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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  

A J Corbelli moved his local win streak to two on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway with a convincing score in the evening’s Open Pace. Billy Dobson sat behind the six year old pacer and they marched out to an easy lead at the get-go. The race’s 1-5 favorite never had an anxious moment before the final sixteenth of a mile when Duc Dorleans (Stephane Bouchard) took a run at him but it was too little too late for that rival. A J Corbelli stopped the timer in 1:54.1 to go two-for-two at the Spa this season in the $15,000 Open Pace. Duc Dorleans was a clear second while Screenplay (Kim Crawford) finished third. A J Corbelli is trained by Rene Allard. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

Chairman Shawn Wiles wants to remind members that the  USTA District 8 Membership Meetings along with the District 8 and  New York Sires Stakes  Awards Dinner will be held at Tioga Downs on Sunday, October  27. The informative  programs are run  under the aegis of the United States trotting Association and  Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding and Development Fund. “During the membership meetings there will be a discussion of the proposed rules and suggested by-law changes  and  we’ll have a Q and A period ” Wiles said.  Joining Wiles will be the USTA’s Ellen Harvey. “I’ll have the usual USTA list of activities and some of them I know more about than others, so I can give a summary of those with which I am most familiar and answer some questions,” Harvey added. Also present at the USTA Meetings  will be District Directors, Jason Settlemoir, Mark Ford, Ray Schnittker, Mike Kane, Bruce Tubin and Kim Crawford. The General Membership Meetings will begin at 5:00PM. At 6:30PM there will be a Cocktail Party hosted by Tioga Downs, Batavia Downs, Buffalo Raceway, Monticello Raceway, Saratoga Raceway and Vernon Downs followed at 7:30PM with the Banquet Dinner and Awards Ceremonies. The membership meetings and discussions are free to all USTA District 8 members. However, tickets to the Banquet and award ceremonies are $30 per person. The top horses  in the New York Sires Stakes program  along with the best  owned by USTA District  8 members will be awarded beautiful trophies. But the highlight of the awards presentations will be the Bruce Hamilton Memorial Medal which will be awarded to Wanda Polisseni. Those who plan on attending the awards dinner must  remember to make reservations (518-785-5858) prior to Wednesday October 23 and  then make checks payable to HHBNYS  and mail to: Harness Horse Breeders;  400 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110 by John Manzi for USTA/NYSS

For the third consecutive Wednesday night, nobody hit the Pick Five at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Long shot Roadshow Star (Kim Crawford) pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year at the Spa by swooping the group in the evening’s seventh race and no doubt eliminating many from Pick Five contenion The five year old mare made it look easy in the stretch as she drew away to win in a career best 2:00.1 in the $4,600 conditional-claimer for trotters. She went off at 81-1 odds and paid $165.00 to win. There was a carryover of more than $2,500 heading into Wednesday’s Pick Five so that number will move up to just shy of $4,500 for next week’s wager. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. by MIke Sardella for Saratoga Raceway

Bettor’s Reward (Bettor’s Delight) rewarded many of the bettors on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the 7-5 co-favorite recorded his first ever victory in the local Open. Stephane Bouchard piloted Bettor’s Reward for trainer Janice Connor and after sitting third throughout lap one, moved the five year old to the outside past the half. The speedy pacer surged past the race’s favorite and opened up a convincing lead turning for home before stopping the timer in 1:52.4. Kelly’s Noah (Kim Crawford) finished second while invader Dallenbach Hanover (Jordan Derue) earned the show spot in the $19,260 Open Pace. With the victory, Bettor’s Reward moved his career earnings to just a bit shy of the $300,000 mark. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella

Screenplay pulled off the upset in Saturday night's (october 13) harness racing open pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

Kelly's Noah made his first seasonal trek to the harness racing winner's circle on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The James The James Harvey owned and trained standout is the back to back winner of the track's Pacer of the Year award and made his 2012 debut last week.

The $18,500 open trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway appeared wide open as none of the favorites from the previous few weeks' harness racing features were competing on Friday night.

Stillwater (New York) harness racing driver Kim Crawford recorded a double at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday night (June 14).

Forty Carrots, with harness racing trainer/driver Kim Crawford in the bike, captured Saturday's featured Open Pace with a purse of $18,500. Owned by Richard C. Clair of Stafford, VA. & Lance S. Gordon of Clinton, NY; the 5 year old son of Riverboat King posted a winning time of 1:52.1.

Forty Carrots won the Saturday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for the second time in three weeks.

Saturday's open pace was the highlight of the twelve race harness racing card at Saratoga Casino and Raceway and while it only consisted of six horses, the feature was a very competitive one.

Kelly's Noah put in maybe his most outstanding performance of the year on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The track's defending Horse of the Year is enjoying another fantastic season and in Saturday's harness racing feature withstood being pressured every step of the mile to prevail in 1:52.3.

Saturday night's open was a harness racing showcase for the two pacers maybe having the best seasons at Saratoga Casino and Raceway this year. Kelly's Noah (Dream Away), the defending Horse of the Year, and El Ringer (Artsplace) squared off for the first time in the evening's $16,000 open pace.

Longshot Itsmrbellatou won his local harness racing debut in style on Wednesday night (September 28) at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The three year old trotter was recently acquired by the Westwind Racing Stable of Pattersonville, NY and trainer Jackie Rousse.

Freshman New York bred trotting fillies will be on full display Saturday night (September 17) at Batavia Downs Casino with a pair of Sire Stake events and five Late Closers highlighting the harness racing program.

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