Virginia Lazenby’s Hardrock Eleven, sent to the lead passing under Saratoga Race Course’s finish line the first time, fought off a challenge by See Trouble into the stretch and pulled away to a 4 1/4-length victory in a $65,000 allowance hurdle that brought down the curtain on jump racing at the 2015 meet.
The 2.25-to-1 second betting choice, Hardrock Eleven ran the 2 3/8-mile distance in 4:49.20 on a firm turf course under Kieran Norris. Trained by Doug Fout, the five-year-old Rock Hard Ten gelding collected his first victory over fences. He had finished fourth in a 2 1/16-mile allowance hurdle on Aug. 13.
Clarke Ohrstrom’s See Trouble finished second, a nose ahead of Rosbrian Farm’s Magical Moon. Perfect Union, the 6-to-5 favorite, fell at the next to last fence.