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For the second consecutive week, Birch Island Betty (Big Jim) swooped the group to win the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Eve Bergeron trainee recorded her first ever harness racing victory in the feature for distaffers last week when she tipped three-wide before charging home to score in 1:53.1. On Tuesday, the five year old was assigned the outside post in the $8,500 Open and driver Mitch Cushing settled in last in the seven-horse feature. The early speed was sizzling as the favorite in the race went to the quarter in a demanding 26.2 before reaching the half in 55.2 At that point, the backfield was in motion as last week's Open runner-up Come Get The Cash (John Macdonald) and Birch Island Betty joined the outer flow and began to thrive after three quarters went in 1:24.2. Come Get The Cash struck the lead in the stretch but Birch Island Betty just kept surging before coming on to prevail in the photo for win in a mile clocked in 1:54.1.   Birch Island Betty, who is owned by Dany Grenier of Quebec, Canada, recorded her fifth victory in fifteen seasonal tries, paying $11.80 to win. Come Get The Cash was the runner-up for the second consecutive week in the Open and completed an exacta that returned $58.50. Bontz N (Billy Dobson) rounded out the exact same triple as in last week's feature. The triple returned a solid $163. Come Get The Cash came up just short of what would have resulted in a grand slam for her connections as trainer Brandy Wine and driver John Macdonald teamed up for three wins on the Tuesday card. Live racing resumes next Monday (Sept 28) at Saratoga with a first post time set for Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

In what has been another incredible harness racing season in the sulky for him at Saratoga Casino Hotel, driver Billy Dobson had a monster Monday afternoon at the Spa. Well on his way to driving title number nine, Dobson piloted seven winners on the matinee card. The Monica Krist stable had a double as Dobson sat behind a pair of Krist trainees, who are owned by his father Rick, who secured Monday scores. The Open Trot went the way of Gruden (Muscles Yankee). The seven year old high-stepper sat out all of 2019 and is currently in the midst of a strong comeback. After a win last week, it was up into the $8,500 Open Trot for Gruden who got a pocket ride behind the favored Waiting On A Woman (Brett Crawford). That Kyle Spagnola-trained veteran finished first or second in three consecutive installments of the local Open, a race that hasn't been carded in close to two months at the Spa. While Waiting On A Woman cruised through comfortable fractions on Monday, Gruden rode the coattails of the favorite before taking his shot in the passing lane in the stretch. Gruden got up in the final strides to win it by a half length in 1:57.1.   Waiting On A Woman finished second while JNR Express (John Stark Jr) overcame an early break to finish third in the feature. Gruden paid $18.60 to win in the five-horse Open and led an exacta with the favorite second that returned $66. The victory was surprisingly the first for Dobson in the Open Trot this year. The top reinsman has dominated action once again this season but now has just four Open wins to his credit out of the 37 contested on the campaign. Dobson rattled off win after win on a day with a fall feel at the Spa ending up the card with a season-high seven victories! Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon with first post time set for 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for The Spa

