Day At The Track

Howard Okusko trainee extends streak

04:40 PM 07 Mar 2016 NZDT
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J A T O cruised past rival Zooming
J A T O cruised past rival Zooming
Melissa Simser-Iovino Photo

J A T O (Big Apple Deli) extended his harness racing win streak on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

The Howard Okusko-trained trotter made his local debut in the $15,000 Open Trot and despite getting away towards the back of the pack wound up getting a second over journey in the year's first trotting feature at the Spa.

J A T O cruised past rival Zooming (Billy Dobson) in the final furlong before drawing out to win in 2:02 in the 1 1/16 mile Open after covering the mile in 1:54.3.

J A T O went sixteen for seventeen in the win column in 2015 and continued his winning ways on an afternoon that featured a t-shirt giveaway commemorating the 75th anniversary of racing at Saratoga.

Zooming finished second behind the 6-1 shot Open victor while Slugfest (Jay Randall) finished third in his seasonal debut.

Stephane Bouchard, who piloted the longshot winner of Saturday night's Open Pace, was the winning driver behind J A T O on Sunday.

Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a 4:00pm first post.

Mike Sardella

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