Dobson and Twisted Pretzel have a big day at Saratoga

Saratoga Springs, NY – The Wednesday (June 12) afternoon card at Saratoga Casino Hotel was dominated by red-hot reinsman Billy Dobson. The track’s defending top driver is having a sensational 2019 campaign and has enjoyed a lucrative last few weeks in the sulky. On Wednesday, the 35 year-old piloted four winners, including one while sitting behind former Saratoga Trotter of the Year Twisted Pretzel (Crazed), trained by Scott Mongeon.

The Saratoga veteran Twisted Pretzel gets his first win of the season for Billy Dobson. Melissa Simser-Iovino photo.

Twisted Pretzel was named the track’s top trotter in 2017 and enjoyed a solid 2018 campaign as well. The 9-year-old was the odds-on favorite in his conditional race on Wednesday’s afternoon program at the Spa.

Twisted Pretzel appeared content to sit the pocket after giving way to rival Leave Your Mark approaching the opening quarter, but as the trotters made their way to the half, Dobson powered the 3-5 favorite out and cruised past the leader before drawing away to win in 1:56.2 for his first victory of the season. Now approaching $450,000 in lifetime earnings, Twisted Pretzel has spent almost his entire career racing at Saratoga.

As for Dobson, the beat just goes on. The talented reinsman scored a grand slam on Wednesday adding four more wins to already huge lead in the driver standings as the Michigan native pursues his seventh local driving title in the last decade.

Live racing continues on Thursday (June 13) afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time scheduled for noon.

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