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Lucid Thoughts Upsets In Saratoga Open

Published: June 18, 2017 10:32 pm ET

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Lucid Thoughts has been a picture of consistency this season. The nine-year-old trotter hit the board in 12 of his 15 starts this season heading into his try in the $14,500 Open Trot on Sunday afternoon (June 18) at Saratoga Casino Hotel.

Shawn Gray piloted the John MacDonald trainee and got away in the two-hole behind Cincinnati Miss (Frank Coppola Jr.), who won the Open just two weeks ago. Cincinnati Miss carved out the fractions and, after checking in at three-quarters in 1:26, extended her lead around the final turn. Longshot Lucid Thoughts then gathered a head of steam and came charging hard in the stretch. The veteran high-stepper reeled in Cincinnati Miss in the final strides before stopping the timer in 1:55.1, a time that matched the effort from trotting mare Charmed Life on April 23 as the fastest of the season for a trotter at Saratoga. Cincinnati Miss was the runner-up while the favoured Boli (Wally Hennessey) was late on the scene to earn the show spot.

Lucid Thoughts paid a hefty $33.40 to win in the upset while the exacta and triple came back $178 and $310, respectively.

The Cash Hall gelding is owned by J P Stables of Winchester, Ont.

Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15 p.m.

(With files from Saratoga Casino Hotel)


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