Day At The Track

Margaret Spagnola trainee upsets favorite

03:45 AM 27 May 2012 NZST
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El Ringer would have the daunting task of tracking down the race's 1-5 favorite if he was going to win his first open of the year at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night.

The Margaret Spagnola trainee sat the pocket behind He's Gorgeous (Dan Cappello Jr), a horse who broke the Vernon Downs track record last weekend when he paced to a dazzling 1:48.4 win in central New York.

El Ringer surged up the inside in the $18,500 open and got by the favorite in deep stretch to record his second straight victory and set a lifetime mark of his own.

Jay Randall, El Ringer's regular reinsman, was in the sulky as the six year old won for the 22nd time in 48 lifetime starts, stopping the timer in a career best 1:52.1.

The win time matched Forty Carrots for the fastest time of the season thus far at Saratoga. Diamond Stick Pin (Vinny Ginsburg), the runner up to He's Gorgeous in his record setting try last week at Vernon, earned the show spot on Saturday.

El Ringer returned $11.40 to win and the exacta with the favorite came back $28.20. El Ringer is owned by the House of Cards Racing Stable of Saratoga Springs.

Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at the Spa with a matinee starting at 12:45pm. A Memorial Day matinee takes place on Monday afternoon, also with a 12:45pm first post.

El Ringer


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