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Slugfest prevailed in the $17,000 Open Trot for the second consecutive Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Maureen Salino-trained five year old started out the year as the dominant force in the trotting feature and after an up-and-down summer, it finishing out his season in style. Sunday's win for Slugfest (Conway Hall) was his third straight win and tenth in the 2014 campaign. Jay Randall piloted Slugfest to the first over win in 1:57.3. Hldontghttoyurdrms (Frank Coppola Jr) was the runner up in the Sunday feature while the race's favorite Traverse Seelster (Billy Dobson) had to settle for third. Slugfest was announced this week as one of four nominees for Aged Trotter and Trotter of the Year at Saratoga. Live racing resumes on Thursday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

The big month continued on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for harness racing trainer Jody Weidman and driver Jay Randall. The tandem has been a dynamic duo over the past few weeks at the Spa. Weidman's Bluebird Jamaican won the Spa Loyalty Claiming Series last weekend and earned over $18,000 in the three weeks of the series. The four year old trotter continued his hot streak on Friday night as he scored a convincing victory in the evening's opener. Lucid Thoughts (Cash Hall) completed a double for his connections as Weidman and Randall teamed up for a score in the $8,000 featured trotting race on Friday. The six year old trotter went wire-to-wire in 1:57.4 to record his fifth victory of the season. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Northern Secret (Angus Hall) completed a double for her connections in Thursday's trotting feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The three-year-old filly proved victorious again in her second local start behind a pocket ride for driver Frank Coppola Jr. The win in the $7,000 trotting event was the second of back-to-back scores for owner Bill Donovan and trainer Kyle Spagnola on the night. Curvature Hanover (Andover Hall) went wire-to-wire for Coppola in her local debut as Donovan and Spagnola teamed up for a pair of victories on the card. Curvature Hanover's score came in 2:01.1. Spagnola, last year's Peerless McGrath Award winner for up-and-coming trainers, has followed up his breakout 2013 with another big year in '14 sitting just outside the top ten in the local trainer standings. Live racing continues on Friday evening with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Subliminal Hanover (Art Major) overcame a first over journey to win the $25,000 Spa Loyalty Claiming Series Final on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Subliminal Hanover was claimed last month and after a second and a fifth place finish in the series races enabled him to made the final. He was driven in the final by Austin Siegleman for new trainer Allan Johnson. The 1 1/16 mile pace was the perfect distance, as it turned out, for Subliminal Hanover who wound up scoring in 2:01.3 for the mile and 1/16. Bangbangkisskiss (Bruce Aldrich Jr) was the race's frontrunner and held strong in the stretch before getting edged late by the winner. Celestial Dreams (Jordan Derue) closed for third. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee starting at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Bluebird Jamaican (Southwind Elian) won the Spa Loyalty Claiming Series Final on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The $25,000 Series Final was contested at a distance of 1¼ miles and the distance looked to serve Bluebird Jamaican very well. The Jody Weidman-trained four year old romped in the Series' first leg and was a solid second in leg two before outtrotting his rivals home to win in 2:31.2 in the mile and a quarter Final. Jay Randall piloted Bluebird Jamaican to the biggest win of the young trotter's career who returned $10.40 to win. Passat Blue Chip (Stephane Bouchard) was the race's runner up while Jesse Say More (Jim Devaux) finished third. The two consolation races as part of the series were won by Tymal Breezee (Alek Chartrand) and Net Revenue (Jordan Derue). The Spa Loyalty Pacing Series Final takes place on Saturday and will also be contested for a purse of $25,000. Live racing begins on Saturday night at 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Dune In Red (Duneside Perch) scored a victory in the feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for the second straight Sunday afternoon. Leaving to overcome her outside post, Dune In Red worked hard to get to the lead in a fast opening quarter paced in 27.4. Once she got there, the even money favorite never looked back. The Allan Johnson-trained four year old prevailed in 1:54.4 in the $17,000 Fillies and Mares Open with Austin Siegelman in the sulky. Cloris Hanover (Billy Dobson) closed from last to finish second in the Sunday feature while Get Your Armor (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Live racing resumes on Wednesday night with a 6:45pm first post. Racing takes place on Wednesday night this week instead of Thursday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

For the second consecutive Saturday night, Aussie Reactor A prevailed in the featured pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Kathleen Allen-trained pacer is in the midst of a big couple of months which has culminated in back to back victories in the $16,000 Winners Over pace at the Spa. Shawn Gray piloted Aussie Reactor A (Camcracker) to nearly carbon copy scores in each of the last two Saturday features. Starting from post two, the nine year old pacer marched out to the early lead and never looked back in both of his most recent victories. The eleventh win on the season for Aussie Reactor A came in 1:53.2. Spinarama (Austin Siegelman), who was the runner up to Aussie Reactor A last week, once again finished second behind his co-favorite while Village Jackson (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

There were three divisions of the second leg of the Spa Loyalty Claiming Series on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The trotters competed in harness races at distances of a mile and a sixteenth as part of the varying distances throughout the series. Mr Orlando was the fastest of the winners in leg two scoring in 2:06.2 with leading driver Billy Dobson in the sulky. Mr Orlando was claimed out of the first leg of the series and by competing in both of the qualifying legs of the series is eligible to compete in next Friday night's $25,000 Final. Mr Orlando was a wire to wire winner in the 1 1/16 race. The other winners in leg two were Passat Blue Chip (Stephane Bouchard), who finished second in the series' first leg and Need Help Here (Frank Coppola Jr), who is not eligible for the Final as he did not participate in leg one. The Spa Claiming Series for pacers takes place on Saturday night with three divisions. Live racing continues on Saturday with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

JK Patriot completed a training double for Sam Schillaci in the $7,490 featured pacing race on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Stephane Bouchard sat behind JK Patriot (Bettor's Delight) as he brushed to lead past the opening quarter and didn't look back before stopping the timer in 1:56. Earlier in the night, Bouchard piloted the Schillaci-trained Khan Blue Chip to a career best score of 1:56.1. Both JK Patriot and Khan Blue Chip had been squaring off against some of the track's top young horses in the Gary Kamal Memorial Pacing Series in recent weeks. On Thursday, they comprised two-thirds of the driving triple for Bouchard on the night. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Saradella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. dominated the first leg of the Spa Loyalty Claiming Series for pacers on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Aldrich, currently second in the driver standings, scored wins with Celestial Dreams (Lis Mara), Reminic (Keystone Raider) and Amped Up (Village Jolt) in the series for claiming pacers. The first leg of the series featured three $7,500 divisions contested at a distance of 3/4 of a mile. Horses carried claiming tags of $6,500 in the first leg of the series whose second leg will have $9,000 claiming tags leading up to the $25,000 Final in two weeks. Reminic and Amped up were front running winners for Aldrich who came from off the pace to prevail with Celestial Dreams. There were a total of nine claims entered on six different horses in leg one of the series. Both Celestial Dreams and Amped up scored in 1:25.2 while Reminic was the fastest winner of the night stopping the clock in 1:25 for the 3/4 mile "sprints." Aldrich piloted four winners on the Saturday card. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee kicking off at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Bluebird Jamaican (Southwind Elian) was the fastest of the winners in the first leg of the Spa Loyalty Claiming Series at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. There were three divisions of the $7,500 per division series races for $5,000 claiming trotters on Friday night. Jody Weidman's Bluebird Jamaican was the odds-on favorite in his division of the series and was up to the task. The four year old trotter brushed to the lead heading to the half mile pole and surged out to a commanding advantage before stopping the timer in 2:00.2, the fastest time of all the leg one trotters. Jay Randall piloted Bluebird Jamaican to the open length score. Dancin Thea also made good as the race's favorite to record a series score for Stephane Bouchard in 2:00.3 while longshot Game Changer (Austin Siegelman) pulled off the upset at 9-1 in 2:02.1. Leg two of the series will be contested next Friday when each division will be contested at a distance of a mile and 1/16 with the $25,000 Final raced at a distance of a mile and a quarter. Live racing continues on Saturday night when the Spa Loyalty Pacing Series gets underway with races contested at a distance of ¾ of a mile. First post time on Saturday is 6:45pm. by Mike Saradella, for Saratoga Raceway

Former local Horse of the Year Mymomsablizzard (CR Excalibur) went wire to wire on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The 2012 Horse of the Year at the Spa followed up her award winning season with a $124,802 campaign last year. Now as an eight year old, Mymomsablizzard isn't having her best season and dropped down to the bottom level condition to compete in the $4,200 conditional trot on Thursday. Driver Austin Siegelman moved the Allan Johnson-trained mare out to the early lead, parked a rival and went the distance for her sixth win of the '14 campaign. The win for Mymomsablizzard seemed appropriate as snow fell in Saratoga for the first time this season and the track looked like a snow globe for "Blizzard's" score which came in 1:57. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Waiting On A Woman (Northern Bailey) scored a victory in the Sunday afternoon feature for the second straight week at Saratoga. Owner Mike Polansky purchased the trotter a few weeks ago and the six year old has paid immediate dividends for his new connections going two-for-two in the $17,000 Open Trot. This week, Waiting On A Woman sat the pocket to the race's favorite Traverse Seelster (Billy Dobson) but overpowered him in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:55, the fastest for any trotter this season at the Spa. Frank Coppola Jr.piloted the new local trotting star to the Sunday score. Traverse Seelster was the runner up while Slugfest (Jay Randall) earned the show spot. Coppola piloted three winners on the Sunday card. Live racing resumes on Thursday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

With no Open Pace on the docket for the evening, the $15,500 Winners Over pace served as the Saturday feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Island Jet (Jereme's Jet) won the Open Pace earlier this season but since changing connections to the stable of trainer Rene Allard, the four-year-old has competed mostly out of town. On Saturday night, Island Jet started from post two and sat third throughout the mile before getting free in the passing lane in the stretch. Driver Stephane Bouchard went to work on Island Jet and he responded, coming on to win in 1:55. The race's 9-5 favorite, Island Jet prevailed for the seventh time this season passing rivals Trigger Finger (Jim Devaux) and Kelly's Noah (Dan Cappello Jr), who finished second and third, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee set to kick off at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Stirling Cadet (Conway Hall) overcame post position eight to pull off the upset in the $8,000 featured race on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The three year old trotter moved to the stable of trainer Jackie Rousse in October and hit the board in three of his five starts heading into Friday night's try from post eight. Driver Frank Coppola Jr. blasted Stirling Cadet out to the early lead and the sophomore trotter never looked back. The trotter's thirteenth victory of the season came in 1:58.1 who scored the upset at odds of 8-1. The win was one of three on the card for the veteran Coppola. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Twin B Spy (Shadow Play) scored a first over victory in the $28,800 Gary Kamal Memorial Series Final on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Heidi Rohr-trained three year old was a beaten favorite in each of the two legs of the series but finished a close second and a close third in both tries. On Saturday night, driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. moved the race's 8-5 favorite first over and cruised past his rivals to secure a convincing victory in 1:54.4 on a chilly night in Saratoga. Rock N Joe (Billy Dobson) followed the top one's cover and ended up finishing second while Cheyenne Louie (Harry Landy) came on for third. The series was in memory of longtime horseman Gary Kamal who passed away several years ago. Kamal raced for a large portion of his career at the Spa. Twin B Spy is owned by Michele Nelson of Temple, ME. In the series' consolation race, I Am Will (Yankee Skyscraper) overcame post position eight to score for trainer-driver Phil Fluet in 1:55.4. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time of 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

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