Chasethecloudsaway moved her record to two-for-two at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 2) when scoring a repeat win in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace.
Last week, Chasethecloudsaway toughed out a trip on the outside before drawing away from her rivals to win in 1:54 and spring an upset at odds of 25-1 in her local debut. On Tuesday, driver Luke Hanners again came from off the pace with the mare who was bet down to even money by the betting public.
Surreal Feeling was the runner-up to the winner in last week’s feature while trying to overcome post 8, but in this week’s installment of the ladies’ Open, moved right out to the front. Clicking speedy first half fractions of :26.3 and :56.2, Surreal Feeling held strong throughout before getting edged out late this week by Chasethecloudsaway in a mile clocked in 1:54. Surreal Feeling, perhaps the most dominant mare at the Spa this year, had to settle for second best while Birch Island Betty earned the show spot.
Chasethecloudsaway’s victory was her 14th of the season. She paid $4.10 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $6.40 and $18.60, respectively. The Open winner is owned by David Del Pozzo of Methuen, Mass. The feature winner’s connections secured a double on Tuesday as Del Pozzo, Petrelli and Hanners’ Beauty Is Blind scored a front-stepping victory in an $11,500 race for pacing mares.
Live racing resumes on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 7) at Saratoga with a matinee starting at 12 p.m. (EDT).
(Saratoga Casino Hotel)