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Stonebridge Kisses--back here for the first time since mid-November--survived a protracted, first-over effort to grind by 2-5 favorite Miss Galvinator A (Stephane Boichard) in the distaff derby, winning in 1:54.3. Benear (Jeff Gregory), Dolcezza A (Eric Abbatiello) and last week\'s leading lady, Best Chance Hanna (Pat Lachance), rounded out the cashers.
\"Kisses,\" an 8-year-old daughter of Artiscape, paid $8.20 (second choice) for her third win in four seasonal starts. The career earnings now exceed $985,000. Mark Ford trained the winner for owner Martin Scharf.
Stacelita, the all-age track record-holder who won her previous effort here two weeks ago, slipped by pace-setting Sir Valahad (Lachance) to win the weekly marquee trot in 1:58.1. Stan (Jordan Stratton) was third, while Kaline (Smith)--who won this race a week ago--and Tasty Max (Gregory) grabbed the small change.
Stacelita, a 7-year-old Angus Hall lass co-owned by (trainer) Carl Cito Jr. and Ellen Manzi, is now 2-for-3 this season.
Forest Vic A thoroughly enjoyed his inside assignment in the Open Handicap Pace, sitting chilly before outgaming last week\'s handy winner, Mr. P B N (Abbatiello) by a nose in 1:53.3...matching his previous life best. King Cat Anvil N (Stratton), Third Day (Lachance) and tepid 2-1 favorite Hop Sing (Bouchard) also came away with Empire City coin.
\"Vic,\" a 9-year-old Down Under Troblemaker gelding, returned $10.60 (fourth choice) for his first win in three \'08 tries. Karen Garland trained for co-owners Smith, Bruce Kay and Night Rogue Racing.(Yonkers Raceway)