Win Missy B leads NYSS fillies at Yonkers
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Brian Sears reached the plateau-in-waiting, getting win number 7,999 with the millionairess Win Missy B ($2.80) in the second division of the $340,268 New York Sire Stakes Joe Goldstein Trot (four divisions at $85,067 each) for 3-year-old fillies at Yonkers Raceway on Tuesday night. The runner-up in this year's Hambletonian Oaks, Win Missy B scored in 1:54.4.
"Missy," making her first career small-track start, blasted from post position 5 in the second event. She was all be her lonesome through pacer-like fractions of :27.2; 56 and 1:24.4. However, fractions began to take their toll as Cowgirl Hall (Jim Morrill Jr.) made up serious ground between the three-quarters and the final turn.
Undaunted, Win Missy B summoned some of those seven-figure resources, holding off Cowgirl Hall by a not-to-be-denied nose. It was another seven-and-and-change lengths back to For a Dancer (Jeff Gregory). The mile was a new track record for soph trotting fillies, easily eclipsing the 1:56 effort CR Kay Suzie (Rod Allen) when she beat up on the boys in the 1995 Yonkers Trot.
"They've kept her off the half-miles because she tends to get too aggressive," Sears said. "She was tonight, so I just let her go. She had every right to get beat off those fractions, but when the other filly came at her, she dug in."
For Win Missy B, a homebred daughter of Conway Hall owned by Bob Key and trained by Charlie Norris, it was her fifth win in 13 seasonal starts (earnings in excess of $492,000) and 13th victory in 26 lifetime efforts (career cash exceeding $1.2 million). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $5.80, with the triple returning $14.20.
As a sidebar to her rivals, the victory more than likely propelled her into a berth on the gate for the $1.8 million New York Night of Champions here a week from Saturday night.
The evening's first sire stakes division saw talented lass Fortunista (George Brennan, $2.30) go up and over her rivals, not to mention the $200,000 seasonal earnings marker. Leaving from post No. 3, she moved from fourth by the half, engaging--then overtaking--Whimzical Britt (Stephane Bouchard) down the backside.
Fortunista eventually widened to defeat Pittstop Ruthie (Yannick Gingras) by 2¼ lengths in 1:58.2, with Whimzical Britt third and Adriana Hanover (Steve Smith) fourth.
For Fortunista, a Credit Winner miss co-owned by (trainer) Gilberto Garcia-Herrera and Barbara & Donald Arnstine, it was her sixth win in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $6.10, the triple returned $14.60 and the superfecta paid $57.50.
The Raceway continues its normal five-night-per-week live schedule, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule.(Yonkers)