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Lucid Thoughts (Cash Hall) has been a picture of consistency this season. The nine year old harness racing trotter hit the board in twelve of his fifteen starts this season heading into his try in the $14,500 Open Trot on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Shawn Gray piloted the John Macdonald trainee and got away in the two-hole behind Cincinnati Miss (Frank Coppola Jr) who won the Open just two weeks ago. Cincinnati Miss carved out the fractions and after checking in at three quarters in 1:26 extended her lead around the final turn. Longshot Lucid Thoughts then gathered a head of steam and came charging hard in the stretch. The veteran high-stepper reeled in Cincinnati Miss in the final strides before stopping the timer in 1:55.1, a time that matched the effort from trotting mare Charmed Life on April 23rd as the fastest of the season for a trotter at Saratoga. Cincinnati Miss was the runner-up while the favored Boli (Wally Hennessey) was late on the scene to earn the show spot. Lucid Thoughts paid a hefty $33.40 to win in the upset while the exacta and triple came back $178 and $310, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

The track's defending Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year So Nice (Ponder) won the Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel for the first time this season on Friday night. The Amber Buter-trained distaffer recorded eleven victories in 2016, several of which came in the local Fillies and Mares Open. After her award-winning '16 campaign, So Nice got off to a bit of a slow start this year before turning things around in late April. On Friday, Stephane Bouchard put the seven year old mare on the front end and after enduring a first quarter in 27 seconds flat, fought gamely while tested in the final quarter. A two-pronged challenge came for So Nice in the stretch as pocket-sitter Her Own Land (Mark Beckwith) closed up the inside while the race's 1-5 favorite Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) came charging hard from the back of the pack. So Nice won the three-horse photo while Godiva Seelster had to settle for second. Her Own Land earned the show spot in the $13,000 Open that went in 1:52.2 over a track labeled 'good.' So Nice paid $11.60 to win and started an exacta with Godiva Seelster second that returned $19.80. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Hotel Royale (Rc Royalty) handled her step up in class with relative ease on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The George Ducharme-trained three year old filly prevailed in the $9,950 co-feature for New York sired trotters as reinsman Frank Coppola Jr. marched the talented distaffer out to the early lead. Hotel Royale, who had a fourth place finish in her May start in the New York Sire Stakes, went coast to coast on Thursday before stopping the timer in 1:58, a time that matched her victory from last week in which she set a lifetime mark. Since the addition of lasix, the three year old trotting filly has gone three-for-three at Saratoga, recording all of her wins in front-running fashion with Coppola in the sulky. The other co-feature on Thursday was won by Prince Of Fame (Crazed) who cruised to a front-running score in 1:57 with Wally Hennessey in the bike. Live racing continues on Friday night with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Twisted Pretzel (Crazed) won his first career Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Sunday afternoon. The Scott Mongeon-trained seven year old came into the race off back to back victories and was assigned post position two in the $13,000 feature. Invader J A T O (Stephane Bouchard) moved out to the early lead and held that advantage until turning for home. That's when Twisted Pretzel stepped on the gas and powered past J A T O en route to his sixth win of the season. Jimmy Devaux piloted the trotter to each of his three most recent scores. The race's favorite Boli (Wally Hennessey) came flying in the stretch but was too late to get the job done and had to settle for second while J A T O held to settle for third. Twisted Pretzel, whose win came in 1:55.3, paid $19.60 in the upset. The exacta and triple came back $74.50 and $207, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday with a matinee set to begin at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Settlemoir (Western Ideal) went coast to coast in the Saturday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. In his local debut last week, the Rene Allard-trained Settlemoir finished second in the $12,500 Winners Over and subsequently was the 8-5 betting favorite this week as he looked to wire the feature field. Wally Hennessey sat behind the four year old pacer as he clicked off a first quarter of 27 seconds flat. Following an effective breather in quarter two that led to a half in 56.3, Settlemoir wound up having just enough left to hold off the late bid by pocket-sitter Panocchio (Gerry Mattison) who had to settle for second. Bet You (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Settlemoir, who stopped the timer in 1:52.4 for his fourth win of the season, prevailed in just his second start following the claim by Allard at Yonkers in May. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee first post set for 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Betabcool N (Bettor's Delight) scored her first win in the local harness racing Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted the seven year old Al Annunziata trainee in the $14,500 feature and wasted no time moving the 4-5 betting favorite out to the early lead. After sizzling through a first quarter in 27 seconds, Betabcool N got a big time second quarter breather before reaching the half in 57.1. Hounded by several rivals in the second half, Betabcool N held strong in the stretch and prevailed in 1:53.3. Last week's Open winner Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) came up second best on Friday while last week's runner-up So Nice (Stephane Bouchard) had to settle for third this week. Betabcool N was the first of three winners on the night for her connections as fellow distaffers Quick Draft A (Art Major) and Tracey's Desire (Real Desire) also scored victories for Aldrich and Annunziata. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a ten race card set to kick off at 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Scarey Karie (Conway Hall) prevailed in the $9,950 harness racing co-feature on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Phil Fluet trains and drives the filly who was fresh off a second place finish in a $40,000+ New York Sire Stakes try in her last start. On Thursday, Fluet moved the odds-on favorite out to the early lead, a lead she would never surrender. The sophomore stopped the timer in 1:58.1 for a new lifetime mark in the co-feature for New York sired trotters. In just twelve career starts, Fluet's Scarey Karie now has four wins and four seconds en route to more than $72,000 in earnings. Starlingmoon (Stephane Bouchard) pulled off the upset for the second straight week in the other co-feature as the Andy Byler-trained trotter came from well off the pace to prevail in a career best 1:58.2 at odds of 10-1. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Cincinnati Miss (Kadabra) gave harness racing trainer Jackie Greene and driver Frank Coppola Jr. another feature win on Sunday afternoon as the mare prevailed in the $14,500 Open Trot. On Saturday night, Greene and Coppola teamed up for a win in the Open Pace with Artful Way (Artistic Fella). Cincinnati Miss was the lone lady among the group of featured trotters on Sunday and moved out to the early lead. The five year old highstepper never faced a legitimate challenge before stopping the timer in 1:56.2 for her sixth victory of the season but first while in Open company. Just Make Believe (Mark Beckwith) sat the pocket to the winner and came up second best while Lucid Thoughts (John Macdonald) kept his incredible "on the board" streak alive by finishing third. The race's favorite Cash Me Out (Jim Devaux) was never much of a factor before settling for a fourth place finish. Cincinnati Miss returned $9.00 to win in the mild Sunday upset and led an exacta and triple that paid $71.50 and $300.50, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella

Artful Way (Artistic Fella), the defending Pacer of the Year at Saratoga Casino Hotel, recorded the fastest mile of the year on Saturday night when he won the harness racing Open Pace in 1:50.1. Frank Coppola Jr. went pedal to the metal in the early going with the 7-5 betting favorite in the $14,500 Open and Artful Way hit the quarter in 26.3. The tempo didn't slow much and after checking in at three quarters in 1:22.3, the star pacer had enough left to draw away and win in 1:50.1. Don'tcallmefrancis (Bruce Aldrich Jr) was the runner-up for the second consecutive time in the Open while JK Panache (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. For Artful Way, it was the third victory in the local Open Pace this year. His trainer Jackie Greene now has recorded six wins in the regular Saturday feature at the Spa this season. It was the 26th win in just 80 career starts for the five year old Artful Way whose 1:50.1 final time served as a new lifetime mark. Artful Way, who paid $4.80 to win, led an exacta and triple that came back $16.40 and $32, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Friday night featured the first harness racing installment of the New York Sire Stakes of the year at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The fourteen race card was comprised of solely lady pacers including four divisions of the $44,000+ Sire Stakes for sophomore fillies. Tequila Monday (American Ideal-Margarita Monday-Ponder) began her title defense as the Chris Oakes-trained filly was the two year old Sire Stakes champion last year. With earnings of just shy of $190,000 as a freshman, Tequila Monday came into Friday's stakes try off a career-best victory at Yonkers in which she stopped the timer in 1:52.2. Brian Sears piloted the sensational sophomore on Friday who after moving out to the early lead never looked back before scoring in 1:52.4, the fastest time of the night for all the Sire Stakes races. Roaring To Go (Brett Miller) who was the runner-up to Tequila Monday on the Night of Champions in 2016 came up second best to her once again on Friday despite a strong showing of her own. Daughters of Roll With Joe, Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) and Playing Favorites (Billy Dobson) each recorded stakes scores on Friday as did Artrageous (Art Major- In Deep Thought-Ponder) who went wire-to-wire with Brett Miller in the sulky. The next installment of the New York Sire Stakes at Saratoga won't take place until July 20th when three year old trotting fillies are featured. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Red Cash (Cash Hall) set a harness racing new lifetime mark on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. John Podres owns and trains the six year old mare who came up second best while a beaten favorite during Monday's Memorial Day matinee. On Thursday, Red Cash moved first over on the favored Crazycat (Mark Beckwith) in the $9,000 feature for New York sired trotters. Red Cash cleared the lead and powered away to win in a career best 1:57.3 at odds of 5-2. Reigning Autumn (Alek Chartrand) came from the back of the pack to finish second while Crazycat had to settle for third. The win was one of three consecutive on the card for driver Jimmy Devaux who piloted a pair of winners for Harry Reddick Jr. on the day, guiding pacers Freedom Reigns and Dandy Do Right to Monday scores. Friday night racing will feature the New York Sire Stakes for the first time this season as three year old pacing fillies take center stage at the Spa. First post time is set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

It was a big afternoon on Monday at Saratoga Casino Hotel for harness racing trainer Kyle Spagnola. The young conditioner entered the week in fifth in the trainer standings and added two wins to his total on the matinee card. Spagnola's Skibbereen (Real Desire) made his return from Vernon Downs where he prevailed in the $12,000 final of the Farina Series and wound up as the betting public's 3-5 favorite in the field of colts and geldings competing for a purse of $5,750 on Monday despite twice being a beaten favorite in his local starts. Skibbereen powered up around the final turn and cruised past the leader before drawing away to win in 1:58.3 with Frank Coppola Jr. in the sulky. Skibbereen joined trotter The Franchise (Billy Dobson) in recording a win on the Monday card for Spagnola who scored a training double and had a second and a pair of thirds with his trainees on the day while in the midst of another strong season at the Spa. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm matinee when there will be a pick-5 carryover of $2,804. Mike Sardella

On The Podium (Donato Hanover) went coast to coast in the Sunday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Al Annunziata-trained trotter moved out to the early lead in the $15,000 Winners Over and never looked back. After getting a first half in 57.2, On The Podium didn't face any real pressure until the final turn when pocket sitter Cincinnati Miss (Frank Coppola Jr) came out of the two-hole to challenge. Those two trotters stepped away from their rivals before On The Podium reached the wire first in 1:55.4 for his third victory of the season. The race's lone lady Cincinnati Miss came up second best while Lucid Thoughts (John Macdonald) kept his "on the board" streak alive by closing for third. On The Podium returned $13.40 to win while pulling off the mild upset. Aldrich has rebounded well after a scary spill on Friday night. The 2015 leading driver at Saratoga piloted three winners on Saturday evening (two for Annunziata) and followed it up with a victory in the Sunday matinee's feature. Live racing continues on Monday afternoon with a Memorial Day matinee card set to kick off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Givenupdreaming (If I Can Dream) paced the fastest mile of the year to date on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Heidi Rohr trainee was one of five participants in the $13,000 Open Pace and with first half fractions of 27 and 55.3 to set the table, Givenupdreaming moved first over and powered up to take over the lead after three quarters in 1:23. The six year old standout cruised away in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:50.3, the fastest clocking for any race in the 2017 campaign at the Spa. Somewhere Fancy (Billy Dobson) followed the winner's cover and wound up as the runner-up in the feature while Panocchio (Gerry Mattison) came on for third. It was the sixth victory of the season for Givenupdreaming and the first win in the local Open for the Rohr trainee who was piloted to the Saturday score by Stephane Bouchard. Live racing this holiday weekend with matinees scheduled for both Sunday and Monday afternoons both beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Little Santamonica (Little Steven) has always loved competing at Saratoga Casino Hotel and the talented harness racing mare has always done her best work on the front end. In Friday night's $13,000 Fillies and Mares Open, the Jordan Hope trainee moved out to the lead. Driver Jimmy Devaux, who has said that Little Santamonica is one of his favorite horses as she always gives premium effort, gave the nine year old a second quarter breather before she was tested approaching three quarters. Little Santamonica recorded her seventh victory of the season as she held off pocket sitter Keene Olivia (Billy Dobson) and longshot Quick Draft A (Frank Coppola Jr) to prevail in 1:53.1. The race's 6-5 co-favorite in the wagering led an exacta and triple that paid $27.80 and $189, respectively. It was career win number 42 for Little Santamonica who earlier in the season paced the fastest mile of the year for distaffers when she stopped the timer in 1:51.4 in her previous Open win. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a 6:45pm first post time. Mike Sardella

Lucid Thoughts (Cash Hall) has spent much of 2017 finishing second and third. The John Macdonald trainee had hit the board in nine of his eleven harness racing seasonal tries but was winless as he drew the rail for Sunday's Winners Over trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Lucid Thoughts was part of a significant three-horse speed duel in the early stages of the $14,000 Sunday feature but Macdonald would not relinquish the lead. Parking out a pair of rivals, the 8-5 co-favorite Lucid Thoughts went to the half in 55.3 but looked none the worse for the wear in the race's second lap as he cruised to his first win of the year, a victory that came in 1:55.2. Photo King (Jay Randall) sat just off the early speed and was the runner-up while Cincinnati Miss (Frank Coppola Jr) closed for third. While Lucid Thoughts was co-favored, the exotics paid well in the Sunday feature with an exacta of $51.50 and a triple that returned $449. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a matinee that kicks off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

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