Day At The Track

Invader takes Spa Open Pace

08:16 AM 07 Apr 2021 NZST
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Macheasy A, harness racing
Macheasy A and driver Jay Randall
Mellisa Simser-Iorvino Photo

Out of town trainer Rob Harmon only brings a handful of harness racing horses to Saratoga Casino Hotel to compete.

Usually when he does, it is Open participants that come to town for the veteran conditioner. On Tuesday, Harmon's Macheasy A (Mach Three) made his Spa debut and drew post four in the $11,000 Open for pacers.

Jay Randall catch-drove Macheasy A who went off at odds of 4-1 in his local debut. The invader got a pocket trip behind last week's Open winner Artful Way (Billy Dobson) and rode that one's coattails in a first half paced in 56.3.

Artful Way worked hard in the early stages of the feature but did get to back things down a bit in the middle half before being met with the challenge of Macheasy A around the final turn. When Randall asked Macheasy A for his best, the eight year old pacer made it look easy and powered past the leader to assume command and draw off before recording his first Spa victory in a mile clocked in 1:53.1.

MACHEASY A REPLAY

 

Macheasy A paid $10.80 to win and led an exacta with Artful Way second that came back $34.60. Lord Willoughby A (Larry Stalbaum) finished third and rounded out a $153 triple.

Macheasy A, who is owned by the Harmon Racing Stable of Milford, PA is the second Open winner of the young season at the Spa for trainer Rob Harmon whose Robyn Camden prevailed during opening week of the 2021 campaign in the Fillies and Mares Open.

Trainer Gary Levine's stable starred on Tuesday afternoon as well as the meet's leading conditioner added three wins to his tally.

Live racing continues on Wednesday at Saratoga with a matinee kicking off at Noon.

For full race results, click here.

by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

 

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