Saratoga Springs, NY – Bridge Works (Dejambro) kept his stable red hot on Monday afternoon (Sept. 13) at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the up-and-coming star scored his fourth Open Trot victory of the season.
The Brett Derue barn has been on a tear this year and the top-flight conditioner added another pair of wins to his tally when Bridge Works went coast-to-coast in the $15,000 Monday feature to finish off a trainer’s double.
The 5-year-old trotter worked hard early and clicked off a first quarter of :27.3 before getting a breather to the half in :58 seconds. Bridge Works (Wally Hennessey) faced very little pressure before stopping the timer in 1:56.2. Lazzaro (Billy Dobson) toughed out a first-over trip to finish second while Bucketlist Hanover (Larry Stalbaum) earned the show spot.
Bridge Works was the second of back-to-back winners on Monday for Derue and Hennessey who teamed up for a victory in a $10,000 conditioned trot with Manny L who overcame post eight to prevail in his return to the Spa. For owners Steven Picarazzi, Scott Petillo, Darreyl Bullard and trainer Derue, it was the second Open win at Saratoga in as many days as their Simple Kinda Man was a resounding victor in Sunday’s $15,000 feature for pacers on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 12).
Bridge Works paid $4.40 to win a topped a $43 ($2) exacta and $342.50 ($2) trifecta, respectively.
Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 14) with a first post set for noon.