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Reigning National Horse of the Year Wiggle It JiggleIt (Mr Wiggles) came to the Saratoga Racetrack for the first time on Saturday night and was the harness racing 1-9 betting favorite in the 8th annual $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace. Driver Montrell Teague blasted the superstar pacer out early but after seeing he was parked in a fast opening quarter backed off a bit and waited for things to sort out. Wiggle It Jiggleit then blasted up alongside leader All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) and took over the lead in a half of 54.4. After stealing a third quarter breather, Wiggle It Jiggleit sprinted away in a 27.1 final panel to win by two lengths in 1:51. Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton) closed quickly up the rail and won the photo for place with All Bets Off earning the show spot in the $260,000 Gerrity. Though the track record wasn't ever in jeopardy on Saturday night, the fans who came out in full force to see the harness racing superstar roared in appreciation as the talented four year old made his way back for the winner circle presentation. It was victory number ten in fifteen starts this year for Wiggle It Jiggleit who is owned by George Teague Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership LLC and trained by Clyde Francis. Wiggle It JiggleIt earnings are now $2,999,000 from 42 starts for 33 wins, 6 seconds and 2 thirds. There was over $600,000 in purse money battled for on the evening's fourteen race card at the Spa. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night as the summer schedule is in full swing with racing every Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 7:05pm each night.   Mike Sardella     Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino    

Mademoiselle Paris (Bolero Charles) is the winningest harness racing horse of the year at Saratoga Casino Hotel thus far in 2016 and the claiming pacer added to her win total on Friday night. Wally Hennessey piloted Mademoiselle Paris to her sixth consecutive victory on Friday in the optional $10,000 claimer for pacing mares. The six year old distaffer had a pair of wins on her resume this year while competing at Harrington Raceway in Delaware and has become the star of the claimers at the Spa while competing primarily out of the stable of leading trainer Melissa Beckwith. Hennessey put the race's 1-5 on the front end early in the mile in the $6,315 contest for pacing mares and after opening up a big lead held on to prevail in 1:54.3. It was the sixth consecutive victory for Mademoiselle Paris and her eleventh at the Spa in '16. Her stablemate Bye Bye Michelle (Stonebridge Regal) was a resounding winner in Friday's $8,000 feature as she recorded a seven plus length win with Hennessey in the bike. The Hall of Fame reinsman piled up five winners on the Friday card. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Saturday night with our biggest night of the year. The $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace will highlight a big night of racing. Wiggle It Jiggleit leads a star-studded group of pacers who will slug it out in the eighth annual Gerrity. New York Sire Stakes action will also be featured along with three Opens each going for a purse of $25,000. First post time on Saturday is set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

A pair of even money harness racing favorites prevailed in the afternoon's co-featured races at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday. Bruce Aldrich Jr. went three-for-three to start the program and completed his hat trick with Elusive Action (Conway Hall) as the John Grasso trainee scored first over in the $9,300 co-feature for New York Sired trotters. Elusive Action prevailed in his return to town after a more than month long stint at Yonkers. His race's even money favorite, Elusive Action stopped the timer in 2:00 to record his third win of the year. Love Crazy Love (Crazed) also made her return to the Spa a winning one as she went coast to coast with Frank Coppola Jr. in the sulky. The Gates Brunet-trained filly was the even money favorite in her division of the $9,300 co-feature and stopped the timer in 1:58.4. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Saturday night is the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace with Wiggle It Jiggleit coming to town to compete for the first time. Saturday's first post is also set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Stirling Cadet (Conway Hall) changed tactics on Sunday afternoon and wound up displaying his versatility as he scored the win in the $15,000 Open Trot. The Jackie Rousse-trained five year old is known for his early speed but took back in the early going in Sunday's feature for highsteppers. Driver Frank Coppola Jr. worked out a second over trip for Stirling Cadet behind the race's favorite Boli (Wally Hennessey) and tipped off that cover around the final turn. Stirling Cadet trotted past Boli in the stretch to record his third victory in the local Open Trot this year, stopping the timer in 1:55.3. Boli was the runner up for the fourth consecutive time in the Sunday feature while Just Make Believe (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. Stirling Cadet returned $8.10 to win. The exacta with Boli as the runner up paid $10 while the triple came back $41.40 in the six horse Open. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a 4:00pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Mister Skitter (Western Terror) brought a three race win streak into Saturday night's Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Don Sherman trainee had a start or two in the Open under his belt before returning to the $16,050 feature on Saturday. Jimmy Devaux piloted Mister Skitter to three consecutive wins heading into the Open try and for the fourth consecutive week moved the young pacer out to the early lead. Mister Skitter put up all the fractions and kicked away from his rivals late in the mile before stopping the timer in 1:52.1, matching his lifetime mark. Spinarama (Austin Siegelman) sat the pocket to the feature winner and won the photo for place while Panocchio (Gerry Mattison) earned the show spot. Mister Skitter returned $10.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $47.60 and $315, respectively. The win also put the four year old pacer over the $100,000 mark in career earnings in just his 52nd lifetime start, fifteen of which have been wins. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

So Nice (Ponder) pulled off the mild upset in Friday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Amber Buter-trained mare recorded her fifth win on the season and it came in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open as she parlayed her pocket ride to victory. Super Soph (Frank Coppola Jr) charged out to the early lead and parked out the race's favorite Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) in sizzling first half fractions of 26.3 and 54.2 over a track labeled 'good.' Super Soph still led turning for home but was faced with a two-pronged challenge as rivals So Nice and Bazooka Terror (Billy Dobson) closed in. So Nice, the track's current record holder for aged pacing mares behind a 1:52 score late last season, rallied up the rail to prevail in 1:52.1 with Mark Beckwith in the sulky. Longshot Bazooka Terror was the runner up in the Friday feature while Super Soph held on for third. It was victory number twenty in the career of the six year old distaffer So Nice who returned $14.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $118 and $449.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Kinda Naughty (Conway Hall) went coast to coast in Thursday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Steve La Belle-trained four year old was the runner-up in consecutive Thursday features before going off as the 7-5 betting favorite in this week's installment of the $9,950 race for New York Sired trotters. Frank Coppola Jr. marched Kinda Naughty out to the early lead on Thursday and despite being pressured by a parked out rival throughout the race's first half drew out to a convincing lead heading towards three quarters. The trotting mare stopped the timer in a career-best 1:58.3. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) scored his third harness racing victory of the year in the local Open Trot on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Jimmy Devaux piloted the Kyle Spagnola-trained trotter and moved him first over approaching the half. Cash Me Out hit his best gear and cruised past his rivals to open up a big lead heading towards three quarters. The five year old highstepper was met with challenges in the stretch from Boli (Wally Hennessey) and Stirling Cadet (Frank Coppola Jr) but held them both off before stopping the timer in 1:54.4. The victory was number eight on the year for Cash Me Out who is just shy of $110,000 in earnings midway through July. Boli was the runner up for the third consecutive start in the $15,000 Open while Stirling Cadet finished third to hit the board for the six straight time in the Sunday feature. Cash Me Out was the race's 3-2 betting favorite and led an exacta and triple that returned $34.20 and $237.50, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday with first post time set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

Back to back harness racing 'Pacer of the Year' at Saratoga Panocchio (No Pan Intended) scored his second victory of the year in the local Open Pace on Saturday night. The Jimmy Mattison-trained pacing star moved out to the early lead in a fast 27.1 in the $15,000 feature over a track labeled "good." Panocchio didn't get much of a breather in fact he was confronted by and passed by Yonkers invader Idealbeach Hanover (Billy Dobson) approaching the half mile pole. After that rival tired, Panocchio swung to the outside but had the daunting task of trying to reel in JK Panache (Wally Hennessey) who had taken over the lead heading to three quarters. JK Panache and Panocchio then engaged in a sensational stretch drive which resulted in Panocchio getting up to win in 1:52.2. JK Panache had to settle for second for the second consecutive week while longshot All Steinam (Shawn Gray) came on for third. It was the sixth victory on the year for Panocchio who spent the winter and spring competing at Pompano Park in Florida. Panocchio, the race's 3-5 favorite, led an exacta and triple that paid $11.80 and $89, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Two year old pacing colts took center stage at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night as the New York Sire Stakes were the harness racing feature on the night. There were four divisions of the $41,000+ Sire Stakes for freshman colts and a pair of Ron Burke trainees were the stars of the show. Miso Fast (Roll With Joe) and Rock It Scott (Roll With Joe) both prevailed in 1:54.3 while making their lifetime debut on Friday night. Miso Fast came first over and went a 55 second back half en route to a three and a half length romp. His stablemate Rock It Scott wasted no time going to the lead and powered away from his rivals to prevail by four and a half lengths. Both Burke trainees were piloted to their maiden win by Matt Kakaley. The Steve Elliott-trained Music Is Art (Art Major) made his lifetime debut a winning one in his $42,025 division of the Sire Stakes going wire-to-wire in 1:55.3 with Wally Hennessey in the sulky. The fourth winner among the freshman pacing colts on the night was Pointomygranson (American Ideal) who scored in his lifetime debut for trainer Chris Ryder and driver Jim Morrill Jr. in 1:55.1. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Dial A Chic (Prayer I Am) had trouble staying flat last year in several attempts at qualifying. This year, the three year old trotter has put it all together since the addition of trotting hopples and the Vern Beachy trainee moved his career record to three-for-three on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Dial A Chic broke his maiden in his lifetime debut at the Spa on July 1st and wasted no time repeating as he trotted to a first over score at Goshen just two days later in the Excelsior Series B. On Thursday, Dial A Chic was the race's 3-5 favorite as driver Billy Dobson brushed him up heading to the half in the $8,000 race for New York Sired trotters. Once Dial A Chic got to the top, there was no looking back as the young trotter cruised out to win by five and a half lengths in a career best 1:58.3 to move his record to three-for-three. Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Straight A Student (Credit Winner) cruised to a harness racing victory on Monday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The three year old trotting filly was making her first start since competing in the $225,000 Empire Breeders Classic Final at Vernon Downs last month. The Paul Kelley-trained sophomore came into the race with four second place finishes in five starts in 2016 but shook her bridesmaid status on Monday as she dominated with Wally Hennessey in the sulky. Straight A Student, who secured two of her second place finishes this year while competing in New York Sire Stakes races, was the public's 1-9 betting favorite on Monday and marched out to the early lead in the $8,000 race for New York Sired trotters. Straight A Student scampered away from her rivals for a dominant win in 1:58. It served as one of two victories on the day for Hennessey on an afternoon when Frank Coppola Jr. was the sulky star. Coppola piloted four winners on the holiday matinee card. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with live racing starting at 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

Stirling Cadet (Conway Hall) went coast to coast in Sunday's $15,000 Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The five year old trotter marched out to the early lead in a quick quarter in 27.2 before getting a second quarter breather. The race's 2-1 co-favorite, Stirling Cadet was met with the challenge of a first over Cash Me Out (Jim Devaux) and battled that one throughout the final half before holding on to win in 1:55. Cash Me Out battled gamely to finish second while Flyhawk Thriller (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. It was the second win of an Open in as many nights for Stirling Cadet's connections as owner the Kellogg Racing Stables, trainer Jackie Rousse and driver Frank Coppola Jr. teamed up for a victory with Artful Way in Saturday night's Open Pace. For Stirling Cadet, who has now been in the money in five straight installments of the Sunday feature, it was victory number four on the season and his second in the local Open. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Monday afternoon with a holiday matinee set to kick off at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) won his fourth Open Pace of the year on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jackie Rousse-trained four year old not only set a lifetime mark but also paced the fastest mile of the year thus far at the Spa when he stopped the timer in 1:51. Frank Coppola Jr. pointed Artful Way out to the early lead in a sizzling 26.3 before yielding to rival JK Panache (Wally Hennessey) past the quarter. JK Panache flew through a half in 54.1 and three quarters 1:22.1 and still had something left in the stretch. Artful Way tracked him down in the final strides to record the mild upset at odds of 6-1. JK Panache held second while Caution Signs (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Artful Way, who won ten times in 25 starts last year en route to over $100,000 in earnings, is on almost that exact pace again in 2016 as he never owns five wins and more than $50,000 in his first thirteen starts of the season. The winner returned $15.80 while the race's exacta and triple paid $60.50 and $380, respectively. Live racing takes place on Sunday and Monday afternoons with matinees beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Rock N Roll Xample (Rocknroll Hanover) parlayed the pocket ride to victory in Friday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Billy Dobson piloted the Rene Allard-trained mare in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open and got a two-hole trip for five year old distaffer. Rock N Roll Xample road the coattails of frontrunning rival Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr) throughout before cruising up the passing lane to win in 1:54.1 over a sloppy track. Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey), the race's even money favorite, came from last in the six horse Open before getting up to finish second. Bettorhaveanother earned the show spot. Rock N Roll Example, who was the race's 9-5 second choice in the wagering, led an exacta and triple that returned $9.20 and $40.20, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Just Make Believe (Kadabra) scored his second harness racing victory in the last three weeks as the John DiStefano trainee went coast to coast in Sunday's $15,000 feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Jimmy Devaux piloted the six year old trotter in the 1 1/16 mile Open and moved him out to the lead after an opening quarter of 27.1. Just Make Believe got a bit of a breather in the middle half but braced for the late surge from the race's favorite Boli who came charging hard in the final quarter. Boli's move was too little too late as he ended up second best to Just Make Believe who covered the 1 1/16 miles in 2:02.4. Boli was the runner up for the second consecutive time while Stirling Cadet (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Just Make Believe, who returned $7.40 to win on Sunday, scored for the fifth time in his last seven starts. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a 4:00pm first post. Mike Sardella

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