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N F HAPPENSTANCE, MACH IT SO WIN SATURDAY NIGHT 44G CO-FEATURES


Ladies first, so props to favored N F Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr. $4.10 for whipping five gelded gentlemen in the weekly trotting feature. Assigned outside all of them, she did her thing-leaving-then went the distance 27.4, 58.2, 1:26.3, 1:55.4.

Fashion Creditor (Brent Holland) was a sold second, closing to miss three-quarters of a length, with DW's NY Yank (George Brennan) tiring in the pocket and ending up third. Barry Black (Jordan Stratton) and Don Dream (Jason Bartlett) picked off the remainder, while a first-up Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory) broke.

For N F Happenstance, an 8-year-old daughter of S J's Caviar owned by James Moore III and trained by Carol Jamieson-Parker, it was her 10th win (with 10 seconds) in 26 seasonal starts (career 30-for-107) The exacta paid $51.50, the triple returned $104 and the superfecta paid $1,013.

The week's marquee pace saw a gutty, two-move effort from Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno, $18). Nose to gate from assigned post position No. 5, he was stuffed in behind Doctor Butch. The Doctor found a 27.2 opening quarter-mile as 3-5 fave More The Better N was about to move from third.

More The Better N made the lead before a 56-second half, and soon after, Mach it So was back for more. That one engaged More The Better N after a 1:24 three-quarters, then put him away late the lane. Mach it So defeated a second-up Theartofconfusion A by a half-length in 1:52.1.

Doctor Butch was third, with More The Better N fading to a money-burning fourth. Caviart Luca settled for the final pay envelope.


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