Sunday's (March 16) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Saratoga Gaming and Raceway and Dover Downs.
Little Santamonica wins Saratoga feature
Saratoga Springs, NY --- Little Santamonica became the first two-time Open winner at Saratoga Casino and Raceway this season as the pacing mare went wire-to-wire for the second straight Sunday afternoon.
|Dave Oxford photo|
|Little Santamonica won the Open Pace at Saratoga Raceway in 1:57.3.|
The Jordan Hope-trained mare moved out to front end in the early stages and set fast fractions throughout before opening up a big lead turning for home. Longshot rival Billmar Scooter (Bruce Aldrich Jr) came flying late but came up second best. Venus Delight (Jordan Derue) closed to be third in her seasonal debut.
For Little Santamonica, the victory in 1:57.3 is the third on the year. Jim Devaux was the winning driver for the kelly Hope-owned mare, who returned $10.80 to win.
Live racing resumes on Thursday night at Saratoga with a 6:45 p.m. first post.
-- Mike Sardella
Bestofthebunch and Leyden, both 3-year-olds, scored lifetime-fastest victories in co-featured events for young horses amid a light snow shower on Sunday at Dover Downs. Veteran Ron Pierce rushed Bestofthebunch out from post eight to get the lead and led eight followers on the way to a lifetime record 1:53.3 victory in the first of the Delaware $9,500 paces. Trish Foulk trains the Artistic Fella-Terina’s Best gelding that has now won three races with two seconds in five 2014 starts for owner Foulk Stables. Public Enemy (Ross Wolfenden) closed from the back to finish second, edging Sounds Like Sam (Trace Tetrick). Leyden, an altered son of Quik Pulse Mindale-Staying Power, bred, owned and trained by William Moffett, also lowered his personal record, scoring a come from behind 1:54.2 success in the other dash for young pacers. Thetruthaboutdavid (Montrell Teague) led until the closing strides and finished second. Martz Creek Perry (Pierce) came on for show money.