There has been upsets-a-plenty at Saratoga Casino Hotel in the past few weeks and Thursday’s card was no different. The eleven race program saw 64-1 longshot Ted The Ballboy (Bettor’s Delight) finish in a dead-heat for win in the opener and that set the tone for the day. The Thursday feature was the $9,950 trot for New York Sired participants. The odds-on favorite Neymar (Dan Cappello Jr) looked to be home free in the stretch but got reeled in by She’s Uncorked (Mark Beckwith). The Melissa Beckwith trainee hadn’t been a factor in her first three starts at Saratoga despite getting heavy board support in two of them. On Thursday, She’s Uncorked followed the cover of Neymar before tracking him down in the final strides to register the win in 1:58.3. While recording the second of what would be three wins on the evening for the Beckwith stable, She’s Uncorked returned $11.20 to win which was really one of the shorter prices on the night. Longshot I’m Blue Too (Billy Dobson) returned the biggest price of the day paying $51.50 in his upset just eclipsing Ted The Ballboy’s $48.60 win price, which was knocked down significantly by the dead heat. In addition to the 64-1 and 24-1 shot winners, there were several other upsets on the Thursday card with five horses prevailing at odds of 9-1 or higher and only one favorite winning on the eleven race program.
Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm.
Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino