Long Live Rock (Rocknroll Hanover) made his local debut a winning one in Saturday’s Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Rene Allard-trained seven year old dropped in fourth in the early going in the $15,000 feature that was contested at a distance of 1 1/16 miles. Billy Dobson moved Long Live Rock first over on fellow Yonkers invader UF Rockin Dragon (Jim Devaux) and overpowered that rival en route to an impressive win that covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:57.3. UF Rockin Dragon held on to win a photo for place while Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Long Live Rock was the 5-2 co-favorite in Saturday’s Open returning $7.00 to win. The exacta and triple came back $87.50 and $432, respectively.
Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm.
Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino