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Bonamassa (Muscle Mass) continued her strong start to the meet on Wednesday at Saratoga Casino Hotel when the Maureen Salino trainee recorded her third win of the season in just her fifth start. The 3-5 betting favorite in her division of the $9,000 co-featured races for New York sired trotters, Bonamassa wound up sitting the two-hole on Wednesday and parlayed her pocket ride to victory in career-best fashion. Brett Crawford has been the regular pilot this year for Bonamassa who again surged in the stretch on Wednesday before stopping the timer in 1:57.4 to continue the strong start to her '19 campaign. Proving to be versatile this season, Bonamassa has thrived while racing up close and from off the pace in her handful of tries in her four year old season. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:00pm first post. There is a $5,000 guarantee in the Pick Five pool starting in race one. Race five has a $25,000 guarantee in its triple pool.   Mike Sardella

A former Horse of the Year at Saratoga Casino Hotel was back in the winner's circle on Wednesday night. Slugfest earned top honors at the track in 2015 when he was named Horse of the Year in the same season in which he took home the Trotter of the Year award for the second consecutive campaign. The Maureen Salino trainee was still among the track's top trotters in '16 but was lightly raced last season. With his 2018 campaign starting just a month ago, Slugfest is still on the comeback trail and while not the same kind of top echelon trotter he once was, the veteran dug in to record his first win of the year on Wednesday night. Brett Crawford piloted the nine year old in the $6,420 conditional race on Wednesday and moved the classy vet out to the early lead. Things appeared dicey when another former award winner at the Spa Coastal Region (Wally Hennessey) surged three wide and actually took the lead away from Slugfest heading to three quarters. The back-class of the former Saratoga star shined at that point, though, and Slugfest wouldn't let the track's defending Three Year Old Trotter of the Year clear him. Slugfest rallied and reclaimed the lead before drawing away late to prevail in 1:58.1 for his first victory of the season. Coastal Region had to settle for second. Slugfest was the race's co-favorite but still paid $7.10 to win in his first score of '18. The win was the 39thin the career of Slugfest, a career that has seen him earn close to $585,000. Live racing resumes on Friday evening at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Slugfest (Conway Hall) continued his winter dominance on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the Maureen Salino trainee scored another victory in the Open Trot. Reduced to a five-horse field after a scratch, the $12,000 harness racing feature saw Slugfest make the early lead and never look back. Jay Randall has been the regular driver behind the two-time Trotter of the Year at the Spa and confidently piloted the race's 4-5 favorite on Sunday as Slugfest coasted to a wire-to-wire victory in 1:58.1. Pocket sitter Lucid Thoughts (Frank Coppola Jr) was the runner-up while Just Make Believe (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. In three tries in the local Open this winter, Slugfest has two wins and a second. His victory was the second on the afternoon for his owners Tom Vassilou and Nick Tallarico whose A Jersey Contract (Lucky Chucky) prevailed earlier in the day for Salino and Randall. For the eight year old Slugfest, it was career win number 37. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella

Slugfest (Conway Hall) scored in the harness racing season's final feature on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The track's Trotter of the Year in both 2014 and 2015 didn't have quite the same kind of year in '16 but the Maureen Salino trainee was still a solid threat this season. In Sunday's $18,000 Open Trot, Slugfest was guided first over by his regular driver Jay Randall and cruised by his rivals to secure an open length victory in 1:58.1 over the sloppy going. The favorite Cash Me Out (Jim Devaux) won the place photo while a well-beaten second as Cincinnati Miss (Frank Coppola Jr) came on to finish third. It was the sixth win of the year for the seven year old Slugfest who paid $10.70 to win. Frank Coppola Jr. wrapped up his eleventh driving title at Saratoga while Melissa Beckwith was the top trainer for the fourth time as the 2016 racing season concluded on Sunday at the Spa. Live racing will return on Sunday February 19th with a matinee starting at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

It took until the final stride to decide whether Slugfest (Conway Hall) or Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) had prevailed in Sunday's harness racing Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   Slugfest was on the front end in the 1 1/16 mile feature and the back-to-back Trotter of the Year at the track was met with the first over challenge of the favored Cash Me Out (Jim Devaux).   Those two top flight trotters slugged it out for better than a half mile before Slugfest held off his rival by the slimmest of margins to win in 2:03 on a windy afternoon at the Spa.   It was the third victory of the season in the Open for the Maureen Salino-trained Slugfest who was the public's second choice in the wagering at odds of 8-5.   Cash Me Out has now hit the board in four consecutive Sunday features at the Spa while Lucid Thoughts (Shawn Gray) earned the show spot.   Slugfest was driven to the Open score by Jay Randall.   Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a 4:00pm first post. Mike Sardella

Slugfest (Conway Hall) moved his career bankroll to over the half million dollar mark with a win in Sunday's feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Trotter of the Year at the Spa in both 2014 and 2015, Slugfest is again off to a strong start this season. The Maureen Salino-trained trotter secured his second win of the campaign in the $15,000 Open Trot as he moved out to the early lead in the 1 1/16 mile feature. Cruising through fractions of 27.1, 56.3 and 126.2, Slugfest dug in in the stretch to hold off the challenge of pocket sitter Flyhawk Thriller (Stephane Bouchard) before prevailing in 203.1 in the 1 1/16 mile trot. Flyhawk Thriller was the runner up while Pop I (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Slugfest returned $7.70 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $41.40 and $168, respectively. Slugfest is off to a great start to his season as he looks to become the first horse to ever be named Trotter of the Year three times at the Spa. The earnings from his Sunday win moved the seven year old's career bankroll tally to over $503,000. Jay Randall piloted Slugfest to his Sunday score. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 4:00pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Slugfest (Conway Hall) made his return to the harness racing winner's circle on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The two-time defending Trotter of the Year at the Spa began his season with a third and a second place finish in the $15,000 Open Trot but on Sunday afternoon rediscovered his winning ways. Jay Randall has been the regular reinsman for the Maureen Salino trainee and after leaving to get away third in the early going moved first over with the local trotting star. Slugfest breezed by the race's favorite before opening up a commanding lead and stopping the timer in 2:02.4 in the 1 1/16 mile feature. Slugfest returned $7.50 to win in what was the 30th victory in the career of the seven year old highstepper. Longshot Lucid Thoughts (Shawn Gray) closed to be second in the Open while Daylon Miracle (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot in her first start of the season. Slugfest is looking to become the first horse in track history to earn three Trotter of the Year awards and is off to another strong start to the season. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with first post time set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

Be A Sport (Sportsmaster) lengthened his harness racing win streak on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Maureen Salino trainee dominated in his final two starts of 2015 winning by a combined 18.5 lengths. In the four year old's first start of '16, Be A Sport cruised to another convincing victory last week and subsequently was the race's 1-9 betting favorite on Thursday evening at the Spa. Starting from post position one, Be A Sport had no trouble making the early lead before holding off a late challenge from pocket sitter Mikado Blue Chip (Frank Coppola Jr) who ended up second best. Sports Force (Austin Siegelman) earned the show spot. Be A Sport, who was piloted by Mark Beckwith, was the race's overwhelming favorite as he completed his grand slam in the $6,400 pace for colts and geldings who were non-winners of two races or $15,000 lifetime. Be A Sport is owned by Nick Tallarico and Tom Vassilou, the same combination who own the Spa's back to back Trotter of the Year Slugfest who participate in Sunday afternoon's Open Trot. Live racing continues on Friday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Slugfest, the most consistent trotting force at Saratoga Casino and Raceway over the past few seasons, made his return to the harness racing winner's circle on Tuesday night. The track's defending Trotter of the Year dominated the Open early on this season but over the past couple of months has had to settle for several seconds, a third and a few fourths. In Tuesday's $18,000 Open, driver Jay Randall moved the Maureen Salino trainee to the early lead and once he got there, the veteran trotter dug in. Slugfest (Conway Hall) recorded his seventh victory of the season, stopping the timer in 1:54.3, a time that matched Daylon Miracle for the fastest of the year for any trotter at the Spa. Zoey De Vie (Wally Hennessey) sat the pocket to Slugfest and wound up finishing second while Can I Say (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Slugfest returned $11.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $51.50 and $255.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Slugfest (Conway Hall) recorded his sixth Open Trot victory of the harness racing season on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. For the second time this year, the Open Trot was contested at a distance of 1 1/16 miles. Last time Slugfest competed at the elongated distance, he suffered his lone loss in the month of May when he had to settle for second after being overpowered by rival Red Hot Herbie. Those two squared off in the stretch in Sunday's $18,000 feature and were joined by longshot On The Podium (Bruce Aldrich Jr) and were all separated by less than a length at the wire. Slugfest, the race's 3-5 favorite rallied late to record the win in 2:02.4 for the 1 1/16 with regular reinsman Jay Randall in the sulky. On The Podium was the runner up while Red Hot Herbie (Billy Dobson) had to settle for third. For the Maureen Salino-trained Slugfest, it was the sixth feature score of the season and extended his streak of finishing first or second to eight consecutive starts. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Thursday when New York Sire Stakes make their seasonal debut at the spa. First post time is set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

