Heart Of Mine sets track record at Saratoga

Saratoga Springs, NY — There is a new track record for 2-year-old pacing fillies at Saratoga Casino Hotel after trainer Linda Toscano’s Heart Of Mine (Roll With Joe-Acquavella) paced to a 1:53.2 victory in her $70,300 division of the New York Sire Stakes on Monday afternoon (Aug. 24).

The previous track record for 2-year-old pacing fillies belonged to So Awesome who scored a stakes victory in 1:53.3 in 2018 with Tim Tetrick in the bike.

Heart Of Mine paced to a track record 1:53.2 victory. Melissa Simser-Iovino photo.

In a race with two fillies that were at sub 2-1 odds in the wagering sitting one-two throughout three-quarters of the mile, Heart Of Mine powered up and passed those rivals around the final turn before pacing away to score impressively and break her maiden.

Heart Of Mine was second in her previous start to stalwart Test Of Faith but sprung the mild upset on Monday after her one big brush was plenty to best her rivals. Jim Marohn Jr. piloted the now record-setting freshman filly, who is owned by Fred Wallace, The Bay’s Stable, Radio Racing Stable and Camelot Stable, to her first career win on an afternoon that was dominated by the 38-year-old reinsman.

Marohn also sat behind the winner of the other $70,300 Sire Stakes event as Test Of Faith (Art Major-Cannae Cammie) went coast-to-coast as her race’s heavy favorite en route to her fourth win in five career stakes tries. Brett Pelling trains Test Of Faith who scored decisively on Monday, drawing away to prevail in 1:53.4 and give Marohn a sweep of the co-featured Sire Stakes races and three winners on the card.

Test Of Faith, who was backed to odds of 1-9, moved her career earnings to $145,250 in just five starts for owners Melvin Segal, Eddie Gran and Kentuckiana Racing Stable.

Live racing continues at Saratoga on Tuesday afternoon starting at Noon and then takes place on Wednesday evening when New York Sire Stakes action is once again featured. First post on Wednesday is set for 7:15 p.m.

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