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Back in March, the Melissa Beckwith-trained Carolina Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) won his debut in the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The gelding was only lightly raced in 2017 but has put together a strong four year old campaign here in '18. On Saturday night, Carolina Beach went off at odds of 7-2 while starting from post three in just his third try while competing in the $14,500 Open. After working hard in a 26.4 first quarter, Mark Beckwith gave Carolina Beach a bit of a second quarter breather before reaching the half in 55.4. From there, Carolina Beach drew away from his rivals to win by five and a half lengths in 1:51.2, a new lifetime mark in just the 31ststart of his career. Chumlee A (Larry Stalbaum) was the race's favorite and had to settle for a second-place finish while longshot Manny (Phil Fluet) earned the show spot. Carolina Beach, who went four-for-eight in the win column in '17, has now recorded eight victories in his sixteen seasonal starts in 2018. Carolina Beach paid $9.00 to win in the mild upset and led an exacta and triple that came back $24.20 and $141.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. By Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Zlatan (Muscle Mass) looked to be home free when making his Saratoga Casino Hotel harness racing debut on opening weekend. The Melissa Beckwith trainee had a convincing lead around the final turn in that start when he made an untimely break. Following a winning qualifier, Zlatan was back at it on Thursday afternoon. Mark Beckwith left with the five year old trotter and dropped into the pocket behind the race's odds-on favorite CR Blazin Beauty (Bruce Aldrich Jr) who was fresh off an open length win at Yonkers. Zlatan cruised past the favorite in the stretch to prevail in 1:58 in the $6,000 trotting event for winners of two but not more than five lifetime races. Zlatan paid $10.20 in the mild matinee upset while CR Blazin Beauty had to settle for second. Longshot Anja (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Live racing continues on Friday evening with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Carolina Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) scored in the harness racing final of the fourth annual Gary Kamal Memorial Pacing Series on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Melissa Beckwith-trained three year old made his first start in over a year during the last week of September. Carolina Beach recorded his first win of '17 when competing in the first leg of the Kamal Series as he went coast to coast with Mark Beckwith in the sulky. In last week's second leg, the sophomore pacer set a new lifetime mark prevailing in 1:53.1 while wiring the field. In Saturday's $36,000 Final, it was back to the front end for Carolina Beach who set first half fractions of 27.1 and 56.3. After cruising through three quarters in 1:24.2, Carolina Beach appeared to be coming back to his rivals a bit. While his lead did shrink in the stretch, he was plenty game and proved best, stopping the timer in 1:53.1 to match his lifetime mark and complete the series sweep. Goose Mountain (Dan Cappello Jr) was late on the scene and wound up second best while Beyombo (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Carolina Beach, who paid $3.50 to win as the race's odds-on favorite, added his name to the list of previous winners of the Kamal Memorial Pace which is comprised of Twin B Spy, Bell I No and Stirling Electra. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee that kicks off 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

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

Tataria (Truman Gale) beats four other mares to win the Fillies and Mares harness racing feature ($7,500) on Friday night (June 16). Owned and trained by Melissa Beckwith, the 5 year-old mare by Four Starzzz Shark would ride the pocket seat following It's A Miracle (Chris Lems). Tataria ($8.10) would come out of the pocket and easily overtake It's A Miracle (second) to win in 1:52.2. Drea's Good Powow (John MacDonald) was third best. Chris Lems had three wins on the night. "Lemsy" would win race one taking Escada De Vie ($5.70) past E R Rhonda (Truman Gale) in the stretch to win in 1:53.2. Race four he guided Wine Photo to an easy six length win in 1:57.0. Lems would win his third race of the night during race five. He would take Billie Blue ($2.90) to a gate-to-wire victory just holding off the late charging New Scent (Jimmy Wittemore) in 1:55.4. Vernon is back Saturday night with an 11 race card starting at 6:45. They will welcome Ostrich and Camel racing as well (6-17). On Sunday they will have a special Father's day matinee starting at 1:05 p.m. They will feature the Empire Breeders Classic Final for 3 year fillies and their counterpart colts. They will also feature New York Sire Stakes for 3 year-old colts. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

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  

Her Own Land (Blissful Hall) scored her third consecutive win on Thursday afternoon as she cruised to victory in the Saratoga matinee's $8,000 feature for fillies and mares. The six year old Melissa Beckwith trainee worked hard early and retook the lead after a first quarter in 27.3. Despite not getting much of a breather, Her Own Land powered away from her rivals in the stretch before stopping the clock in 1:54 for her third consecutive victory. Post Time Terror (Phil Fluet) got up for second while Keene Olivia (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. Her Own Land was the race's 3-5 betting favorite and led an exacta and triple that paid $21.20 and $54, respectively. The win was one of three on the afternoon for Mark Beckwith who entered the day second in the driver standings behind only Billy Dobson. Live racing continues on Friday evening 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

Bye Bye Michelle (Stonebridge Regal) scored in the Thursday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The seven year old pacing mare has frequently been claimed in the last year and on Thursday made her return to the Melissa Beckwith stable following a win last week. Dan Cappello Jr. piloted Bye Bye Michelle who got away third behind the race's co-even money favorites Velocity Vespa (Jim Devaux) and last week's Open winner Milky Way Rae (Billy Dobson) and powered past them heading to the three quarter pole. Bye Bye Michelle, a nine-time winner in 2016, stopped the timer in 1:56.4 for her second victory in '17. Velocity Vespa finished second while Milky Way Rae rounded out the triple in the $10,000 feature for fillies and mares. Bye Bye Michelle was again claimed on Thursday and returns to the Andy Sardella stable who had her previous to last week's claim. Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

There has been upsets-a-plenty at Saratoga Casino Hotel in the past few weeks and Thursday's harness racing card was no different. The eleven race program saw 64-1 longshot Ted The Ballboy (Bettor's Delight) finish in a dead-heat for win in the opener and that set the tone for the day. The Thursday feature was the $9,950 trot for New York Sired participants. The odds-on favorite Neymar (Dan Cappello Jr) looked to be home free in the stretch but got reeled in by She's Uncorked (Mark Beckwith). The Melissa Beckwith trainee hadn't been a factor in her first three starts at Saratoga despite getting heavy board support in two of them. On Thursday, She's Uncorked followed the cover of Neymar before tracking him down in the final strides to register the win in 1:58.3. While recording the second of what would be three wins on the evening for the Beckwith stable, She's Uncorked returned $11.20 to win which was really one of the shorter prices on the night. Longshot I'm Blue Too (Billy Dobson) returned the biggest price of the day paying $51.50 in his upset just eclipsing Ted The Ballboy's $48.60 win price, which was knocked down significantly by the dead heat. In addition to the 64-1 and 24-1 shot winners, there were several other upsets on the Thursday card with five horses prevailing at odds of 9-1 or higher and only one favorite winning on the eleven race program. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Mademoiselle Paris (Bolero Charles) is the winningest harness racing horse of the year at Saratoga Casino Hotel thus far in 2016 and the claiming pacer added to her win total on Friday night. Wally Hennessey piloted Mademoiselle Paris to her sixth consecutive victory on Friday in the optional $10,000 claimer for pacing mares. The six year old distaffer had a pair of wins on her resume this year while competing at Harrington Raceway in Delaware and has become the star of the claimers at the Spa while competing primarily out of the stable of leading trainer Melissa Beckwith. Hennessey put the race's 1-5 on the front end early in the mile in the $6,315 contest for pacing mares and after opening up a big lead held on to prevail in 1:54.3. It was the sixth consecutive victory for Mademoiselle Paris and her eleventh at the Spa in '16. Her stablemate Bye Bye Michelle (Stonebridge Regal) was a resounding winner in Friday's $8,000 feature as she recorded a seven plus length win with Hennessey in the bike. The Hall of Fame reinsman piled up five winners on the Friday card. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Saturday night with our biggest night of the year. The $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace will highlight a big night of racing. Wiggle It Jiggleit leads a star-studded group of pacers who will slug it out in the eighth annual Gerrity. New York Sire Stakes action will also be featured along with three Opens each going for a purse of $25,000. First post time on Saturday is set for 7:05pm. 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  

Bye Bye Michelle (Stonebridge Regal) scored her first win in the local Open Pace for harness racing Fillies and Mares on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Just two weeks removed from a track record-matching effort in which she won in 1:52.2, the Melissa Beckwith-trained Bye Bye Michelle moved out to the early lead in Friday’s $19,250 feature for distaffers. The five year old mare was strong in the stretch and held off Ella V Horse (Stephane Bouchard) who came on for second while Wanna Rock N Roll (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot in the 1:53 mile. Bye Bye Michelle returned $6.90 to win and led and exacta and triple that came back $31.80 and $59, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm.   Mike Sardella

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