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Little Santamonica Earns 50th Career Win

Published: April 14, 2017 11:58 pm ET

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Little Santamonica made her return to Saratoga in style on Friday night (April 14).

The veteran pacing mare has enjoyed a lot of success in past years while squaring off against the top lady pacers at the Spa and returned to town on Friday to compete in the $13,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap.

Jimmy Devaux piloted Little Santamonica and moved her out early before settling the nine-year-old mare in third going to the opening quarter. Little Santamonica came first-over after a first half paced in :56.2 and proved gutsy as she toughed out a win in 1:53.3 in a race that had a blanket finish. The six pacing mares were only separated by a total of two lengths at the wire, but it was the Jordan Hope-trained Little Santamonica who proved to be fastest of all. Her Own Land (Mark Beckwith) was the runner-up while Our Els Dream N (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) earned the show spot.

Little Santamonica (6) and driver Jimmy Devaux winning on April 14 at Saratoga. (Micheal A. Panzarino)

The race’s longshot returned $29 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $89.50 and $430, respectively.

While it was the first local start in 2017 for Little Santamonica, the daughter of Little Steven has already piled up five wins on the year for owner Courtney Crawford. With the earnings from her 50th career victory, Little Santamonica moved her bankroll over the $400,000 mark.

Live racing continues on Saturday evening with a 6:45 p.m. first post.

(With files from Saratoga Casino Hotel)

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