Slugfest (Conway Hall) won the Sunday Open Trot at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga for the fourth time this season.   The defending Trotter of the Year at the Spa sat the pocket in this week’s feature, riding the coattails of Mikey Hanover (Mark Beckwith) who was putting up sizzling fractions on the front end.   Slugfest and Jay Randall sat patiently through three quarters in 1:24.4 before evacuating the pocket around the final turn and cruising past Mikey Hanover to win in 1:54.4.   It was the fastest time for any trotter thus far in 2015 at Saratoga.   The fourth Open Trot victory this season for Slugfest came at odds of 4-5.   Randall drove the winner for trainer Maureen Salino.   Mikey Hanover was the runner up to Slugfest for the second straight week while Photo Mass (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot in the $18,000 Open.    Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 4:00pm.    Mary Howard    

Blazin Benny (Angus Hall) lengthened his lead on Sunday as the winningest horse of the meet at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The claiming trotter scored his seventh local win of the season including six straight by going wire-to-wire with Mark Beckwith in the sulky. Blazin Benny stepped up to the $15,000 claiming level for the first time of the year and had little difficultly cruising to a seasonal best- matching victory in 1:56.1. After competing at a high level at Freehold Raceway this winter, Blazin Benny now has recorded twelve wins in 2015. It was one of two scores on the day for leading trainer Melissa Beckwith who is off to a huge start to the ’15 campaign. Slugfest (Conway Hall) prevailed in the afternoon’s feature, scoring in 1:55.2 to match his own time as the fastest for any trotter at the Spa this season. Jay Randall piloted Slugfest for trainer Maureen Salino. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with first post time set for 4:00pm.   Mike Sardella  

Slugfest (Conway Hall) scored his second consecutive Open Trot victory on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The defending Trotter of the Year at the Spa, Slugfest prevailed first over in 1:56.1 last week for regular harness racing driver Jay Randall. On Sunday, the Maureen Salino-trained six year old moved out to the early lead. After an opening half in 57.4, Slugfest felt just mild pressure from the race’s favorite Zooming (Billy Dobson) before putting him away around the final turn and scoring in 1:55.2, the fastest trotting time of the season thus far at Saratoga. Slugfest paid $13.40 to win while pulling off the mild upset over Mikey Hanover (Mark Beckwith) who finished second and Fox Valley Veto (Jim Devaux) who earned the show spot. Slugfest became the first two-time Open Trot winner on the young season at the Spa. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a 4:00pm first post time.  Mike Sardella

Slugfest (Conway Hall), the 2014 Trotter of the Year at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, recorded his first Open victory of the ’15 season on Sunday afternoon at the Spa. The Maureen Salino-trained trotter moved first over in the $18,000 co-feature and wrestled control away from the frontrunner before holding off a late challenge from the race’s 1-5 favorite. Slugfest stopped the timer in 1:56.1 while pulling off the mild upset at odds of 7-1. Jay Randall piloted the six year old trotter to the Open score. The favored Luminosity (Billy Dobson) had to settle for second while longshot Red Hot Herbie (Jordan Derue) finished third. Slugfest paid $17.40 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $39.80 and $252.50, respectively. Jackie Rousse’s Happily Ever After (Well Said) parlayed the pocket ride to victory to secure her first win of the season in the co-featured Fillies and Mares Open. Frank Coppola Jr was the winning driver behind the four year old mare who was making just her second start of the season. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a twilight race card beginning at 4:00pm.     Mike Sardella   

Slugfest prevailed in the $17,000 Open Trot for the second consecutive Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Maureen Salino-trained five year old started out the year as the dominant force in the trotting feature and after an up-and-down summer, it finishing out his season in style. Sunday's win for Slugfest (Conway Hall) was his third straight win and tenth in the 2014 campaign. Jay Randall piloted Slugfest to the first over win in 1:57.3. Hldontghttoyurdrms (Frank Coppola Jr) was the runner up in the Sunday feature while the race's favorite Traverse Seelster (Billy Dobson) had to settle for third. Slugfest was announced this week as one of four nominees for Aged Trotter and Trotter of the Year at Saratoga. Live racing resumes on Thursday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Slugfest set a lifetime mark in the Friday night feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Maureen Salino-trained trotter went on a tear in the springtime, winning four consecutive times in the $17,000 Open but followed that up with a brief lull. Two weeks ago, Slugfest (Conway Hall) dropped down in class and rediscovered the winning way, prevailing for the fifth time this season. Friday's feature was the $14,000 'Winners Over' Trot and Slugfest, the race's 7-5, wasted no time taking the early speed and had little trouble registered victory number six on the year. The win came in 1:56 and served as a lifetime mark for the five year old trotter. Jay Randall piloted Slugfest to the career best score as they bested runner up Fear The Football (Dan Cappello Jr) and third place finisher Pay The Winner (Stephane Bouchard). Live racing continues on Saturday night with the 5th annual Back to the Track night. Free programs, t-shirts and $1 hot dogs and sodas highlight the fan friendly event. First post time on Saturday is set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

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