Veteran pacer Texas Terror N (Western Terror) made his return to Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday night following a lifetime best performance at the Meadowlands. The Al Annunziata trainee was the 4-5 betting favorite in the $19,500 Open Pace following a 1:50.1 victory in New Jersey last week. Bruce Aldrich Jr. wasted no time moving the favorite out to the early lead in the Saturday feature and the nine year old pacer took it from there. Following first half fractions of 27.1 and 56.1, Texas Terror N paced a final half in 55.3 en route to his wire-to-wire win that came in 1:51.4. Deetzy (Billy Dobson) sat the pocket to the winner and finished as the runner-up while Dancin Yankee (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot. The favorites finished 1-2-3 in the seven-horse Open which had an exacta that paid $10.20 and triple that returned $17.20.
Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a 12:15pm start to the matinee.
Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino