Palmers Pride (Monsieur Kan Due) took a while to get going in his career but the five year old trotter is enjoying a breakout season in his first year of racing at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Don Sherman trainee, who made his lifetime debut at the Spa earlier this year, scored his eighth win of the season in Friday’s feature. A consistent leaver, Palmers Pride once again flashed his early speed in Friday’s $10,000 feature for trotters and made a relatively easy lead. Driver Mark Beckwith gave him a second quarter breather as they braced for the challenge of the big favorite Up The Alley (Billy Dobson). When that one made a break, Palmers Pride drew away from the remainder of his challengers and opened up a commanding lead turning for home before stopping the timer in 1:55.4. For Palmers Pride, it was the eighth win in 18 career starts and the consistent trotter has now hit the board in 14 of his lifetime tries. Sweet Thing (Bruce Aldrich Jr) finished second while Seeking Steven (Wally Hennessey) earned the show spot. Palmers Pride returned $13.40 in his most recent win and started an exacta and triple that paid $41.20 and $112.50, respectively.
Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post.
Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino