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Driver Shawn Gray came in to pilot two horses on Tuesday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The veteran reinsman sat behind the Jaymes McAssey-trained Nerve Of Steel (Art Official) and Pasultimatedelite N (Bettor's Delight). The former went wire-to-wire in a $5,200 claiming race while the latter sprung an upset in the $5,850 featured race for the ladies. Eleven year old Pasultimatedelite N is having a terrific 2020 campaign and won for the tenth time of the season on Tuesday. After going coast-to-coast last week, Pasultimatedelite N came from off the pace on Tuesday as Gray piloted the veteran distaffer perfectly, getting her cover heading to three quarters. With the track's most consistent mare of the last two years Bontz N (Billy Dobson) on the engine, Pasultimatedelite N came charging hard in the stretch before springing the upset at odds of 8-1. The favorite Miss Irish Rose A (Larry Stalbaum) came on to be second while Bontz N held on to be third. Pasultimatedelite N paid $19.60 to win in the upset.   Nerve Of Steel N moved to claimers at Saratoga for the first time in a long time. The McAssey trainee cruised out to an early lead with Gray at the helm and proved dominant in a mile that went in 1:56.3. Nerve Of Steel N is owned by Pat O'Brien of New Hyde Park, NY who co-owns Pasultimatedelite N with George Hartman of Monroe Township, NJ. McAssey has had a terrific 2020 season and added two more victories to his strong tally on Tuesday with Gray guiding the way. Live racing has just one week remaining for the season. Monday and Tuesday matinees will begin at Noon next week with Monday's card highlighted by a Pick Five carryover of $2,787. The Pick Five is a 50 cent minimum wager and begins in the afternoon's first race. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Harness racing trainer Kyle Spagnola and driver Phil Fluet won the Open Trot together for the third consecutive Monday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Though that feat is impressive enough, it is made all the more noteworthy due to the fact that the three Opens have been won by three different horses. Two weeks ago, Waiting On A Woman went coast to coast to win the trotting feature while Cash Me Out got the job done last week (Nov 9). On Monday, If Not Why Not (Muscle Mass) made his second career start in the local Open and drew post four for his try in the $10,000 co-feature. Fluet moved the Spagnola trainee out to the early lead and went unchallenged in a first half that went in 57.4. Pocket-sitting Gruden (Billy Dobson) got geared up to go around the final turn and gave If Not Why Not all he could handle in the stretch before coming up just shy in a mile clocked in 1:56.3.   If Not Why Not paid $12.60 in the mild upset and led an exacta with Gruden second that returned $24.40. Longshot TT's D-Jay was placed third after a disqualification and completed a $153.50 trifecta. If Not Why Not is owned by Mike Polansky of Loudonville, NY. The pacing half of the co-featured races on Monday went the way of a track superstar. Artful Way was Saratoga's first ever three-time Pacer of the Year when he earned the honors each season from 2016-2018, but the Jackie Greene-trained stalwart is still on the comeback trail following an injury sustained last season. With just a dozen starts to his credit over the last two years, Artful Way has been in the Open Pace every week for the last five and after a second and a third-place finish in his last two secured his first Open win of the season on Monday. Sitting the pocket to the 1-5 favorite Crockets Cullen N (Larry Stalbaum), Artful Way took his shot around the final turn and had enough to get the better of the defending Pacer of the Year before stopping the timer in 1:54.1 for his first Open victory in more than eighteen months. Crockets Cullen N was the runner-up while Blaise MM Hanover (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. Artful Way, who is owned by Kellogg Racing Stables, LLC of Queensbury, NY and was piloted by Billy Dobson, paid $8.90 to win on Monday. Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon with a Noon start to the card. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

After the conclusion of Tuesday's card, only two weeks remain in the racing season at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Trainer Melissa Beckwith came into the day trailing Gary Levine by four wins in the battle for the training title. Seeking her ninth training championship at the Spa, Beckwith had two winners on Tuesday to close the gap slightly. Make A Statement A (Bettor's Delight) moved to the Beckwith barn in late September and has gone on a tear. On Tuesday, the eight year old won for the fifth consecutive time, going coast-to-coast in 1:53.1 with Mark Beckwith in the sulky. Make A Statement A has utilized his terrific early speed throughout his hot streak but hasn't been a one-trick pony. Always forwardly placed, the razor sharp pacer hasn't always been on the engine in his victories but he was on Tuesday when he played catch me if you can. They couldn't and the Beckwith trainee paced away to win by almost three lengths in his fastest time of the season.   