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Blue Moon Stride wins 55G distaff at Yonkers

June 30, 2017
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Locally-debuting Blue Moon Stride (Brian Sears, $5.80) handled the Westchester crowd with few issues Friday night (June 30th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.

The field, thorough first-half-mile raindrops, was pared to half-dozen after Call Me Queen Be (ill) and Sell a Bit N (late for Lasix) were both withdrawn.

In play from position No. 4 (in once notch due to one of those defections), Blue Moon Stride worked around She’sjusadelight N (Ron Cushing), taking the lead right at a :27.1 opening quarter-mile.

It was a 56-second intermission before last week’s victress, Freeze Out (George Brennan), moved from fifth. That one, as the 13-10 fave, challenged the leader in and out of a 1:23.3 three-quarters before being put away.

Blue Moon Stride opened couple of lengths entering lane before widening her stride to win by 3½ lengths in 1:52.2. She’sjustadelight N chased with no shot, while Freeze Out tired to third. I Deal in Kisses (Dan Dube) and Venus Delight (Brent Holland) came away with the minors, while Jewel Leigh A (Mark MacDonald) was always outrun.

For second choice Blue Moon Stride, a 4-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover Aussie co-owned by Emilio & Marie Rosati and trained by Mark Harder, it was her first win in 16 seasonal starts (career earnings over $760,000). The exacta paid $15.20, the triple returned $30.40 and the superfecta was refunded due to insufficient starters.


 

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