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Saratoga, NY - So Nice (Ponder) is a bridesmaid no more in the feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The five year old pacing mare was the runner up in two straight tries in the Fillies and Mares Open at the Spa heading into Friday's try in the $18,000 feature. Austin Siegelman piloted So Nice and moved her out to the early lead before giving way to rival Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) who sped past in an opening quarter of 26.4. So Nice, who wound up second best to Godiva Seelster in each of the last two Opens, would not be denied on Friday night and got up to win by a neck in 1:53. Carolsideal (Billy Dobson), the race's co-favorite with So Nice at odds of 8-5, came up second best while Godiva Seelster had to settle for third. For the Amber Buter-trained So Nice, it was victory number three on the season and extended her streak of hitting the board to eight in a row. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Credit Score (Credit Winner) cruised to victory in Thursday's featured claimer at the harness racing meeting Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The nine year old trotter dropped into the $7,500 claiming level for the first time and driver Alek Chartrand got the call to pilot the veteran for trainer Andy Sardella and owner Julie Asmussen, wife of thoroughbred trainer Steve Asmussen. Credit Score, the race's 6-5 betting favorite moved right out to the front and extended his lead throughout the mile before drawing off to win by more than five lengths in 1:57.3. It was the ninth victory in eighteen seasonal tries for Credit Score who was claimed out of Thursday's race. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm.                                       Mike Sardella  

Jolie I Am (Prayer I Am) continued his winning ways on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Andrew Byler-trained three year old is enjoying a terrific season in which he now owns six harness racing victories in nine starts. Leading driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted Jolie I Am and moved the favorite out to the lead approaching the quarter pole. The race's 4-5 betting favorite dug in to prevail in a career best 1:58.1 in the evening's co-featured $11,250 conditional trot for New York Sired participants. The win was one of three on the night for Aldrich who owns a hefty lead in the local driver standings while conditioner Andrew Byler scored a pair of victories on the card. Byler's Dions Prayer (Prayer I Am) cruised to a wire-to-wire victory in a career best 2:00 with reinsman Jimmy Devaux in the sulky. Devaux scored a grand slam on the Wednesday card. Live racing continues on Thursday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Slugfest, the most consistent trotting force at Saratoga Casino and Raceway over the past few seasons, made his return to the harness racing winner's circle on Tuesday night. The track's defending Trotter of the Year dominated the Open early on this season but over the past couple of months has had to settle for several seconds, a third and a few fourths. In Tuesday's $18,000 Open, driver Jay Randall moved the Maureen Salino trainee to the early lead and once he got there, the veteran trotter dug in. Slugfest (Conway Hall) recorded his seventh victory of the season, stopping the timer in 1:54.3, a time that matched Daylon Miracle for the fastest of the year for any trotter at the Spa. Zoey De Vie (Wally Hennessey) sat the pocket to Slugfest and wound up finishing second while Can I Say (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Slugfest returned $11.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $51.50 and $255.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Panocchio (No Pan Intended) prevailed in the Open Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for the fourth time this season. The track's defending Horse of the Year, Panocchio was the 9-5 second choice in the wagering in Saturday's feature and driver Gerry Mattison powered the star pacer out to the early lead in a sizzling 26.2 opening quarter. The fractions stayed fast for the Jimmy Mattison-trainee who cruised through a half in 55.3 before clicking off three quarters in 1:23.3. Panocchio, as he so often does, dug in when briefly confronted and paced away to score in 1:51.2. Longshot Martial Bliss (Jim Devaux) sat the pocket behind the winner and finished a strong second while Jin Dandy (Austin Siegelman) came on for third. It was the 30th victory in 71 career starts for Panocchio who paid $5.90 to win. The exacta in the $18,000 Open returned $66 while the triple came back $278. Panocchio is co-owned by Emile Johnson Jr and trainer Jimmy Mattison. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga beginning at 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Godiva Seelster (Camluck) continued her sensational season on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The harness racing five year old pacing mare recorded her second consecutive victory in the $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open behind a front-running effort covering the mile in 1:52.3. Wally Hennessey powered Godiva Seelster out early and as several leavers settled in, Hennessey drove on making the lead in 27 seconds flat. Just like last week, the Hall of Fame reinsman got the mare a solid second quarter breather before stepping on the gas in the third quarter to the tune of 27.3. Godiva Seelster had to hold off the late challenge from rival So Nice (Austin Siegelman) who she bested in last week's Open. So Nice once again was the bridesmaid in the feature for distaff pacers, settling for second. Longshot Bell On Wheels (Stephane Bouchard) saved ground behind the top two throughout and finished third. For the Dan Hennessey-trained Godiva Seeslter, it was win number ten on the season in nineteen starts. She paid $13.40 to win in the mild upset leading an exacta that returned $43.80 and a triple that came back $454. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

ABC Muscles Boy (Abc Garland) pulled off an upset in the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Tuesday night. The four year old trotter finished fourth in his lone local try in the trotting feature back in June and returned to the Spa to compete in Tuesday's $18,000 Open. Leading driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted for trainer David Russo and sat patiently on the rail with the 11-1 outsider before finding late life in the passing lane. ABC Muscles Boy surged up the pylons and scored in 1:55.1 getting by fellow longshot Lucid Thoughts (John Macdonald) who finished second while Slugfest (Jay Randall) came on for third. It was the sixth victory of the season for the young trotter who returned $24.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $173 and $534, respectively. Aldrich, who owns a big lead in the local driver standings this year, piloted four winners on the card. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Godiva Seelster (Camluck) paced the fastest time of any mare this season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Friday night. The Dan Hennessey-trainee was the 6-5 public choice in the $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open and worked hard to secure the early lead. Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey got the five year old mare to the front in a quick 27 second opening quarter but after a bit of a breather in the second quarter reached the half in 56.4. Pocket sitter So Nice (Bruce Aldrich Jr) took her shot at the favorite in the stretch but to no avail. Godiva Seelster stopped the timer in 1:52.2, the fastest time for a distaffer this year at the Spa and just a fifth of a second off the track record for aged pacing mares. So Nice was a strong second while Her Own Land (Billy Dobson) closed for third. It was the ninth victory on the season for Godiva Seelster who paid $4.60 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $15 and $40, respectively. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Saturday night with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Crystal Sphere (Conway Hall) recorded a harness racing lifetime best victory in the $10,500 featured trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday night. A winner last week in a career best 1:58.3, the Margaret Spagnola-trained four year old drew post position one and was the public's 4-5 favorite on Thursday night. Frank Coppola Jr. made an early move to the lead after coming away third and powered up to take over approaching the quarter pole. After a bit of a middle half breather, Crystal Sphere stepped away from his rivals to prevail convincingly in 1:58.1. It was the fourth win of the season for Crystal Sphere who is owned by the Our Blue Streaks Stable of Saratoga Springs and Dave Spagnola of Ballston Spa. Coppola piloted three winners on the Thursday card as he also drove young trotter Tropical Storm Bi (Equinox Bi) to an easy win earlier in the night to move that three year old's career record to five for six and claiming trotter Need Help Here to an upset victory late in the card. Live racing continues on Friday night at the Spa with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

The Phil Fluet Stable scored a double on the Wednesday harness racing card at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Fluet, who piloted Jimmer to victory in Tuesday's Open Trot, scored a pair of wins with his trainees on Wednesday. Noni's Promise (RC Royalty) broke her maiden two weeks ago at the Spa and had no difficulty securing her second lifetime score in Tuesday's $8,250 tilt for New York Sired trotters. Fluet took advantage of the inside post with Noni's Promise as they went wire-to-wire in a career best 2:00.4. Earlier in the night, Fluet's Frost Damage Blues (Western Ideal) broke her maiden in her first lifetime start as she paced past her rivals in the stretch before drawing away late to record a 1:58.2 score. Fluet currently ranks in the top ten in the driver standings and his stable has been on a tear of late. Mike Sardella

JK Panache (Art Major) matched the Saratoga track record set just last week for aged harness racing pacing geldings in Saturday night's Open Pace. The Dave Dewhurst-trained pacer matched the all-age track record at Vernon Downs two weeks ago in a 1:47.3 romp and prevailed in last Saturday's Open at the Spa in 1:51.2. In this week's $18,000 feature, JK Panache took advantage of an early speed duel to swoop the group in dazzling fashion. Billy Dobson piloted the six year old New York bred pacer and sat well off the pace while the fractions in the first half were put up in 26.3 and 54.4. Dobson unleashed the race's 9-5 second choice in the wagering heading towards the half and he surged past his rivals heading towards the three quarter pole before opening up an insurmountable lead. JK Panache paced quickly to the wire and stopped the timer in 1:50.1, matching the track record for aged geldings set last week in the $260,000 Gerrity Memorial Pace by PH Supercam (Jason Bartlett). Yonkers invader Stevensville (Ray Schnittker) closed from last to finish second in Saturday's Open while Titus Seelster (Frank Coppola Jr) came on to finish third. JK Panache is owned by Philip Hale of New Hartford, NY and trainer Dave Dewhurst of Clinton, NY. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Super Soph (Admirals Galley) parlayed the pocket ride to victory in the $15,000 Winners Over for harness racing distaff pacers on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Jackie Rousse trainee had post position eight in each of her two previous starts heading into this week's feature but charged hard off the gate from post four on Friday with Frank Coppola Jr. in the sulky. Super Soph sat the pocket behind the race's favorite Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) and surged up the passing lane to record the win in 1:53.2. Dismissed at odds of 11-1, the five year old mare won for the fourth time this year, moving her career earnings to over the $250,000 mark in the process. Godiva Seelster was the runner up and has now finished first or second in fifteen of her sixteen seasonal starts. Cloris Hanover (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. Super Soph, who returned $24.00 to win, led an exacta and triple that paid $42.80 and $114, respectively. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Saturday night with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Crystal Sphere secured a lifetime best victory on a big evening for harness racing driver Frank Coppola Jr. on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Margaret Spagnola-trained Crystal Sphere (Conway Hall) trotted past his rivals to set a new lifetime mark of 1:58.3 in the evening's $10,500 co-feature for New York Sired trotters. The four year old won for the third time this season for Coppola who piloted five winners on the eleven race program. The race's favorite JS Trotting Bob (Jim Devaux) took the lead around the final turn but Crystal Sphere had little difficulty trotting past to secure the victory. JS Trotting Bob was a clear second while Azucar (Bruce Aldrich Jr) came on to finish third. The veteran Coppola is having his best season in the sulky in several years and currently sits third in the local driver standings. Live racing continues at the Spa on Friday night with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Jimmer (Equinox Bi) participated in the Open Trot for the first time at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Tuesday night. The Don Sherman trainee wound up getting a pocket trip in his first crack at the $18,000 feature and charged past the race's co-favorite Slugfest (Jay Randall) to record the victory in 1:55.2. Jimmer was claimed this spring by Sherman and co-owner Jessica Roegner and is putting together a career season. One week removed from his lifetime best 1:54.1 score, Jimmer had no trouble handling Tuesday's step up en route to his sixth victory on the campaign. Slugfest has now finished first or second in thirteen of his seventeen seasonal tries as the 9-5 co-favorite was the runner up in the six horse Open while invader Dancehall Mistress (Billy Dobson) came on to finish third. Jimmer returned $17.00 to win and started an exacta that paid $62.50 and a triple that came back $212. The win was one of three on the evening for conditioner Don Sherman who currently sits in fifth in the local trainer standings. Live racing continues on Wednesday night with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

P H Supercam (Million Dollar Cam) overcame a first over journey to score in the seventh annual harness racing Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night. The Jeff Bamond Jr. trainee drew post position four and after leaving to get away third, came first over on the race's favorite Dancin Yankee (Jim Morrill Jr) in the $260,000 free-for-all pace. Dancin Yankee, the Saratoga track record holder after winning the 2014 Gerrity in 1:48.4, returned to town to defend his title and came up just a neck shy of repeating. Jason Bartlett piloted P H Supercam, who wore down Dancin Yankee in the final strides to secure the win in 1:50.1, easily the fastest mile of the '15 campaign at the Spa. Dancin Yankee had to settle for second while longshot Domethatagain (Billy Dobson) came on to finish third. P H Supercam returned $11.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $33.40 and $647, respectively. The victory was the eighth in seventeen seasonal tries for millionaire pacer P H Supercam. Live racing takes place every Tuesday through Saturday at Saratoga for the next six weeks with first post times set for 7:05pm each night. Mike Sardella  

Deliciouslynaughty (Mach Three) poked her nose out in time to win a close photo in the Friday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Stephane Bouchard piloted the eight year old mare for trainer Andy Sardella and worked out a second over journey for the race's 7-5 betting favorite. Fanning three wide around the final turn, Deliciouslynaughty charged hard in the final strides to photo with longshot Palm Beach (Wally Hennessey) who wound up finishing second in the $15,000 Spa Mares I Handicap. The race's front-runner Mcever (Billy Dobson) held on for third. It was the ninth victory of the year for the veteran Deliciouslynaughty who stopped the timer in 1:54.2 in Friday's feature. Live racing continues on Saturday night with the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace highlighting a program with more than a half million dollars in purses. Track record holder Dancin Yankee returns to the Spa for the first time since dazzling in 1:48.4 to win last year's Gerrity. There is a commemorative t-shirt giveaway with the purchase of the Saturday Saratoga program. First post time is set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

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