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Bontz N Beats A Pair In Saratoga Open

Published: March 14, 2020 12:19 am ET

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The field for the Fillies and Mares Open was reduced to three participants after a host of scratches on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel.

In a race offering win betting only, Miss Irish Rose A (Larry Stalbaum) was the betting favourite in a feature that went for a purse of $15,000.

Bontz N (Shawn Gray), a nominee for Pacing Mare of the Year at the Spa in 2019, wound up getting the pocket trip to Miss Irish Rose A in what was her second start back this season. Invader Fool Me Again (Mitch Cushing) got away third in the compact field of three as Miss Irish Rose A cruised through a first half in :58.3. Bontz N got geared up to go around the final turn and cruised past Miss Irish Rose A in the stretch to record the victory in 1:56.

Miss Irish Rose A was the runner-up and has now finished first or second in all four of her tries in the Fillies and Mares Open at the Spa this season.

Bontz N, who paid $4.60 to win, is owned by April Aldrich of Greenfield Center, New York and is trained by Gary Levine, who came into the day atop the trainer standings after about a month of the racing season at the Spa.

Live racing is scheduled to resume on Saturday evening at Saratoga with a 5 p.m. first post.

(With files from Saratoga Casino Hotel)

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