Boozer Wins the Featured Race for Pacers on Saturday at Saratoga

Boozer (Huntsville) was a winning machine in his breakout three year old campaign in 2023. Competing out of the stable of Melissa and Mark Beckwith, Boozer enjoyed an eleven-win season and accrued over $81,000 in earnings in ‘23.

The now four year old pacer is off to a strong start at Saratoga Casino Hotel again this year and on Saturday night, the Mark Beckwith trainee prevailed for the second consecutive week. Brett Beckwith has been on an absolute tear in the racing season’s first month and piled up another four-win evening on Saturday.

Beckwith pointed Boozer right out to the lead in the evening’s $11,500 feature and the youngster never let up, wiring the field in 1:55.1. His race’s 3-5 betting favorite, Boozer won for the thirteenth time in 33 career starts. Mark Beckwith teamed up with Brett for three winners on the Saturday card as his son piloted Go Dancing A and Little Willy to victories to join Boozer to comprise the duo’s hat trick.

Both Beckwiths wound up with four wins on the night. Saturday’s card was the seventh consecutive in which Brett has recorded at least three winners in what has been a dynamic opening month of the campaign for the 21 year old rising sulky star.

Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee that begins at noon.

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Rocknroll Runa A Wins Open Pace at Saratoga on Saturday

Rocknroll Runa A (Rock N Roll Heaven) won the local Open Pace for the third time this season when on Saturday evening, the Larry Stalbaum trainee overcame post position eight to record the victory in the $15,000 feature. The well-traveled Rocknroll Runa A came into the race with more than $216,000 in earnings on the year by way of eleven wins and dominated the competition despite getting a first-over trip in his return to town.

Young reinsman Matt Athearn piloted the Stalbaum trainee who overpowered the front-runner in the race before opening up an insurmountable lead past the three-quarter pole. Rocknroll Runa A stopped the timer in 1:53.1 on a chilly December evening in the Spa City to secure his third local Open win of 2023. Vintage Cheddar N (Brett Beckwith) was making his first start in over five weeks when he came charging hard to be a solid, albeit well-beaten, second in the feature.

Islandspecialmajor (Jay Randall) earned the show spot. Rocknroll Runa A was the 4-5 betting favorite despite having started from post eight in what was his twelfth win of the season. The victory served as the third in Opens at Saratoga in less than two weeks for the Stalbaum stable whose Big Box Hanover and Magical Maya A scored wins in the Open Trot and Fillies and Mares Open, respectively. Stalbaum owns the Aussie invader Rocknroll Runa A who has enjoyed a sensational first season in the U.S.

Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post set for noon.

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