the mare's sixth victory in the 2016 season. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Givenupdreaming (If I Can Dream) matched the fastest time of the year at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday night as the Heidi Rohr-trained pacer scored a wire-to-wire win in the evening's harness racing feature. Givenupdreaming had yet to be on the front end in his starts since coming to the Spa but the meet's leading driver Stephane Bouchard put the standout pacer right onto the lead in Saturday's $15,000 Open Pace. Givenupdreaming had little difficultly going coast to coast and did so at odds of 3-5. E Z Noah (Billy Dobson) got the pocket ride behind the winner and wound up as the runner up while Respectable Dream (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. Givenupdreaming stopped the timer in 1:51, a time made even more impressive by the fact that after a host of powerful storms went through Saratoga, the track condition was sloppy. The win time of 1:51 matched Artful Way's clocking from a start in the Open on July 2nd as the fastest of the year at the Spa. The victory in the feature was one of three on the night for Bouchard who still holds a fairly comfortable lead in the local driver standings as he pursues what would be his first local driving title. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Show Stopping (I Am A Fool) continued his dominance of the $5,000 harness racing claimers on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The six year old pacer prevailed in his first two starts off the claim for trainer Don Sherman in late April and went on to go four-for-four in the $5,000 claiming ranks. Following a claim last week by trainer Heidi Rohr, Show Stopping was back in the same class on Thursday and was his race's 4-5 betting favorite as he tried to extend his win streak to five in the five claiming ranks. Austin Siegelman, who piloted Show Stopping to all four victories while under the guidance of Sherman, sat behind him once again on Thursday as the razor sharp pacer overcame a first over journey to prevail in a career best 1:53.2. Show Stopping was once again claimed out of his Thursday race so whether or not he will remain in the $5,000 claimers remains to be seen. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Givenupdreaming (If I Can Dream) moved his record in the local harness racing feature to two-for-two at Saratoga on Saturday night. The Heidi Rohr trainee prevailed in last week's Open Pace and wound up repeating despite a long first over journey in Saturday's $15,000 installment of the Open. Stephane Bouchard moved Givenupdreaming first up on the race's odds-on favorite Panocchio (Gerry Mattison) who got soft middle half fractions while on the front end. Givenupdreaming fought gamely and wound up besting the favorite in the final strides of the 1 1/16 mile feature. Panocchio held strong for second while Domethatagain (Billy Dobson) got up for third. The five year old Givenupdreaming, who covered the 1 1/16 mile in 1:59.1 after clocking the track's fastest mile time of the year last week (1:51.2), returned $9.70 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $25 and $63. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Givenupdreaming (If I Can Dream) posted the fastest mile of the year at Saratoga on Saturday night as the Heidi Rohr-trained pacer made his harness racing debut in the local feature. Stephane Bouchard piloted Givenupdreaming in the $15,000 Open Pace and moved him first over at the half on the race's favorite Idealbeach Hanover (Billy Dobson). The two Yonkers invaders went at it throughout the entire second lap before Givenupdreaming surged at the wire to stop the timer in 1:51.2. Returning $9.30 to win, Givenupdreaming recorded his third victory of the year. Idealbeach Hanover held strong for second to complete an exacta that returned $40.20. The triple, which came back $201.50, was rounded out by Caution Signs (Bruce Aldrich Jr). The 1:51.2 clocking was the fastest of the season at the Spa by nearly a full second. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee that begins at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

OK Heavenly ($26.80) sustained a first-over push through the far turn in Friday (May 27) evening's $8,000 Mares Open Pace at Vernon Downs, chasing down and reeling in odds-on pacesetter All Charged Up for a 1:50.2 victory.   Truman Gale settled OK Heavenly last but one in the field of five, having no part of the strenuous pace All Charged Up (John MacDonald) set. After early fractions of :26 and :54.2, All Charged up drew away from pocket rival Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) on the far turn. Love Live Laugh's failure to keep pace on the turn prompted a first-over bid from OK Heavenly, who gradually worked into second off the far turn. The 4-year-old Sportswriter mare sustained progress all the way to the winning post, collaring All Charged up in the final yards and besting her by half a length in the end. Little Santamonica (Frank Davis) escaped far-turn traffic trouble to save third.   Heidi Rohr trains OK Heavenly for the partnership of Steven Kouray, Donald DeLuca, and Peter Daratsos.   Jimmy Whittemore led all drivers with a hat trick, victorious with Gimme the Cash ($11.60, 1:52.4), Southern Girl ($14.40, 1:52), and My Future Ex ($9.00, 1:55.4).   Fillies contest Saturday Sire Stakes   Saturday (May 28) evening is headlined by a trio of New York Sire Stakes events for 3-year-old trotting fillies, carded as races 5, 7, and 9 on the 11-race card. Meadowlands standout Stick of Butter (Francisco del Cid), 2015 2-year-old NYSS champion Non Stick (Mark MacDonald), and locally-based Swinging Royalty (Chris Lems) have all been installed as morning line favorites in their respective events. Post time is 6:45 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

