Day At The Track

Clean sweep in Holiday Trot Series

08:31 AM 12 Dec 2019 NZDT
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Barn Star, harness racing
Bar Star and trainer/driver Phil Fluet
Melissa Simser-Iovino photo

Barn Star (Conway Hall) completed a sweep of the Holiday Trot Series when on Wednesday afternoon, the four-year-old parlayed a pocket trip to his third consecutive victory.

Phil Fluet trains and drives Barn Star who scored in 1:58.2 in each of the two legs of the series leading up to Wednesday's $20,000 Final.

CC Bank (Jimmy Devaux) cut the mile and cruised through a first half in 58.2 as Barn Star lurked in the two-hole. The race's 3-5 betting favorite closed quickly up the inside and powered past CC Bank to stop the timer in 1:59.3 and complete the series sweep.

Longshot Duluth (Frank Coppola Jr) came on late to be second while CC Bank earned the show spot.

Barn Star, who is owned by the Tommy N Dakota and Phil Fluet Stables, paid just $3.20 to win but led an exacta and triple that returned $33.60 and $118, respectively.

The $10,000 Consolation of the Holiday Trot went to Kari-Sue Finn's Grandpa Erv who pulled off a mild upset at odds of 9-2 with Billy Dobson in the sulky.

Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon with first post time set for 12 Noon.

by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway
 
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