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New Zealands Bontz wins debut at Saratoga

02:15 PM 24 Aug 2019 NZST
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Boetz N wins the feature at Saratoga Raceway
Melissa Simser-Iovino photo

With no Open on the docket, the $12,500 Winners Over for fillies and mares was the harness racing feature on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel.

Bontz N (American Ideal) was making her local debut for trainer Gary Levine as she went off as the public's 1-5 betting favorite in the Friday feature.

The New Zealand invader was coming off a decisive victory at Yonkers and once again was pointed out to the front-end in her local debut.

Bontz N got a second quarter breather after clicking off a first quarter of 27.4 before the favorite got her first test as she led the charge to three quarters, a challenge that came from Come Get The Cash (Jay Randall).

The long first-over journey for Come Get The Cash resulted in a second-place finish as Bontz N paced home in 27.2 to stop the timer in 1:53.3 to prevail in her first start at the Spa.

Come Get The Cash was a strong second while Poppy Drayton N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Bontz N paid just $2.50 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $14.60 and $25.40, respectively.

Leading driver Billy Dobson piloted Bontz N to her victory in the feature.

Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first time set for 7:05pm.

by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

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