Chasethecloudsaway is the winningest horse in Opens this season at Saratoga Casino Hotel and the Chris Petrelli-trained distaffer scored another victory in the Fillies and Mares Open on Monday afternoon.
A sixteen-time winner in her breakout 2021 campaign, Chasethecloudsaway has proven last season was no fluke.
On Monday, the five-year-old daughter of Sunshine Beach powered out to the early lead in the $16,050 feature for the ladies, getting to the top in a fast first quarter of :27.2. The 4-5 betting favourite got a bit of a breather in the middle half before being asked for her best around the final turn by driver Luke Hanners.
Chasethecloudsaway kicked away late and wound up reporting home a winner by a length. Last year’s Saratoga Horse of the Year Surreal Feeling (Alek Chartrand) drew post eight in the nine-horse Open and came charging hard late to be second while So Diva (Brett Crawford) closed to finish third.
Chasethecloudsaway’s win was her fifth in the local Open this year to put her in the lead among all Open horses, both pacer and trotter, for most victories in the feature in ’22. On Monday, she paid $3.60 to win. Chasethecloudsaway is owned by David Del Pozzo of Methuen, MA.
Live racing resumes on Friday evening at Saratoga with a first post time set for 5 p.m.
(Saratoga Casino Hotel)