is now three-for-three in the Opens in the young 2014 season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the veteran reinsman piloted Turtle Express ( ) to victory in Friday night's $17,000 Open Trot.
Turtle Express had rattled off three consecutive wins at Yonkers before a try in their Open in his last start.
Making his local debut, thetrainee was assigned post eight on Friday but it didn't matter. Morrill rolled Turtle Express to the lead heading to the half mile pole and opened up a nearly half dozen length advantage before eventually stopping the timer in 1:57.2. Cash Poor (Austin Siegelman) was the runner up while Strong Hall ( ) closed for third in the trotting feature.
The Morrill-Efimetz combo has dominated the action through the first week of the racing season at the Spa.
For the third consecutive night, the pick five was not hit so the carryover to Saturday's card will be over $7,000. The pick five begins in race six.
Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a card highlighted by that pick five carryover. First post time is set for 6:45pm.