Day At The Track

Track record by City Delight in 236G Pace

01:21 AM 01 Sep 2010 NZST
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City Delight, the 17-10 favourite
City Delight, the 17-10 favourite - bolts in by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:54.2.
Mike Lizzi Photo

August may be done and dusted, but the statebreds' stay continues. Tuesday night, Yonkers Raceway offered up the $236,456 Frank Becerra Pace for 2-year-old fillies. Four harness racing divisions, at $59,614 a pop, went postward.

A night after Jason Bartlett guided Anndrovette to a new local record for 3-year-old pacing fillies (1:52.3), he broke out the Sharpee and wrote his name in the book again.

This time, it was with City Delight, who drilled the third NYSS division in 1:54.2. Leaving from post position No. 2 as the 17-10 favorite, City Delight rolled though weigh stations of :27.3, :56.4; 1:25.2;. She took 4 1/2 lengths into the lane before winning by that exact same margin.

The Filly Princess (Wally Hennessey) was second, with Song in A Major (Jeff Gregory) third.

For City Delight, a daughter of Bettor's Delight trained by Paul Kelley for co-owners W J Donovan and Joe Sbrocco, she returned $5.50 for her fourth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $29.40, with the triple returning $57.50.

"I was all set to give up the lead to Jeff (Gregory), but I saw his filly get rocky-gaited, so I just drove on," Bartlett said. :"I've driven her in both (NYSS) starts here, and she's impressed me."

The run of perfection is now eight for See You at Peelers (Jim Morrill Jr.), who went the distance in the second of two non-wagering events. Leaving from post No. 5, she went immediately the lead before Drop the Ball (John Campbell).dropped in second.

"Peelers" put up intervals of :28.2, :58.1 and 1:27.2. Drop the Ball took her shot before the final turn, only to break for the second consecutive start against the same adversary

You're Too Funny (Ray Schnittker) grabbed the suddenly-available bridesmaid position--beaten 2 1/2 lengths in 1:56.1--with Character Flaw (Jason Bartlett) third.

For "Peelers," a Bettor's Delight miss co-owned by Christina Takter and John & Jim Fielding and trained by Jimmy Takter, her frosh bankroll is up over $118,000.

Tuesday night's other NYSS events were won by...

--All About Kisses (by Pro Bono Best); co-owners (trainer) Janice Connor and Albert & Michelle Crawford/driver Stephane Bouchard; (life-best) 1:55.4/non-bettor;

--JK Owhatanite (by Bettor's Delight); owner 3 Brothers Stable/trainer Richard Norman/driver Cat Manzi; (first life-win) 1:55/$18.80.

Thus week's New York Sire Stakes agenda concludes with Friday night's $282,548 Armand Palatucci Trot (3-year-old colts/geldings)

Yonkers' current live schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) remains in effect, with first post at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. Wednesday afternoon simulcasting ends at approximately 5:30 PM.

Frank DRUCKER

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