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BIONESS WINS SUNDAY 120G FINAL OF FRENCH-AMERICAN TROT CLUB SERIES
The finale, wrapping a four-race series for imported French-breds, went at the mile and a half and the first of the four added distance races.
Away sixth (fifth after a breaker) from post position No. 9, Bioness made the lead from 47-1 Adagio de la Tour (Jason Bartlett) between the 28.3 opening quarter-mile and the 59.1 half.
He then fought off Uhlan Noir (Brent Holland), with Deo (George Brennan) wide behind that one. While this was going on, 6-5 choice favorite Versachet (Jordan Stratton) found himself going wide to nowhere, while second choice Ursis des Caillons (Joe Bongiorno) was done in by an early break.
After subsequent substations of 1:28.3, 1:58 and 2:28, Bioness opened to three lengths into the lane.
Though tiring, Bioness did hold sway over a handful of pursuers, winning by a length in 2:58. Adagio de la Tour closed from a loose pocket and wound up second, with Alpha D'Urzy (Louis-Philippe Roy) third. Ursis des Caillions did recover for fourth, with first leader Barry Black (Austin Siegelman) lasting for the last pay envelope.
For fifth choice Bioness, a 7 year old Sam Bourbon gelding owned by Northfork Racing Stable and trained by Chris Oakes, it was his third win in 13 seasonal starts (a second and two thirds in series prelims). The exacta paid $1,004, the triple returned $6,978 and the superfecta paid $43,653 (base $2 payout).
The week's $44,000 Open Handicap Trot, at the old-fashioned flat mile, was won by down the road Obrigado (Mark MacDonald, $5.90) in 1:55.2
Sunday’s final-for-a-while summer stock presentation of the ‘New York, New York Double’ featured a winning combination of 4-Ruler of the Nile (Saratoga’s 1st race) and 6-Lord Cromwell (Yonkers’ 3rd race), returning $18.70 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $7,490.
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