Tempus Seelster Tops Saratoga Mares

Published: May 18, 2018 09:54 pm EDT

Ontario-owned Tempus Seelster did what only one mare has been able to do in the last two months at Saratoga Casino Hotel when the five-year-old distaffer beat Spreester in the local Fillies and Mares Open on Friday night.

Spreester had won five of her six starts in the regular Friday feature before being assigned post seven in Friday’s $14,500 installment. The Jim Nickerson-trained Tempus Seelster had been a beaten favourite in three of Spreester’s Open wins and was the public’s 8-5 second choice in the wagering on Friday as she was again tasked with defeating the track’s top pacing mare.

Driven by Billy Dobson, Tempus Seelster grabbed an easy lead and coasted through a comfortable first half in :57.3 before any of her rivals made a significant move towards her. By the time her opponents were in gear, Tempus Seelster was poised to pace a :27.3 third quarter and a final half in :55.3 en route to victory in 1:53.1 on a beautiful spring night in Saratoga Springs, New York. Spreester (Frank Coppola Jr.) was still last heading towards three-quarters and though she unleashed a surge in the final eighth of a mile, came up third best. Longshot Squeeze This (Brett Crawford) finished second in the feature and returned a hefty $92.50 to place.

Tempus Seelster is now a three-time winner of the Open this season to go with four second-place finishes in the Friday feature in 2018.

The Big Jim mare is owned by Holland Racing Stable of Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ont.

(With files from Saratoga Casino Hotel)

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