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Artful Way (Artistic Fella) looks to be cementing his second consecutive harness racing 'Pacer of the Year' honors at Saratoga Casino Hotel. On Saturday, the Jackie Greene trainee secured his twelfth win of the season and seventh victory in the local Open Pace. The five year old who earned top honors among pacers at the Spa in 2016 is actually having a better season in '17 and on Saturday parlayed a pocket trip to victory, scoring in 1:51.4 with Frank Coppola Jr. in the sulky. The race's front-runner Deetzy (Billy Dobson) set sizzling fractions early on in the $19,500 feature but faded a bit late. Sitting a patient pocket in a first quarter in 26.3 and half in 55.4, Artful Way made his move approaching three quarters and powered away from his rivals to score as the public's 1-2 betting favorite. Last week's Open winner Rocknroll Wildcats (Jimmy Devaux) closed from last to finish second on Saturday while Chevals Clivesdale (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Coppola, who is running away with the lead in pursuit of his twelfth career driving title at Saratoga, piloted three winners on the Saturday card. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at the Spa with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella

Truth And Liberty (Total Truth) continued her harness racing hot streak on a cold night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Robert Lounsbury-trained distaffer went last to first to prevail in the $19,500 Fillies and Mares Open on Friday night. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted the five year old mare who wasted very little time moving first over in the six-horse feature before grinding front-running Glenferrie Bronte N (Jimmy Devaux) into submission. Truth And Liberty, who stopped the timer in 1:54.3, came on to win the fillies and mares feature for the third time in the last five starts. Keene Olivia (Billy Dobson) followed the winner's cover and came on to finish second while Glenferrie Bronte N had to settle for third. Truth And Liberty was the 4-5 betting favorite on Friday night and led an exacta and triple that paid $26.40 and $52, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Deli-Delite (RC Royalty) continued her breakout harness racing season on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Tony Mondi-trained sophomore trotter spent the summer racing in the New York Sire Stakes. The three year old had enough success to qualify her for the $225,000 Sire Stakes Final contested in October though, unfortunately, she was scratched sick from that event. Deli-Delite has rallied back after that disappointment and on Thursday afternoon, prevailed in the $11,250 co-feature for New York sired trotters at Saratoga. Coming off a convincing win last week at the Spa, Deli-Delite was up in class for her most recent assignment but passed the test with flying colors. Backed by the betting public to the tune of odds of 1-9, Deli-Delite made an easy lead on Thursday and never had an anxious moment. She appeared to be wrapped up at the wire by leading driver Frank Coppola Jr. as she stopped the timer in 1:58 for her fourth victory of the season. Coastal Region prevailed in the other co-feature as he cruised to another convincing score for trainer Robert Dill and driver Jay Randall. Coastal Region's win, which came in 2:00.1, was his seventh of the season as he has thrived at the Spa since coming to town this summer. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Twisted Pretzel (Crazed) continued to cement his case to be harness racing 'Horse of the Year' at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Sunday afternoon. The Scott Mongeon trainee won for the 13th time of the season after getting a pocket trip in the $19,500 Open Trot. Twisted Pretzel has been a picture of consistency this year and after riding the coattails of rival Bobs Hope (Billy Dobson) throughout the mile on Sunday, hit the line first in 1:56 after Bobs Hope made a break late in the stretch. Keystone Ace came on to finish second and following the disqualification of Bobs Hope from third, last week's Open winner Stirling Cadet (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Of the thirteen seasonal wins for Twisted Pretzel, six of them have come in the Open Trot. Jimmy Devaux swept the Opens this weekend as his win while sitting behind Twisted Pretzel followed up Friday night's victory with longshot One Over Par in the Fillies and Mares Open and the win in Saturday's pacing feature with Rocknroll Wildcats. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella

Rocknroll Wildcats (World Of Rocknroll) has been on a tear of late at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The George Anthrop-trained pacer made his local harness racing debut five weeks ago. After drawing poorly and being a non-factor in his first start at the Spa, the four year old has been terrific ever since. Following a five length romp in a condition race last month, Rocknroll Wildcats made his debut in the Open Pace. The rising star finished second in his first two tries in the local Open heading into Saturday night's start in the $19,500 feature. Jimmy Devaux got a pocket ride for Rocknroll Wildcats who sat the two-hole behind veteran Dancin Yankee (Mark Beckwith). The fractions were sizzling on a chilly night in the Spa City and after a first half in 55.2, Dancin Yankee checked in at three quarters in 1:23.1. All the while, Rocknroll Wildcats was biding his time and after popping the pocket around the final turn, he went right by. The victory, which came in 1:51.2, was the first in the Open in the young career of Rocknroll Wildcats who returned $8.80 to win in the mild upset. Dancin Yankee and the favored Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) finished in a dead heat for second. Devaux, whose hot streak continued on Saturday night when he piloted three winners, also drove Friday night's Open winner as pacing mare One Over Par pulled off a shocker in the feature for distaffers, scoring at odds of 41-1. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella

One Over Par (Dragon Again) made her local harness racing debut a memorable one on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Don Billings trainee was the longest shot on the board in the $19,500 Fillies and Mares Open but raced like she was the favorite. The five year old distaffer moved out to the early lead and after a fast first quarter in 27.3 got a bit of a second quarter breather. One Over Par was then met with the challenge of the race's odds-on favorite who was quickly dispatched by the invader who powered away late to win in 1:53.3 on a chilly night in the Spa City. It's A Miracle (Frank Coppola Jr) closed up the inside to be second while last week's Open winner Truth And Liberty (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. One Over Par was dismissed at odds of 41-1 and became the biggest longshot to win an Open at Saratoga this season. Returning $85.50 to win, One Over Par led an exacta and triple that paid $397 and $2,235, respectively. One Over Par's driver Jimmy Devaux piloted three winners on the night. Live racing continues on Saturday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Dan Daley's Aces And Eights (RC Royalty) spent the majority of his summer harness racing in the New York Sire Stakes. The three year old trotter, who also participated in the $70,000 Zweig at Vernon in August, came to Saratoga Casino Hotel last week to compete in the feature for New York sired trotters. Aces And Eights made a break in that start as the public's 6-5 betting favorite. Daley returned to town on Thursday afternoon with Aces And Eights who once again wound up as the public's choice as he competed in the $11,250 co-feature for trotters. This week, the sophomore stayed flat and wound up overpowering his rivals to the tune of a fifteen length victory. Aces And Eights, who is both trained and driven by Daley, opened up a big lead early on and saw that lead grow throughout the mile before stopping the timer in 1:56 in the dominant score. It was only the second victory of the year for Aces And Eights who looks to be on the major swing heading into the final portion of the 2017 racing season. The other co-feature was one by Bob Dill's Coastal Region (RC Royalty) who went wire-to-wire in 1:59.1 over a track labeled 'good' with Jay Randall in the sulky. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Carolina Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) scored in the harness racing final of the fourth annual Gary Kamal Memorial Pacing Series on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Melissa Beckwith-trained three year old made his first start in over a year during the last week of September. Carolina Beach recorded his first win of '17 when competing in the first leg of the Kamal Series as he went coast to coast with Mark Beckwith in the sulky. In last week's second leg, the sophomore pacer set a new lifetime mark prevailing in 1:53.1 while wiring the field. In Saturday's $36,000 Final, it was back to the front end for Carolina Beach who set first half fractions of 27.1 and 56.3. After cruising through three quarters in 1:24.2, Carolina Beach appeared to be coming back to his rivals a bit. While his lead did shrink in the stretch, he was plenty game and proved best, stopping the timer in 1:53.1 to match his lifetime mark and complete the series sweep. Goose Mountain (Dan Cappello Jr) was late on the scene and wound up second best while Beyombo (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Carolina Beach, who paid $3.50 to win as the race's odds-on favorite, added his name to the list of previous winners of the Kamal Memorial Pace which is comprised of Twin B Spy, Bell I No and Stirling Electra. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee that kicks off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Truth And Liberty (Total Truth) won the Fillies and Mares Open two weeks ago as the Bob Lounsbury trainee grinded out a first over harness racing victory. After making a break as the favorite in last week's installment of the $19,500 feature for fillies and mares, Truth And Liberty once again wound up first over in the Open on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The favored Tiptina (Phil Fluet) set quick but reasonable fractions on the engine and after reaching the half in 56.2 was met with the challenge of Truth And Liberty. That twosome battled for close to a half mile before Truth And Liberty put away Tiptina in the stretch and drew clear to win in 1:53.3. Pocket sitter Brown Brinny (Dan Cappello Jr) closed to be second while Tiptina had to settle for the show spot. Truth And Liberty paid $8.40 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $27.40 and $111.50, respectively. Jimmy Devaux piloted the five year old mare to the Friday score on a night in which the red hot reinsman piled up three wins. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Leg two of the harness racing Gary Kamal Memorial Pacing Series took place on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. There were three $10,000 divisions of the second leg of the series for young pacers. Zac And Forth (Village Jove) was the first of two back-to-back winners in the series on the night as the four year old displayed his versatility. In leg one of the series, Zac And Forth went coast to coast to win in 1:53.2. On Saturday night, the John Podres trainee came from off the pace and outclosed his rivals to prevail in 1:53.1. Fellow leg one winner Carolina Beach (Mark Beckwith) was the second pacer to go back-to-back in the Kamal Memorial on the evening. Making just his fourth start in more than a year, Carolina Beach moved out to the early lead on Saturday and never looked back. The three year old pacer stopped the timer in 1:53.1 to lower the lifetime mark he set last week by nearly two seconds. Beyombo (Frank Coppola Jr) closed in the final strides to pull off the mild upset in the evening's third division as the Jackie Greene trainee scored in a career best 1:54.2. The final of the fourth annual Gary Kamal Memorial Pace will take place next Saturday October 28th and go for a purse of an estimated $35,000. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time of 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Up The Alley (Muscle Mass) continued his harness racing hot streak in the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Sunday afternoon. The Richie Silverman-trained trotter has proven to be dynamic and versatile since joining the Open ranks a few months back. On Sunday, the five year old flashed early speed and yielded to the race's favorite Consolidator (Billy Dobson). Consolidator came to town fresh off a win in last week's Open Trot at Yonkers. The Rene Allared-trained Consolidator set the fractions and braced for a late rush from Up The Alley as those two gave themselves separation around the final turn. Up The Alley trotted past the invading favorite in the stretch and secured his third Open Trot victory of the season as he stopped the timer in 1:55.2. Consolidator was a clear second in her local debut while Twisted Pretzel (Jimmy Devaux) earned the show spot in the $18,000 Sunday feature. Up The Alley, who was piloted to the Open score by Mark Beckwith, was the race's 8-5 second choice in the wagering. The exacta with the favorite second paid $9.80 while the triple returned $24.40. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Thursday afternoon with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella  

Deetzy (Jereme's Jet) won his first harness racing 'Open Pace' at Saratoga Casino Hotel last month. The Heidi Rohr-trained pacer came from the back of the pack in a race that featured blistering fast fractions in lap one. In that start, Deetzy scored in a career-best 1:50 with Billy Dobson in the sulky. Following back-to-back third place finishes in the $18,000 feature, Deetzy was the public's betting favorite on Saturday night and Dobson wasted no time setting sail with the five year old pacer who is in the midst of his career year. Deetzy posted fast first half fractions of 27 and 55.1 before cruising through three quarters in 1:23. Pocket sitter Rocknroll Wildcats (Jimmy Devaux) made his debut in the Open on Saturday and wound up second best to the 6-5 favorite Deetzy who stopped the timer in 1:50.2 in what was the second Open score in his young career. Dancin Yankee (Mark Beckwith) hit the board for the fourth consecutive week in the Open by earning the show spot. Deetzy moved over the quarter million dollar mark in career earnings with the victory, which was his fifth of the season. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Truth And Liberty (Total Truth) made her harness racing return to the Fillies and Mares Open a winning one on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Bob Lounsbury trainee prevailed in the local Open a year ago nearly to the day. After the five year old mare scored a wire-to-wire victory last Friday night while competing in a condition race at the Spa, it was back into the $18,000 feature this week. Driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. moved the classy distaffer first over approaching the half to come after the front-running Yonkers invader Dewar N Soda (Jim Devaux). Despite setting fast first half fractions of 27 and 55.3, Dewar N Soda proved to be game and seemingly fended off Truth And Liberty around the final turn. That was before the late resurgence from Truth And Liberty who found a second wind and came on in the final strides to win a photo with Dewar N Soda in a mile clocked in 1:53.2. Dewar N Soda was second best in her local debut while longshot Beyonces Rockn (Shawn Gray) earned the show spot. A winner at odds of 7-2, Truth And Liberty led an exacta and triple that paid $67.50 and $800, respectively. Truth And Liberty, whose Friday victory was her ninth of the year, won her first local Open on October 7th of last year. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

The first leg of the Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series was contested on Monday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The fifth annual Derue Memorial kicked off with three divisions for trotters five years old and younger. The Perry Simser-trained Winter Mint pulled off the biggest upset of the three divisions as he prevailed in a career-best 157.3. Scoring at odds of 7-1 and driven to victory by Jimmy Devaux, Winter Mint was the fastest among the three winners in leg one. Golden Kronos and Bruce Aldrich scored first over in 1:58.2 at odds of 7-2 to secure his leg one victory while the only favorite to prevail in the series' first leg was Jaymes Mcassey's Laser Leo who went coast-to-coast in 1:58 flat with Billy Dobson in the sulky. There are two legs of the Derue Memorial before the Series Final that is scheduled to go for a purse of 36,000 dollars. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6 45pm. Mike Sardella

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) continued his sensational campaign in Saturday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The defending Pacer of the Year at the Spa, Artful Way put the swoop to the group in the $18,000 Open Pace for the second consecutive weekend. The Jackie Greene trainee again got away last in the seven-horse feature and sat patiently as track record holder Dancin Yankee (Mark Beckwith) battled it out with co-favored Deetzy (Billy Dobson). Those two checked in together to three quarters in 1:23.2. All the while, Frank Coppola Jr. was about to make his move with Artful Way who is actually having a better year already than he did in his award winning 2016 campaign. Coming from last at the half when he was still nine lengths off the lead, Artful Way powered past the dueling rivals to win in 1:52.2. Dancin Yankee was the runner-up in the Open for the second consecutive week while Deetzy earned the show spot, hitting the board for the third straight week in Saturday feature. Artful Way was co-favored at odds of 8-5 and led an exacta and triple that paid $17 and $24.40, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee set to begin at 12:15pm. There is a Monday matinee scheduled as well with the Columbus Day program also starting at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Brown Brinny (Jereme's Jet) became a rare harness racing distaffer to win back to back tries in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel this season. The Brittany Robertson-trained mare was the public's 6-5 betting favorite on Friday as she looked to repeat off her first victory in the $18,000 local feature last week. Dan Cappello Jr. situated Brown Brinny into the pocket as rival Glenferrie Bronte N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) took the early lead. The fractions were fast in the Open and after Glenferrie Bronte N dispatched one challenge, she didn't have enough to hold off Brown Brinny in the stretch. Brown Brinny matched her lifetime mark with the win which came in 1:53.4. Glenferrie Bronte N was the runner-up while It's A Miracle (Jimmy Devaux) closed sharply for third. Five year old Brown Brinny moved over the $200,000 mark in career earnings with the Open score. The exacta and triple paid $18.40 and $120, respectively with the 6-5 favorite on top. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

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