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Mariner Seelster Pulls Off 55-1 Shocker

Published: December 18, 2016 12:21 am ET

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The final Open Pace of the year at Saratoga Casino Hotel yielded its biggest upset of the season.

Mariner Seelster pulled off the shocker in the $18,000 Saturday night (December 17) feature by surging up the passing lane to win at odds of 55-1. Mark Ford owns and trains the seven-year-old son of Camluck who was the clear longshot in the race but prevailed in the end, stopping the timer in 1:53 to register the upset. Invader Lucan Hanover (Stephane Bouchard) cut the mile and held on for second while Texas Terror N (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) earned the show spot after a scramble in the stretch.

Mariner Seelster, who was driven to victory by Greg Merton, paid $113 to win and led a big exacta and triple that returned $877 and $2,877, respectively.

Closing day for the 2016 racing season is Sunday with a matinee beginning at 12:15 p.m. Racing will resume on Sunday, Feb. 19 with matinees scheduled for that day and the following afternoon on President’s Day.

(With files from Saratoga)

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