Harness racing trainer-driver John Stark Jr. went on a bit of a tear at Saratoga Casino Hotel previous to the short hiatus the track took during the week of Labor Day. The veteran horseman had a strong two weeks at the Spa before his C And T's Credit (Credit Winner) won the $50,000 Excelsior Final contested at Tioga Downs last Friday (Sept 11). On Monday afternoon at the Spa, Stark recorded another training double as his trotter-led stable saw one horse go over the $100,000 mark in career earnings and another break his maiden. JNR Express (Conway Hall) set a lifetime mark on September 2nd when he and John Stark Jr. went coast-to-coast for their third victory together on the season. On Monday, the four year old stepped up in class off his career-best 1:56.1 victory and again made his way to the winner's circle. Stark asked the 3-5 betting favorite for early speed and JNR Express captured a pretty easy lead. He was hounded by rival Mugshots Bro (Jay Randall) throughout almost the entire second half of the mile before drawing clear to win in 1:58.3.   Navarone Hanover (Jimmy Devaux) sat the pocket to the winner on Monday and wound up as the runner-up while Mugshots Bro earned the show spot. With the earnings from his victory in the $4,800 conditioned race, JNR Express boosted his lifetime bankroll to over the $100,000 mark for owners James DeArmond and Russell Young of New York. Earlier in the day, Stark guided his Magnetar (Muscle Hill) to an upset score as the five year old late-blooming trotter broke his maiden in 1:59 at odds of 9-1. Magnetar is owned by the Irony Alliance LLC of Gansevoort, NY. Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee that kicks off at 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Wednesday evening’s harness racing program featured the final installment of the New York Sire Stakes for the summer at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Three year old pacing fillies took center stage with races of $74,500 and $75,900 highlighting the card on an evening in which the track record for sophomore fillies got matched. Hen Party (Roll With Joe-My Lady Day-Western Ideal) has simply been sensational this summer. The Tony Alagna trainee came into her $75,900 race on Wednesday off a victory in the Empire Breeders Final at Tioga Downs that came in a career-best 1:49.2. Andrew Mccarthy, who has been the regular driver behind Hen Party this season, guided the superstar out to the lead in a 27.2 first quarter in her return to NYSS action. Cruising through a first half in 56.1, the 1-5 favorite was met with just a mild challenge through three quarters that went in 1:24.3. Hen Party still appeared strong at the top of the stretch as she braced for pocket-sitting So Rude (Joe Bongiorno) who beat her the last time they squared off in Sire Stakes competition at Yonkers Raceway in early August. This time, Hen Party would not be denied and stopped the timer in 1:52 to match the all-time track record for three year old pacing fillies. The mark was set in 2006 by the award-winning Darlin’s Delight who had Yannick Gingras piloting. With the victory, Hen Party moved her seasonal earnings to over a quarter million dollars and has now piled up almost $430,000 in her 26 lifetime starts. The stakes star is owned by Crawford Farms Racing of Syracuse, NY. So Rude was the runner-up on Wednesday while Dragon Roll (Dexter Dunn) earned the show spot.   The $74,500 division of the NYSS for three year old fillies also went to a sophomore who has been a winning machine in her young career. The Dave Dewhurst-trained Racine Bell (So Surreal-Ty’s Artist-Real Artist) came into Wednesday’s stakes event on a three-race win streak. Following two Sire Stakes victories, Racine Bell scored in a conditioned race last week at Saratoga in what served as a prep for Wednesday’s try. Jason Bartlett piloted Racine Bell to a wire-to-wire victory on Wednesday to complete a four-bagger for the standout sophomore as she never had an anxious moment en route to victory in 1:52.4 as the 2-5 favorite. Last year’s two year old stakes champion The Fun Marshall (Mitch Cushing) sat the pocket to the favorite and was the runner-up while Cash Roll (Andrew Mccarthy) finished third. Racine Bell now has five wins in eight starts in 2020 and has earned more than $260,000 in her young career. Live racing goes on a brief hiatus at Saratoga Casino Hotel and is set to resume on Monday afternoon, September 14th. Racing is scheduled for Mondays and Tuesdays for the remainder of September with first post times set for 12 Noon.   Mike Sardella

Harness racing three year old pacing colts and geldings were featured on Tuesday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel as part of the New York Sire Stakes. Splash Brother (So Surreal-Sugarcoated- The Panderosa) just missed the track record for three year old geldings when the Ray Schnittker-trained superstar paced to a 1:51 victory in his $74,500 division of the Sire Stakes. Tyler Buter sat behind Splash Brother who finished fourth in the stakes final last year as a two year old despite going winless on the campaign. The sophomore season has brought the victories for Splash Brother who scored for the fifth time in eight seasonal tries on Tuesday. Buter aggressively moved the speedy soph to the lead going to the opening quarter, bypassing fellow even-money shot Major Betts (Jordan Stratton) before powering through the first half in a demanding 55 seconds. Save Me A Dance and Jason Bartlett powered up first-over heading to three-quarters but was dismissed by a game Splash Brother who dug in turning for home. The even money shot was approached briefly by the co-favored Major Betts in the stretch before turning that one away and stopping the timer in an impressive 1:51. The track record for three year old geldings belongs to Funknwaffles who paced just a tick faster than Splash Brother did on Tuesday when he scored in 1:50.4 in a NYSS race in 2017 with Corey Callahan at the controls.   Major Betts wound up as the runner-up on Tuesday while Save Me A Dance earned the show spot to Splash Brother who is owned by Schnittker, Arnold, Flannery and Nolamaura Rcg, all of New York. The $75,900 division on Tuesday went the way of Uhtred (Art Major-Seaside Roxy-Mach Three) who had Scott Zeron piloting for trainer Carmen Auciello. Uhtred went off at odds of 6-1 and got a perfect trip from Zeron before pouncing in the stretch. Longshot Genius Man and reinsman Marcus Miller cut the mile and rebuffed the favored Groovy Joe (Matt Kakaley) around the final turn while Uhtred gobbled up ground on the pylon path. The Auciello trainee surged late and got up to win by a nose in 1:51.4. Genius Man, dismissed at odds of 10-1, was a game second while the favored Groovy Joe had to settle for third.   Uhtred paid $14.80 to win in what was his third victory in five career starts. The exacta and triple came back $87 and $193, respectively. Uhtred is owned by Earl Hill Jr. and Stephen Klunowski of Ontario, Canada. Live racing continues on Wednesday evening with NYSS action featured once again as three year old pacing fillies come to town. First post time is set for 7:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

