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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  

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  

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