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Cooking The Books (Mach Three) won the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The Jose Godinez-trained mare drew the inside post and wound up getting a pocket trip behind the race's favorite in the $17,000 co-feature. Cooking The Books closed up the inside to pull off the mild upset at odds of 7-2. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted the five year old mare to her first victory in the local Open and secured a pair of wins for Godinez as the two teamed up with a win in the matinee's opener with Shortest Distance who scored her incredible 24th win of the year. Aldrich piled up four wins on the Sunday card. Crazy About Pat won the race's co-featured Open Trot for driver Shawn Gray in 1:58. Live racing resumes on Thursday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Moveoutofmyway (Dontgetinmyway) won his first local Open Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. After finishing fourth and fifth in his two previous tries at the Spa, the Brittany Robertson-trained Moveoutofmyway drew post position three in Saturday's $17,000 Open. Ending up with a first over journey, the five year old pacer fought gamely to take the lead turning for home before being confronted by the race's favorite Ronny Bugatti (Austin Siegelman) who was trying to go last to first for his second straight feature score. Moveoutofmyway held strong in the stretch and denied Ronny Bugatti the repeat by hitting the wire first in 1:52.3. Stephane Bouchard piloted the winner who returned $8.00 to win. Ronny Bugatti had to settle for second while Trigger Finger (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Harness racing driver Stephane Bouchard swept the two divisions of the Gary Kamal Memorial Pacing Series on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.  Bouchard piloted both Jokes Jet (Jeremes Jet) and Jojo Jove (Village Jove) to wire-to-wire wins in the $7,500 per division Late Closer Series.  Jeremes Jet became the series' only repeat winner as she went coast to coast in 1:57 at odds of 1-5.  The three year old Geoff Howles-trained filly will likely head into next weekend's Final as the favorite.  Jojo Jove came up just a neck shy of prevailing in last week's leg one but would not be denied while on the engine on Friday night.  Bouchard piloted Jojo Jove to a lifetime mark of 1:57.1 for trainer Dave Byer. Live racing continues on Saturday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Calvin B (Bettor's Delight) pulled off the mild upset in the $7,000 featured race at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday night. The John Cross-trained four year old has been a consistent factor in his starts this season, hitting the board in 14 of 22 heading into Thursday's race but only had recorded one victory. Coming from last in a six horse field, Calvin B paced past all of his rivals in the second half of the mile for Brian Cross before hitting the line first in 1:56.4, a seasonal best. Despite the fact that it was just a six horse field following two scratches, Calvin B returned a hefty $29.00 to win in Thursday's featured race. Live racing continues on Friday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

The Lindy Treaty (Conway Hall) pulled off the upset in the $30,400 Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series Final on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Dismissed at odds of 27-1, The Lindy Treaty had several to beat in the final half but surged up the passing lane in the stretch to get the best of the race's favorite Teach Me To Bucky (Bruce Aldrich Jr). The win was an emotional one as the driver for The Lindy Treaty was Jordan Derue, the son of longtime horseman and former farrier at Saratoga Jimmy Derue for whom the series was named. Derue piloted for trainer Melissa Beckwith who had three winners on the Saturday card. Teach Me To Bucky finished second while Montana Skies (Brian Cross) earned the show spot. The Series Consolation went to Morning Joe (RC Royalty) who was piloted by Stephane Bouchard. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

 Jokes Jet (Jereme's Jet) was the fastest winner in the three divisions of the Gary Kamal Memorial Pacing Series on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Geoff Howles-trained filly is having a big year and prevailed for the fifth time in eight local starts this season with reinsman Stephane Bouchard in the sulky. Starting from the outside post in her $7,500 division of the first leg of the Late Closer Series, Jokes Jet went wire-to-wire on Friday to match her lifetime mark in 1:55.3 while upsetting at odds of 11-1. The victory was one of four on the night for Bouchard. The other winners in leg one of the series were longshot Villiam Tell and odds-on favorite Rock N Joe who were both piloted by leading driver Billy Dobson. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Racway

Fox Valley Ace (Sportsmaster) completed a double for his connections on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The three year old pacer made his local debut two weeks ago for trainer John Mongeon and driver Brian Cross and won in 1:59. On Thursday in his third local try, the sophomore scored another victory in 1:59, opening up a big lead before prevailing by a length and a half in the $5,200 pacing event for non-winners of two races or $5,000 lifetime. Fox Valley Ace's stablemate, Bankin On Bomb (Relentless Yankee) secured a first over victory in his local debut earlier in the night. Cross piloted the Mongeon trainee to a first over win in 1:58.4. Bankin On Bomb set a lifetime mark in his first start in New York after competing all summer long in the Fair circuit in the Midwest. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Panocchio continued his dominant stretch in the Open Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Jimmy Mattison-trained four year old is enjoying a breakout harness racing campaign and won for the twelfth time of the year in Saturday's $17,000 feature.  Driver Gerry Mattison dropped Panocchio (No Pan Intended) into the pocket behind the race's favorite Mystician (Wally Hennessey) who was making his local debut. Panocchio closed up the passing lane before winning a photo with JK Panache (Billy Dobson) in a mile paced in 1:51.4. It was the seventh Open win this year for Panocchio boosting his seasonal earnings to over the $100,000 mark. JK Panache was the runner up for the second straight week in the feature while longshot BJ's Guy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) closed for third. It may be the final time we see Panocchio compete at Saratoga for the year as he will be headed back down to Pompano Park in the near future. The pacing star is co-owned by his trainer Jimmy Mattison and Emile Johnson Jr. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

 The trotter Sir Kensington (Conway Hall) set a lifetime mark on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway to give trainer Heidi Rohr her 1,000th victory as a trainer. Rohr, who is the defending Horsewoman of the Year at Saratoga, has been a force since coming to the Spa a few years back. While her horses compete at numerous tracks throughout the northeast, the majority of Rohr’s starts come at Saratoga. On Friday night, condition trotter Sir Kensington drew the rail and driver Bruce Aldrich Jr moved the 3-2 favorite out to the early lead. The lead grew to five around the final turn before Sir Kensington stopped the timer in 1:58.1, a lifetime best for the seven year old trotter. Rohr currently sits second in the local trainer standings. Congratulations to Heidi Rohr on her milestone victory! Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post of 6:45pm.  by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Harness racing two year old colt and gelding trotters were in town on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway to take part in the New York Sire Stakes. Three divisions of the $53,500+ stakes races for freshman trotters highlighted the card with Trond Smedshammer's Buen Camino (Cash Hall) leading the way as the fastest among stakes winners. Buen Camino was the favorite in his four horse division of the Sire Stakes after three rivals were scratched. Coming off of a convincing, career best win in 1:58 at Batavia, Buen Camino moved out to the early lead in his local debut and battled major danger Home'n Dry (Wally Hennessey) throughout the final quarter before that one made a break late in the stretch and was subsequently disqualified from second. Buen Camino was the fastest of the three winners in the 'big time' stakes races by almost two seconds. Favored Sugarmakesmecrazy (Crazed) held on to win for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt in 2:02.3 and Andy Ray (Crazed) pulled off an upset for reinsman Steve Smith and trainer Erv Miller with his victory in 2:01 while dismissed at odds of 17-1 in the other two big stakes races on the card. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Friday night with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Bet On Roulette (Bettor's Delight) won the Open Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for the third time this season. Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey piloted the race's 6-5 betting favorite and got a pocket ride for Bet On Roulette behind invader Off Lika Promdress (Austin Siegelman) who cut the mile in his Open debut. Bet On Roulette closed sharply in the passing lane and outpaced his rivals in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:53.4 en route to his fourth win of the season. Off Lika Promdress held second while Mortal Zin (Billy Dobson) toughed out a first over journey to finish third in the $17,000 Open Pace. Bet On Roulette's trainer Paul Kelley also won Friday night's 'Winners Over' trot with Crazy About Pat. Hennessey piloted three winners on the Saturday card. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Brussel Sprout (Glidemaster) continued his recent hot streak on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The five year old trotter moved into the $15,000 claimers a few weeks ago and is now three-for-three in that class following a frontrunning victory in 1:58.2 on a chilly summer night in the Spa City. The Allan Johnson-trained trotter set a lifetime mark last week when he overcame a tough trip to prevail in 1:56.3 and extended his win streak on Thursday night. Pop My Buttons (Phil Fluet) sat the pocket to the favored winner and finished second to complete a chalky $4.40 exacta while Holy Smokes (Stephane Bouchard) completed the triple. Brussel Sprout was driven to victory by Austin Siegelman. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm.  Mike Sardella

Keystone Wallace (Yankee Glide) dominated his competitors in the $6,500 featured race on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Dan Hennessey-trained trotter won in the same class last month but was a beaten favorite in his prior start before going off as the race's 5-2 second choice on Wednesday. Reinsman Wally Hennessey moved Keystone Wallace first over at the half and overpowered the race's favorite before running off to a double digit length lead and stopping the timer in 1:59.1 over the sloppy Spa oval. Longshot The Duke Of Conway (Bruce Aldrich Jr) closed to finish second while Stirling Accord (Yankee Glide) earned the show spot. Live racing continues on Thursday night with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Ronny Bugatti (Art Major) posted the second fastest mile in the history of Saratoga Casino and Raceway in Saturday night's Open Pace. The fractions were sizzling early and the 3-5 favorite Ronny Bugatti and driver Austin Siegelman sat patiently through a first half in 54.4. The four year old Allan Johnson-trained pacer moved first over and fought gallantly before edging away in the stretch to prevail in a dazzling 1:50.4. It was a clean sweep of the Opens this weekend for Siegelman and Johnson as Backstreet Hanover and Campanile swept the Friday night "double feature" and Ronny Bugatti completed the Open hat trick with the historic Saturday score. Panocchio (Gerry Mattison) followed the winner's cover to end up second in the $17,000 feature while BJ's Guy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) held on for third. The only faster mile in track history than the one put up by Ronny Bugatti on Saturday came in last year's Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace when Bolt The Duer stopped the clock in an eye-popping 1:49. The 2014 edition of the $260,000 Gerrity Pace will take place next Saturday night. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Three year old pacer Jokes Jet (Jereme's Jet) returned to Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday, the spot where she broke her maiden as a freshman in 2013. The Geoff Howles-trained filly returned to town after a long stint racing north of the border. Jokes Jet did not get her 2014 campaign off to a good start while racing strong competition at Mohawk Raceway but the return to the Spa resulted in a return to the winner's circle for the sophomore pacer. Jokes Jet and driver Stephane Bouchard set fast fractions on the lead on Thursday night and squared off in what amounted to a match race with rival invader Legal Process (Billy Dobson). Those two fillies battled throughout the entire second lap before Jokes Jet drew clear in the stretch to win in a career best 1:55.3. Jokes Jet, who earned just shy of $60,000 as a two year old last year, was the 1-5 in the $5,000 race for fillies and mares. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

There were longshots galore in the New York Sire Stakes on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Two year old filly trotters were in town and comprised five divisions of the $32,700 Sire Stakes for freshman highsteppers. There was only one favorite who prevailed among stakes fillies on Wednesday as Pig Hunt (Conway Hall) scored a convincing win for driver George Brennan in 2:01.1 at odds of 1-5. The fastest winner of the night for the freshman fillies was Miss B’ville J (Rc Royalty) who wired the field for Jim Morrill Jr in 1:59.2. It was the second victory on the season and easily a new lifetime mark for the Tracy Brainard-trained filly. Miss B’ville J went off at odds of 5-1. Three longshots won the remaining three stakes races as Concentration (Conway Hall) upset for driver Chris Lems at 16-1, Counsellor As (Conway Hall) prevailed for reinsman Marcus Johansson at 17-1 and Dancewithme Chuck (Lucky Chucky) scored at odds of 19-1 with Charlie Norris in the sulky. The New York Sire Stakes return to Saratoga on Saturday August 16th, the same night that the Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Free-For-All Pace will take place. Live racing continues on Thursday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm.   Mike Sardella

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