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Harness racing driver Billy Dobson won five consecutive driving titles at Saratoga Casino Hotel from 2010-2014. While Bruce Aldrich Jr and Frank Coppola Jr (two in a row) have won the last three local driver championships, Dobson has remained in the top three in the standings every year. The 2018 racing season kicked off on Sunday afternoon at the Spa and the 33 year old Dobson came into the start of the meet on a recent tear while driving at Yonkers Raceway. Following a trio of Sunday scores for Dobson, Monday afternoon brought about more trips to the winner's circle for the standout catch-driver. Dobson piloted the winner of the Monday feature as the Guy Howard-trained Trotamundo (RC Royalty) pulled off the mild upset in the matinee's $7,500 event for New York sired trotters. Trotamundo sat the pocket behind the race's favorite who made a break around the final turn. The five year old then inherited a big lead, one that was extended to six and a half lengths when he hit the wire first in 1:59. The victory was one of two on the day for Dobson who has gotten off to a strong start to his '18 campaign. Matinee programs are scheduled for Thursday and Sunday this week at Saratoga with action beginning each day at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

YONKERS, NY, Monday, February 12, 2018—He came. He saw. He conquered. Thrice. Harness racing driver Billy Dobson celebrated Abe Lincoln’s 209th birthday Monday night (Feb. 12th) with a honest-to-goodness memorable Yonkers Raceway performance. The Saratoga standout came downstate for three drives, resulting in three off-the-pace wins…even if one was behind a trotter. Said trotter was Western Credit ($14.60), who reeled in a stubborn fave Aruba Vacation late in the $7,500 second race. The margin as neck in 1:58.1. Next, a last-to-first Stonedust ($41.60), overcoming the eight-hole in the $10,000, third-race pace (1:56.2). The 4-year-old Sagebrush gelding was making just a seventh career start. Dobson’s three-fer was completed in the $17,000, seventh-race pace, pouncing after a contested battle to prevail with Gussy’s Dragon ($10.20) in 1:55.3. ‘Gussy’ held off 8-5 choice Queen Josephine by a scant nose. Donald Billings trained Western Credit, who turned out to be a one start rent-a-trotter, while Monica Krist trained both Stonedust and Gussy’s Dragon.       Frank Drucker  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Billy Dobson finished second in the driver standings at Saratoga Raceway in 2017 and the 33-year-old proved Friday night at the Meadowlands that he is anything but a one-trick, half-mile track pony by guiding four winners over the mile oval on the 14-race harness racing card. Dobson got underway in the third race $10,000 claiming pace, scoring with Windsong Gorgeous in 1:53 at odds of 5-1. His second winner would come about 20 minutes later as Duluth took the fourth race conditioned trot in 1:55.2 as the 9-5 favorite. Long Story Short would bring Dobson's third victory after taking the ninth race conditioned trot in 1:56.4 at odds of 3-1 before A Jersey Contract completed the four-bagger by winning the 11th race conditioned trot in 1:55.3 at 7-2 on the tote board. Dobson picked up that drive when Bill Mann took off his late assignments after taking ill. A LITTLE MORE: One lucky simulcast bettor at Arlington (Ill.) Park raked the pot in the ninth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five, cashing a ticket worth $11,656.22. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, allowing the carryover to swell to $72.275.75. ... Anthony Napolitano and Brett Miller both recorded driving doubles. ... Total wagering on the card was $2,356,344. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - On an evening that saw competitive harness racing, a $9,700 payout in the Pick 10 Survivor wager and no fewer than four drivers winning at least two races, Joe Bongiorno and Billy Dobson were the biggest winners of all, as both guided three horses to victory lane Friday night at the Meadowlands. Bongiorno's three-bagger began with Woodbine shipper More Than Talk in the second race, who trotted the mile in 1:55.1 and returned $5.00 to win as the favorite for trainer Ron Burke. Cracklin Rosie followed in the sixth for trainer Carmen Auciello, paying $10.40 to win after pacing the mile in 1:53. Joe B's triple treat concluded in the ninth when Elysium Lady scored, paying $6.00, after trotting the mile in 1:54 for Burke. Dobson got underway in the fifth race guiding Kyle Spagnola-trainee No Recess to a 14-1 upset ($30.80 to win). The winner trotted the mile in 1:53.3. Carobbean Pacetry took the eighth race pace in 1:51.3, returning $10.40 to her backers for trainer Meir Geller. Dobson's third winner came in the 13th race pace as even-money choice Talbot Chanel ($4.00) scored as much the best in a lifetime-fastest 1:53. The win gave Burke a training triple on the card. A LITTLE MORE: It was a night for the chalk players as favorites reigned supreme in eight of the 13 races. ... Jim Marohn Jr. and Anthony Napolitano each recorded driving doubles. ... The Late 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five again failed to result in a single-ticket winner, pushing the carryover past the $50,000 mark. ... All-source wagering on the card totaled $2,459,528. ... Racing resumes Saturday night at the Big M. Post time is 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

Deetzy (Jereme's Jet) won his first harness racing 'Open Pace' at Saratoga Casino Hotel last month. The Heidi Rohr-trained pacer came from the back of the pack in a race that featured blistering fast fractions in lap one. In that start, Deetzy scored in a career-best 1:50 with Billy Dobson in the sulky. Following back-to-back third place finishes in the $18,000 feature, Deetzy was the public's betting favorite on Saturday night and Dobson wasted no time setting sail with the five year old pacer who is in the midst of his career year. Deetzy posted fast first half fractions of 27 and 55.1 before cruising through three quarters in 1:23. Pocket sitter Rocknroll Wildcats (Jimmy Devaux) made his debut in the Open on Saturday and wound up second best to the 6-5 favorite Deetzy who stopped the timer in 1:50.2 in what was the second Open score in his young career. Dancin Yankee (Mark Beckwith) hit the board for the fourth consecutive week in the Open by earning the show spot. Deetzy moved over the quarter million dollar mark in career earnings with the victory, which was his fifth of the season. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

The fractions in Saturday's harness racing open pace were like those rarely seen before at Saratoga Casino Hotel. An early speed duel resulted in a first quarter in 26.1 and a half in 54.1. The Heidi Rohr-trained Deetzy (Jereme's Jet) took advantage of the battle and committed first over approaching the half. Softened by the early fractions, the top tandem faltered and Deetzy pounced. Accelerating into a big lead around the final turn, Deetzy paced away from his rivals before stopping the timer in a dazzling 1:50. It was the second fastest mile of the year at Saratoga, second only to Luck Be Withyou's score in 1:49.2 in July. The time marked a new lifetime best for Deetzy, who was driven to the win in the $18,000 Open by Billy Dobson. Somewhere Fancy (Jim Devaux) followed the top one's cover and wound up as the runner-up on Saturday night while Dancin Yankee (Mark Beckwith), who is the track record holder owning a 1:48.4 win from back in 2014, earned the show spot. Deetzy was dismissed at odds of 7-1 on Saturday and led an exacta and triple that paid $132 and $922, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella

Arsenic (Bettor's Delight) has been a favorite of the betting public. The Heidi Rohr-trained pacer had been the top choice of the bettors in six consecutive starts competing at four different harness racing tracks heading into his try in Saturday night's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Arsenic was once again the favorite on Saturday and would wind up first over in the $11,250 feature. Billy Dobson piloted the four year old pacer as he cruised past the leader before opening up a big lead. Arsenic prevailed by better than three lengths in a mile paced in 1:52.3. The win was one of four on the card for Dobson who holds a big lead in the local driver standings. The Arsenic victory was one of three on the night for Rohr whose Beachy Dream prevailed earlier in the night. Her Burkes Bandit scored in the evening's finale to complete the training triple. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

YS Lotus (If I Can Dream) was caught in the fastestharness racing mile of the year at Saratoga Casino Hotel two weeks ago when the Rene Allard trainee finished fifth in an Open Pace that went in an incredible 1:49.2. Last week, the six year old pacer finished third in the $14,000 Winners Over at the Spa and on Saturday night was the 3-5 betting favorite in the feature. Billy Dobson blasted YS Lotus out to the early lead but the favorite paid a stiff price to get to the top, posting a first quarter of 26.4 while racing parked out for the majority of it. The half didn't bring much of a slow down as the public's choice cruised through a half in 54.4 before trying to pace away from his rivals after three quarters in 1:22.1. YS Lotus built enough of a lead that when Panocchio (Gerry Mattison) surged late, it would prove to be too little too late. YS Lotus stopped the timer in 1:51.1 for his third win in ten seasonal tries. Panocchio came up second best while He's A Lock (Wally Hennessey) closed sharply for third. Last week, the finish in the Winners Over was Panocchio on top with He's A Lock second and YS Lotus third. This week, the same trio comprised the triple but it was Allard's YS Lotus who proved best. Live racing resumes on Tuesday evening at Saratoga featuring a pick five carryover of $4,563. First post time is set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Smalltownthrowdown (Cash Hall) was the champion of the three year old colt and gelding division of the New York Sire Stakes for trotters in 2016. Following his championship campaign, Smalltownthrowdown changed connections and moved to the stable of trainer Rene Allard. The talented highstepper made his debut for Allard in Sunday afternoon's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. After using two winning qualifiers as preps, Smalltownthrowdown had post three in the $14,000 Open Trot on Sunday and moved out to the early lead with Billy Dobson in the sulky. The favored Cash Me Out (Mark Beckwith) was relegated to the pocket and tracked the leader throughout. The six-horse feature saw a blanket finish with five of the six separated by only a neck at the wire. When the dust settled, it was Smalltownthrowdown who emerged victorious in the mile clocked in 1:55.2. Boli (Wally Hennessey) hit the board for the ninth consecutive start as he finished second while Cash Me Out had to settle for third after the scramble in the stretch in the feature. Smalltownthrowdown paid $7.60 to win and started an exacta and triple that came back $45.60 and $122.50, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee that starts at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Uncle Dan (Conway Hall) set a new lifetime mark in Thursday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The four year old trotter has thrived since moving to the barn of trainer Jaymes Mcassey in late May. After prevailing in the first start out of his new barn on 5/25, Uncle Dan had hit the board three more times in four starts heading into Thursday's try in the $9,300 feature for New York sired trotters. Starting from the inside post, Uncle Dan moved out to the early lead and never had an anxious moment before stopping the timer in 1:57.4, lowering his previous career mark by better than two seconds. Billy Dobson piloted the race's 9-5 second choice in the wagering. Take The Cash (Jim Devaux) was the race's favorite and came up second best while Thanks For Playin (Dan Cappello Jr) earned the show spot. Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a first post time scheduled for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Milky Way Rae (American Ideal) had little difficulty handling the step up in the harness racing company on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Heidi Rohr trainee was coming off a win in the conditional ranks when she stepped up into the $13,000 Fillies and Mares Open on Friday night. Billy Dobson has become the regular pilot for the four year old mare whose early speed is her best asset. Flashing that speed in the feature, Milky Way Rae made the lead in a 26.4 first quarter and sizzled through a half in 55.4. Feeling just mild pressure before reaching the top of the stretch, the talented distaffer faced a host of challengers in the lane but proved to be up to the task. Milky Way Rae stopped the timer in a seasonal best 1:53.1 to record her third win of the season, two of which came in the Open. Godiva Seelster (Shawn Gray) was the runner-up in the Friday feature while Her Own Land (Mark Beckwith) closed for third behind the 4-1 shot winner. Dobson and Rohr teamed up for another victory on the card as pacing mare Keene Olivia (Always A Virgin) recorded her second consecutive win despite being parked the entire first half of the mile before drawing off to prevail in 1:53.4. Live racing continues on Saturday evening with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella  

Milky Way Rae (American Ideal) went coast to coast in the Friday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Heidi Rohr-trained mare was dropping out of the Filly and Mare Open in which she finished third last week and was the 2-5 betting favorite in Friday's $9,500 feature for distaffers. Milky Way Rae moved out to the early lead in a fast 27 second opening quarter and the four year old mare never looked back. With Billy Dobson in the sulky, Milky Way Rae stopped the timer in a seasonal best 1:53.3, the fastest of her two seasonal scores. A winner in the Open back in March, Milky Way Rae has consistently hit the board this year against the track's top mares. Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr) sat the pocket to the winner on Friday and finished second while longshot Weekend Getaway (Jimmy Devaux) closed to be third. The win was one of two on the card for Rohr and Dobson who also secured a victory with heavily favored Keene Olivia (Always A Virgin) earlier in the night. Live racing continues on Saturday evening at the Spa with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Sassy Hanover (Cam's Card Shark) secured his first ever Open Pace victory at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday as the six year old pacer parlayed the pocket ride to the win in the $12,000 harness racing feature. Billy Dobson is the regular pilot of Sassy Hanover and the leading driver chose to yield early on to Roethblissberger (Mark Beckwith). The move was the winning one on the cold night as the Simone Noud trainee roared out of the pocket and cruised past Roethblissberger to win in 1:54.2. Sassy Hanover, who has been second in the Open in the previous two weeks, paid $5.60 to win as the race's 9-5 betting favorite. Last year's Pacer of the Year at the Spa Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) came from last to finish second in the feature while Roethblissberger held on for third. The exacta returned $25.40 while the triple paid $118 in the six horse Open. Sassy Hanover is owned by Dennis and Simone Noud of Saratoga Springs. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Harness racing driver Billy Dobson and trainer Heidi Rohr teamed up for three wins on the Thursday card at Saratoga Casino Hotel including a victory in the matinee's feature. Milky Way Rae (American Ideal) got a pocket ride for the second consecutive week in the $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open but this week rolled out of the two-hole and pounced on her rivals en route to her first victory of the year. For the four year old Rohr trainee, it was the first ever win in the local ladies' feature. Milky Way Rae paid $8.10 as she bested Elm Grove Inarush (Pat Curtin) and Annabeth (Mark Beckwith) who finished second and third, respectively. The win for Milky Way Rae was the third on the afternoon for the Dobson-Rohr combo who is off to a big start to the 2017 season as they scored victories earlier in the day with pacers Southwind Marilyn and Silouette. Live racing continues on Friday with the first evening program of the year. First post time is set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Undercover Beauty (Crazed) prevailed in Monday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The trotting mare completed a training double for conditioner Andy Gardner on the holiday matinee card as she came from off the pace to secure her first victory of the season. Undercover Beauty, who paid $15.80 to win while springing the mild upset, was driven to victory by Billy Dobson who followed up his opening day hat trick with another three win afternoon on Monday. The four year old mare Undercover Beauty stopped the timer in 1:58.2 in the matinee's $8,025 feature for New York sired trotters. Dobson, who rattled off five consecutive driving titles at Saratoga from 2010-2014, is off to a strong start to the '17 season with his six wins on opening weekend. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Moveoutofmyway (Dontgetinmyway) parlayed his pocket ride to victory in the harness racing 2016 Holiday Pace Final on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Driver Billy Dobson yielded to the favored Mayfield Hanover (Dragon Again) in the early going and Moveoutofmyway rode the leader's coattails throughout before pouncing on him in the final 1/16 of a mile. Mayfield Hanover, the 3-5 public choice, was looking for a clean sweep of the series which consisted of two legs that led up to the $16,050 Friday final. Moveoutofmyway, who is trained by Monica Krist, stopped the timer in 1:55.4 on a cold night at the Spa. Mayfield Hanover (Mark Beckwith) had to settle for second while JK Pearls Delight (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Moveoutofmyway paid $7.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $8.80 and $44.80, respectively. The $10,000 Holiday Pace Consolation was won by RD Donethat for trainer George Merton and driver Dan Cappello Jr. It was the third winner on the card for the Saratoga Hall of Famer Cappello. Live racing continues on Saturday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

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