John Stark Jr’s It’s My Party (Chapter Seven) was a decisive winner in one of the afternoon’s co-featured races for New York sired trotters on Wednesday at Saratoga Casino Hotel. It’s My Party most recently competed in the Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series where she recorded a win in the second division before making a break in the Final. In Wednesday’s $10,000 co-feature, the three year old filly had little difficulty cruising to an open-length win with her driver-trainer Stark at the controls. It’s My Party was her race’s 6-5 betting favorite on Wednesday and never faced an anxious moment after retaking the lead approaching the opening quarter. It’s My Party stopped the timer in 1:58.3 to complete her third win since coming to town from Northfield Park in September. The final clocking was an impressive one on the cold afternoon in Saratoga which saw the other co-feature go in 2:01. Leap Year Lucky (Jimmy Devaux) parlayed a pocket ride to his second consecutive win for trainer Lisa Zabielski in that division as he tracked down the race’s favorite in the final strides to record his second victory in three tries since joining the class for winners of two but not more than five races lifetime.
Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12 Noon first post.
Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino