NYSS 3YO filly pace action at Yonkers
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Yonkers Raceway president Tim Rooney won the first race at
Lislea Phia was leading at the top of the homestretch when she broke stride, but driver Jim Morrill Jr. got the filly back on stride in time to secure the win, hitting the wire in 1:56.4.
Harry Harvey trains Lislea Phia, who is a daughter of the stallion Lislea, who Rooney bred, and the Die Laughing-sired mare Cat Thief. Lislea Phia won two of eight starts as a 2 year old and had hit the board in all but two starts this year prior to Friday night.
In addition to winning the opening NYSS leg at
In the second NYSS split, race 3 on the card, Symphony In Motion, the 3-5 betting favorite, was leading the field when she broke stride and was pulled up to last by driver Jeff Gregory. That gave the win to
Race 4, also a NYSS division, appeared to be locked up by Yankee Lacey, the 3-5 favorite, who started from the rail and immediately took control of the race. But she also broke stride coming off the last turn and when driver Patrick Berry slowed her to get her back on gait, she interfered with the field.
Apple Delight, a daughter of Bettor’s Delight, ended the streak of breakers by winning her NYSS split in 1:56.1, pacing her last individual half in :55 and change. Morrill also drove this winner, who is a daughter of Bettor’s Delight.