Montana Skies () recorded her first ever local victory on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
The five-year-old mare took all of 2013 off after a great start to her career. Montana Skies had earned over $90,000 in her two and three-year-old campaigns before being sidelined last year.
Making her local debut this season for trainer Tim Dickie, Montana Skies wasn't able to find the winner's circle while racing in the $15,000 conditional-claimers, but came into Thursday night's $5,800 trotting race off of four consecutive third place finishes against tougher.
The class drop and a cover trip served as the right formula for Montana Skies who moved off her cover and tracked down the favored Derby () in the stretch before recording a lifetime best 1:58.4 victory with in the sulky.
Derby, the race's odds-on favorite came up second best while Jackie Goldstein () finished third.
Live racing continues at Saratoga on Friday night with a first post time of 7:05pm.
by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway