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There were three harness racing divisions of the second leg of the Holiday Trot Series contested on Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Each division went for a purse of $7,500 as the participants had their last chance to accrue points towards next Wednesday’s $20,000 Final. Jimmy Nickerson’s Awol Hanover (Donato Hanover) and Phil Fluet’s Barn Star (Conway Hall) became two-leg winners as they each completed back-to-back jacks on Wednesday. Barn Star could well head into next week’s Final as the one to beat after prevailing in 1:58.2 for the second straight start. Fluet trains and drives the four year old who came into the series with just one win on the season but now owns three following a pocket-sitting victory on Wednesday. The fastest winner in each leg, Barn Star is poised to square off with Awol Hanover in the $20,000 Final after that one cruised to the front-end in leg two and never looked back. Jay Randall piloted the Nickerson-trained trotter who held off a late charge from rival JS Trotting Bob (Fluet) to secure his second victory in as many tries in the series, stopping the timer in 2:00 on Wednesday. The final division of the day saw a mild upset as Aventure (Muscle Mass) came from off the pace to prevail with leading driver Billy Dobson in the sulky. Aventure had been winless in 2019 before a surge in the stretch on Wednesday saw him score a victory in 2:00 and punch his ticket to next week’s Final. The win for Aventure came at odds of 6-1 and served as the third on the card for Dobson. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon with a first post time set for 12 Noon.      Mike Sardella

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) is the favorite for the Trotter of the Year award this season at Saratoga Casino Hotel and has a chance to be the Horse of the Year as well. On Sunday afternoon, the millionaire won the Open Trot for the eighth time this season. Brett Crawford sat behind the Kyle Spagnola trainee who cruised to an easy lead to overcome his assigned outside post position. After making it to the top with ease, the eight year old traveled unopposed in a first half that went in 58 seconds. Never facing much of a challenge, Cash Me Out checked in at three quarters in 1:26.4 and began to expand his lead around the final turn. Cartier Volo (Frank Coppola Jr), another nominee for Trotter of the Year this season, sat the pocket to Cash Me Out and finished second in the mile that was clocked in 1:55.4 on a snowy afternoon in upstate New York. Cash Me Out paid $7.90 to win and led an exacta with Cartier Volo second that returned $28.80. Trixie Dust (Alek Chartrand), the runner-up to Cash Me Out last week, finished third on Sunday and completed a triple that came back $116.50. Cash Me Out, who is owned by the Traylor Racing Stable of Ballston Spa, NY, has piled up twelve wins in 2019 and now has 49 victories in his 198 lifetime starts en route to over $1.1 million in earnings. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon with a first post time set for 12 Noon. There will a $1,396 carryover in the Pick Five pool. The Pick Five is a 50 cent minimum wager and starts in the matinee's first race. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Redbank Blaze A (Rocknroll Hanover) made his first start outside of Open company at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday night. The Jose Godinez trainee had three races under his belt at the Spa and all three had come in the $18,000 Open Pace. On Saturday, the six year old dropped down to the $15,000 Winners Over, a race that with no Open on the docket served as the evening's feature. Redbank Blaze A drew the rail and was subsequently the public's 3-5 betting favorite with Frank Coppola Jr. sitting behind. The favorite wasted little time moving out to the front-end after retaking the lead from In A Single Bound (Billy Dobson) approaching the quarter. Redbank Blaze A cruised unopposed for the majority of the mile and started to pad his lead past three quarters. In A Single Bound began to tire a bit in the pocket as longshot Shady City came on in the stretch in what turned out to be a battle for the place spot as Redbank Blaze A drew away to win decisively in 1:53.2. Shady City went off at odds of 41-1 and endured a difficult trip from post eight to be the runner-up in the feature while In A Single Bound held on for third. Redbank Blaze A, who is owned by Marissa Godinez of Bloomingburg, NY, led an exacta and triple that paid $100.50 and $473.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee that kicks off at 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

The Fillies and Mares Open was contested as the feature on Wednesday's program at Saratoga Casino Hotel. After a scratch, the field was reduced to five members but what a strong group of distaffers it was. Dibaba N (Shadow Play) made her local debut a winning one last Thursday (November 21) and was the public's even money favorite on Wednesday as she looked to go back-to-back in the $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open. Driver Billy Dobson flashed speed with the Jose Godinez trainee who wound up yielding to fellow invader Tequila Monday (Mark Beckwith) to get a pocket trip. Those two mares squared off just two weeks ago at Dover Downs in Delaware with Dibaba N pacing past Tequila Monday in the final strides to secure the victory. The rematch wound up as a near carbon copy of the first battle between them as Dibaba N pounced out of the pocket and rolled past Tequila Monday to secure her third win in a row. Now two-for-two at Saratoga, Dibaba N stopped the timer in 1:52.4 in what was her seventh victory of the campaign. Tequila Monday was the runner-up and completed a $9.50 exacta. Miss Irish Rose A (Larry Stalbaum) finished third. Dibaba N is owned by the Blindswitch, Robert Cooper, VIP Internet and J&T Silva Stables. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening and will feature a Pick Five carryover of $3,819. The Pick Five is a 50 cent minimum wager and starts in the evening's first race. First post time is set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Another Saturday night and another harness racing victory in the Open Pace for Crockets Cullen N (Christian Cullen) who lengthened his sensational win streak at Saratoga Casino Hotel to eight. The veteran New Zealander has become a superstar this year in the Open and has thrived in recent months despite starting from outside posts every week and navigating through a variety of different trips. On Saturday night, Crockets Cullen N was assigned post six in the $18,000 six-horse feature and his owner-driver Larry Stalbaum flashed early speed with the Tracy Tarantino stable's star. Crockets Cullen N wound up in the pocket behind Hudson Phil (Frank Coppola Jr), an eight-time Open winner this year and runner-up to Crockets Cullen N last Saturday. Hudson Phil posted honest fractions of 27.1 and 55.4 in lap one and all the while, Stalbaum sat patiently in the pocket before springing the two-hole around the final turn. Crockets Cullen N slugged it out in the stretch with Hudson Phil before putting him away to prevail in 1:53. The win was the 14th of the season for Crockets Cullen N who has now won eight consecutive tries in the local Open. Hudson Phil was the runner-up to the track's new superstar for second straight Saturday evening while Bettor Notbitter A (Jay Randall) came on to earn the show spot. Crockets Cullen N paid $5.00 to win in his most recent score and led an exacta and triple that returned $22 and $32.60, respectively. Crockets Cullen N and Hudson Phil are joined by In A Single Bound and Century Endeavor as nominees for Pacer of the Year at Saratoga, an award that will be given out at the conclusion of the meet next month. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a first post time set for 12 Noon. Mike Sardella

Dibaba N (Shadow Play) made her local harness racing debut a winning one in Thursday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The five year old mare was making her first start out of the Jose Godinez stable when she went off as the public's 1-9 betting favorite in the $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open on a pleasant Thursday afternoon in the Spa City. Dibaba N got away last in the field of five distaffers but when leading driver Billy Dobson called on the talented New Zealand invader, she appeared every bit up to the task. Going first-over against the pacesetting leader Brontz N (Jimmy Devaux), Dibaba N had little difficulty pacing past the leader in a third quarter that went in 27.3 before drawing away to win by open daylight in 1:54.3. Bontz N held strong for second to continue her breakout season at Saratoga while longshot Hilaria (Brett Crawford) earned the show spot. With the victory, Dibaba N becomes the fifth different lady pacer to win the Fillies and Mares Open for Godinez this season at Saratoga. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

