With no Open Trot on the card, the $12,500 Winners Over served as the feature on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The six-horse field did feature last week’s Open winner Aberforth who was assigned the outside post after scoring the upset in career-best fashion at odds of 39-1 last Sunday. This week, the early speed in the race came from The Royal Harry (Billy Dobson) who built an imposing lead before tiring in the race’s final quarter. CR Blazin Beauty (Bruce Aldrich Jr) got the first crack at the fading leader while Aberforth (Frank Coppola Jr) closed in as well. CR Blazin Beauty struck the lead in the stretch and had just enough to hold off the late charge of the favorite before stopping the timer in 1:57.3 to record the mild upset. CR Blazin Beauty scored at odds of 6-1 and completed a big week for her connections as owners Blindswitch Racing Stable and trainer Jose Godinez teamed up with Aldrich for a pair of victories on both Thursday afternoon and Saturday night at Saratoga. CR Blazin Beauty paid $14.20 to win and led an exacta with Aberforth second that returned $31.80 and a triple with The Royal Harry finishing third that came back $105.50.
Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:00pm first post. There is a $5,000 guaranteed Pick Five pool on Wednesday as well as a race five $25,000 guarantee in the triple pool.
Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino