Victoria Swan (Swan For All) stayed red hot on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Her trainer Gary Levine is in the midst of a scorching stretch in his own right and on Friday night, the four year old mare moved her win streak to three with a hard-fought victory. Victoria Swan moved to the Levine stable in June and after finishing third in her first race for new connections drew the rail for her second start. Victoria Swan went coast-to-coast in 1:54.4 and set a new track record for four year old trotting mares on that Sunday afternoon. Following her second consecutive wire-to-wire win, Victoria Swan had post position six in a six-horse field on Friday when driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. opted to take her back in the early going. The mare displayed her versatility as she went first-over approaching the half and wound up grinding the leader into submission turning for home in the $7,250 trotting event. Victoria Swan stopped the timer in 1:57 for her third consecutive win. Levine has vaulted up the trainer standings at Saratoga in recent weeks and currently sits second just behind Melissa Beckwith in what could amount to an interesting race within in the races moving forward in the 2019 campaign.
Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post set for 7:05pm.
Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino