Sunday's (June 22) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Saratoga Casino and Raceway and Running Aces.
Let's Go Higher captures Mares Open at Saratoga
Saratoga Springs, NY --- On Sunday afternoon, Let’s Go Higher (Cole Muffler) continued her stretch as the most consistent participant in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
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|Let's Go Higher was a 1:53.4 winner on Sunday at Saratoga.|
The Heidi Rohr-trained mare was the Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year last year at the Spa and after going wire-to-wire in Sunday’s $17,000 Open, she now owns three victories this season in the top race for distaff pacers.
Shawn Gray sat behind Let’s Go Higher as they made every pole a winning one before stopping the timer in 1:53.4, holding off a late bid from the favored It’s A Miracle (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) who ended up as the runner-up. So Nice (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot.
The 6-year-old Let’s Go Higher owns a share of the track record for older pacing mares after prevailing in 1:52.1 on June 1.
Live racing resumes on Thursday night at Saratoga with first post time scheduled for 6:45 p.m.
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R Gauwitz Hanover, the longest shot in the field, captured the $8,500 Open Pace at Running Aces on Sunday night, speeding to a 1:53.2 score for driver Kim Pluta over favored Del Rio Seelster (Tim Maier) and Restless Yankee (Nick Roland). Laurie Patistas owns the 5-year-old gelded son of Modern Art. It was the 12th career tally for the winner from just 48 lifetime starts. He is trained in Minnesota by Jason Ryan, who drove stablemate Threestepstoheaven to a fourth place finish in the same heat. The quick time was one of five races that ended in 1:53 and change clockings on the night. Others were won by Silver Spir (Tim Maier) in 1:53.3 to best an $8,000 top conditioned class; Lifetime Louie (Rick Magee), who won a $6,500 conditioned race in 1:53.3; Gogetembrady (Tim Roach) who destroyed a $5,500 conditioned field in 1:53.4; and Second Thoughts (Tim Roach) who surprised a $2,500 bottom conditioned class in 1:53.4. Roach trains both of the horses he steered to victory. Driver Jason Ryan scored a triple on the program. On the training side, conditioner Jesse DeLong and assistant Tabitha Canaar triumphed in both $6,500 splits of the Minnesota-sired 3-year-old trots. Chewy Dunkerton (Nick Roland) won the colt split in 2:00.4 and stablemate She's A Foxie Lady (Jason Ryan) won the filly division in 2:00.2. Trainer George Reider also sent two to the winner's circle in Lifetime Louie and the trotter Axle (Rob Dinning), who scored in 1:57.3 in a $6,000 top conditioned race.