Saratoga closes season with colt Open winner

02:42 AM 16 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Panpero Firpo, harness racing
Panpero Firpo battle snow and older rivals to win Open Pace
Photo by Dave Oxford

Panpero Firpo (No Pan Intended) continued the year long trend of a different horse winning the Open Pace almost every Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. In addition he battled through the snow and older rivals to hold on and a trip to victory lane.

On closing night, the three year old Panpero Firpo became the twenty-first different pacer to win the Open in the past twenty-three weeks. Driver Jordan Derue was aggressive with the Jackie Rousse trainee and moved to the lead early in the mile on a snowy night in Saratoga. The sophomore dug in in the stretch to hold off a host of rivals before stopping the timer in 1:57.4 over the snow covered oval.

The race's favorite Bet On Roulette (Shawn Gray) was the runner up in the $16,050 feature while Whogoesfirst (Jim Devaux) finished third. The 2013 racing season is now complete at the Spa with live action set to resume on March 2, 2014.

by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway


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