Saratoga Springs, NY — After Gigfy parlayed a pocket ride on Monday at Saratoga to prevail in the Open Trot for his first victory in the local trotting feature, Tuesday saw Sports Obsession come into the $14,000 Open Pace seeking to be the next horse to prevail in an Open for the first time at the Spa.
Sports Obsession went to the front and driver Jim Devaux gave the 4-year-old son of Sportswriter a bit of a breather after reaching the quarter in :27.4. After getting a half in :57, Sports Obsession was tested only mildly to three-quarters before checking in at 1:24.4.
Sports Obsession, who went off at odds of 4-1, was then met with the challenge from pocket-sitting favorite Crockets Cullen N (Larry Stalbaum) but rebuffed that bid in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:53 to register his first Open win at the Spa. Crockets Cullen N had to settle for second while longshot Juxlivin My Dream (Shawn Gray) finished third.
Sports Obsession paid $10.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $23.40 and $151.50, respectively.
For Sports Obsession, while it was his first score in a local feature, it was victory number five on the season. The pacer, who is owned by Joseph Trice and trained by Jimmy Nickerson, accounted for one of the three winners for Devaux on the Tuesday card.
Nobody hit the Pick-5 on Tuesday, so there will be a carryover of $4,162 for Wednesday’s Pick-5 that begins in the first race. The jackpot has built up to $6,952.27 in the Jackpot Pick-6 wager that kicks off in the afternoon’s sixth race.
First post time is set for Noon.