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Breeders Crown winner Call Me Queen Bee takes Yonkers feature
Friday, November 17, 2017 - by Frank Drucker, Publicity Director, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway

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Yonkers, NY --- Call Me Queen Be (Eric Goodell, $8.20) retook the lead early and grudgingly held it late Friday night (Nov. 17), winning Yonkers Raceway’s blindly-drawn (by modern technology) $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace.

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Call Me Queen Be returns to her winning ways at Yonkers Raceway on Friday evening.

Away second from post potion two, Call Me Queen Be, who was a 2016 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion and Breeders Crown winner, at first was pocketed to HP Sissy (Dan Dube) then retook the lead before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile.

It was a :56.1 intermission when Regil Elektra (Joe Bongiorno) offered a fruitless, first-up bid from fifth. Meanwhile, Call Me Queen Be maintained her social status in and out of a 1:24.3 three-quarters, taking a 1-1/2 lead into the lane.

She would need just about all of it. Slight 5-2 favorite All About Madi (Brian Sears), who won the draw but sat a loose three-hole, stormed home inside.

All About Madi’s memo arrived a tad late as she missed by a scant nose in 1:53.3. Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) left the cones to snatch third, beaten a half-length. HP Sissy and She’sjustadelight N (Ron Cushing) settled for the pre-turkey leftovers.

For tepid second choice Call Me Queen Be, a 4-year-old millionairess daughter of Somebeachsomewhere co-owned by Let it Ride Stables & Dana Parham and trained by Ross Croghan, it was her fourth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $21.40, with the triple returning $63.50.

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