Larry Stalbaum has been riding a hot streak of late at Saratoga Casino Hotel and on Tuesday, the veteran horseman added three wins to his growing tally. Stalbaum owns, trains and drives a trio of pacers who each recorded victories on Tuesday with each doing it in very different fashion. Stalbaum’s American Zest A (American Ideal) was the 2-5 betting favorite in the $11,250 Tuesday feature for pacers. The seven year old wound up moving first-over after a first half that went in 55.1 before powering past the leader and drawing out to win in a sparkling 1:52.2. For American Zest A, it was victory number four on the season and for Stalbaum, it was number three on the day. His Shady City (Metropolitan) won despite being parked the mile for the second consecutive week as he toughed out an overland journey to score in 1:56 in the afternoon’s opener for claiming pacers. Itsonlyrocknroll A (Million Dollar Cam) prevailed the old fashioned way as he went coast-to-coast 1:54.1 for Stalbaum in an $8,500 pace in which he was claimed out of. Stalbaum came into the week tied for fourth in the trainer standings and has piled up four wins in the two race days thus far following a Monday score from trotter Mr Cool Seaeyre N and the Tuesday hat trick.
Live racing continues on Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post set for Noon.
Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino