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Artful Way (Artistic Fella) prevailed in his first try in the local harness racing feature on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Jackie Rousse-trained three year old won the Open Pace while competing in it for the first time since coming to town in October. After moving aggressively to the early lead in 26.3, Artful Way kept rolling along on the front end, clicking off middle half fractions of 55 and 1:23.1 en route to victory in 1:51.4. Invader Dynamic Youth (Billy Dobson) was the race's favorite and moved first over on Artful Way but didn't make much of an impact before fading late to a fourth place finish. Longshot Duel In The Sun (Cambest) came charging hard in the stretch to be the runner up in the final $18,000 Open Pace for 2015 while Theseyesrcrying (Bruce Aldrich Jr) came on for third. Artful Way, who was driven to victory by Frank Coppola Jr, was dismissed at odds of 10-1 while second place finisher Duel In The Sun went off at odds of 31-1. The exacta with the longshots returned $387.50 while the triple came back $2016. Saturday night served as closing night for the '15 racing season with live racing set to resume in March of 2016. Mike Sardella  

So Nice (Ponder) set the track record for harness racing aged pacing mares at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Friday night. In the year's final Fillies and Mares Open, the Amber Buter-trained pacer powered to the lead approaching the half mile pole before drawing away to a dazzling win in 1:52. The time bests the previous mark of 1:52.1 shared by three different mares as the fastest for an aged mare in the 74 year history of Saratoga. So Nice powered away from her rivals to win by eight lengths in the $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open with Mark Beckwith in the sulky. Longshot Jokes Jet (Phil Fluet) had a strong showing in her debut in the local feature finishing second while the favored Super Soph (Frank Coppola Jr) had to settle for third. So Nice returned $5.70 to win and led an exacta with Jokes Jet that came back $85. The triple with the favorite third paid $289 in the final feature for distaffers for the '15 season. Live racing continues on Saturday for the season's closing night with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Gimme The Cash (Cash Hall) got the money in the harness racing co-feature for New York Sired Trotters on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Angus MacDonald trains and drives the four year old mare who scored in the $11,250 trot on a warm December evening in Saratoga. The Vernon Downs invader shook loose in the stretch after getting away third in the race's early going to trot past his rivals and secure the victory in 1:58.2. Gimme The Cash returned $12.40 to win while besting Luck Of Macrea (Frank Coppola Jr) who was second and the favored Tango Pirate (Bruce Aldrich Jr) who faded late to finish third. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Can I Say (Fourth And One) won the Open Trot on Sunday afternoon for the second time in the last three weeks at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Doug Berkeley-trained trotter went wire-to-wire in the $18,000 feature in 1:55.4. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted the mare Can I Say who beat the boys as the race's 2-5 favorite in the wagering. Longshot invader Gwally (Austin Siegelman) got the pocket ride behind the winner and held strong for second while last week's Open winner Stirling Cadet (Frank Coppola Jr) came on for third. Can I Say has now won three of her last four local starts with a second place finish sandwiched between her victories. Live racing resumes on Thursday as the racing season enters its final week. First post time on Thursday is set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

Harness racing trainer Jackie Rousse and driver Frank Coppola Jr. swept the co-features on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Titus Seelster (Artistic Fella) went coast to coast in the $13,000 Winners Over pace while Artful Way (Artistic Fella) went start to finish in the $13,000 Winners of 5 but not more than 8 races lifetime pace on a comfortable December night in the Spa City. Titus Seelster pulled off a mild upset while going wire-to-wire in 1:52.4 at odds of 9-2 while Artful Way was the race's overwhelming favorite while backed to odds of 1-9. Both Rousse trainees are co-owned by Janie Martin and the Kellogg Racing Stables LLC. Rousse piled up three winners on the Saturday card as her Winter Blast also prevailed with Coppola in the sulky. With just one week of racing left in the 2015 season, it appears that Rousse and Coppola will both finish in second place in the trainer and driver standings, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Bye Bye Michelle (Stonebridge Regal) scored her first win in the local Open Pace for harness racing Fillies and Mares on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Just two weeks removed from a track record-matching effort in which she won in 1:52.2, the Melissa Beckwith-trained Bye Bye Michelle moved out to the early lead in Friday’s $19,250 feature for distaffers. The five year old mare was strong in the stretch and held off Ella V Horse (Stephane Bouchard) who came on for second while Wanna Rock N Roll (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot in the 1:53 mile. Bye Bye Michelle returned $6.90 to win and led and exacta and triple that came back $31.80 and $59, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm.   Mike Sardella

Harness racing driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. was recognized on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for his 6,000th career driving victory. Just two weeks away from wrapping up his first career local driving championship, Aldrich has done double duty once again this year, competing at Saratoga and at Monticello Raceways both on a “full time” basis. It was at Monticello on Wednesday when the veteran reinsman piloted his 6,000th lifetime winner guiding Unimpeachable to victory, the third driving win on the card for the 47 year old. On Thursday, Aldrich recorded win number 6,001 with trotter It’s A Lucky Deal (Lucky Chucky) in the evening’s opener and was recognized in the winner’s circle for his milestone with a blue and gold (his driver colors) sign acknowledging career victory number 6,000. It was just last June that Aldrich secured win number 5,000 for his career so he is piling up victories at an incredible rate. It’s A Lucky Deal’s trainer Gary Levine had a pair of victories on the card as his Bettor Not Miss prevailed on Thursday as well.  Live racing continues on Friday at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post.    Mike Sardella  

Stirling Cadet scored another Open Handicap win at Saratoga today, trotting in 1:56. Driven by Frank Coppola, and trained by Jackie Rousse, the four-year old gelding by Conway Hall never had an anxious moment, as he cut the mile, easily winning today's feature by two-lengths. Mike Sardella  

Mister Skitter (Western Terror) moved up into the featured pace for the first time on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Don Sherman trainee set a lifetime mark set last week when he went wire-to-wire in 1:52.1 with Austin Siegelman in the sulky. This week, he moved up into the $13,000 Winners Over Pace which was the evening's feature. Mister Skitter sat the pocket to Southwind Terror (Mark Beckwith) and cruised past him in the stretch to record the win in 1:52.4. For Mister Skitter, a nominee for Three Year Old Pacer of the Year at the track this season, it was victory number eight on the season. He paid $8.30 to win. The race's favorite Drunken Desire A (Bruce Aldrich Jr) came on to finish second and completed an exacta that came back $27.40 while Southwind Terror held on for third. The triple returned $93. The win was one of three on the night for reinsman Austin Siegelman. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Spreester scored her second consecutive win in the local Fillies and Mares Open on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Paul Zabielski-trained mare has transitioned very well to the Open this season after enjoying two sensational years competing mostly in the New York Sire Stakes. Spreester (American Ideal) sat the pocket in Friday's $18,000 feature but evacuated the two-hole after chasing longshot leader Looney Dune (Ben Mcneil) through a first half that went in 55.4. Spreester worked hard to take over the lead and then held off late surges by Campanile (Austin Siegelman) and Bye Bye Michelle (Mark Beckwith) who finished second and third, respectively. Spreester, who won her previous start at the Spa on November 6th in the Open for distaffers, registered her seventh victory of the season on an unseasonably warm Friday night in Saratoga. Jimmy Devaux piloted Spreester, who returned $8.30 to win, to what was the 21st victory in 55 career tries for the four year old mare. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Luck Of Macrea (Lucky Chucky) displayed his skills on Wednesday night as the Margaret Spagnola-trained trotter prevailed in the evening's feature for harness racing New York Sired highsteppers. The three year old trotter drew post position one for his try in the $10,500 feature and driver Frank Coppola Jr. moved the favorite out to the early lead. After enjoying a soft first half that went in 1:01, Luck Of Macrea trotted away from his rivals to score in 2:00.4. Keyhole (John Stark Jr), who got the pocket trip behind the winner, was the race's runner up while Royal Conway (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Luck Of Macrea, who was the 4-5 betting favorite, is owned by Mike Polansky of Loudonville, NY. The win was one of three on the card for Frank Coppola Jr. who is second in the local driver standings for the year. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Sixth Man (Duke Of York) pulled off the upset in Sunday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Melissa Beckwith-trained six year old moved second over at the half but wound up dropping in behind the leader turning for home in the $14,000 Winners Over trot at the Spa. Sixth Man closed up the passing lane and reeled in front-running Flyhawk Thriller (Stephane Bouchard) in the final few strides before stopping the timer in 1:56.2. Mark Beckwith piloted Sixth Man to the trotter's third win in his last four starts. The longshot victor returned $28.60 to win and led an exacta with Flyhawk Thriller that came back $116. Just Make Believe (Jay Randall) earned the show spot and completed the triple that paid a hefty $587. The win was one of three on the card for the meet's leading trainer Melissa Beckwith whose Blazin Benny won for the 21st time this year and whose Suegrabbitnrun set a lifetime mark trotting to victory in 1:56. Live racing resumes on Wednesday evening with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

BJ's Bequia (Rocknroll Hanover) scored a victory in the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted the eight year old veteran pacer in the $19,250 feature and swung three wide with him approaching the three quarter pole while pursuing longshot leader Titus Seelster (Frank Coppola Jr). BJ's Bequia paced past his rivals around the final turn before drawing away to win by two lengths in 1:52.3. City Hall, who raced the majority of the mile on the outside, fought gamely to finish second while Titus Seelster had to settle for third. The Jose Godinez-trained BJ's Bequia returned $10.20 in an evenly bet Open Pace. Aldrich and Godinez have teamed up for more Open wins than any other connections at the Spa this season. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Bye Bye Michelle (Stonebridge Regal) matched the track record for harness racing aged pacing mares in Friday's feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The five year old mare moved out to the early lead in the 'Winners Over' for distaff pacers and withstood a first half that went in a sizzling 54.4. Driver Mark Beckwith asked Bye Bye Michelle for her best heading towards three quarters and she paced away from her rivals before stopping the timer in 1:52.1, a time that matches the track record for an aged pacing mare. Pocket sitter Bell On Wheels (Western Hanover) finished a distant second while Campanile (Austin Siegelman) closed for third. Bye Bye Michelle's victory, which gave her a new lifetime mark, was her second in as many weeks while going for a purse of $13,000. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Saturday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Patronus (Lucky Chucky) set a lifetime mark for his new connections on Thursday evening at Saratoga Casino and Raceway while prevailing in the $10,500 feature. The three year old trotter drew post position one but got off to a slow start, getting shuffled back in the sixth horse field for New York Sired trotters. Driver Jimmy Devaux swung Patronus three wide around the final turn and he soared by rival Driving Me Lindy (Stephane Bouchard) who had to settle for second despite building an imposing lead. Patronus trotted to a career best 1:59 for Devaux and trainer Gary Levine who raced Patronus for the first time since acquiring him earlier this month. Devaux piloted three winners on the evening's ten race card. Live racing continues on Friday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Saratoga, NY - Rock Icon (Rocknroll Hanover) became the sixth different Jose Godinez-trained horse to win the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the five year old pacer parlayed the pocket ride to victory on Saturday night. Starting from post one, Rock Icon (Bruce Aldrich Jr) left aggressively and yielded to rival Meetyouatmidnight (Stephane Bouchard) early on. The race's favorite JK Panache (Mark Beckwith) moved first over but never got to the top pair who drew away late. Rock Icon shook loose in the stretch and got up to prevail in 1:52.3 in the $18,000 Open Pace while Meetyouatmidnight had to settle for second. Longshot Its a Good Thing (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Rock Icon returned $17.20 to win. The exacta paid $110 while the triple came back $538. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

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