YONKERS, NY, Thursday, August 14, 2014--Yonkers Raceway Thursday night hosted the $194,800 New York Sire Stakes Frank Becerra Pace for 2-year-old fillies. A total of 11 lasses entered a pair of divisions.
The first ($96,400) grouping proved-again-why you race 'em, as 1-20 "death and taxes" lass Sassa Hanover () was snapped on the money by 17-1 outsider Mosquito Blue Chip ( ., $36.60).
The former, looped out of the gate by My Little Delight (), eventually made the lead after a 28-second opening quarter-mile. From there, a :57.1 intermission before One Hot Majorette ( ) took out of third. She tried to engage "Sassa" by the 1:26.1 three-quarters, but the fave gradually turned away her advances.
Meanwhile, an unhurried Mosquito Blue Chip, last among the quintet from post position No. 4, worked out a second-over trip. She angled wide and was just fast enough, sticking her tongue out at the (1:55) wire for a maiden-breaker. Sassa Hanover held second, with My Little Delight third-beaten just a head.
For third choice "Mosquito," a daughter ofco-owned by (trainer) Paul Jessop, Our Three Sons Stable and Danny Falcicchio, it was that first win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $68, and there was no triple wagering due to the short field.
"She was all guts," Morrill said.
As for Sassa Hanover, who tasted defeat for the first time after a 4-for-4 start, "She was no good tonight," Gingras said. "Just didn't feel the same. Maybe they can look at her blood, but it was definitely something."
Gingras and odds-on Band of Angels ($2.30) were more than good enough in the second ($98,300) sire stakes event.
Put in play early from post No. 4, she gave nothing else a chance (:28.2, :57.4; 1:26.2; 1:55.2). With weak, first-up pressure from Hipnumberone () out of the way, Band of Angels opened three lengths in and out of the final turn.
The final margin was 2Â½ lengths over uncoupled stablemate Bettor N Better (), who rallied from last at the half. Bossers Joy (Sears) was third.
"There wasn't much to it," Gingras said. "She's impressed me every start."
For Band of Angels, a daughter ofowned by W J Donovan and trained by , she's now 5-for-5 to begin her career.. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $4.30, with the triple returning $15.60.
The New York Sire Stakes continue Monday night, with the $219,700 Bruce Hamilton Pace for 3-year-old fillies.
by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway