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Ulster (Glidemaster) continued his sensational start to the harness racing season at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Sunday afternoon as the Amanda Facin trainee won the Open Trot for already the fifth time in 2018. Ulster made an easy lead in Sunday's installment of the $14,500 Open and cruised through a first half in 58.3 while traveling unopposed. Crazycat (Bruce Aldrich Jr), last week's feature winner, came from last in the five-horse field and pestered the favored leader for the majority of the second half before Ulster drew off late to win in 1:56.2 over a track labeled 'good.' Crazycat is in the midst of his breakout season as well as he added a second place finish to his resume on Sunday while Twisted Pretzel (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Ulster, the race's 4-5 betting favorite, was driven to victory by Jay Randall. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga as the first leg of the John Mongeon Sr. Memorial Trotting Series highlights the twelve race card. First post time is set for 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Texas Terror N (Western Terror) completed a natural hat trick of Open victories for his harness racing connections as the ten year old pacer prevailed in the $14,500 feature on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Trainer Jose Godinez and driver Bruce Aldrich Jr teamed up for a win in last weekend's Open Trot with Crazycat (Crazed) and also secured a victory on Friday night with their Betabcool N (Bettor's Delight) in the local Fillies and Mares Open. On Saturday, Texas Terror N was bet down to odds of 1-2 as he looked to record his first victory of the year in the Saratoga Open Pace in just two tries. In Texas Terror N's lone start in the feature heading into Saturday, the classy pacer had to settle for a second place finish as he was the runner-up to fellow Open veteran JK Panache in a 1:53.1 mile on a chilly March evening. On Saturday, which was another cold night in the Spa City, Aldrich moved the favored Texas Terror N out to the lead in a brisk first quarter of 27.2. From there, the classy pacer put up 28.3 quarters for the remainder of the mile before stopping the timer in 1:53.1 as a wrapped-up winner. Texas Terror N flipped the script on JK Panache, who this week was the runner-up while invader Doctor Butch (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Texas Terror N's connections will look for their fourth consecutive victory in a Saratoga Open on Sunday after when Crazycat tries to overcome his outside post in the featured Open Trot. Live racing takes place on Sunday afternoon with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella

Betabcool N (Bettor's Delight) became the first harness racing distaffer to win the Fillies and Mares Open three times in 2018 when on Friday night she went coast to coast. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted the Jose Godinez trainee who powered out to the top in a fast 26.4 first quarter. Despite not getting a significant breather at any point in the mile, Betabcool N held strong throughout and hung on to win in 1:53.2 in the $14,500 Friday feature. The favored Tempus Seelster (Billy Dobson) raced first over on the Open's eventual winner and wound up as the runner-up while Spreester (Frank Coppola Jr), who had won the previous two installments of the local Open, came on to finish third. Each of the top three finishers on Friday night had two victories in the Open this year before Betabcool N moved her tally to three behind the wire-to-wire victory in the seventh Fillies and Mares Open to be contested this season. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Some Royalty (RC Royalty) did on Thursday what no other trotter has done in 2018 at Saratoga Casino Hotel when she won for the sixth time of the harness racing season. The Angus Mac Donald trainee won her final start of 2017, went five-for-five to begin this season and still wasn't the favorite in the $9,630 co-featured event for New York sired trotters on Thursday as she tasked to take on a very sharp rival. Billy Dobson moved Some Royalty out to the lead and after the race's favorite made a break around the final turn, her lead lengthened in the stretch. Though she got a bit tired in the final strides, Some Royalty had enough left to win for the seventh consecutive time and to set a lifetime mark of 1:57.4. Recording her sixth win on the campaign, Some Royalty joined claiming pacer Doc's Zippy as the only two horses to register as many as six victories in the young season at the Spa. Just as was the case last Thursday, Mac Donald trainees won both halves of the co-features as Cash N Chrome (Kim Crawford) prevailed in the other $9,630 race for New York sired high-steppers when he came from off the pace to win in 1:59.3. Live racing continues on Friday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Five year old trotter Crazycat (Crazed) is in the midst of his breakout season and on Sunday he won the Open Trot for the second consecutive time at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Bruce Aldrich Jr. co-owns Crazycat and sat behind him as they came away fourth in the $12,000 feature. The track's defending Trotter of the Year Twisted Pretzel (Jim Devaux) was on the front-end and cruised along with leisurely fractions. After going a half in 58.2, Twisted Pretzel was met with the challenge of the favored Cash Me Out (Mark Beckwith). The leader rebuffed the first over bid but it was Crazycat who would wind up charging down the center of the track in the stretch to win it all. The victory is the second straight in the local Open for the Jose Godinez trainee who on Sunday scored in 1:56.3. Twisted Pretzel came up second best while Cash Me Out earned the show spot. Crazycat paid $9.10 to win while pulling off the mild upset. The exacta and triple paid $38.40 and $97.50, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

