Day At The Track

Yonkers Raceway's $117,060 Lismore Pace

09:11 AM 02 Jun 2013 NZST
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Jk Black Beauty & winning connections Jk Black Beauty
Jk Black Beauty & winning connections
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Jk Black Beauty - Trained by Linda Toscano for owner 3 Brothers Stables
Mike Lizzi Photo

Pocket-sitting JK Black Beauty and harness racing driver Brian Sears took home the ladies loot Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $117,060 Lismore Pace for 3-year-old fillies.

At the outset, it appeared that JK Black Beauty-leaving from post position No. 2--would settle into an early three-hole, behind pole-sitting Mattwestern (George Brennan) and Handsoffmycupcake (Dan Dube). However, the latter jumped it off, placing "Black Beauty" in the pocket.

Locally-debuting Mattwestern rated soft enough intervals (:28.4, 57.4), with only mild, first-up pressure from Offintothesunset (Brent Holland) in and out of a 1:26.1 three-quarters.

Mattwestern had a length-and-a-half lead entering the lane, but was done soon thereafter. JK Black Beauty ducked in and went by a tiring leader, winning by a half-length in a parimutuel-best 1:54.1. Freetime (Jordan Stratton), coupled with "Cupcake" as the Scott DiDomenico-trained 3-2 favored entry, closed inside for second, with Offintothesunset crossing the line third.

However, that one was set to down to fifth for stretch interference with Aria J (Brett Miller), moving Mattwestern from fourth to third and Aria J was fifth to fourth.

Handsoffmycupcake and Give Me an Amen (Jason Bartlett) completed the order, reduced by one when Live Entertainment was scratched-sick early in the night.

For JK Black Beauty, a statebred daughter of Bettor's Delight trained by Linda Toscano for owner 3 Brothers Stables, she returned $9.70 (third choice) for her first win in two seasonal starts. (3-for-4 lifetime). The exacta paid $20.80, with the triple returning $46.80.

"I had a lot of confidence in my filly and George's filly looked like she was up on the bit a little bit and taking me where I needed to go," Sears said. "Luckily, my filly was able to get up at the head of the lane.

"Honestly, she was flat in her (Meadowlands) qualifier last week, but she was much more alert tonight."

The win was the first half of trainer Linda Toscano's stakes double, completed a couple of races later when Doctor Butch when the $275,000 final of the Art Rooney Pace (3-year-old colts/geldings). Toscano trained four of the seven fillies in the Lismore, all racing for different entities.

Frank Drucker

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