Rookie Trotters Impress In Consolations

Published: September 29, 2016 11:38 pm EDT

Two consolations for two-year-old trotters took center stage at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday evening as several New York Sire Stakes horses wrapped up their stakes campaign.

Top Flight Angel (Archangel) and Teasin N Pleasin (CR Excalibur) emerged victorious, each setting a lifetime mark in their $50,000 New York Sire Stakes Consolations.

Top Flight Angel and driver John Cummings, Jr. closed up the passing lane to edge out the favoured Another Chapter (Jim Morrill, Jr.) in the colt and gelding final. The Megan Wilson-trained trotter set a lifetime mark of 1:58.1 in what was the second victory in his freshman campaign.

Jeff Gregory picked up the catch drive behind the Tom Corelli-trained Teasin N Pleasin who secured the win in the two-year-old filly consolation. The freshman high stepper scored for the fifth time in eight 2016 tries and did so in a career best 1:59.

There were also four Excelsior Series Finals for two-year-olds which each went for a purse of $45,000.

Percys Z Tam (American Ideal) and trainer-driver Pat Lachance scored in the colt and gelding pace final while Barn Winner (Credit Winner) and Jeff Gregory scored in the trot final for colts and geldings.

The filly finals were both won by reinsman Stephane Bouchard as Royal Oaks (RC Royalty) bested the freshman trotting fillies and Pirineas Princess went last to first in the two-year-old filly pace final.

Live racing continues at Saratoga on Friday with a first post time set for 6:45 p.m.

(Saratoga Casino Hotel)

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