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Purrfect Bags takes Lady Maud, Murderer's Row wins Hudson Filly Trot

Purrfect Bags takes Lady Maud, Murderer's Row wins Hudson Filly Trot
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - by Frank Drucker, Yonkers Raceway Publicity Director

Yonkers, NY---Odds-on choice Purrfect Bags (Victor Kirby, $2.40) completed her Yonkers Raceway Lismore/Lady Maud personal stakes double Saturday night, winning the latter event in 1:53. The $116,430 Maud, which attracted just a half-dozen 3-year-old pacing fillies, saw Purrfect Bags in play early from post position 2.

She retook from first leader Strut My Stuff (Jordan Stratton) just at the :27.3 opening quarter-mile, then found a rated :56.3 intermission. Bettor N Better (George Brennan) dropped the gloves, offering a hard challenge from fourth.

Bettor N Better engaged the people's preference toward a 1:24.4 three-quarters, with Purrfect Bags owning a stubborn, half-length lead into the lane.

Mike Lizzi photo

Purrfect Bags scored her 5th consecutive win with the 1:53 Lady Maud victory.
She then closed the sale, winning by a length in 1:53. Bettor N Better fought the good fight for second, with Strut My Stuff, Repeat Please (Yannick Gingras) and Cheyenne Robin (Dan Dube) coming away with the small change. Heaven on Earth (Tim Tetrick) lost the fifth-place photo and was left with only lovely parting gifts.

For Purrfect Bags, a daughter of Roddy's Bags Again brought to town from Delmarva by the Kings-owner JoAnn and trainer Jim Jr.-it was her eighth win (fifth consecutive) in 10 seasonal starts (15-for-18 lifetime). The exacta paid $10.80, with the triple returning $21.80.

"When she won the Lismore (in May at 11-1), no one knew a lot about her," Kirby said of Purrfect Bags. "When she came back here, she had their respect."

Murderer's Row wins Hudson Filly Trot

"I told (driver) Jason (Bartlett), 'Just get the same trip as last week.' "

Mike Lizzi photo

Murderer's Row (2) took full advantage of the pocket trip, winning in 1:56.3.
Bartlett obliged as trainer Chuck Sylvester asked Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $149,240 final of the Hudson Filly Trot with a pocket-sitting Murderer's Row ($8.50) in a season's-best 1:56.3.

A week after skimming the cones to win her elimination (at 11-1), the 3-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover and Housethatruthbuilt offered an encore in the sport's richest race of the evening.

With tepid, 2-1 choice (and other elim winner) Bright Baby Blues (Brian Sears) making a break while looking for an eight-hole seat, Lady Winona (Andy Miller) made the lead. Murderer's Row, starting in one notch from "Winona" at the pylons, settled in behind.

Only five lasses remained in contention after Katniss (George Brennan) and Marion Millionair (Yannick Gingras) also misbehaved. Lady Winona led through substations of :28.2, :58.1, 1:27.4, getting heat from a three-hole vacating Scented Roses (Ake Svanstedt).

That one couldn't sustain here bid, but "Winona" couldn't stall Murderer's Row. The latter angled in and won a protracted stretch battle by a nose. Third went to Scented Roses, barely holding off a closing Wouldn’t Itbesweet (Larry Stalbaum), while Oh My Darlin' (Dan Dube)-stablemate to the third-place finisher—earned the last pay envelope.

For fourth choice "Murderer's," co-owned by Steve Jones, Mary Kinsey and Ted Gewertz, it was her second (consecutive) win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $28.40, with the triple returning $62.50.

"Quite frankly, she's been a disappointment," Sylvester said of the pre-Hudson seasonal maiden. "I wasn't sure she could step up, but she did."

Murderer's Row's dam, Housethatruthbuilt, won this race in 2004 when it was contest at Hawthorne. The lone big-track edition of the Hudson resulted in the stakes record of 1:53.4.

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