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Artful Way (Artistic Fella) won the Saturday feature at Saratoga for the seventh time this season. The Jackie Rousse trainee moved out to the early lead in Saturday's $16,000 Open Pace and the harness racing four year old would not be denied. Enjoying a breakout year in 2016, Artful Way went coast to coast on a chilly autumn evening in the Spa City. Driver Frank Coppola Jr. gave Artful Way a 28.4 second quarter breather after cruising through a first panel in 27 seconds flat. After putting up a first half in 55.4, Saratoga's favorite to be Pacer of the Year posted a matching second half en route to victory in 1:51.3. BJ's Guy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) closed sharply for second while Respectable Dream (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. The race's favorite Givenupdreaming (Stephane Bouchard) was tasked with trying to go last to first in the feature but despite a late surge didn't get close to the top few finishers and had to settle for fifth. Artful Way was surprisingly dismissed at odds of 6-1 and returned $14.80 to win. The exacta paid $56 while the triple came back $248. Frank Coppola Jr, who has surged into a big lead in the driver standings, piloted four winners on the Saturday card. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee that begins at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Velocity Vespa (I Scoot Hanover) went coast to coast to capture the Friday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. After being claimed in July by trainer Rich Banca, Velocity Vespa rattled off three consecutive wins in the Fillies and Mares Open at the Spa. The last of those victories came in a dazzling 1:51.3, a track record for a pacing mare at the Spa. The six year old distaffer didn't factor in last week's Open despite being the odds-on favorite but returned to the winner's circle after wiring the field in Friday's $16,000 feature. So Nice (Mark Beckwith) sat the pocket and finished second while Super Soph (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Velocity Vespa's 16th win of the season came over a sloppy track in 1:53.4 on Friday night. Returning $4.90 to win, Velocity Vespa, who was driven to victory by Jimmy Devaux, led an exacta and triple that came back $15.20 and $77.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Southwind Amazon (Camluck) made his local harness racing debut on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel and what an impression he made. The Paul Holzman-trained pacer showed some impressive lines in his races from the last few months but drew the outside post position in his debut in the $16,000 Open Pace. Driver Billy Dobson powered Southwind Amazon out early and didn't stop until he reached the top. After an opening quarter in 27 seconds and a half in 55, the six year old star sped away from his rivals to build an insurmountable lead. Clicking off three quarters in 1:22.3, Southwind Amazon had plenty left in the stretch and stopped the clock in 1:50.4, the fastest time for any horse at the Spa this year. The race's favorite Givenupdreaming (Stephane Bouchard) shook loose late but it was to no avail as he had to settle for second while Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Southwind Amazon returned $7.80 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $25.20 and $68, respectively. It was the 11th victory in 29 seasonal tries for Southwind Amazon who posted the fastest mile of 2016 at Saratoga in a year that featured defending National Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit (he prevailed in 1:51 in July's $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace). Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee that kicks off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Bazooka Terror (Western Terror) has been a solid threat in the Fillies and Mares Open throughout the harness racing season at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Heidi Rohr-trained mare had often finished second in the local feature but had not prevailed in it before her most recent start at the Spa on August 25th. In that race, Bazooka Terror pulled off a mild upset, recording her first victory in the local Open and doing so at odds of 6-1. On Friday night, the seven year old mare was dismissed at odds of 12-1 and got away last in the six-horse Open. The backfield got in motion late and Bazooka Terror swooped the group to record the win in 1:54.2, going last to first in the $16,000 feature for distaffers. Bazooka Terror, who returned $27.60 to win, was piloted to the win by Billy Dobson. So Nice (Mark Beckwith) came on late to win a photo for second with Bye Bye Michelle (Stephane Bouchard) who earned the show spot. The exacta returned $73 while the triple paid $258 in a race in which the 3-5 betting favorite was never a factor. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Bjanthony took Saratoga's feature race Thursday night for haness racing driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr and trainer Jose Godinez. The time for the mile was 2:00.2. Live racing will continue Friday evening with a post time at 6:45 Mike Sardella    

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) came up just shy of an Open harness racing win last weekend at Saratoga Casino Hotel when the Jackie Rousse-trained pacer got reeled in, in the final strides of the $15,000 Open. On Friday night, Artful Way would not be denied as he changed tactics a bit and sat the pocket behind the race's even money favorite JK Panache (Wally Hennessey). JK Panache powered out to the lead in a 27.1 opening quarter and paced consecutive 28 second quarters in the race's middle half before being confronted by the pocket-pulling Artful Way. Those two speedsters battled it out in the final eighth of a mile before Artful Way came on to win in 1:51.2. JK Panache was a strong second while longshot Respectable Dream (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Artful Way returned $8.00 to win and led an exacta completed by the favorite that came back $11.80. The win was one of three on the card for trainer Jackie Rousse and driver Frank Coppola Jr who also teamed up for victories with claiming pacers Wayne The Lefty (Allamerican Ingot) and Jojo Jove (Village Jove). Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Gianni (Yankee Glide) matched his lifetime mark in Thursday's harness racing  feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Chris Marino trainee followed the cover of the race's favorite Up The Alley (Billy Dobson) before tracking him down in the stretch in the $10,000 feature for trotters. Gianni, who returned $10.20 to win, recorded his fourth victory of the season when he stopped the timer in a career best-matching 1:56.2. Up The Alley won the place photo with Sweet Thing (Bruce Aldrich Jr) who had to settle for third. Gianni completed a training double for conditioner Chris Marino whose Hezabluechipboy N (Santanna Blue Chip) prevailed in a career best 1:55.3. The New Zealand invader was making his first start in the US when he wired the field in Thursday's non-winners of two race lifetime pace for colts and geldings. Hezabluechipboy N was driven to victory by Mark Beckwith. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Yagonnakissmeornot (The Panderosa) never had an anxious moment in the Wednesday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the 2-5 betting favorite recorded a convincing victory with Billy Dobson in the sulky. Yagonnakissmeornot was coming off a two month layoff while in the midst of another season in which she has earned more than a quarter million dollars. The seven year old mare showed no rust after cruising out to an easy lead in Wednesday's $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open and had little difficulty securing her win in 1:52.4. Pocket sitting Keene Olivia (Stephane Bouchard) wound up second best to the mare who now has career earnings of just shy of $1.4 million. The exacta in the five horse feature returned $12.20. Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Live racing continues on Thursday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Flyhawk Thriller (Cash Hall) dropped and popped while recording an harness racing upset in Tuesday night's featured race at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Bert Belanger-trained trotter dropped out of the Open but drew post position seven in the $9,000 featured trot on Tuesday. Leading driver Stephane Bouchard sat back patiently with Flyhawk Thriller, who was dismissed at odds of 10-1, as fast fractions were being set during a hotly contested first half. Flyhawk Thriller came first over and overpowered the race's favorite en route to opening up a big lead past three quarters. Drama Free (Jordan Derue) shook loose late but never got close to Flyhawk Thriller who stopped the timer in 1:55.4. Drama Free was the runner up while Time To Quit (Brian Cross) completed the triple. For Flyhawk Thriller, whose 1:54.2 win time set back in May still stands as the fastest for any trotter at Saratoga in 2016, it was win number four on the season. Returning $22.00 to win, Flyhawk Thriller led an exacta and triple that paid $289.50 and $2309, respectively. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at the Spa with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Respectable Dream (If I Can Dream) scored his first win in the local Open Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel as leading harness racing driver Stephane Bouchard guided the Richie Silverman trainee to victory in 1:52. Respectable Dream left quickly and tucked in the pocket behind Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) who was setting blistering fractions on the front end. The race's favorite JK Panache (Wally Hennessey) was caught on the outside for nearly the entire mile and the seven horse field was bunched up turning for home. Respectable Dream cruised up the passing lane late to prevail in the $15,000 Open for the first time. Artful Way finished second while Code Word (Mark Beckwith) came on for third. The third place finish for the veteran Code Word moved his career earnings to over the $1 million mark. Respectable Dream paid $11.40 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $101 and $705, respectively. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Palmers Pride (Monsieur Kan Due) took a while to get going in his career but the five year old trotter is enjoying a breakout season in his first year of harness racing at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Don Sherman trainee, who made his lifetime debut at the Spa earlier this year, scored his eighth win of the season in Friday's feature. A consistent leaver, Palmers Pride once again flashed his early speed in Friday's $10,000 feature for trotters and made a relatively easy lead. Driver Mark Beckwith gave him a second quarter breather as they braced for the challenge of the big favorite Up The Alley (Billy Dobson). When that one made a break, Palmers Pride drew away from the remainder of his challengers and opened up a commanding lead turning for home before stopping the timer in 1:55.4. For Palmers Pride, it was the eighth win in 18 career starts and the consistent trotter has now hit the board in 14 of his lifetime tries. Sweet Thing (Bruce Aldrich Jr) finished second while Seeking Steven (Wally Hennessey) earned the show spot. Palmers Pride returned $13.40 in his most recent win and started an exacta and triple that paid $41.20 and $112.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Bazooka Terror (Western Terror) had been the runner up six times in the harness racing feature for fillies and mares at Saratoga Casino Hotel this year and on Thursday night, the Heidi Rohr trainee shook her bridesmaid status and became the bride. Bazooka Terror moved first over on the race's favorite Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open and after fast early fractions helped to set the table went right by her rivals in the stretch en route to victory in 1:52.1. The win time served as a new lifetime mark for the seven year old mare. Longshot Narcian Jewel (Bruce Aldrich Jr) closed up the inside and bested Godiva Seelster in the photo for place. The favorite had to settle for third. Bazooka Terror, who was piloted to the win by Billy Dobson, returned $15.80 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $145.50 and $310.50, respectively. While it was the first win in the local Open for Bazooka Terror, it was the mare's sixth victory in the 2016 season. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

The favorites had their way in the New York Sire Stakes on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Two year old trotting fillies took center stage on the Wednesday harness racing card as three divisions of the $53,500 stakes were featured. Barn Bella (Conway Hall) was the evening's fastest freshman filly as she scored a convincing eleven length victory in 1:58.1 for Jeff Gregory. The Steven Pratt-trained Barn Bella was her race's 1-9 betting favorite as she dominated her competition en route to her fourth win of the season and third in a row in NY Sire Stakes action. Sam Schillaci's Mamora Bay (Chapter Seven) had little difficulty scoring in her division of the NYSS on Wednesday as she trotted to a decisive 8+ length victory in 1:58.2 highlighted by a final half of 57.4. Schillaci trains and drives the filly who was the 1-9 betting favorite as she cruised to a first over victory, a win that was her fourth in six career starts as a freshman. The final division of the $53,500 Sire Stakes wasn't won by the favorite but rather the public's 2-1 second choice in the wagering as Amber Ella (Chapter Seven) came on late to record her second straight win in NYSS competition. Hall of Famer John Campbell piloted Amber Ella for trainer Linda Toscano as the freshman filly took advantage of a break by the race's big favorite and trotted past the rest in the stretch to stop the timer in 1:59.4. Live racing continues on Thursday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Deadhead Royalty (RC Royalty) kept his win streak alive on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the Don Sherman trainee completed a double for his trainer on the harness racing card. Deadhead Royalty drew the outside post position in the $6,400 trotting event for conditional claimers and after dropping in third in the early going cruised to a first over win with Bruce Aldrich Jr. in the sulky. For Deadhead Royalty, it was the fourth consecutive win and sixth on the season. Earlier in the night, Sherman's Scarlatti (Conway Hall) prevailed in his division of the $5,900 claiming conditional race for trotters. Scarlatti parlayed a pocket trip to victory in 1:59.1 to record his second win in the last three weeks. His race's 1-2 betting favorite, the Sherman-trained Scarlatti was driven to victory by Austin Siegelman. With the Tuesday night training double, Sherman climbed back into the top five in the local trainer standings for the 2016 season. Live racing continues on Wednesday night when NY Sire Stakes are featured. Two year old trotting fillies will take center stage at the Spa with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Idealbeach Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) prevailed in the local harness racing Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel for the first time on Saturday night as the Rene Allard-trained pacer toughed out a first over journey. Hall of Fame reinsman Wally Hennessey piloted the five year old in the $15,000 Open Pace and after leaving for position moved Idealbeach Hanover first over on longshot leader Spinarama (Austin Siegelman). Idealbeach Hanover wore that one down but the backfield was in motion late as the race's favorite Givenupdreaming (Stephane Bouchard) and longshot Mc Rusty (Mark Beckwith) came charging at him in the final strides. Idealbeach Hanover held on to win in 1:52.4 while Givenupdreaming came up second best and Mc Rusty earned the show spot. Idealbeach Hanover, whose victory was his seventh of the season, paid $8.20 to win in the Saturday feature. The exacta returned $19 while the triple came back $132.50. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Fad Finance shattered the track record for harness racing  three year old trotting fillies at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night. Jim Morrill Jr. piloted the Trond Smedshammer-trained filly who was the race's 3-5 betting favorite in her division of the $89,950 New York Sire Stakes. Morrill moved Fad Finance out to the lead and despite being pressured almost every step of the way, the sophomore highstepper had enough left to secure her fifth victory of the year. Fad Finance stopped the timer in 1:54.1 crushing the previous track mark for sophomore fillies of 1:55.3 set by Barn Doll (Jeff Gregory) in NYSS action last year. Fad Finance had just enough to hold off the late charge by Goosebump Hanover (Stephane Bouchard) who had to settle for second despite trotting in 1:54.2. Swinging Royalty (Jason Bartlett) earned the show spot. Ake Svanstedt's Non Stick (Lucky Chucky) prevailed in the other $89,950 Sire Stake on the night as the filly overcame being parked out throughout the entire first half of the race before scoring in 1:56. For Non Stick, the win was the fifth in eight seasonal tries and the eleventh in fourteen lifetime starts. Just as Fad Finance was in the earlier NYSS race, Non Stick was her race's 3-5 betting favorite. New York Sire Stakes action returns to Saratoga on Wednesday night when two year old trotting fillies are featured. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

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