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A pair of $10,700 events for New York sired trotters served as harness racing co-features on the Wednesday card at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Meg Reynolds’ Kapow (Conway Hall) was the fastest among the winners of the featured raced as pilot Phil Fluet situated the six year old into the pocket in the early going and parlayed that trip to victory. Kapow came into the race with only one win on the season but starting from an improved post on Wednesday was situated well for the stretch drive and wound up riding the coattails of the race’s favorite Song Chapter (Billy Dobson) every step of the way. Kapow popped the pocket in the stretch and reeled in the public’s 6-5 top choice before drawing away late to win in 2:00. Paying $5.90 to win, Kapow bested Song Chapter, who continued her trend of finishing second or third on a nearly weekly basis, and longshot Southwind Rich (Chris Long), who earned the show spot. The other co-feature was won by Leap Year Lucky who went wire-to-wire with Jimmy Devaux driving for trainer Lisa Zabielski. The race served as class relief for the three year old gelding who was overmatched in the two legs of the recently concluded Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series. Dismissed at odds of 5-1 on Wednesday, Leap Year Lucky held off the late charge from rival Match My Miracle (Brian Cross) to hang on in 2:00.3 to record the third win in his 2019 campaign. Match My Miracle came up second-best while the race’ s favorite Royal Casanova (Frank Coppola Jr) finished third. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon with a first post time set for 12 Noon. Race one will feature a $2,500 guarantee in the Pick Five pool. The Pick Five is a fifty cent minimum wager.      Mike Sardella

What a sensational run veteran pacer Crockets Cullen N (Christian Cullen) has been on at Saratoga Casino Hotel and that run continued on Saturday night. The eight year old Tracy Tarantino trainee was assigned the outside post for his try in the $18,000 Open Pace and post eight proved to be no problem for the red-hot pacer. Crockets Cullen N extended his local win streak in the Open to six in Saturday's feature as he left for an early spot for driver Larry Stalbaum before flushing out cover approaching the half mile pole. After his cover Funknwaffles (Frank Coppola Jr) cleared heading past three quarters in 1:24.3, Crockets Cullen N surged alongside that rival before putting him away in the stretch. The win that came in 1:52.4 was the sixth consecutive in the local Open Pace for Crockets Cullen N as he has quickly made himself a Pacer of the Year and perhaps even Horse of the Year candidate over the last couple of months. In his Saturday score, he paid $10.80 to win. Funknwaffles was the runner-up while Vasari N (Jimmy Devaux) earned the show spot. The victory for Crockets Cullen N was the third on the card for Stalbaum and Tarantino whose Teo Enteo A and Shady City each recorded Saturday scores at the Spa. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Lady Dela Renta A (Well Said) continued her winning ways in Thursday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez trainee was the overwhelming top choice in the wagering as she looked to go back-to-back in the local Fillies and Mares Open. Lady Dela Renta A had little difficulty going coast-to-coast in the $18,000 feature. Driver Frank Coppola Jr. marched the five year old distaffer out to the early lead and despite clicking off a fast 26.3 in quarter one, Lady Dela Renta A faced little challenge throughout the mile before pacing away from her rivals to win in 1:53 over a track labeled 'good.' The Australian invader's victory was her tenth of the season as she bested fellow out-of-towner HP Sissy (Jimmy Devaux), who was the runner-up, and Gina Grace N (Larry Stalbaum) who earned the show spot. Lady Dela Renta A has now recorded 20 wins in her first 51 lifetime starts. In her most recent score, she paid $2.10 to win as the heaviest of favorites. The exacta with HP Sissy second came back $6.70. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Driver Jimmy Devaux continued his terrific 2019 campaign at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Wednesday afternoon as the veteran reinsman won three out of the ten races on the matinee card. Devaux swept the early pick-three while piloting pacer Pantheon Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) to victory after scoring wins with trotters The Magic Number and Entranced. Pantheon Hanover, a Spa veteran pacer, dropped down to the bottom level condition on Wednesday after enduring a bit of a cold streak. The seven year old went coast-to-coast for a pretty decisive win in 1:55.1 on Wednesday in what was his sixth victory of the season for trainer Dave Dewhurst. The Magic Number set a lifetime mark on Wednesday afternoon when he parlayed his pocket trip to a career-best 1:58.3 score for Devaux who was driving for trainer Vern Beachy. Entranced also went start to finish on the engine as the Amanda Kelley trainee made good at odds of 9-5 for one of the three consecutive victories for Devaux who is entrenched in the second spot in the local driver standings for 2019, well behind leading driver Billy Dobson but comfortably ahead of his next closest pursuer Jay Randall. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon starting at 12 Noon. There is a $5,000 guaranteed Pick Five pool with the Pick Five starting in the matinee's first race. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Bro (Rock N Roll Heaven) endured some difficult trips in the two legs of the Gary Kamal Memorial Pacing Series at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Homer Hochstetler-trained pacer drew the rail in Saturday's $35,200 Series Final and the three year old's journey wound up being a bit smoother. Driver Jay Randall powered Bro out to the early lead in the Final, getting the sophomore to the top in a 28.1 first quarter. After pacing the half in 57 seconds, Bro was confronted by the race's favorite and series star Mister Miami (Claude Huckabone III) who had the daunting task of trying to reel-in his major danger via the first-over journey. The trip proved too difficult for the odds-on favorite Mister Miami as Bro dispatched him around the final turn. Pocket sitter SB Angelindisguise (Mark Beckwith) took his shot in the passing lane as two-leg winner Sweet Deisel (Dan Daley) shook loose in the stretch. Sweet Deisel came on to be second while SB Angelindisguise had to settle for third. For Bro, it was the second victory in a $35,000+ race in the last six weeks as the three year old scored in the New York Sire Stakes Consolation Final contested at Vernon Downs last month. Bro, who paid $6.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $31 and $123, respectively, is owned by Jay Hochstetler and the Finkelburg Racing Stable. Randall's win behind Bro was one of three on the night for the veteran reinsman. Bro adds his name to the list of previous winners of the Kamal Pace which consists of Twin B Spy, Bell I No, Stirling Electra, Carolina Beach and Kiwi Tintin N. The $17,500 Consolation of the Kamal Memorial Pace contested on Saturday went to The Great Buzz N (Auckland Reactor) as the Paul Zabielski trainee went coast-to-coast in 1:54.4. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee starting at 12 Noon. There is a $1,134 carryover in the Pick Five pool with the Pick Five beginning in race one. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Lady Dela Renta A (Well Said) made her local debut a winning one in the Thursday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Trainer Jose Godinez has often brought New Zealand and Australian invaders to town to compete in Opens over the last handful of years and his newest revelation Lady Dela Renta A impressed in Thursday's $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open. The field was reduced to five after a scratch and Lady Dela Renta A wound up as the public's 2-5 betting favorite as she marched out to the early lead in the ladies' feature. Leading driver Billy Dobson got the invader to the top in a first quarter in 27 seconds before reaching the half in 56.1. Lady Dela Renta A never suffered an anxious moment before pacing away from her rivals to stop the timer in 1:52.4 to record the win in her local debut. Longshot Hilaria (Brett Crawford) got the pocket trip behind the winner and wound up as a clear-cut second-place finisher while Bye Bye Felicia (Mark Beckwith) finished third. Lady Dela Renta A's win was her ninth on the season and fifth since coming over to the U.S. from her native Australia. Paying just $2.80 to win on Thursday, Lady Dela Renta A, who led an exacta that returned $22.40, became the fourth Godinez-trained distaffer to win the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga in 2019 but the first since May. The five year old mare is owned by the Blindswitch Racing Stable of Cortlandt Manor, NY and Dolne Farm Services of Indiana. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Sassy Massy (Muscle Mass) extended her harness racing win streak to three in Wednesday's co-feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The four-year-old Cheryl Whitcroft trainee had recorded only one win in her first 26 starts this season before hitting a hot streak in October. Sassy Massy grinded out back-to-back first-over victories in Wednesday co-features for New York sired trotters heading into her most recent start going for a purse of $10,000. Driver Mark Whitcroft again moved Sassy Massy first-up approaching the half and she simply overpowered her competition en route to scoring in 2:00 for her third consecutive victory. The afternoon's other co-featured event for New York sired trotters went to Travel Winner (Credit Winner). A beaten favorite at odds-on in two straight entering Wednesday, Travel Winner made good this week on the engine, prevailing in 1:59 with Mark Beckwith in the bike. The three year old Travel Winner became a recent addition to the stable of Melissa Beckwith after competing in the $225,000 NY Sire Stakes Final in September following a strong summer in stakes tries for his previous connections. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with first post time set for 12 Noon. There will be a $5,000 guarantee in the Pick Five pool on Thursday with the Pick Five beginning in the matinee's first race. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Crockets Cullen N (Christian Cullen) has endured some breaking problems of late but found just the remedy for those harness racing ills by returning to Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday night. Larry Stalbaum owns and drives the eight year old New Zealand invader who had to qualify following back-to-back breaks while racing at Yonkers. Crockets Cullen N returned to the Spa where he had won three consecutive starts in the local Open Pace. The morning line favorite went off at odds of 7-2 on Saturday in a five-horse feature that went for a purse of $18,000. Crockets Cullen N has done most of his damage from off the pace in his local victories but on Saturday Stalbaum wasted little time moving to the front-end as he powered Crockets Cullen N out to the lead in the early going. After cruising through a pretty comfortable first half of 56.3, Crockets Cullen N stepped on the gas heading to three quarters and never looked back before prevailing in 1:52 for his fourth straight score in the Saratoga Open Pace and his tenth win overall in 2019. Hudson Phil, an eight-time winner of the local feature this season, closed to finish second while Century Endeavor earned the show spot. Crockets Cullen N, who is trained by Tracy Tarantino, paid $9.10 to win and led an exacta that returned $29.80. Live racing continues at the Spa on Sunday with a first post time set for 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Clear Idea (American Ideal) returned to Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday afternoon to compete in the local Fillies and Mares Open. The Blake Macintosh-trained mare has been a winning machine throughout her career and prevailed in her lone try in the local Open back in August. On Thursday, Clear Idea had Phil Fluet piloting and was the public's odds-on choice in the wagering despite being assigned post six in the six-horse feature. With several leavers in the race, Clear Idea had to be taken back to last in the early going. She remained there in a first half that went in 57.1. The tempo quickened heading to three quarters and when it did, Clear Idea had a hard time keeping up to her cover while second-over. Come Get The Cash (Jay Randall) closed in first-over on the race's tiring leader and when pocket-sitting Bye Bye Felicia, last week's Open winner, flew up the passing lane, it appeared those two were poised to tell the tale. Classy distaffer Clear Idea shifted gears a bit again in the stretch and surged up on the outside approaching the wire. When the dust settled, it was Clear Idea that emerged victorious in 1:55.3 over a track labeled 'sloppy.' Bye Bye Felicia was the runner-up while Come Get The Cash earned the show spot to keep her sensational "on the board" streak alive. The victory for Clear Idea was number 21 in 83 career starts for the five year old Macintosh trainee and was the second on the day for Fluet who won the undercard to the feature guiding longshot Surreal Feeling (So Surreal) to an upset score in the $14,000 Winners Over for fillies and mares. Surreal Feeling paid $33.40 to win while hanging on in 1:56.1. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Royal Lady (Credit Winner) was the runner-up in back-to-back tries in the winners of two but not more than five race lifetime condition at Saratoga Casino Hotel to wrap up the month of September. Since the calendar turned to October, though, the story has been much different for the Melissa Beckwith-trained trotter as she has found the winning way. Royal Lady parlayed pocket trips to wins in successive starts in October leading up to Wednesday's try in a $10,700 co-feature for New York sired trotters. Driver Mark Beckwith didn't want another two-hole trip with Royal Lady and subsequently marched on to the lead in the early going with the race's 1-2 betting favorite. The sophomore filly had her way on the engine but was met with the challenge of Song Chapter (Billy Dobson) in the stretch. Song Chapter got the pocket trip behind the favorite before taking her shot in the stretch. Royal Lady held on to win a photo over Song Chapter in a mile clocked in 1:58.1. The victory was the third in a row and fourth on the season for Royal Lady. The other co-feature saw Sassy Massy (Muscle Mass) spring a mild upset. The Cheryl Whitcroft-trained trotter won in 1:58.4 just one week after setting a lifetime mark of 1:58.3 against similar competition. Sassy Massy was driven to victory by Mark Whitcroft. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon featuring a Pick Five guarantee of $5,000. The Pick Five begins in the matinee's first race and is a 50 cent minimum wager. First post time is set for 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Mister Muscle (Muscle Mass) has emerged as the new stable harness racing star at Saratoga Casino Hotel for leading driver Mark and conditioner Melissa Beckwith. On Sunday, the five year old won the Open Trot for the third time in his last four tries. Mister Muscle won his first career Open last month and followed that victory up with another in his following start. After a second-place finish last Sunday, it was back to the winner's circle for Mister Muscle this week after he cruised out to the early lead in the $18,000 Open and coasted through a first half in 57.4 before remaining untested in three quarters of 1:27.2. Longshot Cartier Volo (Frank Coppola Jr.) took her shot first-over on the leader past three quarters but the chase was futile. Pocket-sitter Wings Of Royalty, the race's 3-5 betting favorite, didn't prove to be a threat in the stretch to the eventual winner Mister Muscle who stopped the timer in 1:56.3 for his third victory in the Open in the last four tries. Cartier Volo finished second while Wings Of Royalty, last week's Open winner, had to settle for third. With the earnings from the feature score, Mister Muscle moved his career bankroll to over the $200,000 mark. The winner paid $4.50 to win and led an exacta that came back $25. The rising trotting star is owned by Patricia Schneeberger of Valatie, NY. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon with a first post set for 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Larry Stalbaum won the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel for the fifth time in the last seven Saturday nights when his Lord Willoughby A (Mach Three) went last to first in the $18,000 harness racing feature. Lord Willoughby A was assigned post six in the six-horse Open but benefited from an early speed duel on Saturday. With a pair of rivals going toe-to-toe in a fast first half of 55.2, Lord Willoughby A got underway past the half and moved third over heading to three-quarters. He wound up four-wide around the final turn but once he straightened up in the stretch, Lord Willoughby A had enough to come on and win in 1:53.1. The Tracy Tarantino trainee paid $8.30 in what was his second consecutive victory in the Open and his fifth win in the last six local starts. The favored Vasari N (Jimmy Devaux) made his debut in the local Open and was tested from the start of the race while on the engine before digging in to finish second. Betterlatethnnever (Mitch Cushing) closed to be third in the $18,000 feature. The exacta and triple came back $27.80 and $119, respectively. Lord Willoughby A's two Open wins come just a few weeks after Stalbaum and Tarantino's Crockets Cullen N scored victories in three of four tries in the Open Pace. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a first post time set for 12 Noon.   Mike Sardella

Bye Bye Felicia (Woodstock) sprung the mild upset in Thursday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Melissa Beckwith-trained distaffer was assigned post three and went off at odds of 9-2 in the six-horse Fillies and Mares Open. With fractions of 27 and 55.4 in lap one, the race's leader tired when confronted by a first-over Bye Bye Felicia. The five year old took over command past three quarters in 1:24 and was tasked with holding off the challenge of the favored Come Get The Cash (Jay Randall) who was closing in after getting a second-over journey. Bye Bye Felicia held strong in the stretch and prevailed in 1:52.4 to win the Open for the first time in 2019. Come Get The Cash has finished in the top three in every start since the middle of summer and wound up as the runner-up in the ladies' feature for the fourth consecutive week when she came up second-best to Bye Bye Felicia. Invader Shutthefrontdoor (Phil Fluet) came on to finish third. Bye Bye Felicia paid $11.20 to win in her mild upset and led an exacta and triple that returned $35 and $112, respectively, in the $18,000 Open for fillies and mares. Mark Beckwith piloted Bye Bye Felicia to her Thursday score. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Veteran pacer Dinner Guest (No Pan Intended) did something on Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel that is very rare in harness racing. Normally, parlaying a pocket trip to victory after drawing the rail in a low-level condition race wouldn't be anything of note but Dinner Guest is fourteen years old. An award winner in 2018 as top Claiming Pacer of the Year at the Spa, the Frank Multari-trained veteran earned his first victory of the season on Wednesday as he came on to prevail in 1:55.4 in a conditional pace that went for a purse of $4,815. Dinner Guest enjoyed a nine-win campaign last year but mustered up only a couple of second-place finishes as well as five thirds in a winless '19 season before shaking loose late on Wednesday to score in 1:55.4. Veteran driver Dan Cappello Jr. sat behind the fourteen year old who went over the $730,000 mark in lifetime earnings with the win. It is rare enough for any horse to still be racing at the age of fourteen, the maximum age for a standardbred to compete in a pari-mutuel event, but to still have enough in the tank to register a victory is certainly uncommon and impressive. The win was career number 76 for the classy veteran who is wrapping up a sensational dozen years of racing. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon with first post time set for 12 Noon. There is a $5,000 guaranteed Pick Five pool on Thursday as the Saratoga Harness Horseperson's Association has teamed up with Saratoga Casino Hotel to offer the guarantee. The Pick Five, which begins in race one, is a fifty cent minimum wager.   Mike Sardella

Lord Willoughby A (Mach Three) was raging with pace in the stretch in his debut in the local Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel last week. On Saturday night, the Tracy Tarantino trainee wasn't going to risk getting caught inside again and driver Larry Stalbaum moved first-over at the half with Lord Willoughby A in the $15,000 Open. Bet down to odds of 9-5, the public's top choice in the wagering was tasked with grinding local star Hudson Phil (Jay Randall) into submission after a half mile in 55.2. Lord Willoughby A's pressure proved too much for that rival as the race's favorite took over the lead past three quarters in 1:23.1. Century Endeavor (Gerry Mattison), the runner-up in two consecutive Opens heading into Saturday night, shook loose around the final turn to serve as the stretch threat for the favorite. The chase proved to be futile as Lord Willoughby A stopped the timer in 1:52.2 to record his first win in the local Open. Century Endeavor came up second-best once again while last week's Open winner Betterlatethnnever (Mitch Cushing) earned the show spot. Lord Willoughby A paid $5.60 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $21 and $88.50, respectively. The victory was the fourth in the last six installments of the Open Pace for Stalbaum and trainer Tracy Tarantino whose Crockets Cullen N has recorded a trio of Open wins in the last two months. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12 Noon. For full results and entries, click here. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Eclipse Me N (Real Desire) parlayed her perfect trip to a harness racing victory in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Trainer Rene Allard, whose YS Tallia (Western Ideal) won the $12,500 Winners Over for pacing mares earlier on the card, saw his Eclipse Me N surge in the passing lane to record her ninth win of the season. Steeven Genois piloted Eclipse Me N as they sat the pocket to the race's favorite Bontz N (Billy Dobson) who set sizzling fractions on the front-end on a chilly fall afternoon in Saratoga. Bontz N was confronted by a rival in the early going in the feature and went to the half in 55.1. Come Get The Cash (Jay Randall), who like Bontz N has become a force among local pacing mares in recent months, came from last and closed quickly around the final turn before taking the lead in the stretch. It looked as if Come Get The Cash was to be the winner before Eclipse Me N gathered momentum in the passing lane and emerged victorious in 1:54. The seven year old Eclipse Me N is enjoying a six-figure campaign for the second consecutive year and added another win to her bulky total in Thursday's feature. In the five-horse Open, Eclipse Me N paid $8.10 to win and led an exacta with Come Get The Cash second that returned $41.40. Bontz N had to settle for the show spot. Eclipse Me N, who now owns four local Open victories in 2019, gave back-to-back winners on the card to Allard and owner Yves Sarrazin of Quebec, Canada who co-owns the Open's winner with Donald Mac Rae and the Allard Racing Stable. Sarrazin is the sole owner of YS Tallia who went coast-to-coast in 1:54.2 in the undercard to the Thursday feature with leading driver Billy Dobson in the sulky. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening at the Spa with a first post time set for 6:45pm. For full results and entries click here. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

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