Mach To The Max (Mach Three) recorded his second consecutive victory in the JP Morel Memorial Pacing Series at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
The 3-year-old pacer made his local debut back in April with a solid third-place finish. Things have only gotten better for the Jackie Rousse trainee since then and he will head into next week's series final as the one to beat. On Sunday, Billy Dobson sat the pocket with Mach To The Max behind fellow Leg One winner Sassy Hanover (Bruce Aldrich Jr). Mach To The Max flew by around the final turn and stopped the timer in a career best 1:55.3. Making good at odds of 1-5, Mach To The Max became the only back to back winner in the pacing series that honors the memory of longtime Saratoga driver JP Morel.
Sassy Hanover will take part in next week's final as well following his second-place finish behind Mach To The Max while Regalwood (Jim Devaux) closed to finish third.
The other division of the series that was contested on Sunday saw My Name Is Sam (American Ideal) secure a win in 1:56.1 for trainer-driver Jay Randall. The series final, scheduled to be contested for a purse of upwards of $15,000, will take place next Sunday. (Saratoga)