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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

Campanile (No Pan Intended) made her return to the harness racing winner's circle on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Chris Marino-trained mare came into the Fillies and Mares Open with eight wins on the year but the classy distaffer had gone winless since mid-May in the local feature. Campanile got the pocket ride in the $15,000 Open behind the race's favorite Bye Bye Michelle (Stephane Bouchard) and reeled that rival in in the final strides. Campanile stopped the timer in 1:53.2 while pulling off a mild upset at odds of 9-2. Bye Bye Michelle was the runner up and completed an exacta that returned $26.80 while the triple with longshot Hipnumberone (Jim Devaux) third paid $187.50. For Campanile, it was the sixth win in the local feature this season. The seven year old mare was piloted to victory by Austin Siegelman. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Credit Charger (Credit Winner) scored his first career local victory on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel and the young trotter did it in the evening's $8,000 harness racing feature. Trained by young conditioner Evan Hoagland, Credit Charger added lasix a few weeks ago and after finishing fourth, posted a pair of second place finishes leading up to his try in the Wednesday feature. Frank Coppola Jr. picked up the catch drive behind Credit Charger and situated the three year old trotter in the pocket in the early going. After riding the coattails of front-running longshot Lindy'ssweetdreams (Jim Devaux) throughout, Credit Charger popped the pocket at the head of the stretch and cruised by to win in a career best 2:00. Lindy'ssweetdreams finished second at odds of 25-1 while Whiskey Hangover (Brian Cross) came on to earn the show spot in a race in which the odds-on favorite didn't hit the board. Credit Charger, who returned $7.80 to win, is owned by Hoagland Racing LLC. Live racing continues on Thursday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

When Omaha Set Hut (Credit Winner) came to Saratoga Casino Hotel to compete last week, the harness racing three year old battled top New York Sire Stakes colts. The Tyler Freese-trained trotter was overmatched in the $88,350 stake as he ran into a track record performance by Dayson who trotted in 1:54.2. On Tuesday night, Omaha Set Hut returned to the Spa to compete in the $9,950 feature for New York Sired trotters and had Bruce Aldrich Jr. in the sulky. Bet down to be the race's 3-5 favorite, Omaha Set Hut cruised out to the early lead and never had an anxious moment as he coasted to an open length victory in the race for winners of two but not more than four races lifetime. The win came in 1:56.4 which served as a new career best for the sophomore trotter. Aldrich went on to sweep the early pick three en route to a driver's hat trick. Driver Jimmy Devaux also piloted three winners on the Tuesday card. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Givenupdreaming (If I Can Dream) matched the fastest time of the year at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday night as the Heidi Rohr-trained pacer scored a wire-to-wire win in the evening's harness racing feature. Givenupdreaming had yet to be on the front end in his starts since coming to the Spa but the meet's leading driver Stephane Bouchard put the standout pacer right onto the lead in Saturday's $15,000 Open Pace. Givenupdreaming had little difficultly going coast to coast and did so at odds of 3-5. E Z Noah (Billy Dobson) got the pocket ride behind the winner and wound up as the runner up while Respectable Dream (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. Givenupdreaming stopped the timer in 1:51, a time made even more impressive by the fact that after a host of powerful storms went through Saratoga, the track condition was sloppy. The win time of 1:51 matched Artful Way's clocking from a start in the Open on July 2nd as the fastest of the year at the Spa. The victory in the feature was one of three on the night for Bouchard who still holds a fairly comfortable lead in the local driver standings as he pursues what would be his first local driving title. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Velocity Vespa (I Scoot Hanover) became the fastest lady pacer in the history of Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night as the Rich Banca-trained harness racing mare scored her third consecutive win in the local Fillies and Mares Open. Banca claimed the six year old distaffer last month and the mare who had won 22 times in the last year and a half has added three more to her tally after a few dominant efforts in the $15,000 ladies' Open. Velocity Vespa surged out to the lead from her assigned outside post position on Friday and set brisk fractions while cutting the mile. The standout mare went to the quarter in 27.2 and the half in 55.4. Her sizzling speed display didn't end there as the winning machine paced through three quarters in 1:23.2 before hitting the wire first in 1:51.3. The final time is the fastest for any female pacer in the 75 year history of Saratoga, besting the mark of 1:52 which was owned by Darlin's Delight, a three year old filly when she set the mark, and So Nice, who held the record for aged pacing mares. So Nice was the runner up to Velocity Vespa in the Friday feature to complete an exacta behind the even money favorite that paid $14.20. Happily Ever After (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot to complete the triple that came back $87.50. Jimmy Devaux drove Velocity Vespa to her record setting score on a night in which he piloted three winners. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella  

Craziville (Crazed) prevailed in Thursday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The three year old trotter scored a victory in the $8,000 trot for New York Sired highsteppers and did so in career best fashion. Bet down to odds of 1-5, Craziville had to survive a battle in the stretch before drawing clear late to win in 1:59.3. The Kyle Spagnola-trained gelding raced on Tuesday night in the New York Sire Stakes Excelsior B and did well to secure a second place finish in that one despite starting from the outside post position. Thursday's victory was just the second of the season for Craziville though the sophomore trotter has hit the board eleven times in his seventeen starts in 2016. The win was the second consecutive on the card for driver Frank Coppola Jr. who piloted a 1-5 favorite to victory in the evening's previous race for a different Spagnola. Trainer Dave Spagnola's No Tears Blue Chip (Roll With Joe) scored convincingly to record his third win of the year as the public's choice on Thursday. Coppola completed a natural hat trick when he guided claiming pacer Southern Swan to a mild upset for Dave Spagnola in the evening's six race on a night in which Coppola and the Spagnolas thrived. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

EJ's Last Dance (Conway Hall) went coast to coast on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel to prevail in her half of the harness racing co-features. Wally Hennessey piloted the Norm Dessureault-trained trotter and moved her out to the early lead in the $9,300 event for New York Sired trotters. The four year old mare never faced an anxious moment before trotting away to win in a career best 1:56.4. The race's morning line favorite returned a fairly generous $7.90 to win while besting the favored Elusive Action (Bruce Aldrich Jr) and Kinda Naughty (Frank Coppola Jr) who finished second and third, respectively. For EJ's Last Dance, it was the fourth win in seven starts since joining the Dessureault stable back in June. The other division of the $9,300 co-feature was won in upset fashion by DW's Sparticus (Dilbert Hanover). The Gary Levine trainee moved first over on his race's favorite at the half and ground that one into submission late in the mile before stopping the timer in 1:59.2. DW's Sparticus, who set a new career mark with the win, was dismissed at odds of 17-1. DW's Sparticus was piloted to the win by Billy Dobson. Live racing continues on Thursday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Dayson (Conway Hall) shattered the harness racing track record for three year old trotters on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Ron Burke trainee was a dominant force among two year old highsteppers in the New York Sire Stakes last year and has continued his winning ways as a sophomore in 2016. Dayson came to town fresh off his career best score at the Meadowlands on Friday when he trotted to a convincing victory in 1:51.2 with Yannick Gingras in the sulky. Gingras was on hand at the Spa on Tuesday and didn't wait long to make his move with the 1-5 betting favorite in the $88,350 New York Sire Stake for three year old colts and geldings. Dayson stretched out his lead around the final turn on major danger Dante (Ake Svanstedt) and trotted away to win by seven lengths. Dayson stopped the timer in 1:54.2 besting the previous track record for three year old geldings by a full second. Smalltownthrowdown (Cash Hall) won the other division of the NYSS on Tuesday as he went wire-to-wire for trainer/driver Dan Daley in a race contested for a purse of $89,950. Smalltownthrowdown scored in 1:54.4 which served as a track record of his own. The 1:54.4 is a record for three year old trotting colts (as opposed to Dayson who set the mark for geldings.) Smalltownthrowdown's convincing victory came at odds of 1-5. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Titus Seelster (Artistic Fella) utilized his tremendous early speed at the start of Saturday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel and then was able to sit back and watch as his hareness racing rivals duked it out. The Jackie Rousse-trained pacer sat the pocket in Saturday's $15,000 Open Pace and waited patiently while front-running Sassy Hanover was met with several challenges. Respectable Dream (Austin Siegelman) was dismissed at 13-1 and fought gamely on the outside while wearing down the leader. All the while, the race's odds-on favorite Givenupdreaming (Stephane Bouchard) was making progress in his attempt to go last to first. Respectable Dream took the lead turning for home and while Givenupdreaming was flying on the outside, Titus Seelster snuck up the passing lane and proved fastest of all, stopping the timer in 1:52.3. Titus Seelster returned $14.20 to win in the mild upset as he bested Respectable Dream who was a more than respectable second in his debut in the local Open and Givenupdreaming who had to settle for third. The exacta and triple came back $187 and $910, respectively. Titus Seelster was driven to his second local Open win of the year by Frank Coppola Jr. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga when three year old colts and geldings take center stage as part of the New York Sire Stakes. First post time is set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Velocity Vespa (I Scoot Hanover) scored her second consecutive win in the Friday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the Rich Banca-trained mare cruised to a wire-to-wire harness racing victory in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open. The six year old distaffer was claimed by Banca two weeks ago and went coast to coast in 1:52.1 in her debut for her new connections last week. On Friday night, Velocity Vespa was the race's 1-2 betting favorite and cruised out to the early lead in a first quarter paced in 27.3. Reinsman Jimmy Devaux gave the mare a bit of a second quarter breather before she was met with the challenge of a first over Bazooka Terror (Billy Dobson). Velocity Vespa paced away from her rivals in a 27.3 final quarter and scored a decisive four length victory, stopping the timer in 1:52.2. Bazooka Terror was the runner up in the Friday feature for the seventh time this season while Campanile (Austin Siegelman) earned the show spot. For Velocity Vespa, it was win number 13 on the season in twenty tries following a 2015 campaign in which she won eleven times. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Harness racing trainer/driver Phil Fluet won both halves of the Thursday co-features at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday night. There were two divisions of the $8,000 featured trot for New York Sired highsteppers and Fluet piloted home a favorite and a longshot winner. Mo Titos Blue Chip (Crazed) scored in the evening's opener as she set a new lifetime mark in 1:59.4. The race's 3-5 betting favorite, Mo Titos Blue Chip recorded her second victory of the year. The Fluet-trained Financial Focus (Crazed) was up against a 1-5 favorite in her division of the featured trotting events on Thursday. After coming away third in the early going, Fluet guided Financial Focus up to challenge the big favorite Cupid (Mark Beckwith) around the final turn before getting the best of him by a head at the wire. The two year old Trotter of the Year at the Spa last year, Financial Focus was dismissed at odds of 14-1 on Thursday as she put in her career best performance winning in 1:59. Fluet, who was named the Johnny Page and Peerless McGrath Award winner in '15 for top breakthrough driver and trainer, respectively, is having another solid campaign in his second full year competing at the Spa. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Stirling Cadet (Conway Hall) has been the most consistent force this year in the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel and on Wednesday he recorded his fourth Open victory of the harness racing season. The Jackie Rousse-trained five year old was assigned post position eight in the $15,000 feature and while he left a bit at the start, the razor sharp highstepper had a lot to do in the second half of the mile. Stirling Cadet moved third over and fanned to the far outside around the final turn before charging home to win in 1:55.1. Frank Coppola Jr. piloted him to his sixth win of the season and fourth in the local Open in the 2016 campaign. Boli (Wally Hennessey) was the runner up in the feature for the fifth consecutive time while Cashahallic (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. Stirling Cadet was the race's 9-5 betting favorite and paid $5.90 to win. The exacta returned $35.20 while the triple came back $155.50. Stirling Cadet, who moved his lifetime earnings to over the $200,000 mark with the Wednesday win, has now hit the board in nine consecutive tries in the local Open. Live racing continues on Thursday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

The track record for two year old trotting colts fell on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel as harness racing freshman trotters invaded the Spa for a card full of New York Sire Stakes competition. The twelve race program consisted of no less than twelve Sire Stakes races for freshman highsteppers. There were nine Excelsior A and B events and three "big time" Sire Stakes going for purses of $53,500 and $54,500. Big Man Ev (Chapter Seven) broke the track record for two year old trotting colts in his division as he went coast to coast in 1:57.4 with Andy Miller in the sulky. It was the second win in four career tries for the Julie Miller trainee. At the point of his win, Big Man Ev was the fastest freshman trotting colt in the 75 year history of Saratoga. He was quickly matched when the Paul Kelley-trained Such An Angel (Credit Winner) stopped the timer in 1:57.4 with Hall of Famer John Campbell in the bike. Big Man Ev and Such An Angel now hold a share of the record as the third leg of the Sire Stakes was won impressively by Walner (Chapter Seven) but only after he made an early break and spotted the field close to twenty lengths. Linda Toscano trains the colt who is now two-for-two in NY Sire Stakes action after circling the abbreviated five horse field to win in 1:58.1 at odds of 1-9. Tim Tetrick sat behind Walner as he cruised past his rivals in the final quarter to prevail in impressive fashion. One can only imagine how much Walner may have shattered the record for freshman trotters if not for the early miscue. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

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