Bye Bye Michelle (Stonebridge Regal) scored in the Thursday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The seven year old pacing mare has frequently been claimed in the last year and on Thursday made her return to the Melissa Beckwith stable following a win last week. Dan Cappello Jr. piloted Bye Bye Michelle who got away third behind the race’s co-even money favorites Velocity Vespa (Jim Devaux) and last week’s Open winner Milky Way Rae (Billy Dobson) and powered past them heading to the three quarter pole. Bye Bye Michelle, a nine-time winner in 2016, stopped the timer in 1:56.4 for her second victory in ’17. Velocity Vespa finished second while Milky Way Rae rounded out the triple in the $10,000 feature for fillies and mares. Bye Bye Michelle was again claimed on Thursday and returns to the Andy Sardella stable who had her previous to last week’s claim.
Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm.
Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino