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Velocity Vespa (I Scoot Hanover) became the fastest lady pacer in the history of Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night as the Rich Banca-trained harness racing mare scored her third consecutive win in the local Fillies and Mares Open. Banca claimed the six year old distaffer last month and the mare who had won 22 times in the last year and a half has added three more to her tally after a few dominant efforts in the $15,000 ladies' Open. Velocity Vespa surged out to the lead from her assigned outside post position on Friday and set brisk fractions while cutting the mile. The standout mare went to the quarter in 27.2 and the half in 55.4. Her sizzling speed display didn't end there as the winning machine paced through three quarters in 1:23.2 before hitting the wire first in 1:51.3. The final time is the fastest for any female pacer in the 75 year history of Saratoga, besting the mark of 1:52 which was owned by Darlin's Delight, a three year old filly when she set the mark, and So Nice, who held the record for aged pacing mares. So Nice was the runner up to Velocity Vespa in the Friday feature to complete an exacta behind the even money favorite that paid $14.20. Happily Ever After (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot to complete the triple that came back $87.50. Jimmy Devaux drove Velocity Vespa to her record setting score on a night in which he piloted three winners. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella  

Velocity Vespa (I Scoot Hanover) scored her second consecutive win in the Friday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the Rich Banca-trained mare cruised to a wire-to-wire harness racing victory in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open. The six year old distaffer was claimed by Banca two weeks ago and went coast to coast in 1:52.1 in her debut for her new connections last week. On Friday night, Velocity Vespa was the race's 1-2 betting favorite and cruised out to the early lead in a first quarter paced in 27.3. Reinsman Jimmy Devaux gave the mare a bit of a second quarter breather before she was met with the challenge of a first over Bazooka Terror (Billy Dobson). Velocity Vespa paced away from her rivals in a 27.3 final quarter and scored a decisive four length victory, stopping the timer in 1:52.2. Bazooka Terror was the runner up in the Friday feature for the seventh time this season while Campanile (Austin Siegelman) earned the show spot. For Velocity Vespa, it was win number 13 on the season in twenty tries following a 2015 campaign in which she won eleven times. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Velocity Vespa (I Scoot Hanover) scored impressively in Friday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The six year old mare was claimed last week by trainer Rich Banca and debuted in the $15,000 local Fillies and Mares Open on Friday night. Velocity Vespa sped out to the lead in a sizzling opening quarter paced in 26.1 and didn't back things down much cruising through a first half in 55.1. Rival Bazooka Terror (Billy Dobson) moved first over on the leader at the half and those two squared off throughout the final lap before Velocity Vespa hit the wire first in 1:52.1. Bazooka Terror battled gamely to be the runner up in the Friday feature while the race's favorite So Nice (Mark Beckwith) had to settle for minor spoils finishing third. Velocity Vespa, who was piloted on Friday night by Jimmy Devaux, won for the twelfth time this year following a campaign in 2015 in which she scored eleven victories. The winner returned $7.10 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $53 and $185, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Mister Skitter (Western Terror) brought a three race win streak into Saturday night's Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Don Sherman trainee had a start or two in the Open under his belt before returning to the $16,050 feature on Saturday. Jimmy Devaux piloted Mister Skitter to three consecutive wins heading into the Open try and for the fourth consecutive week moved the young pacer out to the early lead. Mister Skitter put up all the fractions and kicked away from his rivals late in the mile before stopping the timer in 1:52.1, matching his lifetime mark. Spinarama (Austin Siegelman) sat the pocket to the feature winner and won the photo for place while Panocchio (Gerry Mattison) earned the show spot. Mister Skitter returned $10.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $47.60 and $315, respectively. The win also put the four year old pacer over the $100,000 mark in career earnings in just his 52nd lifetime start, fifteen of which have been wins. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) scored his third harness racing victory of the year in the local Open Trot on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Jimmy Devaux piloted the Kyle Spagnola-trained trotter and moved him first over approaching the half. Cash Me Out hit his best gear and cruised past his rivals to open up a big lead heading towards three quarters. The five year old highstepper was met with challenges in the stretch from Boli (Wally Hennessey) and Stirling Cadet (Frank Coppola Jr) but held them both off before stopping the timer in 1:54.4. The victory was number eight on the year for Cash Me Out who is just shy of $110,000 in earnings midway through July. Boli was the runner up for the third consecutive start in the $15,000 Open while Stirling Cadet finished third to hit the board for the six straight time in the Sunday feature. Cash Me Out was the race's 3-2 betting favorite and led an exacta and triple that returned $34.20 and $237.50, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday with first post time set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

Just Make Believe (Kadabra) scored his second harness racing victory in the last three weeks as the John DiStefano trainee went coast to coast in Sunday's $15,000 feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Jimmy Devaux piloted the six year old trotter in the 1 1/16 mile Open and moved him out to the lead after an opening quarter of 27.1. Just Make Believe got a bit of a breather in the middle half but braced for the late surge from the race's favorite Boli who came charging hard in the final quarter. Boli's move was too little too late as he ended up second best to Just Make Believe who covered the 1 1/16 miles in 2:02.4. Boli was the runner up for the second consecutive time while Stirling Cadet (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Just Make Believe, who returned $7.40 to win on Sunday, scored for the fifth time in his last seven starts. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a 4:00pm first post. Mike Sardella

Just Make Believe (Kadabra) paid immediate dividends for his new harness racing connections on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino & Raceway as the six year old prevailed in the $15,000 Open Trot. Just Make Believe was assigned post position one in the 1 1/16 mile feature as he was moving up in company off a claim for trainer John DiStefano. Jimmy Devaux got the driving assignment and got the razor sharp trotter away well early. Just Make Believe sat the pocket to Stirling Cadet (Frank Coppola Jr), last week's Open winner, who was setting sizzling fractions on the lead. Softened a bit by an opening quarter of 26.2, Stirling Cadet tired late and Just Make Believe slid out of the pocket around the final turn. The favored Boli (Wally Hennessey) was closing sharply but after getting away last had them all to beat if he was going to secure his second victory in the local Open. Just Make Believe stopped the timer in 2:03.1 to prevail in the 1 1/16 Open at odds of 18-1. Boli closed sharply for second while Stirling Cadet held on for third. Just Make Believe returned $38.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $145 and $714, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a 4:00pm first post. Mike Sardella

Cash Poor (Cash Hall) scored in Sunday's $15,000 Open Trot at Saratoga. Harness racing driver Jim Devaux piloted the Harry Reddick Jr. trainee and moved the speedy highstepper first over just past the half. Cash Poor powered past the race's leader before drawing off to win in 2:03 in the 1 1/16 mile feature. Boli (Wally Hennessey) closed sharply for second in his local debut while veteran Slugfest (Jay Randall) earned the show spot. It was the fourth victory on the season for the eight year old Cash Poor who is owned by Traylor Racing, LLC. He returned $9.30 to win and started an exacta and triple that paid $68.50 and $209, respectively. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Thursday with a first post time of 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

There was a pair of mild upsets in the two series harness racing finals that took place on Saturday night at Saratoga. The Virginia O'Brien and J P Morel Memorial Pacing Series reached their conclusion on Saturday and while both races featured odds-on favorites, it was two horses who drew post position one that wound up prevailing. Eight fillies and mares battled it out for their share of the $27,500 purse in the Virginia O'Brien Final and while B B Royale (Stephane Bouchard) was the race's 3-5 it was She'snobeachboy (Dave Panlone) who prevailed in 1:57.1 after a first over journey. The Dave Spagnola-trained She'snobeachboy returned $9.50 to win as he bested runner up Stormin Spree (Mark Beckwith) while Southwind Marilyn (Billy Dobson) finished third. Brigadoon (Billy Dobson) was the 1-5 betting favorite in the J P Morel Memorial Pacing Series Final and wound up second best as the race's frontrunner Hillbillycashflow (Cam's Card Shark) held on to win it in 1:56.2. Jimmy Devaux piloted Hillbillycashflow for trainer Heidi Rohr and coasted along unopposed in a slow first half of 59 seconds before holding off the late charge of Brigadoon to win by a head. Hillbillycashflow returned $15.00 to win. Brigadoon had to settle for second in the $27,100 Final while Wishes In The Rain (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) got the money for the second consecutive Sunday afternoon in the feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Kyle Spagnola trainee wound up first over in the $15,000 Open Trot and the five year old highstepper cleared the lead around the final turn before holding off the charge from local trotting star Slugfest (Jay Randall). After recording wins at Yonkers and the Meadowlands in 2016, Cash Me Out has now gone back to back at the Spa with Jimmy Devaux in the sulky. With the second place finish, Slugfest has now finished first or second in five of his last six tries in the local feature. Flyhawk Thriller (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Cash Me Out was the race's 3-2 betting favorite and led an exacta with Slugfest that paid $27.60. The race's trifecta returned $110.50. Cash Me Out stopped the timer in 2:02.1 in the 1 1/16 mile feature. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with first post time set for 4:00pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) cashed in in the $15,000 Open Trot on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Kyle Spagnola-trained trotter was first over in the 1 1/16 mile feature but toughed out the wide journey to prevail in 2:01.4 with Jimmy Devaux in the sulky. Cash Me Out had recorded victories at Yonkers and the Meadowlands this season but Sunday's win was his first local score of 2016. Slugfest (Jay Randall) continued his strong spring as he was the runner up to Cash Me Out after following that one's cover throughout the race. Soul Train (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Cash Me Out was the race's 2-1 favorite in the betting and started an exacta with Slugfest that paid $30.20. The triple came back $106. The five year old Cash Me Out is owned by the Traylor Racing Stable. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Cash Poor (Cash Hall) parlayed the pocket ride to victory in Sunday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The eight year old trotter drew post position four in the $11,000 Winner Over trot and was situated into the pocket spot in the early going by driver Jim Devaux. No Recess (Jordan Derue), who blasted out to the early lead in a sizzling first quarter clocked in 26.4, held strong until mid-stretch when he was reeled in by Cash Poor who took full advantage of the 1 1/16 mile distance in the feature. No Recess held on for second while Stirling Cadet (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. It was the third win of the season already at the Spa for Cash Poor and the second victory in the Winners Over for the Harry Reddick Jr-trained trotter. Cash Poor, who is owned by the Traylor Racing Stable of Ballston Spa, NY, returned $8.10 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $68.50 and $170.50, respectively. The time for the 1 1/16 mile trot was 2:04.2 on a windy and cold April afternoon in the Spa City. Live racing resumes on Thursday with a first post time of 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