There was a pair of mild upsets in the two series harness racing finals that took place on Saturday night at Saratoga. The Virginia O'Brien and J P Morel Memorial Pacing Series reached their conclusion on Saturday and while both races featured odds-on favorites, it was two horses who drew post position one that wound up prevailing. Eight fillies and mares battled it out for their share of the $27,500 purse in the Virginia O'Brien Final and while B B Royale (Stephane Bouchard) was the race's 3-5 it was She'snobeachboy (Dave Panlone) who prevailed in 1:57.1 after a first over journey. The Dave Spagnola-trained She'snobeachboy returned $9.50 to win as he bested runner up Stormin Spree (Mark Beckwith) while Southwind Marilyn (Billy Dobson) finished third. Brigadoon (Billy Dobson) was the 1-5 betting favorite in the J P Morel Memorial Pacing Series Final and wound up second best as the race's frontrunner Hillbillycashflow (Cam's Card Shark) held on to win it in 1:56.2. Jimmy Devaux piloted Hillbillycashflow for trainer Heidi Rohr and coasted along unopposed in a slow first half of 59 seconds before holding off the late charge of Brigadoon to win by a head. Hillbillycashflow returned $15.00 to win. Brigadoon had to settle for second in the $27,100 Final while Wishes In The Rain (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Harness racing driver Jason Bartlett put some more distance between himself and rest of Yonkers Raceway's chauffeurs Monday evening, winning eight of the program's dozen races. Bartlett, who didn't miss an assignment, wasted no time. He guided the undefeated Bea's Ideal ($3.50) to an eased-up, 1:56.3 win in the $12,500 pacing opener. The 4-year-old daughter of American Ideal, unraced prior to this season, is 4-for-4 ($25,000) to begin her career for co-owners (trainer) Heidi Rohr, Marc Reynolds and David Glazer. The lass has been nominated to the upcoming Petticoat Pacing Series, which begins Tuesday afternoon, March 7. Five of Bartlett's Monday winners were trained by Richard Banca, beginning with Wayne the Lefty ($4) in the $6,500 third-race pace (1:55.3). After that, it was Brown Brinny ($6.50) in the $15,000 seventh-race pace, Mybrothergeorge ($3) in the $6,500 eighth-race pace (1:55.4), OK Heartbeat ($6.20) in the $18,000 ninth-race pace (1:55) and A Plus Hanover ($5.10) in the $12,500 pacing finale (1:55.2). Bartlett's other victories came behind a pair of trotters, Dominus Hanover ($3.20) in the $12,500 second race (1:58.3) and Get to Doin' It ($21) in the $18,000 11th race (1:59.2). He now has 213 local wins this season. The Raceway's live season continues with a Tuesday matinee, first post at 1 PM. Frank Drucker

Burkentine Hanover (Cam's Card Shark) recorded his first victory in the local Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway behind a gutsy first over effort in Saturday's harness racing feature. The five year old pacer finished third in his first try in the local Open last week but on Saturday would not be denied. Stephane Bouchard piloted the Heidi Rohr-trained pacer and moved first over on Panocchio (Gerry Mattison) who was seeking his fifth Open win of the year at the Spa. Burkentine Hanover battled the front-runner for close to a half mile before poking his nose out in time to prevail in 1:51.4. Panocchio held on for second while the race's favorite Domethatagain (Billy Dobson) had to settle for third. It was victory number seven on the season for Burkentine Hanover who returned $8.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $29 and $104, respectively. Live racing resumes on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Driver John MacDonald scored a grand slam on Friday (September 4) evening's 11-race program at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs, capturing the evening's featured $7,000 top-level distaff pace with odds-on favourite Pancakes ($3.00) among three other wins.   MacDonald sent Pancakes straight to the lead through a :26.3 initial quarter, subsequently rating a :57.4 middle half while uncontested.   The 4-year-old Sand Shooter mare worked clear of her seven rivals in upper stretch, dismissing pocket rival Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore) and holding clear of a late-rallying Table Games (Frank Davis) for a two-length 1:52 triumph.   Heidi Rohr trains Pancakes for owner Dolores Smiel.   MacDonald also teamed up with Kyler's Valentine ($4.50, 1:54), HMS Firecracker ($13.00, 1:56), and Elettrizzante ($5.20, 1:59.2) to complete his driving grand slam.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 5) evening, with post time at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   James Witherite

Trotters and distaff pacers shared the spotlight at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 22) evening, and both $7,000 upper-level co-featured events saw decisive winners. The distaff pacing feature went to Pancakes ($3.00), a Heidi Rohr trainee who brushed to the lead after The Filly Princess (Frank Davis) clicked off a :27.4 initial quarter. After sweeping to the fore from third, the 4-year-old Sand Shooter mare drew clear of her five rivals, opening up a four-length lead through three-quarters in 1:23.1. Pancakes held clear to the end of her 1:51.4 triumph, maintaining 3-1/4 lengths clearance over a mild late rally from runner-up Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore). Truman Gale drove Pancakes for owner Dolores Smiel. While an odds-on favourite prevailed in the distaff feature, Fleetwood Hall ($21.40) scored a minor upset in the trotting feature, commencing his bid from worse than midfield once 3-5 favourite Verdi broke stride on the first turn. Roman Lopez moved the 5-year-old Deweycheatumnhowe gelding off the pegs with well over a half mile to go, sustaining a bold first-over bid through the far turn before pushing clear of pacesetter Ulster (Brian Russo) after passing three-quarters in 1:26. Once he passed Ulster, Fleetwood Hall opened up in the final yards, ultimately putting 4-3/4 lengths on Ulster for a 1:54.4 score. Painite (Truman Gale) sustained a mild bid to take third. Deedra Johnson trains Fleetwood Hall for the M T Stables. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Sunday (August 23) afternoon. Post time is 1:15 p.m. Eastern. James Witherite

