The track’s defending Pacer of the Year made his return to the winner’s circle on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel as Moonshine Kisses continued his second consecutive masterful campaign. The Jackie Greene-trained pacer motored home in a 26.4 final quarter in his last start and was tasked with drawing post eight for his Saturday try.
Driver Jay Randall didn’t waste any time putting the Open Pace’s odds-on betting favorite in gear powering him off the gate and out to the front-end in the $15,000 feature.
Following first-half fractions of 27 seconds and 56.1, Moonshine Kisses had plenty left in the tank and he followed up a strong first lap with a 55.2 final half en route to a 1:51.3 victory in the feature. For Moonshine Kisses, it was win number thirteen on the season in a 2023 campaign which has seen him earn over $238,000 in just 26 starts. The Kellogg Racing Stables LLC of Queensbury, NY owns the seven year old pacer.
Century Endeavor (Brett Beckwith) was the runner-up to Moonshine Kisses on Saturday while Talking Tom (Chris Long) earned the show spot. The big favorite in the wagering led an exacta and triple that paid $28.80 and $74.50, respectively.
Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee set to begin at noon.