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Panocchio Perfect In Saratoga Open

Published: July 10, 2016 1:43 am ET

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Panocchio, who won back-to-back Pacer of the Year titles at Saratoga, scored his second victory of the year in the Open Pace Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel.

The Jimmy Mattison-trained Panocchio moved out to the early lead in a fast :27.1 in the $15,000 feature over a track labeled “good.” The son of No Pan Intended didn’t get much of a breather in fact he was confronted by and passed by Yonkers invader Idealbeach Hanover (Billy Dobson) approaching the half-mile pole.

After that rival tired, Panocchio swung to the outside but had the daunting task of trying to reel in JK Panache (Wally Hennessey) who had taken over the lead heading to three quarters. JK Panache and Panocchio then engaged in a sensational stretch drive which resulted in Panocchio getting up to win in 1:52.2. JK Panache had to settle for second for the second consecutive week while longshot All Steinam (Shawn Gray) came on for third.

It was the sixth victory on the year for Panocchio who spent the winter and spring competing at Pompano Park in Florida.

Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15 p.m.

(Saratoga Casino Hotel)


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