Bet Together (Bettor's Delight) pulled off an upset for the second consecutive Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Heidi Rohr-trained pacer drew post position seven in Saturday's $15,000 Winners Over pacing feature following victories in four of his previous six starts. Bet Together sat patiently while well off the pace as the first half fractions sizzled to the tune of 26.4 and 55.0. Dismissed at odds of 18-1, Bet Together came charging hard around the final turn and surged late in the stretch to record the upset win in 1:52.4. Jim Devaux piloted the eight year old pacer to the feature score. Spinarama (Austin Siegelman) finished second while Aussie Reactor A (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Bet Together, who is owned by John Smiel of Rutland, VT, returned $39.80 to win and led an exacta that paid $234 and triple that came back $3,316. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Vernon, N.Y. -- After repelling a challenge from odds-on favorite Hot List through the far turn, Let's Go Higher ($5.80) dug in to stave off pocket rival The Filly Princess in Friday (July 17) evening's $10,000 Mares Open Pace at Vernon Downs.   The 7-year-old Cole Muffler mare sprinted out to the lead through a :26.4 first quarter, rating a :30.1 breather on the backstretch before facing stern pressure on the far turn from Hot List (John MacDonald). After she was pushed to a :27.2 third quarter, Let's Go Higher edged clear in upper stretch--only to face a second threat. The Filly Princess (Frank Davis) found room to challenge from the pocket, but Let's Go Higher maintained a half-length advantage to the winning post, prevailing in 1:52.   Chris Lems drove Let's Go Higher for trainer Heidi Rohr and owner Jesse DeLong.   Live racing returns to Vernon on Saturday (July 18) evening. Post time is slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Eskimo Joe (Credit Winner) went back to back on Thursday afternoon at  the harness racing meeting at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the three year old trotter went wire-to-wire to win his fourth race of the season. Leading driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted the Heidi Rohr-trained Eskimo Joe to a convincing win in 1:59.1 over a track labeled "good". Eskimo Joe set his lifetime mark of 1:58.2 in his previous start a few weeks back after racing very well in the Excelsior Series of the New York Sire Stakes this spring. On Thursday, he was the 2-5 betting favorite in the $11,250 Winners of 2 but not more than 4 lifetime for New York Sired trotters. It was the fourth victory in seven tries in the sophomore campaign of Eskimo Joe who gave Aldrich one of his three winners on the card. Live harness racing continues on Friday night with a fifteen races comprised in large part by NY Sire Stakes two year old pacing fillies. There are thirteen races on the wagering portion of the program as well as two non-betting events which will begin at 6:10pm. Melissa Simser

Taking advantage of a second-over trip and a torrid pace, the invading Burkentine Hanover ($28.20) edged clear late to take Monday (July 6) evening's $10,000 Open Pace at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs in 1:49.2.   The 5-year-old Cam's Card Shark gelding tracked an early duel between Golden Receiver (Fern Paquet, Jr.) and Fireyourguns (Jimmy Whittemore), keeping right behind them as Fireyourguns worked clear of his double-millionaire rival through a :25.1 first quarter.   As JK Panache (Chris Lems) commenced a first-over rally after a 52.1 half mile, Billy Dobson angled Burkentine Hanover out to follow cover past the apex of the far turn.   Fireyourguns hit the three-quarter mark in 1:21, but was engulfed by JK Panache upon cornering for home.   At the same time, Burkentine Hanover fanned off live cover, working to the lead in mid-stretch and prevailing ultimately by three-quarters of a length.   JK Panache remained a game second, while Damon Blue Chip (John MacDonald) rallied from last to take third.   Pacesetter Fireyourguns, sent off the 1-4 favorite, faded through the stretch to finish at the back of the quintet.   Heidi Rohr trains Burkentine Hanover for Michele Nelson.   Later in the card, Dude's the Man finished a game second to Calvin B ($5.20, Dobson) in a $7000 upper-level conditioned pace.   Dude's the Man brushed to the lead from third after tracking a :28 first quarter, accelerating on the far turn through a :54.4 final half but ultimately giving way to his first-over rival in the final yards of a 1:51.1 mile.   The Jessica Okusko trainee made his final start before he competes in a Meadowlands Pace elimination on Saturday (July 11).   Chris Lems drove the 3-year-old American Ideal colt for owners M and L of Delaware and Victoria Dickinson.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (July 10) evening, with first post at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

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