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Annabeth (Shadow Play) pulled off a mild harness racing upset in the Thursday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Melissa Beckwith-trained six year old was dismissed at odds of 8-1, the longest shot on the board in the field of five in the $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open. Annabeth was a beaten favorite in last week's Open and sat third on the rail on Thursday before surging up the passing lane to edge out front-runner Bye Bye Michelle (Dan Cappello Jr). Annabeth paid $19.80 while winning for the second time in five seasonal starts. The exacta with Bye Bye Michelle second returned $60. Milky Way Rae (Billy Dobson) finished third to extend her stretch of hitting the board to four. Annabeth, who stopped the timer in 1:54.1, was driven to victory by Mark Beckwith who piloted five winners on the matinee card, four for conditioner Melissa Beckwith. Live racing continues on Friday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) made his return a winning one at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Sunday afternoon. A red hot Kyle Spagnola stable sent its prized six year old out to compete in the $12,000 Open Trot on Sunday off a qualifier two weeks ago and a scratch last week. Jimmy Devaux was aggressive at the start with Cash Me Out who moved out to the lead in a first quarter of 28 seconds flat. Despite putting up a quick half of 57.3, Cash Me Out had plenty left for the final lap and drew away from his rivals in the field of six before stopping the timer in 1:55.3, the fastest trotting mile of the year thus far at Saratoga. Twisted Pretzel (Mark Beckwith) was the runner-up in his first crack at the Open this year while longshot Lucid Thoughts (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Cash Me Out was the 9-5 second choice in the betting and led an exacta and triple that paid $36.40 and $174, respectively. Cash Me Out, who is owned by Traylor Racing LLC, was a nominee for Trotter of the Year last year after a $196,000+ season by way of eleven wins and twelve seconds. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a 12:15pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Artful Way prevailed in Saturday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jackie Greene trainee was the 2016 Pacer of the Year at the Spa and headed into Saturday's Open Pace off a fast second place finish in his second start of the season. Again starting from the outside post in the $12,000 Open, Artful Way flashed early speed and carried on to the front end for driver Frank Coppola Jr. The five year old pacer does his best work on the lead and was true to that trend on Saturday night as he held tough in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:53.3 for his first win of the campaign. Deetzy (Stephane Bouchard) closed sharply for second while longshot Chantepleure (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Artful Way was the 2-1 second choice in the wagering and led an exacta and triple that paid $27 and $198, respectively. Owned by the Kellogg Racing Stables, Artful Way now has 21 wins in 71 career starts and has amassed more than $236,000 in lifetime earnings. His win was one of two on the night for conditioner Jackie Greene. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee that kicks off at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Winkys Gal (Rc Royalty) made a big move approaching the half mile pole and drew away from her rivals to win the $7,500 co-feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night. The James Weidman trainee made her seasonal debut last week and got a great trip from driver Brian Cross. As a 17-1 longshot in that start, Winkys Gal got a trip on the rail and saved ground enough to finish second in her return. On Friday night, Cross settled in towards the back of the pack with the four year old trotting mare before unleashing her heading to the half. Winkys Gal brushed to the lead and went a back half in 57.4 en route to her first win of 2017, a win that came in 2:00.2. A five-time winner last season, Winkys Gal now has a first and a second in two starts in '17. She paid $6.90 to win in the co-feature for New York sired trotters. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Elm Grove Inarush (Coastocoast) scored her first win in a local feature on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Stephane Bouchard picked up the catch drive for trainer Elisha Lafreniere behind the six year old mare who was assigned post position one in the $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open. Elm Grove Inarush sat the pocket behind Milky Way Rae (Billy Dobson) before surging up the passing lane to best that rival by the slimmest of margins. Milky Way Rae was the runner up while the favored Annabeth (Mark Beckwith) had to settle for the show spot in the mile paced in 1:54.4. Elm Grove Inarush, who finished second in her only other try in the feature for distaffers, paid $20.40 while dismissed at odds of 9-1. The exacta and triple came back $63.50 and $164, respectively. With the earnings from Thursday's victory, Elm Grove Inarush moves her career bankroll to over the quarter million dollar mark. Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Slugfest (Conway Hall) continued his winter dominance on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the Maureen Salino trainee scored another victory in the Open Trot. Reduced to a five-horse field after a scratch, the $12,000 harness racing feature saw Slugfest make the early lead and never look back. Jay Randall has been the regular driver behind the two-time Trotter of the Year at the Spa and confidently piloted the race's 4-5 favorite on Sunday as Slugfest coasted to a wire-to-wire victory in 1:58.1. Pocket sitter Lucid Thoughts (Frank Coppola Jr) was the runner-up while Just Make Believe (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. In three tries in the local Open this winter, Slugfest has two wins and a second. His victory was the second on the afternoon for his owners Tom Vassilou and Nick Tallarico whose A Jersey Contract (Lucky Chucky) prevailed earlier in the day for Salino and Randall. For the eight year old Slugfest, it was career win number 37. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella

Sassy Hanover (Cam's Card Shark) secured his first ever Open Pace victory at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday as the six year old pacer parlayed the pocket ride to the win in the $12,000 harness racing feature. Billy Dobson is the regular pilot of Sassy Hanover and the leading driver chose to yield early on to Roethblissberger (Mark Beckwith). The move was the winning one on the cold night as the Simone Noud trainee roared out of the pocket and cruised past Roethblissberger to win in 1:54.2. Sassy Hanover, who has been second in the Open in the previous two weeks, paid $5.60 to win as the race's 9-5 betting favorite. Last year's Pacer of the Year at the Spa Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) came from last to finish second in the feature while Roethblissberger held on for third. The exacta returned $25.40 while the triple paid $118 in the six horse Open. Sassy Hanover is owned by Dennis and Simone Noud of Saratoga Springs. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Riverofroyalty (Rc Royalty) won the harness racing award for Three Year Old Trotter of the Year at Saratoga Casino Hotel in 2016. On Friday night, the Dave Spagnola-trained highstepper made her seasonal debut in the evening's $7,500 co-feature for New York sired trotters. The four year old mare sat back patiently throughout as her main rivals battled it out. Driver Frank Coppola Jr. activated Riverofroyalty around the three quarter pole and she picked off horses one by one before winning a photo with Intensify (Phil Fluet), stopping the timer in 2:02.3. Riverofroyalty paid $9.10 in her first win of the year as she bested Intensify and third place finisher Cuda Hall (Pat Curtin). Coppola won the other half of the co-features as well with Jackie Greene's Buff (Credit Winner) who recorded his first local victory on Friday, prevailing in 2:01 on another cold March night in the Spa City. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Bye Bye Michelle (Stonebridge Regal) scored in the Thursday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The seven year old pacing mare has frequently been claimed in the last year and on Thursday made her return to the Melissa Beckwith stable following a win last week. Dan Cappello Jr. piloted Bye Bye Michelle who got away third behind the race's co-even money favorites Velocity Vespa (Jim Devaux) and last week's Open winner Milky Way Rae (Billy Dobson) and powered past them heading to the three quarter pole. Bye Bye Michelle, a nine-time winner in 2016, stopped the timer in 1:56.4 for her second victory in '17. Velocity Vespa finished second while Milky Way Rae rounded out the triple in the $10,000 feature for fillies and mares. Bye Bye Michelle was again claimed on Thursday and returns to the Andy Sardella stable who had her previous to last week's claim. Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Just Make Believe (Kadabra) was a nominee for harness racing 'Trotter of the Year' last season at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the John Di Stefano trainee was a force in the local feature in 2016. On Sunday afternoon, the seven year old made his return to the Spa to compete in the $12,000 Open Trot and driver Jim Devaux moved Just Make Believe early. Released at odds of 3-1, Just Make Believe wound up sitting the pocket to the favored On The Podium (Bruce Aldrich Jr) as that one battled last week's Open winner Slugfest (Jay Randall) who was first over. Just Make Believe became a reality in the stretch when he surged by to take over the lead under the shadow of the wire, coming on to win it by a head in 1:57.4 on another cold afternoon in Saratoga. Slugfest came up second best while On The Podium had to settle for the show spot. It was the first victory in two starts in '17 for the Just Make Believe coming off of a year in which he piled up thirteen wins. The winner paid $8.00 and led an exacta and triple that returned $32.40 and $95.50, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee set to begin at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Don'tcallmefrancis (Rocknroll Hanover) scored in Saturday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The four year old gelding made his local debut last week and announced his presence with authority, prevailing by almost five lengths while stopping the timer in 1:53.1 in a high level conditional race. This week, it was up into the Open Pace for the Al Annunziata-trained Don'tcallmefrancis who took advantage of his inside post to score in 1:53.3 on another cold night in the Spa City. Bruce Aldrich Jr was the winning driver behind the race's even-money favorite who held off runner-up Sassy Hanover (Billy Dobson) third place finisher Givenupdreaming (Stephane Bouchard) in the $12,000 feature. Don'tcallmefrancis is owned by the Blindswitch Racing Stable of Cortlandt Manor, NY. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Gotalottacredit (Credit Winner) sprung the upset in the Friday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Dave Dewhurst trainee sat the pocket in the $7,500 conditional trot for New York Sired highsteppers and wound up on the lead when the race's front-runner made a break heading to the three-quarter pole. Gotalottacredit held off the late challenge from rival Intensify (Phil Fluet) before stopping the timer in 2:00.3 on a cold, windy March night in Saratoga. Longshot Yessir I'm Royal (Brian Cross) earned the show spot. Gotalottacredit, who was driven to the upset victory by Jimmy Devaux, returned $31.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $126 and $797, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Harness racing driver Billy Dobson and trainer Heidi Rohr teamed up for three wins on the Thursday card at Saratoga Casino Hotel including a victory in the matinee's feature. Milky Way Rae (American Ideal) got a pocket ride for the second consecutive week in the $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open but this week rolled out of the two-hole and pounced on her rivals en route to her first victory of the year. For the four year old Rohr trainee, it was the first ever win in the local ladies' feature. Milky Way Rae paid $8.10 as she bested Elm Grove Inarush (Pat Curtin) and Annabeth (Mark Beckwith) who finished second and third, respectively. The win for Milky Way Rae was the third on the afternoon for the Dobson-Rohr combo who is off to a big start to the 2017 season as they scored victories earlier in the day with pacers Southwind Marilyn and Silouette. Live racing continues on Friday with the first evening program of the year. First post time is set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

St Lads Moonwalk (Mach Three) prevailed in the Open Pace as part of the double harness racing feature on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Trainer Jackie Greene had last year's local Pacer of the Year as Artful Way took home top honors after being the winningest participant in the Open Pace in 2016. This year's version for Greene could be St Lads Moonwalk who was aggressively piloted by Frank Coppola Jr. in the $13,000 Open on Sunday. The race's 5-2 second choice pocketed the favored Sassy Hanover (Billy Dobson) and held on to beat him in the stretch in a mile paced in 1:54.2. Sassy Hanover was second best while longshot Starzheaven (Jordan Derue) earned the show spot. The $12,000 Open Trot was won by Slugfest (Conway Hall). The Trotter of the Year at the Spa in both 2014 and 2015, Slugfest again had a solid '16 campaign and started out his season in style on Sunday afternoon. Always seeming to thrive in the colder months of the year, Slugfest was at his best in the second half of the double feature as driver Jay Randall marched the veteran out to the early lead, a lead he would never relinquish. The Maureen Salino trainee went coast to coast in 1:56.2 at odds of 5-2 on Sunday to record his first victory of the year. Perfect Rendition (Larry Stalbaum) came up second best while No Recess (Jim Devaux) finished third. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a matinee first post of 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Quick Draft A (Art Major) prevailed in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel on a beautiful harness racing Thursday afternoon in the Spa City. The Australian-bred mare was making her local debut and just her third start in the U.S. and went off as the co-favorite at even money in the $12,000 feature. Driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. moved her aggressively to the lead and the seven year old distaffer clicked off an opening quarter of a sizzling 26.4. Quick Draft A continued to pace quickly through the middle half and after checking in at three quarters in 1:24 had enough left to secure a length victory over Annabeth (Mark Beckwith). The track's defending Pacing Mare of the Year So Nice (Billy Dobson) was co-favored with the winner but had to settle for third in her return to the Spa. The win time of 1:53 easily served as a new lifetime mark for Quick Draft A who is owned by the Blindswitch Racing Stable and trained by Al Annunziata. Live racing resumes on Sunday afternoon with a matinee set to kick off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Undercover Beauty (Crazed) prevailed in Monday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The trotting mare completed a training double for conditioner Andy Gardner on the holiday matinee card as she came from off the pace to secure her first victory of the season. Undercover Beauty, who paid $15.80 to win while springing the mild upset, was driven to victory by Billy Dobson who followed up his opening day hat trick with another three win afternoon on Monday. The four year old mare Undercover Beauty stopped the timer in 1:58.2 in the matinee's $8,025 feature for New York sired trotters. Dobson, who rattled off five consecutive driving titles at Saratoga from 2010-2014, is off to a strong start to the '17 season with his six wins on opening weekend. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

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