City Of Hope (Met’s Hall) sprung the upset in Sunday’s feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Dave Dewhurst-trained trotter is in the midst of a breakout season in which he came into the day with earnings of over $130,000. The three year old raced in the local Open Trot for the first time last Sunday (Nov 5) but faded late after cutting the mile in the $15,000 feature.
This week, driver Jimmy Devaux got a pocket trip for City Of Hope who rode the coattails of millionaire trotter Cash Me Out (Mitch Cushing) who cut the mile in the feature. With the top few betting choices never factoring, longshots Cash Me Out and City Of Hope slugged it out late getting joined in the stretch by Bluffinner (Jordan Derue). At the wire, it was City Of Hope emerging victorious springing the upset at odds of 12-1. The veteran Cash Me Out finished second while Bluffinner earned the show spot.
City Of Hope paid $27.60 to win in the feature and led an exacta and triple that returned $160 and $569, respectively. Trainer Dave Dewhurst co-owns the young trotter with Philip Hale of Utica, NY. The victory was number fourteen for City Of Hope in his breakout sophomore campaign.
Live racing continues on Monday afternoon with a first post time set for noon.
Jessica Hallett photo