Real Illusion & Bruce Aldrich
Real Illusion (Real Desire) scored in Saturday’s Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The six year old pacer was making his first start for trainer Jose Godinez after a claim last weekend and Real Illusion paid immediate dividends for his new connections by scoring in the $15,000 feature. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted Real Illusion who wound up first over in a race that featured first half fractions of 26.0 and 54.0. Real Illusion stopped the timer in 1:59.3 in the 1 1/16 mile Open as the race’s 7-5 betting favorite. Grand Galop Semalu (Mark Beckwith) was the runner up in the Saturday feature while Whogoesfirst (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. The exacta with 26-1 longshot Grand Galop Semalu second returned $74.50 and the triple paid $334.
Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a pick five carryover of $2,731. The matinee begins at 12:15pm.
Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino
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