Gray, McAssey team up for Saratoga double

Saratoga Springs, NY — Driver Shawn Gray made the most of limited opportunities on Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 17) at Saratoga Casino Hotel, winning a co-featured $5,850 distaff pace with Pasultimatedelite N and a $12,500 claiming event with Nerve Of Steel N — both for trainer Jaymes McAssey.

Pasultimatedelite N gave driver Shawn Gray and trainer Jaymes McAssey half of their Tuesday double at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Cheyanne Mandy photo.

In the co-featured event, Pasultimatedelite N found cover nearing three-quarters and charged hard in the stretch to collar pacesetter Bontz N (Bilyl Dobson) and spring an 8-1 upset in 1:54.2. The favorite, Miss Irish Rose A (Larry Stalbaum), rallied for second over Bontz N.

Pasultimatedelite N, an 11-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight, won for the 10th time this season for owners Pat O’Brian and George Hartman.

Nerve Of Steel N cruised to an early lead and proved dominant in a 1:56.3 mile in his first start in claiming company since 2019. O’Brien owns the 8-year-old Art Official gelding.

Live racing at Saratoga Casino Hotel concludes next week, with programs on Monday (Nov. 23) and Tuesday (Nov. 24) at 12 noon. Monday’s card is highlighted by a Pick-5 carryover of $2,787.

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