With no Open Pace on the card Monday afternoon, a $5,750 conditional race served as the harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The race had the look of an Open as seven of its eight participants showed Open lines on the program with most having competed in the feature in one of the last few weeks. Andy Sardella's Gokudo Hanover (Cam's Card Shark) went off as the even money favorite in the highly competitive race and despite getting the perfect trip had his hooves full with former Saratoga champion Panocchio (Brian Cross). Panocchio wanted the early lead at all costs and wound up parking out a rival in a first half that saw fractions of 27 and 55 seconds. After dispatching that challenge, it appeared the leader may be tiring around the final turn when Gokudo Hanover pocket-pulled. Panocchio, the Pacer of the Year at Saratoga in 2014 and 2015, dug down for some of that back-class turning for home and held strong in the stretch before being edged out in the final strides by Gokudo Hanover who got up to win in 1:53.1. Gokudo Hanover, who was piloted to victory by leading driver Billy Dobson, prevailed for the fifth time in twelve starts in the '20 campaign. Panocchio was a game and gutsy second while Shady City (Larry Stalbaum) earned the show spot. Gokudo Hanover moved his career bankroll to over the $600,000 mark for current owners Mike and Bill Pozefsky of NY and Myron Ekstein of Nevada. Gokudo Hanover That ownership team recorded their second win of the day when their Imsporty sprung the mild upset beating his race's 1-5 favorite en route to a 1:53.2 score with Jimmy Devaux piloting the Sardella trainee. The win was one of four on the card for Devaux. Owners Pozefsky and Ekstein scored a hat trick in the afternoon's finale when their Golden Kronos prevailed with John Macdonald in the sulky. Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon when New York Sire Stakes take center stage with three year old pacing colt and geldings featured. First post time is set for 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

With the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace being canceled this season, the richest race of 2020 at Saratoga Casino Hotel was Wednesday evening’s $156,500 New York Sire Stakes event for harness racing three year old trotting fillies. Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven- Celebrity Lovin- Andover Hall) was the public’s 1-5 betting favorite while in the midst of another monster campaign. Andy Miller pilots the sophomore filly for trainer Julie Miller and owners Daniel Plouffe, Pinske Stables and Kentuckiana Racing Stable and moved the super soph out to the early lead on Wednesday. Untested in lap one, Love A Good Story reached the half in a comfortable 58.4 before picking up the pace a bit and checking in at three quarters in 1:27.1. The favorite had little difficulty putting the finishing touches on a measured length and a quarter victory that came in 1:55.4. Without A Warning (Jason Bartlett) charged home to be the runner-up in the featured race while No Mas Drama (Joe Bongiorno) held on to finish third. For Love A Good Story, it was win number five in seven starts in 2020 and the twelfth win in seventeen career starts for the filly who now has over a half million dollars in earnings following Wednesday’s score. While Miller sat behind the winner of the biggest race on the card, Jason Bartlett was the sulky star of the evening as the standout reinsman piloted six winners on Wednesday to continue what has been a big summer at the Spa for the 39 year old driver who has often come to town to drive on Sire Stakes evenings.   Live racing resumes on Monday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12 Noon.      Mike Sardella

Hudson Phil (Shanghai Phil) made his return to the Saratoga Casino Hotel harness racing winner's circle on Tuesday afternoon, an area is has been very familiar with over the course of the last few years. The Jackie Greene-trained five year old rattled off eight Open Pace victories in 2019, the second most of any horse at the Spa last season. Recently, Hudson Phil has spent much of his time competing out of town but the standout pacer raced in Tuesday's $8,500 at Saratoga and went off at odds of 5-2. Fresh off a stint at Yonkers and the Meadowlands, Hudson Phil flashed early speed on Tuesday with driver Shawn Gray finding an early spot with him in a first quarter that went in 26.2. Hudson Phil wasn't on the inside very long as he moved first-over on the leader after a 55.4 half. Working hard on the outside in a 28 second third quarter, Hudson Phil took the lead turning for home and narrowly held off the stretch threat from Funknwaffles (Billy Dobson) who came up just inches shy at the wire. Superstar pacer Crockets Cullen N (Larry Stalbaum) followed the cover of Hudson Phil before finishing third in the mile clocked in 1:53.2. The win was third of the season for Hudson Phil and just the second in the local Open Pace. He paid $7.70 to win and led an exacta with Funknwaffles second that returned $23.20. The triple with Crockets Cullen N third paid $49.80. Hudson Phil is owned by the Kellogg Racing Stables of Queensbury, NY. Live racing continues on Wednesday evening at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:15pm. New York Sire Stakes action is featured with three year old trotting fillies taking center stage highlighted by a $156,600 race for the ladies.   Mike Sardella

There is a new track record for harness racing two year old pacing fillies at Saratoga Casino Hotel after Linda Toscano's Heart Of Mine (Roll With Joe-Acquavella-Western Ideal) paced to a 1:53.2 victory in her $70,300 division of the New York Sire Stakes on Monday afternoon. In a race with two fillies that were sub 2-1 odds in the wagering sitting one-two throughout three quarters of the mile, Heart Of Mine powered up and past those rivals around the final turn before pacing away to score impressively and break her maiden. Heart Of Mine was a distant second in her previous start to stalwart Test Of Faith but sprung the mild upset on Monday after her one big brush was plenty to best her rivals. Jim Marohn Jr. piloted the now record-setting freshman filly, who is owned by Fred Wallace, Bay's Stb, Radio Rcg Stb and Camelot Stb., to her first career win in on an afternoon that was dominated by the 38 year old reinsman. Heart Of Mine Marohn also sat behind the winner of the other $70,300 Sire Stakes event as Test Of Faith (Art Major-Cannae Cammie-Cam's Card Shark) went coast-to-coast as her race's heavy favorite en route to her fourth win in five career stakes tries. Brett Pelling trains Test Of Faith who scored decisively on Monday, drawing away to prevail in 1:53.4 and give Marohn a sweep of the co-featured Sire Stakes races and three winners on the card. Test Of Faith, who was backed to odds of 1-9, moved her career earnings to over the $145,000 mark in just five starts for owners Melvin Segal, Eddie Gran and Kentuckiana Racing Stable. Test Of Faith The previous track record for two year old pacing fillies belonged to So Awesome who scored a stakes victory in 1:53.3 in 2018 with Tim Tetrick in the bike. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Tuesday afternoon starting at 12 Noon and then takes place on Wednesday evening when NY Sire Stakes action is once again featured. First post on Wednesday is set for 7:15pm. Mike Sardella

Come Get The Cash (Western Terror) has enjoyed plenty of success in her limited time competing at Saratoga Casino Hotel over the last few seasons. As a four year old in 2019, Come Get The Cash hit the board in twelve consecutive starts after making her local debut last summer. Trained at the time by John Macdonald, Come Get The Cash prevailed in her first try in the local Open in '19 and was the runner-up in the feature in four consecutive starts at one point. Upon her return from a lengthy layoff this season, the five year old mare rattled off three consecutive victories while competing at Vernon Downs and Pocono Downs before coming back to the Spa for the first time in 2020 to race in the $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open. Leading driver Billy Dobson picked up the catch-drive behind the now Brandy Wine-trained distaffer on Tuesday and the gutsy grinder toughed out a first-over victory in 1:55.3. Longshot Surreal Feeling (Jimmy Devaux) got the pocket trip in the feature behind Bontz N (Shawn Gray), the winningest of the ladies in the Fillies and Mares Open this season at the Spa, before coming on to finish second.   Come Get The Cash paid $12.80 to win in the mild upset and led an exacta with longshot Surreal Feeling second that returned $130.50. Bontz N earned the show spot to complete a $467.50 triple. Come Get The Cash has now won four straight for her owner-trainer Brandy Wine of Vernon, NY. After enjoying a four-win Monday afternoon, Billy Dobson piloted four more winners (along with three second-place finishers) on the Tuesday program. With no Wednesday evening card this week, live racing will resume next Monday afternoon with a first post time set for 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Deetzy (Jereme's Jet) dropped and popped on Monday afternoon to give the meet's leading driver at Saratoga Casino Hotel one of his four winners on the card. Harness racing driver Billy Dobson has been the dominant driving force at the Spa for over a decade and on Monday, the 36 year old scored a grand slam. With a couple of Saratoga's regulars off their drives for the matinee, Dobson picked up some extras assignments. One of the drives he picked up was behind Deetzy for trainer Jimmy Nickerson. Deetzy has been a participant of the Open Pace for the last few seasons and dropped from that level on Monday into a $5,750 conditional race. The eight year old veteran got a pocket trip behind a fellow class-dropper and shook loose around the final turn as dueling leaders slugged it out. Deetzy powered past his rivals in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:54.3 to record his second victory of the season.   The win was one of four on the day for Dobson who scored mild upsets behind trotters Amazing Sevens for trainer Margaret Spagnola, who had three winners on the card, and Storming Mist, who prevailed in his first career Spa start. The meet's leading reinsman also guided young trotter Standing Man to a Monday score to keep the three year old Andy Sardella trainee undefeated in his young career. Live racing takes place on Tuesday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12 Noon first post. There will be no Wednesday evening racing this week. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for two year old pacing fillies were featured on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel and each harness racing division contained 1-9 betting favorites. The first saw a superstar freshman filly continue her terrific summer while the other saw the big favorite falter due to an early miscue. The win streak lengthened for Test Of Faith (Art Major-Cannae Cammie-Cam's Card Shark) who easily cruised to victory with Jim Marohn Jr. piloting for trainer Brett Pelling. Test Of Faith, who owned two wins and second-place finish coming into her $70,300 race on Wednesday, coasted to a 1:54.2 score to continue the brilliant start to her career moving her earnings to over $100,000 already in just four lifetime starts. Heart Of Mine (Scott Zeron) came on to be second while Spicy Covina (Tyler Buter) earned the show spot. 1-9 shot Albergita Hanover made an early break in the $69,000 division of the NYSS for freshman fillies which opened things up for Rightfully Mine (American Ideal-Leah-Jet Laag). The Monique Cohen-trained Rightfully Mine was the runner-up to Albergita Hanover in each of their last two tries but with the favorite breaking early on Wednesday, it was Rightfully Mine's race to lose. Jason Bartlett sat behind the talented filly as she made every pole a winning one en route to victory in 1:55.3 to break her maiden in resounding fashion. Think Of Galaxies (Mark Macdonald) closed sharply to be second while longshot Party Queen (Matt Kakaley) finished third. Rightfully Mine wound up paying in $15.40 to win in the mild upset with the big favorite out of it. Bartlett piloted three winners on the card as his successes at the Spa continue. Live racing resumes on Monday afternoon starting at 12 Noon. Mike Sardella

There were two $70,300 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for two year old colt and gelding harness racing trotters contested on Monday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Driver Jason Bartlett has thrived in his limited starts at Saratoga this season and Monday was no different as the talented reinsman piloted three winners on the card. Bartlett sat behind the Dan Daley-trained Ahundreddollarbill (Chapter Seven-Swinging Royalty-RC Royalty) for the first time and as the freshman moved first-over, the race's favorite went off stride. Ahundreddollarbill powered away from the rest of the field to win in 1:57.4 to break his maiden and spring the upset at odds of 12-1.   Ahundreddollarbill was the fastest Sire Stakes trotter of the day as the other division was won by Ake Svanstendt's Ambassador Hanover (Chapter Seven-Angel Eyes Hanover-Cantab Hall) in 1:59.1. Ambassador Hanover moved his career record to three-for-three when he went coast-to-coast as the 4-5 betting favorite in his division on Monday. Bartlett, who had the Monday hat trick, finished second to Ambassador Hanover with Steel (Chapter Seven) for trainer Julie Miller while Sevenshadesofgrey (Corey Callahan) earned the show spot. New York Sire Stakes action returns to Saratoga on Wednesday evening when two year old filly pacers come to town.   Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon at the Spa with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

There were two divisions of New York Sire Stakes action for three year old harness racing colt and gelding trotters contested on Wednesday evening at Saratoga Casino Hotel and two horses who have been winning machines in Stakes action continued their winning ways.  The fastest of the $74,500 divisions of the NYSS went the way of the Jim Campbell-trained Hobbs (Credit Winner-Crulla De Ville-Yankee Glide) who scored his fourth consecutive victory with Jason Bartlett in the sulky. Hobbs powered out to the early lead on Wednesday and never looked back, stopping the timer in 1:56 to continue what has already been a monster sophomore campaign for the talented gelding.   His race's 4-5 betting favorite, Hobbs was tested briefly in the stretch by rival Barn Holden (Mark Macdonald) who finished second to keep his streak alive of hitting the board in all seven starts on the campaign. Take The Credit (Trond Smedshammer) finished third. Hobbs is owned by Runthetable Stables of Montvale, NJ. The other division went to Trond Smedshammer's Chaptiama (Chapter Seven-Crediama-Credit Winner) who continued his winning ways with a decisive wire-to-wire score as the 2-5 betting favorite in his division. Smedshammer got a comfortable first half for Chaptiama who went untested in a first lap in 59.1 before the super sophomore trotted his back half in 57 seconds en route to a 1:56.1 score. It was the third victory in a row and third on the season for Chaptiama who earned over $182,000 as a freshman in '19 and is poised to match or surpass that number in what has been a terrific start to his 2020 campaign.   Chaptiama, who is owned by Purple Haze Stables of Fairport, NY, bested runner-up Ballcapsnbluejeans (Mark Macdonald) who had to settle for second and Beerthirty K (Tyler Buter) who came up third best. Live racing resumes on Monday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee featuring more NY Sire Stakes action as two year old colt and gelding trotters come to town. First post time is set for 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Harness racing driver Phil Fluet continued his strong stretch on Tuesday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Fluet drove a pair of his trainees to victories on Monday's matinee at the Spa when he guided trotters Eternal Prince and Mystical Somolli to wins. On Tuesday, the 41 year old piled up three scores in the sulky including in the $4,800 conditional race with class-dropper No Ordinary Man (Betterthancheddar). The Meg Reynolds trainee had spent most of his post-shutdown time in the Open Pace, a level in which he was maybe a bit overmatched. After drawing post eight off the drop last week, No Ordinary Man got more class relief on Tuesday and subsequently was the public's 1-2 betting favorite. Although he had to work hard to get to the lead in a race that was hotly contested at the start, the four year old gelding proved up to the task, fending off rival Itsonlyrocknroll A (Larry Stalbaum) who despite being parked from the get-go fought gamely alongside No Ordinary Man throughout the mile. No Ordinary Man stopped the timer in 1:56 over a track that was sloppy on a rainy day in Saratoga Springs.   The victory was the fifth of the year for the young pacer who is owned by Daniel Gagliardi and Stuart Feintuck of Staten Island, NY but the first since the return from the quarantine shutdown. Fluet catch-drove 17-1 longshot Amazing Amanda to victory for trainer Linda Flynn on Tuesday as well as he recorded driving doubles in back-to-back days to begin his week. Live racing continues on Wednesday evening at Saratoga starting at 7:15pm. New York Sire Stakes take center stage as three year old trotting colts are featured in the first half of the race card. There is a Pick Five carryover of $3,959 on Wednesday with the Pick Five beginning in the evening's first race. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

A Spa staple made his return to the harness racing winner's circle on Monday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Panocchio was the Horse of the Year at the track in 2014 and was named Pacer of the Year in both '14 and '15 as the Jimmy Mattison trainee was a dominant force for several seasons. Now at the age of ten, Panocchio (No Pan Intended) is still a talent and fairly regular participant in Opens both here at Saratoga and at Pompano Park in Florida where he spends much of his year. On Monday afternoon, Panocchio drew the rail while taking a drop in company off a third-place finish in last week's Open Pace. The veteran utilized his inside post to power out to the lead though the fractions were fast considering he was untested in the early going in the $5,750 conditional race. Despite posting first half fractions of 27.1 and 56 seconds, Panocchio was up to the task on Monday and drew away from his rivals late in the mile before stopping the timer in 1:52.4 for his third win of the season and his first since returning to the Spa.   Saratoga has been a place of consistency and at times dominance for the superstar pacer who has amassed over $640,000 in career earnings behind 71 lifetime victories. Gerry Mattison, the regular reinsman for Panocchio when he competes at the Spa, sat behind him on Monday for the wire-to-wire score. The afternoon's feature once again went the way of Crockets Cullen N (Christian Cullen) who went coast-to-coast for owner/trainer/driver Larry Stalbaum. The defending Pacer of the Year has been the fixture in the local Open Pace and its dominant force for close to a year now. After scoring ten consecutive Open wins at one point from 2019 into the start of 2020, Crockets Cullen N has now prevailed in four of the last five installments of the Open Pace as he sparkled in a 1:51.4, a clocking which serves as the fastest of the season at the Spa. The 3-5 favorite of the bettors on Monday, Crockets Cullen N survived first lap fractions of 26.1 and 54.4 to have something left in the stretch and make yet another trip to the winner's circle for Stalbaum who has been on a tear of late. Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

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