Zlatan bounces back for Saratoga win
March 02, 2018
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Zlatan (Muscle Mass) looked to be home free when making his Saratoga Casino Hotel debut on opening weekend. The Melissa Beckwith trainee had a convincing lead around the final turn in that start when he made an untimely break.
Following a winning qualifier, Zlatan was back at it on Thursday afternoon. Mark Beckwith left with the 5-year-old trotter and dropped into the pocket behind the race's odds-on favorite, CR Blazin Beauty (Bruce Aldrich Jr.), who was fresh off an open- lengths win at Yonkers. Zlatan cruised past the favorite in the stretch to prevail in 1:58 in the $6,000 trotting event for winners of two but not more than five lifetime races.
Zlatan paid $10.20 in the mild matinee upset while CR Blazin Beauty had to settle for second. Longshot Anja (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. (Saratoga)