Royal Reception gets treated well at Saratoga

05:06 AM 18 Jul 2014 NZST
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Royal Reception hangs tough at Saratoga Raceway
Photo by Melissa Simer

Royal Reception (Stonebridge Regal) prevailed in Thursday evening's $6,955 conditional pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

The Jackie Rousse-trained three-year-old has been consistent in his freshman season and came into Thursday's race hitting the board in twelve of seventeen lifetime tries.

Frank Coppola Jr. piloted Royal Reception and moved the morning line favorite out early and positioned him in the pocket.

Pulling out at the top of the stretch, Royal Reception had to withstand a stretch challenge from rival Meetyouatmidnight (Wally Hennessey). Hanging on to win by a head, Royal Reception recorded his third lifetime victory and Thursday win came in a career best 1:55.1. The freshman pacer returned $8.10 to win.

Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time switching to 7:05pm for the remainder of the summer.

by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

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