On Saturday night, Deetzy (Jereme's Jet) did what no other horse has been able to do at Saratoga Casino Hotel since February and that is defeat harness racing star Artful Way. The track's defending Horse of the Year, Artful Way has prevailed in three consecutive Saturday night features but was assigned post eight in this week's installment of the $12,000 Open for pacers. Deetzy had post three as he stepped back up into the feature following back to back wins in conditional races. Phil Fluet picked up the catch drive behind Deetzy and moved the Jim Nickerson trainee out to the early lead. After a relatively comfortable first half in 56.4, Deetzy paced up a storm heading to three quarters and opened up a lead that would prove to be insurmountable. The six year old stopped the timer in 1:52.2 as he scored at odds of 6-1. Poisonous (Mark Beckwith) was the Open's runner up for the second consecutive week while JK Panache (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. The even money favorite Artful Way was a non-factor on Saturday as the trip got the best of the superstar pacer. Deetzy, who paid $15.40 to win, led an exacta and triple that paid $54 and $301, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella

Spreester (American Ideal) made her return to Saratoga Casino Hotel a winning one last week as harness racing trainer Paul Zabielski re-acquired the mare before last week's start in the local Fillies and Mares Open. Spreester went last to first to prevail in her return to the Spa last week and on Friday night was dismissed at odds of 6-1 as she looked to repeat. Spreester wound up first over in the $12,000 feature for distaffers and the seven year old made a power move to challenge front-running Tempus Seelster (Billy Dobson). Those two battled it out for nearly a half mile before Spreester drew away at the head of the stretch and won in 1:53, the fastest time for a pacing mare thus far this season at Saratoga. Tempus Seelster finished second while Betabcool N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Spreester, who has now earned over $675,000 in her career, paid $15.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $55.50 and $141.50 with the race's top two favorites finishing in the money with her. Spreester was driven to victory by Frank Coppola Jr. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Trainer Angus Mac Donald swept the harness racing co-features on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The veteran conditioner is based at Vernon Downs but spends much of the year competing at Saratoga. Mac Donald's stable star thus far this season has been Some Royalty (RC Royalty) and on Thursday, the four year old mare won for the sixth consecutive time. Prevailing in her final start of 2016, Some Royalty moved her seasonal record to five-for-five on Thursday as she recorded another win in the $8,030 co-feature for New York sired trotters. Leading driver Billy Dobson piloted Some Royalty to the 1:59.1 victory. Mac Donald's Cash N Chrome (Cash Hall) tracked down the favorite in his division of the co-featured trot with Kim Crawford in the sulky. Dobson was looking to sweep the co-features as he sat behind the favored Trotamundo who was seeking his fourth win of the year but Cash N Chrome reeled that one in in the final strides to prevail in 2:00.3 on a cold, windy day in the Spa City on Thursday to complete the sweep for the Mac Donald stable. Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

A couple of familiar faces made trips to the winner's circle in Saturday's harness racing co-features at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Artful Way (Artistic Fella) is the back-to-back Pacer of the Year at the track and scored his third consecutive victory in the local Open Pace on Saturday night. Frank Coppola Jr. sat patiently with the Open Pace's 1-5 favorite before unleashing him in the final 3/8 of a mile. The Jackie Greene trainee swooped the group before stopping the timer in 1:52.3 for the 38th win in 108 career starts. While Artful Way has already taken home plenty of hardware, winning numerous awards in the last couple of seasons at the Spa, Ulster (Glidemaster) has just emerged as the track's top trotting force this year. The Amanda Facin-trained trotter was the betting public's 1-2 favorite and wasted no time marching out to the early lead in the Open Trot, a race normally contested on Sunday afternoons but which went on Saturday night instead due to the Easter holiday. Ulster went coast-to-coast in 1:55.4 with Jay Randall in the sulky, never encountering an anxious moment en route to his fourth Open victory in six starts in 2018. Artful Way and Ulster, Saratoga's most dominant pacer and trotter, respectively, this season continued their local dominance in a rare double feature of Opens on Saturday at the Spa. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella

A familiar face made her return to town a winning one in Friday night's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Spreester (American Ideal) has been a top flight pacing mare in seasons past at the Spa but changed connections a few years back. The daughter of former Pacing Mare Of The Year Rodeo Spree, Spreester was the first horse in over a decade to be named the track's Two Year and Three Year Old Pacer of the Year in successive seasons when she achieved that feat in 2013 and 2014, respectively. An Open winner as recently as the '15 season, Spreester returned to the stable of Paul Zabielski this week and competed in Friday's $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open. After getting away last in the seven-horse field, Spreester picked off distaffers one by one late in the mile before charging past her rivals to prevail in 1:54. The fractions in the race were sizzling and after a first half that went in 55.1, the race's leader began to tire. Spreester took advantage as she made her return to the Spa a winning one, upsetting at odds of 19-1. Ask Queenie (Jay Randall), who was part of the early speed duel, finished second while Mystical Nectar (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Spreester, who was driven to victory by Frank Coppola Jr, led an exacta and triple that paid $356 and $2,187, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Some Royalty (RC Royalty) continued her recent dominance in Thursday's harness racing co-feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Angus Mac Donald-trained four year old wrapped up her 2017 season with an open-length victory in the non-winners of two lifetime condition. Some Royalty's winning ways carried over to the '18 campaign as she won her first three starts of the year heading into Thursday's try in the $7,500 co-feature for New York sired trotters. Leading driver Billy Dobson got a pocket trip on Thursday for the Mac Donald stable's new star and pulled the pocket heading to three quarters. The mare drew away from her rivals to win by almost six lengths, stopping the timer in 1:58.1 as the race's 3-5 betting favorite. The other co-feature was won by Amazing Sevens (Chapter Seven), who for the second straight week scored in 1:57.4 with Frank Coppola Jr. in the sulky. Live racing continues on Friday evening with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Crazycat (Crazed) is enjoying a breakout season in the early going of the 2018 harness racing campaign at Saratoga Casino Hotel and that breakout continued on Sunday afternoon. The Jose Godinez-trained five year old recorded his first ever Open Trot victory on the matinee card, coming from off the pace to score in a career-best 1:55.1 with co-owner Bruce Aldrich Jr. in the sulky. Crazycat finished second in his debut in the local feature two weeks back and even after making a break last week, was the public's 9-5 second choice in the wagering in Sunday afternoon's installment of the $12,000 Open. Cash Me Out (Mark Beckwith) finished second on Sunday following third-place finishes in his previous two cracks at the Open while longshot Quick Feet (Phil Fluet) earned the show spot. In addition to being a new lifetime mark for Crazycat, the 1:55.1 also served as a new seasonal-best for trotters at the Spa thus far this year. The race's exacta and triple, with the favorite out of it, paid $20.80 and $181.50, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Carolina Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) made his harness racing debut in the Open Pace a winning one on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Melissa Beckwith trainee was lightly raced in his first couple of seasons but showed his propensity for winning last season when he prevailed in four of eight starts. After going two-for-four, including a career-best 1:53 win from post eight earlier in the month, Carolina Beach made his debut in the $12,000 local Open on Saturday night and was assigned the rail. Mark Beckwith got the four year old pacer a pocket trip behind longshot leader Some Attitude (Frank Coppola Jr) and Carolina Beach surged at the wire to record the victory by the slimmest of margins, stopping the timer in 1:53.1. Some Attitude, the 21-1 longest shot on the board, came up second best while In The Huddle (Jordan Derue) earned the show spot. Carolina Beach paid $10.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $113.50 and $686, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee starting at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

After prevailing in her first career start in the local Open, Tempus Seelster (Big Jim) finished second in back to back tries in the $12,000 harness racing feature for fillies and mares at Saratoga Casino Hotel heading into Friday night. The Heidi Rohr trainee was the public's even money favorite in the five-horse Open for distaffers and driver Billy Dobson piloted the mare aggressively to the lead approaching the half. Powering past major danger Glenferrie Bronte N, Tempus Seelster opened up a big lead at the head of the stretch before scoring in 1:53.3. Mystical Nectar (Jim Devaux) finished second in her first crack at the local Open while longshot Mydelight Bluechip (Ben Mcneil) earned the show spot. Tempus Seelster's win was one of four on the night for the meet's leading driver Billy Dobson. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Amazing Sevens (Chapter Seven) had a strong freshman campaign back in 2016 at Saratoga Casino Hotel when the Dave Spagnola-trained trotter established a lifetime mark of 1:58.4. After being an award-nominated two year old at the Spa in '16, Amazing Sevens had a slow 2017 season while lightly raced. Following a lengthy layoff, Amazing Sevens made his seasonal debut last week when he finished sixth. On Thursday afternoon, the four year old high-stepper drew the rail in the co-feature for New York sired trotters and was faced with a first-over journey against the race's favorite. Amazing Sevens overpowered the leader and drew away to prevail in his second start of the season and did so in a career-best 1:57.4 with Frank Coppola Jr in the sulky. The other $8,030 co-feature was won by Angus Mac Donald's Some Royalty (RC Royalty) who moved her win streak to four with a wire-to-wire win in 1:58 with leading driver Billy Dobson in the sulky. Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Millionaire trotter Charmed Life (Majestic Son) made her harness racing seasonal debut on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Rene Allard trainee, who has over $1.3 million in career earnings, had two winning qualifiers as preps for her try in the $12,000 Spa Open on Sunday and wound up as the public's 3-5 betting favorite. Billy Dobson moved Charmed Life out to the early lead and the race's lone lady cruised through a first half in 58 seconds. Feeling just mild pressure, the eight year old classmaster kicked away from her rivals around the final turn before drawing off to win in 1:55.2. The final time matched last week's effort by Open trotter Ulster as the fastest of the season for a trotter at the Spa. On Sunday, longshot Piercewave Hanover (Jordan Derue) sat the pocket to Charmed Life and finished second while Cash Me Out (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. The exacta and triple in the feature paid $38.40 and $133.50, respectively. Charmed life now owns 31 victories in 128 lifetime starts. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time of 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

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