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Live racing resumed on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway following a week and a half long hiatus. Young pacer Kid PK (Wearable Art) had the daunting task of overcoming post position eight in the evening's $7,490 feature. The Jim Doherty Jr-trained Kid PK is enjoying a solid comeback season after sitting out the 2013 season. Stephane Bouchard sat behind Kid PK following three consecutive second place finishes for the four year old pacer. Showing early speed, Kid PK made the lead early but eventually had to pull the pocket behind a sharply tiring rival before drawing clear to win in a career best 1:57.3. Sweet Water Jack (Billy Dobson) was in the outer flow and wound up finishing second while Stirling Cadillac (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot in the race for winners of two but not more than four pari-mutuel races lifetime. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Baby Boy Grin (Grinfromeartoear-Orillia Babe) held off the challengers in the $10,000 Open I Trot feature at Vernon Downs on Friday night. Driver Stephane Bouchard made an aggressive move as the field left the first turn and moved to the backstretch with Baby Boy Grin, taking a lead he would never relinquish.   That isn't to say it was a walk in the park for Baby Boy Grin. Evil Urges (Jimmy Whittemore) had been racing in mid-pack during the early stages of the race and came charging after the leader in the stretch, just missing by a neck. Pollux Blue Chip (Claude Huckabone III) had been caught four-wide coming off the final turn, but still rallied well enough to finish third.   Baby Boy Grin was able to hold off all the closers in a finish that resembled a cavalry charge and prevail in a final time of 1:53.2. He is owned by Geoffrey and Mary Howles of Saratoga Springs, New York. Geoffrey Howles doubles as the trainer.   The complete order of finish was: Baby Boy Grin, Evil Urges, Pollux Blue Chip, A Penny Earned, War Hero, Lucid Thoughts, Cash Poor, and MC Tiny's Hope.   Live racing resumes at Vernon Downs on Saturday night with a 13-race program. The feature event is a $10,000 Open I Pace, carded as the eighth race. The 2-1 morning-line favorite is JK Panache, whose last victory came the last time he raced at Vernon Downs on August 2nd. Post time is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs 

V I P (Muscles Yankee) snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in Wednesday's co-featured trotting race at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The race's favorite Blazin Benny opened up a lead of roughly six lengths approaching the head of the stretch and appeared home free when he went off stride. V I P would then square off in the stretch with rival Browner Shuttle (Stephane Bouchard) before they hit the wire close enough to require a photo to determine the winner in the mile clocked in 1:57.4. V I P, who was driven by Austin Siegelman, secured his ninth victory of the season in a year that has seen him finish first or second in 17 of 26 starts and on the board in 21 of the 26 tries. The win for V I P was the second consecutive on the card for Siegelman and trainer Allan Johnson who also scored with condition trotter Perfect Rendition (Perfectly) who prevailed in his Saratoga debut. Live racing continues on Thursday night with a first post time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Brussel Sprout (Glidemaster) continued his recent hot streak on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The five year old trotter moved into the $15,000 claimers a few weeks ago and is now three-for-three in that class following a frontrunning victory in 1:58.2 on a chilly summer night in the Spa City. The Allan Johnson-trained trotter set a lifetime mark last week when he overcame a tough trip to prevail in 1:56.3 and extended his win streak on Thursday night. Pop My Buttons (Phil Fluet) sat the pocket to the favored winner and finished second to complete a chalky $4.40 exacta while Holy Smokes (Stephane Bouchard) completed the triple. Brussel Sprout was driven to victory by Austin Siegelman. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm.  Mike Sardella

Three year old pacer Jokes Jet (Jereme's Jet) returned to Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday, the spot where she broke her maiden as a freshman in 2013. The Geoff Howles-trained filly returned to town after a long stint racing north of the border. Jokes Jet did not get her 2014 campaign off to a good start while racing strong competition at Mohawk Raceway but the return to the Spa resulted in a return to the winner's circle for the sophomore pacer. Jokes Jet and driver Stephane Bouchard set fast fractions on the lead on Thursday night and squared off in what amounted to a match race with rival invader Legal Process (Billy Dobson). Those two fillies battled throughout the entire second lap before Jokes Jet drew clear in the stretch to win in a career best 1:55.3. Jokes Jet, who earned just shy of $60,000 as a two year old last year, was the 1-5 in the $5,000 race for fillies and mares. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Young trotter Ulster (Glidemaster) parlayed the pocket ride to victory for leading driver Billy Dobson on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The three-year-old Ulster inherited the rail after a scratch of one of his rivals and wound up getting a two-hole trip behind pacesetter LG's Pride (Jordan Derue) who was making his local debut. Ulster sailed by in the stretch to record a lifetime best win in 1:59.2 in the evening's $6,500 featured race. LG's Pride was the race's runner up while Master Act (Stephane Bouchard) came on to finish third. Ulster, who is trained by Joe Facin Jr, went off at odds of 9-2. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Traverse Seelster made his second ever trip to Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Friday night and the talented trotter moved his record to two-for-two in the local Open. The Amber Buter-trained six year old had to contend with post eight for his second try in the Saratoga Open. Leading driver Billy Dobson marched Traverse Seelster (Angus Hall) out early and got away fourth in the $17,000 Open Trot. The 6-5 favorite then moved first over at the half mile pole and battled rival Count Speed (Wally Hennessey) for almost an entire lap before putting him away around the final turn and drawing off to an Open length in 1:55.2. It was the ninth victory of the year for Traverse Seelster who is owned by Keith Pippi of Pittsburgh, PA. Just Make Believe (Stephane Bouchard) was the runner up in the Open for the third consecutive week while Slugfest (Jay Randall) came on to finish third. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Iced Out made her return to the $6,500 conditional pacing level on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway and she made her way back to the winner's circle. The Laura Mangiardi-trained mare rattled off three consecutive wins in the class in June but could muster up only a couple of third place finishes while up in class lately. Driver Chris Long moved Iced Out (Western Ideal) to the lead but it took getting parked in a first quarter in 28.2 to get to the front. Once she got to the lead, the four year old mare would not look back and recorded a victory in 1:57.2, her sixth of the season. Hathaway Anne (Stephane Bouchard) shook loose late and finished second while Shakin In My Shoes (Bruce Aldrich Jr) settled for third. Live racing continues on Friday night when the track features Wally Hennessey Night, an evening dedicated to the Hall of Fame driver. First post time on Friday is 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Young pacer Dobson (Christian Cullen) set a lifetime mark on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Kevin Verdon owns and trains the four-year-old pacer who had just one lifetime start heading into this season. After breaking his maiden a few weeks ago, Dobson recorded his fastest ever mile last week when he came from well off the pace to finish four. On Tuesday night, reinsman Jay Randall moved Dobson to the update heading to the half mile pole and the young pacer had to endure a long first over journey before winning a photo with front running Ervin's Big Boy (Stephane Bouchard). Longshot Kennedy Blue Chip (Gerry Mattison) finished third in the $5,000 race for colt and gelding pacers. Dobson returned $11.00 to win in his second career victory. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with New York Sire Stakes action featured. First post time is set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Obrigado (Boy Band) continued his recent dominance of the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Friday night. The four year old trotter is in his first season racing at the Spa and has become a force in the $17,000 Friday feature. After three consecutive wins from off the pace, Obrigado and driver Kim Crawford tried their luck on the front end this week and it was a test the Paul Kelley trainee passed with flying colors. Obrigado went wire-to-wire and prevailed convincingly in 1:55 which not only set a new lifetime mark for the new local trotting star but also served as the fastest trotting mile of the year thus far at Saratoga. Just Make Believe (Stephane Bouchard) completed the exacta with a second place finish behind Obrigado for the second straight week, an exacta that returned $91. Amigo Ranger (Bruce Aldrich Jr) closed well to be third in this week's Open. Obrigado now owns 26 victories in 35 career starts. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Obrigado went from last to first to record his third consecutive victory in the local Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Friday. Acquired by trainer Paul Kelley last offseason, Obrigado (Boy Band) came to town after a 2013 campaign in which he went an incredible thirteen for thirteen in the win column. Assigned the outside post in the Friday's $17,000 Open, Obrigado got away last but put in a big backside brush and despite a wide journey charged past his rivals in the stretch to win a photo with longshot Just Make Believe (Stephane Bouchard) who had to settle for second. You Rock My World (Shawn Gray) finished third in his first start in the local Open in a race clocked in 1:55.4. For Obrigado, it was the Third Straight win in the local feature and fourth on the season. Kim Crawford has been the regular driver for the four year old trotter throughout his time at the Spa. In 34 career starts, Obrigado now has 25 victories. Live racing continues on Saturday night with NY Sire Stakes highlighting the card. There are two non-betting races scheduled to begin at 6:30pm with first post time for the wagering part of the program beginning at 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Slugfest set a lifetime mark in the Friday night feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Maureen Salino-trained trotter went on a tear in the springtime, winning four consecutive times in the $17,000 Open but followed that up with a brief lull. Two weeks ago, Slugfest (Conway Hall) dropped down in class and rediscovered the winning way, prevailing for the fifth time this season. Friday's feature was the $14,000 'Winners Over' Trot and Slugfest, the race's 7-5, wasted no time taking the early speed and had little trouble registered victory number six on the year. The win came in 1:56 and served as a lifetime mark for the five year old trotter. Jay Randall piloted Slugfest to the career best score as they bested runner up Fear The Football (Dan Cappello Jr) and third place finisher Pay The Winner (Stephane Bouchard). Live racing continues on Saturday night with the 5th annual Back to the Track night. Free programs, t-shirts and $1 hot dogs and sodas highlight the fan friendly event. First post time on Saturday is set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

For just the second time this season, there was a back to back winner in the Saturday night Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Panocchio (No Pan Intended) parlayed the pocket ride to victory last week but on Saturday night, the Jimmy Mattison trainee had to tough it out first over in the $17,000 feature. Gerry Mattison piloted the four year old pacer and sat patiently as the fractions in the Open were brisk. Out after the leader following a first half that went in 56.2, Panocchio fought gamely on the rim before cruising by in the stretch to win in 1:53.1. BJ's Guy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) came from a long way back to be second while Island Jet (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot for the third consecutive week in the Saturday Open. Panocchio, who moved his 2014 overall record to seven wins in eleven tries with the score, joined Source Of Pride as the only horses to win the Open Pace in back to back weeks in the '14 campaign. The morning line favorite, Panocchio went off at the public's third choice in the betting at odds of 3-1. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at the Spa with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm. Melissa Simser  

Panocchio (No Pan Intended) recorded his first local Open Pace victory on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The four-year-old pacer won the undercard to the Open two weeks back and last Saturday finished a close second in the $17,000 feature. This week, driver Gerry Mattison moved Panocchio out to the early lead before giving way to the race's favorite Anderlecht (Billy Dobson). Patiently sitting In The Pocket throughout brisk fractions, Panocchio pounced in the passing lane and surged by the leader under the shadow of the wire to register the win in 1:52. It was the sixth victory in ten starts in 2014 for the Jimmy Mattison-trained pacer. Andelecht finished a strong second in his local debut while Island Jet (Stephane Bouchard) came on for third. Panocchio, who paid $13.60 to win on Saturday, becomes the 14th different horse to win the Open Pace in 17 installments this year. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Island Jet (Jereme's Jet) outclosed his rivals in the final sixteenth of a mile to score a victory in the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night. Stephane Bouchard piloted the four year old rising star for trainer Geoff Howles and after shaking loose at the three quarter pole, surged into the lead in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:53.3. Achilles Blue Chip (Mark Beckwith) was the runner up in the $17,000 feature while longshot Grab A Crab (Austin Siegelman) came on for third in his first try in the local Open. Island Jet was dismissed at odds of 7-1 and led a $84 exacta and $395.50 trifecta. The win was one of three on the night for the veteran Bouchard. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee kicking off at 12:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Just Make Believe (Kadabra) parlayed a pocket ride to victory to prevail in the $17,000 Open Trot for the first time at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Stephane Bouchard piloted the four year old trotter for the Kellogg Racing Stables and trainer Jackie Rousse. The veteran reinsman worked out a two hole trip behind Just Like Lloyd (Mark Beckwith) and cruised up the passing lane to secure the Open score. Just Make Believe, who had finished third in the feature on three occasions, scored at odds of 8-1, getting the best of Just Like Lloyd who held second while Justa Rebel (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. The victory came in 1:56.2 for Just Make Believe whose sixth win of the season came over a tracked labeled "good" following a day of off and on rain in the Spa City. Live racing continues on Saturday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

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