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Bit Of A Legend N (Bettor's Delight) was the runner-up in the 2016 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace contested at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Peter Tritton-trained standout wound up second best to former harness racing Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. On Saturday night, Bit Of A Legend N was dismissed at odds of 15-1 as he took part in his second consecutive $260,000 Gerrity Pace. Driver Jordan Stratton sat patiently with the talented eight year old as a grueling pace was being set. There wasn't a dull moment throughout as top rivals were slugging it out from the word "go." The opening quarter went in 26.4 before the first half was clocked in 54.3. The field bunched up after three quarters in 1:21.2 and longshot Bit Of A Legend N powered up three wide around the final turn. From fifth at the head of the stretch to first at the wire, Bit Of A Legend stopped the timer in 1:50.3 exacting his revenge from last year's defeat in the Gerrity with an impressive win in the ninth annual installment of the race in honor of the former Chairman of the Board at Saratoga who passed away in 2005. 36-1 shot Mach It So (Dave Miller) came on for second while Boston Red Rocks (Brett Miller) earned the show spot. Bit Of A Legend N returned $32.10 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $1,037 and $5,295, respectively. Bit Of A Legend N The fourteen race program featured a track record performance by Funknwaffles (American Ideal) in the NY Sire Stakes as he became the fastest three year old pacer in track history by prevailing in 1:50.4. Funknwaffles Also, the fastest trotting time and pacing time of the year were set on Saturday as Gural Hanover (Matt Kakaley) trotted to victory in 1:54 and Luck Be Withyou (Brett Miller) scored in 1:49.2, the third fastest time in track history on what was a sensational night of racing at Saratoga. Luck Be Withyou Heaven's Gait - New York Sire Stakes Live racing continues on Tuesday evening featuring NY Sire Stakes action with first post time set for 7:05pm. 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

The sensational harness racing filly Barn Bella (Conway Hall) was at it again on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Steven Pratt-trained filly was the 3-5 betting favorite in the $91,550 New York Sire Stake for three year old trotters. Regular reinsman Jeff Gregory sat behind her as she looked to go move her record to eight for nine in 2017. Gregory was patient with the odds-on favorite sitting fourth while major danger Celebrity Ruth (Jason Bartlett) carved out the fractions. Barn Bella powered up first over but never got too close to Celebrity Ruth until mid-stretch. At that point, the superstar filly surged past the leader to take over and win in 1:55. Celebrity Ruth had to settle for second while Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci) earned the show spot in the featured trot for sophomore fillies. Barn Bella has now scored 14 victories in her 18 career starts en route to almost $430,000 in earnings. Southwind Tesla (Chapter Seven) recorded her first NY Sire Stakes win on Thursday as Jordan Stratton piloted the Rene Dion-trained filly to a wire-to-wire score in 1:55.2. The earnings from the win in Thursday's $89,950 race more than doubled the career bankroll for the Ontario-based trotting filly. Live racing continues on Friday night with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Smalltownthrowdown (Cash Hall) was the champion of the three year old colt and gelding division of the New York Sire Stakes for trotters in 2016. Following his championship campaign, Smalltownthrowdown changed connections and moved to the stable of trainer Rene Allard. The talented highstepper made his debut for Allard in Sunday afternoon's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. After using two winning qualifiers as preps, Smalltownthrowdown had post three in the $14,000 Open Trot on Sunday and moved out to the early lead with Billy Dobson in the sulky. The favored Cash Me Out (Mark Beckwith) was relegated to the pocket and tracked the leader throughout. The six-horse feature saw a blanket finish with five of the six separated by only a neck at the wire. When the dust settled, it was Smalltownthrowdown who emerged victorious in the mile clocked in 1:55.2. Boli (Wally Hennessey) hit the board for the ninth consecutive start as he finished second while Cash Me Out had to settle for third after the scramble in the stretch in the feature. Smalltownthrowdown paid $7.60 to win and started an exacta and triple that came back $45.60 and $122.50, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee that starts at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Long Live Rock (Rocknroll Hanover) prevailed in Saturday night's Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. A field of just five started in the $14,000 feature after a late scratch...but what a five it was. Reigning Pacer of the Year Artful Way and invader Luck Be Withyou served as formidable foes for the Rene Allard-trained Long Live Rock who wound up going off as the public's even money favorite. Luck Be Withyou (Jim Devaux) powered out to the early lead and put up sizzling lap-one fractions of 26.2 and 55.1. His first challenge came from Long Live Rock who drew even with him around the final turn before the Allard trainee surged past to win in 1:51.1. Luck Be Withyou was the runner-up while Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. The win was one of three on the night for driver Wally Hennessey who has been on a tear since returning to town this spring. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

The harness racing track's defending Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year So Nice (Ponder) has been at it again of late at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Amber Buter-trained distaffer got off to a bit of a slow start in 2017 but in recent months has straightened things right back out. So Nice scored her first victory of the year while competing in Pennsylvania in late May and since returning to the Spa in June has reestablished herself as a top flight mare. The seven year old was the 3-5 betting favorite in the $14,000 Fillies and Mares Open on Friday night and moved out to the early lead after putting up a first quarter in a speedy 26.4. After getting a brief breather, So Nice was tested throughout the majority of the second half but proved to be up to the task. The veteran mare, who was driven to victory by Jimmy Devaux, stopped the timer in 1:52.1 to set a new seasonal mark in her fourth victory of the campaign. Tataria (Mark Beckwith) finished second in the feature while Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) came on for third. With the earnings from the Friday score, So Nice is now just a couple thousand shy of reaching the half million dollar mark lifetime. Devaux piloted three winners on Friday night after securing five victories on the Thursday card at the Spa. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Deak's Cici Barr (Armbro Barron) set a new lifetime mark in Thursday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel in what was a big day for harness racing driver Jimmy Devaux. Devaux has been red hot of late and chose Deak's Cici Barr over another one of the major dangers in the $9,300 feature for New York sired trotters. The choice proved to be the correct one as the seven year old mare who has been on top of her game since coming to Saratoga late last month continued her own hot streak. The George Deak-trained trotter put in her best career performance in her local debut in June scoring in 1:57.3 while upsetting at odds of 30-1. Following a second place finish last week, Deak's Cici Barr was the 6-5 public choice on Thursday as she scored an impressive victory in 1:56.4. The win was one of five on the card for Devaux who currently sits in fifth in the local driver standings. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Twisted Pretzel (Crazed) has been the most consistent trotter all year at Saratoga Casino Hotel and on Sunday, the Scott Mongeon trainee won for the eighth time in 2017. Starting from the outside post in the $14,500 Open Trot, Twisted Pretzel flashed some early speed and wound up situated in fourth in the early going. Jimmy Devaux moved the rising trotting star first over approaching the half and after he took over, Twisted Pretzel took off. Met with the late challenge of the favored Tirade Hanover (Bruce Aldrich Jr), Twisted Pretzel held firm and scored in 1:55.1. The final time served as a new lifetime mark for the seven year old and also matched the fastest time for any trotter this year at Saratoga. Tirade Hanover was a strong second in his local debut while Boli (Wally Hennessey) kept his "on the board" streak alive by finishing third. Twisted Pretzel was dismissed at odds of 9-1 and returned $21.20 to win. The exacta and triple came back $59.50 and $185, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella

Titus Seelster (Artistic Fella) won the Open Pace for the third time in as many tries on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jackie Greene-trained pacer rattled off back to back jacks in the Open in late May before a brief stint out of town. Frank Coppola Jr. piloted the six year old gelding who in Saturday's feature was content to sit the pocket behind rival Givenupdreaming (Billy Dobson). The race's favorite Long Live Rock (Wally Hennessey) was flying late and powered past Givenupdreaming before Titus Seelster shook loose up the inside to win it all. The seventh victory of the season for Titus Seelster came in a career best-matching 1:51.1. Long Live Rock was the runner up while Givenupdreaming held on for third in the $13,000 Open. It was the third win in the local Open Pace for Titus Seelster this year and it was the seventh time this season that conditioner Jackie Greene secured a win in the Open Pace (three times with defending Pacer of the Year Artful Way.) Titus Seelster paid $8.10 to win on Saturday and started an exacta and triple that came back $20 and $31.80, respectively, in the six horse feature. Greene and Coppola also scored in the $12,500 Winners Over on Saturday securing an upset victory with Memory Game (Artiscape). Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Godiva Seelster has been one of the top harness racing mares both at Pompano Park and at Saratoga Casino Hotel over the past few seasons. While always consistent and productive, the Dan Hennessey-trained distaffer hasn't necessarily been at her best since returning to the Spa in April. The seven year old had recorded just one victory in her eight local starts this year before going off as the 1-5 betting favorite in Friday night's $13,000 Fillies and Mares Open. Driver Wally Hennessey wasted little time putting the speedy mare on the engine and after flying through a first quarter in 26.4, Godiva Seelster got a second quarter in thirty seconds before pacing a back half of 55.4. The talented mare stopped the timer in 1:52.3 to record her fourth victory of the season and 43rd in 126 lifetime starts. So Nice (Jim Devaux) won the place photo with Tataria (Mark Beckwith) in the six-horse feature. While she doesn't own as high of a win percentage this season as she had in years past, Godiva Seelster has hit the board 11 of 15 seasonal starts and may be primed for a big summer at the Spa. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Harness racing 'Hall of Famer' Wally Hennessey has been on a tear since returning to Saratoga Casino Hotel last month. The veteran reinsman, who on Sunday afternoon participated in the annual Hall of Fame Trot at Goshen Historic Track, dominated the action on Tuesday afternoon's card at the Spa. Hennessey piled up the wins on the holiday matinee program and wound up securing five victories on the ten race card. Sweeping the early pick three, Hennessey won for the fourth time on the day while sitting behind Optimist Blue Chip (Deweycheatumnhowe) in the $9,300 feature for New York sired trotters. The Buzzy Sholty trainee never had an anxious moment and stopped the timer in a career best 1:55.3 on Tuesday. It was the fifth win in seven seasonal tries for the three year old highstepper. Wally wrapped up his afternoon by scoring behind Crown Affair, another sophomore trotter, this one trained by Wally's brother Dan Hennessey. Crown Affair's victory was his third consecutive and completed a five-win afternoon for the Hall of Fame driver. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Twisted Pretzel (Crazed) has been one of the top trotters at Saratoga Casino Hotel this harness racing season and on Sunday afternoon won for the seventh time in 2017. The Scott Mongeon trainee has been a force in the Open Trot this season and on Sunday moved into the $15,000 Winners Over. Jimmy Devaux has been the regular driver for Twisted Pretzel who assumed the early lead in the feature. Forced to park out a rival from the start, the race's 8-5 betting favorite clicked off first half fractions of 27.3 and 56.1. The seven year old trotter had plenty left in the tank for the stretch drive as he turned away pocket sitter On The Podium (Bruce Aldrich Jr) en route to victory in 1:55.4. On The Podium was the runner-up while longshot Tropical Storm Bi (Frank Coppola Jr) came on for third. It was win number seven in seventeen seasonal tries for Twisted Pretzel who completed a training double for conditioner Scott Mongeon. Live racing resumes on Tuesday afternoon with an Independence Day matinee set to begin at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Big N Bad (Badlands Hanover) toughed out a first over journey to score in the Saturday night harness racing Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Buzzy Sholty-trained pacer wound up moving to the outside of longshot leader Race Me Rocky (Phil Fluet) heading to the half in the $13,000 Open. Big N Bad fought gamely in a third quarter that was paced in 27.2 before wearing down the leader. After surging into command, Big N Bad was met with the challenge of the favored Givenupdreaming (Frank Coppola Jr) before holding off that bid and stopping the timer in 1:51.3 over a track labeled 'sloppy.' Givenupdreaming came up second best while Stevensville (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. Big N Bad, who was piloted to the win by Wally Hennessey, paid $19.40 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $81.50 and $373.50, respectively. Hennessey, who won the driving title at Pompano Park in Florida this year, has made a big impact upon returning to the Spa. The Hall of Famer piloted five winners on the Saturday card. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee set to begin at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Uncle Dan (Conway Hall) set a new lifetime mark in Thursday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The four year old trotter has thrived since moving to the barn of trainer Jaymes Mcassey in late May. After prevailing in the first start out of his new barn on 5/25, Uncle Dan had hit the board three more times in four starts heading into Thursday's try in the $9,300 feature for New York sired trotters. Starting from the inside post, Uncle Dan moved out to the early lead and never had an anxious moment before stopping the timer in 1:57.4, lowering his previous career mark by better than two seconds. Billy Dobson piloted the race's 9-5 second choice in the wagering. Take The Cash (Jim Devaux) was the race's favorite and came up second best while Thanks For Playin (Dan Cappello Jr) earned the show spot. Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a first post time scheduled for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Boli (Kadabra) was one of the trotting stars at the Isle of Pompano Park in Florida this season for harness racing trainer Dan Hennessey. The five year old trotter returned to Saratoga earlier this month and finished second and third in his two tries in the local Open Trot but was a beaten favorite both times. On Sunday afternoon, Boli was once again the public's top choice and driver Wally Hennessey wasted little time moving the talented high-stepper to the outside in the early going. The 6-5 favorite toughed it out first over, grinding the leader into submission before drawing away late to prevail in 1:56. The victory was the seventh in thirteen seasonal tries for Boli who scored ten wins in 2016. Black Broadway (Chris Long) followed the winner's cover and wound up winning a photo for place with Twisted Pretzel (Jim Devaux) who earned the show spot. The exacta and triple in the $17,120 Open paid $22.40 and $96, respectively. The feature victory was one of two on the card for conditioner Dan Hennessey and one of three driving scores on the day for Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

On Saturday night, we recognized forty years of service for Skip Carlson at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The man who has worn many hats at the harness racing track throughout the decades had a race in his honor. The Open Pace was the "Carlson Classic" and went for a purse of $20,000. A field of just six participated as defending Pacer of the Year Artful Way was scratched out of the event. The race's 4-5 betting favorite Betterlatethnnever (Western Terror) moved out to the early lead but set sizzling fractions in order to make it to the top. After a first quarter in 26.3 and a half in 55 seconds flat, the Heidi Rohr trainee braced for even money shot Long Live Rock (Wally Hennessey) who just last week won the feature in 1:50.4. Those two squared off in the stretch in a terrific battle with Betterlatethnnever holding off his foe by the slimmest of margins in a mile clocked in 1:50.1. That win time matched the previous mark set by Artful Way as the fastest of the year at Saratoga. It also served as a new lifetime mark for the eight year old pacer who is in the midst of his career year, winning five straight and ten on the season thus far. Betterlatethnnever was driven to victory by Frank Coppola Jr. Long Live Rock came up second best while Race Me Rocky (Phil Fluet) earned the show spot. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

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