Flyhawk Thriller (Cash Hall) pulled off the harness racing upset in the Open Trot on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. With no Sunday racing this week, there were co-features on the thirteen race card as the $15,000 Open Trot joined the regular Saturday feature the Open Pace . Both races were contested at a distance of 1 1/16 miles. Flyhawk Thriller was dismissed at odds of 34-1 while starting from post four in the Open for hightsteppers. Driver Jim Devaux moved the longshot into the pocket and tracked rival Waiting On A Woman (Jordan Derue) every step of the way. J A T O (Stephane Bouchard) brought a lengthy win streak into the Saturday co-feature and came charging up to challenge Waiting On A Woman. Flyhawk Thriller popped the pocket around the final turn before getting up to win by a half length. J A T O came on for second while Waiting On A Woman had to settle for the show spot. Flyhawk Thriller returned $70.50 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $229.50 and $2080, respectively. Flyhawk Thriller is trained by Bert Belanger. Chris Marino's Spinarama (Cam's Card Shark) prevailed in the co-featured Open Pace behind a strong effort on the front end which saw him score in 1:59.3 in the 1 1/16 mile Open. Stephane Bouchard piloted Spinarama, who was the race's 6-5 betting favorite, to the Saturday score. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

Little Santamonica (Little Steven) was up to the task as she held off the favorite in the stretch to win the $12,000 harness racing feature for fillies and mares at Saratoga. The Jordan Hope-trained distaffer powered out to the early lead in the 1 1/16 mile Winners Over and was forced to park out last week's feature winner before being met with the challenge of the favored Bye Bye Michelle (Mark Beckwith). The eight year old veteran, who always races well at Saratoga, turned back the favorite to prevail in 2:00 in the lengthened distance race. Bye Bye Michelle had to settle for second while Deliciouslynaughty (Stephane Bouchard) came on to finish third. Little Santamonica paid $10.40 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $41.60 and $143.50, respectively. Jimmy Devaux piloted Little Santamonica to her third win of the year after a 2015 campaign in which she scored ten victories. Frank Coppola Jr. drove four winners on the Friday card. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Saturday night with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Spreester scored her second consecutive win in the local Fillies and Mares Open on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Paul Zabielski-trained mare has transitioned very well to the Open this season after enjoying two sensational years competing mostly in the New York Sire Stakes. Spreester (American Ideal) sat the pocket in Friday's $18,000 feature but evacuated the two-hole after chasing longshot leader Looney Dune (Ben Mcneil) through a first half that went in 55.4. Spreester worked hard to take over the lead and then held off late surges by Campanile (Austin Siegelman) and Bye Bye Michelle (Mark Beckwith) who finished second and third, respectively. Spreester, who won her previous start at the Spa on November 6th in the Open for distaffers, registered her seventh victory of the season on an unseasonably warm Friday night in Saratoga. Jimmy Devaux piloted Spreester, who returned $8.30 to win, to what was the 21st victory in 55 career tries for the four year old mare. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Patronus (Lucky Chucky) set a lifetime mark for his new connections on Thursday evening at Saratoga Casino and Raceway while prevailing in the $10,500 feature. The three year old trotter drew post position one but got off to a slow start, getting shuffled back in the sixth horse field for New York Sired trotters. Driver Jimmy Devaux swung Patronus three wide around the final turn and he soared by rival Driving Me Lindy (Stephane Bouchard) who had to settle for second despite building an imposing lead. Patronus trotted to a career best 1:59 for Devaux and trainer Gary Levine who raced Patronus for the first time since acquiring him earlier this month. Devaux piloted three winners on the evening's ten race card. Live racing continues on Friday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

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