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Yonkers hosts $194,800 NYSS Frank Becerra Pace
Thursday, August 14, 2014 - Frank Drucker, publicity director, Yonkers Raceway

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Yonkers, NY---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.

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Longshot Mosquito Blue Chip (4) broke her maiden in 1:55 in the first NYSS event
The first ($96,400) grouping proved—again—why you race ‘em, as 1-20 “death and taxes” lass Sassa Hanover (Rock N Roll Heaven-Sayo Hanover)driven byYannick Gingras was snapped on the money by 17-1 outsider Mosquito Blue Chip (Bettor's Delight-Sandfly Hanover) and Jim Morrill Jr., paying $36.60.

The former, looped out of the gate by My Little Delight (Bettor's Delight-My Little Dragon) with Mark MacDonald in the bike, eventually made the lead after a 28-second opening quarter-mile. From there, a :57.1 intermission before One Hot Majorette (Art Major-She's So Hot) and Brian Sears 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 of Bettor’s Delight co-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 paying $2.30 were more than good enough in the second ($98,300) sire stakes event.

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Band of Angels was an easy 1:55.2 NYSS winner for Yannick Gingras
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 (American Ideal-Duncans Artsplace) and George Brennan out of the way, Band of Angels opened three lengths in and out of the final turn.

The final margin was 2½ lengths over uncoupled stablemate Bettor N Better with Jason Bartlett, who rallied from last at the half. Bossers Joy was third.

“There wasn’t much to it,” Gingras said. “She’s impressed me every start.”

For Band of Angels, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Time N Again, owned by W J Donovan and trained by Ron Burke, she’s now 5-for-5 to begin her career.. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $4.30, with the triple returning $15.60.

New York Sire Stakes continue Monday night, with the $219,700 Bruce Hamilton Pace for 3-year-old fillies.

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 daily.

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