That's A No No () continued the winning ways in what has been a sensational season for at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
A previous Johnny Page Award winner for up-and-coming driver, Derue is having a breakout season as a trainer in 2014 and currently sits atop the trainer standings at the Spa.
The 23-year-old horseman has ten more wins than his closest competitor in the standingsand lengthened that lead just a bit on Thursday night. Derue purchased That's A No No privately last month and has had a nice stretch with the seven year old since dropping him into the bottom level claimer.
Last week, That's A No No overcame post eight to become the pocket rocket for Derue and on Thursday went right out to the early lead despite once again starting from the outside post. That's A No No faced a two-pronged challenge in the stretch but dug in to prevail in 1:59 for a seasonal mark in the $4,200 claiming event. Derue, who now has 50 wins locally as a trainer this season, has a training average of just shy of .400 in what has been a breakout year for the youngster as a trainer.
Live racing continues at Saratoga on Friday night with a first post time of 6:45pm.
by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway