Dewey Arnold (Deweycheatumnhowe) has had a magical year in 2021 and the young trotter added another credential to his resume on Monday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Dave Dewhurst-trained trotter was a dominant force in the New York Sire Stakes this summer and came into his second lifetime try in the local Open Trot with ten wins and five second-place finishes in nineteen starts in ’21. Dewey Arnold finished second in last Monday’s (Sept 20) feature and thus wound up being the 2-5 favorite in this week’s $15,000 Open after drawing post position three. Leading driver Jimmy Devaux tried to put the super sophomore trotter into play early but instead of getting mired in an early speed duel backed Dewey Arnold off in the early going. With Bridge Works (Wally Hennessey), a four-time Open winner in his own right this summer, on the front-end, Dewey Arnold was left to approach that one via the first-over path. Those two locked horns throughout the final quarter of a mile before Dewey Arnold surged in the stretch to come on and win in 1:55.1. Bridge Works was a solid second while Mister Muscle (Brett Beckwith) earned the show spot. For Dewey Arnold, the earnings from the win moved his bankroll to over $245,000 in what has been simply a sensational season for the three year old. The 2-5 betting favorite on Monday led an exacta and triple that paid $6.30 and $27.80, respectively. Dewey Arnold is owned by Philip Hale in addition to his trainer Dave Dewhurst. The Open score was one of five on the afternoon for Jimmy Devaux who is poised to win his first ever driving title at Saratoga this season and enjoyed one of his biggest days of the meet on Monday.
Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee that is set to kickoff at Noon.
Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino