Zlatan (Muscle Mass) looked to be home free when making his Saratoga Casino Hotel debut on opening weekend. The Melissa Beckwith trainee had a convincing lead around the final turn in that start when he made an untimely break. Following a winning qualifier, Zlatan was back at it on Thursday afternoon. Mark Beckwith left with the five year old trotter and dropped into the pocket behind the race’s odds-on favorite CR Blazin Beauty (Bruce Aldrich Jr) who was fresh off an open length win at Yonkers. Zlatan cruised past the favorite in the stretch to prevail in 1:58 in the $6,000 trotting event for winners of two but not more than five lifetime races. Zlatan paid $10.20 in the mild matinee upset while CR Blazin Beauty had to settle for second. Longshot Anja (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot.
Live racing continues on Friday evening with a 6:45pm first post.
Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino