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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

Slugfest prevailed for the third consecutive week in the Friday night Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Maureen Salino-trained trotter has started out his season on a tear. After finishing second in his first start back in March, Slugfest (Conway Hall) has rattled off three straight wins on the front end with driver Jay Randall in the sulky. This week, the local trotting star had to overcome post position eight on Friday but marched out to the early lead in :28.4 and never looked back before stopping the timer in 158.1. Pocket sitter Obrigado (Kim Crawford) finished second while Just Make Believe (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Slugfest returned $8.00 to win as he completed his hat trick. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Slugfest became the first trotter to win two Opens in the young season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Jay Randall piloted the Maureen Salino-trained trotter to a wire to wire victory for the second consecutive Friday night. The five year old Slugfest (Conway Hall) became a quarter millionaire with his win last week and on Friday matched the fastest trotting time of the season with his score in 1:57.2. Longshot A Megabuck (Chris Long) closed well to finish second and complete a $98 exacta behind the 9-5 favorite Slugfest. Wind Neath My Feet (Jordan Derue) earned the show spot in a $398 trifecta. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Slugfest (Conway Hall) has come out swinging to start his 2014 campaign. The five-year-old gelding won Friday's Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway behind a wire to wire effort. The Maureen Salino trained trotter began his season last week with a fast closing second in the Open and on Friday night, went right out to the early lead. Jay Randall sat behind Slugfest and as he posted very even fractions before winning it in 1:59 over a sloppy track. Cash Poor (Austin Siegelman) finished second for the third time in four tries in the local feature while longshot House Money (Bruce Aldrich Jr) held on for third in the $18,190 Open. Slugfest returned $6.40 to win as the public's second choice in the betting. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Justa Rebel (Valley Victor) pulled off a rarely seen move in Friday's feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Stephen Reid-trainee went last to first to win the evening's $17,000 Open Trot. Justa Rebel finished third from post eight in his previous start and didn't have much post relief on Friday, starting from the seven hole. Driver Jim Devaux sat patiently with the 9-5 favorite before moving out of last after the start of the second lap. It took a four-wide move in the back stretch to get Justa Rebel passed all of his rivals and he wound up drawing away in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:58.2 over a tracked labeled "good". Slugfest (Jay Randall) closed up the inside to finish second while Victom As (Harry Landy) earned the show spot. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. 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  

F Twenty Two (Jereme's Jet) posted an impressive 1:54.3 victory on a cold night in Saratoga while scoring by open lengths in the evening's $5,885 featured race. Brian Cross piloted F Twenty Two for trainer Geoff Howles and moved his record to three-for-three in the conditional-claimer for horses with a $15,000 claiming tag attached. F Twenty Two was by far the fastest winner of the evening and cruised to the win over Harmony Oaks Ruler (Bruce Aldrich Jr) who was the runner up and Gibson Blue Chip (Jay Randall) who earned the show spot for the twelfth time this year. Live racing takes place on Friday and Saturday night this weekend as the 2013 season comes to a close at the Spa. First post time each night is set for 6:45pm. by MIke Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

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