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Carrickmannon N (Lis Mara) made her debut in the harness racing feature on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Chris Marino-trained mare moved first over on the race's big favorite in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open and cruised by to prevail in a career best 1:52.3. Stephane Bouchard piloted Carrickmannon N to her tenth win in fifteen seasonal starts. The six year old New Zealand invader powered past the 2-5 shot Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) while breaking that one's impressive five race winning streak. Godiva Seelster had to settle for second in the feature for distaffers while Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Carrickmannon N returned $7.80 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $21.20 and $81, respectively. While it was the first career victory in the Open for Carrickmannon N, for her connections owner Mike Casalino Jr. and trainer Chris Marino, it was number six in the Fillies and Mares Open in 2016 as their Campanile has recorded five wins in the Friday features at the Spa thus far this year. Live racing continues on Saturday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Givenupdreaming (If I Can Dream) moved his record in the local harness racing feature to two-for-two at Saratoga on Saturday night. The Heidi Rohr trainee prevailed in last week's Open Pace and wound up repeating despite a long first over journey in Saturday's $15,000 installment of the Open. Stephane Bouchard moved Givenupdreaming first up on the race's odds-on favorite Panocchio (Gerry Mattison) who got soft middle half fractions while on the front end. Givenupdreaming fought gamely and wound up besting the favorite in the final strides of the 1 1/16 mile feature. Panocchio held strong for second while Domethatagain (Billy Dobson) got up for third. The five year old Givenupdreaming, who covered the 1 1/16 mile in 1:59.1 after clocking the track's fastest mile time of the year last week (1:51.2), returned $9.70 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $25 and $63. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Givenupdreaming (If I Can Dream) posted the fastest mile of the year at Saratoga on Saturday night as the Heidi Rohr-trained pacer made his harness racing debut in the local feature. Stephane Bouchard piloted Givenupdreaming in the $15,000 Open Pace and moved him first over at the half on the race's favorite Idealbeach Hanover (Billy Dobson). The two Yonkers invaders went at it throughout the entire second lap before Givenupdreaming surged at the wire to stop the timer in 1:51.2. Returning $9.30 to win, Givenupdreaming recorded his third victory of the year. Idealbeach Hanover held strong for second to complete an exacta that returned $40.20. The triple, which came back $201.50, was rounded out by Caution Signs (Bruce Aldrich Jr). The 1:51.2 clocking was the fastest of the season at the Spa by nearly a full second. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee that begins at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Pig Hunt (Conway Hall) set a new lifetime mark on Thursday evening at Saratoga as the Janice Connor-trained trotter prevailed in the harness racing feature. Stephane Bouchard guided Pig Hunt to the outside approaching the half-mile pole in the $9,950 feature for New York Sired trotters and the four year old mare trotted past the leader Hollywood Jess (Wally Hennessey) and never looked back. The win was the first of the season for Pig Hunt and came in a career best 1:58.2. Hollywood Jess held second while With Our Luck (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Bouchard piloted a pair of winners on the card and continues to hold a big lead at the top of the local driver standings. Live racing continues on Friday night with the first installment of the 2016 New York Sire Stakes. First post time is set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Spinarama (Cam's Card Shark) went the distance on the front end to secure his another victory in Saturday night's Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. One of the winningest horses in the local feature in 2015, Spinarama is off to a strong start to his '16 campaign as he recorded his third win in six seasonal tries on a beautiful Saturday night in the Spa City. Stephane Bouchard moved the race's 6-5 favorite out to early lead in the 1 1/16 mile Open, a lead that the seven year old pacer would not relinquish. Caution Signs (Bruce Aldrich Jr) sat the pocket to the winner and wound up second best in the $15,000 feature while Pappy's Pal (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. The 1 1/16 mile distance was covered in 1:58.3 by Spinarama who gave Bouchard one of his four winners on the night. The veteran reinsman, who also scored in Friday night's feature behind pacing mare Ella V Horse, is currently the meet's leading driver. Spinarama was the race's 6-5 betting favorite and led an exacta and triple that returned $16.40 and $64, respectively. Spinarama is owned by Mike Casalino Jr. and trained by Chris Marino. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee that begins at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Ella V Horse (Royal Mattjesty) went coast to coast in Friday's harness racing feature for pacing mares at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Andy Sardella-trained, Stephane Bouchard driven distaffer set close to identical fractions on the front end as she did two weeks ago when she prevailed in the Winners Over. On Friday night, Ella V Horse held off the late challenge from pocket-sitting Little Santamonica (Jim Devaux) before stopping the timer in 2:00 in the 1 1/16 mile feature. Little Santamonica, who scored in the $12,000 Winners Over a few weeks back, had to settle for second while My Spring Fling (Bruce Aldrich Jr) came on for third. The race's favorite at odds of 2-1, Ella V Horse secured her third win of the season. The exacta paid $21.40 while the triple came back $142.50. Ella V Horse is owned by Mike and Bill Pozefsky of NY and Myron Ekstein of Henderson, NV. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Ella V Horse (Royal Mattjesty) scored a wire-to-wire win in the Friday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Stephane Bouchard pointed the nine year old mare out to the front end in the $13,000 1 1/16 mile Winners Over for Fillies and Mares and despite fast fractions of 26.1 and 55.4 in the first half had plenty left for the stretch drive. Ella V Horse turned back the late challenge from Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr) before stopping the timer in 1:59.3 for the 1 1/16. Campanile (Austin Siegelman) was parked out for the duration of the race and still toughed it out to finish third. It was the second victory of the season for Ella V Horse, who was the race's co-favorite in the wagering at odds of 2-1. The win was the second on the evening for trainer Andy Sardella whose Im A Nice Girl (The Panderosa) set a lifetime mark on Friday night. Stephane Bouchard was the evening's sulky star as the veteran reinsman piloted six winners on the card. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Affective Action (Conway Hall) was an impressive first-over winner in the harness racing feature on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The John Grasso-trained four year old got away sixth in the $9,950 eight horse trot for New York Sired highsteppers. The journey proved irrelevant as Stephane Bouchard tugged on the right line heading to the half and Affective Action cruised from there. After overcoming an early nine length deficit, Affective Action wound up scoring a five length victory in 2:00 after trotting a final half in 58.2 over a track labeled 'good'. The win was one of two on the afternoon for Bouchard. Last year's leading driver Bruce Aldrich Jr had a big day piloting four winners on the eleven race card. Live racing continues on Friday evening with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

J A T O (Big Apple Deli) extended his harness racing win streak on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Howard Okusko-trained trotter made his local debut in the $15,000 Open Trot and despite getting away towards the back of the pack wound up getting a second over journey in the year's first trotting feature at the Spa. J A T O cruised past rival Zooming (Billy Dobson) in the final furlong before drawing out to win in 2:02 in the 1 1/16 mile Open after covering the mile in 1:54.3. J A T O went sixteen for seventeen in the win column in 2015 and continued his winning ways on an afternoon that featured a t-shirt giveaway commemorating the 75th anniversary of racing at Saratoga. Zooming finished second behind the 6-1 shot Open victor while Slugfest (Jay Randall) finished third in his seasonal debut. Stephane Bouchard, who piloted the longshot winner of Saturday night's Open Pace, was the winning driver behind J A T O on Sunday. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a 4:00pm first post. Mike Sardella

The first Open of the harness racing season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway yielded by far the biggest payout of the young campaign. Saturday night's $15,000 Open Pace was contested at a distance of 1 1/16 miles and there were several leavers who slugged it out in the early going in the year's first feature. Texas Terror N (Western Terror) was the race's favorite and powered out to the early lead. Immediately met with the challenge of a parked out rival, Texas Terror N endured fractions of 27 and 54.3 in the first half. The field bunched up after three quarters in 1:23.4 and it was longshot Donau (American Ideal) who surged past his rivals and drew away to win by four and a half lengths. Stephane Bouchard piloted the longshot winner who lit up the board returning $99.50 while covering the 1 1/16 mile in 2:00 at odds of 48-1. Titus Seelster (Frank Coppola Jr) was the runner up and completed a $1200 exacta while City Hall (Larry Stalbaum) earned the show spot. The Andrew Adamczyk-trained Donau's upset victory came in the seven year old pacer's Saratoga debut. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. There will be a t-shirt giveaway in recognition of the 75th anniversary of racing at Saratoga Raceway. Mike Sardella  

Ella V Horse (Royal Mattjesty) scored a front-running harness racing victory in Friday's $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Andy Sardella-trained mare won the feature for distaffers last month but in just her second try in the Open dug in to prevail on Friday with Stephane Bouchard in the sulky. The eight year old mare has done her best work on the front end lately and posted first half fractions of 27 and 56.1 before pacing a 56.4 back half en route to a score in 1:53. The race's favorite Carolsideal (Billy Dobson) came charging hard late to be second while West Liberty (Jason Ryan) toughed it out following a first over journey to be third. Ella V Horse, who went over the $200,000 mark in career earnings with the victory, returned $8.10 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $34.60 and $216, respectively. The win was one of four on the card for Bouchard. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Ella V Horse (Royal Mattjesty) went coast to coast on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway to prevail in the local harness racing feature for Fillies and Mares for the first time. Stephane Bouchard piloted the Andy Sardella-trained mare and following a third place finish in last week's $15,000 Winners Over pace for distaffers, moved the eight year old out to the early lead. After enjoying a hassle-free first half that went in 57.2, Ella V Horse stepped on the gas in the final lap and cruised to a wire-to-wire score in 1:52.3. It was the fourth victory in the last five starts for the mare who was claimed two weeks ago by owners Mike and Bill Pozefsky and Myron Eckstein, all of the scores coming while on the front end. Campanile (Austin Siegelman) was a pocket sitting second on Friday night while Super Soph (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Ella V Horse returned $9.10 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $25.80 and $53.50. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Burkentine Hanover (Cam's Card Shark) recorded his first victory in the local Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway behind a gutsy first over effort in Saturday's harness racing feature. The five year old pacer finished third in his first try in the local Open last week but on Saturday would not be denied. Stephane Bouchard piloted the Heidi Rohr-trained pacer and moved first over on Panocchio (Gerry Mattison) who was seeking his fifth Open win of the year at the Spa. Burkentine Hanover battled the front-runner for close to a half mile before poking his nose out in time to prevail in 1:51.4. Panocchio held on for second while the race's favorite Domethatagain (Billy Dobson) had to settle for third. It was victory number seven on the season for Burkentine Hanover who returned $8.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $29 and $104, respectively. Live racing resumes on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Deliciouslynaughty (Mach Three) poked her nose out in time to win a close photo in the Friday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Stephane Bouchard piloted the eight year old mare for trainer Andy Sardella and worked out a second over journey for the race's 7-5 betting favorite. Fanning three wide around the final turn, Deliciouslynaughty charged hard in the final strides to photo with longshot Palm Beach (Wally Hennessey) who wound up finishing second in the $15,000 Spa Mares I Handicap. The race's front-runner Mcever (Billy Dobson) held on for third. It was the ninth victory of the year for the veteran Deliciouslynaughty who stopped the timer in 1:54.2 in Friday's feature. Live racing continues on Saturday night with the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace highlighting a program with more than a half million dollars in purses. Track record holder Dancin Yankee returns to the Spa for the first time since dazzling in 1:48.4 to win last year's Gerrity. There is a commemorative t-shirt giveaway with the purchase of the Saturday Saratoga program. First post time is set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Road Bet (Bettor's Delight) continued her terrific harness racing season on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The defending Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year at the Spa has continued to be the Friday feature's dominant force this season. Road Bet started from post seven in the first installment of the Fillies and Mares Open to be contested at a distance of 1 1/16 mile and made her patented early move to the lead. The Kyle Spagnola-trained mare went start to finish, holding off a late bid by the race's favorite Let's Go Higher (Billy Dobson) to secure her fourth Open victory in 2015. Road Bet paced her first mile in 1:51.4 before stopping the timer in 1:58.3 for the 1 1/16 mile. Let's Go Higher finished second while longshot Bo Tox Hanover (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot in her local debut. Stephane Bouchard piloted Road Bet to her score in the $18,000 Friday feature which was one of two wins on the night for the Kyle Spagnola stable. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella  

Spreester (American Ideal) pulled off the harness racing upset in Friday evening's $13,000 feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Paul Zabielski-trained mare was making just her sixth start of the season after having a sensational season as a sophomore in 2014. Spreester, the first pacer in over a decade to win the local awards for Two Year Old Pacer and Three Year Old Pacer in successive seasons, scored her first victory of '15 last week. She moved up into Friday's "Winners Over" for distaff pacers, a race that saw sizzling fractions early. The race's two favorites battled it out early in an opening quarter of 26.2 and a first half in 55.3. Spreester followed live cover and emerged victorious after a scramble in the stretch that saw several horses separated by just a couple lengths at the wire. Spreester's second win of the year came in 1:53.3 and at odds of 14-1. She was piloted by Stephane Bouchard who recorded a pair of winners on the card. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

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