Thursday's (May 29) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Vernon Downs and Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
Market Dynamics a gate-to-wire winner at Vernon
Vernon, NY --- Market Dynamics was certainly dynamic in leading gate-to-wire to win the $8,500 featured race Thursday night at Vernon Downs.
Market Dynamics was sent immediately to the front by driver-trainer Rick Plano and was never really threatened through the one-mile pace. She set the fractions of :27.2 for the quarter, :56.1 for the half, and 1:23.4 for three-quarters. The final time for the mile was 1:51.4. Market Dynamics is owned by Mindy Findling Repko of Delray Beach, Fla.
The prohibitive favorite, Rocks N Bagels, looking to go five for five this season at Vernon Downs, was last up the backstretch and suffered a break at approximately the half-mile mark. She was never a factor after going off-stride and finished fifth and last. Love You Bye sat the pocket trip for the lion's share of the mile, but never really menaced the leader. Artic Byrd made a move on the far turn, but stalled in the stretch after getting alongside Love You Bye. Love You Bye ended up holding on for second place. The complete order of finish for the feature was: Market Dynamics, Love You Bye, Artic Byrd, Elleofnxample, and Rocks N Bagels.
Market Dynamics won as the longest shot on the board in the feature at 9-1, paying $21.80 to win.
-- Michael Chamberlain
Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Art Bettor Now (Bettor's Delight) made perfect use of a pocket ride on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Margaret Spagnola-trained 4-year-old followed rival Good Win Earl (Billy Dobson) every step of the way before pouncing on him in the stretch to record a lifetime best victory in the evening’s $6,000 featured race at the Spa. Art Bettor Now, who was driven by Bruce Aldrich Jr., was dismissed at odds of 8-1 for his pocket sitting score which came in a career best 1:54.4. Good Win Earl held second while Tijuana Party (Stephane Bouchard) closed for third in the optional $15,000 conditioned-claimer.