Day At The Track

Biggest upset of season in Open

07:14 PM 18 Dec 2016 NZDT
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Mariner Seelester
Mariner Seelester
Michael Panzarino Photo

The final Open Pace of the year at Saratoga Casino Hotel yielded its biggest harness racing upset of the season.

Mariner Seelster (Camluck) pulled off the shocker in the $18,000 Saturday night feature by surging up the passing lane to win at odds of 55-1.

Mark Ford owns and trains the seven year old pacer who was the clear longshot in the race but prevailed in the end, stopping the timer in 1:53 to register the upset.

Invader Lucan Hanover (Stephane Bouchard) cut the mile and held on for second while Texas Terror N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot after a scramble in the stretch.

Mariner Seelster, who was driven to victory by Greg Merton, paid $113 to win and led a big exacta and triple that returned $877 and $2,877, respectively.

Closing day for the 2016 racing season is Sunday with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Racing will resume on Sunday February 19th with matinees scheduled for that day and the following afternoon on President's Day.

Mike Sardella

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