Day At The Track

Classy veteran wins by a nose

08:14 PM 15 Oct 2016 NZDT
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Classy harness racing veteran mare Yagonnakissmeornot (The Panderosa) made her return to Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night to compete in the $16,000 Fillies and Mares Open.

The Rene Allard-trained distaffer romped in the local feature when she last came to town in August but the seven year old had a little bit more difficulty on Friday night.

The race's 3-5 betting favorite, Yagonnakissmeornot made a methodical march to the early lead while pocketing So Nice (Mark Beckwith) before posting a first half of 56 seconds.

The classy mare then paced through a final lap of matching 28.3 quarters en route to her win in 1:53.1.

Facing a two-pronged challenge in the stretch from So Nice and last week's Open winner Truth And Liberty (Bruce Aldrich Jr), Yagonnakissmeornot held on to win by a nose to record her sixth victory of the year.

So Nice was the runner up for the fifth consecutive time in the local Open while Truth And Liberty earned the show spot.

With the win, Yagonnakissmeornot moved ever closer to the $1.5 million mark in career earnings. She was driven to the Open score by Billy Dobson who piloted four consecutive winners on the Friday card.

Live racing continues on Saturday night with first post time set for 6:45pm.

Mike Sardella

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