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There were three divisions of the first leg of the John Mongeon Sr. Memorial Trotting Series on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for harness racing young trotters. Crystal Sphere (Conway Hall) and Bubba’s Jer Bear trotted to career best victories on a beautiful evening in the Spa City. Crystal Sphere was coming off a lifetime best last week and bettered that mark with a front-running score in 2:00.1 with Frank Coppola Jr. in the sulky. The four year old trotter now has two wins and a second in 2015 since the addition of lasix. Bubba’s Jer Bear (Incredible Abe) broke his maiden in his first start of the year and has stayed sharp, prevailing for the third time of the season on Thursday. Dan Cappello Jr. piloted the four year old to a career best 2:00.3 score. Autumn Estelle (Cayenne Turbo) won the final division of the Series’ first leg with a wire-to-wire win for Bruce Aldrich Jr. It was the third consecutive victory the Gary Levine-trained mare and it came in a seasonal best 2:00.1. Live racing continues on Friday night featuring the kick off to the JP Morel and Virginia O’Brien Memorial Pacing Series’. First post time is set for 6:45pm.  Mike Sardella

Slugfest (Conway Hall), the 2014 Trotter of the Year at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, recorded his first Open victory of the ’15 season on Sunday afternoon at the Spa. The Maureen Salino-trained trotter moved first over in the $18,000 co-feature and wrestled control away from the frontrunner before holding off a late challenge from the race’s 1-5 favorite. Slugfest stopped the timer in 1:56.1 while pulling off the mild upset at odds of 7-1. Jay Randall piloted the six year old trotter to the Open score. The favored Luminosity (Billy Dobson) had to settle for second while longshot Red Hot Herbie (Jordan Derue) finished third. Slugfest paid $17.40 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $39.80 and $252.50, respectively. Jackie Rousse’s Happily Ever After (Well Said) parlayed the pocket ride to victory to secure her first win of the season in the co-featured Fillies and Mares Open. Frank Coppola Jr was the winning driver behind the four year old mare who was making just her second start of the season. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a twilight race card beginning at 4:00pm.     Mike Sardella   

Talking Blues (Rocknroll Hanover) scored his first ever harness racing victory in the local Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night. The Heidi Rohr-trained pacer finished second in March in his first 2015 start in the Open but this week drew the rail and went wire-to-wire. Jimmy Devaux piloted the five year old pacer for the first time and after getting a first half in a fairly comfortable :57, Talking Blues sprinted home to win in 1:53.4. It was the fourth victory of the season for the pacer who returned $14.20 to win while scoring the mild upset in the $18,000 Open. Ashley’s Husband (Jordan Derue) surged late to finish second while Sparky Mark (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. The exacta returned $106 and the triple came back $589 in the six horse feature. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at the Spa with a matinee kicking off at 12:45pm.    Mike Sardella  

Claiming trotter Hallucination (Angus Hall) extended his win streak to three on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the razor sharp gelding scored an impressive 1:57.2 victory. After prevailing in the $5,000 claimers two weeks ago, trainer Julianna Edwards moved Hallucination up to the $7,500 claiming level and the six year old has responded. On Friday, driver Jimmy Devaux put Hallucination on the front end and they drew away from the field around the final turn before scoring by eight and a half lengths. The race’s favorite Our Priority (Billy Dobson) had to settle for second while V I P (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Hallucination, who recorded his fastest victory last year while competing at Saratoga, now has three wins and a second in his four local starts in 2015. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a 6:45pm first post.     Mike Sardella 

Calvin B (Bettor’s Delight) pulled off the upset in the $8,300 featured pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday evening.   Brian Cross moved the 18-1 shot out to the early lead before yielding to the favorite approaching the quarter pole.   After getting shuffled back, Calvin B shook loose past three quarters and charged past his rivals to take command around the final turn before drawing away to score in 1:55.4.   Owned by John Smiel of Rutland, VT and trained by John Cross, Calvin B recorded his first victory of the season in the Winners of 2 but not more than 4 Pace and returned $35.60 to win.    Yonkers invader OK Galahad (Billy Dobson) finished second while Mister Skitter (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot.    Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post.   Mike Sardella

Royal Deceptor (RC Royalty) made his 2015 harness racing debut a winning one at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Wednesday evening. The Cheryl McGivern-trained trotter had a terrific freshman season in ’14 in which he earned over $70,000 in eight starts. As a two year old, Royal Deceptor competed almost exclusively in New York Sire Stakes competition and thrived. Following two qualifiers as preps, the three year old trotter made his first start of the year a winning one on Wednesday, scoring by almost ten lengths in 1:59.2 in the $8,300 Winners of 2 but not more than 4 lifetime trot. Mickey McGivern piloted Royal Deceptor, the race’s 3-5 favorite, to what was his third career victory. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Thursday with a 4:00pm first post.  Mike Sardella

Spinarama (Cam’s Card Shark) pulled off the harness racing upset in Saturday night’s featured race at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Chris Marino-trained pacer was piloted aggressively in the $18,000 Open Pace by Austin Siegelman who moved the six year old out to the early lead. Setting first half fractions of 27.3 and 56.3, Spinarama had plenty left in the tank for the stretch drive despite being dismissed at odds of 19-1. The race’s co-favorite and last week’s Open winner BJ’s Guy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) came charging hard in the stretch to be second while longshot JK Panache (Mark Beckwith) finished third. Spinarama’s first victory of the season came in 1:53.2 and served as one of four winners on the card for the 23 year old Siegelman. Spinarama returned $41.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $100 and $438, respectively. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon with a 4:00pm first post time.     Mike Sardella 

Stell R Time (Dream Vacation) prevailed in the harness racing $13,000 Lucky 13’s Mini Overnight Series Final on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The fastest of the leg one winners, Stell R Time was the race’s favorite on Friday night and made an early move to the lead for driver Jay Randall. The stretch drive was a near carbon copy of last week as Stell R Time had to hold off a late challenge from Just Vic (Billy Dobson) who once again was the runner up to the Steve LaBelle-trained trotting mare. Hello I’m Johnny (Austin Siegelman), a leg one series winner, earned the show spot. The Lucky 13’s Series Final was contested at a distance of 1 1/16 mile for condition trotters that are non-winners of $2000 last 5 starts and went in 2:05.3.   Live racing continues at Saratoga on Saturday night with a 6:45pm first post.  Mike Sardella

Waiting On A Woman (Northern Bailey) went wire to wire in Sunday afternoon's Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. After winning both of his local starts last year for his new harness racing connections, Waiting On A Woman started out his 2015 campaign with a third place finish last week. On Sunday afternoon, the seven year old Margaret Spagnola trainee would not be denied, scoring a front running win in 1:57.4 with Frank Coppola Jr in the sulky. Dismissed at odds of 6-1, Waiting On A Woman moved his career earnings to over the $300,000 mark with his victory in the $18,000 feature. Last year's Trotter of the Year Slugfest (Jay Randall) finished second while invader Pine Credit (Marcus Miller) earned the show spot. Waiting On A Woman returned $14.60 and led an exacta that returned $51.50 and trifecta that came back $248. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a first post time of 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

RU Ready To Rock (Bruce Aldrich Jr) took advantage of an early speed duel in the $18,000 Open Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway and swooped the group to record a victory in the feature. The seven year old Jose Godinez trainee got away sixth in the seven horse Open but after first half fractions of 26.4 and 55.4 came charging hard three wide in the final quarter to secure the victory in 1:55.1. The race's co-favorite at 2-1, RU Ready To Rock recorded his fourth win of the season. His stablemate BJ's Bequia (Rocknroll Hanover) prevailed in the "undercard" to the Open, scoring on the front end for Aldrich in the $15,000 Winners Over pace. Aldrich piloted three winners on the Saturday card. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Linda Marie (Crazed) continued her breakout sophomore season on Friday night as the Jim Doherty Jr-trained trotting mare scored her fifth victory in her last six starts. Linda Marie came to Saratoga Casino and Raceway from Monticello for the first time two weeks ago while on a four race win streak and finished a strong second in her local debut. In Friday night's $8,900 trotting feature, driver Bruce Aldrich Jr positioned the four year old trotting mare in the pocket behind the race's favorite Dony Andreas (Jordan Derue) and surged by in the stretch to win a photo with runner up Imperial Storm (Jim Devaux) and Dony Andreas who had to settle for third. Linda Marie, who now owns five wins in her seven seasonal starts, set a new lifetime mark of 2:00.3 on the chilly Friday night in Saratoga. She returned $12.60 to win and led an exacta and trifecta that returned $57.50 and $122.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella  

Wicked Business (Art Official) showed early speed on Thursday evening and won the $8,300 harness racing featured pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Austin Siegelman catch drove Wicked Business for trainer Mark Ford after the four year old had posted back to back third place finishes in his previous two starts. Siegelman found some early speed on Thursday from the young pacer and they never faced an anxious moment before stopping the timer in 1:55.4. The race's second choice in the betting, Wicked Business bested favored Glory Beach (Bruce Aldrich Jr) and Calvin B (Brian Cross) who earned the show spot. The victory was one of four on the card for Siegelman, last year's up-and-coming driver award winner at Saratoga. Live racing continues on Friday evening with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Here Comes Numbers (Here Comes Herbie) prevailed in Sunday’s $17,000 Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Jim Morrill Jr piloted the Ron Burke-trained seven year old to a front running score in the matinee’s featured race. Here Comes Numbers stopped the timer in 1:57.3 while scoring by open lengths over Red Hot Herbie (Billy Dobson) who was the runner up. Waiting On A Woman (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot in his return. Here Comes Numbers paid $8.40 to win and led an exacta that returned $63 and a trifecta that came back $227.50. Morrill and Burke also teamed up to win the Saturday night feature with Statesman N. Live racing resumes on Thursday with a 4:00pm first post time for the twilight racing card.  Mike Sardella

Statesman N (Christian Cullen) had to settle for second best as the betting public's favorite in last Saturday night's $17,500 feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway but this week, the Ron Burke-trained eight year old would not be denied. Statesman N, who came from off the pace in last week's 'Winners Over' pacing feature, moved out to the early lead for driver Jim Morrill Jr on the foggy Saturday night in Saratoga. Once he got to the lead, the 1-5 favorite would not be denied and hit the wire first in 1:54.3. Classic Gent (Stephane Bouchard) sat the pocket to the winner and held strong in the stretch to finish second while longshot JK Panache (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. While Statesman N was the feature winner, it was Mickey Hanover (Billy Dobson) who put up the fastest time of the young season at the Spa with a sensational victory that came in 1:52.4. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Justice Boy (Justice Hall) completed the second half of back to back victories on the Friday night harness racing program for trainer Rob Harmon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Yonkers invader Justice Boy drew post position eight for his local debut but driver Bruce Aldrich Jr had no trouble making the early lead with the four year old trotter. Once they got there, they would never face a challenge before drawing away to a convincing score in 1:58.3 highlighted by a final half in 58.1. Justice Boy's victory came in the $8,300 co-featured trotting race on the card. His stablemate Always As Fast (Always A Virgin) was the public's 1-9 betting favorite but made his backers sweat early as he made a break after the start. After landing in seventh, the Harmon-trained Always As Fast made a big move in the final half and wound up avenging his early break to prevail in 1:58.2. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Savage Cinderella (Keystone Savage) was the named the top claiming trotter of the year for the $5,000-$6,000 in 2014 and on Thursday was back in the form that she displayed through the majority of last season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Joe Carrubba-trained trotting mare drew the rail in her second start of the year and was moved out to the early lead by reinsman Jimmy Devaux. Bet down to odds of 1-5 on Thursday's twilight race card, Savage Cinderella never faced a legit challenge before drawing away to win by more than six lengths in 2:00.1 in the evening's five claiming trot. Live racing takes place on Friday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

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