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Gruden Takes Saratoga Top Trot

Published: April 12, 2021 10:27 pm ET

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Gruden scored for the second consecutive week in the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Monday afternoon.

Billy Dobson piloted the Monica Krist-trained trotter and wasted no time moving him to the front in this week’s $12,000 feature. Enjoying comfortable fractions on the engine, Gruden didn’t face much of a threat before powering away to win in 1:57.3 while the favourite at odds of 4-5. Stone In Love (Brian Cross), who finished third in last week’s Open, sat the pocket to the winner on Monday and finished second while local legend Cash Me Out (Phil Fluet) had to settle for the show spot.

Gruden, who has been a picture of consistency at the Spa early on in the campaign, has now vaulted himself towards the top of the group of local trotters after his second consecutive score in the Open.

For the second straight week, Dobson piloted Krist trainees Gruden and Lazzaro to Monday scores. Both trotters are owned by Rick Dobson of Howell, Michigan. The win completed a natural hat trick for Billy Dobson who piloted three straight winners on the card.

Gruden took the bulk of the public’s money in the wagering this week despite the fact that Cash Me Out was back in town to compete.
Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon starting at 12 p.m.

(Saratoga Casino Hotel)

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