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Sixth Man (Duke Of York) pulled off the upset in Sunday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Melissa Beckwith-trained six year old moved second over at the half but wound up dropping in behind the leader turning for home in the $14,000 Winners Over trot at the Spa. Sixth Man closed up the passing lane and reeled in front-running Flyhawk Thriller (Stephane Bouchard) in the final few strides before stopping the timer in 1:56.2. Mark Beckwith piloted Sixth Man to the trotter's third win in his last four starts. The longshot victor returned $28.60 to win and led an exacta with Flyhawk Thriller that came back $116. Just Make Believe (Jay Randall) earned the show spot and completed the triple that paid a hefty $587. The win was one of three on the card for the meet's leading trainer Melissa Beckwith whose Blazin Benny won for the 21st time this year and whose Suegrabbitnrun set a lifetime mark trotting to victory in 1:56. Live racing resumes on Wednesday evening with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

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  

Tiamo (Artiscape-Incredible Sharon), who had won seven of the last nine at Saratoga Harness, and driver Mark Beckwith had to wait patiently for some racing room in the $9,000 Thursday night feature at Vernon Downs, but that wait was worth it. She worked her way loose in the stretch and exploded down the lane to win in a final time of 1:51.3.   Seascape Hanover (Aaron Byron) cut fast early fractions with a quarter of 26.2 seconds, a 55 second half, and three-quarters in 1:23, but she couldn't hold her lead in the stretch and faded to finish third. Love You Bye (Truman Gale) had stalked the leader from the pocket throughout the mile and was first to pass her, but once Tiamo got going she was much the best.   Tiamo had been pinned in at the pylons as the field made the stretch, but an opening developed and once clear, the race was essentially over.   Tiamo is owned by George and Heather Zitone of Montague, New Jersey. The trainer is Melissa Beckwith.   The complete order of finish was: Tiamo, Love You Bye, Seascape Hanover, Ugly Betty, Oceans Motion, R U Ideal.   Live racing resumes at Vernon Downs on Friday night with an 11-race program. The seventh will be the feature, a $10,000 Open I Trot, with a field of eight entered. The 5-2 morning line favorite is A Penny Earned, who won the Jack Bailey Memorial last out at Vernon Downs on August 29th. Post time on Friday night is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

Leg two of the SHHA Claiming Series for trotters took place on Friday night at Saratoga as horses competed for points towards next weekend's marathon final. Donttellmywife (Malabar Man) jogged for the second consecutive week in the series as Bruce Aldrich Jr.put the 1-9 favorite on the lead in the early stages of the mile and a quarter long trot. Donttellmywife cruised to a win of almost ten lengths in 2:30.2 for the longer distance. Claimed out of leg one of the series by conditioner Andy Sardella, Donttellmywife won for the eleventh time in nineteen seasonal tries. The series' favorite was claimed back on Friday night by trainer Melissa Beckwith who will send him out in next weekend's $10,000+ Final to be contested at a distance of a mile and a half. Psyched (Jay Randall) won the other division of the second leg of the series after outclosing the favorite Stormont O My (Shawn Gray) in the stretch to prevail for his new connections. Trainer Jody Weidman will bring Psyched into next weekend's series final as one of only four horses to record wins in the SHHA Claiming Series legs. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Veteran trotter Coach Fox (Keystone Nordic) completed the pick five on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Melissa Beckwith trainee parlayed class and post relief into his first local score of the season with driver Wally Hennessey at the controls. The ten-year-old trotter became a half millionaire with his front running score on Wednesday night, a victory that was the 58th of his career. The pick five had a three week carryover of just shy of $4,500 and the pool had an additional $8,500 or so bet into it to create a nice pool for the bettors. After Coach Fox emerged victorious, the pick five returned $909.50 on a $1 bet despite several favorites prevailing. The pick five is a wager offered only on Wednesday nights. Live racing resumes on Friday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by MIke Sardella for Saratoga Raceway

Racing fans won’t have to wait long to see  the Summertime Lea, arguably the best sophomore pacing filly in the New York Sire Stakes program this season, when Jimmy Morrill, Jr. jumps up behind her in the first race on the strong  Monticello Raceway program of Wednesday, September 11. A total purse of over $155,000 is split in the divisions with just five fillies in Summertime Lea’s  split. The other divisions each for around $52,000 are carded as races five and eight on the 13-race program and  because of just 17 entrants, the luck leans toward the owners as the other two fields have just six in each one and nearly all starters that afternoon  will get money. The interesting undercard features four $12,700 splits of 3 year old pacing fillies in the Excelsior Series. But Summertime Lea seems to be the cream of this years filly crop. Already with seven wins in10 starts the daughter of  Lislea-Donna Summer has bankrolled  over $215,000 this year for owners, the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Buscemi, P.A. Baldachino  and E. Smith. And last year Summeftime Lea won  eight of nine starts and amassed purses of  over $294,000.  She’ll start from the five hole on Wednesday. In the second $52,000 division Sir Lehigh Z Tam gets the odds-maker’s nod from post two. The daughter of  Art Major-Moss Blue Chip,  a 1:52.3 winner of over $109,00 this year,  comes into the contest off a 1:54.3 triumph  in the NYSS at Tioga Downs and will be driven by Pat Lachance. However, the may have a tussle from  the Bobby Siegelman-trained Cheyenne Miriam, a nine time  winner of $193,000 this year with a 1:53 mark taken at the Big M earlier this year. Monticello native, George Brennan will drive the daughter of Bettor’s Delight-Ailbecca when they start from post four. The Melissa Beckwith trained Springforth is the early favorite in the final $52,000 NYSS split. The meet’s leading driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. got the mount behind the seven- time winner of  $139,000 this year. Her best effort was  a stunning 1:532 mile while winning a NYSS leg at Batavia Downs  on August 21. Arguably the best filly in the four Excelsior legs appears to be  Venus Delight who has 10 wins in 14 starts while never testing any of the NYSS fillies. She’s won most of her Excelsior Series starts and had already bankrolled  over $82,000. She’ll be driven by Jimmy Morrill, Jr. from post five in race six. The four Excelsior events will be in races two, four, six and 11. First post will be at 12:50 pm. by John Manzi for Monticello Raceway  

BATAVIA, N.Y. -- "She has a good brush and when she comes, she comes with authority." And who is "she"? She is Social Scene and that was driver George Brennan's understatement after to guided Social Scene to an impressive victory to highlight the action in three divisions of the New York Sires Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers at Batavia Downs Wednesday night. Social Scene ($3.60) was sitting fourth behind pace-setting Cheyenne Miriam (Simon Allard) through a leisurely half of :59.0 in the second division worth $42,679. Social Scene (American Ideal-On The Catwalk) and Brennan had enough of the stroll the seven fillies were on. The duo came first over and used an unreal 26.2 three-quarter panel to knock out the field and finished with a 54.1 second half to romp to a nearly nine length win. American In Paris (Jim Morrill Jr.) took second and Cheyenne Miriam held on for third. "She's pretty one-dimensional, she has zero finish so I figured we had to go," Brennan said of the rocket-like move Social Scene showed. Social Scene now has five wins in nine starts in 2013 and jacked her seasonal earnings to $140,188. Summertime Lea ($2.30) was seriously tested in the $41,579 first division of the Sire Stakes but prevailed by a half-length over a stubborn Winbak Heavenly in 1:53.0 over the fast track. Winbak Heavenly played hard ball with Summertime Lea to quarter pole before the winner arrived there in 27.0. "I knew they (Winbak Heavenly and Jim Marohn Jr.) weren't going to let me go in one step;" Morrill said of the first quarter tussle. From there, Summertime Lea set the fractions of 56.1, 1:25.0 and came home in 28.0 to hold off the late threat from Winbak Heavenly. JK Black Beauty (Greg Merton) finished in third. "They almost got me in the end," Morrill said of the close finish with Winbak Heavenly. Summertime Lea, the 1-9 favorite, had just raced on Saturday in the $350,000 Valley Forge at Pocono. Morrill said the short rest might have been a factor but added, "She gives 150 percent every time." It was the 14th win in 18 starts for Summertime Lea (Lislea-Donna Summer) and now has earned $168,651 this season and $463,504 lifetime. North America's leading trainer Ron Burke conditioned the winner. In the third division worth $41,879, Springforth (Artiscape-Spring Morning) went wire-to-wire for driver Ray Fisher a lifetime best of 1:53.2 and easily held off the challenges of runner up Bettor Think Twice (Cat Manzi) and Happy Apples (Jim Marohn Jr.). Springforth, trained by Melissa Beckwith, set sail from the two hole and posted fractions of 27.3, 57.2 and 1:25.1 to score her seventh win of the season in 14 starts. It also increased her season winnings to $116,192. In the $12,700 Excelsior Series for the 3-year-old filly pacers, Trevor's Bebe ($2.80) and John Cummings Jr. won the first division in 1:54.4, Bettor Buns ($3.00) and Jim Morrill Jr. won the second leg in 1:57.3 and Know It All ($19.80) and John Stark Jr. won the final leg in 1:53.4. A 12-race card will be presented Friday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information including news, race results, replays and upcoming promotions, go to by Brian J. Mazurek  

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

Springforth continued her recent dominance on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the harness racing sophomore filly lengthened her win streak to three.

Springforth continued her recent dominance on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the sophomore filly lengthened her win streak to three.

Eyewitness Account continued her hot stretch on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga as the pacing mare moved her win streak to three.

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

Ideal Fame was the public's 1-9 harness racing favorite in the $33,800 Battle of Saratoga #2 final on Saturday night (October 20).

Dressedforthedance prevailed convincingly in the Battle of Saratoga #1 series harness racing final on Friday night (October 19) at Saratoga. The Melissa Beckwith trained pacer swept her two legs of the series and wound up as the public's 4-5 favorite in the final. Dressedforthedance (Wally Hennessey) moved to the lead at the half and drew away late to record a 1:54.2 career best win in the $31,200 final for fillies and mares.

Melissa Silverman Beckwith could have been well into her second decade as a kindergarten teacher, but thanks to her husband Mark she is now the leading harness racing trainer at Saratoga Springs in New York.

Carmens Best continued his winning ways on Wednesday night (September 12) harness racing program at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the 4-year-old pacer handled his step up in class with ease.

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