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If there's one thing that Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff learned since he became an amateur harness racing driver is that when you have the best horse in a race go the front, control the race, and make the others try to catch you. And that's precisely what the Executive Recruiter did with The Franchise in the Billings trot today (Sat. Apr. 30) at Freehold Raceway. After they gained control nobody could catch them and they got first-call on every pole to go on and score a 2:00.2 victory in the six-horse race. "We had to work a little to make the front from the five-hole but once we were on top we controlled the race," Hechkoff offered after his victory."And my horse was strong all the way to the wire." Hechkoff and The Franchise had to hustle to get the lead from the five-hole but they cleared the other five horses coming off the first turn and they had command by the first quarter which was trotted in a swift :28.4. Once on the lead they made every pole a winning one en route to a neck triumph over Hit The Hill and driver "Yankee Joe" Lee. Third place went to Sam's Honeybee who was driven by his owner and Billings president, Tony "the Capo" Verruso. It was the second seasonal victory for the Muscles Yankee 6-year-old gelding who is co-owned by his driver and his trainer, Kyle Spagnola. Sent off at odds of 3-10 The Franchise paid $2.60 for win. Coming off his best season as an amateur driver where he won 23 races durin 2015 it was "the Headhunter's" third seasonal triumph and 80th win since he joined the amateur ranks in 2000. A second Billing trot was also on the Saturday card at Freehold Raceway. That contest saw Scott “the driving doctor” Woogen, with Peoplesayimnogood, rally from third at the top of the stretch to collar “Coach Paul” Minore and Wygant Prince at the wire for a  neck triumph in 2:01. Third place went to King’s Cavalier, driven by “King David” Offenberg. It was the first seasonal victory for the 4-year old Lear Jetta  gelding owned by his driver  and trained by Gary Messenger.  Peoplesayimnogood returned a $14.20 win mutuel.  For Doc Woogen, a gastroenterologist, it was his 145th lifetime driving victory  Next up for the Billings amateurs will be a contest(s) on Saaturday May 7 again at Freehold Raceway. By John Manzi for the Billings Series

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  

William Donovan's 6-year-old pacing gelding Ashley's Husband ($16.60) sustained a first-over grind into a :54.4 last half to take Saturday (March 26) evening's harness racing featured $16,000 top-level conditioned event at The Meadowlands. Vinny Ginsburg wanted no part of the early pace, rating Ashley's Husband off dueling leaders Dynamic Youth (Joe Bongiorno) and Real Nice (Andy McCarthy) through a :27.1 quarter before tightening in on the backstretch as the pace slowed. After a :56.1 half, Ginsburg edged Ashley's Husband first-over, pushing Dynamic Youth to a :28.2 third quarter before wearing him down at the eighth pole. Ashley's Husband accelerated to the winning post for a 1:51 triumph, evading both Real Nice, who chased up the pegs, and the second-over Jacksrluckytoo (Jim Marohn, Jr.). Favorite Mel Mara (Scott Zeron) kept even off third-over cover, but posed no threat in the accelerating late pace, finishing fifth. The Kyle Spagnola trainee earned his 25th career win, and his second of the year in nine tries. Scott Zeron led all drivers with three wins on the night, teaming up with Watkins ($7.20, 1:55), Bettor Memories ($15.20, 1:52), and McArdles Lightning ($2.60, 1:51.2). A carryover in excess of $31,000 spurred $151,096 of new money in the 50¢ Pick 5, which returned $2252.30 to correct backers. As races 9 through 12 were cancelled due to a lighting malfunction on the clubhouse turn, the Late Pick 4 paid on all tickets with Ashley's Husband in race 7, McArdles Lightning in race 8, and any horses in races 9 and 10. The 1-4-all-all late Pick 4 returns $4.75 on every 50¢ wagered. Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday, April 1, with post time at 7:15 p.m. EDT. The fifth race Jackpot High 5 carryover has grown to $12,633, while the same wager in the final race boasts $154,428 in added money. MEADOWLANDS FORCED TO CANCEL REMAINDER OF SATURDAY PROGRAM DUE TO POWER OUTAGE Due to a power outage that affected the track lights around the first turn and paddock area, the Meadowlands was forced to cancel the remainder of Saturday night’s racing card. Eight of the 12 scheduled races were completed before the outage. The outage only affected lights in those areas. The rest of the facility has power and continued to operate normally. The Meadowlands was already scheduled to be closed Sunday in observance of Easter. Daytime simulcasting will be conducted at Winners Bayonne Off-Track Wagering. For more information, visit by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

Newcastle (Cantab Hall) rolled to a harness racing victory in the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The Kyle Spagnola trainee cruised to score on the first Sunday of action for the season and handled the step up into the $15,000 feature with ease. Jordan Derue moved Newcastle out to the early lead where he would withstand constant pressure from two-time defending Trotter of the Year Slugfest (Jay Randall) en route to victory in 2:02.4 for the 1 1/16 mile. Slugfest held strong for second while longshot Flyhawk Thriller (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Newcastle, who earned just shy of $100,000 in 2015, made his local debut in November and is now four-for-four at the Spa. The four year old trotter paid $31.60 to win as a 14-1 longshot while the exacta with Slugfest returned $190.50. The triple came back $691. Newcastle is owned by Bill Donovan of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a 4:00pm first post. Mike Sardella

A monstrous :25.4 closing quarter propelled William J. Donovan's Ashley's Husband ($14.60) to the fore in the closing strides of Saturday (Feb. 6) evening's featured $17,000 harness racing top-level conditioned pace at The Meadowlands. Brett Miller settled well off the pace with the 6-year-old Henry Clay gelding, second from last through a :55.1 half with a contested pace in front of him.  Just after 8-5 favorite Kingofthejungle (John Campbell) wrested command from Jet Airway (Marcus Miller) upon reaching the backstretch, Ashley's Husband slid second-over to follow the cover of Rockeyed Optimist (Tim Tetrick) en route to the far turn.  Ashley's Husband would ultimately be carried to the five-path, as Jet Airway and Class Six (Joe Bongiorno) were produced from just off the pacesetter after a :28.2 third split. Despite Class Six making a three-wide push to the lead at the eighth pole, Ashley's Husband descended late, vaulting past the gaining Rockeyed Optimist and Jet Airway for a 1:50.3 score. Pacesetter Kingofthejungle was engulfed in upper stretch, fading to finish seventh of the octet. Kyle Spagnola trains Ashley's Husband, now a 24-time winner.  For Miller, the win was the middle of a natural hat trick, as he also partnered with Shooter's Dream ($17.40, 1:50) and All Week ($17.20, 1:50.4) in the preceding and following races. The evening's sub-featured event, a $15,000 trot for non-winners of six races or $100,000, saw Magenta Man ($8.20) handle a significant class hike with aplomb, holding sway from Hot Summer Knight to prevail in 1:55. Early breaks from Axios and Its Huw You Know enabled the 4-year-old Muscles Yankee Gelding to set a leisurely and uncontested pace before edging to a 1-3/4 length pillar-to-post victory in rein to Andy Miller. Julie Miller trains Magenta Man, now a winner of four straight, for Little E, LLC and RBH Ventures, Inc. Total handle for the 14-race card was $3,162,502, marking a fourth consecutive program at The Meadowlands with at least $3 million wagered. Neither 20¢ Jackpot High 5 was taken down by a single punter, so next Friday's (Feb. 12) program will see carryovers of $22,115 and $92,662 in the seventh and final races respectively. First post for the Friday card is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Eastern time. by James Witherite, Meadowlands media relations

The $25,000 Open Trot featured an ultra-competitive harness racing field of 11 in the 9th race feature on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. The slight 2-1 favorite, Tweet Me began from a trailing position in the second tier. That mare was favored by a mere $82 over Uva Hanover (also 2-1), in a win pool of over $55,000. Both favorites would lead at different points of the mile, but the last horse to the lead would be Cash Me Out (5-1), who was patiently handled by Jonathan Roberts and rallied from fourth-over position to score in the featured trotting event. Uva Hanover was the first horse to the lead, reaching the quarter in 27.2, while Il Mago pressed while parked on the outside. Hyway Marcus was anxious and moved three-wide early-on in the mile for Joe Bongiorno, reaching the lead just before the half-mile in 56.2. The early leader, Uva Hanover, allowed both Hyway Marcus and Il Mago to go by before moving back to the outside and challenging for the lead on the far turn. Detroit Rapper was slightly gapped second over, favored Tweet Me was in striking range third over with Cash Me Out lurking in the outer flow. Uva Hanover and Hyway Marcus reached three-quarters in a contested 1:25.1 before the field fanned out across the track in the stretch. Tweet Me rallied down the center of the track to grab the lead in mid-stretch, but was quickly challenged by Cash Me Out and the favorite could not hold off the closing kick of Cash Me Out, who scored in a lifetime best 1:53.3. Tweet Me was second with Uva Hanover third. The win was the 13th in the career of Cash Me Out a four-year-old gelding by Cash Hall, whose earnings reach $439,649 with the victory. He is owned by Traylor Racing L.L.C. and conditioned by Kyle Spagnola. Jonathan Roberts was the winning driver. John Campbell Wins Five The leading driver in Meadowlands history put on a show on Saturday night, winning five races. While some of his wins were formful, he also scored a 63-1 upset in the second race with Celebrity Massive. Campbell ends his 2015 season at The Meadowlands with 93 wins and earnings of nearly $2.2 Million. With his victory in the Meadowlands finale, Campbell's earnings for 2015 surpassed $5 Million. It was the richest season for Campbell since 2010 and his 148 victories were the most since 2009. Longshot Parade Sparks Huge Dividends Saturday night at The Meadowlands offered 15 races with 160 horses entered to start producing an average field size of over 10 horses. What could be better? The answer, massive payouts. The Pick 5 returned $26,555 as there was only one correct winning ticket with all five winners. In the same race, the jackpot super hi-five was also hit and that returned $19,409 for a $.20 cent play. Through the first seven races there was only one winning favorite and the list of winners included 63-1 longshot Celebrity Massive, 25-1 Celebrity Pegasus and 23-1 Alibi Seelster. The run of longshots also produced an Early Pick Four payout of $17,426. Meadowlands Posts Huge Numbers on Final Night of Season The final night of the 2015 racing season proved to be a consistent handicapping puzzle, with many of the regular Meadowlands drivers taking the night off and longshots finding the winner's circle repeatedly. But that didn't stop the bettors from wagering confidently. Total handle for the 15-race Saturday program reached $3,619,093, an increase of $553,858 compared to the 13-race program on this same night in 2014, an increase of 18-percent. The on-track handle recorded a 22-percent increase as well. For the 2015 season, over $220 Million was wagered on The Meadowlands harness racing product. After a season-long handle in 2012 of just over $170 Million, handle has now surpassed $210 Million for three consecutive seasons. The Meadowlands will not race on New Year's Day. The first racing program of the 2016 season will take place on Saturday, January 2nd. The program will feature 15-races and a special post time of 6:35 P.M. 2015 Year In Review at The Meadowlands Darin Zoccali Director of Racing Operations

East Rutherford, N.J. -- After a narrow defeat at the same level two weeks ago, Michael Polansky's Waiting On a Woman took advantage of a pocket trip, out-sprinting pacesetting harness racing favourite Opulent Yankee to the winning post for a 1:52.2 triumph in Friday (December 18) evening's $25,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadowlands. Flanked by Stirling Cadet and Opulent Yankee at race's outset, Corey Callahan used Waiting On a Woman to secure the top spot on the first turn, yielding to 7-5 public choice Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller) after completing a :27.2 initial quarter mile. Locked in by the first-over and mildly pressing Can Do (Anthony Napolitano) through middle sectionals of :55.3 and 1:23.3, Waiting On a Woman found clearance in the final 150 yards as Can Do stalled, angling off the pegs and vaulting clear of Opulent Yankee by 2-1/4 lengths with a :28.2 closing quarter. Stirling Cadet (Marcus Miller) stayed on for third off his tracking trip, while Uva Hanover (Jim Marohn, Jr.) skimmed the pegs to take fourth after a rearward journey. Kyle Spagnola trains the 51-time winner, who returned $6.60 to win as the second favourite. Waiting On a Woman   The sub-featured $20,000 Open 2 Handicap Trot saw owner-trainer Mark Ford's It Really Matters stun at 20-1, holding off a belated charge from the odds-on Lindy's Tru Grit to narrowly prevail in 1:54.2. After securing a second-over position on the first turn, It Really Matters continued to the fore well after March Awareness (Yannick Gingras) assumed command after a :28.3 first quarter, racing wide for seven-sixteenths of the mile before ultimately working clear. The 4-year-old Explosive Matter gelding raced strongly through a :55.4 middle half, doing well to hold the first-over Massacaia (David Miller) at bay while main danger Lindy's Tru Grit (Andy Miller) lurked from five lengths away off his third-over trip. Upon cornering, Anthony Napolitano asked It Really Matters for everything he had left, and the pair braced for the oncoming onslaught of the four-wide Lindy's Tru Grit and five-wide Detroit Rapper (Marohn), both of which kicked cover and chased valiantly. It Really Matters, all-out in the final sixteenth, held sway by a scant neck, while Lindy's Tru Grit in turn just held second from Detroit Rapper. Massacaia leveled off late but still held fourth. It Really Matters   Friday evening's 14-race card attracted a total handle of $2,856,634, with the evening's three guaranteed Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers garnering $162,142. The overall figure represents a $155,255 gain over a 13-race card on the comparable Friday in 2014. Looking ahead to Saturday's program, the fifth race Jackpot High-5 will have a carryover of $8613.26, while the same 20-cent wager in the closing race will boast $37,847.62 added money should one player take down the entire pool. The first of 14 races on Saturday evening is due off at 7:00 p.m. EST. For more information on racing at The Meadowlands, visit  by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

Harness racing trainer Kyle Spagnola sent three trotters to the gate on Friday night at The Meadowlands and all three found the winner's circle. Two of the wins came with Andrew McCarthy in the bike. The first, Ulster romped by a dozen lengths in the third race condition trot, winning in a lifetime best 1:53.1, while Keystone Thomas was a wire to wire winner in 1:54.3 in the fifth race condition trot. Spagnola wasn't done, as he sent out the prohibitive 3/5 choice in the $17,000 featured trot in the eighth race and the favorite did not disappoint. After brushing to the lead, past fractions of 27.2 and 56.1, Waiting On A Woman and driver Corey Callahan took on the challenge of Lady Windsor around the far turn. But when the favorite reached three quarters in 1:25, it was clear that he had plenty left in the tank and the seven year old gelding powered away with a 27.3 final quarter to win going away by just over three lengths in 1:52.3. The final time was just one-fifth of a second off his lifetime mark. Trainer Kyle Spagnola now sports a record of five wins from his first seven starts at the 2015-2016 Meadowlands meet. The win was the 50th in the career of Waiting On Woman, who now has career earnings of over $373,000. Waiting On A Woman is owned by Michael Polansky. The win was one of three races won by Corey Callahan through the first eight races. Waiting On A Woman Jerseylicious Chases Down Radar Contact The seventh race condition mare pacing event was a filled choc-full of mares with stakes experience. Radar Contact was a strong 3/5 favorite, but on paper there was competition in the form of Jerseylicious and it played out that way on the racetrack as well. Radar Contact was quarter-moved to the lead by John Campbell past the first point of call in 27-seconds and she would hold that lead into the stretch, through fractions of 55.1 and 1:24. Meanwhile, Jerseylicious was sitting mid-pack and committed first over down the backstretch as Radar Contact blazed the way. As the field approached the stretch, Jerseylicious had room to tuck behind the favorite and did so until the middle of the stretch, when Callahan showed his mare racetrack again and she responded to that move by accelerating late, chasing down the favorite to win in 1:51.2. For Jerseylicious, the win marked the 15th victory in her 62 race career and sent her earnings past $636,000. She is trained by Wayne Givens for owners Legacy Racing of Delaware Incorporated, Pamela Curran and Niel Gargiulo. Jerseylicious Takter With Another Promising Young Trotter The stakes season may have come to an end, but Jimmy Takter is still winning promising races with young trotters. In the first race on Friday night at The Meadowlands, the Jimmy Takter trained, Massive Clout (Muscle Massive), parlayed a pocket trip into a pylon skimming win by the narrowest margins over Moulin Rouge who defeated this condition one week ago. Massive Clout and Corey Callahan sat comfortable in the pocket behind pacesetter Barnaby Rudge through fractions of 29.3, 59.1 and 1:29.1. Meanwhile, the even-money favorite, Moulin Rouge was tracking in a live outer flow and loomed boldly three-wide off the far turn and appeared poised to blow by, but Massive Clout found room at the pylons and was full of trot as well. The pair of trotters raced down to the wire together, with Massive Clout escaping with a nose-victory in a mild upset at odds of 5-1. Moulin Rouge was second with Barnaby Rudge third. In the field of 10 trotters, there were three-two year olds and they ironically comprised the trifecta. Massive Clout is a homebred for Brixton Medical who co-owns the colt with Christina Takter. The winning time of 1:57.2 was a lifetime best performance and was the second consecutive win for the son of Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive who now has two wins from three starts. Massive Clout GSY AMATEUR TROT Robert Krivelin's name has been one of the most popular among amateur drivers for years and that name reigned supreme again with an 8-1 upset in the GSY Amateur Trot with Chocolate Xplosion. Krivelin, who also trains the four year old gelded son of Chocolatier, turned a pocket trip into a 1:56.3 victory, a lifetime best performance for Chocolate Xplosion. Crazed N Lindy rallied from well-back for Peter Kleinhans to be second with Jack's Reef and Hannah Miller third. The win was the 184th amateur driving victory in the career of Robert Krivelin, with earnings over $1.2 Million. Chocolate Xplosion Total handle for the 13-race Friday card was $2,642,922, a seven-percent (7%) increase over this same Friday last year. On-track handle also showed slight gains. The guaranteed pools performed well on Friday, with the pick five totaling $44,233, the early pick four handling $47,983 and the late pick four reaching $78,955. Both jackpot super high five carryovers continued to grow as the fifth race now stands at $17,625.09 and the last race now at $18,381.34. Racing resumes on Saturday with a 13-race card set to begin at 7:00 P.M. Darin Zoccali  

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) set a lifetime mark as he outclosed his rivals to win the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Sunday afternoon. Jim Devaux piloted the Kyle Spagnola-trained trotter and swung him three wide around the final turn before reeling in track record holder Bourbon Bay (John Cummings Jr) in the final furlong. It was the first win in the $18,000 Open for Cash Me Out who set a new mark of 1:55.1 on Sunday. Bourbon Bay, who set the track record two weeks ago with a dazzling 1:53 romp in his local debut, had to settle for second this week while longshot Lucid Thoughts (John Macdonald) earned the show spot. Cash Me Out, who returned $20.80 to win in his upset score, moved his career earnings to over the $400,000 mark with his score in the trotting feature. The exacta paid $92.50 while the triple returned $741. Live racing resumes on Thursday with a first post time set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff is hot. The executive recruiter just won his eighth race this season in amateur harness racing competition and he's cruising along with a .444 UDR in 24 starts. His latest victory came last night (June 5) at Saratoga Raceway when he won a CKG Billings trot with his own Bambino Hall in a time of 1:58.3. In a field shortened to six starters after two scratches, Hechkoff changed his MO and instead of gunning Bambino Hall for the lead he took a seat in fourth position on the first turn while "Coach Paul" Minore, with Wygant Prince, parked "Hot Handed Hannah" Miler, and Pembroke Snapshot in a swift :28.3 first quarter. Minore yielded as Miller took command and she led the field toward the halfway point. Hechkoff, perhaps sensing that the stiff first quarter might have taken something out of the two leaders, or maybe he wanted to get in front of Permanent Joy and Bob "Rapid Rail" Krivelin who was coming on the outside from the back of the pack, he moved Bambino Hall out to challenge Miller. After the :59.3 half Bambino Hall rambled to the lead as Permanent Joy kept going forward. At the three quarters Permanent Joy was third on the outside but Bambino Hall was getting away. As the short field headed for paydirt Bambino Hall kept pouring it on and drew off to a four length triumph over Permanent Joy. Wygant Prince overtook a tiring Pembroke Snapshot to secure the show dough. It was the fourth seasonal win for the veteran trotter whose career earnings are approaching a half million dollars. "He's such a nice horse to drive and he went a big race tonight," Hechkoff said. " I'd like to have a barn full like him." Owned by Hechkoff's RBH Ventures and trained by Kyle Spagnola, Bambino Hall was sent off as the betting favorite in the race and paid $4.90 for win. John Manzi

Road Bet (Bettor's Delight) continued her terrific harness racing season on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The defending Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year at the Spa has continued to be the Friday feature's dominant force this season. Road Bet started from post seven in the first installment of the Fillies and Mares Open to be contested at a distance of 1 1/16 mile and made her patented early move to the lead. The Kyle Spagnola-trained mare went start to finish, holding off a late bid by the race's favorite Let's Go Higher (Billy Dobson) to secure her fourth Open victory in 2015. Road Bet paced her first mile in 1:51.4 before stopping the timer in 1:58.3 for the 1 1/16 mile. Let's Go Higher finished second while longshot Bo Tox Hanover (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot in her local debut. Stephane Bouchard piloted Road Bet to her score in the $18,000 Friday feature which was one of two wins on the night for the Kyle Spagnola stable. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella  

Road Bet (Bettor's Delight) became the first three-time winner of the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the five year old harness racing mare went wire-to-wire. Stephane Bouchard piloted the Kyle Spagnola-trained distaffer to a 1:54.3 victory in the $18,000 Friday feature. The defending Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year at the Spa, Road Bet has now been first or second in five of her six starts in '15. Last week's Open winner It's A Miracle (Bruce Aldrich Jr) was the runner up to Road Bet on Friday while Super Soph (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Road Bet, who was the public's 6-5 betting favorite, won for the 17th time in 61 lifetime starts. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Victory Ahead (Art Major) secured one of the biggest upsets of the season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday evening. The four year old pacer was making his first start out of the barn of trainer Kyle Spagnola and got away last in the $7,500 conditional-claimer. Driver Stephane Bouchard swung Victory Ahead three wide past the three quarter pole and the third year pacer charged past his rivals in the stretch to record the win at odds of 85-1. It was the second biggest win price of the year at the Spa as Victory Ahead paid $174.50 to win and rounded out a daily double that came back $1704, more than double the previous largest double of the season. The win was one of two on the card for Kyle Spagnola whose All The Bettor (Bettor's Delight) scored a mild upset of his own with Billy Dobson in the bike. Live racing continues on Friday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

The defending Pacing Mare of the Year at Saratoga Casino and Raceway Road Bet (Bettor’s Delight) scored her second Open win of the season on a chilly Friday night in the Spa City. Stephane Bouchard piloted the five year old Kyle Spagnola trainee to a wire-to-wire victory in 1:55 in the $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open. Cherry Bliss (Mark Beckwith) closed to finish second besting Let’s Go Higher (Billy Dobson) who had to settle for the show spot. Road Bet, who became the second mare to win the feature twice in 2015, returned $8.90 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $28.20 and $71, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm.  Mike Sardella

Harness racing trainer Kyle Spagnola continued his good start to the 2015 season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday afternoon. Spagnola's Northern Secret (Angus Hall) prevailed in the opener on the twilight racing card that began at 4:00pm. Northern Secret put her local win streak on the line when she drew the outside post in the $8,300 trotting feature. Frank Coppola Jr pointed the four year old mare out to the early lead and they would never look back, scoring in 1:59.4. Spagnola won the season's first feature on Sunday's opening day program when defending Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year Road Bet cruised to victory in her first start of the season. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

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