For the second consecutive week, Betabcool N (Bettor’s Delight) prevailed in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez-trained distaffer parlayed a pocket trip to victory last week but on Friday night went right out to the early lead. Owning lap one to the tune of first half fractions of 28.1 and 59 seconds, Betabcool N faced her first test approaching three quarters when Tempus Seelster (Billy Dobson) rushed up on the outside. Betabcool N reeled Tempus Seelster in to prevail in last week’s $12,000 and with the roles somewhat reversed on Friday night, the result was the same. Betabcool N, the race’s 1-2 betting favorite, scored in 1:55.4 while Tempus Seelster was the runner-up. Mydelight Bluechip (Ben Mcneil) earned the show spot. The victory was the fourth in 2018 for Betabcool N in just six starts. The evening’s driving star was Billy Dobson who piloted seven winners on the card.
Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm.
Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino