Always Watching wins fourth Fillies and Mares Open this season at Saratoga

Saratoga Springs, NY — Always Watching (He’s Watching) became the second distaffer to win the Fillies and Mares Open four times this season at Saratoga Casino Hotel. On Monday (Sept. 18), Jordan Derue’s talented 5-year-old went coast-to-coast in the $15,000 feature.

Always Watching survived a win photo to prevail over a sloppy track. Jessica Hallett photo.

Always Watching has hit the board in every one of her starts dating back to early summer and on Monday she survived a win photo to prevail over a sloppy track.

Derue owns, trains and drives Always Watching who moved out to the front-end and carved out first-half fractions of :27 and :56. The co-second choice in the wagering at odds of 5-2, Always Watching was tracked every step of the way by the race’s favorite Oaxacan Dream N (Jimmy Devaux), who drew even in the stretch with the leader before coming up just shy in a close photo for win.

Always Watching stopped the timer in 1:53.2 for her fifth victory of the year and fourth in the local Open. Oaxacan Dream N completed a $26.40 exacta while American Tour N (Wally Hennessey) rounded out a $141.50 triple.

Always Watching, an earner of over $100,000 in 2022, is well on her way to another six-digit campaign in ’23. Her fourth score in the ladies’ Open matches La Bella Vita N for most for any mare this season at the Spa.

Live racing resumes on Saturday evening with a first post time of 5 p.m. There will be a $2,649 carryover in the early Pick-5, a wager that begins in the first race.

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