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Last week, trotting mare Cartier Volo (Cash Hall) won her first career Open Trot. The Margaret Spagnola trainee has finished in the top three pretty much every week but it wasn't until she was dq'd into a win last Tuesday night that the five year old scored her first harness racing Open victory. This week, Cartier Volo drew post two in the six-horse installment of the $15,000 Open for trotters. Frank Coppola Jr sat behind Cartier Volo as she moved first over and surged past the race's leader who clocked the first half in 57 seconds. Cartier Volo struck the lead in three quarters of 1:27 but had to hold off the late bid from out-of-towner Wings Of Royalty (Jay Randall) who came charging hard. The chase proved futile and the race's lone lady, Cartier Volo, stopped the timer in 1:56.1 for her fourth win of the season and second consecutive in the Open. It was a big-time upset as the Spagnola trainee paid $48.80 to win. Wings Of Royalty was second while Mugshots Bro (Jimmy Devaux) finished third. The exacta and triple in the six-horse Open came back $232 and $534, respectively. Coppola piloted four winners on the card including one with the Kyle Spagnola-trained Waiting On A Woman who dead-heated for win with rival Notmeitsyou (Phil Fluet) in the undercard to the Open, the $12,500 Winners Over trot. Live racing continues on Wednesday evening with a first post time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Precocious Lady (Lucky Chucky) got her career off to a strong start as a freshman in 2017. The Margaret Spagnola trainee raced seven times as a two year old, recording three wins and hitting the board in six of the seven starts. The sophomore season hasn't been as smooth though for Precocious Lady who got off to a slow beginning to her '18 campaign. The three year old has been much improved recently and came into Thursday's $8,500 event for New York sired trotters at Saratoga Casino Hotel with a win and three third place finishes in her last five starts. Drawing the rail on Thursday, Precocious Lady had leading driver Billy Dobson in the sulky who perhaps used a bit of caution in the early going as the filly was coming off of a break. After getting away third from the rail, Precocious Lady swung first-over and powered past the leader before drawing off to a resounding six-plus length victory on a chilly autumn afternoon in upstate New York. Precocious Lady's win, which came in 2:01.3, was the second of the day for her owners and trainer as Jim Corona and John Shufon teamed up with Margaret Spagnola earlier in the card for a win with veteran trotter Quick Feet (Crazed). Quick Feet cruised to a four and a half length win on Thursday as he scored for the second time in just five days. Both of his victories this week came with Frank Coppola Jr. in the sulky. Corona and Shufon have been long time partners in the horse business enjoying perhaps their greatest success with Mr. One Eyed Jack who was named Saratoga's Pacer of the Year back in 2004 while a member of the Spagnola stable. Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post featuring a pick five carryover of $1,673. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Luck Of Macrea (Lucky Chucky) displayed his skills on Wednesday night as the Margaret Spagnola-trained trotter prevailed in the evening's feature for harness racing New York Sired highsteppers. The three year old trotter drew post position one for his try in the $10,500 feature and driver Frank Coppola Jr. moved the favorite out to the early lead. After enjoying a soft first half that went in 1:01, Luck Of Macrea trotted away from his rivals to score in 2:00.4. Keyhole (John Stark Jr), who got the pocket trip behind the winner, was the race's runner up while Royal Conway (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Luck Of Macrea, who was the 4-5 betting favorite, is owned by Mike Polansky of Loudonville, NY. The win was one of three on the card for Frank Coppola Jr. who is second in the local driver standings for the year. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Luck Of Macrea (Lucky Chucky) won the harness racing co-featured $10,500 trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday evening. The three year old trotter competed in the Jim Derue Memorial Series in recent weeks but didn't have better than a third place finish to show for it. Frank Coppola Jr. recorded his 5,000th career driving victory last week while sitting behind claiming trotter Diamond Tough for owner Mike Polansky. On Thursday, Coppola moved Polansky's Luck Of Macrea three wide around the final turn before the sophomore highstepper cruised past his rivals in the lane before setting a new lifetime mark of 1:59.4. Dismissed at odds of 7-1, Luck Of Macrea won for the third time this season. Coppola drove the Polansky-owned Turn It Up Loud (Art's Conquest) to an upset win later on the card as the pacer swooped the group in 1:53.4 while scoring at odds of 29-1. Both Luck Of Macrea and Turn It Up Loud are trained by Margaret Spagnola. Live racing continues on Friday with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Crystal Sphere (Conway Hall) recorded a harness racing lifetime best victory in the $10,500 featured trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday night. A winner last week in a career best 1:58.3, the Margaret Spagnola-trained four year old drew post position one and was the public's 4-5 favorite on Thursday night. Frank Coppola Jr. made an early move to the lead after coming away third and powered up to take over approaching the quarter pole. After a bit of a middle half breather, Crystal Sphere stepped away from his rivals to prevail convincingly in 1:58.1. It was the fourth win of the season for Crystal Sphere who is owned by the Our Blue Streaks Stable of Saratoga Springs and Dave Spagnola of Ballston Spa. Coppola piloted three winners on the Thursday card as he also drove young trotter Tropical Storm Bi (Equinox Bi) to an easy win earlier in the night to move that three year old's career record to five for six and claiming trotter Need Help Here to an upset victory late in the card. Live racing continues on Friday night at the Spa with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Crystal Sphere secured a lifetime best victory on a big evening for harness racing driver Frank Coppola Jr. on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Margaret Spagnola-trained Crystal Sphere (Conway Hall) trotted past his rivals to set a new lifetime mark of 1:58.3 in the evening's $10,500 co-feature for New York Sired trotters. The four year old won for the third time this season for Coppola who piloted five winners on the eleven race program. The race's favorite JS Trotting Bob (Jim Devaux) took the lead around the final turn but Crystal Sphere had little difficulty trotting past to secure the victory. JS Trotting Bob was a clear second while Azucar (Bruce Aldrich Jr) came on to finish third. The veteran Coppola is having his best season in the sulky in several years and currently sits third in the local driver standings. Live racing continues at the Spa on Friday night with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

There were three Series Finals that took place on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for young horses who have competed over the last few weeks for their spot in the $25,000+ harness racing finals. Starznheaven (Rock N Roll Heaven) was named Saratoga’s top two year old pacer last year and has now started out his sophomore campaign on a three race win streak. The Jackie Rousse-trained pacer recorded a wire-to-wire victory in a career best 1:54.3 in the JP Morel Memorial Pacing Series Final as the race’s 3-5 betting favorite. Frank Coppola Jr. piloted Starznheaven to his early season hat trick. Coppola also piloted the winner of the John Mongeon Sr. Memorial Trot Final as Quick Feet (Crazed) went coast to coast in a lifetime best performance of his own. The Margaret Spagnola trainee cruised in 1:59 as the race’s favorite at odds of 9-5. The Virginia O’Brien Memorial Final was won by longshot Karla Art (Major In Art). Brian Cross co-owns, trains and drives the three year old filly who took advantage of early speed duel before circling her rivals to prevail in a career best 1:58.3. Karla Art returned $71.00 to win as a 34-1 longshot. Live racing continues on Saturday evening at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Waiting On A Woman (Northern Bailey) went wire to wire in Sunday afternoon's Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. After winning both of his local starts last year for his new harness racing connections, Waiting On A Woman started out his 2015 campaign with a third place finish last week. On Sunday afternoon, the seven year old Margaret Spagnola trainee would not be denied, scoring a front running win in 1:57.4 with Frank Coppola Jr in the sulky. Dismissed at odds of 6-1, Waiting On A Woman moved his career earnings to over the $300,000 mark with his victory in the $18,000 feature. Last year's Trotter of the Year Slugfest (Jay Randall) finished second while invader Pine Credit (Marcus Miller) earned the show spot. Waiting On A Woman returned $14.60 and led an exacta that returned $51.50 and trifecta that came back $248. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a first post time of 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

Bondi Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) prevailed in Thursday's $7,000 featured race at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Wally Hennessey piloted the three year old pacer for trainer Margaret Spagnola and moved the race's favorite to the early lead. One week removed from a second place finish as the public's odds-on choice in the wagering, Bondi Hanover would not be denied on Thursday night. It was the fifth victory on the season for the three year old pacer who has now earned better than $78,000 in sixteen 2014 starts. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella    

Art Bettor Now (Bettor's Delight) made perfect use of a pocket ride on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Margaret Spagnola-trained four-year-old followed rival Good Win Earl (Billy Dobson) every step of the way before pouncing on him in the stretch to record a lifetime best victory in the evening's $6,000 featured race at the Spa. Art Bettor Now, who was driven by Bruce Aldrich Jr, was dismissed at odds of 8-1 for his pocket sitting score which came in a career best 1:54.4. Good Win Earl held second while Tijuana Party (Stephane Bouchard) closed for the third in the optional $15,000 conditional-claimer. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Fancy Footwork tied the all-age track record at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Friday night. The claiming pacer wired the field in the $25,000 claiming pace with reinsman Wally Hennessey in the sulky. Fancy Footwork (Western Hanover) was coming off a 1:52.1 victory when he went coast to coast in a dazzling 1:51 on Friday night. The win time matches the mark set by Rare Jewel in 2006 and tied by Gimmebackmybullets in ’07 and Joey The Czar in ’10. The five year old Margaret Spagnola trainee Fancy Footwork won for the fourth time in his last six starts and became the first non-Open or Sire Stakes horse to pace 1:51 in track history. The final four races on Friday were cancelled due to inclement weather. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella  

Ballston Spa (New York) harness racing trainer Margaret Spagnola had a monster night on Wednesday (September 5) at Saratoga as she added four wins to her season's total.

El Ringer (Artsplace) won his third open pace of the season on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Margaret Spagnola harness racing trainee rattled off back to back jacks in the $18,500 feature a month ago and on Saturday night, the six year old found his way back to the winner's circle after a front running score that came in 1:52.3.

El Ringer did on Saturday night just what he did last week at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The six year old harness racing pacer faced the task of defeating invader He's Gorgeous for the second consecutive week. The task was daunting as just two weeks ago, He's Gorgeous set the Vernon Downs all time track record with an eye-popping 1:48.3 score.

El Ringer would have the daunting task of tracking down the race's 1-5 favorite if he was going to win his first open of the year at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night.

When harness racing owner Alan Buzanowski says his horse El Ringer has a big head, he is speaking literally. Although, from the success enjoyed by the pacer in 2011, El Ringer's head could have swelled figuratively as well.

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