Road Bet moved her local record to two-for-two on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the distaff pacer prevailed once again in the Fillies and Mares Open. Frank Coppola Jr.sat behind Road Bet (Bettor's Delight) and moved her out to the lead for the second consecutive week. Despite sizzling early fractions which saw the four year old click off an opening quarter of 26.3 and a half of 55.3, Road Bet had something left in the tank in the stretch to repeat. The win time of 1:52.2 served as a track record for four-year-old pacing mares as the Kyle Spagnola trainee has asserted herself as one of the mares to beat among the top local pacers. The race's 8-5 favorite, Road Bet provided driver Frank Coppola Jr.with one of his three victories on the card. Campanile (Austin Siegelman) was the runner up in the $17,000 Open for the third consecutive week while Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) earned the show spot. Live racing resumes on Thursday night with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sparacino, for Saratoga Raceway
Road Bet (Bettor's Delight) made her local debut a winning one in Sunday afternoon's feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Trained by Kyle Spagnola, Road Bet was assigned the rail in the $17,000 Fillies and Mares Open and utilized it to her advantage by sorting things out early and wound up cutting the mile. Frank Coppola Jr.sat behind the four year old mare who had an open length lead throughout the race before recording a two and a quarter length victory in 1:53. Road Bet was the public's 9-5 public choice and got the best of Campanile (Austin Siegelman), who was the runner up for the second straight week in the Open and It's A Miracle (Bruce Aldrich Jr), who hit the board for the eighth consecutive start. Road Bet became the fourth different mare to win the Sunday feature in the last four weeks. Live racing resumes on Thursday night at Saratoga with first post scheduled for 6:45pm. By Mike Sardella
Ashley's Husband became a rare horse to win the Saturday Open Pace for a second time this season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. After securing a victory in the $17,000 feature for the first time two weeks ago, Ashley's Husband (Henry Clay) took a week off. On Saturday night, he was the betting public's co-favorite at odds of 2-1 with Jordan Derue in the sulky. The Kyle Spagnola-trained pacer moved first over on his co-favorite who wound up making a break heading to the three quarter pole. Once Ashley's Husband struck the lead, he powered clear from his rivals before stopping the timer in 1:53.2 as a well-measured winner in the feature. R Caan (Billy Dobson) followed the winner every step of the way and ended up second while Achilles Blue Chip (Mark Beckwith) shook loose late to earn the show spot. The win was one of three on the night for Derue and one of two for conditioner Spagnola. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway
Ashley's Husband scored his first Open Pace victory at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday. The four-year-old pacer's win served as one of three on the night for his trainer Kyle Spagnola whose Major Way and Life's Lessons each recorded their third consecutive victories on the card. Ashley's Husband (Henry Clay) moved first over at the half on front running Let's Rock Together (Frank Coppola Jr) who had to work awfully hard to secure the early lead. Though things looked bleak around the clubhouse turn for Ashley's Husband, the Spagnola trainee shifted gears heading to three quarters and flew in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:52.3. Bet On Roulette (Wally Hennessey) followed the winner's cover to finish second and RU Ready To Rock (Bruce Aldrich Jr) completed the trifecta in the $17,000 feature. Ashley's Husband, who was the race's 9-5 betting favorite, was piloted to the Open score by Jordan Derue. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - Yonkers Raceway's stakes season continued Tuesday night, with the opening round of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. The annual tribute to Teddy Roosevelt, for 3- and 4-year-old gentlemen who are/were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1, offered up eight, $12,500 divisions. Turns out that the last division (Touchdown Mindale) was also the swiftest (1:53.3), with the entire list of winners as such... --Artist Night,g,4 (by American Ideal); co-owners (as Burke Racing) trainer Ron Burke,Weaver Bruscemi,Howard Taylor/driver George Brennan; 1:54/$3.20; --Sir Michigan Z Tam,g,4 (by Somebeachsomewhere); co-owners (trainer/driver) Pat Lachance,M&M Harness Racing,Ira Rosenblum; 1:55.4/$4.10; --Rocks N Bonds,g,4 (by Rocknroll Hanover); owner Kostas Tsanakos/trainer Ivan Llopez/driver Eric Abbatiello; 1:55.1/$4.60; --A Stitch in Time,g,4 (by Kent's on Nuke); owner A Piece of the Action/trainer Lou Pena/driver Brian Sears; 1:54.1/$2.10; --I Dream a Dream,g,4 (by Western Ideal); co-owners Lomangino Standardbreds,Leo Lomangino/trainer-driver Lachance; (life-best) 1:54/$18.60; --Ashley's Husband,g,4 (by Henry Clay); owner W J Donovan/trainer Kyle Spagnola/driver Jordan Derue; 1:56.1/$2.50; --K-Lee's Shakenbake,g,4 (by Raycer Thad); co-owners Martin Scharf,David Linker/trainer Darren Cassar/driver Ron Pierce; 1:54.4/$3; --Touchdown Mindale,g,4 (by Always A Virgin); co-owners Erv Miller Stb,Harvey Eisman,Leland & Owen Mathias/trainer Nick Surick/driver Marcus Miller; 1:53.3/$22.40. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway
The second leg of The Battle of Saratoga #6 for trotters was contested today with two divisions going to the starting gate to compete at 1 1/4 miles in preparation for next weeks harness racing final at a mile and a half.
It was a Spagnola swept pick three on Wednesday night (November 30) at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Harness racing trainer Margaret Spagnola has had a terrific 2011 season at the Spa and won the evening's third race with young trotter Contrarian (Conway Hall).
Not many harness racing trainers can boast having their own stable at aged 20 - but Kyle Spagnola of Saratoga Springs in up-state New York can boast almost three years of conditioning. The former Ballston Spa High School student currently works a team of six in his home town.