NYSS Excelsior finals contested at Saratoga
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Two and three-year-old trotters who competed starting in late spring and through the summer saw their stakes campaigns culminate on Saturday night.
It was “Miller Night” at Saratoga as reinsmen Andy and Marcus Miller prevailed in three of the eight Finals. Marcus Miller piloted Century Ferrari (American Ideal) to victory in the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace in a sizzling 1:52.4 for his father trainer Erv Miller. Century Ferrari got the jump on his race’s favorite Rickybobbynthehaus (Tyler Buter) and held that one off in the stretch before securing his fourth win of the season.
Marcus Miller also sat behind the Anette Lorenzon-trained Alleyesonme As (Heston Blue Chip-Twincreeks Jewel) in the 2-year-old filly pace as she went coast-to-coast in 1:54.2. Andy Miller recorded a win on Saturday night as his Book Seven (Chapter Seven-Tantalizing Donna) went wire to wire in the 2-year-old colt and gelding trot final, stopping the timer in 1:59.4. Julie Miller trains the freshman trotter who moved his seasonal record to five for nine with the victory.
Scott Zeron was the other out-of-towner to pilot a winner in a $55,000 final as he guided the Blake Macintosh-trained Fool Me Again (Roll With Joe) to a 1:53.4 score in the three-year-old filly pace.
Four local drivers logged victories among the eight Finals on Saturday night as well. Jimmy Devaux got the evening started for the Spa regulars by guiding Ideal Perception (American Ideal-Southwind Siren) to a front-running score in 1:54.2 in the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace. Tony Alagna trains the freshman pacer whose victory was his third of the season.
John Stark Jr. trains and drives C And T’s Credit (Credit Winner-Love To Flaunt) who cruised to a first-over win in the 2-year-old filly trot, stopping the timer in 2:00 for an open-lengths score.
Mark Beckwith and Frank Coppola Jr. each catch-drove a Finals winner on Saturday as Beckwith guided Certify (Credit Winner) to a career-best victory in 1:55, paying immediate dividends for his new connections as the 3-year-old gelding went coast to coast in his first start out of the Lance Hudson stable. Coppola’s win came while sitting behind George Ducharme’s Hanna Dreamgirl (Chapter Seven) in the 3-year-old filly trot. Hanna Dreamgirl sprung the biggest upset of the night, swooping the group in 1:58.3 and doing so at odds of 19-1 with Coppola at the controls. (Saratoga)