Artful Way & Frank Coppola
Artful Way (Artistic Fella) prevailed in his first try in the local feature on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Jackie Rousse-trained three year old won the Open Pace while competing in it for the first time since coming to town in October. After moving aggressively to the early lead in 26.3, Artful Way kept rolling along on the front end, clicking off middle half fractions of 55 and 1:23.1 en route to victory in 1:51.4. Invader Dynamic Youth (Billy Dobson) was the race’s favorite and moved first over on Artful Way but didn’t make much of an impact before fading late to a fourth place finish. Longshot Duel In The Sun (Cambest) came charging hard in the stretch to be the runner up in the final $18,000 Open Pace for 2015 while Theseyesrcrying (Bruce Aldrich Jr) came on for third. Artful Way, who was driven to victory by Frank Coppola Jr, was dismissed at odds of 10-1 while second place finisher Duel In The Sun went off at odds of 31-1. The exacta with the longshots returned $387.50 while the triple came back $2016. Saturday night served as closing night for the ’15 racing season with live racing set to resume in March of 2016.
Photo: Melissa Simser
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