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Continuing what has been a tremendous month of September for him, harness racing driver Jimmy Devaux piloted winners in both halves of the co-featured trotting races on Thursday's card at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Dave Dewhurst-trained New York Chrome (Deweycheatumnhowe) prevailed in the $10,250 local feature for New York sired trotters two weeks ago and returned to town on Thursday following a second consecutive victory which came in the Excelsior series at Batavia Downs. Devaux came from well off the pace with New York Chrome as the three year old trotter cruised past his rivals to prevail in 1:58 on Thursday. The victory was the eighth on the year for the sophomore who spent a large portion of his summer competing in Exclesiors and in the fair circuit as part of the NY Sire Stakes. Devaux swept the co-features as he went coast-to-coast with the Dave Spagnola trainee Congo King (Conway Hall) for the second straight week. The five year old trotter, who was winless in 2017 before scoring in career-best fashion last week for Devaux, completed back-to-back jacks with a 1:58.4 score on Thursday. Devaux, who has been dominant of late, is now just 21 victories away from the 5,000 career win plateau. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Cash Poor (Cash Hall) scored in the Sunday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel to continue what has been a sensational streak for harness racing driver Jimmy Devaux. The Maureen Salino trainee made an easy lead in Sunday's $14,000 Winners Over trot and he never looked back. After cruising through a first half in 58.3, Cash Poor remained untested through three quarters in 1:27.4 before trotting out to win in 1:56.2. Cash Poor returned $8.90 in the win, which was his third of the season. Soul Train (Bruce Aldrich Jr) sat the pocket and finished second while Silent Pine (Bruce Cooper) earned the show spot. Devaux has surged up the driver standings in the past two weeks while recorded five wins on a card on multiple occasions. Cash Poor, who gave Devaux his lone winner on the Sunday card, led an exacta and triple that paid $49.60 and $117, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella

Respectable Dream (If I Can Dream) pulled off a harness racing upset in the Saturday night feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Richie Silverman-trained pacer scored a wire-to-wire win in the $14,000 Winners Over with Mark Beckwith in the sulky. Respectable Dream was coming off a third place finish in last week's Open Pace when he was dismissed at odds of 13-1 in Saturday's feature. Beckwith moved Respectable Dream out to a pretty easy lead and by the time the favored Givenupdreaming (Billy Dobson) made his move first over, it was too little too late. Respectable Dream paced his final half in 55.2 en route to victory in 1:52.2. We Think Alike (Bruce Aldrich Jr) got the pocket ride behind the eventual winner and wound up finishing second. Seeley Man (Shawn Gray) was late on the scene to be third. The trip proved to be too difficult for Givenupdreaming who had to settle for fourth in the feature. Respectable Dream returned $29.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $180.50 and $844, respectively. While it was just winner number three on the season for the six year old gelding, it was his third in the last six starts. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

There were eight County Fair Harness Racing Finals as part of the New York Sire Stakes on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The two and three year old pacers and trotters who accrued the most points while traveling throughout the state in the fair circuit all summer long competed in the finals on Friday night. Red hot reinsman Jimmy Devaux stayed that way on Friday as the veteran chauffeur piloted four winners among the eight fair finals that each went for a purse of $10,000. There was one non-betting race among the eight finals and it was two year old colt pacer Buckys Brat (Quik Pulse Mindale) who prevailed to continue his amazing summer. Devaux piloted the Larry LaPage trainee to a wire-to-wire win in the non-wagering event as the freshman stopped the timer in 1:56.1 for his eleventh win in fifteen seasonal tries. A dominant force this summer in the fair circuit, Buckys Brat will likely take part in the Excelsior Final as well as the two year old has been on a tear of late in Excelsior B's as part of the NY Sire Stakes. Devaux drove the winner of the three year old filly pace as Bonita Island (Artiscape) prevailed on the engine and guided longshot Royal Bahama (RC Royalty), who overcame his outside post, to a win in the division for two year old colt and gelding trotters. Devaux's final victory on the night came with the Dave Dewhurst-trained Anja (Credit Winner) who scored in the three year old filly final to complete the grand slam for Devaux. There was a pair of upset winners in County Fair Finals as Gary Clark's Golden Attitude (Conway Hall) scored at odds of 12-1 in the three year old colt and gelding trot final while Napper Tandy (Art Major) upset at 17-1 in the three year old pace final for colts and geldings with Ben McNeil in the sulky. The other winners on Friday night were NY Spirit (Lucky Chucky) in the freshman filly trot final with Frank Coppola Jr. in the sulky while Casie's Believer (Betterthancheddar) scored in the freshman filly pace for Shawn Gray to wrap up the evening. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Congo King (Conway Hall) set a new lifetime mark on Thursday afternoon as he scored in the $10,250 co-feature for harness racing New York sired trotters at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Dave Spagnola trainee came into the race winless in 2017 but on Thursday was up to the task. Red hot reinsman Jimmy Devaux piloted Congo King for the first time and set sail with him in the co-feature. After recording pretty comfortable fractions on the engine, the five year old trotted away from his rivals before stopping the timer in 1:58, a new career best. Devaux, who is getting close to the 5,000 win mark for his career, has been on a tear of late both at Saratoga and at Monticello, where he is the leading driver. Devaux scored five victories last Thursday at the Spa and had another five-win day at Monticello on Monday. On Thursday afternoon, the veteran reinsman piloted four more winners as he continues his pursuit of victory number 5,000. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Whether harness racing at Vernon Downs or at Saratoga Casino Hotel, JK Panache (Art Major) has been a force in the Open Pace for the last several years. On Saturday night, the Dave Dewhurst-trained eight year old toughed out a first-over journey to record his eighth victory of the season. The classy pacer took a couple months off this summer and returned in August at Vernon where he rattled off two wins and a second in his three comeback tries. In his return to the Spa on Saturday, JK Panache was the 3-2 betting favorite in the $18,000 feature and was driven by Shawn Gray. After the first quarter went in a quick 27 seconds, the half was paced in 56 seconds and at that point, JK Panache made his move. He served as live cover for Givenupdreaming (Billy Dobson) and they, in tandem, cleared the leader and turned for home separated by just a half length. They took their battle right to the wire where JK Panache proved to be too tough in a mile paced in 1:52.4. Givenupdreaming was the runner-up while longshot Respectable Dream (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. The Saturday win for JK Panache was just his second in the local Open this year and his first since back in early May. Live racing continues at the Spa on Sunday afternoon with a matinee that kicks off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Little Santamonica (Little Steven) scored a wire-to-wire win in the Friday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The veteran nine year old loves the lead and driver Jimmy Devaux made sure to get her there in the $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open. Co-favored at odds of 8-5, Little Santamonica never endured an anxious moment and despite first half fractions of 27 and 55.3, drew away to win by almost five lengths in 1:52.2. The victory was the twelfth on the season for the Jordan Hope-trained distaffer who has thrived at Saratoga when coming to town to compete over the past few years. It was the fourth win in the local Open this year for the classy mare joining So Nice (Ponder) as the only two lady pacers to prevail in as many as four Opens in 2017. Brown Brinny (Bruce Aldrich Jr) finished second in her debut in the local feature while longshot West Liberty (Chris Long) came on for third. Little Santamonica paid $5.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $16.80 and $82, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Icanflylikeanangel (Archangel) has a New York Sire Stakes win on his resume in 2017 and the harness racing three year old added another victory to his card on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Benny Eggers trainee was the odds-on betting favorite in the $10,250 feature for New York Sired trotters and moved out to an easy lead with Bruce Aldrich Jr. in the sulky. The sophomore high-stepper had little difficulty cruising to a coast-to-coast win in 1:57.2 on the matinee program. Mind Your Manners (Mickey McGivern), also fresh off a try in the NYSS competition, sat the pocket and finished second in the feature while longshot Cash Bonus (Alek Chartrand) earned the show spot. Icanflylikeanangel has now tallied earnings of over $63,000 this season by way of five wins and five second place finishes. The victory was one of two for Aldrich on a day that saw reinsman Jimmy Devaux tally five winners. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Two year old trotting fillies were featured on the Saturday night harness racing card at Saratoga Casino Hotel. There were three divisions of the $53,500 New York Sire Stakes for freshman distaffers and the favorites thrived. Linda Toscano's Lima Novelty (Chapter Seven) moved her record to four-for-four in her freshman campaign behind an impressive score in 1:57.3. Frank Coppola Jr. piloted the 2-5 betting favorite Lima Novelty who never had an anxious moment on Saturday and is building her resume to be the top point earner among freshman trotting fillies this summer. Her win was just a fifth of a second off the track record for two year old fillies. Supergirl Riley's (Muscle Mass) lone defeat in NYSS competition coming into Saturday night came to Lima Novelty. The Erv Miller trainee was the 1-5 favorite while making her Spa debut and cruised to a decisive win with Marcus Miller in the sulky. The victory, which was the third in six career tries for Supergirl Riley, came in 1:58. Ake Svanstedt's Fury Road (Muscle Mass) was the third favorite to win in the three big Sire Stakes races on Saturday night as the freshman filly went wire-to-wire with Andrew Mccarthy in the bike. Fury Road won for the third time in her last four starts in stakes competition as the 4-5 favorite held off the late charge of longshot Cherry Peep (Dan Daley) to prevail in 1:58.4. The fastest freshman filly of the night did race in the NYSS but she was in Excelsior Series 'A' competition. The Chris Oakes-trained A Thing Goin On (Chapter Seven) went coast to coast in a career best 1:57.2 for driver Wally Hennessey to match the track record for two year old trotting fillies which was held by Goosebump Hanover who set the mark in 2015 with Jim Morrill Jr. in the sulky. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

J K Cowboy (Brandon's Cowboy) registered an upset in the Friday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The four year old prevailed in the $8,775 pace for colts and geldings, coming from off the pace to score at odds of 9-1. J K Cowboy moved first over on the race's favorite Ted The Ballboy (Chris Long) as second choice Party Boy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) observed the battle from the pocket spot. J K Cowboy got up in the final strides to prevail in 1:56 for his fourth win of the season and the second on the night for his connections. Driver Shawn Gray piloted the Joe DeCarlo-trained Cheyenne Deo (Rock N Roll Heaven) to a career-best win in the freshman filly's first start since the purchase for owner Bill Sartin of Bear, DE. While J K Cowboy's victory served as a bit of an upset, Cheyenne Deo's was anything but as the two year old romped in a career-best 1:57.1, doing so at odds of 1-9. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a fifteen race card featuring New York Sire Stakes for two year old trotting fillies. First post time is set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Harness racing three year old colts and geldings took center stage at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Wednesday night. There were two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for sophomore trotters that went for purses of $91,550 and both were won by three year olds by sire Chapter Seven. Lord Cromwell (Chapter Seven- Oh Oh Its Magic- Credit Winner) was moved out to the early lead by driver Jim Morrill Jr. and the Ed Hart trainee rebuffed the challenge of the favored Eye Ofa Tiger As (Jason Bartlett) en route to a career best win in 1:54.3. Lord Cromwell prevailed in a local start last week which served as a nice prep for the sophomore trotter who registered the biggest victory of his young career on Wednesday night. The win time served as a new lifetime mark for Lord Cromwell and was just a fifth of a second off the all-time track record for three year old trotters. Eye Ofa Tiger As had to settle for second but extended his streak of finishing first or second to eight consecutive starts. Swell Chap (Chapter Seven- Gia-Lindy Lane) recorded his first Sire Stakes victory on Wednesday as he went coast-to-coast with Wally Hennessey in the sulky. The Todd Rooney-trained trotter sizzled through a first quarter of 27.3 before backing things down and getting a fairly soft middle half. Swell Chap held strong in the stretch to record his fifth win on the campaign, stopping the timer in 1:55.4. Cresurrey (Credit Winner), part of a Trond Smedshammer-trained entry, wound up as the runner-up to Swell Chap on Wednesday night. New York Sire Stakes action returns to Saratoga on Saturday night when two year old trotting fillies are featured. Live racing continues on Friday night with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Last week's Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel saw harness racing rivals Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) and Up The Alley (Muscle Mass) hit the line at the same time. It was the first dead-heat in an Open thus far in 2017 at the Spa. In Tuesday's installment of the $18,000 Open, Cash Me Out and Up The Alley got away last and second to last as a speed duel ensued. After fractions of 27.3 and 55.2 were put up in the first half, Cash Me Out and Up The Alley made their moves. The Kyle Spagnola-trained Cash Me Out powered up first over and took over the lead with relative ease. Up The Alley followed that one's cover and as the front-runner tired, that tandem drew off from the field. Cash Me Out, who was driven by Billy Dobson, opened up a big lead around the final turn and wound up stopping the timer in 1:54 for his second consecutive score in the feature. Up The Alley (Dan Cappello Jr) came up second best and has now finished first or second in four consecutive tries in the Open. Longshot Tober (Brian Cross), who finished third behind the top tandem last week, did so once again on Tuesday night. Cash Me Out returned $6.50 to win in what was his sixth victory of the season. The exacta and triple came back $66 and $480.50, respectively. Cash Me Out is owned by the Traylor Racing Stable, LLC of Ballston Spa, NY. Their stable scored a pair of victories on the night as trotter Cash Poor (Jimmy Devaux) prevailed in the race following the Open on the Tuesday card. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a fifteen race card featuring NY Sire Stakes for three year old colt and gelding trotters. First post time is set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) did on Saturday night what Artful Way does as the Jackie Greene harness racing trainee scored an Open Pace win at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The track's defending Pacer of the Year went coast to coast in Saturday's $18,000 feature and never suffered an anxious moment. Coming in off a victory in the Plainridge Open earlier in the week, Artful Way utilized his early speed to make it to the top with relative ease. After getting a first half in 56.2, he had plenty left for the back-half and cruised to the win in 1:52.1 with Frank Coppola Jr. in the sulky. Longshot Wynberg Courage N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) was the runner-up as the 28-1 shot got the pocket ride and held on to earn the place spot on Saturday while fellow invader Maxdaddy Blue Chip (Billy Dobson) came on to finish third. Though Artful Way was the race's odds-on favorite, the exacta and triple in the Open paid well. The exacta returned $42.40 while the triple came back $271 in the seven-horse feature. Artful Way joined stablemate Titus Seelster as four-time winners of the Open Pace at the Spa this season. Both standouts are owned by the Kellogg Racing Stables of Queensbury, NY. Artful Way's connections also had the winner of Wednesday night's Fillies and Mares Open as Stylsh Beachwhere scored the victory in a local feature for the second time in three tries. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Beyonces Rockn (Rock N Roll Heaven) was destiny's child at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the five year old mare scored in the Friday harness racing feature. Making her local debut, Beyonces Rockn moved out to the early lead in the $10,500 feature for fillies and mares and the Jennifer Lappe trainee never looked back. The invader didn't face her first challenge until checking in at three quarters in 1:26 when Walk Two Moons (Frank Coppola Jr) rolled up to the outside of the 3-1 shot Beyonces Rockn. The eventual winner had little difficultly thwarting that bid before being faced with the chore of holding off the favored Sometimes Graceful (Wally Hennessey) who got the pocket trip on Friday. Beyonces Rockn, who had competed in Opens at Yonkers and Tioga earlier in the summer, rediscovered the winning way as she hit the line first in 1:54.1 for her eighth victory of the season. Sometimes Graceful came up second best while Walk Two Moons earned the show spot. Beyonces Rockn, who was driven to victory by Bruce Aldrich Jr, paid $8.40 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $28 and $79.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Stylish Beachwhere (Somebeachsomewhere) moved her record to three-for-four since coming to Saratoga Casino Hotel with a harness racing victory in Wednesday's $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open. The Jackie Greene-trained distaffer came first over in a race that saw first half fractions of 26.4 and 55.3 get put up by Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey). Stylish Beachwhere took over turning for home and by the time the favored Little Santamonica (Jim Devaux) could get free in the passing lane, Stylish Beachwhere had the jump on her. The four year old mare recorded her second victory in three tries in the local feature by stopping the timer in 1:53. Little Santamonica was the runner up while Godiva Seelster earned the show spot. Stylish Beachwhere paid $7.00 to win in a very evenly bet feature and led an exacta and triple that came back $21 and $69.50, respectively. She was driven to victory by Frank Coppola Jr. who piloted three winners on the card, two of which came while driving for Greene. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

The Open Trot had its first harness racing dead-heat of the season on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The $18,000 Open saw seven top-flight square off in what would be the first 'tie' of the year in a feature at the Spa. Kyle Spagnola's Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) was co-favored at odds of 2-1 as he made his return from a brief stint at Yonkers. Up The Alley (Muscle Mass) came into the Open off back to back runner up tries in the local feature just a month after setting a lifetime mark at the Meadowlands. Twisted Pretzel (Jim Devaux) may be having the best season of any local trotter and on Tuesday night got an easy lead over a track labeled sloppy. Twisted Pretzel went a first half in 59.1 before Cash Me Out came first over on him. As Cash Me Out was grinding it out first-up, Up The Alley was drafting with cover. It was that tandem that swallowed up the leader late in the mile and matched strides right up to the wire when it got there together for a dead heat in 1:56.2. Yonkers invader Tober (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot while Twisted Pretzel had to settle for fourth. The win for Cash Me Out gave driver Billy Dobson his third victory on the card. For the five year old Up The Alley, it was his first Open win at Saratoga. Up The Alley is trained by Richie Silverman. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

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