Traverse Seelster made his second ever trip to Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Friday night and the talented trotter moved his record to two-for-two in the local Open.
The-trained six year old had to contend with post eight for his second try in the Saratoga Open.
Leading drivermarched Traverse Seelster ( ) out early and got away fourth in the $17,000 Open Trot. The 6-5 favorite then moved first over at the half mile pole and battled rival Count Speed ( ) for almost an entire lap before putting him away around the final turn and drawing off to an Open length in 1:55.2.
It was the ninth victory of the year for Traverse Seelster who is owned by Keith Pippi of Pittsburgh, PA. Just Make Believe () was the runner up in the Open for the third consecutive week while Slugfest ( ) came on to finish third.
Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm.
by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway