Newcomer Traverse Seelster opens eyes at Saratoga

08:14 PM 05 Jul 2014 NZST
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Traverse Seelster wins first appearance at Saratoga
Photo by Melissa Simer

Traverse Seelster came to Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Friday night for the first time off an eye-popping mile at Harrington Raceway in Delaware.

Under the care of trainer Amber Buter for the first time, the six-year-old trotter was assigned the outside post in Friday's $17,000 Open Trot.

Leading driver Billy Dobson floated the race's 1-5 favorite out early and landed him midpack. Moving first over at the half mile pole, Traverse Seelster (Angus Hall) appeared overpowering and cruised by the front running Just Like Lloyd (Mark Beckwith) before stopping the timer in 1:56.

Count Speed (Wally Hennessey) also made up quite a bit of ground in the final half to finish second in the feature while longshot A Megabuck (Chris Long) came on for third. For Traverse Seelster, the victory in his local debut was the 29th of his career in 98 starts and served as one of three on the evening for Dobson.

Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm.

by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

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