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Stevensville Completes Schnittker Triple

Published: April 29, 2017 11:09 pm ET

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Stevensville scored in the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday night (April 29) and completed a rare natural hat trick for his trainer.

Conditioner Ray Schnittker brought three horses to town to compete on Saturday night and his stable went three-for-three.

Stevensville pulled off the upset in the $14,500 Open as he picked up cover and followed it all the way en route to the winner’s circle. Mark Beckwith piloted the six-year-old Schnittker trainee to his second win of the season, a victory that came in 1:53.1 while dismissed at odds of 23-1. St Lads Moonwalk (Frank Coppola Jr.) was first-over on the race’s favourite In The Huddle (Chris Long) and served as cover for Stevensville before coming up second-best. The 3-5 favourite In The Huddle had to settle for third.

Stevensville returned $49.20 to win in the biggest upset in an Open thus far in 2017 at the Spa and started an exacta and triple that paid $212 and $713, respectively.

Schnittker bred and co-owns the son of Somebeachsomewhere with Paul Bordogna and Ryan Miller.

Schnittker’s One More Laugh and OK Fantastic went coast-to-coast to secure their Saturday scores and both did so with Phil Fluet in the sulky.

Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee set to kick off at 12:15 p.m.

(With files from Saratoga Casino Hotel)

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