Sunday's (May 25) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Saratoga Casino and Raceway and Tioga Downs.
Bell On Wheels begins Saratoga title defense
|Melissa Simser Photo|
|Bell On Wheels won the Fillies and Mares Open in 1:52.2, a tick off the track record.|
Saratoga, NY---Bell On Wheels scored in the Fillies and Mares Open for the second consecutive Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
The winner of the Aged Pacing Mare of the Year award at the Spa last year, Bell On Wheels (Western Hanover) won her first feature of the 2014 season last week and drew the rail on Sunday while seeking to repeat in the $17,000 Open for distaff pacers.
Bruce Aldrich Jr. again sat behind the Harry Landy-trained mare as they sat the pocket behind rival Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey). Bell On Wheels flew late to reel in the top rival and stop the timer in 1:52.2, the fastest for a lady pacer at the track this year and just a fifth of a second off of the track record for aged pacing mares. Godiva Seelster was the runner up on Sunday while Aint No Dollatable (Billy Dobson) finished third in the condensed five-horse feature.
Live racing resumes on Thursday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45 p.m.
After winning nearly half of his races as a 3-year-old, the Harbor Racing Stable's Rossini ($6.80) dug in to stave off a late charge from Dough Dough en route to a 1:53.4 win in the $14,000 Open I Handicap Trot on Sunday (May 25) evening at Tioga Downs. The 4-year-old Classic Photo gelding dueled for the lead through a 28 first quarter, clearing just off the first turn. After completing a 56.4 half-mile while uncontested, Rossini faced a strong first-over challenge from Tirade Hanover (John MacDonald) on the backstretch, responding and sprinting clear on the far turn. A late challenge from the pocket-sitting Dough Dough came up just short, as Rossini was driven out to prevail narrowly. Howard Parker handled the driving duties aboard Rossini for trainer Jim Raymer. Meanwhile, favorite Splitsville (Jim Marohn, Jr.) saw his winning streak end at four, as he was forced to chase the entire mile, breaking stride in upper stretch after being caught in a blind switch. Live racing resumes at Tioga on Monday (May 26) afternoon, with the 13-race Memorial Day card beginning at 1:30 p.m. EDT.