For just the second time this season, there was a back to back winner in the Saturday night Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
Panocchio () parlayed the pocket ride to victory last week but on Saturday night, the Jimmy Mattison trainee had to tough it out first over in the $17,000 feature.
Gerry Mattison piloted the four year old pacer and sat patiently as the fractions in the Open were brisk. Out after the leader following a first half that went in 56.2, Panocchio fought gamely on the rim before cruising by in the stretch to win in 1:53.1. BJ's Guy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) came from a long way back to be second while Island Jet () earned the show spot for the third consecutive week in the Saturday Open.
Panocchio, who moved his 2014 overall record to seven wins in eleven tries with the score, joined Source Of Pride as the only horses to win the Open Pace in back to back weeks in the '14 campaign.
The morning line favorite, Panocchio went off at the public's third choice in the betting at odds of 3-1.
Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at the Spa with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm.