Tuesday's (Aug. 26) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Harrington Raceway, Saratoga Casino and Raceway and Hippodrome 3R.
Embassy Seelster takes Harrington feature
Harrington, DE --- J&M Racing’s Embassy Seelster ($16.40, Allan Davis) won her Harrington Raceway debut Tuesday with a 1:52.3 score in the $13,000 Mares Open II.
|Embassy Seelster (#3) held off Springforth and My Ideal Hanover to win in 1:52.3.|
The Doug Lewis-trainee had been racing at the Meadowlands and Pocono Downs before her Delaware debut.
The 4-year-old Modern Art mare battled gamely first-over and eventually wore down pacesetter My Ideal Hanover in the lane and a gaining Springforth at the wire for the win. Springforth was second, with My Ideal Hanover third.
It was the second win of the year for Embassy Seelster and one of three driving wins on the program for Davis.
George Dennis had a driving double.
-- Matt Sparacino
Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Back From Vacation (Dream Vacation) recorded his second consecutive victory on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Heidi Rohr-trained trotter finished third in his local debut a few weeks back but dominated his competition last week upon dropping into the $5,000 claiming level. The 6-year-old trotter coasted out to the early lead once again on Tuesday night and never had an anxious moment before drawing out to win in 1:58.4 with driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. in the sulky. The win was one of two on the card for the Rohr-Aldrich tandem who also teamed up for a victory with heavily favored Teach Me To Bucky (Crazed) who prevailed in his local debut in the evening’s opener. Rohr currently sits second in the ,trainer standings, just a few wins behind leading conditioner Jordan Derue, while Aldrich is second in the driver standings, albeit a long ways back from leading reinsman Billy Dobson. Aldrich piloted three winners on the Tuesday card.
After winning three of his four drives this past Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, all of them track record performances, what could harness racing driver Denis St. Pierre do to upstage that performance? How about coming back on Tuesday evening and winning five races. That is exactly what St. Pierre did, capturing half of the ten races on the program. The most dramatic of the five victories came in the ninth race feature pace. Race favorite Beach Runner A M and driver Mario Charron had to start from the second tier in post nine, but they were able to find clearance early and started up first-over after the pacesetter, Dragon A Little and driver Guy Corbeil. But after going to the opening quarter in a speedy :26.4, Corbeil was not about to allow Charron to take over the lead with ease and proceeded to keep Beach Runner A M parked out first-over not only past the half-mile marker in :55.1, but also around the third turn. As the field reached the backstretch, Dragon A Little has more than enough and began to fade which allowed Beach Runner A M to gain the lead, but right away he was challenged on the outside by Walks Of Life and driver Stephane Brosseau, who had been following the cover of Dragon A Little in third place. They pushed Beach Runner A M to the three-quarters in 1:24.3 as Denis St. Pierre was able to catch up to the leaders with Montezuma Bluechip and they ended up going three-wide on the final turn with Who Dey and driver Jocelyn Gendron following their outside flow. Then it became a two-horse race to the finish with Montezuma Bluechip and St. Pierre barely holding off Who Dey and Gendron to win by a slim nose in 1:55.1. Beach Runner A M held on for third place. It was only the second win in 18 starts this year for Montezuma Bluechip. The lone 3-year-old in the field against older horses is a gelded son of If I Can Dream and is trained by Francis Picard and owned by Bayama Farms, Inc. He paid $5.50 to win as the second choice in the race. Denis St. Pierre started off the evening winning the third race with Boogie Panic ($2.90) in 1:57.4, then swept the race card from the seventh to the tenth races with Don’t Tell Mom ($7.80) in 1:56.4, D G’s Machbeach ($2.80) in 1:56, Montezuma Bluechip and then capped the evening in the finale with YS Gold Star ($5.50) in 1:56.1. For the past week at the Hippodrome 3R, St. Pierre now sports eight wins in his 13 drives and his UDR at 3R is a very impressive .470.