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Dions Prayer (Like A Prayer) set a lifetime mark in Thursday's harness racing feature at Saratoga.  Phil Fluet moved Dions Prayer out to the early lead in the $9,300 feature for New York Sired Trotters and the Andy Byler trainee powered away to win by more than five lengths in a career best 1:57.2. The race's 8-5 betting favorite on Thursday, Dions Prayer recorded her third win in ten seasonal tries. Deadhead Royalty (Don Sherman) closed for second while Kinda Naughty (John Stark Jr.) earned the show spot. It was one of two wins on the day for driver Phil Fluet who piloted his Mo Titos Blue Chip (Crazed) to victory on the afternoon card. Live racing continues on Friday evening with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Cash Poor (Cash Hall) scored in Sunday's $15,000 Open Trot at Saratoga. Harness racing driver Jim Devaux piloted the Harry Reddick Jr. trainee and moved the speedy highstepper first over just past the half. Cash Poor powered past the race's leader before drawing off to win in 2:03 in the 1 1/16 mile feature. Boli (Wally Hennessey) closed sharply for second in his local debut while veteran Slugfest (Jay Randall) earned the show spot. It was the fourth victory on the season for the eight year old Cash Poor who is owned by Traylor Racing, LLC. He returned $9.30 to win and started an exacta and triple that paid $68.50 and $209, respectively. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Thursday with a first post time of 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) scored in the Open Pace for the second time in the last three weeks on Saturday night at Saratoga. The Jackie Rousse-trained pacer faded on the front end in last Saturday's installment of the $15,000 Open as the favorite after being used hard throughout. This week, driver Frank Coppola Jr. elected to sit the pocket with Artful Way who tracked JK Panache (Wally Hennessey) throughout the 1 1/16 mile feature. Artful Way popped the pocket turning for home and cruised past the race's front running favorite before stopping the timer in a dazzling 1:58.2 for the elongated distance after covering the mile in 1:51.2. JK Panache was the runner up for the second consecutive week in the feature while Caution Signs (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Artful Way paid $11.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $40.20 and $349.50, respectively. The win was one of two on the card for conditioner Jackie Rousse and one of three on the night for veteran reinsman Frank Coppola Jr. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Godiva Seelster (Camluck) made her harness racing return to the Spa a winning one on Friday night. The Dan Hennessey-trained mare competed at a high level this winter and spring at Pompano Park in Florida and handled the adjustment back to the north with ease as she scored in the $15,000 Open Handicap for Fillies and Mares. Godiva Seelster left quickly and wound up sitting the pocket to the race's favorite in the 1 1/16 mile Friday feature. After three quarters went in a quick 1:25, the leader tired when confronted by longshot My Spring Fling (Jim Devaux). Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey found clearance around the final turn and snuck Godiva Seelster off the pylons and she charged hard to get by My Spring Fling and secure her third victory of the year. My Spring Fling, who was dismissed at odds of 50-1, finished a strong second while Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr) came on to earn the show spot. Godiva Seelster, who is owned by Paul and Patti O'neil of Saratoga Springs, stopped the timer in 2:00.2 for the 1 1/16 miles. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Crazycat (Crazed) cruised to victory in Thursday's co-featured race for New York Sired harness racing trotters at Saratoga. The three year old trotter is co-owned by his driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. who moved the 2-5 favorite out to the early lead in the $9,950 trotting event and Crazycat took it from there. Making just his tenth career start, the Jose Godinez trainee cruised to victory in a lifetime best 1:57.4. The other co-feature saw longshot Fast N Loud (Conway Hall) pull off an upset in 1:59.2 as the four year old swooped the group at odds of 20-1 for driver Mark Beckwith. The win was one of three wins on the card for Beckwith who entered the day in third place in the local driver standings behind only Stephane Bouchard and Frank Coppola Jr. Live racing continues on Friday evening at the Spa with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Palmers Pride (Monsieur Kan Due) went wire-to-wire in the John Mongeon Sr. Memorial Trotting Series Final on a harness racing Sunday afternoon at Saratoga.  The five year old trotter is in the midst of his first racing season and has had a breakout campaign in 2016. Larry Stalbaum piloted Palmers Pride for trainer Don Sherman and the up-and-coming trotter had little difficulty going coast to coast in the $28,500 Series Final. The win, which came in 1:59.3 on the cold and windy afternoon, was the fourth in eight tries this year for the trotter who has hit the board in each of his first eight career starts and enjoyed the biggest win of his young career on Sunday. Band Winsome (Billy Dobson) came on to finish second while longshot Mo Titos Blue Chip (Phil Fluet) earned the show spot. Palmers Pride was the race's even money favorite and led an exacta and triple that paid $22.80 and $242.00, respectively. Palmers Pride adds his name to the list of previous winners of the Mongeon Memorial Trotting Series that includes Quick Feet, Order By Don and Pop I. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time of 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

There was a pair of mild upsets in the two series harness racing finals that took place on Saturday night at Saratoga. The Virginia O'Brien and J P Morel Memorial Pacing Series reached their conclusion on Saturday and while both races featured odds-on favorites, it was two horses who drew post position one that wound up prevailing. Eight fillies and mares battled it out for their share of the $27,500 purse in the Virginia O'Brien Final and while B B Royale (Stephane Bouchard) was the race's 3-5 it was She'snobeachboy (Dave Panlone) who prevailed in 1:57.1 after a first over journey. The Dave Spagnola-trained She'snobeachboy returned $9.50 to win as he bested runner up Stormin Spree (Mark Beckwith) while Southwind Marilyn (Billy Dobson) finished third. Brigadoon (Billy Dobson) was the 1-5 betting favorite in the J P Morel Memorial Pacing Series Final and wound up second best as the race's frontrunner Hillbillycashflow (Cam's Card Shark) held on to win it in 1:56.2. Jimmy Devaux piloted Hillbillycashflow for trainer Heidi Rohr and coasted along unopposed in a slow first half of 59 seconds before holding off the late charge of Brigadoon to win by a head. Hillbillycashflow returned $15.00 to win. Brigadoon had to settle for second in the $27,100 Final while Wishes In The Rain (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Campanile (No Pan Intended) continued her dominance of the Friday harness racing features at Saratoga. The Chris Marino trainee prevailed for the third consecutive week in the feature for fillies and mares as she overcame her assigned outside post position to make the early lead, a lead she would never relinquish. Austin Siegelman piloted the seven year old mare to her eighth victory of the year and fifth at the Spa in '16. Campanile held off the late challenge of her co-favorite Bettorhaveanother (Bettor's Delight) to score in 2:00.2 in the 1 1/16 mile Open for distaff pacers. Longshot Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Beckwith) came on to finish third in the $15,000 feature. Campanile paid $6.30 to win as the race's 2-1 co-favorite and led an exacta and triple that returned $22.20 and $111.50, respectively. Campanile is owned by Mike Casalino, Jr. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Saturday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Nono Lindy (Crazed) scored a first over win in Thursday's co-feature at Saratoga. Harness racing driver Frank Coppola Jr. piloted the three year old gelding in the $9,300 co-feature for New York Sired trotters.   Nono Lindy had a strong freshman campaign in 2015 hitting the board in eight of nine starts while prevailing three times.   It was the Tony Mondi-trained trotter's second start of the year on Thursday and Coppola pulled the 5-1 shot first over before cruising to victory in 1:58.3.   The other $9,300 trot went to Dions Prayer (Phil Fluet) who went coast to coast in 1:58.   Dions Prayer is trained by Andy Byler.   Live racing continues on Friday evening with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella  

It took until the final stride to decide whether Slugfest (Conway Hall) or Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) had prevailed in Sunday's harness racing Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   Slugfest was on the front end in the 1 1/16 mile feature and the back-to-back Trotter of the Year at the track was met with the first over challenge of the favored Cash Me Out (Jim Devaux).   Those two top flight trotters slugged it out for better than a half mile before Slugfest held off his rival by the slimmest of margins to win in 2:03 on a windy afternoon at the Spa.   It was the third victory of the season in the Open for the Maureen Salino-trained Slugfest who was the public's second choice in the wagering at odds of 8-5.   Cash Me Out has now hit the board in four consecutive Sunday features at the Spa while Lucid Thoughts (Shawn Gray) earned the show spot.   Slugfest was driven to the Open score by Jay Randall.   Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a 4:00pm first post. Mike Sardella

Last Saturday night, Artful Way (Artistic Fella) blasted out to the early lead in the $15,000 Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Though the harness racing four year old flashed incredible turn of foot early in the 1 1/16 mile feature last week, Artful Way tired late before fading to a sixth place finish.   This week, the tune was much different for the Jackie Rousse-trained pacer. Frank Coppola Jr. once again powered Artful Way out early but eased him back before yielding to rival Spinarama (Austin Siegelman).   Spinarama got a big time second quarter breather but was hounded by the race's favorite JK Panache who was first over.   Dismissed at odds of 12-1, Spinarama turned back JK Panache but Artful Way got loose late and surged up the passing lane before hitting the wire first in 2:00 for the 1 1/16 mile.   Spinarama held second while E Z Noah (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot.   Artful Way returned $9.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $80.00 and $375.50, respectively.   Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Stoneridge (Cash Hall) completed a hat trick for harness racing driver Frank Coppola Jr. on Thursday at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   The Harvey Stein trainee was dismissed at odds of 31-1 in the $9,950 co-feature for New York Sired trotters despite the fact that she won in the same class in her previous local start in April.   The four year old dominated her rivals after getting a first over journey before drawing away to win by almost seven lengths in a career best 1:58.3.   Stoneridge led the biggest exacta of the season to date at the Spa as fellow longshot Meshugana Miss (Bruce Aldrich Jr) finished second to comprise an exacta that paid $2,898.   Coppola piloted all three of his Thursday winners to new lifetime marks as he scored with pacers Think Bigger in 1:55.3 and Captain American in 1:55.2.   Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm.   Mike Sardella

Every year there are series’ that take place in the springtime that honor the memory of different horsemen and women that were instrumental in the 75 year history of harness racing at Saratoga. Last week, there were three series’ that kicked off featuring some of the top young horses at the Spa honoring the memory of past horsemen John Mongeon Sr. and JP Morel and the “first lady” of Saratoga Harness Virginia O’Brien. The series’ are for trotters and pacers that are five year olds and younger and have yet to achieve any kind of big time success thus far in their young careers. The John Mongeon Sr. Memorial series got underway on Thursday afternoon. This is the fourth installment of the annual series that honors the longtime Saratoga horseman. Trotters that are 5-years old and younger and were non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime (with an extra allowance for mares) as of March 21 were eligible for the series. The Mongeon series attracted enough young trotters to allow for four divisions of the first leg which each went for a purse of $7,500. Band Winsome was the fastest of the leg one winners on Thursday as the mare who was faced with tackling a rival who went off as the 1-5 favorite wound scoring impressively after her major danger made a break at the start of the race. Band Winsome, who was the only of the leg one winners to not go coast to coast for her victory, stamped herself as perhaps the one to beat in the Mongeon after scoring in 1:58.3 on Thursday. HMS Firecracker overcame post position eight in his division of the Mongeon to prevail in 1:59.2. The 4-year-old trotter is one to watch in the series as he has found a home for himself over the past month or so since joining the stable of conditioner Andy Sardella. HMS Firecracker followed up a second place finish in his debut for his new trainer with three consecutive victories after scoring wire-to-wire in leg one of the Mongeon. A Jersey Contract and Palmers Pride were the other series winners as they each prevailed on the front end on Thursday. A Jersey Contract was making just his second start of the year when he cruised to victory after having two of his chief challengers make breaks. After a solid two year old season in which he recorded a pair of victories, A Jersey Contract certainly offers major upside as the series moves forward. Palmers Pride was the “slowest” winner of leg one but could still be the one to beat among the young trotters. Don Sherman trains and drives Palmers Pride who is just now in his first season of racing despite the fact that he is five years old. While the late bloomer Palmers Pride’s victory came in just 2:00.2 on Thursday, the trotter has already recorded a 1:58.4 score this year and now has three wins, two seconds and a third in his six career starts. Leg two of the series will take place on Saturday with horses having their final chance to record points toward the Mongeon Final on Sunday May 15th which is set to go for a purse of $28,700. Friday night kicked off the annual Virginia O’Brien Pacing Series. It is only fitting that the series which honors the memory of one of the most influential women in track history is comprised of fillies and mares. There were three divisions of the first leg of the O’Brien for lady pacers who were non-winners of three races or $25,000 lifetime as of March 21. Unlike leg one of the Mongeon where two of the winners were the favorites, none of the favorites prevailed in the first leg of the O’Brien. Four-to-one shots Frontier Sarah and B B Royale each secured Friday victories in 1:55.4 while longshot Harlot’s Dream lit up the toteboard while dismissed at odds of 50-1. Brian Cross co-owns, trains and drives the mare Harlot’s Dream who came from well off the pace to pull off the big time upset. While the race certainly set up for a closer, Harlot’s Dream had to earn the win by bypassing the race’s favorite Southwind Marilyn in the stretch. Southwind Marilyn was the only one of the favorites in leg one of the O’Brien to finish in the top three in their respective divisions. If the first leg is any indication of what the rest of the series will bring, we could be in store for some really good races as the O’Brien series moves towards the second leg next week with the $27,500 Final scheduled for Saturday May 14. Longtime local driving standout JP Morel passed away in 2012 and the annual pacing series in his honor kicked off on Saturday night. There were just two divisions of the first leg of Morel Series. In The Huddle went coast to coast with Kim Crawford in the sulky, prevailing in a career best-matching 1:55. It was just the third start of the season for In The Huddle who was by far the faster of the two winners in the series’ first leg. Brigadoon brought a three race win streak into the Saturday series, a streak that dates back to last year. Billy Dobson pilots the three year old pacer who continued his winning ways as he scored for the fourth consecutive time, stopping the timer in 1:56.3. There was no dominant force in either division of the first leg of the Morel pace which should make for an interesting leg two as they head towards the series final set for Saturday, May 14. The track will feature a rare doubleheader this Saturday on Kentucky Derby day and the matinee portion of the doubleheader will consist of mostly series races. The Mongeon, O’Brien and Morel Series’ second legs will all take place on the Saturday afternoon card as the trotters and pacers get their final chance to qualify for the series’ finals that will be contested the following weekend. Live racing takes place this week on Thursday starting at 4:00 and continues on Friday night beginning at 6:45 p.m. The lone doubleheader for the season is set for Saturday and there will be a Sunday matinee as well. First post for the afternoon race cards is 12:15pm while Saturday night’s program will kick off at 6:45pm, soon after the completion of the Kentucky Derby. Until next week, I’m Mike Sardella wishing you the best of luck and we’ll see YOU at the finish line! Reprinted with permission of The Saratogian

Crazy About Pat, driven by Shawn Gray and trained by Paul Kelly, took Sunday afternoon's harness racing feature at Saratoga.   The Crazed colt trotted to the victory over a mile and 1/16th in 2:05.   Live racing continues onThursday afternoon beginning at 4pm. Mike Sardella  

Real Illusion (Real Desire) scored in Saturday's Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The six year old pacer was making his first start for trainer Jose Godinez after a claim last weekend and Real Illusion paid immediate dividends for his new harness racing connections by scoring in the $15,000 feature.   Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted Real Illusion who wound up first over in a race that featured first half fractions of 26.0 and 54.0.   Real Illusion stopped the timer in 1:59.3 in the 1 1/16 mile Open as the race's 7-5 betting favorite.   Grand Galop Semalu (Mark Beckwith) was the runner up in the Saturday feature while Whogoesfirst (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot.   The exacta with 26-1 longshot Grand Galop Semalu second returned $74.50 and the triple paid $334.   Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a pick five carryover of $2,731. The matinee begins at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Campanile (No Pan Intended) went coast to coast in Friday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   The Chris Marino-trained mare has been the most consistent force among local distaffers over the course of the last few years and continued her winning ways in Friday's $13,000 Winners Over pace.   Campanile powered out to the lead in a first quarter of 27.2 in the 1 1/16 mile feature.   The gutsy mare dug in late and had enough left to hold off a late charge from rival Bazooka Terror (Billy Dobson) who wound being the runner up for the second consecutive week in the Winners Over.   Longshot Jets Are On (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot.   It was the third win in the local feature this season and the sixth on the year for Campanile who thrived out of town this winter as well.   Austin Siegelman piloted the seven year old mare to victory for owner Mike Casalino Jr.   Siegelman scored four winners on the card.   Live racing continues on Saturday at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm.   Mike Sardella

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