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Bruce Aldrich Jr. was the star of the Thursday harness racing program at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Aldrich scored six wins on the twilight race card highlighted by the third consecutive victory for pacer Romeo Lover (Western Paradise). Trainer Don Sherman acquired the four year old three weeks ago and has now gone three-for-three with him. Romeo Lover, the race's 1-9 favorite on Thursday, wound up getting parked the mile but withstood the wide journey to prevail in 1:57.2. Aldrich completed his grand slam early in the card by scoring wins in three consecutive races before going on to win from post eight with claiming trotter Princess Crown (Elegant Man) and with pacer Whata Bizness (Sportsmaster) in the finale. Aldrich vaulted into second in the driver standings after beginning the day four back of Billy Dobson as they chase leading driver Frank Coppola Jr. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Friday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Harness racing trainer Chris Marino started three horses on Sunday's matinee card at Saratoga Casino and Raceway and all he did was go three-for-three. Pacer Skype Hanover (Bettor's Delight) pulled off the upset on the front end as the claiming pacer prevailed at odds of 13-1. The first victory of the season for the pacer came in 1:56.3. Trotters Morosita Bi (Equinox Bi), an award winner at Saratoga last year among claiming trotters, scored a seasonal best 1:57 win while drawing away to score by almost five lengths. The Marino hat trick was completed by Striking Hurricane (Striking Sahbra). The four year old trotter prevailed for the third straight Sunday afternoon with near carbon copy victories, all coming on the front end and all while stopping the timer in 1:57.2. Austin Siegelman piloted all three Marino trainees to their Sunday scores. Marino surged into the top five in the local trainer standings behind the Sunday hat trick. Trainer Rene Allard also had a hat trick on the matinee card, winning with trotters Mack's Gold Band, Scottish Cross and Open Trotter Red Hot Herbie all of which were driven to their scores by Billy Dobson. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella  

RU Ready To Rock (Rocknroll Hanover) emerged from a scramble in the stretch in Saturday’s Open Pace at Saratoga with a harness racing victory. The Jose Godinez-trainee won the pacing feature back in late March and after a nearly two month stint at Yonkers, returned to the Spa to compete in Saturday’s $18,000 Open. RU Ready To Rock left quickly and after making an easy lead yielded to last week’s Open winner Memory Game (Frank Coppola Jr). The seven year old pacer surged up the passing lane to reel in Memory Game in the final strides while longshot rival Malak Uswaad N (John Stark Jr) was closing in. RU Ready To Rock, who was driven to victory by Bruce Aldrich Jr, stopped the timer in 1:52.3 for his fifth win of the year. Malak Uswaad N was the feature’s runner up while Memory Game had to settle for third. The exacta returned $116.50 while the triple paid $468.50 as RU Ready To Rock went off at odds of 9-2.  Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm.  Mike Sardella

Road Bet (Bettor's Delight) became the first three-time winner of the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the five year old harness racing mare went wire-to-wire. Stephane Bouchard piloted the Kyle Spagnola-trained distaffer to a 1:54.3 victory in the $18,000 Friday feature. The defending Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year at the Spa, Road Bet has now been first or second in five of her six starts in '15. Last week's Open winner It's A Miracle (Bruce Aldrich Jr) was the runner up to Road Bet on Friday while Super Soph (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Road Bet, who was the public's 6-5 betting favorite, won for the 17th time in 61 lifetime starts. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Memory Game (Artiscape) won his first local harness racing "Open Pace" on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Jackie Rousse trainee drew the rail in the $18,000 feature after finishing second and third in his two previous Open tries at the Spa. Frank Coppola Jr. piloted the six year old pacer and moved him out to the early lead, rolling the 7-2 shot along on the front end. Memory Game held strong in the stretch and turned back the late bid from rival Upfront Countryboy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) who had to settle for second. Talking Blues (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Memory Game stopped the timer in 1:52.3 in front of the biggest crowd of the season at Saratoga, a win time that not only served as a new career best for him but also marked the fastest time of the season at the Spa to that point. That mark was bettered by Rousse’s Panpero Firpo who scored in the Winners Over pace by stopping the timer in 1:52.1. Coppola piloted six winners on the night, four of which were Rousse-trained pacers.  Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee set to begin at 12:45pm.   Mike Sardella

Well, it wasn’t a miracle but it was certainly an upset in the Friday night harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. It’s A Miracle (Always A Virgin) won the $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open as the race’s longshot. The Jose Godinez-trained five year old returned to town after scoring her seasonal best win at Yonkers last week. Dismissed at odds of 14-1 in the five horse Open, It’s A Miracle moved off cover in the stretch and outpaced her rivals home to prevail in 1:53, the fastest time for a distaff pacer this year at the Spa. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted the mare to her third victory of the season. Last week’s Open winner Deliciouslynaughty (Mark Beckwith) had to settle for second on Friday, losing the photo to It’s A Miracle while Scarlet N Silk (Austin Siegelman) finished third. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post.  Mike Sardella

Wicked Business (Art Official) romped in the $8,300 featured pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday evening. The Mark Ford owned and trained four year old was a solid third on Saturday night at the Spa while coming from well off the pace. Bet down late as the race’s 1-9 favorite, Wicked Business moved out to the top in the first quarter on Thursday and opened up a commanding lead late while never facing an anxious moment en route to a dazzling victory clocked in 1:53.1. Billy Dobson, who started out the day in a tie atop the driver standings with Frank Coppola Jr, piloted Wicked Business to his seasonal best win, a score that came by seven and a half lengths in one of the fastest times of the local meet. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga beginning at 6:45pm.  Mike Sardella

Blazin Benny (Angus Hall) lengthened his lead on Sunday as the winningest horse of the meet at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The claiming trotter scored his seventh local win of the season including six straight by going wire-to-wire with Mark Beckwith in the sulky. Blazin Benny stepped up to the $15,000 claiming level for the first time of the year and had little difficultly cruising to a seasonal best- matching victory in 1:56.1. After competing at a high level at Freehold Raceway this winter, Blazin Benny now has recorded twelve wins in 2015. It was one of two scores on the day for leading trainer Melissa Beckwith who is off to a huge start to the ’15 campaign. Slugfest (Conway Hall) prevailed in the afternoon’s feature, scoring in 1:55.2 to match his own time as the fastest for any trotter at the Spa this season. Jay Randall piloted Slugfest for trainer Maureen Salino. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with first post time set for 4:00pm.   Mike Sardella  

Southwind Terror (Camluck) secured his first local Open Pace harness racing victory on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Rene Allard-trained five year old made his local debut last week and paced away from his rivals to win in 1:52.4, a time that matched the time set by Mickey Hanover for the fastest of the meet. Taking his first shot at the Open, Southwind Terror got a carbon copy trip to that of last week as driver Billy Dobson brushed the speedy pacer up to the lead approaching the half mile pole. After a third quarter in 27 seconds flat, Southwind Terror hit the wire first, once again prevailing in 1:52.4. Whackamole Hanover (Mark Beckwith) held off Memory Game (Frank Coppola Jr.) in the battle for second in the $18,000 feature. Southwind Terror was the race’s 1-2 betting favorite as he recorded his fourth win of the 2015 campaign. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm.  Mike Sardella

There were three Series Finals that took place on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for young horses who have competed over the last few weeks for their spot in the $25,000+ harness racing finals. Starznheaven (Rock N Roll Heaven) was named Saratoga’s top two year old pacer last year and has now started out his sophomore campaign on a three race win streak. The Jackie Rousse-trained pacer recorded a wire-to-wire victory in a career best 1:54.3 in the JP Morel Memorial Pacing Series Final as the race’s 3-5 betting favorite. Frank Coppola Jr. piloted Starznheaven to his early season hat trick. Coppola also piloted the winner of the John Mongeon Sr. Memorial Trot Final as Quick Feet (Crazed) went coast to coast in a lifetime best performance of his own. The Margaret Spagnola trainee cruised in 1:59 as the race’s favorite at odds of 9-5. The Virginia O’Brien Memorial Final was won by longshot Karla Art (Major In Art). Brian Cross co-owns, trains and drives the three year old filly who took advantage of early speed duel before circling her rivals to prevail in a career best 1:58.3. Karla Art returned $71.00 to win as a 34-1 longshot. Live racing continues on Saturday evening at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Victory Ahead (Art Major) secured one of the biggest upsets of the season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday evening. The four year old pacer was making his first start out of the barn of trainer Kyle Spagnola and got away last in the $7,500 conditional-claimer. Driver Stephane Bouchard swung Victory Ahead three wide past the three quarter pole and the third year pacer charged past his rivals in the stretch to record the win at odds of 85-1. It was the second biggest win price of the year at the Spa as Victory Ahead paid $174.50 to win and rounded out a daily double that came back $1704, more than double the previous largest double of the season. The win was one of two on the card for Kyle Spagnola whose All The Bettor (Bettor's Delight) scored a mild upset of his own with Billy Dobson in the bike. Live racing continues on Friday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Fox Valley Veto (Pizzazzed) won his first local Open Trot on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Heidi Rohr-trained four year old finished third in last week’s trotting feature but on Sunday parlayed a pocket trip to victory. Fox Valley Veto’s first local score came in 1:56.2 at odds of 7-2 as he got the best of Slugfest (Jay Randall) who was seeking his third straight Open win. Slugfest won a photo for second with eventual third place finisher Stirling Cadet (Frank Coppola Jr). The victory was one of four on the matinee card for reinsman Jim Devaux. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with the twilight race card set to begin at 4:00pm.  Mike Sardella

Stay Up Late (Artiscape) became the third Jose Godinez-trained pacer to win the Saturday night Open at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the harness racing four year old went coast to coast in the $18,000 feature. Stay Up Late was coming off back to back victories but hadn’t competed in the local Open before when driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. moved him to the early lead on Saturday. They withstood a late surge from rival Memory Game (Frank Coppola Jr) who ended up second and late closing JD’s Caleb Man (Billy Dobson) who earned the show spot. Stay Up Late was bet down as the race’s favorite and returned $5.20 to win while the exacta came back $37 and the triple paid $233. Stay Up Late joined stablemates RU Ready To Rock and BJ’s Guy as Open Pace winners this season. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm.   Mike Sardella

The defending Pacing Mare of the Year at Saratoga Casino and Raceway Road Bet (Bettor’s Delight) scored her second Open win of the season on a chilly Friday night in the Spa City. Stephane Bouchard piloted the five year old Kyle Spagnola trainee to a wire-to-wire victory in 1:55 in the $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open. Cherry Bliss (Mark Beckwith) closed to finish second besting Let’s Go Higher (Billy Dobson) who had to settle for the show spot. Road Bet, who became the second mare to win the feature twice in 2015, returned $8.90 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $28.20 and $71, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm.  Mike Sardella

Slugfest (Conway Hall) scored his second consecutive Open Trot victory on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The defending Trotter of the Year at the Spa, Slugfest prevailed first over in 1:56.1 last week for regular harness racing driver Jay Randall. On Sunday, the Maureen Salino-trained six year old moved out to the early lead. After an opening half in 57.4, Slugfest felt just mild pressure from the race’s favorite Zooming (Billy Dobson) before putting him away around the final turn and scoring in 1:55.2, the fastest trotting time of the season thus far at Saratoga. Slugfest paid $13.40 to win while pulling off the mild upset over Mikey Hanover (Mark Beckwith) who finished second and Fox Valley Veto (Jim Devaux) who earned the show spot. Slugfest became the first two-time Open Trot winner on the young season at the Spa. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a 4:00pm first post time.  Mike Sardella

Spinarama (Cam’s Card Shark) became the first two-time winner of the Open Pace in 2015 at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as he scored a wire-to-wire victory in the Saturday night feature. Austin Siegelman moved the 7-5 co-favorite out to the early lead and got a comfortable first half in 57.4 before pacing away from his rivals to win in 1:53.3. Kid PK (Stephane Bouchard) got the pocket ride and finished second in his first career try in the local pacing feature while co-favored JD’s Caleb Man (Billy Dobson) had to settle for third. Spinarama pulled off the upset in the $18,000 Open Pace two weeks ago when he pulled off the upset at odds of 19-1 for Siegelman and trainer Chris Marino. The win was one of three on the night for Siegelman who currently sits fourth in the local driver standings. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:45pm.  Mike Sardella

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