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It may not be a picnic for "Peelers"

July 27, 2011

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Upon further review, it may be a bit tough. See You at Peelers puts her perfect performance history on the line Thursday night, visiting Yonkers Raceway for the $232,330 New York Sire Stakes  Rye Pace for 3-year-old fillies.

"Peelers," 20-for-20 lifetime (including 4-for-4 here) and 7-for-7 this season, landed outside of her five rivals (after one inside scratch) in $46,826 fifth (final) division, going as the 10th race (approximate post time 10 PM). She opens as the 4-5 morning-line favorite.

The daughter of Bettor's Delight returns to Westchester for the first time since the bouncing the boys in June's $307,734 Art Rooney Pace. It's her first downstate sire stakes appearance of the season, and her first start since winning the $127,000 Tarport Hap at the Meadowlands. See You at Peelers, with more than$1.2 million in career cash, is trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners (breeder) Christina Takter, Jim and John Fielding. Marcus Johansson, who drove "Peelers" to her convincing Rooney victory, gets a return trip.

"After the race at the Meadowlands, she just wasn't herself," Jimmy Takter said. "She wasn't acting the way she usually does, but when I trained her this past Saturday, she just snapped back. I wish I could explain it, but I guess it's like all great athletes. She knows what she's supposed to do, and just goes out and does it.

"We're looking forward to (Thursday). She's a once-in-a-lifetime horse, and every one always takes their best shot at trying to beat her."   

Indeed...and nine out of 10 dentists surveyed confirmed that Thursday night's assemblage--led by the flawless filly--comprises one of the most robust "restricted" races in quite some time.  That, and the post-position goddesses did "Peelers" no favors.

Among those looking to take the tiara is JK Owhatanite (Tim Tetrick, post 3), like "Peelers" an open-stakes (Lismore) winner in her own right. The homebred (3 Brothers Stables) daughter of Bettor's Delight has rolled to six victories in her last seven tries, including last week's down-the-road, sire stakes event here. Her escort, Tetrick, was driving Krispy Apple, who edged ahead of See You at Peelers in that Tarport Hap event before hanging a right in the final turn.

Then, there's Tea Party Princess (Brian Sears, post 5), who has won both of her (sire stakes) starts since arriving south of the border. The Art Major miss, trained by Ron Burke for owner Brad Gray, was a first-up, 1:54.1 winner here last week despite drifting out badly in the lane.

New Album (George Brennan, post 2) was second in that same race and, like Tea Party Princess, has four wins and nine board finishes in 10 seasonal starts. Alexachase (Dan Dube, post 1) won her NYSS event here a week ago.

It should be interesting.
On another note, horsemen are advised that there are no Friday qualifiers Aug.  5, with Yonkers making accommodations for that night's fifth and final round of the World Driving Championship. This is the only exception to the regular Friday qualifying schedule. (Yonkers Raceway)

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