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Island Jet (Jereme's Jet) outclosed his rivals in the final sixteenth of a mile to score a victory in the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night. Stephane Bouchard piloted the four year old rising star for trainer Geoff Howles and after shaking loose at the three quarter pole, surged into the lead in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:53.3. Achilles Blue Chip (Mark Beckwith) was the runner up in the $17,000 feature while longshot Grab A Crab (Austin Siegelman) came on for third in his first try in the local Open. Island Jet was dismissed at odds of 7-1 and led a $84 exacta and $395.50 trifecta. The win was one of three on the night for the veteran Bouchard. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee kicking off at 12:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Just Make Believe (Kadabra) parlayed a pocket ride to victory to prevail in the $17,000 Open Trot for the first time at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Stephane Bouchard piloted the four year old trotter for the Kellogg Racing Stables and trainer Jackie Rousse. The veteran reinsman worked out a two hole trip behind Just Like Lloyd (Mark Beckwith) and cruised up the passing lane to secure the Open score. Just Make Believe, who had finished third in the feature on three occasions, scored at odds of 8-1, getting the best of Just Like Lloyd who held second while Justa Rebel (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. The victory came in 1:56.2 for Just Make Believe whose sixth win of the season came over a tracked labeled "good" following a day of off and on rain in the Spa City. Live racing continues on Saturday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

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  

It was a good night for Yankee fans on Thursday night. As the Bronx Bombers prevailed over their cross town rivals in Flushing, pacer Real Yankee Fan pulled off a mild upset at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Mark Beckwith situated Real Yankee Fan in the pocket behind the race's 1-9 favorite Smokin Band (Billy Dobson). After finishing second to that rival last week, Real Yankee Fan would not be denied on Thursday night and cruised by the public choice in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:55. Smokin Band held on for second while Art Bettor Now (Chris Long) earned the show spot in the $6,420 featured race. Real Yankee Fan returned $14.00 to win in what was his third score of the season. Live racing continues on Friday night with first post time at 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Smokin Band (Mattnamaras) scored a convincing victory in the $6,000 feature on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Leading driver Billy Dobson has been on a tear lately and the Smokin Band score gave him his fourth winner of the night. The Amber Buter-trained four-year-old marched out to the early lead before yielding at the quarter. Smokin Band was out and rolling heading to three quarters and wound up securing a 1:55.4 victory. Real Yankee Fan (Mark Beckwith) came on for second while Cumulus Hanover (Stephane Bouchard) closed for third. Dobson wound up piloting five winners on the Thursday card. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

My Sweet Mandy (Mach Three) pulled off a mild upset in the $6,000 conditional-claimer at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday night. Billy Dobson piloted the mare for trainer Allen Sisco and sat third behind the race’s favorites Muncie (Shawn Gray) and Kamanche Moon (Mark Beckwith). The gray mare slid out heading to three quarters and pounced on her rivals securing the win in 1:56.4. My Sweet Mandy was the lone lady and bested the boys at odds of 11-1. Kamanche Moon wound up finishing second while Muncie held on for third. By Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

The Jackie Rousse stable went three-for-three on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The former leading training at the track has gone on a tear the last few nights and has now rattled off four consecutive victories. After winning the Thursday finale with the favored B Blissfull, Rousse scored three straight upsets on the Friday card. Trotter Just Make Believe (Kadabra) scored a wire to wire upset at odds of 12-1 then Rousse pacers Smart Rokker (Rocknroll Hanover) and Ubettorbeturlife (Bettor’s Delight) prevailed at odds of 30-1 and 7-1, respectively. Stephane Bouchard, who piloted four winners on Thursday, guided both Smart Rokker and Ubettorbeturlife to victories on Friday. Mark Beckwith was the winning driver behind Just Make Believe. by Mark Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Zooming recorded his second win in the last three Opens on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the speedy trotter lasted on the lead. The five-year-old Amber Buter trainee got parked out early but cleared the front past an opening quarter in 28.2. Zooming (Classic Photo) had no difficulty putting his rivals away in the stretch and drew away late before stopping the timer in 1:56. Billy Dobson sat behind Zooming as he recorded his eighth victory of the season. Justgottogetthere (Mark Beckwith) finished second while Victory Tax (Shawn Gray) earned the show spot in the $18,000 trotting feature. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway

Fox Valley Christo (Yankee Skyscraper) scored a convincing victory in the $6,420 featured race on Wednesday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Brandon Simpson trained pacer, who was piloted by leading driver Billy Dobson, wasted no time moving out to the early lead. Fox Valley Christo saw his lead grow with every stride late in the mile before opening up in the stretch to win in 1:55.4. It was the fourth victory in twelve tries on the season for the sophomore pacer who followed up a second place finish in his local debut last week with the Wednesday romp. Here And Now (Stephane Bouchard) closed sharply for second behind the favored winner while longshot Bad As Bart (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. Live racing continues on Thursday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. by Mike Sardella

The New York Sire Stakes came to Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night as three year old pacing fillies were featured. There were three divisions of the NYSS for sophomore fillies on the card and it was Summertime Lea (Lislea) who stole the show. The Ron Burke trainee moved her career record to 13 for 16 with a front running score in the $74,125 battle for fillies. Jim Marohn Jr piloted the standout to her 1:52.2 romp on Saturday night. Marohn also sat behind Winbak Heavenly (American Ideal) as she pulled off the biggest upset of the stakes races. Winbak Heavenly survived a tight win photo to prevail in 1:53.2 at odds of 12-1. Springforth (Artiscape) overcame some traffic trouble to prevail in her NYSS race in 1:54.2 for the track’s leading trainer Melissa Beckwith with Mark Beckwith in the driver’s seat. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella

Bound For Fame (S J’s Photo) captured the Open Trot on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The most consistent threat in the Friday feature this season, Bound For Fame came from the back of the pack before outclosing his rivals to record a 1:56.3 victory in the $18,000 Open. Bruce Aldrich Jr piloted the six year old trotter for trainer David Duspiva. Bound For Fame, who has hit the board in 21 of 25 starts this season, secured win number seven on the campaign by getting by the race’s favorite Mikey Hanover (Dan Cappello Jr) in the final strides. Victom As (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. Bound For Fame went off at odds of 5-1 and led an exacta with the favorite that returned $32.80. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a 7:05pm first post time as the New York Sire Stakes for three year old pacing fillies takes center stage at the Spa. by Mike Sardella

Pop I had a sensational second half of the mile in the John Mongeon Sr. Memorial Trotting Series Final and the favorite rallied for an impressive harness racing victory on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

There were six divisions of the first leg of the harness racing John Mongeon Sr. Memorial Trotting Series on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

Mr Shadow (Red River Hanover) was a repeat winner on Thursday night for harness racing owner/driver Mark Beckwith.

In what was arguably the best race of the night, Thebandfromboston won the $8,500 featured trot in 2:03, for harness racing owners Foulk Brothers Inc. of Dover Delaware, here at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (January 25).

The Battle of Saratoga #1 got underway on a rainy night in Saratoga and the top young fillies and mares slugged it out for their share of the $7,500 per division purse and points towards the final later this month.

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