The first Sunday program since the return of racing at Saratoga Casino Hotel took place on a beautiful and hot Father’s Day afternoon. There was a double-feature as the Open Trot and Open Pace were both contested. The Open Trot saw a familiar face return to the winner’s circle as the track’s defending Trotter and Horse of the Year Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) went coast-to-coast for trainer Kyle Spagnola and driver Brett Crawford. The millionaire trotter looked fresh as can be off the layoff as he cruised to a decisive win in the $8,500 Open Trot. Longshot Cartier Volo (Brian Cross) finished second while Mr Cool Seaeyre N (Larry Stalbaum) earned the show spot. For Cash Me Out, it was the second Open victory in the 2020 campaign. The nine year old paid $8.70 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $109.50 and $453.50, respectively.
Betterlatethnnever (Western Terror) sprung the mild upset in the $8,500 Open Pace on Sunday afternoon as trainer Jim Nickerson and driver Jay Randall teamed up for a double on the card. The eleven year old Betterlatethnnever was sharp as could be before the break having finished second in back-to-back installments of the Open Pace. On Sunday, Randall got the veteran pacer a cover trip and fanned off that cover with authority before storming home to score in 1:52.4 at odds of 8-1. Hudson Phil (Shawn Gray) came up second-best while the favored Century Endeavor (Gerry Mattison) got a tough trip and wound up having to settle for a third-place finish. Betterlatethnnever led an exacta and triple that returned $113 and $304.50, respectively. Nickerson and Randall pulled off a big upset earlier in the card when their Scorpions Sister (Jailhouse Jesse) overcame post eight to prevail in her first career start to shock the group of young trotters in her lifetime debut.
Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a 13-race card kicking off at 12 Noon.
Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino