Saratoga, NY— Coach Jaymes McAssey climbed to third place in the coaching rankings at the Saratoga Casino Hotel when, on Friday, September 9, the young conditioner picked up three wins.
McAssey, who was named the winner of the Peerless McGrath Award for Promising Trainers in 2017, had seven horses on a heavy trotting card Friday night. The conditioner wasted no time getting into the winner’s circle when his American Soul (American Ideal) prevailed in the first race of the evening in a rare pace event on the map.
Seated behind McAssey-trained Dingle, who made his debut at a new barn Friday night after being acquired by McAssey this week, was Luke Hanners, who rode American Soul to victory. This filly had no trouble going coast to coast on her first start out of her new stable to win by more than eight lengths over a mile in 1:59.1.
From there, Hanners and McAssey teamed up again with trotter Out Of The Blue who fired on the race favorite as they approached three-quarter pole before securing an upset victory at odds of 8 -1 and get a hat trick for his connections.
In the final drink of the night, it was that team again as McAssey’s Explosive Ridge proved second choice 8-5 in the betting and proved to be the match when Hanners guided Explosive Ridge to the forward and never looked back.
The veteran trotter held on in the streak to win for the second time this season and complete a grand slam for Hanners and McAssey. Hanners sits firmly in third place among home coaches in 2022 while McAssey has moved up to fourth after his huge Friday night.
Live racing continues Saturday night in Saratoga with action beginning at 5 p.m.