Day At The Track

Gruden top trotter at The Spa

12:08 PM 13 Apr 2021 NZST
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Gruden and driver Billy Dobson
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Gruden (Muscles Yankee) scored for the second consecutive week in the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Monday afternoon.

Harness racing driver Billy Dobson pilots the Monica Krist-trained trotter and wasted no time moving him to the front in this week's $12,000 feature.

Enjoying comfortable fractions on the engine, Gruden didn't face much of a threat before powering away to win in 1:57.3 while the favorite at odds of 4-5. Stone In Love (Brian Cross), who finished third in last week's Open, sat the pocket to the winner on Monday and finished second. Local legend Cash Me Out (Phil Fluet) had to settle for the show spot.

GRUDEN REPLAY

 

Gruden, who has been a picture of consistency at the Spa early on in the campaign, has now vaulted himself towards the top of the group of local trotters after his second consecutive score in the Open.

For the second straight week, Dobson piloted Krist trainees Gruden and Lazzaro to Monday scores. Both trotters are owned by Rick Dobson of Howell, Michigan.

The win completed a natural hat trick for Billy Dobson who piloted three straight winners on the card. Gruden took the bulk of the public's money in the wagering this week despite the fact that Cash Me Out was back in town to compete. The exacta in the six-horse feature paid $9.70 and the triple with Cash Me Out third came back $19.80.

Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon starting at Noon.

For full race results, click here.

by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

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