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Newborn Sassy wins Yonkers Distaff Derby

Friday, July 13, 2018  By: Frank Drucker

 

Yonkers, NY --- Odds-on Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $3.80) was rebuffed early and rallied late Friday night (July 13), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.


Alertly away from post position No. 4, Newborn Sassy sat an early pocket behind Medusa (Dan Dube). The favorite tried to move past, but Medusa wasn’t up for such largesse. That one laid down the legwork (:26.4, :56) before Magic Forces (George Brennan) made her second move. The rock-solid lass, who made a three-hole from her assigned eight-hole, did not offer her usual oomph and soon backed away.


Medusa maintained her advantage in and out of a 1:23.3 three-quarters, owning a 1-1/2 length lead in the lane. Newborn Sassy, though, never out of reach, edged out and edged by. She whipped a second-over Tequila Monday (Eric Goodell) by a diminishing head in 1:51.3. Medusa did hold third, with Freakonomics (Mark MacDonald) and Lispatty (Joe Bongiorno) settling for the minors. Magic Forces wound up last among the octet.


For Newborn Sassy, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal owned by Jo Ann Looney-King and CC Racing and trained by Jim King Jr., it was her fifth win in in 21 seasonal starts (career earnings now over $917,000). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $10, the triple returned $36.80 and the superfecta paid $212.


Saturday night’s (July 14) feature is the $100,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace, the Raceway’s premier ‘open’ event for 2-year-old colts and geldings.


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