Day At The Track

Excelsior Series Finals held at Saratoga Raceway

04:00 AM 04 Oct 2013 NZDT
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Just Bettor, harness racing
Just Bettor wins $45,000 Excelsior Series Final
Photo by Dave Oxford

Four Excelsior Series Finals highlighted the program on a beautiful Fall night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

Each going for a purse of $45,000, the Excelsior Series races were for three year old trotters and pacers who spent the summer battling it out for good purses and points towards Wednesday’s Finals.

Just Bettor (Bettor’s Delight) and Jason Bartlett went the distance on the lead to best their rivals in the colt and gelding pace Final of the Excelsior, stopping the timer in 1:54 while pulling off a mild upset at 4-1.

The sophomore filly pace was won by Thisthatntheother (Dream Away) who was the biggest longshot winner of all the Excelsior races on the night. Stephane Bouchard found open road late with the Ed Hart trained filly and they recorded a 1:55.2 win.

See You At Office (Credit Winner) and Jim Morrill Jr went wire-to-wire on the front end in the $45,000 trotting filly division, winning convincingly in 2:00.3 while Ashes Cash (Cash Hall) and Joe Bongiorno bested the colt and gelding trotters while scoring in 1:56.4.

The Excelsior Finals officially put an end to the stakes season at the Spa.

Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm.

by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway

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