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Osvaldo Blue Chip (Chapter Seven) extended his winning streak on a rainy Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The two year old trotter had a solid summer of harness racing primarily in Excelsior Series competition and in Thursday's $8,000 trot for New York Sired high-steppers, the freshman completed a hat trick.  Trained and driven by Jay Randall, Osvaldo Blue Chip cruised by nearly a dozen length in his previous start just one week after breaking his maiden. Seeking a three-bagger on Thursday, he once again started from post position one and quickly was moved to the lead by Randall. Osvaldo Blue Chip suffered only a few anxious moments before stopping the timer in 1:59 over a tracked labeled 'good.' In eleven starts in his freshman campaign, Osvaldo Blue Chip has now recorded three wins to go with three seconds and a pair of thirds. Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Just Make Believe (Kadabra) made his return to Saratoga Casino Hotel a winning one on Sunday afternoon. The John Di Stefano-trained Open trotter had competed out of town since winning the Saratoga Open Trot on August 9th and he quickly rediscovered his winning ways in this week's $16,000 harness racing feature. Jay Randall picked up the catch drive behind Just Make Believe who wound up first over on longshot leader Palmers Pride (Mark Beckwith). The six year old trotter powered past that rival and took over the lead turning for home before stopping the timer in 1:55.4. Palmers Pride held second while Cash Poor (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. The top two choices in the wagering never factored in the race and Just Make Believe rewarded his backers with a win price of $17.40. The exacta returned $123.50 while the triple paid $578. The win was the tenth of the year for Just Make Believe and the third in the local Open Trot. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a 4:00pm first post time. Mike Sardella

It took until the final stride to decide whether Slugfest (Conway Hall) or Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) had prevailed in Sunday's harness racing Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   Slugfest was on the front end in the 1 1/16 mile feature and the back-to-back Trotter of the Year at the track was met with the first over challenge of the favored Cash Me Out (Jim Devaux).   Those two top flight trotters slugged it out for better than a half mile before Slugfest held off his rival by the slimmest of margins to win in 2:03 on a windy afternoon at the Spa.   It was the third victory of the season in the Open for the Maureen Salino-trained Slugfest who was the public's second choice in the wagering at odds of 8-5.   Cash Me Out has now hit the board in four consecutive Sunday features at the Spa while Lucid Thoughts (Shawn Gray) earned the show spot.   Slugfest was driven to the Open score by Jay Randall.   Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a 4:00pm first post. Mike Sardella

Slugfest (Conway Hall) moved his career bankroll to over the half million dollar mark with a win in Sunday's feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Trotter of the Year at the Spa in both 2014 and 2015, Slugfest is again off to a strong start this season. The Maureen Salino-trained trotter secured his second win of the campaign in the $15,000 Open Trot as he moved out to the early lead in the 1 1/16 mile feature. Cruising through fractions of 27.1, 56.3 and 126.2, Slugfest dug in in the stretch to hold off the challenge of pocket sitter Flyhawk Thriller (Stephane Bouchard) before prevailing in 203.1 in the 1 1/16 mile trot. Flyhawk Thriller was the runner up while Pop I (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Slugfest returned $7.70 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $41.40 and $168, respectively. Slugfest is off to a great start to his season as he looks to become the first horse to ever be named Trotter of the Year three times at the Spa. The earnings from his Sunday win moved the seven year old's career bankroll tally to over $503,000. Jay Randall piloted Slugfest to his Sunday score. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 4:00pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Slugfest (Conway Hall) made his return to the harness racing winner's circle on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The two-time defending Trotter of the Year at the Spa began his season with a third and a second place finish in the $15,000 Open Trot but on Sunday afternoon rediscovered his winning ways. Jay Randall has been the regular reinsman for the Maureen Salino trainee and after leaving to get away third in the early going moved first over with the local trotting star. Slugfest breezed by the race's favorite before opening up a commanding lead and stopping the timer in 2:02.4 in the 1 1/16 mile feature. Slugfest returned $7.50 to win in what was the 30th victory in the career of the seven year old highstepper. Longshot Lucid Thoughts (Shawn Gray) closed to be second in the Open while Daylon Miracle (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot in her first start of the season. Slugfest is looking to become the first horse in track history to earn three Trotter of the Year awards and is off to another strong start to the season. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with first post time set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

Adorable Ben (Make It Hot) prevailed in the $11,250 featured trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday. Jody Weidman owns and trains the three year old who graduated out of the non-winners of two lifetime in his previous start while coming from well off the pace. In Thursday's feature for New York Sired trotters, driver Jay Randall moved Adorable Ben first over and he cruised past his rivals to record a new lifetime mark of 2:00. Longshot Bubba's Jer Bear (Jim Hathaway) was the runner up to Adorable Ben while Driving Me Lindy (Stephane Bouchard) got up for third. Adorable Ben went off at odds of 3-1 in what wound up being his sixth victory of the season and led an exacta and triple that paid $276.50 and $1642, respectively. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Slugfest, the most consistent trotting force at Saratoga Casino and Raceway over the past few seasons, made his return to the harness racing winner's circle on Tuesday night. The track's defending Trotter of the Year dominated the Open early on this season but over the past couple of months has had to settle for several seconds, a third and a few fourths. In Tuesday's $18,000 Open, driver Jay Randall moved the Maureen Salino trainee to the early lead and once he got there, the veteran trotter dug in. Slugfest (Conway Hall) recorded his seventh victory of the season, stopping the timer in 1:54.3, a time that matched Daylon Miracle for the fastest of the year for any trotter at the Spa. Zoey De Vie (Wally Hennessey) sat the pocket to Slugfest and wound up finishing second while Can I Say (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Slugfest returned $11.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $51.50 and $255.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Tweet Me (Andover Hall) won the feature at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga Casino and Raceway  on Sunday afternoon while making her local debut. The Chris Marino-trained trotter came to town after a lengthy stint at Yonkers Raceway and survived a first over journey to score in the $18,000 Open Trot. Austin Siegelman piloted the four year old mare to the win in the one mile and 1/16 Open in 2:02. The race's lone mare beat the boys to complete a double for Marino and Siegelman who also registered a victory with pacer Bo's So Hot (Yankee Skyscraper). Tweet Me got the best of the race's favorite Slugfest (Jay Randall) who continued his sensational streak of finishing first or second every week in the Sunday feature since early April. The four year old mare returned $14.80 to win while besting Slugfest and Red Hot Herbie (Billy Dobson) who closed for third one week after winning last Sunday's Open. Live racing resumes on Thursday with a first post time set for 4:00pm. Melissa Simser

Slugfest (Conway Hall) made his return to the winner's circle at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon. The track's top trotter, Slugfest is following up his award winning 2014 campaign with another big season. The Maureen Salino-trained trotter had been first or second in six straight Opens heading into Sunday afternoon's tilt but was coming off of a sound defeat as the 1-5 favorite in last week's $18,000 feature. Slugfest was up to the task on the beautiful Sunday afternoon at the Spa as the five year old went coast to coast in 1:56.4 to record his fifth Open win of the '15 season. Bentley Karan (Stephane Bouchard) closed for second while Increditable (Bruce Aldrich Jr) came on for third. Jay Randall piloted the even money favorite Slugfest to the Sunday score. It was one of two training wins on Sunday for Salino whose Ideal Delight (Billy Dobson) prevailed in 1:57.2. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a 4:00pm first post. Melissa Simser

Slugfest (Conway Hall) won the Sunday Open Trot at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga for the fourth time this season.   The defending Trotter of the Year at the Spa sat the pocket in this week’s feature, riding the coattails of Mikey Hanover (Mark Beckwith) who was putting up sizzling fractions on the front end.   Slugfest and Jay Randall sat patiently through three quarters in 1:24.4 before evacuating the pocket around the final turn and cruising past Mikey Hanover to win in 1:54.4.   It was the fastest time for any trotter thus far in 2015 at Saratoga.   The fourth Open Trot victory this season for Slugfest came at odds of 4-5.   Randall drove the winner for trainer Maureen Salino.   Mikey Hanover was the runner up to Slugfest for the second straight week while Photo Mass (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot in the $18,000 Open.    Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 4:00pm.    Mary Howard    

Blazin Benny (Angus Hall) lengthened his lead on Sunday as the winningest horse of the meet at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The claiming trotter scored his seventh local win of the season including six straight by going wire-to-wire with Mark Beckwith in the sulky. Blazin Benny stepped up to the $15,000 claiming level for the first time of the year and had little difficultly cruising to a seasonal best- matching victory in 1:56.1. After competing at a high level at Freehold Raceway this winter, Blazin Benny now has recorded twelve wins in 2015. It was one of two scores on the day for leading trainer Melissa Beckwith who is off to a huge start to the ’15 campaign. Slugfest (Conway Hall) prevailed in the afternoon’s feature, scoring in 1:55.2 to match his own time as the fastest for any trotter at the Spa this season. Jay Randall piloted Slugfest for trainer Maureen Salino. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with first post time set for 4:00pm.   Mike Sardella  

Slugfest (Conway Hall) scored his second consecutive Open Trot victory on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The defending Trotter of the Year at the Spa, Slugfest prevailed first over in 1:56.1 last week for regular harness racing driver Jay Randall. On Sunday, the Maureen Salino-trained six year old moved out to the early lead. After an opening half in 57.4, Slugfest felt just mild pressure from the race’s favorite Zooming (Billy Dobson) before putting him away around the final turn and scoring in 1:55.2, the fastest trotting time of the season thus far at Saratoga. Slugfest paid $13.40 to win while pulling off the mild upset over Mikey Hanover (Mark Beckwith) who finished second and Fox Valley Veto (Jim Devaux) who earned the show spot. Slugfest became the first two-time Open Trot winner on the young season at the Spa. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a 4:00pm first post time.  Mike Sardella

Slugfest (Conway Hall), the 2014 Trotter of the Year at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, recorded his first Open victory of the ’15 season on Sunday afternoon at the Spa. The Maureen Salino-trained trotter moved first over in the $18,000 co-feature and wrestled control away from the frontrunner before holding off a late challenge from the race’s 1-5 favorite. Slugfest stopped the timer in 1:56.1 while pulling off the mild upset at odds of 7-1. Jay Randall piloted the six year old trotter to the Open score. The favored Luminosity (Billy Dobson) had to settle for second while longshot Red Hot Herbie (Jordan Derue) finished third. Slugfest paid $17.40 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $39.80 and $252.50, respectively. Jackie Rousse’s Happily Ever After (Well Said) parlayed the pocket ride to victory to secure her first win of the season in the co-featured Fillies and Mares Open. Frank Coppola Jr was the winning driver behind the four year old mare who was making just her second start of the season. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a twilight race card beginning at 4:00pm.     Mike Sardella   

Stell R Time (Dream Vacation) prevailed in the harness racing $13,000 Lucky 13’s Mini Overnight Series Final on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The fastest of the leg one winners, Stell R Time was the race’s favorite on Friday night and made an early move to the lead for driver Jay Randall. The stretch drive was a near carbon copy of last week as Stell R Time had to hold off a late challenge from Just Vic (Billy Dobson) who once again was the runner up to the Steve LaBelle-trained trotting mare. Hello I’m Johnny (Austin Siegelman), a leg one series winner, earned the show spot. The Lucky 13’s Series Final was contested at a distance of 1 1/16 mile for condition trotters that are non-winners of $2000 last 5 starts and went in 2:05.3.   Live racing continues at Saratoga on Saturday night with a 6:45pm first post.  Mike Sardella

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  

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