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So Nice Prevails In Saratoga Open

Published: October 29, 2016 1:14 am ET

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So Nice shook her bridesmaid status on Friday night (October 28) at Saratoga Casino Hotel.

Though the six-year-old Ponder mare had recorded eight wins this season as she headed into the $16,000 Fillies and Mares Open, her last local victory came in the mid-July. The Amber Buter trainee has still been a force in the local feature for distaffers, though, despite not having earned a win in the previous three months. So Nice was the runner-up in five consecutive tries in the Open before a third-place finish last week.

In Friday’s installment of the Open, So Nice blasted out to the early lead and never looked back. Mark Beckwith piloted the mare, who cruised through first half fractions of :27 and :56 before sprinting a back half in :55.4 on a chilly Friday night in the Spa City. So Nice stopped the timer in 1:51.4 as the race’s second choice in the betting, flipping the script on Velocity Vespa (Jim Devaux), who had to settle for second-place. Velocity Vespa had defeated So Nice in their last three meetings, but rounded out an $11.80 exacta on Friday night in the five-horse feature for lady pacers.

So Nice moved her seasonal earnings to over the $100,000 mark for the ’16 campaign with the win. She is owned by Gene Oldford Farms LLC, Stephen Oldford, and Tyler Buter.

The Buter-Beckwith combo also teamed up for a victory on Friday with pacing mare Cracker Coffee (Six Of Diamonds), who scored in 1:54 to prevail in her local debut.

(With files from Saratoga)

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