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Whogoesfirst added his name to the long list of Open Pace winners at Saratoga Casino and Raceway this season with a hard charging score in Saturday's feature. The Luann Case-trained five year old has raced at the Spa in the past but hasn't been in town in quite some time. He took advantage of a race filled with early speed on Saturday night and after a scramble in the opening quarter of 26.4 and first half in 56.1, Whogoesfirst (Cambest) and reinsman Jim Devaux slid out heading to three quarters and outclosed his rivals while stopping the timer in 1:54. Released at odds of 6-1, Whogoesfirst hit the wire first for the just the second time this season. It's a Good Thing (Shawn Gray) was the runner up in the $16,050 Open while Duc Dorleans (Stephane Bouchard) finished third. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

A J Corbelli moved his local win streak to two on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway with a convincing score in the evening’s Open Pace. Billy Dobson sat behind the six year old pacer and they marched out to an easy lead at the get-go. The race’s 1-5 favorite never had an anxious moment before the final sixteenth of a mile when Duc Dorleans (Stephane Bouchard) took a run at him but it was too little too late for that rival. A J Corbelli stopped the timer in 1:54.1 to go two-for-two at the Spa this season in the $15,000 Open Pace. Duc Dorleans was a clear second while Screenplay (Kim Crawford) finished third. A J Corbelli is trained by Rene Allard. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

Mr Web Page (Muscles Yankee) returned to the winner’s circle on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Coming into the $16,050 Open, Mr Web Page had gone two for three at the Spa, with a pair of fast closing victories to his credit. Trained by Roman Lopez, Mr Web Page has been piloted by Stephane Bouchard in all of his local tries and on Friday night got the best trip that he’s gotten since coming to town. Riding the coattails of leader Easy Strength (Jim Devaux) from the get-go, Mr Web Page reeled in that rival with relative ease in the stretch before drawing away to win in 1:57.3 over a track labeled “good.” The race’s 7-5 favorite, Mr Web Page won for the fifth time in just fourteen starts on the season. Longshot Cash Poor (Austin Siegelman) closed well for second while Easy Strength, last week’s Open winner, had to settle for third. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. by MIke Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

Duc Dorleans (Shanghai Phil) scored a front running victory in the Saturday night feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Stephane Bouchard moved the race’s 3-2 favorite to the early lead and wound up withstanding fast fractions before stopping the timer in 1:53.4, surviving a late surge by Bet On Roulette (Brian Cross). Duc Dorleans finished third in his local debut a couple of weeks ago while closing sharply but wasted no time getting to the lead in this Saturday’s $12,840 Open Two en route to recording his fifth win of the season. Bet On Roulette was the runner up while Money Twitch A (Jim Devaux) flew late to finish third. The three year old Duc Dorleans has earned just shy of $290,000 in 29 lifetime starts. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

Jelectric (Jason Will) pulled off the mild upset in the $29,200 Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series Final on Sunday at Saratoga. Stephane Bouchard moved Jelectric to the early lead and they would not be denied. The race’s 1-5 favorite Jimmer had to overcome some traffic trouble in the race and still came charging hard at Jelectric in the stretch. The Mary Gast trained three year old proved too tough to reel in though and he hit the wire first in 2:00.3 in what was his seventh win of the year. Jimmer, who dominated his two legs of the series heading into Sunday, had to settle for second while Goshen (Jim Devaux) closed to earn the show spot. Jelectric is owned by Michael Mancini of Amsterdam who bred the trotter and enjoyed a strong freshman season with him. Live racing resumes on Wednesday at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

Another week another different winner of the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. It’s A Good Thing (Western Maverick) became the eighteenth different winner of the Open in the last nineteen weeks as he’s scored an impressive, first over victory for driver Shawn Gray. It’s A Good Thing was making his local debut in the $15,000 feature for trainer Heidi Rohr and cruised by the race’s favored front runner en route to his sixth win of the year. It’s A Good Thing finished in a 27.3 final quarter to secure the score in the feature, holding off BJ’s Guy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) in the stretch. Duc Dorleans (Stephane Bouchard) finished third in the mile clocked in 1:52.3. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by MIke Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

Mr Web Page (Muscles Yankee) went from last to first to secure a win in the local Open for the second time in as many tries at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Roman Lopez-trained five year old won his local debut two weeks ago and was back in town following a second place finish at Vernon Downs in his previous race. Stephane Bouchard sat patiently in last with Mr Web Page while the fractions were fast in the early going. Moving three wide around the final turn, Mr Web Page swooped the group and drew away late to win in 1:58.3 to move his record in $15,000 Spa Opens to two-for-two. Lightly raced in 2013, Mr Web Page has now finished first or second in seven of his last eight starts. Slugfest (Phil Fluet) was the Open’s runner up for the second consecutive Friday night while Victom AS (Harry Landy) closed for third. Mr Web Page returned a solid $9.60 to win. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. by MIke Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

VERNON, NY—The favorite Economy Terror instilled dread into her six female pacing opponents before carving out a 1:51.3 Open victory on Halloween night (Thursday, Oct. 31) at Vernon Downs. Leaving from the assigned outside post position in Thursday’s featured ninth event, the Pocono Downs ship-in Economy Terror, competing over a rain-soaked, sloppy track, was sent to the front by driver Stephane Bouchard as the starting gate pulled away and she was never seriously threatened en route to a 4-1/2-length tally. The bold-going triumph was the third this season and the 16th overall for the 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Mattatonic, who earned a 1:59 speed-badge at Pocono last season. Chris Oakes conditions the career winner of more than $1,570,700 for Pennsylvania owners Chuck Pompey, Howard A. Taylor and Edwin J. Gold. Bouchard also finished first with the Robert Siemski-owned pacer Winbak Your Kash (1:53.1) in Thursday’s $9,600 eighth event to earn his first driving double of the 84-program meeting. Drivers Chuck Connor, Jr. and Claude Huckabone, III also delivered two tallies during the 12-race card. DOWNS DOINGS Vernon will present a 12-race program at 6:45 p.m. on Friday that will include five divisions of an $88,844 John Simpson Memorial stake for 2-year-olds of both sexes on the trotting and pacing gaits… In addition, there will be a $12,000 Open trot in race nine… The Downs will also offer simulcast wagering on the 2013 Breeders Cup thoroughbred championship races on both Friday (first post 2:15 p.m.) and Saturday (1:15 p.m.) afternoons… Only four live racing dates remain during the track’s 60th anniversary season that continues through Nov. 9… First post times on Saturday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 9 will be at 6 p.m…. A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran

Sunday afternoon featured the first leg of the Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The series for young trotters had three divisions each going for a purse of $7,500. Jimmer (Equinox Bi) was the fastest and most impressive winner of the first leg of Derue Series. Chris Long piloted Jimmer to a victory despite while overcoming a difficult first over journey. The four year old trotter’s fifth win of the season came in 1:59.3, two seconds faster than either of the other two leg one winners. Jelectric (Stephane Bouchard) came on late to win in 2:01.4 while Quick Justice (Jay Randall) benefited from a breaking rival in the stretch before stopping the clock in 2:01.3 to score in the other division. Leg two of the series is scheduled for next Sunday. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Wednesday afternoon with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

Eight Ten Eom (Western Ideal) paced by the favorite in the stretch to record his second consecutive win at Saratoga on Wednesday night. Wally Hennessey piloted the four year old pacer for leading conditioner Melissa Beckwith and moved Eight Ten Eom first over approaching 1-5 favorite Krusty The Clown (Billy Dobson) before getting by to win it in 1:57. The win in the $5,885 conditional-claimer was the second straight for the pacer who had been winless on the year before rattling off the back to back jacks. Longshot Bullville Kyle (Stephane Bouchard) closed for second while Krusty The Clown had to settle for third. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway

Mr Web Page (Muscles Yankee) became the sixth different horse to win the Open Trot in as many weeks at Saratoga on Friday night. The Roman Lopez trainee made his local debut in the $15,000 feature off of strong miles at Batavia and Vernon Downs in his previous two starts. Stephane Bouchard piloted Mr Web Page and moved the 3-2 favorite three wide off of cover and tracked down front running Victory Tax (Shawn Gray) before drawing clear late to win in 1:56.4. Victory Tax held on for second while last week’s Open winner Count Speed (Wally Hennessey) closed for third. Live racing continues at Saratoga at 6:45 pm on Saturday night. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

A J Corbelli (Rocknroll Hanover) became the fifteenth different horse in the last sixteen weeks to win the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night. The Rene Allard trained pacer was making only his second start since March when leading driver Billy Dobson put him on the lead in the $15,000 feature on Saturday night and the six year old pacer did the rest, pacing away from his rivals in 1:52.1, an impressive mile on a chilly Fall night in Saratoga. Arockin Hanover (Dan Cappello Jr) overcame post eight and a first journey to finish second to A J Corbelli while Village Jackson (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Allard and Dobson also teamed up for a victory with claiming pacer Countyline Cam on the thirteen race card. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee starting at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

Duke Of Gannon (Allie’s Western) won for the second consecutive time at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Wednesday night as he completed a training double for conditioner Gary Levine. The wire-to-wire victory for Duke Of Gannon came in 1:56.1 for the race’s odds-on favorite in the evening’s $5,000 claiming pace. Shawn Gray piloted the five year old pacer to his sixth victory of the season for Levine who also saw his Kiss My Donkey (Somebeachsomewhere) score for the first time since coming to town last month. Like his stablemate Duke Of Gannon, Kiss My Donkey secured a front running win on Wednesday, a victory that came in 1:57.3 with Stephane Bouchard in the sulky. The training double for the 2008 Up-and-Coming Trainer Award winner at the Spa has vaulted him into the top ten in the trainer standings for this season. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

St Lads Moxie (Camotion) scored a nose victory in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon. The six year old mare was making her local debut and though things looked dicey for her early on, St Lads Moxie toughed it out in the outer flow to secure a 1:55 victory while overcoming a first over trip. Aaron Byron piloted the invading mare for trainer Carmen Auciello. Paints Hall (Stephane Bouchard) finished second while Unred Hanover (Billy Dobson) held on for third. For St Lads Moxie, the victory in the $15,000 Open was her tenth win in seventeen seasonal tries. Live racing resumes on Wednesday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

Arthur overcame a difficult journey to win the Open Pace at Saratoga on Saturday night. Stephane Bouchard piloted the four year old for trainer Lou Pena and after coming away fourth, moved first over approaching the half. Bet On Roulette (Wally Hennessey), the Open winner two weeks ago, dug in on the front end before giving in late to the pressure of a tenacious Arthur (Modern Art). The first win in the local Open for Arthur came in 1:53.1 and at odds of 7-1. Bet On Roulette held strong for second while the favorite BJ’s Guy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot in the $15,000 feature. The win was one of three on the card for Bouchard. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by MIke Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

Four Excelsior Series Finals highlighted the program on a beautiful Fall night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Each going for a purse of $45,000, the Excelsior Series races were for three year old trotters and pacers who spent the summer battling it out for good purses and points towards Wednesday’s Finals. Just Bettor (Bettor’s Delight) and Jason Bartlett went the distance on the lead to best their rivals in the colt and gelding pace Final of the Excelsior, stopping the timer in 1:54 while pulling off a mild upset at 4-1. The sophomore filly pace was won by Thisthatntheother (Dream Away) who was the biggest longshot winner of all the Excelsior races on the night. Stephane Bouchard found open road late with the Ed Hart trained filly and they recorded a 1:55.2 win. See You At Office (Credit Winner) and Jim Morrill Jr went wire-to-wire on the front end in the $45,000 trotting filly division, winning convincingly in 2:00.3 while Ashes Cash (Cash Hall) and Joe Bongiorno bested the colt and gelding trotters while scoring in 1:56.4. The Excelsior Finals officially put an end to the stakes season at the Spa. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway

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