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
Leg two of the SHHA Claiming Series for trotters took place on Friday night at Saratoga as horses competed for points towards next weekend's marathon final. Donttellmywife (Malabar Man) jogged for the second consecutive week in the series as Bruce Aldrich Jr.put the 1-9 favorite on the lead in the early stages of the mile and a quarter long trot. Donttellmywife cruised to a win of almost ten lengths in 2:30.2 for the longer distance. Claimed out of leg one of the series by conditioner Andy Sardella, Donttellmywife won for the eleventh time in nineteen seasonal tries. The series' favorite was claimed back on Friday night by trainer Melissa Beckwith who will send him out in next weekend's $10,000+ Final to be contested at a distance of a mile and a half. Psyched (Jay Randall) won the other division of the second leg of the series after outclosing the favorite Stormont O My (Shawn Gray) in the stretch to prevail for his new connections. Trainer Jody Weidman will bring Psyched into next weekend's series final as one of only four horses to record wins in the SHHA Claiming Series legs. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella
Ozymandias (Crazed) continued his winning way on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The three year old trotter was the odds-on favorite from the rail in the $4,200 conditional-claimer and driver Jay Randall drove him accordingly. Randall pulled the pocket just past the half mile pole and quickly rolled into a commanding lead before stopping the timer in 2:00 for Ozymandias' third victory in a row and fifth in his last seven starts. The Jody Weidman trainee has been a picture of consistency, hitting the board in seven straight tries and in 18 of his 28 starts on the year. Longshot Wee Small Hours (Billy Dobson) finished second to Ozymandias while Ilari (Chris Long) earned the show spot. Ozymandias was the 1-2 favorite in the betting. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway
New York Terror (Western Terror) made a big late move to reel in the favorite in the $5,885 featured race on Wednesday at Saratoga. Chris Long sat patiently with New York Terror before unleashing a late attack and getting by the 1-5 favorite Keystone Real Deal (Billy Dobson). Trained by Ray Sharpe, New York Terror was coming off a strong closing second last week and was equally strong in the stretch on Wednesday in the $15,000 conditional-claimer to prevail in 1:55.4. Keystone Real Deal was second while Gibson Blue Chip (Jay Randall) earned the show spot. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post of 6:45pm. by MIke Sardella for Saratoga Raceway
Sunday afternoon featured the first leg of the Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The series for young trotters had three divisions each going for a purse of $7,500. Jimmer (Equinox Bi) was the fastest and most impressive winner of the first leg of Derue Series. Chris Long piloted Jimmer to a victory despite while overcoming a difficult first over journey. The four year old trotter’s fifth win of the season came in 1:59.3, two seconds faster than either of the other two leg one winners. Jelectric (Stephane Bouchard) came on late to win in 2:01.4 while Quick Justice (Jay Randall) benefited from a breaking rival in the stretch before stopping the clock in 2:01.3 to score in the other division. Leg two of the series is scheduled for next Sunday. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Wednesday afternoon with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway
Winter King with Jay Randall in the sulky, hits the wire in the eighth race at Saratoga Casino & Raceway, Tuesday Aug 20,2013. Owned by Thomas Finelli, Jay Randall and Dawn Randall, and trained by Jay Randall, the 3-year-old Riverboat King gelding posted a winning time of 1:56.4. The win was one of two for Jay Randall on Tuesday’s card. by Dave Oxford
Winter King recorded his second consecutive win on the Tuesday card at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Trainer-driver Jay Randall moved Winter King (Riverboat King) out to the early lead and the sophomore pacer sprinted away late to prevail by open lengths in 1:57.1. For Randall, it completed a driving double as he also piloted young trotter Dewlalula (Deweycheatumnhowe) to her maiden win for trainer Glenn Raia. Randall currently sits in tenth in the local driver standings after having another solid year at the Spa. Live racing continues on Wednesday night with a 7:05pm first post time. by Mike Sardella
Camdee (Western Ideal) was the star of the night on Wednesday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
Cameron Lucky, with Ballston Spa (NY) harness racing driver Jay Randall in the bike, captured Sunday's (December 2) featured Filly & Mare Open Pace.
Hudson Falls (New York) harness racing trainer Jackie Rousse scored a double on Wednesday night (September 19) at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The one time leading trainer at the track is in the midst of another strong year at the Spa. Rousse added a pair of wins to her total as pacers Most Happy Keene (Pro Bono Best) and Upstroke Hanover (Art Major) secured victories.
El Ringer (Artsplace) won his third open pace of the season on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Margaret Spagnola harness racing trainee rattled off back to back jacks in the $18,500 feature a month ago and on Saturday night, the six year old found his way back to the winner's circle after a front running score that came in 1:52.3.