|Southwind Jazmin came first-over on the way to her win|
Southwind Jazmin, unhurried early from post position No. 2, watched as Don't Blame Her made the lead around Ocean's Motion (Mark MacDonald). After a :27.2 opening quarter-mile and :57 intermission, Southwind Jazmin moved from fourth among the six-pack.
She engaged the leader in and out of the 1:25.3 three-quarters, grabbing a short lead turning for home. Southwind Jazmin finished it off from there, winning by one length in 1:55. Red Star Hottie, steered by Matt Kakaley, who had four winners on the dozen-race card, closed stoutly to grab second, with Ocean's Motion, Arctic Fire N (Eric Goodell) and a tiring Don't Blame Her completing the cashers. Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance) was outrun.
Southwind Jazmin, a 5-year-old daughter of Art Major trained by Mark Harder for owner Rick Phillips, returned $5.80 as the second choice for a winning season’s debut. The exacta paid $17.00, with the triple returning $71.00.
|Sugar Queen Gabby (6), the third choice, won Friday's trotting feature|
Celebrity Bluechip, as the 4-5 choice, two-moved to the early lead (:28.1, :58.3). Affirmed Action (Cat Manzi) who threw in some steps before the quarter, tried it first-up, with Enrico AS in behind.
Meanwhile, Celebrity Bluechip went past a 1:28.2 three-quarters, taking a 1-1/2 length lead into the lane. However, it was Sugar Queen Gabby, third-over from post No. 6, moving latest and fastest. Sixth turning for home she whipped Enrico AS by a head, with Celebrity Bluechip third. Affirmed Action and Looking Hanover rounded out the payees.
Sugar Queen Gabby, a 6-year-old daughter of Dream Vacation trained by John Stoutenberg for owner Tracy Lynn Cortese, returned $13.40 as the third choice for her successful '13 first night. The exacta paid $105.00, the triple returned $355.00 and the superfecta paid $1,421.00.
After Saturday's card the Raceway will resume its normal five-night-per-week live schedule next week, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 p.m., eastern. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the New York Racing Association schedule.