Favored Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $4.10) is just better than these right now. She proved it again Friday night (Aug. 31), handily winning Yonkers Raceway’s last-of-the-month $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.
Remanded outside her six rivals, Newborn Sassy was caught wide early, eventually settling in fourth. While this was transpiring, Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) worked around Frost Damage Blues (Brian Sears) before a :26.4 opening quarter-mile.
After a :56.1 intermission, Newborn Sassy was moving again, engaging Lispatty in and out of a 1:24.1 three-quarters. She finished off that foe early in the lane, then widened. Frost Damage Blues did slip out behind the eventual winner, with she and a bottled-up-till-late Mach It A Par (Jason Bartlett) cosmetically closing the margin.
Newborn Sassy defeated Frost Damage Blues by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.1, with Mach It A Par, Lispatty and Angel’s Pride (George Brennan) settling for the remainder.
For Newborn Sassy, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal owned by CC Racing and Jo Ann Looney-King and trained by Jim King Jr., it was her eighth win in 26 seasonal starts (fourth in last six tries, career earnings over $985,000). The exacta paid $18.40, the triple returned $69.50 and the superfecta paid $175.
Saturday night (Sept. 1) is Triple Crown Night, with the Raceway offering the $500,000 Yonkers Trot and $500,000 Messenger Stakes, along with companion events, the $129,014 Hudson Filly Trot and $112,904 Lady Maud Pace. There’s a gimmick Trot/Messenger Double (races six and seven) as well. First post for the dozen-race card is the usual evening 6:50 p.m. (Yonkers)