The Beckwiths teamed up later on the card for a win with Glenferrie Blade A (Mach Three) who never had an anxious moment going wire-to-wire to prevail for the second straight week. That pacing mare, who went over the quarter million dollar mark in career earnings with her win last week, is now two-for-two since joining the Beckwith stable. Her victory on Tuesday came in 1:56.2. Though Beckwith added two wins to her total on Tuesday, Levine also had a member of his stable prevail so the lead in the trainer standings for Levine stands at three with four race-cards remaining in the abbreviated 2020 campaign. Live racing resumes on Monday afternoon with first post time set for Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

The track's defending Horse of the Year made his return to Saratoga Casino Hotel on Monday afternoon. The Kyle Spagnola-trained Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) was named the top horse of 2019 at the Spa but has spent much of his '20 campaign traveling to other harness racing tracks to compete. The winner of a local Open back in March and another in June, Cash Me Out had post eight in the $10,000 co-feature on Monday. Phil Fluet piloted the superstar trotter and marched him out early before making it to the top in a first quarter in 27.4. Cruising through a half in 56.2 without facing a challenge, Cash Me Out clicked off three quarters in 1:25.4. Never facing an anxious moment, Cash Me Out drew away to win by three lengths in 1:55.2. Stone In Love (Brian Cross) came from the back of the pack to finish second while Shake A Leg (Jay Randall) earned the show spot.   Cash Me Out paid $5.10 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $20 and $606, respectively. It was the second straight score in the local Open Trot for Spagnola and Fluet who teamed up for a victory with Waiting On A Woman in last Monday's (Nov 2) Open. Cash Me Out is owned by Mike Traylor of Ballston Spa, NY. The second half of the Monday double feature went the way of Olde Broadside (American Ideal). The Linda Flynn trainee won his first ever Open last month and following a pair of fourth-place finishes was dismissed at odds of 10-1 in Monday's installment of the $10,000 Open Pace. Alek Chartrand sat back patiently with Olde Broadside as the race's favorite Crockets Cullen N (Larry Stalbaum) set sizzling fractions on the engine. After the half went in 55 seconds, Olde Broadside made his move heading to three-quarters. The leader tired and the closers began to thrive. Olde Broadside charged hard to draw away by better than two lengths, stopping the timer in 1:52.2. Longshot Blaise MM Hanover (Jimmy Devaux) finished second while Artful Way (Billy Dobson) came on to be third. Olde Broadside paid $22.20 to win and started an exacta and triple that returned $184 and $1,585, respectively, in a race which was an upset-bettors delight. Olde Broadside, who has now accounted for both of Chartrand's career Open wins, set a lifetime mark on a beautiful autumn afternoon in Saratoga. The Open winner is owned by Francis Morse of Schuylerville, NY. Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon with a first post set for Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Racine Bell (So Surreal) continued a super stretch for her connections at Saratoga Casino Hotel when on Tuesday afternoon the star distaffer won the Fillies and Mares Open. Owners Chris and Dale Lawton won the ladies' Open with Racine Bell two weeks ago (Oct 20) before doing so with their Surreal Feeling last week (Oct 27). The super sophomore sizzled in the backstretch and powered past her rivals to open up a commanding lead before stopping the timer in 1:54.3 to win by a resounding six lengths for driver Jimmy Devaux. Birch Island Betty (Mitch Cushing) was the runner-up to the Lawtons' Surreal Feeling last week and came closing in the final quarter to be second once again on Tuesday. Firstup (Shawn Gray) held on to finish third.   Racine Bell, a New York Sire Stakes star this summer, won for the seventh time in thirteen starts in 2020. Dave Dewhurst trains the star filly who now has just shy of $285,000 in career earnings in just 23 lifetime starts. Racine Bell paid $6.20 to win on Tuesday and led an exacta and triple that returned $24 and $67, respectively. Live racing resumes on Monday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Different horse, same result for Larry Stalbaum in the Monday Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The dominant force in the local Open in the last couple of seasons has been Crockets Cullen N. That veteran harness racing campaigner has thrived for Stalbaum and won the Open last week (Oct 26). On Monday, Stalbaum unveiled his American Zest A (American Ideal) at the Spa for the first time. The Aussie invader was winless in five starts since coming to the U.S. but came in off his strongest effort, a second-place finish at Pocono Downs. Stalbaum powered American Zest A out to the front-end on Monday and the race's 2-5 betting favorite moved quickly on a windy day in Saratoga. After a first quarter in a demanding 27.2, American Zest A got a half in 57.2 without facing a challenge. Perennial local star Artful Way (Billy Dobson) powered up first-over on the favorite and those two went toe-to-toe in the stretch before American Zest A held on to win in 1:54.2.   Artful Way was the runner-up while No Ordinary Man (Phil Fluet) earned the show spot in the $9,350 co-feature. American Zest A is owned, trained and was driven to victory by Stalbaum. The Open Trot was won by a familiar face on Monday as Kyle Spagnola's Waiting On A Woman (Mike Polansky) went coast-to-coast with Phil Fluet in the sulky. The 12 year old Waiting On A Woman returned to the Spa off a victory at Plainridge and was back into the local Open where he had a win and a second in his last two tries. Enjoying comfortable fractions on the engine, Waiting On A Woman cruised through a first half in 59.3 without facing a challenge. The backfield was in motion heading to three quarters as Stone In Love (Brian Cross) and Gruden (Billy Dobson) began making progress from the back of the pack. Waiting On A Woman held off those rivals to win in 1:59 while Gruden closed to be second. Stone In Love earned the show spot in the $9,350 Open for trotters. Waiting On A Woman, whose win was his third in a local Open in 2020, is owned by Mike Polansky of Loudonville, NY. Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon at Saratoga with a Noon first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Surreal Feeling (So Surreal) continued a super stretch for her harness racing connections on Tuesday afternoon at Saratoga Raceway as the five year old distaffer prevailed in the Fillies and Mares Open. Owners Chris and Dale Lawton won last week's Open with their star sophomore Racine Bell. Dave Dewhurst trains that filly who had another terrific season in the New York Sire Stakes this summer before winning her first local Open last Tuesday (Oct 20). This week, the Lawtons' Lindas In Heaven (Rock N Roll Heaven) won his fourth consecutive race at Saratoga. The young pacer went coast-to-coast with reinsman Jimmy Devaux in the sulky on Tuesday to complete a grand slam for the three year old colt. In the afternoon's $9,350 feature, Surreal Feeling went wire-to-wire with Devaux in the bike. The five year old was coming off a qualifier in which she won by fifteen lengths. Surreal Feeling, who won her first local Open last July, registered her second local score in decisive fashion stopping the timer in 1:54.3. The mare finished second or third in her three previous tries in the Open contested this summer before heading to race at Yonkers for a month. On Tuesday, the mare proved dominant in recording her fourth victory in eleven seasonal starts. Birch Island Betty (Mitch Cushing) closed to be second while Bontz N (Billy Dobson) lengthened her "on the board streak" when she came on to be third, finishing "in the money" for the sixth consecutive start.   Surreal Feeling paid $9.20 to win in the mild upset and led an exacta and triple that came back $43.80 and $223, respectively. Dale Lawton trains both Surreal Feeling and Lindas In Heaven who were two of Devaux's four winners on the Tuesday card. Live racing resumes on Monday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post set for Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Saratoga Casino Hotel's defending top harness racing pacer was back in town on Monday afternoon to compete in the $9,350 Open Pace. Larry Stalbaum's Crockets Cullen N (Christian Cullen) was named Pacer of the Year in 2019 after rattling off an incredible nine consecutive victories in the Open last season. To kick off 2020, the now nine year old picked up right where he left off. Crockets Cullen N won the first Open of the season back in February and returned post shutdown on a tear. Stalbaum owns, trains and drives the superstar who prevailed in four of the first five Open Pace tries upon the return back from the break in June. Now, after competing out of the town for the last two months, Crockets Cullen N was back at the Spa on Monday. The 1-2 betting favorite in the feature, Crockets Cullen N powered out to the early lead. Setting fast fractions throughout, nobody got close to the track's star pacer who clicked off a first lap in 56 seconds before stopping the timer in 1:52.4 over a track labeled 'sloppy.'   Betterlatethnnever (Jay Randall) came from well off the pace to be second in the feature while Gokudo Hanover (Chris Long) earned the show spot in the Open for the second consecutive week. The win for Crockets Cullen N was his eighth of the season in twenty starts and the 40th in the career of the veteran pacer. With his earnings from the victory, Crockets Cullen N moved his bankroll to over $350,000. Stalbaum also had a victory on Monday behind trotter Thanks For Leaving who prevailed in her return to the Stalbaum stable. Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon at Saratoga with a Noon start to the program. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

The Dave Dewhurst-trained Racine Bell (So Surreal-Ty's Artist-Real Artist) was a harness racing superstar in the New York Sire Stakes circuit this summer for the second consecutive year. After the conclusion of her stakes career in September, the super sophomore has become a regular in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. On Tuesday afternoon, the three year old worked hard to get the lead going a sizzling 26.2 first quarter over a track labeled 'sloppy.' Driver Jimmy Devaux gave Racine Bell a bit of a breather in quarter two but after going a half in 56.3, she turned it on again clicking off three quarters in 1:24.2. The filly held strong in the stretch to prevail for the ninth time in 22 lifetime starts, stopping the timer in 1:53.2 to record her first win in the local Open.   Bontz N (Billy Dobson) has been the force among lady pacers at the Spa this season and came up second-best in the $9,350 feature on Tuesday while Alexis Faith (Phil Fluet) earned the show spot. Racine Bell boosted her career earnings to over the $280,000 mark with the victory. The sensational filly is owned by Chris and Dale Lawton of New York. The win was one of two for Dewhurst on the card as he teamed up with Devaux for a score with claiming pacer Pantheon Hanover who won for the third time in his last four starts. Racine Bell was the even money favorite and led an exacta with Bontz N that returned $10.40. There was no trifecta wagering in the race as the featured field was reduced to five members following a scratch. Live racing resumes on Monday afternoon (Oct 26) at Saratoga with a Noon first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway     Mike Sardella Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino @gmail.com>

It’s been a terrific harness racing season in the sulky for Alek Chartrand at Saratoga Casino Hotel and on Monday, the up-and-coming reinsman recorded his first Open Pace victory. Chartrand sat behind the Linda Flynn-trained Olde Broadside (American Ideal) who has been on top of his game of late. After going winless in his first handful of starts in 2020, Olde Broadside scored three victories and had three third-place finishes in his seven tries leading up to Monday’s start in the $9,350 Open. One of two Opens on the matinee card, the pacing feature saw no clear-cut favorite in the wagering so much so that Olde Broadside, who was debuting in the Open, wound up as the 2-1 co-favorite in the race. The other co-favorite Gokudo Hanover (Chris Long) cut the mile and set fast fractions on the engine. After going a half in 55.3, Gokudo Hanover still led the way around the final turn but was stride for stride with Tenacious One A (Larry Stalbaum). Olde Broadside was third-over going to three quarters but came storming home in the stretch after fanning to the far outside. He got up to win in 1:54 to give Chartrand his first career Open win which was the first for Flynn in several seasons. Tenacious One A was the runner-up while Gokudo Hanover held on for third. Olde Broadside is owned by Francis Morse of Schuylerville, NY. The other co-feature went the way of invader Winning Legends (Winning Mister). Justin Huckabone trains and drives the four year old trotter who came in on a hot streak of his own. A winner of six of eleven starts in ’20 coming into his debut in the local Open, Winning Legends settled in fifth in the early going before moving first-over approaching the half. Winning Legends wore down the race’s leader and took over mid-stretch before hanging on to win by a nose over late-closing Ronnie Goldstein (Brett Crawford). Gruden (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. Winning Legends, who is owned by Jonathan Applebaum of Yorktown Heights, NY, was the 3-5 betting favorite in the $9,350 featured event for trotters. The win was the first in a local feature for Huckabone as well as both Opens saw first-time Open winning drivers on the Monday matinee. Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post set for Noon.     Mike Sardella

It is still to be determined whether or not there will be end of the harness racing season awards given out at Saratoga Casino Hotel this year due to the abbreviated season and the major reduction in Opens contested. If there are awards, you can pretty much lock up Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year for Bontz N (American Ideal). The Gary Levine trainee was dynamic earlier in the season, winning four consecutive installments of the Open for distaffers and on Tuesday afternoon (Oct 13), she added another to her tally. Bontz N came into the $9,350 Fillies and Mares Open off a victory but she had dropped in class to secure that win. Leading driver Billy Dobson was back in the bike on Tuesday as the nine year old mare cruised out to early lead in the feature. Clicking off a first quarter in 27.3 before going a half in 57 seconds over a sloppy track, Bontz N was met with her first challenge approaching three quarters. She rebuffed a first-over rival and held strong in the stretch before reporting home a three-quarters of a length winner in 1:55.1.   The race's 3-5 betting favorite, Bontz N recorded her sixth Open victory of the season besting Racine Bell (Jimmy Devaux) and Pasultimatedelite N (Jay Randall) who first second and third, respectively. The exacta and triple with the favorite on top paid $16.20 and $96. Levine holds a small lead in the trainer standings after a pair of Tuesday victories. Bontz N accounted for one of three wins for her connections as Levine and Dobson teamed up with owner of April Aldrich of Greenfield Center, NY for victories with pacers JK Heaven Sent (Rock N Roll Heaven) and Western Beachboy (Somebeachsomewhere). The latter sizzled through the slop winning in a dazzling 1:52.2 with Dobson in the bike. The meet's leading driver piloted four winners on the card. Live racing takes place every Monday and Tuesday afternoon with first post time set for noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

C And T's Credit (Credit Winner) was one of two John Stark Jr-trained harness racing trotting fillies to prevail on Monday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Both C And T's Credit and stablemate Flotus (RC Royalty) enjoyed success this summer while competing in the New York Sire Stakes Excelsior A's for three year old fillies. Each lady trotter enjoyed success as two year olds in 2019 and were back at it this summer. C And T's Credit won the $50,000 Excelsior Final contested at Tioga Downs in September. On Monday, the sophomore filly drew the rail for the second consecutive week as she looked to repeat with Stark in the sulky. Coming off a first-over victory that came in 1:57.1, C And T's Credit wound up getting a pocket ride on Monday and slid out heading towards three quarters. The filly shifted gears when asked and powered away from her rivals to complete her back-to-back jacks, stopping the timer in 1:57.4 in the $5,300 conditioned race for trotters.   One of the two ladies among the seven competitors in her race, C And T's Credit won for the ninth time in 22 career starts as she defeated runner-up Navarone Hanover (Chris Long) by two lengths. J S Peyton (Jimmy Devaux) earned the show spot. C And T's Credit is owned by Peter Barbato of Demarest, NJ and Sam Bova Racing, LLC of Irving, NY. Flotus completed the Monday double for Stark by dominating her group of trotters by six and a half lengths. Flotus had a bit of down '20 season in comparison to her '19 campaign but still now has four victories in a dozen starts as a three year old. On Monday, Flotus moved out to an easy lead and wound up naming her margin as she left no doubt who was best in her $4,700 race for high-steppers. Flotus is co-owned by Stark, Smith and Giannuzzi. Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon at Saratoga with a Noon first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Bontz N (American Ideal) has been the top pacing mare this season at Saratoga Casino Hotel. In a weird year that has only seen the Fillies and Mares contested sporadically, the Gary Levine trainee has been the track's top distaffer. With five Open wins to her credit in 2020, Bontz N has more regularly been a third-place finisher in the feature for ladies in more recent tries. Dropping in company on Tuesday afternoon, Bontz N competed in the featured $5,300 conditioned race for the ladies. Leading driver Billy Dobson piloted the nine year old veteran and moved her out to the early lead. Just a few dollars shy of being the favorite, Bontz N carved out the fractions on the engine in a first lap went in 57 seconds. The 7-5 favorite Gina Grace N (Larry Stalbaum) rode the coattails of Bontz N throughout the mile before getting a clear chance at Bontz N in the stretch. The chase was futile as Bontz N recorded her sixth victory of the season, stopping the timer in 1:54.2 in her decisive score. Gina Grace N was the runner-up while Tipperary Hill (John Stark Jr) earned the show spot. Bontz N, who was one of the track's top pacing mares while a nominee for Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year in 2019, has been the leading lady again in 2020 for Gary Levine and owner April Aldrich of Greenfield Center, NY.   Live racing resumes on Monday afternoon (Oct 12) with a first post time set for Noon. There will be a carryover of $5,257 in the Pick Five on Monday with that wager beginning in the matinee's opener. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Olde Broadside came into Monday afternoon's harness racing co-feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel on top of his game. After recording a win three weeks back, the Linda Flynn trainee stepped up in company and has been competing in the class that served as the feature for pacers on Monday's matinee at the Spa. Following consecutive third-place finishes while a longshot, Olde Broadside was dismissed at odds of 12-1 when faced with taking on his race's big favorite, former Horse of the Year Panocchio. The 3-5 shot Panocchio (Brian Cross) had the front end and set honest fractions on the lead before being confronted by Olde Broadside at the three quarter pole. The final quarters are the strong suit for the six year old Flynn trainee but Panocchio had backclass on his side as the two squared off in the stretch in the $6,350 pacing event. Olde Broadside proved to be too much for the classy veteran and came on to score in a seasonal best 1:53.1 to spring the upset paying $26.60 to win in a mile highlighted by his 27.3 final panel. Panocchio finished second to complete a $72.50 exacta while No Ordinary Man (Phil Fluet) earned the show spot to round out a $265.50 triple. Alek Chartrand piloted Olde Broadside to his upset score.   The trotting version of the co-features went the way of Gruden (Muscles Yankee). A winner of the Open Trot two weeks ago, Gruden joined the claiming ranks in his last start and scored on the engine on Monday in 1:57 with leading driver Billy Dobson in the sulky for trainer Monica Krist. Gruden, who missed all of 2019, has now recorded three wins and a second-place finish in his last four starts. Gruden earned the winner's share of the $6,350 purse on Monday and now has 21 wins in 49 lifetime races. Live racing continues on Tuesday at Saratoga with a first post set for Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

For the second consecutive week, Birch Island Betty (Big Jim) swooped the group to win the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Eve Bergeron trainee recorded her first ever harness racing victory in the feature for distaffers last week when she tipped three-wide before charging home to score in 1:53.1. On Tuesday, the five year old was assigned the outside post in the $8,500 Open and driver Mitch Cushing settled in last in the seven-horse feature. The early speed was sizzling as the favorite in the race went to the quarter in a demanding 26.2 before reaching the half in 55.2 At that point, the backfield was in motion as last week's Open runner-up Come Get The Cash (John Macdonald) and Birch Island Betty joined the outer flow and began to thrive after three quarters went in 1:24.2. Come Get The Cash struck the lead in the stretch but Birch Island Betty just kept surging before coming on to prevail in the photo for win in a mile clocked in 1:54.1.   Birch Island Betty, who is owned by Dany Grenier of Quebec, Canada, recorded her fifth victory in fifteen seasonal tries, paying $11.80 to win. Come Get The Cash was the runner-up for the second consecutive week in the Open and completed an exacta that returned $58.50. Bontz N (Billy Dobson) rounded out the exact same triple as in last week's feature. The triple returned a solid $163. Come Get The Cash came up just short of what would have resulted in a grand slam for her connections as trainer Brandy Wine and driver John Macdonald teamed up for three wins on the Tuesday card. Live racing resumes next Monday (Sept 28) at Saratoga with a first post time set for Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

In what has been another incredible harness racing season in the sulky for him at Saratoga Casino Hotel, driver Billy Dobson had a monster Monday afternoon at the Spa. Well on his way to driving title number nine, Dobson piloted seven winners on the matinee card. The Monica Krist stable had a double as Dobson sat behind a pair of Krist trainees, who are owned by his father Rick, who secured Monday scores. The Open Trot went the way of Gruden (Muscles Yankee). The seven year old high-stepper sat out all of 2019 and is currently in the midst of a strong comeback. After a win last week, it was up into the $8,500 Open Trot for Gruden who got a pocket ride behind the favored Waiting On A Woman (Brett Crawford). That Kyle Spagnola-trained veteran finished first or second in three consecutive installments of the local Open, a race that hasn't been carded in close to two months at the Spa. While Waiting On A Woman cruised through comfortable fractions on Monday, Gruden rode the coattails of the favorite before taking his shot in the passing lane in the stretch. Gruden got up in the final strides to win it by a half length in 1:57.1.   Waiting On A Woman finished second while JNR Express (John Stark Jr) overcame an early break to finish third in the feature. Gruden paid $18.60 to win in the five-horse Open and led an exacta with the favorite second that returned $66. The victory was surprisingly the first for Dobson in the Open Trot this year. The top reinsman has dominated action once again this season but now has just four Open wins to his credit out of the 37 contested on the campaign. Dobson rattled off win after win on a day with a fall feel at the Spa ending up the card with a season-high seven victories! Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon with first post time set for 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for The Spa

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