Day At The Track

That's A No No says yes yes to winning ways

07:46 PM 11 Jul 2014 NZST
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That's A No No holds on at Saratoga Raceway
Photo by Melissa Simer

That's A No No (Keystone Nordic) continued the winning ways in what has been a sensational season for Jordan Derue 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 standings Heidi Rohr and 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


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