The two divisions of the co-featured races for New York sired trotters at Saratoga Casino Hotel saw very different harness racing results on Wednesday as a favorite and a long shot prevailed. For the second consecutive week, John Stark Jr's It's My Party (Chapter Seven) dominated the competition and rolled to a convincing win in her $10,700 race for trotters. It's My Party went wire-to-wire for the second straight Wednesday afternoon and did it this week in 1:57.3 over a track labeled 'good.' The win was the sixth of the season for the three year old trotting filly and the third in her last four starts. The even money favorite in her division of the co-featured races, It's My Party never suffered an anxious moment before reporting home a length and a half winner. The other division went for a purse of $10,000 and was won in upset fashion after a disqualification resulted in Frank Hanover (Credit Winner) securing his fifth victory of the season. Vernon Downs invader Give Angel Credit hit the wire first but had interfered with a rival in the stretch before being disqualified and subsequently being placed third. Bob Gale's Frank Hanover had Frank Coppola Jr. piloting for the first time as he was placed first at odds of 28-1. In the mile clocked in 2:01.2, Frank Hanover paid $58.50 to win. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Crockets Cullen N (Christian Cullen) put his six-race local win streak on the line as he competed in Saturday night's Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Larry Stalbaum owns and drives the Tracy Tarantino trainee who has thrived at the Spa over the last several months. Crockets Cullen N has shown to be versatile in winning six consecutive tries in the Open Pace heading into Saturday's tilt in which he started from post seven in a star-studded group which competed for a purse of $18,000. Stalbaum powered Crockets Cullen N out in the early going but was relegated to the pocket spot behind invader Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) who was making his local debut. Rock Diamonds N flew through a first quarter in 26.3 before backing things down in the second quarter to reach the half in 57.1 Hudson Phil (Frank Coppola Jr), the winningest horse in the Open Pace this season, moved first over on Rock Diamonds N and looked to have put the leader away around the final turn. Crockets Cullen N gapped the pocket a bit as the top two battled it out but shifted gears once again turning for home. The eight year old New Zealander once again showed that knack for the wire that he has displayed in recent months and came on in the final strides to score in 1:53.3 for his seventh consecutive win in the Saturday night feature. Hudson Phil toughed it out to be second while Rock Diamonds N had to settle for the show spot in his local debut. Crockets Cullen N paid $8.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $51 and $218.50, respectively. The last time Crockets Cullen N competed at Saratoga and did not win the Open Pace came all the way back in August. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon as Stalbaum and Tarantino's Mr Cool Seaeyre N puts his two-race win streak in the Open Trot on the line in the $18,000 feature. The matinee begins at 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Happy Heart (Woodstock) has been as solid as any harness racing pacing mare at Saratoga Casino Hotel in 2019 and on Thursday, the Melissa Beckwith trainee sprung the upset in the afternoon's feature. Happy Heart was dismissed at odds of 16-1 despite drawing the rail in what wound up being a five-horse Open for distaffers following a scratch. The Fillies and Mares Open featured a 1-9 betting favorite as last week's winner The Charging Moa N (Jay Randall) was back in town to try to defend her title from last Thursday's eye-popping effort in the ladies Open. The Charging Moa N wound up first over this week and took over the lead past three quarters in 1:25. Happy Heart got shuffled back a bit before moving off the rail and fanning three-wide around the final turn. The six year old surged in the stretch and her closing effort was enough to track down The Charging Moa N to prevail in 1:54. Larry Stalbaum catch-drove Happy Heart on Thursday and piloted the mare to what was her third win in the local Open in 2019. Paying $35.20 in the upset, Happy Heart completed a training triple for Beckwith on the afternoon as her Best Honey Hanover and Mach Of Shame won conditional races earlier on in the matinee. The Charging Moa N came up second-best on Thursday to round out a $71.50 exacta. Happy Heart is owned by Tom McTygue and the Masie Stable, both of Saratoga Springs, NY. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening with a first post time set for 6:45pm. There will be a Pick Five carryover of $1,361 on Saturday with the Pick Five beginning in race one. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

John Stark Jr's It's My Party (Chapter Seven) was a decisive harness racing winner in one of the afternoon's co-featured races for New York sired trotters on Wednesday at Saratoga Casino Hotel. It's My Party most recently competed in the Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series where she recorded a win in the second division before making a break in the Final. In Wednesday's $10,000 co-feature, the three year old filly had little difficulty cruising to an open-length win with her driver-trainer Stark at the controls. It's My Party was her race's 6-5 betting favorite on Wednesday and never faced an anxious moment after retaking the lead approaching the opening quarter. It's My Party stopped the timer in 1:58.3 to complete her third win since coming to town from Northfield Park in September. The final clocking was an impressive one on the cold afternoon in Saratoga which saw the other co-feature go in 2:01. Leap Year Lucky (Jimmy Devaux) parlayed a pocket ride to his second consecutive win for trainer Lisa Zabielski in that division as he tracked down the race's favorite in the final strides to record his second victory in three tries since joining the class for winners of two but not more than five races lifetime. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12 Noon first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Mr Cool Seaeyre N (The Pres) rattled off his second consecutive harness racing win in the Open Trot on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Larry Stalbaum owns and drives the New Zealand-bred trotter who pulled off the upset last Sunday (November 3rd) to record his first ever score in the local Open. In that start, Mr Cool Seaeyre N parlayed a pocket trip to the upset win at odds of 8-1. On Sunday afternoon, Stalbaum again got a two-hole journey for his seven year old trotter as they sat patiently behind the favored Mister Muscle (Mark Beckwith) while comfortable fractions were being set in the $18,000 feature. Mr Cool Seaeyre N powered past the favorite in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:56.2 for his second Open win in as many weeks. Mister Muscle was the runner-up on Sunday and has now finished first or second in eight of the last nine installments of the Open Trot. Longshot Riverofroyalty (Brian Cross) earned the show spot. Mr Cool Seaeyre N, who is trained by Tracy Tarantino, paid $4.90 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $11.80 and $58, respectively. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Bettor Notbitter A (Bettor's Delight) recorded his first Open Pace harness racing victory at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday night. The Patti Harmon-trained pacer drew post position two for his third try in the local Open and driver Jay Randall didn't waste any time showing speed with a horse who has thrived as a closer in his local starts. Bettor Notbitter A was the public's 3-5 betting favorite on Saturday just two weeks removed from a second-place finish in the $18,000 Open. Randall moved the seven year old Australian-invader out to the front in the feature and once they got there, it was over. Bettor Notbitter A cruised to the front in 27.3 before clicking off a half 56.1. The Harmon trainee padded his lead after checking in at three quarters in 1:24.4 and drew away to win by four lengths to record his first score in the Spa feature. Redbank Blaze A (Billy Dobson) finished second in his Saratoga debut while Funknwaffles (Brett Crawford) earned the show spot. Bettor Notbitter A stopped the timer in 1:52.2, a time that serves as a new lifetime mark for the pacer who now has a pair of wins and a second-place finish in his five starts since coming over from Australia. Harmon and Randall teamed up for a victory in Thursday afternoon's Open for fillies and mares as well as The Charging Moa N proved dominant in her local debut. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon and will feature a Pick Five carryover of $5,584. The Pick Five starts in race one which is scheduled for 12 noon.   Mike Sardella

The Charging Moa N (Changeover) made her local harness racing debut on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Patti Harmon-trained mare who drew post six in the six-horse Fillies and Mares Open came in as a winner of three races in four tries since coming to the U.S to compete out of the Harmon stable. The Charging Moa N wound up being the race's 7-5 betting favorite as she got away last among the featured pacing mares. With honest fractions being set up front by fellow out-of-towner Shellie De Vie (Greg Merton), The Charging Moa N remained at the back of the pack in a half mile that went in 56.3. Third-over approaching three-quarters, driver Jay Randall tipped The Charging Moa N three-wide and charge she did. The eight year old distaffer made an impressive move and swooped the group in a matter of strides, going last to first and accelerating away from her rivals before stopping the timer in 1:53.4 over a track labeled 'good.' The Charging Moa N paid $4.90 to win in her local debut and bested Shellie De Vie who finished second for an exacta that returned $15.20. Bontz N (Billy Dobson) rounded out the triple that came back $46.00. The Charging Moa N became the third lady pacer to win the local Fillies and Mares Open this season for Harmon and Randall as they teamed up for victories in the distaff this spring with mares January A and Coveredndiamonds N. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. There will be a $1,901 carryover in the Pick Five pool with the Pick Five beginning in the first race. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

A pair of $10,700 events for New York sired trotters served as harness racing co-features on the Wednesday card at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Meg Reynolds’ Kapow (Conway Hall) was the fastest among the winners of the featured raced as pilot Phil Fluet situated the six year old into the pocket in the early going and parlayed that trip to victory. Kapow came into the race with only one win on the season but starting from an improved post on Wednesday was situated well for the stretch drive and wound up riding the coattails of the race’s favorite Song Chapter (Billy Dobson) every step of the way. Kapow popped the pocket in the stretch and reeled in the public’s 6-5 top choice before drawing away late to win in 2:00. Paying $5.90 to win, Kapow bested Song Chapter, who continued her trend of finishing second or third on a nearly weekly basis, and longshot Southwind Rich (Chris Long), who earned the show spot. The other co-feature was won by Leap Year Lucky who went wire-to-wire with Jimmy Devaux driving for trainer Lisa Zabielski. The race served as class relief for the three year old gelding who was overmatched in the two legs of the recently concluded Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series. Dismissed at odds of 5-1 on Wednesday, Leap Year Lucky held off the late charge from rival Match My Miracle (Brian Cross) to hang on in 2:00.3 to record the third win in his 2019 campaign. Match My Miracle came up second-best while the race’ s favorite Royal Casanova (Frank Coppola Jr) finished third. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon with a first post time set for 12 Noon. Race one will feature a $2,500 guarantee in the Pick Five pool. The Pick Five is a fifty cent minimum wager.      Mike Sardella

What a sensational run veteran pacer Crockets Cullen N (Christian Cullen) has been on at Saratoga Casino Hotel and that run continued on Saturday night. The eight year old Tracy Tarantino trainee was assigned the outside post for his try in the $18,000 Open Pace and post eight proved to be no problem for the red-hot pacer. Crockets Cullen N extended his local win streak in the Open to six in Saturday's feature as he left for an early spot for driver Larry Stalbaum before flushing out cover approaching the half mile pole. After his cover Funknwaffles (Frank Coppola Jr) cleared heading past three quarters in 1:24.3, Crockets Cullen N surged alongside that rival before putting him away in the stretch. The win that came in 1:52.4 was the sixth consecutive in the local Open Pace for Crockets Cullen N as he has quickly made himself a Pacer of the Year and perhaps even Horse of the Year candidate over the last couple of months. In his Saturday score, he paid $10.80 to win. Funknwaffles was the runner-up while Vasari N (Jimmy Devaux) earned the show spot. The victory for Crockets Cullen N was the third on the card for Stalbaum and Tarantino whose Teo Enteo A and Shady City each recorded Saturday scores at the Spa. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Lady Dela Renta A (Well Said) continued her winning ways in Thursday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez trainee was the overwhelming top choice in the wagering as she looked to go back-to-back in the local Fillies and Mares Open. Lady Dela Renta A had little difficulty going coast-to-coast in the $18,000 feature. Driver Frank Coppola Jr. marched the five year old distaffer out to the early lead and despite clicking off a fast 26.3 in quarter one, Lady Dela Renta A faced little challenge throughout the mile before pacing away from her rivals to win in 1:53 over a track labeled 'good.' The Australian invader's victory was her tenth of the season as she bested fellow out-of-towner HP Sissy (Jimmy Devaux), who was the runner-up, and Gina Grace N (Larry Stalbaum) who earned the show spot. Lady Dela Renta A has now recorded 20 wins in her first 51 lifetime starts. In her most recent score, she paid $2.10 to win as the heaviest of favorites. The exacta with HP Sissy second came back $6.70. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

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