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It's A Miracle (Always A Virgin) broke the track record for four-year-old pacing mares on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. After finishing second and third in her first three tries in the $17,000 Sunday feature, It's A Miracle scored despite a first over journey. Bruce Aldrich Jr.piloted the Jose Godinez-trained mare to the 1:52.1 victory, a time that broke the mark for four-year-old mares and matched the time set by Let's Go Higher as the fastest for a mare this year at the Spa. The win was of four on the card for Aldrich. Live racing resumes on Thursday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

On Sunday afternoon, Let’s Go Higher (Cole Muffler) continued her stretch as the most consistent participant in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Heidi Rohr-trained mare was the Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year last year at the Spa and after going wire-to-wire in Sunday’s $17,000 Open, now owns three victories this season in the top race for distaff pacers. Shawn Gray sat behind Let’s Go Higher as they made every pole a winning one before stopping the timer in 1:53.4, holding off a late bid from the favored It’s A Miracle (Bruce Aldrich Jr) who ended up as the runner up. So Nice (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot behind the six year old Let’s Go Higher who owns a share of the track record for Aged Pacing Mares after prevailing in 1:52.1 on June 1st. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

On Saturday night, Source Of Pride (American Ideal) became the first horse to win as many as two Open Paces this year at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Tracy Brainard-trainee announced his presence in the Saturday feature with authority last week as he not only prevailed in his first try against the top horses the track has to offer but did so in 1:52, the fastest mile of the season at the Spa. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted Source Of Pride once again on Saturday and had to settle for a first over journey to the race's favorite Eighteen (Billy Dobson). Source Of Pride wore down the public choice and emerged with a 1:52.3 victory. His win not only made him the first two-time winner of the Open Pace this year but made him the first horse to win back-to-back Opens since March of 2013. Longshot Recent News (Shawn Gray) closed to be second in the $17,000 feature while Eighteen held on for third. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Mach To The Max (Mach Three) recorded his second consecutive victory in the JP Morel Memorial Pacing Series at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The three-year-old pacer made his local debut back in April with a solid third place finish. Things have only gotten better for the Jackie Rousse trainee since then and he will head into next week’s Series Final as the one to beat. On Sunday, Billy Dobson sat the pocket with Mach To The Max behind fellow Leg One winner Sassy Hanover (Bruce Aldrich Jr). Mach To The Max flew by around the final turn and stopped the timer in a career best 1:55.3. Making good at odds of 1-5, Mach To The Max became the only back-to-back winner in the pacing series that honors the memory of longtime Saratoga driver JP Morel. Sassy Hanover will take part in next week’s Final as well following his second place finish behind Mach To The Max while Regalwood (Jim Devaux) closed to finish third. The other division of the series that was contested on Sunday saw My Name Is Sam (American Ideal) secure a win in 1:56.1 for trainer-driver Jay Randall. The Series Final, scheduled to be contested for a purse of upwards of $15,000, will take place next Sunday. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Stephane Bouchard recorded win number 8,000 for his career on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The veteran reinsman is a multiple driving champion at Yonkers and Monticello Raceways and has become a full time pilot at Saratoga in recent years. The 47-year-old Bouchard reached the historic milestone while sitting behind trotter Lotto Winner (Credit Winner) for trainer Sam Schillaci. Lotto Winner was coming off a win by more than a dozen lengths last week when she just held on for a wire to wire score for Bouchard on Sunday’s matinee. The Canadian native becomes a very rare driver to pilot as many as 8,000 winners in a career and isn’t close to being done yet. Bouchard, who finished second in the driver standings last season at Saratoga, is once again in the top five this year. He was joined by friends and family for a presentation in the winner’s circle recognizing his terrific achievement. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Village Jackson continued the lengthy streak of different harness racing winners in the Saturday night Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night. Though he had finished second or third in the previous three Opens, Village Jackson (Camluck) had never recorded an Open score but that changed after outsprinting his rivals home in Saturday’s $17,000 feature for driver Jimmy Devaux. Dismissed at odds of 12-1, the Geoff Howles-trained speedster stopped the clock in 1:55.3 for the Open score after making a sweeping move late in the mile. Longshot Kyle Major (Jason Ryan) finished second while the favorite Rock To Glory (Bruce Aldrich Jr) had to settle for third after being shuffled back until getting loose late in the stretch. Despite it being a six horse Open because of two scratches, the exacta returned $116.50 and the trifecta came back a hefty $1,024. There have still been no two-time winners this season in the Saturday feature.   Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at the Spa with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm. By Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Slugfest (Conway Hall) continued his Open Trot dominance on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Maureen Salino-trainee scored his fourth consecutive win in the local feature behind a 1:56.4 victory from post eight. Jay Randall piloted Slugfest to the fastest time of the season for any trotter at the Spa. Despite winning three straight Opens, Slugfest was dismissed at odds of 7-1. Obrigado (Kim Crawford) was the runner up for the second straight week behind Slugfest while Just Make Believe (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot just as he did in last week’s Friday feature. The exacta returned $84.50 and the trifecta came back $356. Slugfest became the first horse in several seasons to win four consecutive Opens at Saratoga. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

My Sweet Mandy (Mach Three) pulled off a mild upset in the $6,000 conditional-claimer at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday night. Billy Dobson piloted the mare for trainer Allen Sisco and sat third behind the race’s favorites Muncie (Shawn Gray) and Kamanche Moon (Mark Beckwith). The gray mare slid out heading to three quarters and pounced on her rivals securing the win in 1:56.4. My Sweet Mandy was the lone lady and bested the boys at odds of 11-1. Kamanche Moon wound up finishing second while Muncie held on for third. By Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

The longshots just kept coming on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. A week full of big price winners continued in the $18,190 Open Pace as Spinarama (Cam's Card Shark) parlayed his pocket ride to victory in 1:54.2. The Allan Johnson trainee was dismissed at odds of 34-1 despite being the runner up in the previous week's feature. Austin Siegelman sat behind the five-year-old pacer as he pounced on front-running Mystical Valentine (Jason Ryan) in the stretch to record his first ever win in the local open. Mystical Valentine was a close second while Village Jackson (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. The upset victory for Spinarama was the seventh winner of the weekend that prevailed at odds of 20-1 or higher. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Slugfest became the first trotter to win two Opens in the young season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Jay Randall piloted the Maureen Salino-trained trotter to a wire to wire victory for the second consecutive Friday night. The five year old Slugfest (Conway Hall) became a quarter millionaire with his win last week and on Friday matched the fastest trotting time of the season with his score in 1:57.2. Longshot A Megabuck (Chris Long) closed well to finish second and complete a $98 exacta behind the 9-5 favorite Slugfest. Wind Neath My Feet (Jordan Derue) earned the show spot in a $398 trifecta. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Class dropping Coach Cal (Camluck) put in a big effort on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway en route to his first victory of the year. The Allan Johnson-trained pacer was coming off an improved third at Monticello when he drew the rail in Thursday's $4,600 conditional pace. Austin Siegelman piloted the five year old pacer whose win in 1:54.4 was one of the fastest of the season thus far at Saratoga. The favorite Aled Hanover (Shawn Gray) came up second best while Memory Game (Billy Dobson) finished third. Coach Cal returned $8.90 to win for his wire to wire effort. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Venus Delight (Bettor's Delight) won her first local Fillies and Mares Open on Sunday afternoon as the four year old outclosed her rivals en route to a 1:57.2 victory at Saratoga Raceway. Jordan Derue piloted the mare for trainer Frank Podlenski. Venus Delight, a New York Sire Stakes star last year, finished third in her debut in the $17,000 Open two weeks ago but on Sunday would not be denied. Mc Taylor (Billy Dobson), the winner of the previous Fillies and Mares Open was the runner up this week while Little Santamonica (Jim Devaux) held on for the third despite being parked the mile. Venus Delight is now 11 for 20 in the win column in her young career and she recorded the Sunday upset at odds of 9-1. Live racing resumes on Thursday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Muscle Beachboy (Somebeachsomewhere) became the fifth horse to win the Open Pace in five seasonal Opens at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Tracy Brainard-trained pacer went out to the early lead and had to withstand sizzling fractions on a chilly Saturday night before having plenty left in the stretch. Dan Cappello Jr piloted Muscle Beachboy to the 1:54.2, a win time that matched the fastest of the young season at the Spa. Spinarama (Austin Siegelman) finished second in the $18,190 feature while Village Jackson (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Muscle Beachboy, the race’s morning line favorite, returned $8.40 to win. By Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Slugfest (Conway Hall) has come out swinging to start his 2014 campaign. The five-year-old gelding won Friday's Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway behind a wire to wire effort. The Maureen Salino trained trotter began his season last week with a fast closing second in the Open and on Friday night, went right out to the early lead. Jay Randall sat behind Slugfest and as he posted very even fractions before winning it in 1:59 over a sloppy track. Cash Poor (Austin Siegelman) finished second for the third time in four tries in the local feature while longshot House Money (Bruce Aldrich Jr) held on for third in the $18,190 Open. Slugfest returned $6.40 to win as the public's second choice in the betting. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Brussel Sprout (Glidemaster) completed a training double for Heidi Rohr on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The conditional trotter was dropping down from the $15,000 claimers when he finally moved to a good post with driver Shawn Gray in the sulky. The morning line favorite, Brussel Sprout followed the cover of the race's public choice before tipping three wide around the final turn. The five-year-old trotter had plenty left in the tank to cruise by his rivals before securing a 2:01 victory. Brussel Sprout went off at odds of 7-2 and completed a double for Saratoga's defending Trainer of the Year Heidi Rohr, who also teamed up with Gray for a victory with pacer Chrome Seelster (Stonebridge Regal). by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway

Stitch In Time (Keystone Nordic) continued his winning ways on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The four-year-old trotter came to town from the Midwest as a winning machine, prevailing in 10 of his 16 lifetime starts heading into this year. Stitch In Time has teamed up with driver Billy Dobson and together they have gone three-for-three following a wire-to-wire Sunday score. The victory in 1:59.4 over the "off" track on Sunday served as a lifetime mark for the Amber Buter trained trotter. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

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