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In A Single Bound (Roll With Joe) won his first local Open Pace last month at Saratoga Casino Hotel and the Monica Krist harness racing trainee has become a staple in the feature ever since. On Saturday night, the five year old started from post position one and wound up getting a pocket trip behind Mar Nien A (Greg Merton), the race's other 8-5 co-favorite. After checking in at three quarters in 1:23.2, Mar Nien A still appeared strong but was met with a late challenge from In A Single Bound who came flying up the passing lane. Those two hit the wire noses apart but it was the Krist-trained pacer who prevailed, stopping the timer in 1:51.3 for his fourth victory of the year and second in the $15,000 Saturday night Open Pace. Mar Nien A had to settle for second while Carolina Beach (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. The win was the 20th in the career of In A Single Bound in just 48 lifetime starts. The exacta comprised of the pair of 8-5 shots paid $23.00 while the triple returned $47.80. Leading driver Billy Dobson, who celebrated his birthday on Saturday, piloted the Open winner as well as another for Krist on the card. Their Half A Billion (Sportswriter) set a lifetime mark in a $10,000 event for pacers, going coast-to-coast in 1:51.3, the same final time as his stablemate In A Single Bound scored in in the evening's feature. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:00 Noon first post.   Mike Sardella

In A Single Bound (Roll With Joe) recorded his first ever win of the local Open Pace on Saturday night. The Monica Krist-trained five year old was a New York Sire Stakes harness racing star early on in his career and after being lightly raced in 2018 has gotten off to a strong start to his '19 campaign. After winning out of the local condition races, In A Single Bound had the rail in his previous two starts in the Open. Following a third and a fourth place finish, In A Single Bound drew post three for Saturday's tilt and left aggressively before dropping into the pocket behind Crockets Cullen N (Larry Stalbaum). That rival carved out reasonable fractions on the lead and In A Single Bound took his shot popping the pocket around the final turn. The favored Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) was having trouble getting into the race after getting away last in the six-horse Open but did begin to make some progress in the final quarter. Crockets Cullen N fought gamely but was overpowered late by In A Single Bound who completed a Saturday hat trick for leading driving Billy Dobson. Two of his winners were Krist trainees. Crockets Cullen N was the runner-up for the second consecutive week in the $15,000 feature while Artful Way had to settle for third. In A Single Bound paid $11.80 in the mild upset and led an exacta and triple that returned $55.00 and $135.00, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:00pm.   Mike Sardella Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino

Muzzy's Muscles (Credit Winner) has squared off with fellow trotter Bonamassa in all four of his starts since coming to Saratoga Casino Hotel this harness racing  season. The Monica Krist trainee has developed a bit of a rivalry with Bonamassa as the two have all but matched strides in the stretch in now three of their four races with each other. The week that Muzzy's Muscles prevailed, Bonamassa raced parked the mile. In both of the other two instances, Bonamassa bested the five year old by narrow margins. On Wednesday afternoon, they met again and it was Muzzy's Muscles that was bet down to odds of 1-5 with leading driver Billy Dobson in the bike. With Bonamassa drawing poorly in the $9,000 co-feature for New York sired trotters, Muzzy's Muscles was heavily backed and raced like the favorite he was. After clearing the lead following a first-over trip, Muzzy's Muscles held off the late charge from his new rival to prevail in 1:58.1, a time that serves as a new seasonal mark. Bonamassa (Brett Crawford) was strong in defeat as the race's runner-up while Kapow (Phil Fluet) earned the show spot. The successful combination of Muzzy's Muscles and Bonamassa didn't take the bettors by surprise as the exacta with that pair returned $8.70. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon with a matinee starting at 12:00pm. There is a $5,000 guarantee in the Pick Five pool on Thursday. The Pick Five begins in race one. Race five features a $25,000 guarantee in its triple pool. Mike Sardella  

There were two series finals which served as harness racing co-features on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The J P Morel Memorial Pacing Series final went for a purse of $31,600 for young colts and geldings and was won by heavily favored In A Single Bound (Roll With Joe). The Monica Krist-trained three year old set a lifetime mark of 1:52.4 in leg one of the series two weeks ago but was a beaten odds-on favorite in the prep for the final which took place last weekend. On Saturday night, Billy Dobson put the 2-5 public choice on the engine and the sophomore standout never looked back before drawing away to win by more than five lengths in 1:53.1 over a sloppy Spa oval. American Wiggle (Stephane Bouchard), who upset In A Single Bound last week, was the runner up to him in Saturday's final while Beckarama (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. In A Single Bound became the fifth winner of the J P Memorial Pacing Series which started in 2013. Nashurallability (Ameripan Gigolo) moved her record to four-for-four for trainer Joe De Carlo and driver Chris Long as she completed the sweep of the Virginia O'Brien Memorial Pacing Series on Saturday night. The race's overwhelming favorite at odds of 1-9, Nashurallability never had an anxious moment as she wired the group of fillies and mares who took part in the $31,500 final in a career best-matching 1:54.3 over the sloppy track. Sweet You (Bruce Aldrich Jr) was the runner-up while Constant Factor (Jay Randall) came on to finish third. The four year old mare added her name to the short list of winners of the O'Brien memorial which now consists of Karla Art, Shesnobeachboy and Nashurallability. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Moveoutofmyway (Dontgetinmyway) parlayed his pocket ride to victory in the harness racing 2016 Holiday Pace Final on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Driver Billy Dobson yielded to the favored Mayfield Hanover (Dragon Again) in the early going and Moveoutofmyway rode the leader's coattails throughout before pouncing on him in the final 1/16 of a mile. Mayfield Hanover, the 3-5 public choice, was looking for a clean sweep of the series which consisted of two legs that led up to the $16,050 Friday final. Moveoutofmyway, who is trained by Monica Krist, stopped the timer in 1:55.4 on a cold night at the Spa. Mayfield Hanover (Mark Beckwith) had to settle for second while JK Pearls Delight (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Moveoutofmyway paid $7.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $8.80 and $44.80, respectively. The $10,000 Holiday Pace Consolation was won by RD Donethat for trainer George Merton and driver Dan Cappello Jr. It was the third winner on the card for the Saratoga Hall of Famer Cappello. Live racing continues on Saturday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

In A Single Bound (Roll With Joe) continued his dynamic freshman harness racing campaign on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Monica Krist-trained two year old got his season off to a bit of a late start but after winning an early September qualifier, has yet to be defeated. In A Single Bound went two-for-two in his pari-mutuel races after an impressive 1:54.4 score in his final start in September and handled his move to an outside post with relative ease on Thursday. Driver Billy Dobson once again moved the freshman pacer first over to take on the race's odds-on favorite Sofer (Mark Beckwith). In A Single Bound looked to be clearing around the final turn before getting rough gaited at the head of the stretch. Dobson righted the ship and guided the two year old to his third consecutive victory. Sofer had to settle for second while Rockin Indy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot in the mile paced in 1:56. In A Single Bound, who is owned by Dennis and Simone Noud of Saratoga Springs, was dismissed at odds of 6-1 despite being the 9-5 favorite in the morning line. Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

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