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Breewood Brier (Amigo Hall) picked a good time to earn her first victory of the harness racing season at Saratoga as the eight year old trotting mare prevailed in the $16,300 Spa Spring Claiming Series Final. The Steve Millard-trained trotter finished second in both legs of the series leading up to Sunday's final and was dismissed at odds of 6-1 in the mile and 1/4 trot. Breewood Brier left early and wound up sitting third before tipping to the far outside in the race's final quarter. As soon as driver Wally Hennessey gave her her cue, Breewood Brier powered out three wide and swooped the group in a matter of strides before winning by three lengths and stopping the timer in 2:30.4 for the mile and ¼. Net Revenue (Jordan Derue), who scored victories in both legs of the series, finished second in Sunday's final while Sir Kensington (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Breewood Brier returned $14.80 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $118.50 and $646, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga featuring the New York Sire Stakes for two year old colt and gelding trotters. First post time is set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella  

Let's Go Higher (Cole Muffler) won her second consecutive Filly and Mare Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Friday night. The Heidi Rohr-trained mare was the Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year in 2013 and followed that season up with a sensational '14 campaign in which she earned over $200,000. Friday's $18,000 feature was contested at a distance of a mile and 1/16 and driver Billy Dobson left with Let's Go Higher who had to settle for third in the early going. The race's leader Road Bet (Stephane Bouchard) endured first half fractions of 26.1 and 54.4 and gave in late to the pressure from Let's Go Higher before holding on for second after a good stretch drive. Deliciouslynaughty (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Let's Go Higher, who has competed in nearly half of her starts this year out of town, has now been first or second five consecutive times. The runner up Road Bet has been first or second in eight of her nine seasonal tries. Let's Go Higher, who paid $5.10 to win as the race's favorite, is owned by Jesse De Long of Clinton, WI. Live racing continues on Saturday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

There were three divisions of the $56,125 New York Sire Stakes for harness racing three year old pacing fillies on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Defending champion Mosquito Blue Chip (Bettor's Delight) has picked up right where she left off as a three year old in 2015 and showed what she's capable of on Thursday. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted the sophomore filly to a wire-to-wire victory in 1:53.3 for trainer Paul Jessop in the afternoon's first Sire Stake race. A winner in four of nine starts last year including one on the Night of Champions, Mosquito Blue Chip is defending her stakes crown very well to this point. Thursday was her second victory in six starts as she pulled off a mild upset as the race's 3-1 third choice. The fastest filly among stakes winners on Thursday was Moremercy Blue Chip (Rock N Roll Heaven) who also went the distance on the front end before stopping the timer in 1:53.1. Andy Miller piloted the filly for trainer Julie Miller as the sophomore recorded the biggest win of her young career. The other $56,125 division of the NYSS was won by Bettor N Better (Bettor's Delight) was outpaced her rivals home to prevail in 1:53.3. Matt Kakaley piloted the Ron Burke trainee to her first victory of the season after being one of the top freshman fillies in '14. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a pick five carryover of more than $2,100. First post time is set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Daylon Miracle (Pegasus Spur) became the second consecutive mare to win the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as she outclosed her harness racing rivals on Sunday in her local debut. The six year old mare got a second over trip and powered into the lead in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:55.1. Fellow Pocono Downs invader Zooming (Wally Hennessey) held strong for second despite a first over journey while the race's frontrunner Zoey De Vie (Jim Devaux) had to settle for third. Daylon Miracle, who scored her seventh win in 13 seasonal tries, became the fourth different Rene Allard trainee to earn a victory in the local Open this year. The race's 2-1 public choice was driven to victory by Billy Dobson in the $19,500 Sunday feature. Daylon Miracle became the second mare in as many weeks to prevail in the Open Trot after Chris Marino's Tweet Me won her first local feature last Sunday. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Thursday with three year old filly pacers featured as part of the New York Sire Stakes. First post time is set for 4:00pm Mike Sardella

Spinarama (Cam's Card Shark) scored on the front end in Saturday night's harness racing open pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Chris Marino-trained pacer usually doesn't get beat when he makes the lead and even after enduring a first quarter in 26.3 and half in 54.3 had plenty left in the tank to score in 1:52. The win time equaled the fastest of the year for a pacer at the Spa. Austin Siegelman piloted the six year old to victory as he moved his career earnings to over the $300,000 mark with the win. Ser Jon (Brian Cross) sat the pocket behind the winner and held strong for second while Ahdoughnolum (Jordan Derue) finished third in his debut in the Open. For Spinarama, it was the third victory in the $18,000 Saturday feature this year, more than any other pacer. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Rock N Joe (Kilowatt) became a repeat harness racing winner in the Spa Spring Claiming Series at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday evening. The four year old pacer swooped the group in career best fashion to prevail in the series' second leg. After getting claimed in leg one, Rock N Joe (Bruce Aldrich Jr) scored for his new connections by outclosing his rivals in the stretch following a three wide journey. It was the third consecutive victory for Rock N Joe who will head into next week's final as the only pacer capable of a series sweep following his 1:55.4 lifetime best score on Thursday. The other division of the series saw another pacer prevail for his new connections following a leg one claim. Regalwood (Stonebridge Regal) moved out to the early lead and never had an anxious moment before drawing away to a convincing victory in 1:55.3. The five year old pacer, who was piloted by Austin Siegelman, punched his ticket to next week's final for new trainer Don Sherman who co-owns with Jessica Roegner. Both leg two winners' victories came by the exact same margin of one and ¾ lengths. The series final for the pacers will take place on Saturday June 27th and goes for a purse of $16,300. Leg two of the Spa Spring Claiming Series for trotters takes place on Friday night. Live racing continues on Friday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Panocchio (No Pan Intended) closed up the passing lane to win the Saturday night harness racing open pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The defending Horse of the Year at the Spa, Panocchio worked hard to secure a pocket trip despite sizzling early fractions. RU Ready To Rock (Bruce Aldrich Jr) raced parked to the quarter in 26 seconds flat before bypassing Panocchio to become the race's frontrunner. Enduring multiple challenges along the way, RU Ready To Rock held firm before getting edged at the wire by the Jimmy Mattison-trained Panocchio. The mile and a 1/16 time was 1:58.4 after the first mile was paced in 1:51.2. Panocchio, who bested runner up RU Ready To Rock by just a half length, was the race's 6-5 public choice and led an exacta that paid $22.60 and a triple that came back $172.50 with Memory Game (Frank Coppola Jr) finishing third. It was the second win in the local Open thus far this year for Panocchio who was piloted to the victory by Gerry Mattison. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at the Spa with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm. Mike Sardella  

There were two divisions of the Spa Spring Claiming Series for trotters on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Harness racing $5,000 claimers battled for purses of $7,500 per division and both races resulted in mild upsets. Haymaker (Billy Dobson) sprung the two hole heading towards the three quarter pole and surged away from his rivals to win in 1:58.3. The Tim Benson-trained daughter of Andover Hall recorded his first victory of the season and did so at odds of 6-1. The other division was won by Jordan Derue's Net Revenue (Revenue S). Derue owns, trains and drives the mare who aggressively moved to the lead and would not surrender. Net Revenue's first score of 2015 came in 1:59.1 as she was dismissed at odds of 5-1. Leg two of the trotting series will take place next Friday before the final in two weeks, a race to be contested at a distance of one mile and a quarter. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

There were two divisions of the first leg of the Spa Spring Claiming Series for harness racing pacers on Thursday evening at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The two races that each went for purses of $7,500 were run at a distance of 13/16 of a mile (6.5 furlongs) and were both had seven participants. Claiming pacers with $5,000 price tags attached competed in leg one of the series. There were three horses claimed out of the first leg including both of Thursday's winners. Rock N Joe (Kilowatt) was the 1-5 favorite in his division of the Spa Spring Claiming Series and he made good by pacing his 6.5 furlongs in 1:31.3. Billy Dobson drove the four year old to his second consecutive victory. He was claimed on Thursday evening. The other division saw ER Leon (Brian Cross) go start to finish, holding off the late challenge from the favored Mccabe Hall (Jordan Derue) who had to settle for second. ER Leon clocked his win in 1:33.3. Just like fellow leg one winner Rock N Joe, ER Leon was claimed out of the series as was one of his Thursday challengers Regalwood. Leg two of the series will take place next Thursday with increased claiming prices for its participants while the series final is set for two weeks from now. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Bj’s Guy (Towner’s Big Guy) went wire-to-wire in Saturday night’s harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   Trainer Jose Godinez won his fifth local Open Pace of the year as his six year old trainee held off several rivals in the stretch before recording a 1:53.1 victory in the $18,000 feature.   Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted BJ’s Guy who won for the seventh time of the year and second time in the local Open.   Fellow Yonkers invader Winter Blues (Billy Dobson) sat the pocket and just missed the winner in the final strides, having to settle for second. Memory Game (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot.    Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at the Spa with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm.   Mike Sardella  

Road Bet (Bettor's Delight) continued her terrific harness racing season on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The defending Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year at the Spa has continued to be the Friday feature's dominant force this season. Road Bet started from post seven in the first installment of the Fillies and Mares Open to be contested at a distance of 1 1/16 mile and made her patented early move to the lead. The Kyle Spagnola-trained mare went start to finish, holding off a late bid by the race's favorite Let's Go Higher (Billy Dobson) to secure her fourth Open victory in 2015. Road Bet paced her first mile in 1:51.4 before stopping the timer in 1:58.3 for the 1 1/16 mile. Let's Go Higher finished second while longshot Bo Tox Hanover (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot in her local debut. Stephane Bouchard piloted Road Bet to her score in the $18,000 Friday feature which was one of two wins on the night for the Kyle Spagnola stable. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella  

Three year old trotting fillies were featured on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the season's first installment of the harness racing New York Sire Stakes took place at the Spa. The defending stakes champion Barn Doll (Conway Hall) was the start of the show as the trotting star set a track record on Thursday. The Steven Pratt-trained filly made a power move late in the mile and scored a 1:55.3 victory in her division of the $54,125 Sire Stake. A winner of seven of nine races as a freshman in '14, Barn Doll is now two for three in 2015 after her record setting performance. Jeff Gregory piloted the afternoon's fastest trotting filly to her stakes score. Barn Doll, who moved her career earnings to over the quarter million dollar mark in just twelve lifetime starts, is owned by Steven and Nancy Pratt and the Purple Haze Stables, LLC. The sophomore standout bested the previous mark for three year old trotting fillies set by Market Rally last year. Other winners of the $54,125 stakes races on the card were Katniss (Credit Winner) for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt and Jewels In Hock (Credit Winner) with Hall of Famer John Campbell in sulky for conditioner Linda Toscano. Live racing continues on Friday at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Slugfest (Conway Hall) recorded his sixth Open Trot victory of the harness racing season on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. For the second time this year, the Open Trot was contested at a distance of 1 1/16 miles. Last time Slugfest competed at the elongated distance, he suffered his lone loss in the month of May when he had to settle for second after being overpowered by rival Red Hot Herbie. Those two squared off in the stretch in Sunday's $18,000 feature and were joined by longshot On The Podium (Bruce Aldrich Jr) and were all separated by less than a length at the wire. Slugfest, the race's 3-5 favorite rallied late to record the win in 2:02.4 for the 1 1/16 with regular reinsman Jay Randall in the sulky. On The Podium was the runner up while Red Hot Herbie (Billy Dobson) had to settle for third. For the Maureen Salino-trained Slugfest, it was the sixth feature score of the season and extended his streak of finishing first or second to eight consecutive starts. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Thursday when New York Sire Stakes make their seasonal debut at the spa. First post time is set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

Talking Blues (Rocknroll Hanover) pulled off a rare upset in the feature on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on an evening in which the harness racing favorites were thriving. Talking Blues was dismissed at odds of 9-1 and picked up cover in the $18,000 Open Pace. The race was contested at a distance of 1 1/16 miles for the first time and Talking Blues needed every bit of that extra distance to reel in the race's favorite Ronny Bugatti (Austin Siegelman) in the final strides. The Heidi Rohr-trained pacer stopped the timer in 2:00.1 in the 1 1/16 mile feature winning a photo with Ronny Bugatti who had to settle for second. Last week's Open winner Panocchio (Gerry Mattison) came on to finish third. It was the second local Open win of the year for Talking Blues and reinsman Jimmy Devaux who went wire-to-wire in the Saturday feature in early April. Returning $20.40 to win, Talking Blues led an exacta that came back $76.00 and a triple that paid $482.50. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Spreester (American Ideal) pulled off the harness racing upset in Friday evening's $13,000 feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Paul Zabielski-trained mare was making just her sixth start of the season after having a sensational season as a sophomore in 2014. Spreester, the first pacer in over a decade to win the local awards for Two Year Old Pacer and Three Year Old Pacer in successive seasons, scored her first victory of '15 last week. She moved up into Friday's "Winners Over" for distaff pacers, a race that saw sizzling fractions early. The race's two favorites battled it out early in an opening quarter of 26.2 and a first half in 55.3. Spreester followed live cover and emerged victorious after a scramble in the stretch that saw several horses separated by just a couple lengths at the wire. Spreester's second win of the year came in 1:53.3 and at odds of 14-1. She was piloted by Stephane Bouchard who recorded a pair of winners on the card. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

The Ray Schnittker-trained Switchblade Hall (Muscles Yankee) made up for some spring defeats at Saratoga Casino and Raceway with a harness racing career best victory on Thursday evening. The three year old trotter had a strong freshman campaign in 2014 while facing some of the top two year old trotters in the northeast. Switchblade Hall hit the board in all three of his local starts this season but had not been able to grab that elusive victory before closing late to set a lifetime mark on Thursday. The race's 3-2 favorite in the wagering, Switchblade Hall evacuated the pocket behind a tiring rival before outclosing his opponents in the stretch to record the 2:00.2 career best. Twist Of Faith (Billy Dobson) finished second in the $6,600 trotting event while Cabo San Lukas (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. Switchblade Hall was driven to victory by his trainer and co-owner Ray Schnittker. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Friday night with a first post set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

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