Day At The Track

Sally Fletcher A scores again in Saratoga feature

12:00 PM 20 Oct 2018 NZDT
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Sally Fletcher A wins the F & M Open for the second straight week
Melissa Simser-Iovino photo

Sally Fletcher A (American Ideal) scored in the Fillies and Mares Open for the second consecutive Friday night at Saratoga as the Jose Godinez trainee rolled to a front-running victory in 1:53.3.

Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted Sally Fletcher A and wasted no time retaking the lead after briefly giving way to invader Culinary Delight N (Larry Stalbaum).

Happy Heart (Mark Beckwith), who was the runner-up to Sally Fletcher A in last week's installment of the $16,000 Open for distaffers after edging her out the week before, got away last in the five-horse feature on Friday. She closed sharply when called upon on Friday but was no match for Sally Fletcher A who recorded her seventh win of the season and did so at odds of 6-5.

Happy Heart was the runner-up once again this week while Culinary Delight N had to settle for third. The Sally Fletcher A- Happy Heart exacta, which has come in in a box for three consecutive weeks now, paid $13.40.

Aldrich, Godinez and the Blindswitch Racing Stable teamed up for a second winner on the card when their Poppy Drayton N lived up to the hype as the 1-9 betting favorite in a $8,000 conditional race for fillies and mares.

Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a 6:45pm first post.

by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway


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