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Crystal Chris upsets in opening round of Florida series

April 15, 2009

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Crystal Chris ($29.40) and driver Tom Sells showed a field of eight pacing fillies and mares what its like to step out at the Isle Pompano Park to capture the $25,000 first leg of the Girls Night Out late-closing event Tuesday night.
Wally Hennessey rushed Atlantic Filly from post four looking for the top spot but had to settle for the two-hole trip when Fern Paquet Jr. and Hypnotize accelerated from post eight to gain the lead at the quarter-mile marker in :27.1.  Hypnotize carried the field to the half in :56.1 and paced by the three-quarters in 1:24.


Hennessey pulled Atlantic Filly from the pocket and battled head and head with Hypnotize down the homestretch, but it was driver Tom Sells and Crystal Chris sitting 2 1/4 lengths from the leaders making up ground to capture the win by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:53.1 over Atlantic Filly and Shytown Lightning (Andy Santeramo) finishing third.


It was the first win of the season in four starts for the 5-year-old Dragon Again mare with lifetime earnings over $173,000 for trainer-owner Ned Simmons. (Pompano Park)

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