Day At The Track

Rousse trainee in a wire-to-wire victory

06:10 PM 02 May 2015 NZST
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Starznheaven
Starznheaven in a wire-to-wire victory in a career best 1:54.3

There were three Series Finals that took place on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for young horses who have competed over the last few weeks for their spot in the $25,000+ harness racing finals.

Starznheaven (Rock N Roll Heaven) was named Saratoga’s top two year old pacer last year and has now started out his sophomore campaign on a three race win streak.

The Jackie Rousse-trained pacer recorded a wire-to-wire victory in a career best 1:54.3 in the JP Morel Memorial Pacing Series Final as the race’s 3-5 betting favorite.

Frank Coppola Jr. piloted Starznheaven to his early season hat trick.

Coppola also piloted the winner of the John Mongeon Sr. Memorial Trot Final as Quick Feet (Crazed) went coast to coast in a lifetime best performance of his own.

The Margaret Spagnola trainee cruised in 1:59 as the race’s favorite at odds of 9-5.

The Virginia O’Brien Memorial Final was won by longshot Karla Art (Major In Art).

Brian Cross co-owns, trains and drives the three year old filly who took advantage of early speed duel before circling her rivals to prevail in a career best 1:58.3.

Karla Art returned $71.00 to win as a 34-1 longshot.

Live racing continues on Saturday evening at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm.

Mike Sardella

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