On an evening that saw several big upsets at Saratoga Casino Hotel, Uncle Jord A was a longshot winner in the feature on Saturday night. Alicia Gray trains Uncle Jord A (Rock N Roll Heaven) who came into the evening with three victories in the local Open to his credit in 2023 but only one of which came in the last four months. In Saturday’s installment of the $17,000 Open Pace, Uncle Jord A was the longest shot in the morning line while drawing post position six. The race featured fast fractions of 27 and 56.2 in the first half and as the favorites duked it out, a host of longshots began to close in. With six horses separated by only four lengths turning for home, the scramble in the stretch was on. When the dust settled it was Uncle Jord A emerging with a 1:53.3 victory in a race in which he was dismissed at odds of 15-1. Talking Tom (Billy Dobson) closed to be second at 12-1 while 18-1 shot Pickup Man Hanover (Luke Hanners), last week’s Open winner, came on to earn the show spot. Uncle Jord A paid $33.40 to win and led big exotics which included a $309.50 exacta and a $4,100 triple. Uncle Jord A’s victory was his fourth in the Open this year for owner Doug Overhiser of New Smyrna Beach, FL.
Live racing continues on Sunday evening at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm.
Photo: Jessica Hallett
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