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Shezallapples A (Sportswriter) extended her winning streak in Thursday’s installment of the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. It wasn’t easy for the six year old mare but Shezallapples A would not be denied in the $15,000 harness racing feature, lasting on the lead despite pacing her first quarter in 26.4 and half in 56.2. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted the Jose Godinez-trained mare and asked the race’s 6-5 betting favorite to again pick up the pace heading to three quarters with a first-over rival closing in. After trading strides throughout the final turn, Shezallapples found a second wind before being approached by a new pair of challengers. 2018’s defending Co-Horse of the Year Spreester (Jimmy Devaux) came up the passing lane while Coveredndiamonds (Jay Randall) came charging down the center of the track. Shezallapples A won the photo which showed the top three separated by only a head. The six participants in the Open were all within two lengths of each other at the finish. Shezallapples A win came in 1:53.4 and was the fifth in her last six starts and her second straight in the local Open. Coveredndiamonds N came up just inches shy of the win and had to settle for second-best while Spreester was third in her return to the Open. The exacta and triple returned $23.80 and $110.00, respectively. The victory was the third consecutive in the Thursday feature for trainer Jose Godinez whose Westsluckycam prevailed the week before Shezallapples A rattled off her back-to-back jacks in the $15,000 Open for distaffers. Live racing resumes on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm.     Mike Sardella

Trainer Jose Godinez has brought several different distaffers to Saratoga Casino Hotel to compete in the Fillies and Mares Open over the last few years. Last week, his Westsluckycam prevailed in the $15,000 harness racing feature for the ladies as she went coast-to-coast with Bruce Aldrich Jr. in the sulky. On Thursday afternoon, Godinez unveiled his Shezallapples A (Sportswriter) for the first time in the ladies feature at the Spa. The six year old Australian invader came to town as a winner in three of her last four starts and was subsequently the Open's even money betting favorite after she drew the rail. Aldrich put Shezallapples A on the lead and after cruising unopposed in a first half clocked in 56.3 was met with the challenge of Coveredndiamonds N (Jay Randall) who rushed up first-over. Shezallapples A proved up to the task, drawing clear in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:53.3 besting Coveredndiamonds N who was the runner-up and third place finisher Queen Elsa (Steve Genois). The win was the second straight in the Fillies and Mares Open for Godinez and was his stable's third victory in the ladies' feature at the Spa in the last five installments of it. Sally Fletcher A prevailed in an April Open for distaffers for Godinez and Aldrich. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm.   Mike Sardella

Havefaithinme N (Bettor's Delight) scored in the first Open Pace of the year at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez trainee brought his over $1 million in harness racing career earnings into the Monday afternoon feature which was contested for a purse of $12,000. The fractions in the race were slow over a track labeled 'good' and Havefaithinme N had his work cut out for him to come from off the pace. The millionaire eight year old toughed it out, though, and wore the leader Khun Ratha A (Larry Stalbaum) down before stopping the timer in 1:56.2 en route to his second win in as many starts in 2019. Khun Ratha A was a strong second while Maxdaddy Blue Chip (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. Havefaithinme N completed a Monday hat trick for driver Bruce Aldrich Jr who got his season off to a strong start behind the three-win afternoon. The race's favorite at odds of 2-1, Havefaithinme N paid $6.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $22.60 and $96, respectively. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon for the first of what will be regular Wednesday matinees on the schedule this year at Saratoga. There is a Pick Five guarantee of $5,000 on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout February and March. The Pick Five now begins in race one on the card. Also, race 5 will feature a $25,000 guaranteed trifecta pool on Wednesdays and Thursdays. First post time for the matinee cards is set for 12:00pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

It had been awhile since Betabcool N (Bettor's Delight) recorded a win in the harness racing local Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez-trained mare won the feature three times early in the season but had gone winless in the Open since April 13th, albeit in limited tries, heading into Friday night's action. Betabcool N had a second and a third place finish in her two most recent starts in the Open and was dismissed at odds of 7-1 in a six-horse feature on Friday night. Bruce Aldrich Jr. left a bit with Betabcool N but they wound up coming away third as the top two choices in the wagering came away one-two. Betabcool N made her move as the feature field made its way towards the three-quarter pole and the eight year old New Zealand-bred mare paced right past the leader. Longshot OK Jewel (Jimmy Devaux) came from well off the pace and tried to get to Betabcool N in the stretch but it was to no avail. Betabcool N's fourth Open win of the year came in 1:54.4. OK Jewel was the runner-up while Culinary Delight N (Larry Stalbaum) earned the show spot. Betabcool N paid $16.40 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $185 and $395, respectively. Godinez has won the local Fillies and Mares Open seven times this season, three times with Sally Fletcher A and now four with Betabcool N. Godinez and Aldrich also teamed up for a victory in the $15,000 Winners Over for fillies and mares on Friday night as veteran distaffer Glenferrie Bronte N (Changeover) lived up to the hype at odds of 3-5 to give her connections a double on the night. With the earnings from her score, Glenferrie Bronte N moved her career bankroll to over the $300,000 mark. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

The Friday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel consisted of just five participants as the track's top distaffers slugged it out for their share of a $16,000 purse. The Fillies and Mares Open proved to be a rematch in the stretch from last week between Sally Fletcher A (American Ideal) and Happy Heart (Woodstock). Last weekend, Happy Heart got up in the final stride to prevail at odds of 26-1 while Sally Fletcher A had to settle for second. In Friday's installment of the $16,000 Open, Sally Fletcher A (Bruce Aldrich Jr) moved first-over and powered past the race's leader before again being confronted by Happy Heart (Brian Cross) in the stretch. This week, though, it was the Jose Godinez-trained Sally Fletcher A who would hit the line first, scoring in 1:53.4 for her sixth win of the season. Returning $11.60 to win, Sally Fletcher A started an exacta which was rounded out by Happy Heart that paid $62.00. YS Tallia (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. The win was the second of the season in the local Fillies and Mares Open for Sally Fletcher A and fifth for Godinez who scored three victories in the Friday feature early in the meet with distaffer Betabcool N. Live racing continues on Saturday evening at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Lachie Maguire N (Bettor's Delight) returned to Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday with two second-place finishes to his credit in his last two starts. The harness racing Jose Godinez trainee was the runner-up in his most recent try at Yonkers after finishing second in his previous start in the Saratoga Open. On Saturday, Lachie Maguire N powered out to the early lead with Bruce Aldrich Jr. in the sulky but gave way to JK Panache (Shawn Gray) approaching the opening quarter. JK Panache, who was riding a two-race win streak as he returned to the local feature on Saturday, clicked off a first half in 56.1 without facing a challenge. With the 4-5 betting favorite Lachie Maguire N riding his coattails, JK Panache checked in at three quarters in 1:23.3. Aldrich popped the pocket turning for home and Lachie Maguire N got the better of JK Panache in a mile clocked in 1:51.4. The win in the $18,000 Open was victory number six on the year for Lachie Maguire N. JK Panache was the runner-up while Deetzy came on to finish third. The exacta in the feature paid $17.60 while the triple came back $54.50. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee starting at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Sally Fletcher A (American Ideal) was offensive minded from the get-go in Friday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Bruce Aldrich Jr. powered the Jose Godinez-trained distaffer out to the early lead in the $14,500 Fillies and Mares Open and the speedy mare never stopped. After posting a sizzling first quarter in 26.3 over the sloppy going, Sally Fletcher A did get a second quarter breather before reaching the half in 56.3. The seven year old distaffer then went pedal to the metal in the third panel as the race's favorite came calling first-over. Sally Fletcher A posted a 27.2 third quarter before pacing off to win in 1:52.2, matching the fastest time of the year for a lady pacer at the Spa. The track's top mare in 2018 is Spreester (Frank Coppola Jr) and that Paul Zabielski trainee nearly overcame her outside post on Friday as she finished second in the feature. Longshot Stylish Beachwhere (Jordan Derue) earned the show spot. Sally Fletcher A was the second-choice in the wagering while going off at odds of 2-1. The exacta with Spreester second paid $30.60 while the triple returned $189. The win was the second in the local feature in the career of Sally Fletcher A who also scored in a December installment of the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Crazycat (Crazed) made his return to the Open Trot a winning one on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez trainee had two Open victories on his resume from earlier this season but recently dropped in company off a few dull tries. The five year old Crazycat rattled off back to back jacks in the conditional ranks at the Spa before heading into Sunday's feature off a career-best 1:54.4 victory. Bruce Aldrich Jr. co-owns and drives Crazycat and in Sunday's $14,500 feature, he powered the talented trotter out to the lead approaching the opening quarter. The race's favorite Uva Hanover (Billy Dobson) yielded and wound up sitting the pocket to Crazycat wound up cruising to his third Open win of the season, stopping the timer in 1:55.1 while off at odds of 8-5. Uva Hanover was a strong, albeit well beaten, second while Twisted Pretzel (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot in the six-horse trotting feature. The victory was the seventh on the year for Crazycat who is in the midst of his breakout campaign for Aldrich and Godinez. The exacta paid $10.80 while the triple returned $46.60 in the Spa's most recent installment of the Open Trot. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Betabcool N (Bettor's Delight) became the first harness racing distaffer to win the Fillies and Mares Open three times in 2018 when on Friday night she went coast to coast. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted the Jose Godinez trainee who powered out to the top in a fast 26.4 first quarter. Despite not getting a significant breather at any point in the mile, Betabcool N held strong throughout and hung on to win in 1:53.2 in the $14,500 Friday feature. The favored Tempus Seelster (Billy Dobson) raced first over on the Open's eventual winner and wound up as the runner-up while Spreester (Frank Coppola Jr), who had won the previous two installments of the local Open, came on to finish third. Each of the top three finishers on Friday night had two victories in the Open this year before Betabcool N moved her tally to three behind the wire-to-wire victory in the seventh Fillies and Mares Open to be contested this season. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

For the second consecutive night, driver Bruce Aldrich Jr and trainer Jose Godinez teamed up for the winner of the harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. After recording a win in Friday's feature for fillies and mares, the Aldrich-Godinez tandem prevailed with RU Ready To Rock (Rocknroll Hanover) in Saturday's $18,000 Open Pace. The eight year old pacer who had been the runner-up in each of his last two tries in the Saratoga Open started from post three in Saturday's installment of the feature and wound up picking up cover in a race that was primed for closers to thrive. With first half fractions of 26.4 and 55.3 setting the table for the closers, RU Ready To Rock tipped off his cover turning for home in what wound up being a blanket finish. All eight horses finished within two lengths of each other with the top four finishers only separated by a total of a neck. RU Ready To Rock pulled off the upset at odds of 11-1 and bested Macherati (Mark Beckwith) and Ronny Bugatti (Jim Devaux) who ran second and third. RU Ready To Rock stopped the timer in 1:52.3 while recording his first Open win of the season at the Spa. The exacta and triple in the wide open feature paid $123 and $711. RU Ready To Rock is owned by Anthony Nicometo and the Blindswitch Racing Stable of New York whose Dilly Dali scored in the $10,060 Friday feature for distaffers. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Dilly Dali (Dali) went coast to coast in the Friday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel on what was a big night for driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. Aldrich motivated class-dropping Dilly Dali to move out to the early lead in the $10,060 conditional/claimer for fillies and mares, a lead she would never relinquish. One week removed from a third place finish in the Open for distaffers, Dilly Dali recorded the wire to wire win in 1:54, holding off late bids from Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr) and fellow Open dropper Bye Bye Michelle (Dan Cappello Jr), who finished second and third, respectively, en route to her eighth score of 2016. The Jose Godinez-trained mare was a big favorite in the betting while backed to the tune of 2-5. She led an exacta and triple that returned a chalky $9.10 and $16.00 in what wound up being a six horse race after three scratches shrunk the field down significantly. The victory was one of three on the night for Aldrich which was second only to Frank Coppola Jr's five-win evening. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Royal Heart (Royal Art) gave his harness racing connections an Open win for the second consecutive night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The five year old pacer scored on the front end in Saturday's $18,000 Open Pace with Bruce Aldrich Jr driving for trainer Jose Godinez. Royal Heart was taking a big step up in company off a win last week as he was aggressively moved to the early lead in fast first half fractions of 26.4 and 55.3. Royal Heart looked none the worse for the wear in the stretch and had enough left to draw away from his rivals to record his second consecutive win and seventh on the season. The race's 8-5 betting favorite stopped the timer in 1:51.4 in the feature, matching the seasonal mark he set at Monticello earlier in the year. Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) sat the pocket to the winner and wound up as the runner up on Saturday night while Yonkers invader Border Control A (Jim Devaux) came on to finish third. Royal Heart's connections won the Friday feature at the Spa with Glenferrie Bronte N who scored her first victory in the local Fillies and Mares Open. Both Open winners are owned by the Blindswitch Racing Stable of Cortlandt Manor, NY and the Dolne Farm Services of Indianapolis, IN. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a 12:15pm start to the matinee. Mike Sardella

Glenferrie Bronte N (Changeover) prevailed in just her second harness racing start in the Fillies and Mares Open on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez-trained mare was a non-factor in her local debut a few weeks ago but was aggressive in Friday's feature as reinsman Bruce Aldrich Jr. moved her out to the early lead. Last week's Open winner So Nice (Mark Beckwith) was relegated to a first over journey in the $16,000 feature and squared off for the better part of a half mile with the front-running invader. It was Glenferrie Bronte N who drew clear turning for home before prevailing in 1:53.1. So Nice continued her impressive "on the board" streak as she was the runner-up while Bazooka Terror (Billy Dobson) came on to finish third. Glenferrie Bronte N returned $8.70 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $19 and $81, respectively. The win time of 1:53.1 served as a new lifetime mark for the five year old New Zealand-bred distaffer who moved her career earnings to over the $100,000 mark with the win. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Batavia, NY---Fresh off a win in the Yonkers preferred pace last week, BJ's Guy shipped into Batavia Downs to take on the best local harness racing talent on Saturday night (Oct. 15) and went from worst to first in the $9,500 Open pacing feature. Normandy Invasion (Jim Morrill Jr.) took a methodical stroll to the front off the gate and eventually opened up a two-length lead at the quarter in :27.2. Positions remained unchanged to the half in :55.2, when BJ's Guy (Drew Monti) started up on the outside from last and prompted Brees Creek (Kevin Cummings) and China Dream (Shawn Gray) to pull in front of him, establishing a three-horse outer flow going up the backside. When the group passed three-quarters, China Dream tipped three-deep and BJ's Guy followed in step and they both began to chip away at Normandy Invasion's lead. As they came off the turn and stormed down the lane, Normandy Invasion began to tire and China Dream got to the front, but BJ's Guy brushed harder and overtook him in the middle of the track and got home first in 1:53.4. China Dream did hold on for second and Junior Pride (Ray Fisher Jr.) snuck up the passing lane to grab third. It was the ninth win of the season for BJ's Guy ($7.70) who has now earned $91,902 during the year for owners Blindswitch Racing Stable, David Sebolsky and Stanley Yoskowitz. The 7-year-old gelded son of Towner's Big Guy is trained by Jose Godinez. Jim Morrill Jr. won four more races on Saturday night and those wins pushed him into second place for the dash winning lead with 65 victories behind Kevin Cummings who has 68. The quadruple also gave him 12 wins in the last three nights of racing at Batavia. Also on Saturday, Shawn Gray scored a driving hat trick while Drew Monti doubled up on the card. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Oct. 19) with post time set at 6:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Bjanthony took Saratoga's feature race Thursday night for haness racing driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr and trainer Jose Godinez. The time for the mile was 2:00.2. Live racing will continue Friday evening with a post time at 6:45 Mike Sardella    

Dilly Dali (Dali) went coast to coast in Friday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Jose Godinez-trained mare took advantage of her inside post position and moved out the early lead in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open. With Bruce Aldrich Jr. in the sulky, Dilly Dali never had an anxious moment en route to her wire-to-wire win which came in 1:53.1, a new seasonal best for the four year old mare. Bazooka Terror (Billy Dobson) was the runner up for the fourth time this season in the Friday feature for distaffers while My Spring Fling (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. Dilly Dali was the race's co-favorite at odds of 5-2 and returned $7.50 to win. The exacta and triple paid $68 and $285, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

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