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Slugfest prevailed in the $17,000 Open Trot for the second consecutive Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Maureen Salino-trained five year old started out the year as the dominant force in the trotting feature and after an up-and-down summer, it finishing out his season in style. Sunday's win for Slugfest (Conway Hall) was his third straight win and tenth in the 2014 campaign. Jay Randall piloted Slugfest to the first over win in 1:57.3. Hldontghttoyurdrms (Frank Coppola Jr) was the runner up in the Sunday feature while the race's favorite Traverse Seelster (Billy Dobson) had to settle for third. Slugfest was announced this week as one of four nominees for Aged Trotter and Trotter of the Year at Saratoga. Live racing resumes on Thursday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

The big month continued on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for harness racing trainer Jody Weidman and driver Jay Randall. The tandem has been a dynamic duo over the past few weeks at the Spa. Weidman's Bluebird Jamaican won the Spa Loyalty Claiming Series last weekend and earned over $18,000 in the three weeks of the series. The four year old trotter continued his hot streak on Friday night as he scored a convincing victory in the evening's opener. Lucid Thoughts (Cash Hall) completed a double for his connections as Weidman and Randall teamed up for a score in the $8,000 featured trotting race on Friday. The six year old trotter went wire-to-wire in 1:57.4 to record his fifth victory of the season. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Slugfest and driver Jay Randall were able to beat up the field, forcing his way to the front after the half mile and then pulling away at the finish in capturing the $17,000 Open Handicap Trot feature at Saratoga Raceway Sunday afternoon. It was Political Desire (Austin Siegelman) first on the lead with Pay The Winner (Stephane Bouchard) sitting the two-hole trip from the rail. They went by the opening quarter mile in :27.4. It was then that Randall sent Slugfest first-over and they were able to grind it out and take command right after an easy :58 half mile. Zooming, the race favorite for driver Billy Dobson, came first-over and all but collared Slugfest by the three-quarters in 1:26.4. Slugfest was then able to dig down and pull up some reserve as he put away Zooming in the stretch to win hy one and one-half lengths in 1:55.4. Zooming held for second place with You Rock My World (Bruce Aldrich, Jr.) third. It was the second straight win and ninth victory of the year for Slugfest. The five-year-old gelding son of Conway Hall is trained by Maureen Salino for co-owners Tom Vassiliou and Nicholas Tallerico. He paid $8.70 to win. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Bluebird Jamaican (Southwind Elian) won the Spa Loyalty Claiming Series Final on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The $25,000 Series Final was contested at a distance of 1¼ miles and the distance looked to serve Bluebird Jamaican very well. The Jody Weidman-trained four year old romped in the Series' first leg and was a solid second in leg two before outtrotting his rivals home to win in 2:31.2 in the mile and a quarter Final. Jay Randall piloted Bluebird Jamaican to the biggest win of the young trotter's career who returned $10.40 to win. Passat Blue Chip (Stephane Bouchard) was the race's runner up while Jesse Say More (Jim Devaux) finished third. The two consolation races as part of the series were won by Tymal Breezee (Alek Chartrand) and Net Revenue (Jordan Derue). The Spa Loyalty Pacing Series Final takes place on Saturday and will also be contested for a purse of $25,000. Live racing begins on Saturday night at 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Bluebird Jamaican (Southwind Elian) was the fastest of the winners in the first leg of the Spa Loyalty Claiming Series at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. There were three divisions of the $7,500 per division series races for $5,000 claiming trotters on Friday night. Jody Weidman's Bluebird Jamaican was the odds-on favorite in his division of the series and was up to the task. The four year old trotter brushed to the lead heading to the half mile pole and surged out to a commanding advantage before stopping the timer in 2:00.2, the fastest time of all the leg one trotters. Jay Randall piloted Bluebird Jamaican to the open length score. Dancin Thea also made good as the race's favorite to record a series score for Stephane Bouchard in 2:00.3 while longshot Game Changer (Austin Siegelman) pulled off the upset at 9-1 in 2:02.1. Leg two of the series will be contested next Friday when each division will be contested at a distance of a mile and 1/16 with the $25,000 Final raced at a distance of a mile and a quarter. Live racing continues on Saturday night when the Spa Loyalty Pacing Series gets underway with races contested at a distance of ¾ of a mile. First post time on Saturday is 6:45pm. by Mike Saradella, for Saratoga Raceway

The four-year-old pacer Dobson (Christian Cullen) scored the biggest win of his young career on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Kevin Verdon owns and trains Dobson who was moving up in class to compete in the featured Winners of 2 but not more than 4 pace on Thursday. Drawing the rail in the $7,490 pace, Dobson moved aggressively to the early lead with driver Jay Randall in the sulky. Dismissed at odds of 10-1, Dobson was up to the task scoring a career best victory in 1:54.3 surviving a photo with the race's favorite Bondi Hanover (Wally Hennessey). The win for Dobson was his fourth in eleven starts this season. Bondi Hanover came up second best while Rock N Joe (Billy Dobson) finished third. Live racing continues on Friday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

With an ultra-impressive three-wide sweep from seventh place at the three-quarter mile marker, Crazy About Pat and driver Shawn Gray gave racing fans a thrill in capturing the $17,000 Open Trot Sunday. The seventh race feature saw Baby Boy Grin (Stephane Bouchard) leave the grab the lead by the opening quarter mile in :27.4 with Just Make Believe (Frank Coppola, Jr.) grabbing the two-hole spot. By the half mile marker in :57.4, Baby Boy Grin was on the lead but facing a challenge from first-over Slugfest (Jay Randall) who helped push the pacesetter to the three-quarters in 1:27.1 with the Northern Dude (Bruce Aldrich, Jr.) taking up second-over cover. But it was Crazy About Pat and Gray making their big move three-wide and moving into third place by the top of the stretch and then kicking in a :28.3 last quarter mile to win going away by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.4. Baby Boy Grin held for second place with Slugfest third. Trained by Paul Kelley and owned and bred by Patricia Stable, NY, Crazy About Pat is a four-year-old gelding by Crazed and paid $4.50 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Jack's Reef (Credit Winner) was one of several upset harness racing winners at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Friday night. Coming out of the barn of leading trainer Jordan Derue, Jack's Reef was a 12-1 longshot in the evening's $8,000 featured trotting race. Showing early speed from post position seven, Jack's Reef made the early lead but gave way at the quarter to the race's favorite Lucid Thoughts (Jay Randall). With several rivals going offstride in the race, Lucid Thoughts and Jack's Reef drew away around the final turn. Derue's ten year old trotter outtrotted the 1-2 favorite in the stretch and wound up drawing away late to win in 1:58.1. It was the second consecutive victory in 1:58.1 for Jack's Reef who won for the fifth time in fifteen seasonal starts. Lucid Thoughts was a clear second while Blackwolf Run (Sam Schillaci) came on for third. Derue holds a six win lead in the trainer standings over conditioner Heidi Rohr. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Crazy About Pat (Crazed) pulled off a mild upset in the $14,000 featured trotting race on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Paul Kelley trainee won his previous start which was his first for new connections and on Friday battled some of the top local trotters. Benefiting from an early speed duel, Crazy About Pat and reinsman Shawn Gray moved three wide at the three quarter pole and outtrotted his rivals home to win 1:55.3. The four-year-old trotter moved his career earnings to over the $400,000 mark with his win that came at odds of 7-1. Longshot Walltocousins (Joe Bongiorno) held second while Slugfest (Jay Randall) closed for third. The victory was one of three on the night for Shawn Gray. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Trainer Jody Weidman and driver Jay Randall teamed up for a pair of winners on the Tuesday card at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Vernon Downs-based Weidman has always done well when he has brought members of his stable to the Spa over the last several years and tallied a trainer's double with conditional trotters Ozymandias (Crazed) and Bluebird Jamaican (Southwind Elian). Ozymandias was his race's 1-5 betting favorite as he dropped in class and had little trouble swooping the group to prevail in a seasonal best 1:58.4. Bluebird Jamaican overcame a first over journey to win a photo in 2:00. Each of the Weidman trainee's victories came in $4,000 conditional trotting races. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Traverse Seelster made his second ever trip to Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Friday night and the talented trotter moved his record to two-for-two in the local Open. The Amber Buter-trained six year old had to contend with post eight for his second try in the Saratoga Open. Leading driver Billy Dobson marched Traverse Seelster (Angus Hall) out early and got away fourth in the $17,000 Open Trot. The 6-5 favorite then moved first over at the half mile pole and battled rival Count Speed (Wally Hennessey) for almost an entire lap before putting him away around the final turn and drawing off to an Open length in 1:55.2. It was the ninth victory of the year for Traverse Seelster who is owned by Keith Pippi of Pittsburgh, PA. Just Make Believe (Stephane Bouchard) was the runner up in the Open for the third consecutive week while Slugfest (Jay Randall) came on to finish third. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Young pacer Dobson (Christian Cullen) set a lifetime mark on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Kevin Verdon owns and trains the four-year-old pacer who had just one lifetime start heading into this season. After breaking his maiden a few weeks ago, Dobson recorded his fastest ever mile last week when he came from well off the pace to finish four. On Tuesday night, reinsman Jay Randall moved Dobson to the update heading to the half mile pole and the young pacer had to endure a long first over journey before winning a photo with front running Ervin's Big Boy (Stephane Bouchard). Longshot Kennedy Blue Chip (Gerry Mattison) finished third in the $5,000 race for colt and gelding pacers. Dobson returned $11.00 to win in his second career victory. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with New York Sire Stakes action featured. First post time is set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Slugfest set a lifetime mark in the Friday night feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Maureen Salino-trained trotter went on a tear in the springtime, winning four consecutive times in the $17,000 Open but followed that up with a brief lull. Two weeks ago, Slugfest (Conway Hall) dropped down in class and rediscovered the winning way, prevailing for the fifth time this season. Friday's feature was the $14,000 'Winners Over' Trot and Slugfest, the race's 7-5, wasted no time taking the early speed and had little trouble registered victory number six on the year. The win came in 1:56 and served as a lifetime mark for the five year old trotter. Jay Randall piloted Slugfest to the career best score as they bested runner up Fear The Football (Dan Cappello Jr) and third place finisher Pay The Winner (Stephane Bouchard). Live racing continues on Saturday night with the 5th annual Back to the Track night. Free programs, t-shirts and $1 hot dogs and sodas highlight the fan friendly event. First post time on Saturday is set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Mach To The Max (Mach Three) recorded his second consecutive victory in the JP Morel Memorial Pacing Series at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The three-year-old pacer made his local debut back in April with a solid third place finish. Things have only gotten better for the Jackie Rousse trainee since then and he will head into next week’s Series Final as the one to beat. On Sunday, Billy Dobson sat the pocket with Mach To The Max behind fellow Leg One winner Sassy Hanover (Bruce Aldrich Jr). Mach To The Max flew by around the final turn and stopped the timer in a career best 1:55.3. Making good at odds of 1-5, Mach To The Max became the only back-to-back winner in the pacing series that honors the memory of longtime Saratoga driver JP Morel. Sassy Hanover will take part in next week’s Final as well following his second place finish behind Mach To The Max while Regalwood (Jim Devaux) closed to finish third. The other division of the series that was contested on Sunday saw My Name Is Sam (American Ideal) secure a win in 1:56.1 for trainer-driver Jay Randall. The Series Final, scheduled to be contested for a purse of upwards of $15,000, will take place next Sunday. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Political Desire did on Friday night what no other harness racing trotter has done in over a month at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Rene Allard trainee defeated standout trotter Slugfest. Slugfest brought a four race Open win streak into Friday's $17,000 feature. Political Desire (Tom Ridge) made his local debut a winning one for driver Billy Dobson after sitting the pocket behind Obrigado (Kim Crawford) as that one dueled with the favored Slugfest (Jay Randall). Political Desire closed up the passing lane and stopped the timer in 1:56.4 matching Slugfest's time from last week as the fastest of the season for a trotter. Slugfest had to settle for second this week while Obrigado held on for third. Political Desire returned $20.20 to win while pulling off the mild upset. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post time. Melissa Simser  

Slugfest (Conway Hall) continued his Open Trot dominance on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Maureen Salino-trainee scored his fourth consecutive win in the local feature behind a 1:56.4 victory from post eight. Jay Randall piloted Slugfest to the fastest time of the season for any trotter at the Spa. Despite winning three straight Opens, Slugfest was dismissed at odds of 7-1. Obrigado (Kim Crawford) was the runner up for the second straight week behind Slugfest while Just Make Believe (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot just as he did in last week’s Friday feature. The exacta returned $84.50 and the trifecta came back $356. Slugfest became the first horse in several seasons to win four consecutive Opens at Saratoga. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

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