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Series Starts At Saratoga

Published: April 21, 2019 4:51 pm ET

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Saturday marked the kickoff of the 2019 edition of the JP Morel Memorial Pacing Series at Saratoga Casino Hotel. There were two divisions for the young colt and gelding pacers, each of which went for a purse of $10,000.

The series’ clear favourite heading into it was Energyzone Hanover. The three-year-old American Ideal pacer came into the race with a three-for-three record this season and with four-consecutive wins overall dating back to last year. The betting public was not deterred when the Monica Krist trainee drew the outside post for leg one of the Morel Memorial Pace and still made the sophomore the race’s 2-5 favourite.

Despite getting an easy lead and not facing a challenge until the final turn, Energyzone Hanover was defeated on Saturday night when the Dave Byer-trained Super Roll got the best of him in the stretch. Super Roll, who won in a lifetime-best 1:55, paid $13.40 in the mild upset. Jimmy Devaux piloted Super Roll to the career-best victory. Energyzone Hanover had to settle for second place despite racing well once again.

In didn’t take long for driver Billy Dobson and Krist to avenge defeat in the opening prelim as Mantario took the other division of the $10,000 Morel Pace on Saturday.

Mantario was the big favourite while coming in off four-consecutive second-place finishes but shook his seconditis as Dobson moved the three-year-old pacer out to the early lead. They never looked back, stopping the timer in 1:54.2. Mantario gave Dobson, the meet’s leading driver, one of his four winners on the Saturday card.

Leg two of the seventh-annual Morel Memorial Pacing Series will take place next Saturday, April 27 with the $30,000+ Final scheduled for the following weekend.

Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon, April 23 at Saratoga with a 12 noon first post.

(Saratoga Casino Hotel)

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