Lady Saturn and Molly’s Game win divisions of the O’Brien Series at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Monday

Lady Saturn and Molly’s Game win divisions of the O’Brien Series at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Monday

Some of the top young fillies and mares at Saratoga Casino Hotel have slugged it out for the better part of the last three weeks as part of the Virginia O’Brien Memorial Pacing Series. Monday’s matinee featured two divisions of the third leg of the series for young distaffers and saw the favorites shine. Lady Saturn, a three year old filly by Huntsville, began her 2024 campaign with a victory in a non-winners of two race lifetime condition on April 16th before taking part in the series’ first leg contested the following week.

The sophomore filly made it look easy scoring in legs one and two of the series heading into Monday’s third leg as the big favorite. Brett Crawford pilots Lady Saturn for trainer Michelle Crawford and wasted little time moving the 1-9 shot to the early lead while in pursuit of the seasonal grand slam. Homer she did as Lady Saturn held off a mild bid in the stretch from three-leg runner-up I Loved Her First (Wally Hennessey) before recording a career-best 1:55 victory. Lady Saturn, who is owned by Dragon Tales Farm Inc, will head into next week’s Series Final as the one to beat as she is now four-for-four in 2024.

The other $10,000 division of the Virginia O’Brien Memorial Pace went the way of Mollys Game, a three year old Jaymes McAssey trainee. Mollys Game came into the series off back-to-back second-place finishes before pulling off a mild upset in leg one with Chris Long in the sulky. Billy Dobson piloted the sophomore filly to a runner-up try in leg two before going coast-to-coast with her on Monday in a lifetime best 1:56.4. Mollys Game was her race’s 3-5 betting favorite in her leg three win. The McAssey trainee is owned by Delpozo Scwartz Paoletti LLC.

Live racing resumes on Saturday evening at Saratoga with a first post time of 5pm.

Mike Sardella | Saratoga Casino Hotel | Saratoga Springs, NY

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