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Purrfect Bags takes $45,000 Yonkers Open

03:00 PM 20 Aug 2016 NZST
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YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 19, 2016 - Purrfect Bags (Jordan Stratton) rallied to snap odds-on harness racing favorite Tessa Seelster (George Brennan) at the wire Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45.000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.

Unhurried from post position No. 5, last season's Lady Maud winner watched as 3-5 favorite 'Tessa' made the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile.

After a soft 57-second intermission, Bettor N Better (Dan Dube) moved from fourth, towing along Purrfect Bags. Tessa Seelster then threw down a :27.4 third quarter (1:24.4), taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane.

However, the returning lass was relentless, as Purrfect Bags, wide and strong, nipped the people's choice by a neck in 1:52.4. Bettor N Better was third, with Know it all (Eric Abbatiello) and Regil Elektra (Mark MacDonald) rounding out the payees.

For fourth choice Purrfect Bags, a 4-year-old daughter of Roddy's Bags Again owned and trained by Jo Ann Looney-King, it was her fifth win in 11 seasonal starts (career 22-for-34).

The exacta paid $57.50, with the triple returning $298.50.

Frank Drucker

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