Day At The Track

Ideal Fame justifies favouritism at Saratoga

04:03 AM 21 Oct 2012 NZDT
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Ideal Fame - Stopping the timer in 1:55.3
Photo: Dave Oxford

Ideal Fame was the public's 1-9 harness racing favorite in the $33,800 Battle of Saratoga #2 final on Saturday night (October 20).

The sophomore pacer lived up to the hype, scoring a convincing win in the final despite being hounded every step of the way.

Ideal Fame (Western Ideal) dug in after being tested in a first half of :55.1 but was up to the task, stopping the timer in 1:55.3. Wally Hennessey drove the three year old for leading trainer Melissa Beckwith.

That tandem also won Friday night’s Battle of Saratoga #1 final with filly Dressedforthedance. Ideal Fame has now won seven times in his nine local tries. Carmens Best (Billy Dobson) was a sharp second on Saturday night while Escape Master (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot.

Sunday afternoon’s feature is the Battle of Saratoga #3 final being contested for a purse of $39,000 for young trotters. Matinee first post time is set for 12:45pm.

by Mike SARDELLA

Ideal Fame and Wally Hennessey home in 1:55.3:

Dressedforthedance and Wally Hennessey winning on Friday:

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