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Up The Alley (Muscle Mass) continued his harness racing hot streak in the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Sunday afternoon. The Richie Silverman-trained trotter has proven to be dynamic and versatile since joining the Open ranks a few months back. On Sunday, the five year old flashed early speed and yielded to the race's favorite Consolidator (Billy Dobson). Consolidator came to town fresh off a win in last week's Open Trot at Yonkers. The Rene Allared-trained Consolidator set the fractions and braced for a late rush from Up The Alley as those two gave themselves separation around the final turn. Up The Alley trotted past the invading favorite in the stretch and secured his third Open Trot victory of the season as he stopped the timer in 1:55.2. Consolidator was a clear second in her local debut while Twisted Pretzel (Jimmy Devaux) earned the show spot in the $18,000 Sunday feature. Up The Alley, who was piloted to the Open score by Mark Beckwith, was the race's 8-5 second choice in the wagering. The exacta with the favorite second paid $9.80 while the triple returned $24.40. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Thursday afternoon with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella  

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

Truth And Liberty (Total Truth) made her harness racing return to the Fillies and Mares Open a winning one on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Bob Lounsbury trainee prevailed in the local Open a year ago nearly to the day. After the five year old mare scored a wire-to-wire victory last Friday night while competing in a condition race at the Spa, it was back into the $18,000 feature this week. Driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. moved the classy distaffer first over approaching the half to come after the front-running Yonkers invader Dewar N Soda (Jim Devaux). Despite setting fast first half fractions of 27 and 55.3, Dewar N Soda proved to be game and seemingly fended off Truth And Liberty around the final turn. That was before the late resurgence from Truth And Liberty who found a second wind and came on in the final strides to win a photo with Dewar N Soda in a mile clocked in 1:53.2. Dewar N Soda was second best in her local debut while longshot Beyonces Rockn (Shawn Gray) earned the show spot. A winner at odds of 7-2, Truth And Liberty led an exacta and triple that paid $67.50 and $800, respectively. Truth And Liberty, whose Friday victory was her ninth of the year, won her first local Open on October 7th of last year. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

The first leg of the Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series was contested on Monday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The fifth annual Derue Memorial kicked off with three divisions for trotters five years old and younger. The Perry Simser-trained Winter Mint pulled off the biggest upset of the three divisions as he prevailed in a career-best 157.3. Scoring at odds of 7-1 and driven to victory by Jimmy Devaux, Winter Mint was the fastest among the three winners in leg one. Golden Kronos and Bruce Aldrich scored first over in 1:58.2 at odds of 7-2 to secure his leg one victory while the only favorite to prevail in the series' first leg was Jaymes Mcassey's Laser Leo who went coast-to-coast in 1:58 flat with Billy Dobson in the sulky. There are two legs of the Derue Memorial before the Series Final that is scheduled to go for a purse of 36,000 dollars. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6 45pm. Mike Sardella

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) continued his sensational campaign in Saturday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The defending Pacer of the Year at the Spa, Artful Way put the swoop to the group in the $18,000 Open Pace for the second consecutive weekend. The Jackie Greene trainee again got away last in the seven-horse feature and sat patiently as track record holder Dancin Yankee (Mark Beckwith) battled it out with co-favored Deetzy (Billy Dobson). Those two checked in together to three quarters in 1:23.2. All the while, Frank Coppola Jr. was about to make his move with Artful Way who is actually having a better year already than he did in his award winning 2016 campaign. Coming from last at the half when he was still nine lengths off the lead, Artful Way powered past the dueling rivals to win in 1:52.2. Dancin Yankee was the runner-up in the Open for the second consecutive week while Deetzy earned the show spot, hitting the board for the third straight week in Saturday feature. Artful Way was co-favored at odds of 8-5 and led an exacta and triple that paid $17 and $24.40, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee set to begin at 12:15pm. There is a Monday matinee scheduled as well with the Columbus Day program also starting at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Brown Brinny (Jereme's Jet) became a rare harness racing distaffer to win back to back tries in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel this season. The Brittany Robertson-trained mare was the public's 6-5 betting favorite on Friday as she looked to repeat off her first victory in the $18,000 local feature last week. Dan Cappello Jr. situated Brown Brinny into the pocket as rival Glenferrie Bronte N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) took the early lead. The fractions were fast in the Open and after Glenferrie Bronte N dispatched one challenge, she didn't have enough to hold off Brown Brinny in the stretch. Brown Brinny matched her lifetime mark with the win which came in 1:53.4. Glenferrie Bronte N was the runner-up while It's A Miracle (Jimmy Devaux) closed sharply for third. Five year old Brown Brinny moved over the $200,000 mark in career earnings with the Open score. The exacta and triple paid $18.40 and $120, respectively with the 6-5 favorite on top. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Jimmy Devaux recorded his 5,000 career victory on Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway. The leading harness racing driver at Monticello this year, Devaux currently sits third in the driver standings at Saratoga Casino Hotel. On Thursday afternoon, Devaux piloted his first local winner since reaching the career milestone on Monday. Two year old pacer Hal N Sammy (Yankee Cruiser) parlayed his pocket trip to victory in Thursday's $6,600 non-winners of one race or $11,000 lifetime pace. The freshman Don Billings trainee had three starts at the Spa coming into the matinee card and in those races recorded a win and a pair of seconds. Faced with the daunting task of squaring off against 1-9 favorite Delightful Joe (Billy Dobson), Hal N Sammy rode the leader's coattails throughout before popping the pocket around the final turn and getting up to win in a career-best 1:55.2. Devaux, who is currently sixth in North America in wins for a driver in 2017, was recognized in the winner's circle on Thursday with a sign acknowledging his career achievement. Live racing continues on Friday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Twisted Pretzel (Crazed) is enjoying a harness racing career year at Saratoga Casino Hotel. On Sunday, the Scott Mongeon-trained trotter won for the eleventh time on the season. Jimmy Devaux piloted Twisted Pretzel in Sunday's $18,000 Open Trot and positioned him in the pocket behind the favored Up The Alley (Mark Beckwith). Those two drew away from their rivals around the final turn and the seven year old Twisted Pretzel had little difficultly cruising by to win in 1:55. That time serves as a new lifetime mark for Twisted Pretzel who won the Open Trot for the fourth time this season matching Cash Me Out for most among highsteppers. On Sunday, Twisted Pretzel was the 9-5 second choice in the betting and bested the favored Up The Alley who was seeking his second consecutive Sunday score in the feature. Lucid Thoughts (Shawn Gray) earned the show spot. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time of 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Artful Way (Artistic Fella) put in as impressive of a performance on Saturday night as you will see in an harness racing Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jackie Greene trainee got away fifth in a six horse field in the $18,000 Open Pace while his co-favorite Dancin Yankee (Mark Beckwith) set up shop on the front end. Dancin Yankee, who holds the all-time track record with a 1:48.4 victory in the Gerrity Pace in 2015, finished third in his return to town last week. Driver Mark Beckwith put that classy veteran on the lead in the early going on Saturday night and despite going a fast first quarter in 26.4, got to back it down a bit en route to going a first half in 56 seconds. Artful Way made his move from the back of the pack with about 3/8 of a mile to pace and when he did so, he meant business. Unleashing an eye-popping move heading to the three quarter pole, Artful Way paced right past Dancin Yankee and drew away to win the Open in 1:51.4. Highlighted by a final half in 54.2, Artful Way became the first five-time Open Pace winner at the Spa this season. Dancin Yankee won the photo for place while last week's Open winner Deetzy came on to finish third. Artful Way, the track's defending Pacer of the Year, has already matched his win total from 2016 with ten and is just shy of his earnings from last year of $115,000+. Artful Way was piloted to the Open score by Frank Coppola Jr. Greene and Coppola teamed up for a pair of victories on Saturday night as heavily favored Some Attitude (Somebeachsomewhere) moved his local record to two-for-two. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon with a matinee that kicks off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Brown Brinny (Jereme's Jet) finished second in her harness racing debut in the local Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel back on September 9th. That marked the fifth consecutive start in which the Brittany Robertson trainee had finished first or second. Following a fourth place finish last week, Brown Brinny drew post three in Friday night's $18,000 Open for distaffers. Dan Cappello Jr. blasted the five year old mare out to the early lead in the feature, a lead she would never relinquish. The favorite brushed up first over approaching the three quarter pole and while Brown Brinny briefly lost the lead, she didn't allow her rival to clear. Fighting back around the final turn, Brown Brinny re-emerged with the lead turning for home and held on to prevail in 1:54 for her first ever score in the local Open. New York Sire Stakes star Clear Idea (Billy Dobson) closed to finish second in her first start in the Spa Open while longshot Beyonces Rockn (Shawn Gray) earned the show spot. For Brown Brinny, who paid $12.40 to win, it was victory number six on the season. The exacta and triple in the six-horse feature returned $58 and $210, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Harness racing driver Phil Fluet had a big day on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The veteran trainer/driver had a win and a second in the co-featured trotting races on the matinee card. Scarey Karie (Conway Hall), who spent much of her summer competing in the New York Sire Stakes, came into Thursday's $10,250 co-feature with earnings of over $60,000 for the year. Scarey Karie had little difficulty scoring a first-over victory on Thursday in 1:58.4 Fluet trains and drives the sophomore filly. Fluet's Item Eyes had a difficult journey in the other co-feature but did well to come from well off the pace to finish second to Mind Your Manners (Mickey McGivern). This mile for New York sired trotters went in the exact same 1:58.4 as did the other co-feature earlier in the day. Fluet had a driving double on the card as the Paul Zabielski-trained Best Shot N (Bettor's Delight) continued his local dominance. The New Zealand-bred pacer, who came to USA and to the Spa earlier this month, moved his record to three-for-three behind a career-best victory in 1:54.2. Fluet, who won the Johnny Page Award for top breakthrough driver at the Spa in 2014, currently sits seventh in the driver standings this season. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. 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

Our Els Dream N (Elsu) became the third Al Annunziata trainee to record a win in the harness racing fillies and mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel this year. The eight year old mare wound up getting a first over journey in Friday's $18,000 Open for distaffers. The race's favorite faltered on the engine and Our Els Dream N took advantage, cruising by in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:53.2. Stylish Beachwhere (Frank Coppola Jr) followed the winner's cover and ended up as the runner-up while West Liberty (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Our Els Dream N is the third Annunziata-trained mare to win the Open at the Spa this season as the New Zealand bred mare joined fellow New Zealander Betacool N and Australian invader Quick Draft A as top flight lady pacers to prevail in the Fillies and Mares Open at the Spa this year. Our Els Dream N paid $11.80 to win on Friday and led an exacta and triple that came back $56.50 and $150.50, respectively. Our Els Dream N took her North American earnings to $304,610 as a result of 22 wins and numerous placings. She was driven to victory by Bruce Aldrich Jr. who piloted his 7,000th career winner on Wednesday at Monticello and was recognized for the feat on Thursday at Saratoga with a presentation in the winner's circle. Aldrich currently sits fourth in the local driver standings but well behind Billy Dobson who had a six-win night on Friday. Live racing continues on Saturday at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Continuing what has been a tremendous month of September for him, harness racing driver Jimmy Devaux piloted winners in both halves of the co-featured trotting races on Thursday's card at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Dave Dewhurst-trained New York Chrome (Deweycheatumnhowe) prevailed in the $10,250 local feature for New York sired trotters two weeks ago and returned to town on Thursday following a second consecutive victory which came in the Excelsior series at Batavia Downs. Devaux came from well off the pace with New York Chrome as the three year old trotter cruised past his rivals to prevail in 1:58 on Thursday. The victory was the eighth on the year for the sophomore who spent a large portion of his summer competing in Exclesiors and in the fair circuit as part of the NY Sire Stakes. Devaux swept the co-features as he went coast-to-coast with the Dave Spagnola trainee Congo King (Conway Hall) for the second straight week. The five year old trotter, who was winless in 2017 before scoring in career-best fashion last week for Devaux, completed back-to-back jacks with a 1:58.4 score on Thursday. Devaux, who has been dominant of late, is now just 21 victories away from the 5,000 career win plateau. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Cash Poor (Cash Hall) scored in the Sunday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel to continue what has been a sensational streak for harness racing driver Jimmy Devaux. The Maureen Salino trainee made an easy lead in Sunday's $14,000 Winners Over trot and he never looked back. After cruising through a first half in 58.3, Cash Poor remained untested through three quarters in 1:27.4 before trotting out to win in 1:56.2. Cash Poor returned $8.90 in the win, which was his third of the season. Soul Train (Bruce Aldrich Jr) sat the pocket and finished second while Silent Pine (Bruce Cooper) earned the show spot. Devaux has surged up the driver standings in the past two weeks while recorded five wins on a card on multiple occasions. Cash Poor, who gave Devaux his lone winner on the Sunday card, led an exacta and triple that paid $49.60 and $117, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella

Respectable Dream (If I Can Dream) pulled off a harness racing upset in the Saturday night feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Richie Silverman-trained pacer scored a wire-to-wire win in the $14,000 Winners Over with Mark Beckwith in the sulky. Respectable Dream was coming off a third place finish in last week's Open Pace when he was dismissed at odds of 13-1 in Saturday's feature. Beckwith moved Respectable Dream out to a pretty easy lead and by the time the favored Givenupdreaming (Billy Dobson) made his move first over, it was too little too late. Respectable Dream paced his final half in 55.2 en route to victory in 1:52.2. We Think Alike (Bruce Aldrich Jr) got the pocket ride behind the eventual winner and wound up finishing second. Seeley Man (Shawn Gray) was late on the scene to be third. The trip proved to be too difficult for Givenupdreaming who had to settle for fourth in the feature. Respectable Dream returned $29.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $180.50 and $844, respectively. While it was just winner number three on the season for the six year old gelding, it was his third in the last six starts. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

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