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Limelight Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) made his Saratoga harness racing debut a winning one on Saturday night in the $18,000 Open Pace. The Ron Burke trainee is enjoying another terrific year and brought his talents to the Spa for the first time to take part in the Saturday feature. Assigned the outside post, Limelight Beach blasted out to the early lead in a 26.3 opening quarter but driver Stephane Bouchard gave the five year old pacer a bit of a second quarter breather before he faced his first legitimate challenge in the stretch. Limelight Beach cruised away in the final strides to prevail in 1:51.3 on a chilly December night in the Spa City. Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) came on to finish second while JK Panache (Mark Beckwith) had to settle for third. Limelight Beach was the race's 6-5 favorite in the betting and led an exacta and triple that paid $32.20 and $84.50, respectively. Burke had a training triple on the Saturday card. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Truth And Liberty (Total Truth) scored a first over victory in the Friday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Bob Lounsbury-trained distaffer had been a factor in the local Fillies and Mares Open on several occasions this fall but has recently endured some breaking trouble. The four year old mare made her return to the Spa following a try at the Meadowlands last week and drew the rail in the evening's $9,400 feature for the ladies. Bruce Aldrich Jr piloted Truth And Liberty and rolled her first over approaching the half and the mare took it from there. Truth And Liberty stopped the timer in 1:54.1 in recording her tenth win of the season. Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr) was the runner up to the favored winner as she finished second for the fourth consecutive week while Bye Bye Michelle (Dan Cappello Jr) earned the show spot. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

The 2016 Holiday Trotting Series kicked off on Thursday at Saratoga Casino Hotel for harness racing trotters who had compiled seasonal earnings of $12,500 or less as of 10/31/16. There were two divisions of the series each going for a purse of $6,000. Golden Stroke (Yankee Glide) worked hard early and moved to the lead while aggressively piloted by Stephane Bouchard in the first division on Thursday. The Eve Bergeron-trained trotter held on late to win in 1:59.3 for his second victory of the year. Golden Stroke had finished second or third in four of his previous six starts before becoming the public's 6-5 favorite in leg one of the newly contested series at the Spa. Tony Ciuffetelli's Tagmaster (Tagliabue) was the fastest of the leg one trotters as the 12 year old circled the field to prevail going away in 1:59.1 in the second division. Ciuffetelli owns, trains and drives the veteran high-stepper who surged past his rivals after making a big three wide move en route to his fourth win of the year and third in his last four starts. Leg two of the Holiday Trotting Series will take place next week with the final being contested during closing week of the '16 racing season. The Holiday Pacing Series kicks off on Friday night. First post time on Friday is set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Cincinnati Miss (Kadabra) sprung the upset in the Sunday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. With no Open Trot this week, the $13,000 Winners Over was the harness racing feature on the thirteen race matinee card and it was a longshot bettor's delight. Cincinnati Miss, the race's lone mare, tipped off her cover and charged hard late to win a tight photo with fellow longshot Aventure (Tony Ciuffetelli) as well the favored Twisted Pretzel (Mark Beckwith) in a mile clocked in 1:55.4. It was the eighth victory of the season for the Brett Derue-trained Cincinnati Miss who continued a big weekend for the meet's leading driver Frank Coppola Jr. who is now just a few weeks away from securing his eleventh Saratoga driving title. Cincinnati Miss paid $26.00 to win in the upset and led an exacta with 31-1 shot Aventure that returned $250.50. The triple came back $659. Live racing resumes on Thursday with a first post time of 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

