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In 2014 and 2015, Panocchio (No Pan Intended) was named harness racing Pacer of the Year at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jimmy Mattison-trained pacer also took home honors for Horse of the Year after his fantastic '14 campaign. On Saturday night, Panocchio was back at the Spa after spending the winter racing at Pompano in Florida. The nine year old veteran drew the rail in the $12,500 featured Winners Over and driver Gerry Mattison marched the classy pacer out to the early lead. After getting a second-quarter breather, Panocchio clicked off a first half in 57.3 and had plenty left in the tank for the final lap. The first-over threat to the leader was the race's even money betting favorite In A Single Bound (Billy Dobson) but he saw bid rebuffed by Panocchio who drew away to win in 1:53.1 to make his return to the Spa a winning one. Pocket-sitting Rise Up Now (Jimmy Devaux) finished second while In A Single Bound had to settle for third. Panocchio paid $6.30 to win and led an exacta and triple in the feature that paid $41.60 and $95.50, respectively. Trainer Jimmy Mattison and driver Gerry Mattison went two-for-two on the Saturday card at the Spa as their Century Endeavor (Shadow Play) came from off the pace to prevail earlier in the evening. Live racing resumes on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:00 Noon.   Mike Sardella

Panocchio was the harness racing 'Pacer of the Year' at Saratoga Casino Hotel in both 2014 and 2015. After another terrific season in '16, the Jimmy Mattison trainee got off to a slow start at the Spa (by his standards) but on Saturday night earned his first local win of the year. Trainer Jimmy Mattison, who was inducted into the Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame last month, saw his prized pacer go coast to coast in Saturday's $14,000 Winners Over. The defending Pacer of the Year Artful Way was the race's odds-on favorite but made an uncharacteristic break in the first turn. Panocchio (No Pan Intended) didn't make it look easy but as he usually does, dug in late in the mile wound up securing the win in 1:52.3 with Gerry Mattison in the sulky. He's A Lock (Wally Hennessey) came on for second while YS Lotus (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. It was the sixth win in 2017 for Panocchio who had another strong winter/spring while competing in Florida at Pompano Park. On Saturday, the seven year old paid $6.80 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $50.50 and $386.50, respectively. Live racing resumes on Tuesday evening at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Back to back harness racing 'Pacer of the Year' at Saratoga Panocchio (No Pan Intended) scored his second victory of the year in the local Open Pace on Saturday night. The Jimmy Mattison-trained pacing star moved out to the early lead in a fast 27.1 in the $15,000 feature over a track labeled "good." Panocchio didn't get much of a breather in fact he was confronted by and passed by Yonkers invader Idealbeach Hanover (Billy Dobson) approaching the half mile pole. After that rival tired, Panocchio swung to the outside but had the daunting task of trying to reel in JK Panache (Wally Hennessey) who had taken over the lead heading to three quarters. JK Panache and Panocchio then engaged in a sensational stretch drive which resulted in Panocchio getting up to win in 1:52.2. JK Panache had to settle for second for the second consecutive week while longshot All Steinam (Shawn Gray) came on for third. It was the sixth victory on the year for Panocchio who spent the winter and spring competing at Pompano Park in Florida. Panocchio, the race's 3-5 favorite, led an exacta and triple that paid $11.80 and $89, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Panocchio (No Pan Intended) has been named Saratoga's Pacer of the Year in each of the last two harness racing seasons. The Jimmy Mattison-trained pacing star made his return from Pompano Park in May and had yet to secure a victory in the local Open Pace in 2016 before Saturday night. In the latest installment of the $15,000 Open, Panocchio was the 9-5 betting favorite and after leaving to get away third, wound up first over on rival BJ's Guy (Bruce Aldrich Jr). Panocchio got the best of the race's frontrunner before coming on to win in 1:52 for his first local victory of the year. Gerry Mattison piloted Panocchio who bested runner up JK Panache (Wally Hennessey) by a half length while BJ's Guy earned the show spot. Panocchio, who had four victories in the Pompano Open to his credit when he made his return to the Spa for the summer, paid $5.70 to win in Saturday's score. The exacta returned $17.20 while the triple came back $44. Panocchio is owned by his trainer Jimmy Mattison in conjunction with Emile Johnson Jr. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Almost lost in the "fog" of the Isle International Amateur Series at Pompano Park on Sunday night (March 13) were outstanding harness racing performances by Panocchio and Southwind Amazon in their respective pacing features over the South Florida oval. Panocchio took top honors in the $15,000 Open Handicap Pace by scoring a gate-to-wire win for Wally Hennessey in 1:51-his margin one length over the late charging Whogoesfirst (Dave Ingraham) and 1½ lengths over Dede's Dragon (George Napolitano, Jr.), closing fastest of all--:27.3--in the event. Heart Felt finished fourth while Bluehourpower picked up the nickel, despite a miscue at the beginning. Panocchio, the exceptional six year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended, left like a rocket from his outside post six and was safely into the lead just a few long strides after the Hummer Starting Gate left. The gelding then zipped an opening panel in :26.1 before Hennessey gave his charge a breather through a :29.2 second panel, reaching the half in :55.3 with Johnny Grippa in the pocket and Bluehourpower on the move outside. Through a picked up official third panel in :27.1, Bluehourpower reached the saddle pad of the leader as they reached that third station in 1:22.4. In the lane, Panocchio stretched the lead to almost two lengths at mid-stretch before Whogoesfirst and Dede's Dragon put in their late surges to edge closer but Panocchio's :28.1 closer was more than enough to preserve the victory-his second of the year in five starts. After the event, driver Wally Hennessey, quickly approaching win number 9,000 career-wise, had high praise for both horse and trainer. "This is just an honest, trying hard pacer that does everything asked of him-within reason, of course. I felt comfortable when we got to the half kinda cheap (:55.3) because I knew it would take a final half better than that to get to him. He got a great trip tonight and a lot of credit has to go to the trainer, Jimmy Mattison, who keeps him ready to go every time he sees the gate. Owned by trainer Mattison along with Emile Johnson, Jr., Panocchio won for the 38th time career-wise to send his bankroll to $315,927--$25,160 in just five starts this year. As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Panocchio paid $2.60 to win. The $11,000 Open 2 Pace went to Southwind Amazon, driven by George Napolitano, Jr., scorched the Pompano oval in 1:49.2, a lifetime best effort. The six year-old son of Camluck was away in good order from his post 3 as Thebestofjoel, driven by Aaron Byron, rushed up to take command through an opening quarter in a hot :26.2 with "Amazon" on the move around that opening turn and into the lead a few strides later. Carding subsequent panels of :54.3 and 1:21.4, Southwind Amazon used a :27.3 finale to scorch the field by 5½ lengths. Buddha Blue Chip (Mike Micallef) finished second while Thebestofjoel was safely third. Barbarian and Winyard Hanover also earned checks in the sharp septet. After the event, the always subdued Napolitano merely smiled and said, "He was very good tonight!" Trained by Paul Holzman for Ameer Najor, Southwind Amazon now sports a 4-0-1 scorecard in nine starts, good for $23,764. He's now won 21 times in 75 lifetime starts with a career bankroll of $239,632 to go along with his new lifetime mark-his previous best being 1:50 over the lengthy Mohawk oval. Southwind Amazon paid $3.00 to his multitude of backers. Monday's program features a carryover in the Super Hi-5 finale of $73,926.26 with post time set at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park      

Panocchio (No Pan Intended) scored another Open Pace harness racing victory on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The defending Pacer and Horse of the Year at the Spa is having another terrific season and was the co-favorite in Saturday's feature. Gerry Mattison moved the versatile Panocchio out to the early lead and the five year old never had an anxious moment while wiring the field in 1:51.1. One of the winners in a three horse dead heat last weekend, Panocchio scored for the sixth time in the $18,000 local Open this year as he held off pocket-sitting Hot Roddy (Bruce Aldrich Jr), who finished second in his first try in the feature, and Burkentine Hanover (Stephane Bouchard), one of the trio of winners in last Saturday's Open, who earned the show spot. Panocchio's quest to repeat as Pacer of the Year and perhaps Horse of the Year was furthered by registering his fastest score thus far this season for co-owners Emile Johnson Jr. and trainer Jimmy Mattison. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at the Spa with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Panocchio (No Pan Intended) prevailed in the Open Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for the fourth time this season. The track's defending Horse of the Year, Panocchio was the 9-5 second choice in the wagering in Saturday's feature and driver Gerry Mattison powered the star pacer out to the early lead in a sizzling 26.2 opening quarter. The fractions stayed fast for the Jimmy Mattison-trainee who cruised through a half in 55.3 before clicking off three quarters in 1:23.3. Panocchio, as he so often does, dug in when briefly confronted and paced away to score in 1:51.2. Longshot Martial Bliss (Jim Devaux) sat the pocket behind the winner and finished a strong second while Jin Dandy (Austin Siegelman) came on for third. It was the 30th victory in 71 career starts for Panocchio who paid $5.90 to win. The exacta in the $18,000 Open returned $66 while the triple came back $278. Panocchio is co-owned by Emile Johnson Jr and trainer Jimmy Mattison. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga beginning at 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Panocchio (No Pan Intended) won his third Open Pace of the season at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night. The Jimmy Mattison trainee is the Spa's defending Horse of the Year and looked every bit the part in Saturday's $18,000 feature. Driver Gerry Mattison moved Panocchio out to the early lead and got a soft opening half in 57.3. The five year old pacer fended off the challenge from the first over favorite Musselsfrmbrussels (Billy Dobson) while sprinting his final half in 55.2 to prevail in 1:53 . It was the fifth victory in twelve seasonal tries for Panocchio who scored sixteen wins in 2014. Pocket sitting Ser Jon (Brian Cross) finished as the runner up to Panocchio on Saturday night while Musselsfrmbrussels held on for third. Panocchio returned $7.00 to win and led an exacta that paid $44.00 and triple that came back $240.00. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Sunday with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm. Melissa Simser

Panocchio (No Pan Intended) closed up the passing lane to win the Saturday night harness racing open pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The defending Horse of the Year at the Spa, Panocchio worked hard to secure a pocket trip despite sizzling early fractions. RU Ready To Rock (Bruce Aldrich Jr) raced parked to the quarter in 26 seconds flat before bypassing Panocchio to become the race's frontrunner. Enduring multiple challenges along the way, RU Ready To Rock held firm before getting edged at the wire by the Jimmy Mattison-trained Panocchio. The mile and a 1/16 time was 1:58.4 after the first mile was paced in 1:51.2. Panocchio, who bested runner up RU Ready To Rock by just a half length, was the race's 6-5 public choice and led an exacta that paid $22.60 and a triple that came back $172.50 with Memory Game (Frank Coppola Jr) finishing third. It was the second win in the local Open thus far this year for Panocchio who was piloted to the victory by Gerry Mattison. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at the Spa with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Defending Horse of the Year Panocchio (No Pan Intended) scored his first local Open win of the harness racing season on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Jimmy Mattison-trained five year old was the Spa's standout last year and wound up earning the awards for top pacer and horse of the year. Following a fourth place finish in his return to Saratoga last week, Panocchio showed early speed when bet down to be the $18,000 Open's 3-5 public choice on Saturday night. Driver Gerry Mattison got a soft second quarter for the star pacer en route to a first half in 57.3. From there, Panocchio would not be denied, holding off challenges from Talking Blues (Jim Devaux) and Upfront Countryboy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) in the stretch to secure his third win of the '15 campaign after prevailing in Pompano's Open twice this spring. Panocchio moved his career earnings to over the $200,000 mark with the Saturday score which came in 1:54.3. Talking Blues completed the $13.80 exacta while the triple with Upfront Countryboy third came back $51.00 Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at the Spa with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Panocchio continued his dominant stretch in the Open Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Jimmy Mattison-trained four year old is enjoying a breakout harness racing campaign and won for the twelfth time of the year in Saturday's $17,000 feature.  Driver Gerry Mattison dropped Panocchio (No Pan Intended) into the pocket behind the race's favorite Mystician (Wally Hennessey) who was making his local debut. Panocchio closed up the passing lane before winning a photo with JK Panache (Billy Dobson) in a mile paced in 1:51.4. It was the seventh Open win this year for Panocchio boosting his seasonal earnings to over the $100,000 mark. JK Panache was the runner up for the second straight week in the feature while longshot BJ's Guy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) closed for third. It may be the final time we see Panocchio compete at Saratoga for the year as he will be headed back down to Pompano Park in the near future. The pacing star is co-owned by his trainer Jimmy Mattison and Emile Johnson Jr. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

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