Flyhawk Thriller takes Saratoga Open
March 27, 2016
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Flyhawk Thriller (Cash Hall) pulled off the upset in the Open Trot on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
With no Sunday racing on Easter, there were co-features on the 13-race card as the $15,000 Open Trot joined the regular Saturday feature the Open Pace . Both races were contested at a distance of 1 1/16 miles.
Flyhawk Thriller was dismissed at odds of 34-1 while starting from post four in the Open for hightsteppers. Driver Jim Devaux moved the longshot into the pocket and tracked rival Waiting On A Woman (Jordan Derue) every step of the way. J A T O (Stephane Bouchard) brought a lengthy win streak into the Saturday co-feature and came charging up to challenge Waiting On A Woman.
Flyhawk Thriller popped the pocket around the final turn before getting up to win by a half length. J A T O came on for second while Waiting On A Woman had to settle for the show spot. Flyhawk Thriller returned $70.50 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $229.50 and $2080, respectively. Flyhawk Thriller is trained by Bert Belanger.
Chris Marino's Spinarama (Cam's Card Shark) prevailed in the co-featured Open Pace behind a strong effort on the front end which saw him score in 1:59.3 in the 1 1/16 mile Open. Stephane Bouchard piloted Spinarama, who was the race's 6-5 betting favorite, to the Saturday score.
Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 4 pm. (Saratoga)