Beach Boogie wins back to back Open Paces

For the second consecutive Saturday night, Beach Boogie (Somebeachsomewhere) won the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Rene Allard trainee was assigned the outside post in the $15,000 five-horse feature and leading driver Billy Dobson sat behind the race’s 1-5 favorite. Beach Boogie came from off the pace to win last weekend’s Open in 1:51.3 but on this beautiful Saturday night in Saratoga Springs, the five year old cruised out to an easy lead. After carving out first half fractions of 27.3 and 56.1, Beach Boogie didn’t face a challenge until pocket-sitter Century Endeavor (Gerry Mattison) charged up the passing lane in the stretch. The chase proved futile though and Beach Boogie stopped the timer in 1:51.3, once again, to record his second straight Saturday score at the Spa and the sixth consecutive Open win at Saratoga for the Allard stable. Century Endeavor came up second-best in his debut in the Open on Saturday while invader Summer Side (Phil Fluet) earned the show spot. Beach Boogie has now won five times in eleven starts in 2019.

Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post.


Mike Sardella

Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino

Eclipse Me N cruises to Open win!

The Open wins just keep coming for trainer Rene Allard and driver Billy Dobson at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The red-hot tandem has now teamed up for five consecutive Open victories at the Spa. Following two Open wins on Gerrity night in July, Allard and Dobson won features last Friday and Saturday night, securing victories in the Fillies and Mares Open and the Open Pace. Eclipse Me N (Real Desire), who paced 1:51.4 on Gerrity night to become the fastest mare of the season at the Spa, cruised to a coast-to-coast victory in Friday night’s $15,000 Open for distaffers as she made good at odds of 1-2 to move the Open streak to five. Dobson marched Eclipse Me N out to the early lead and they never looked back, cruising home to win in 1:52.2. Longshots Bye Bye Felicia (Bruce Aldrich Jr) and Spreester (Jimmy Devaux) finished second and third, respectively, in Friday’s feature. Eclipse Me N’s win was her seventh in fifteen starts in 2019. Dobson piloted another Allard trainee to victory on Friday as well as young pacer Robyn Camden (Art Professor) cruised to a career-best score in 1:53.2 at odds of 1-9 in a $7,500 conditional race for fillies and mares. Allard’s Beach Boogie will likely be the favorite in Saturday night’s Open Pace as the Allard-Dobson combo will look to extend the streak to six for consecutive victories in local Opens. Beach Boogie has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite for Saturday’s try in the Open.

Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. There is a Pick Five carryover of $1,303 in Saturday’s Pick Five, a wager that starts in the evening’s first race.


Mike Sardella

Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino

When Dovescry wins Hambletonian Oaks Elim#2

There were two eliminations for the 94th edition of the Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on the trot, with the first five finishers from each dash returning for the $500,000 final, which takes place on Hambletonian Day (Aug. 3).

Im The Muscle (Muscle Mass) was a decisive winner in the Open Trot on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga

Im The Muscle was a decisive winner in the Open Trot on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga for Team Allard and Rene Allard

The Rene Allard trainee drew the rail for his first try in the $15,000 local feature and leading driver Billy Dobson sat behind the four year old trotter. Patient in the early going, Im The Muscle made his move past the half with the track’s defending Trotter of the Year Ulster (Jay Randall) on the engine. Ulster began to tire and Im The Muscle surged past and opened up a big lead around the final turn before stopping the timer in a career-best 1:54.3. Longshot Cartier Volo (Frank Coppola Jr) charged hard late to come on for second while Cash Me Out (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. After enjoying an eleven-win campaign in 2018, Im The Muscle’s Sunday victory was just his second in eleven tries in ’19. The race’s even money favorite, Im The Muscle led an exacta and triple that paid $29.60 and $166.50. Dobson piloted three winners on Sunday’s matinee card.

Live racing resumes on Wednesday with a special 5pm first post. It is our annual Independence Day celebration with fireworks at the conclusion of the twelve race card. There are four series finals on Wednesday’s program contested for purses of $15,000 and $20,000.


Mike Sardella

Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino

Western Fame back in action taking Ben Franklin Elimination

After a vacation from his Levy Championship, Western Fame was back in action, leaving right where he left off...with a win! This time, it was an elimination race (for next week's $500,000 Ben Franklin Final) where he took the lead and hammered home a fast final quarter to win at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono for Team Allard and Rene Allard!

2 Year Olds start qualifying

Our 2 year olds are making their way to the qualifiers! Tweny Dollar Bill cuts out the mile and just gets nicked at the wire with a nice 2:00 mile with a back half in 57.4!

Town Justice Hall wins the $30,000 Weiss Series Final!

Town Hall Justice was the strongest throughout the series and takes the Weiss Series Final at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono for Team Allard and Rene Allard!

Driver Simon Allard has now taken both $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championships conducted so far at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono following a victory on Tuesday (April 23). He added another distaff victory to pacer Cardiff’s yesterday with Town Hall Justice, who lowered her mark to 1:53.4 despite a track that was downgraded to “good” after mid card rain.

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Cardiff Wins $30,000 F&M Weiss Final

Cardiff wins the $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Final for Team Allard and Rene Allard at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono!!!

Cardiff had to endure an eventful journey in the $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series final for pacing fillies and mares at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Monday (April 22), but the Sportswriter mare showed rare pluck in a lifetime-best 1:51.1 mile which saw her sustain an uncovered grind for the last five-eighths.

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Western Fame continues to dominate the Levy Series

Western Fame continues his dominance of the Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway by sprinting away in the stretch and winning in a season's best 1:50.4 for Team Allard and Rene Allard!

Yonkers, NY – Fourth round, four divisions, go ‘fourth’.

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Yonkers Raceway Saturday night (April 6) hosted the next-to-last preliminary get-together of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.

Four, $50,000 Free-For All events were carded, one fewer than a week ago.

Here’s the vivid re-enactment…


Eclipse Me N wins F&M Open Pace at Saratoga

Eclipse Me comes from the back to win the Open Pace for the distaffers at Saratoga Casino for Team Allard and Rene Allard!

Eclipse Me N (Real Desire) prevailed in her 2019 debut while competing in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday afternoon. The Rene Allard trainee enjoyed a $100,000+ campaign last season and debuted in the local feature off a pair of qualifiers that took place at Pocono Downs.