Im TP’s Crazed Bro (Crazed) went coast-to-coast in one of Thursday’s $9,000 co-featured races for New York sired trotters at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Brian Cross piloted the Scott Mongeon-trained trotter to the wire-to-wire win which was the fifth in 2019 for the three year old who has spent part of his season racing in New York Sire Stakes Excelsior A competition. Im Tp’s Crazed Bro got soft fractions in the middle half of Thursday’s race while trotting over a track labeled ‘sloppy’ and used those fractions to his advantage late before stopping the timer in 1:58.4 for the victory. Im TP’s Crazed Bro was the 6-5 betting favorite in his division of the co-featured trotting events on the card.
The other co-feature went the way of Phil Fluet’s Kolin (Crazed). Kolin came into the race with five victories on the campaign and added one more to his tally after getting a pocket trip behind his race’s favorite Jake G’s Champion (Billy Dobson) on Thursday. Kolin popped the pocket just past the three-quarter pole and got the best of Jake G’s Champion in the stretch before prevailing in 1:59. Frank Hanover (Jay Randall) came on to be second while Jake G’s Champion had to settle for third. Kolin, another three year old who has spent time competing in Excelsior A races this summer, paid $6.20 to win in his most recent victory.
Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm.
Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino