Day At The Track

Allard wins fourth Open in the last eight days

03:12 PM 28 Jul 2019 NZST
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Beach Boogie, harness racing
Beach Boogie
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Harness racing trainer Rene Allard won a pair of Opens last Saturday night (July 20) at Saratoga Casino Hotel and scored with Lyons River Pride (Somebeachsomewhere) in Friday night's Fillies and Mares Open at the Spa.

On Saturday, Allard sent his Beach Boogie (Somebeachsomewhere) to town to compete in the $15,000 Open Pace.

The five year old came in as a winner of three of his last four but had a daunting task ahead of him in the local feature.

He was tasked with besting 2019 Open star and the race's big favorite Hudson Phil (Jay Randall).

Hudson Phil's win streak in the local Open came to an end last week but he was the 4-5 public choice on Saturday nonetheless as he looked to start a new streak.

The Jackie Greene trainee powered out to the early lead and set fast fractions of 26.3 and 55.2 in the first half.

All the while, Beach Boogie was sitting last in the six-horse feature.

Leading driver Billy Dobson got Beach Boogie underway and after Hudson Phil clicked off three quarters in 1:23, the favorite had company.

Beach Boogie tipped off the cover of fellow out-of-towner Lockton Luck A (Mark Beckwith) and stormed home to score in the Open in 1:51.2.

Paying $9.30 to win in the mild upset, Beach Boogie gave Allard his fourth Open win at Saratoga in the last eight days.

Hudson Phil was the runner-up in an $18.20 exacta while Lockton Luck A rounded out the $119 triple.

Live racing resumes on Tuesday evening at Saratoga with NY Sire Stakes action featured with three year old filly pacers taking center stage. First post time is set for 7:05pm.

Mike Sardella

 

TONY “SHIFTY” CIUFFETELLI WINS BILLINGS TROT AT SARATOGA

With the proliferation of amateur driving events during mid-summer the Billings Series Trot at Saratoga Harness on the evening of July 27th only attracted five entries and when they were set to go to post only four horses heeded the buglers' call.

The short field didn't deter Tony “Shifty” Ciuffetelli when he sent Someway Same Hall to the lead from the three- hole despite being parked by the first stanza in :28.4 by Royalpine Princess and driver, “Daring Dean” Collett.

However, once in command Someway Same Hall led his competitors by some three lengths when he passed the halfway point in :57.4. But those three lengths were soon opened to six as the altered son of Cash Hall trotted by the third quarter in 1:27.1. At that point “Mighty Matt” Zuccarello had Broadway Bruiser in high gear and moved into second and with Brett “the Kid” Beckwith alongside with Elegant Son.

But there was no catching the leader as Sameway Same Hall cruised to an easy 3-1/2 length victory in 1:57.4. Broadway Bruiser was second with Elegant Son , a neck farther back, in third place.

by John Manzi for the Billings Series 

 

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