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NEWBORN SASSY WINS FRIDAY 44G DISTAFF DERBY


Odds-on Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $2.60) did not play fair Friday night (May 18th), winning Yonkers Raceways $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace in obnoxiously facile fashion.

This field, reduced to a halfdozen after a mid-pack defection (ill), found Newborn Sassy and Call Me Queen Be (Eric Goodell) hooking up early. The former, from what became outside post position No. 6, stepped around the latter well before a 27.4 opening quarter-mile, then waltzed through a 56.4 intermission.

Between the half and the 1:24.4 three-quarters, Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) tried it first-up from fourth. However, the leader's 57 second middle portion figured to make everyone else's life difficult.

Newborn Sassy owned a length lead into the lane, then widened to 2 3/4 lengths at the 1:52.3 finish.

Mach it a Par fought the good fight to wind up second, with Delightful Dragon (Mark MacDonald) third. Tequila Monday (Brian Sears) and Call Me Queen Be rounded out the payees, while Motu Moonbeam N (Brent Holland) settled for some lovely parting gifts.

For Newborn Sassy, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by CC Racing & Jo Ann Looney-King and trained by Jim King Jr., it was her fourth win in 15 seasonal starts after starting'18 0-for-11. The exacta paid 9.40, with the triple (three wagering choices in order) returning $29.80.





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