Day At The Track

$100,000 Lismore Pace to Kryptos

04:00 PM 29 May 2016 NZST
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Kryptos
The eighth win in nine seasonal starts for Kryptos
Mike Lizzi Photo

In late February, Kryptos (Jordan Stratton, $4.90) was in racing in 'non-winners of twos'. She obviously grew up in a hurry, the latest example coming Saturday night in winning Yonkers Raceway's $100,000 Lismore Pace for harness racing 3-year-old fillies.

Sitting chilly early from post position No. 2 over a "good" oval, Kryptos watched as Soft Idea (Jason Bartlett) outleave her five inside foes, getting the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. Apple Bottom Jeans (Montrell Teague), the scourge of Delaware, yielded for the pocket, with Cut and Paste (Brian Sears) a pole-sitting third.

Soft Idea found a :56.3 half and 1:25, with Kryptos out and moving from fourth, chased by slight 7-5 choice Dime a Dance (George Brennan).

The leader was about to wear out his welcome in and out of the final turn, with Kryptos going by early in the lane. That one continued her move, getting the needed jump on a passing-lane-diving Apple Bottom Jeans.

The former, as the second choice in the 12th Lismore, whipped the hard-charging latter by a neck in 1:53.3, with Dime a Dance third. Cut and Paste was fourth, with a tiring Soft Idea and an outrun Rock Me Baby (John Campbell) completing the six-pack.

For Kryptos, an unraced-at-2, $24,000 daughter of Somebeachsomewhere co-owned (as Drennan Stable) by (trainer) Nik Drennan, it was her eighth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $20.60, with the triple returning $44.20.

"It's the first time I've driven her, and Nik (Drennan) just said to give her a clean trip," Stratton said, ironically with his face covered in mud.

Frank Drucker

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