BLUEBIRD JESSE WINS TUESDAY’S 85G FINAL OF BONUS TROT SERIES
The event, co-sponsored by Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of the New York, offered three preliminary legs leading to the final.
The field was reduced to seven after an illness defection, with three of those coupled due to the intersection of common trainer and cross-ownership.
At the outset, Bluebird Jessie was about to stuff Tyson (Yannick Gingras) in behind when the latter broke. That misdeed may have been the reason Optimist Blue Chip (Andy Miller) jumped it off. Tyson would eventually get back trotting, only to "dance" again.
Meanwhile, Seasoned Saint, starting right next door to the leader, wound up pocketed as part of a the 15 cents on the dollar favored troika. Bluebird Jesse was hard used early (27.4 opening quarter mile), before rating a 58.1 intermission.
Lone lass Romancing Rachel, another part of the entry, was third. However, the battle lines were drawn between the leader and his pursuer. Seasoned Saint, the only entrant to sweep all three prelims, pulled against Bluebird Jesse well before the 1:26.4 three-quarters.
The two were just about in tandem from the final turn to the wire, but Bluebird Jesse was both stubborn and swift. He defeated Seasoned Saint by a head in a life best matching 1:54.4. Romancing Rachel was another five lengths back in third, with Aces and Eights and Icanflylikeanangel settling for the minors.
The "bonus" portion of the series was a $10,000 SOA-paid premium to the winner, all of whose humans were association members prior to the first draw of the series
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