Angel Nation (Archangel) was a multiple-time Open winner at Saratoga Casino Hotel in 2022. Following a winter which saw him race out of town, the six year old trotter returned to the stable of trainer Melissa Beckwith once the calendar turned to April. Angel Nation won his return to the Spa when he went wire-to-wire on April 2nd. On Monday, the Beckwith trainee drew post seven in the eight-horse Open Trot and subsequently took back to race from off the pace in the $17,000 feature. Driver Brett Beckwith got a cover trip for Angel Nation who came charging home in the stretch before scoring in 1:56. The race’s 4-5 betting favorite prevailed by a length and three-quarters to register what was his fourth victory of the year and second in as many starts at the Spa. Dewey Arnold (Jimmy Devaux) was the runner-up on Monday for the fifth time of the season while Reign Of Honor (Luke Hanners) earned the spot in the Open for the second week in a row. Angel Nation, who is owned by William Hartt of Carmel, ME, moved over the $350,000 mark in career earnings with the win.
Live racing continues on Tuesday at Saratoga and will feature a carryover in the early Pick Five of $2,860. First post time for the matinee is noon.
Photo: Jessica Hallett
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