On Saturday night (April 7), Deetzy (Jereme's Jet) did what no other horse has been able to do at Saratoga Casino Hotel since February and that is defeat Artful Way.
The track’s defending Horse of the Year, Artful Way had prevailed in three consecutive Saturday night features but was assigned post eight in this week’s installment of the $12,000 Open for pacers. Deetzy had post three as he stepped back up into the feature following back-to-back wins in conditioned races.
Phil Fluet picked up the catch drive behind Deetzy and moved the Jim Nickerson trainee out to the early lead. After a relatively comfortable first half in :56.4, Deetzy paced up a storm heading to three-quarters and opened up a lead that would prove to be insurmountable.
The 6-year-old stopped the timer in 1:52.2 as he scored at odds of 6-1. Poisonous (Mark Beckwith) was the Open’s runner-up for the second consecutive week while JK Panache (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. The even money favorite Artful Way was a non-factor on Saturday as the trip got the best of the superstar pacer.
Deetzy, who paid $15.40 to win, led an exacta and triple that paid $54 and $301, respectively.
Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15 p.m. first post.
At Buffalo, Heaven Rocks got to an early lead and stoned the field the rest of the way in capturing Buffalo Raceway's featured $9,600 pace on Saturday night (April 7) in a seasonal best 1:56.3 over the fast track.
Driven by John Cummings Jr., Heaven Rocks ($4.10) started from the two post and managed to grab the top by registering a :28 opening panel. With middle splits of :57.3 and 1:27.2, Heaven Rocks was ready and waiting for challengers in the home stretch.
Focus Power (Drew Monti) and China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.), who finished second and third, respectively, made valiant attempts to collar the pacesetter late but their efforts came up short as Heaven Rocks posted the three-quarter length victory.
Owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin, it was the third win in nine tries this year for Heaven Rocks (Rock N Roll Heaven-Cheerful Outlook). The 6-year-old gelding has now earned $21,430 in 2018 and $149,656 lifetime.
Monti finished the evening with four victories in the bike, Ray Fisher Jr. tripled while Shawn Gray and David McNeight III each had doubles. Perrin conditioned four winners with Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. and James Clouser Jr. each scoring a pair.
Racing will resume on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a nine-race program set. For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and the simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.