Mandeville trots to 1:54.2 Saratoga victory
May 05, 2019
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With no Open Trot on the card, the $12,500 winners-over served as the feature on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel.
Veteran Open trotter Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) was assigned the outside post for the feature and was the public’s 1-5 betting favorite as he sought his fourth win of the season. The veteran trotter didn’t come into the race in his best form but on paper still looked to be the clear one to beat.
Rival Mandeville (Majestic Son) has also spent much of his year in the local Open and though he came into Sunday’s try winless in 2019 looked like he may be the favorite’s top threat. Mandeville and his driver Jimmy Devaux were aggressive in the early going and powered out to an easy lead. After cruising through a half in 56.3, Mandeville lengthened his lead in the second lap before powering away to be a decisive winner by almost four lengths.
Stopping the timer in 1:54.2, Mandeville now owns the fastest time of the season for any trotter at the Spa in ’19. Windsun Missile (Brett Crawford), the runner-up in last week’s Open, was again second best on Sunday while Cartier Volo (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot.
Trying to come from last in the 1:54.2 mile proved to be too difficult for the favored Cash Me Out, who had to settle for fourth. Mandeville paid $11.00 to win and led an exacta and triple in the six-horse race that paid $45.80 and $154.50, respectively. Mandeville is trained by Don Billings for owner Jessica Anderson of Dorr, MI. (Saratoga)