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Respectable Dream (If I Can Dream) pulled off a harness racing upset in the Saturday night feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Richie Silverman-trained pacer scored a wire-to-wire win in the $14,000 Winners Over with Mark Beckwith in the sulky. Respectable Dream was coming off a third place finish in last week's Open Pace when he was dismissed at odds of 13-1 in Saturday's feature. Beckwith moved Respectable Dream out to a pretty easy lead and by the time the favored Givenupdreaming (Billy Dobson) made his move first over, it was too little too late. Respectable Dream paced his final half in 55.2 en route to victory in 1:52.2. We Think Alike (Bruce Aldrich Jr) got the pocket ride behind the eventual winner and wound up finishing second. Seeley Man (Shawn Gray) was late on the scene to be third. The trip proved to be too difficult for Givenupdreaming who had to settle for fourth in the feature. Respectable Dream returned $29.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $180.50 and $844, respectively. While it was just winner number three on the season for the six year old gelding, it was his third in the last six starts. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Her Own Land (Blissful Hall) emerged from a scramble in the stretch to prevail in the Friday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Melissa Beckwith-trained six year old got the pocket ride in the $9,500 feature for fillies and mares. Riding the coattails of the favored Sometimes Graceful (Dan Cappello Jr) throughout, Her Own Land cruised up the passing lane in a stretch drive that saw four horses finish within one length of each other at the wire. An Open winner earlier this season, Her Own Land had finished second or third in four consecutive tries heading into Friday night when she got the job done in 1:54 with Mark Beckwith in the sulky. Our Els Dream N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) came up second best while class-dropping Sometimes Graceful had to settle for third. Her Own Land paid $6.60 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $19 and $74.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night with the biggest race card of the summer. The $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace highlights the fourteen race, star-studded program on a night where nearly $600,000 in purses will be given out. There is also a t-shirt giveaway in conjunction with the annual Gerrity Pace. First post time is set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Plainville, MA---Fresh off a lifetime best 1:52.2 effort at the Meadowlands on Saturday (July 8), Up The Alley made his first-ever trip to The Ridge and ended the five-race winning streak of Mambo Lindy by taking the $18,000 Open Handicap trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (July 18). Up The Alley (Mark Beckwith) left and maneuvered through rush hour traffic to get the lead and eventually set up shop on the front-end by the quarter in :27. Maintaining a full two-length buffer, he then dictated the tempo of the race while trailing horses were two deep trying to gain ground behind him. 1-9 post time favorite Mambo Lindy (Greg Merton) was sixth at the three-quarters and tipped three-wide around fading horses trying to catch the leader, but it was too late as the leader was running away. When the race hit the top of the stretch, Up The Alley had opened up six lengths and was pouring it on. Beckwith glanced over his left shoulder mid-stretch to make sure he was clear and then whistled to the wire in 1:53 by eight open lengths. It was the fourth win in 10 starts this year for Up The Alley ($22.20) and it raised his 2017 earnings to $27,415 for owners Neal Oksenberg and Richard Silverman, who also trains the winner. There was a pair of $12,000 co-features on Tuesday's card that produced some very game efforts. In the sixth race, Shorething Fashion (Chris Long) took the lead, then got shuffled back to third before cutting loose down the lane and out-trotting Donomoni (Greg Merton) to the wire to win by a head in 1:55.2. It was the sixth win of the year and a new lifetime mark for Shorething Fashion ($14.20) who is owned by Mike Eaton and Bob McHugh. Eaton also trains the horse. Then in race seven, Karets (Todd O'Dea) took a similar path to victory by taking an early lead before settling for a two-hole trip to the top of the stretch behind Prince Of Minto (Mark Beckwith). At that point Karets popped the deuce and stormed right by the leader to an easy two-length win in 1:55.4. Karets ($6.40) is owned and trained by James Cosenza. With a carryover pool in excess of $15,000, the Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta in the sixth race produced the largest jackpot to date as one winner holding a 20-cent straight ticket on the combination of 6-1-8-3-7 cashed for $18,920.98. Kevin Switzer Jr. and Todd O'Dea each registered a driving double on the card. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (July 20) with the first post set for 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

On a night filled with longshot winners at Saratoga Casino Hotel, Tataria (Four Starzzz Shark) upset in the harness racing $14,500 Fillies and Mares Open. One of three winners on the card for driver Mark Beckwith, Tataria sat the pocket behind Tipitina (Frank Coppola Jr) who set fast fractions on the front end. Surging up the inside in the stretch, Tataria stopped the timer in a lifetime best 1:52, scoring at odds of 7-1. Tipitina wound up second best while the favored Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) had to settle for third. It was the first Open victory for Tataria who debuted at Saratoga for trainer Melissa Beckwith earlier in the meet. It was win number six in twenty tries in 2017 for the five year old mare who paid $16.80 to win. The exacta and triple with the favorites underneath returned $111.50 and $329.50, respectively. Six of the winners on the ten race program paid $14 or more to win with one paying as much as $58.50. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Her Own Land (Blissfull Hall) had rattled off three consecutive harness racing victories at Saratoga Casino Hotel before entering the Fillies and Mares Open for the first time in April. The Melissa Beckwith trainee was then the favorite in three consecutive tries in the $13,000 Friday feature but came up second best all three times. On Friday night, Mark Beckwith sat back early on with the six year old mare who was patient in the early going while the fractions were sizzling up front. Following an opening quarter of 26.3 and half in 55 seconds, Her Own Land made a methodical march up on the outside before kicking into full gear around the final turn. The distaffer moved her career earnings to over the $250,000 mark as she came on to win by a neck in 1:52.4 for a new seasonal best. Betabcool N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) was the race's favorite and came up second best on Friday night while Milky Way Rae (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. After being favored in each of her previous three tries in the feature, Her Own Land paid $8.60 to win and was on top of an exacta and triple that came back $23.60 and $64.50. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Beckarama (Roll With Joe) recorded his sixth harness racing victory of the season on Friday night as the Melissa Beckwith trainee scored at odds of 1-9 at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Coming into the race with five seasonal wins in nine starts, Beckarama cruised to the lead in Friday's $6,400 contest for colts and geldings. The favorite never had an anxious moment as he coasted to an open length victory in a career best 1:55.3. The win was one of three consecutive on the card for Melissa Beckwith and trainer Mark Beckwith who wound up teaming up for four victories on the night continuing what has been a record-breaking pace for the Beckwith barn early on in the 2017 campaign. Three year old pacer Beckarama was bred (and subsequently named) by Melissa Beckwith. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Tataria (Four Starzzz Shark) cruised to victory in the harness racing feature on the Thursday matinee card at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Melissa Beckwith-trained mare prevailed last week in her second local start while competing in the $10,000 claiming level and was up in company this week to compete in the $9,500 feature for distaffers. Tataria got the pocket trip behind the race's favorite, class-dropping Milky Way Rae (Billy Dobson). The favorite faltered a bit late and Tataria cruised by in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:53.1 over a track labeled sloppy. Longshot Post Time Terror (Phil Fluet) came on for second while Milky Way Rae had to settle for the show spot. Tataria, who was driven to victory by Mark Beckwith, paid $5.10 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $25.60 and $56, respectively. Live racing continues on Friday evening with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella  

Gotalottacredit (Credit Winner) lasted on the lead in the harness racing feature for New York sired trotters on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. When the favorite broke at the start, Gotalottacredit took advantage and moved out to the front end in the $8,030 feature contested over a sloppy track. Mark Beckwith piloted the Dave Dewhurst-trained trotter and asked the 7-1 longshot for all he had turning for home as fellow longshot Kandy Krush (Claude Huckabone Jr) closed in. Gotalottacredit held on to prevail in 2:00.4 for his third win of the season while Kandy Krush had to settle for second. Starlingmoon (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Gotalottacredit completed a driving hat trick for Mark Beckwith who has been on a tear of late. Live racing continues on Saturday at the Spa with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella    

Annabeth (Shadow Play) pulled off a mild harness racing upset in the Thursday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Melissa Beckwith-trained six year old was dismissed at odds of 8-1, the longest shot on the board in the field of five in the $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open. Annabeth was a beaten favorite in last week's Open and sat third on the rail on Thursday before surging up the passing lane to edge out front-runner Bye Bye Michelle (Dan Cappello Jr). Annabeth paid $19.80 while winning for the second time in five seasonal starts. The exacta with Bye Bye Michelle second returned $60. Milky Way Rae (Billy Dobson) finished third to extend her stretch of hitting the board to four. Annabeth, who stopped the timer in 1:54.1, was driven to victory by Mark Beckwith who piloted five winners on the matinee card, four for conditioner Melissa Beckwith. Live racing continues on Friday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

So Nice (Ponder) continued her late season dominance of the harness racing distaffers at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night. The Amber Buter-trained mare was the race's 2-5 favorite in the $16,000 Fillies and Mares Open and despite being assigned the outside post in the five horse feature made the lead in a matter of strides. After having things her own way in lap one, So Nice powered away from her rivals in the final half to win in 1:52.1 by three and a half lengths. Bazooka Terror (Billy Dobson) added another to her tally of second place finishes in the feature this year as she rounded out a $12 exacta in the five-horse Open. The win for So Nice, who was driven to victory by Mark Beckwith, was her fifth in the local feature this year, second only to Velocity Vespa who has recorded six victories in the Friday feature for distaffers in 2016. So Nice is owned by Tyler Buter of Middletown, NY and Stephen Oldford and the Gene Oldford Farms of Michigan. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

So Nice (Ponder) continued to bolster her credentials for Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night as the Amber Buter-trained distaffer prevailed in the harness racing feature. So Nice was the 1-5 betting favorite in the five horse Fillies and Mares Open and moved out to the early lead in a sizzling 26.4 opening quarter. Driver Mark Beckwith gave So Nice a bit of a breather in the middle half but around the final turn, pocket sitter Milky Way Rae (Billy Dobson) powered out of the two hole. The race's longshot at 15-1, Milky Way Rae actually poked a nose in front midway through the stretch but the gutsy veteran So Nice rallied back just before the wire and emerged with a victory by the slimmest of margins. So Nice paced in 1:52.4 to record her tenth win of the year to go with eight second place finishes in what has been a sensational 2016 season for the six year old mare. Milky Way Rae had to settle for second in her debut in the Open while Dilly Dali (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. So Nice has certainly emerged as the favorite for Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year while in the midst of what has been an extremely consistent campaign for the Buter trainee. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Palmers Pride (Monsieur Kan Due) took a while to get going in his career but the five year old trotter is enjoying a breakout season in his first year of harness racing at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Don Sherman trainee, who made his lifetime debut at the Spa earlier this year, scored his eighth win of the season in Friday's feature. A consistent leaver, Palmers Pride once again flashed his early speed in Friday's $10,000 feature for trotters and made a relatively easy lead. Driver Mark Beckwith gave him a second quarter breather as they braced for the challenge of the big favorite Up The Alley (Billy Dobson). When that one made a break, Palmers Pride drew away from the remainder of his challengers and opened up a commanding lead turning for home before stopping the timer in 1:55.4. For Palmers Pride, it was the eighth win in 18 career starts and the consistent trotter has now hit the board in 14 of his lifetime tries. Sweet Thing (Bruce Aldrich Jr) finished second while Seeking Steven (Wally Hennessey) earned the show spot. Palmers Pride returned $13.40 in his most recent win and started an exacta and triple that paid $41.20 and $112.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

So Nice (Ponder) pulled off the mild upset in Friday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Amber Buter-trained mare recorded her fifth win on the season and it came in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open as she parlayed her pocket ride to victory. Super Soph (Frank Coppola Jr) charged out to the early lead and parked out the race's favorite Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) in sizzling first half fractions of 26.3 and 54.2 over a track labeled 'good.' Super Soph still led turning for home but was faced with a two-pronged challenge as rivals So Nice and Bazooka Terror (Billy Dobson) closed in. So Nice, the track's current record holder for aged pacing mares behind a 1:52 score late last season, rallied up the rail to prevail in 1:52.1 with Mark Beckwith in the sulky. Longshot Bazooka Terror was the runner up in the Friday feature while Super Soph held on for third. It was victory number twenty in the career of the six year old distaffer So Nice who returned $14.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $118 and $449.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Godiva Seelster (Camluck) continued her dominance of the harness racing Fillies and Mares Open on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Mark Beckwith picked up the catch drive behind the Dan Hennessey-trained mare who overcame her assigned outside post to make the lead in a 27.1 opening quarter. The 3-5 betting favorite in the $15,000 feature for distaffers, Godiva Seelster got headed turning for home by Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr) but dug in in the stretch to turn back that rival before stopping the timer in 1:52.4. Bettorhaveanother was the runner up as she hit the board for the fifth time in her last six tries in the Friday feature while So Nice (Stephane Bouchard) came on for third. For Godiva Seelster, it was win number six this year to go with six second place finishes in just fourteen seasonal tries. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with first time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

El Diablo Hall (Windsong Espoir) prevailed in his first try in the harness racing Open Trot on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Melissa Beckwith trainee left hard early before yielding to the race's favorite Stirling Cadet (Frank Coppola Jr). Stirling Cadet enjoyed soft fractions in the middle half but didn't have enough to hold off the late surge up the inside by El Diablo Hall who tracked him down in the final strides to win by a nose. It was the fifth win in the last six starts for the four year old trotter who debuted in the $15,000 feature on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the Spa. Mark Beckwith piloted El Diablo Hall, who paid $7.80 to win, to his seventh victory of the season which came in a career best 1:55.2. Stirling Cadet came up second best while On The Podium (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. The exacta returned $13.20 while the triple came back $54. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga beginning at 4:00pm. Mike Sardella  

Mark Beckwith swept the co-features on Thursday's harness racing card en route to a driving grand slam at Saratoga Raceway. The veteran reinsman piloted Prince C Hall (Cash Hall) and Fast N Loud (Conway Hall) to mild upsets in the co-featured $9,300 trotting races for New York Sired trotters. The Amy Dowd-trained Prince C Hall overcame post position eight to secure the upset at odds of 7-1 as he got up in the final strides to win in 2:00.1. Fast N Loud also needed every yard of the mile distance to secure his victory in 2:00.1. Fast N Loud, who is trained by Melissa Beckwith, reeled in rival Reasinforpleasin (Frank Coppola Jr) in the final strides of his division of the co-features to score at odds of 6-1. Beckwith, who entered the card second in the local driving standings in 2016, had his best day of the season piloting four winners. Live racing continues on Friday night with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

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