For the second consecutive night, driver Bruce Aldrich Jr and trainer Jose Godinez teamed up for the winner of the harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. After recording a win in Friday's feature for fillies and mares, the Aldrich-Godinez tandem prevailed with RU Ready To Rock (Rocknroll Hanover) in Saturday's $18,000 Open Pace. The eight year old pacer who had been the runner-up in each of his last two tries in the Saratoga Open started from post three in Saturday's installment of the feature and wound up picking up cover in a race that was primed for closers to thrive. With first half fractions of 26.4 and 55.3 setting the table for the closers, RU Ready To Rock tipped off his cover turning for home in what wound up being a blanket finish. All eight horses finished within two lengths of each other with the top four finishers only separated by a total of a neck. RU Ready To Rock pulled off the upset at odds of 11-1 and bested Macherati (Mark Beckwith) and Ronny Bugatti (Jim Devaux) who ran second and third. RU Ready To Rock stopped the timer in 1:52.3 while recording his first Open win of the season at the Spa. The exacta and triple in the wide open feature paid $123 and $711. RU Ready To Rock is owned by Anthony Nicometo and the Blindswitch Racing Stable of New York whose Dilly Dali scored in the $10,060 Friday feature for distaffers. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Dilly Dali (Dali) went coast to coast in the Friday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel on what was a big night for driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. Aldrich motivated class-dropping Dilly Dali to move out to the early lead in the $10,060 conditional/claimer for fillies and mares, a lead she would never relinquish. One week removed from a third place finish in the Open for distaffers, Dilly Dali recorded the wire to wire win in 1:54, holding off late bids from Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr) and fellow Open dropper Bye Bye Michelle (Dan Cappello Jr), who finished second and third, respectively, en route to her eighth score of 2016. The Jose Godinez-trained mare was a big favorite in the betting while backed to the tune of 2-5. She led an exacta and triple that returned a chalky $9.10 and $16.00 in what wound up being a six horse race after three scratches shrunk the field down significantly. The victory was one of three on the night for Aldrich which was second only to Frank Coppola Jr's five-win evening. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Bet You (Bettor's Delight) went back to back in the Saturday feature as the young harness racing pacer came from well off the pace to prevail in the $16,000 Open Pace at Saratoga on Saturday night. After winning his first local Open last week, the Heidi Rohr-trained Bet You got away fifth in the six horse feature and as the fractions were hot on the lead, the rejuvenated pacer sat patiently before making his move in the final quarter. Bet You emerged from a scramble in the stretch with a victory in 1:52.3. Border Control A (Jim Devaux) came from last to finish second while Lettucerockthem A (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. The four year old Bet You hadn't factored in his first three tries in the local Open but has now rattled off consecutive victories to bring his seasonal win total to ten. Bet You, who was driven to the score in the feature by Stephane Bouchard, paid $13.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $84 and $528, respectively. Bet You is owned by Tom Dillon of Anson, ME. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time of 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

So Nice (Ponder) continued to bolster her credentials for Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night as the Amber Buter-trained distaffer prevailed in the harness racing feature. So Nice was the 1-5 betting favorite in the five horse Fillies and Mares Open and moved out to the early lead in a sizzling 26.4 opening quarter. Driver Mark Beckwith gave So Nice a bit of a breather in the middle half but around the final turn, pocket sitter Milky Way Rae (Billy Dobson) powered out of the two hole. The race's longshot at 15-1, Milky Way Rae actually poked a nose in front midway through the stretch but the gutsy veteran So Nice rallied back just before the wire and emerged with a victory by the slimmest of margins. So Nice paced in 1:52.4 to record her tenth win of the year to go with eight second place finishes in what has been a sensational 2016 season for the six year old mare. Milky Way Rae had to settle for second in her debut in the Open while Dilly Dali (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. So Nice has certainly emerged as the favorite for Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year while in the midst of what has been an extremely consistent campaign for the Buter trainee. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Armor Hanover (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) coasted to an impressive harness racing win Sunday in Saratoga's open trot in 1:54.1. The seven year old gelding is trained by Douglas Berkely. Racing resumes on Thursday with a post time of 4pm.   Mike Sardella

Bet You (Bettor's Delight) worked hard early and it paid off late in the Saturday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Heidi Rohr-trained pacer has been a winning machine this season out of town but recorded his first local victory of the year in the $18,000 Open Pace. Stephane Bouchard urged Bet You at the start and powered the four year old out to the early lead, working hard to get to the top in 27.1. The veteran reinsman gave Bet You a very effective second quarter breather and after reaching the half in 57 seconds fended off several challengers before hanging on to win by the slimmest of margins in 1:54. Sassy Hanover (Billy Dobson) sat the pocket to Bet You and closed quickly in the passing lane to be within a nose at the wire. Longshot Ideal Magic (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Bet You was one of three co-favorites at odds of 2-1 in the seven horse Open and started an exacta and triple that paid $29.60 and $126.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee that begins at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Bye Bye Michelle (Stonebridge Regal) prevailed in the $10,600 feature for harness racing filly and mare pacers at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night. Dan Cappello Jr. piloted the Andy Sardella-trained mare who drew the rail in the optional $20,000 claimer for distaffers and powered the six year old out to the early lead. Despite setting fast fractions throughout, Bye Bye Michelle scooted away from her rivals late in the mile before stopping the timer in 1:53.3 on a chilly night in the Spa City. The three mares other than the winner that showed Open lines on the program finished second, third and fourth as Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr), Bazooka Terror (Billy Dobson) and Dilly Dali (Bruce Aldrich Jr) finished behind Bye Bye Michelle who recorded her eighth win of the season. Sardella went two-for-two on the night as his Ella V Horse (Royal Mattjesty) went coast to coast in 1:54.4 with Jimmy Devaux in the sulky in the optional $10,000 claimer for fillies and mares on Friday night. Both Bye Bye Michelle and Ella V Horse are owned by Mike and Bill Pozefsky and Myron Ekstein. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 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

Cash Poor (Cash Hall) wasn't going to settle for second on Sunday afternoon after being the harness racing runner up in back to back tries in the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Harry Reddick Jr-trained Cash Poor worked hard to get the early lead in the $16,000 Sunday feature as driver Jimmy Devaux guided him to the front in a first quarter of 27.4 on a chilly afternoon in the Spa City. The 8-1 longshot didn't get too much of a breather before being tested by a first over rival but held strong throughout before hanging on to score in 1:56, a seasonal best win time for the eight year old trotter. Zooming (Mark Beckwith) closed for second while longshot Flyhawk Thriller (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Cash Poor paid $18.40 to win while recording his eighth victory in 2016. The exacta and triple returned $42.80 and $165.50, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a 4:00pm first post. Mike Sardella

Royal Heart (Royal Art) gave his harness racing connections an Open win for the second consecutive night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The five year old pacer scored on the front end in Saturday's $18,000 Open Pace with Bruce Aldrich Jr driving for trainer Jose Godinez. Royal Heart was taking a big step up in company off a win last week as he was aggressively moved to the early lead in fast first half fractions of 26.4 and 55.3. Royal Heart looked none the worse for the wear in the stretch and had enough left to draw away from his rivals to record his second consecutive win and seventh on the season. The race's 8-5 betting favorite stopped the timer in 1:51.4 in the feature, matching the seasonal mark he set at Monticello earlier in the year. Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) sat the pocket to the winner and wound up as the runner up on Saturday night while Yonkers invader Border Control A (Jim Devaux) came on to finish third. Royal Heart's connections won the Friday feature at the Spa with Glenferrie Bronte N who scored her first victory in the local Fillies and Mares Open. Both Open winners are owned by the Blindswitch Racing Stable of Cortlandt Manor, NY and the Dolne Farm Services of Indianapolis, IN. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a 12:15pm start to the matinee. Mike Sardella

Glenferrie Bronte N (Changeover) prevailed in just her second harness racing start in the Fillies and Mares Open on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez-trained mare was a non-factor in her local debut a few weeks ago but was aggressive in Friday's feature as reinsman Bruce Aldrich Jr. moved her out to the early lead. Last week's Open winner So Nice (Mark Beckwith) was relegated to a first over journey in the $16,000 feature and squared off for the better part of a half mile with the front-running invader. It was Glenferrie Bronte N who drew clear turning for home before prevailing in 1:53.1. So Nice continued her impressive "on the board" streak as she was the runner-up while Bazooka Terror (Billy Dobson) came on to finish third. Glenferrie Bronte N returned $8.70 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $19 and $81, respectively. The win time of 1:53.1 served as a new lifetime mark for the five year old New Zealand-bred distaffer who moved her career earnings to over the $100,000 mark with the win. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Wishiwasagigolo (Ameripan Gigolo) completed a double for his connections on Thursday evening at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the harness racing three year old pacer dominated his competition en route to a career best win in 1:55.1. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted Wishiwasagigolo to a wire-to-wire score in Thursday's $6,400 non-winners of two race lifetime pace for colts and geldings for trainer Joe DeCarlo and owner Bill Sartin. Following a third place finish in the second leg of the recently contested Gary Kamal Memorial Pacing Series, Wishiwasagigolo was the odds-on favorite on Thursday as he cruised to a 7+ length victory. Earlier on the card, the Aldrich-DeCarlo-Sartin trio teamed up for a victory with conditional pacer Waterside Light (Lis Mara) who overcame post position eight to record his first win since coming to the Spa in just his third local start. Unlike his favored stablemate, Waterside Light returned a hearty win price as he paid $15.40 to win. Live racing continues on Friday at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

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