Bessie pocketed Classical Annie from the gate and kept her there throughout the mile as she captured Tuesday’s $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows.
Bessie had little trouble thwarting the first-over challenge of Dreamsteeler for Jim Pantaleano, and she was just as strong late, downing Classical Annie by 3/4 lengths in 1:56.4 over a "good" surface. Dirty Secret was a ground-saving third.
Rick Clapper trains Bessie, a 6-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab’s Chorine who now boasts $367,097 in career earnings, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp.
It was one of three wins for Pantaleano on the 13-race card.