It's a Homicidal Hat Trick. Homicide Hunter was out and moving, setting his sights upon the leader. He dove into a rest stop past the 1:55.1 milepost when Smalltownthrowdown backed away. Homicide Hunter then became the hunted in the final turn, finding himself with a three-length lead after Hemi Seelster made a wild break and a hard right turn, back down into the paddock before completing his appointed rounds.
Homicide Hunter won it easily, defeating Dewycolorintheline (Dan Dube) by 4-1/4 lengths in 2:26 for the 1-1/4 mile distance. Last week’s upsetter, Taco Tuesday (Steve Smith), was third, with Sumatra (Eric Goodell) and Theraputic (George Brennan) picking up the remainder..
For Homicide Hunter, a 5-year-old Mr. Cantab gelding owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Chris Oakes, it was his sixth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $51, the triple returned $389.50 and the superfecta paid $2,118.
Sunday’s installment of the ‘New York, New York Double’ offered a winning combination of 2-Kelsocait (Saratoga’s third race) and 11-Awsome Valley (Yonkers’ fifth race) paid $44 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $5,623.
Note the Raceway’s post time next Sunday (Aug. 20) is 12:30 p.m. (Yonkers)