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Newborn Sassy wins Yonkers Distaff Derby; breaks million-dollar plateau
Friday, September 07, 2018 - by Frank Drucker, Publicity Director, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway

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Yonkers, NY --- As was written seven short nights ago, Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $6.10) is just better than these right now. She proved it again Friday night (Sept. 7), easily winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace while becoming the sport’s newest millionaire.

 
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Newborn Sassy easily won Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace while becoming the sport’s newest millionaire.

Not even an assigned eight-bole hindrance could deter her appointed rounds here. Strung out early by Medusa (Brian Sears). Newborn Sassy made the lead before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. After a rated :29.1 next station (:56.3 intermission), 6-5 favorite Magic Forces (George Brennan) tried it first-up from fifth.

However, a :27.4 third quarter (1:24.2) dismissed that one as Newborn Sassy owned a 1-1/2 length lead into the lane. Medusa edged out, but wasn’t close to reaching, the final margin a length in 1:52. Mach It A Par (Jason Bartlett), Angel’s Pride (Brent Holland) and Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) settled for the minors. Magic Forces retreated to seventh.

For second choice Newborn Sassy, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal owned by CC Racing and Jo Ann Looney-King and trained by Jim King Jr., it was her ninth win in 27 seasonal starts (fifth in last seven tries, career 32-for-76, earnings $1,007,445). The exacta paid $21.80, the triple returned $99 and the superfecta paid $470.

“She can race either way,” Stratton said. “This week, some of the better mares she’s been facing weren’t here, but she beat a good group and the eight-hole is never an easy job.”


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