Lucid Thoughts (Cash Hall) has been a picture of consistency this season. The nine year old trotter hit the board in twelve of his fifteen starts this season heading into his try in the $14,500 Open Trot on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Shawn Gray piloted the John Macdonald trainee and got away in the two-hole behind Cincinnati Miss (Frank Coppola Jr) who won the Open just two weeks ago. Cincinnati Miss carved out the fractions and after checking in at three quarters in 1:26 extended her lead around the final turn. Longshot Lucid Thoughts then gathered a head of steam and came charging hard in the stretch. The veteran high-stepper reeled in Cincinnati Miss in the final strides before stopping the timer in 1:55.1, a time that matched the effort from trotting mare Charmed Life on April 23rd as the fastest of the season for a trotter at Saratoga. Cincinnati Miss was the runner-up while the favored Boli (Wally Hennessey) was late on the scene to earn the show spot. Lucid Thoughts paid a hefty $33.40 to win in the upset while the exacta and triple came back $178 and $310, respectively.
Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm.
Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino