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Bobs Hope (Donato Hanover) started from the rail in Sunday's $15,000 Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Amanda Kelley trainee spent his winter racing in Florida and returned to town on a two-race win streak. Jay Randall got the driving assignment on Sunday and situated Bobs Hope into the pocket spot in the early going. Wings Of Royalty (Shawn Gray), a three-time winner of Spa Opens last year, was making his first local start of the season and moved out to an easy lead on the chilly Sunday afternoon. Bobs Hope tracked the top one throughout and popped the pocket around the final turn. The seven year old surged by in the stretch before drawing away to win in 1:58. The race's favorite Cash Me Out (Phil Fluet) got up for second while Wings Of Royalty held on for third. Bobs Hope, whose earnings from Sunday's score moved him over the $200,000 for his career, was dismissed at odds of 5-1 in his return to Saratoga. Bobs Hope paid $12.80 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $33.80 and $114, respectively. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:00pm.   Mike Sardella

Harness rascing trainer Jackie Greene is no stranger to Open Pace victories at Saratoga Casino Hotel. In fact, no trainer has won the Open more times in the past several years than Greene. Her Artful Way is the three-time defending Pacer of the Year at the Spa and since that veteran is a common participant in the Saturday night feature, some of Greene's other top flight pacers are forced to race out of town. With Artful Way not in to go this week, Greene entered Hudson Phil (Shanghai Phil) into Saturday's $15,000 Open Pace and the rising star started from post two. Hudson Phil finished second in his most recent try in the local Open in February before making two starts at the Meadowlands. Driver Jay Randall wasted no time in putting the four year old pacer on the front-end on Saturday and the youngster had to endure sizzling fractions on a chilly night in the Spa City. Parking out a rival, Hudson Phil clicked off a first quarter in 26.4 before reaching the half in 54.2. The demanding fractions didn't seem to take their toll as Hudson Phil kept rolling along and actually opened up a big lead in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:52.1, the fastest clocking of the year for any horse on the young season at Saratoga. Hudson Phil paid $6.20 to win as he bested last week's Open winner Carolina Beach (Mark Beckwith) who had to settle for second. Havefaithinme N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. An eight time winner in 2018, Hudson Phil recorded his first victory of the '19 campaign on Saturday in what was his first career win in the local Open. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:00pm. Mike Sardella  

Annabeth (Shadow Play) worked hard to secure the early lead in Thursday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel and once the veteran mare got to front, she proved to be tough as nails. Annabeth got interfered with in last week's installment of the Fillies and Mares Open but this Thursday, she enjoyed smooth sailing once clearing the lead in a first quarter of 27.3. Following a second quarter breather that led to a half in 57.3, Annabeth was confronted by the race's favorite Sally Fletcher A (Bruce Aldrich Jr) and those mares slugged it out toe-to-toe for almost a half mile. The Bill Adamczyk-trained eight year old dug in on the front-end and rebuffed the favorite before stopping the timer in 1:54.1 for her first win in the local Open this season. Happy Heart (Mark Beckwith) rode the coattails of the winner throughout and wound up as the runner-up while a game Sally Fletcher A had to settle for third in the $15,000 feature for the ladies. Annabeth, who was driven to victory by Shawn Gray, was the fourth choice among the group of six distaffers in the Open while dismissed at odds of 5-1. She paid $13.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $61.50 and $149.00, respectively. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm.   Mike Sardella

Muzzy's Muscles (Credit Winner) has squared off with fellow trotter Bonamassa in all four of his starts since coming to Saratoga Casino Hotel this harness racing  season. The Monica Krist trainee has developed a bit of a rivalry with Bonamassa as the two have all but matched strides in the stretch in now three of their four races with each other. The week that Muzzy's Muscles prevailed, Bonamassa raced parked the mile. In both of the other two instances, Bonamassa bested the five year old by narrow margins. On Wednesday afternoon, they met again and it was Muzzy's Muscles that was bet down to odds of 1-5 with leading driver Billy Dobson in the bike. With Bonamassa drawing poorly in the $9,000 co-feature for New York sired trotters, Muzzy's Muscles was heavily backed and raced like the favorite he was. After clearing the lead following a first-over trip, Muzzy's Muscles held off the late charge from his new rival to prevail in 1:58.1, a time that serves as a new seasonal mark. Bonamassa (Brett Crawford) was strong in defeat as the race's runner-up while Kapow (Phil Fluet) earned the show spot. The successful combination of Muzzy's Muscles and Bonamassa didn't take the bettors by surprise as the exacta with that pair returned $8.70. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon with a matinee starting at 12:00pm. There is a $5,000 guarantee in the Pick Five pool on Thursday. The Pick Five begins in race one. Race five features a $25,000 guarantee in its triple pool. Mike Sardella  

Veteran trotter Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) became a harness racing millionaire on Sunday afternoon as the superstar reached the career milestone after winning the feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Needing to win in his previous start to hit the million dollar mark, Cash Me Out came up second-best as the race's odds-on favorite. In Sunday's installment of the $15,000 Open Trot, Cash Me Out sat patiently in last in a field that was reduced to five participants following a scratch. Driver Phil Fluet moved the even money favorite to the outside approaching the half mile pole and while things didn't look very good for him heading to three quarters, Cash Me Out just kept plugging away. After collaring the leader in the stretch, the veteran was met with the challenge of rival Aberforth (Billy Dobson) who defeated him when they last squared off in the first shot Cash Me Out had at reaching millionaire status. Just when it appeared that Aberforth was going to get the best of the longtime Spa regular, he went offstride. Cash Me Out emerged victorious in 1:57.2 for his second Open Trot victory of the season and with the earnings from the win became racing's newest millionaire. A trotter that began his career as a star of the New York Sire Stakes, Cash Me Out has been owned since the beginning by the Traylor Racing Stable of Ballston Spa, NY. Kyle Spagnola, the trotter's current conditioner, is just the third trainer to ever have Cash Me Out come out of his barn. Aberforth was disqualified for the break in the stretch and subsequently Aplomb Hanover (Jordan Derue) was placed second on Sunday while longshot Justice Jet (Jay Randall) moved up to third. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:00pm first post. Mike Sardella  

With the scratch of two-time defending Horse of the Year Artful Way, the field in Saturday night's Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel was down to six harness racing participants. Despite the smaller size group, the race on paper looked to be a good one and it certainly played out that way. Melissa Beckwith's Carolina Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) recorded the second most wins in the Open Pace in 2018 at Saratoga with six. On Saturday night, the five year old was making his third start of the season in the feature and wound up getting a pocket ride behind fellow Open star of years past (and present) JK Panache (Jimmy Devaux). JK Panache set the fractions and was met with a two-pronged challenge in the stretch as the race's 9-5 co-favorites converged on him. Carolina Beach and invader Western Fame (Billy Dobson), who was making his first start of the '19 campaign, closed in on the leader and a three-horse stretch drive ensued. It was Carolina Beach and driver Mark Beckwith who emerged victorious in a mile clocked in 1:53.4. JK Panache held on for second while Western Fame had to settle for third in the $15,000 feature. Carolina Beach paid $5.90 to win and led an exacta and triple in the six-horse field that returned $29.60 and $82.50, respectively. The victory was one of three on the night for Beckwith trainees all driven to their scores by Mark Beckwith. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:00pm. Mike Sardella    

The Thursday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel looked like an Australian invasion. Four of the six participants in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open were Australian imports and the stretch run of the race was comprised of these invaders. The race's favorite Sally Fletcher A (Bruce Aldrich Jr) had to navigate through some traffic trouble in the feature while Shez Sugarsweet A (Somebeachsomewhere) was on the front-end. Those two squared off around the final turn with Shez Sugarsweet A digging in and hanging on in her second career local try. Ron Cushing trains and drives the six year old mare who is two-for-two at the Spa following Thursday's 1:56.4 victory. Sally Fletcher A was the runner-up while Annabeth (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. Shez Sugarsweet A returned $10.60 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $33.20 and $200.50, respectively. The Australian quartet finished first, second, fourth and fifth in the Thursday feature as Shez Sugarsweet A remained undefeated in her pair of local tries in 2019. Live racing resumes on Saturday night at the Spa with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

Wednesday's matinee program at Saratoga Casino Hotel featured a trio of $9,000 events for New York sired trotters and for the second time in as many weeks, harness racing trainer-driver Phil Fluet thrived. Last week, Fluet scored one win and a couple of second-place finishes with his trainees but on Wednesday, he recorded a pair of winners. Lady Macbeth (Deweycheatumnhowe) was a repeat winner as she overcame a difficult trip to go back-to-back. Lady Macbeth was caught four-wide around the final turn but came charging hard to get past her rivals and stop the timer in 2:00.4. Her stablemate Notmeitsyou (Chapter Seven) has been a picture of consistency since coming to Saratoga last year and on Wednesday kept his long streak of finishing first or second going as he parlayed his pocket ride into a 2:00.2 score for Fluet. Lady Macbeth was her race's 7-5 betting favorite while Notmeitsyou's victory came while sent out at odds of 2-5. The Maureen Salino-trained Bonamassa (Muscle Mass) cruised to a wire-to-wire score in the final of the three co-features as the four year old mare prevailed in 1:59.4, the fastest time of the co-featured trotting races on the card. Brett Crawford piloted Bonamassa to her second win in three starts on the young season. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a Pick Five guarantee of $5,000 and a $25,000 guarantee to the triple pool in race five. First post time for the matinee is set for 12:00pm. Mike Sardella

With no Open Trot on the harness racing card, the $12,500 Winners Over served as the feature on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The six-horse field did feature last week's Open winner Aberforth who was assigned the outside post after scoring the upset in career-best fashion at odds of 39-1 last Sunday. This week, the early speed in the race came from The Royal Harry (Billy Dobson) who built an imposing lead before tiring in the race's final quarter. CR Blazin Beauty (Bruce Aldrich Jr) got the first crack at the fading leader while Aberforth (Frank Coppola Jr) closed in as well. CR Blazin Beauty struck the lead in the stretch and had just enough to hold off the late charge of the favorite before stopping the timer in 1:57.3 to record the mild upset. CR Blazin Beauty scored at odds of 6-1 and completed a big week for her connections as owners Blindswitch Racing Stable and trainer Jose Godinez teamed up with Aldrich for a pair of victories on both Thursday afternoon and Saturday night at Saratoga. CR Blazin Beauty paid $14.20 to win and led an exacta with Aberforth second that returned $31.80 and a triple with The Royal Harry finishing third that came back $105.50. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:00pm first post. There is a $5,000 guaranteed Pick Five pool on Wednesday as well as a race five $25,000 guarantee in the triple pool. Mike Sardella

Betabcool N (Bettor's Delight) suffered broken equipment and was subsequently pulled up last week when dropping in company to make her local harness racing debut for 2019 at Saratoga Casino Hotel. A four-time winner of the Fillies and Mares Open at the Spa in '18, Betabcool N avenged last week's mishap on Thursday afternoon when she went coast-to-coast in the matinee's $10,000 feature. Driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. took advantage of Betabcool N's inside post and moved her out to the front end. The nine year old set honest fractions of 27.2 and 56.4 in lap one but didn't face a legit challenge until the final furlong when pocket-sitting Happy Heart (Mark Beckwith) came out for the drive. The 1-2 betting favorite Betabcool N dug in and fended off her rival before scoring in 1:54.4 to record her first win of the season. Happy Heart was the runner-up while Miss Irish Rose A (Larry Stalbaum) earned the show spot. The exacta paid $7.40 while the triple came back $38.20. With the earnings from the victory, Betabcool N moved her career bankroll to over the $450,000 mark. Live racing resumes on Saturday night at Saratoga with our first evening program of the season. First post time is set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Sunday's matinee at Saratoga Casino Hotel consisted of a double feature. With Saturday night racing not beginning until next week, the regular Saturday feature joined Sunday's Open Trot as highlights of the afternoon card. The Open Pace was contested for a purse of $16,050 and a familiar winner of it prevailed on Sunday. JK Panache (Art Major) is a perennial Pacer of the Year nominee at Saratoga and on Sunday recorded his first win of the season. The ten year old JK Panache has been a picture throughout his career and in his second start of 2019 toughed out a first-over trip to score in 1:54.2. The Dave Dewhurst trainee was piloted to the mild upset in the co-feature by Shawn Gray. JK Panached went off at odds of 6-1 as he recorded his 64thlifetime win. Hudson Phil (Jay Randall) finished second while Maxdaddy Blue Chip (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. In the trotting half of the co-feature, the heavily favored Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) was looking to become a millionaire. The Kyle Spagnola trainee had to win in order to move his career earnings to over the $1 million mark and throughout the mile, it sure appeared that that would happen. Longshot Aberforth (Frank Coppola Jr) had other thoughts, though, and powered past the race's favorite in the final 1/8 of a mile before drawing clear to score in a career-best 1:57.2. Aberforth paid $81.00 to win in the Open upset and led an exacta with Cash Me Out second that returned $164.50. The triple with Zagster (Billy Dobson) third came back $561. Aberforth, who recorded his first career win in an Open on Sunday, is trained by Vern Beachy. Live racing resumes on Wednesday at Saratoga when a $5,000 guarantee in the Pick Five pool and a race 5 $25,000 triple pool guarantee highlight the wagering options on the matinee card. Those guarantees will take place on Thursday's afternoon program as well. First post each day is 12:00pm. by Mike Sardella, For Saratoga Raceway  

Shez Sugarsweet A (Somebeachsomewhere) cruised to victory in her local harness racing debut at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday afternoon. Ron Cushing trains and drives the six year old Australian import who has been competing at Yonkers this winter and with a fair amount of success. Shez Sugarsweet A was assigned the outside post in Thursday's $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open but had little difficulty surging out to the early lead. After travelling unopposed while setting honest fractions to the half in 57.3, Shez Sugarsweet A cruised away from her rivals in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:55. The win time set a new lifetime mark for the talented distaffer who returned $5.70 to win as the race's 9-5 betting favorite on Thursday. Fellow Yonkers invaders Sail To The Beach (Billy Dobson) and A Crafty Lady (Bruce Aldrich Jr) finished second and third, respectively. With no one hitting the pick five on Thursday, there will be a $3,815 carryover into the pick five pool on Sunday. The pick five begins in race one on the matinee card which is set to kickoff at 12:00pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Havefaithinme N (Bettor's Delight) scored in the first Open Pace of the year at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez trainee brought his over $1 million in harness racing career earnings into the Monday afternoon feature which was contested for a purse of $12,000. The fractions in the race were slow over a track labeled 'good' and Havefaithinme N had his work cut out for him to come from off the pace. The millionaire eight year old toughed it out, though, and wore the leader Khun Ratha A (Larry Stalbaum) down before stopping the timer in 1:56.2 en route to his second win in as many starts in 2019. Khun Ratha A was a strong second while Maxdaddy Blue Chip (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. Havefaithinme N completed a Monday hat trick for driver Bruce Aldrich Jr who got his season off to a strong start behind the three-win afternoon. The race's favorite at odds of 2-1, Havefaithinme N paid $6.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $22.60 and $96, respectively. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon for the first of what will be regular Wednesday matinees on the schedule this year at Saratoga. There is a Pick Five guarantee of $5,000 on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout February and March. The Pick Five now begins in race one on the card. Also, race 5 will feature a $25,000 guaranteed trifecta pool on Wednesdays and Thursdays. First post time for the matinee cards is set for 12:00pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Veteran local trotter Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) made his return in style to the Spa on Sunday afternoon as the 2019 harness racing season got underway at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Kyle Spagnola-trained trotter has spent the majority of his career competing at Saratoga and on Sunday prevailed in the first Open of the season. Phil Fluet guided the 1-5 betting favorite out to the early lead in the $12,000 Open Trot and the veteran high-stepper never faced an anxious moment. Cash Me Out got the money, going coast-to-coast with relative ease, stopping the timer in 1:57.1 in the season's first feature at the Spa. Mandeville (Jimmy Devaux) finished second while Zagster (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. Cash Me Out's win, which was the 38thin 164 career starts, boosts his lifetime earnings to just above the $995,000 mark. The 78th racing season is now underway at Saratoga Casino Hotel and features matinee race cards this week contested on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons starting at 12:00pm each day. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Saratoga Springs, NY — Sunday (Feb. 17) will mark the beginning of Saratoga Raceway’s 78th season of live harness racing. Post time is scheduled for 12 noon. The casino will look to build on the success of last year’s racing season, where all-source handle exceeded $46 million and the Saratoga Harness simulcast signal was broadcast to more than 400 outlets worldwide. Guests in attendance for opening day on Sunday will receive a free Saratoga Harness long-sleeve shirt with the purchase of a racing program. All guests who redeem their free shirt coupons will also be entered into drawings where one winner of a $50 betting voucher will be selected after each race starting with race four. Also, $1 deals will be offered on hot dogs, jumbo pretzels, pizza slices and PBR drafts on both Sunday (Feb. 17) and Monday (Feb. 18). As always, parking and admission are free. “We’re very excited to welcome fans back for the 78th year of harness racing,” said John Matarazzo, Director of Racing Operations at Saratoga Casino Hotel. “We look forward to continuing our tradition of exciting and quality racing here at the historic Spa oval.” A highlight of the upcoming racing season will undoubtedly be the 11th annual Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace, which will feature one dash for $260,000 on July 20. Collectively, horsemen will be competing for more than $15 million in purses at Saratoga Casino Hotel in 2019. Additionally, continued benefits and rewards will be available throughout the 2019 racing season for users of SaratogaBets — the casino’s online interactive wagering platform. For the entire 2019 season, a 10 percent bonus will be added on all winning Saratoga Harness wagers placed on any self-service kiosk with a valid SaratogaBets account. Signing up for a SaratogaBets account is free and can be completed on www.SaratogaBets.com or in the mezzanine at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The full 2019 season schedule is available now at www.SaratogaCasino.com. From Saratoga Casino and Racing

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) overcame post position eight to prevail on Sunday afternoon in the final harness racing feature of the season at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The $16,050 Winners Over for trotters was the feature on the matinee card and the Kyle Spagnola-trained Cash Me Out was one of a few participants that were dropping out of the Open Trot. Driver Phil Fluet forwardly placed the classy seven year old trotter who wound up mid-pack in the early going before moving first over on the race's favorite Wings Of Royalty (Shawn Gray). Cash Me Out grinded his way alongside the leader and those two did battle throughout the final half mile before Cash Me Out got the better of that rival to spring the mild upset at odds of 5-1. Wings Of Royalty was the runner-up while Karets (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Cash Me Out's victory, that came in 1:57.2, was his sixth of the season to go with a dozen second-place finishes and eight thirds en route to over $142,000 in earnings. For his career, Cash Me Out has now compiled more than $975,000, inching ever closer to the million dollar mark. The feature winner paid $12.20 to win on Sunday and led an exacta and triple that returned $34.20 and $194, respectively. The 2018 racing season has come to an end at Saratoga with action set to resume in 2019 on Sunday February 17th. Mike Sardella

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