YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 5, 2013--Sophomore fillies descended upon Westchester Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $281,275 New York Sire Stakes Joe Goldstein Trot
Three divisions--worth $94,375, $92,625 and $94,375, respectively---comprised the event.
Goldstein was a legendary harness racing publicist who passed away February 13, 2009 at age 81.
The opening division, reduced to a quintet with the scratch (sick) of pole-drawing Louise Kemp, was won by a first-up Bostonz Credit (
Bostonz Credit defeated a second-over Wygant Lady ( ) by a neck in 1:59.2 (early fractions of :29.1, 1:00.1 and 1:30.1), with "April" photoed for second.
For "Bostonz," a daughter of co-owner by (trainer) and David Anderson, she returned $29 (fourth choice) for her second win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $115, with the triple wagering cancelled due to the abbreviated field.
The second and third divisions were won in handy, down-the-road fashion by odds-on Barn Babe (John Cummings, $3.40) in 1:59.2, and second choice Bouncing Bax ( , $4.50) in 1:57.2.
Barn Babe never had an anxious moment. From post No. 2, she strolled around the oval, tickling the timer to the tune of :29.4, 1:01.1 and 1:31.1. The final margin was three lengths over Fifty Shades ( ), with Cassa's Image ( .) third.
For Barn Babe, a miss co-owned by (trainer) Steve and Nancy Pratt, she's now 7-for-12 this season and 12-for 24 in her career (earnings over $320,000). The exacta paid $10.20, and once, again a short field (five) negated triple wagering.
Bouncing Bax prevailed from the pylons (:29.1, 1:00.0, 1:29.2), widening to win by 4 3/4 lengths in a life-best effort. Second went to Kinda Crazy Lindy (MacDonald), with Crazy Grigio ( ) third.
Lola De Vie (Morrill Jr.), as the 4-5 fave, never seemed to take to the track, threw in some steps early in the lane and a was a non-factor fourth.
For Bouncing Bax, a ma'am trained by for owner Harbor Racing Stable, it was her third (consecutive) win in a dozen '13 tries. The exacta paid $97, with the triple returning $436.50.
The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule.