Sell A Bit N Prevails In Mares Open

Eight-hole remanded Sell A Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $24) justified her impost Friday night (February 23), winning Yonkers Raceway’s moist $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.

Four-wide early, Sell A Bit N was denied a seat by 13-10 favourite Safe From Terror (Eric Goodell). Undaunted, she drove on, making the lead around Carobbean Pacetry (Jason Bartlett) after a 27-second opening quarter-mile.

It was a 56-second intermission as Safe From Terror made her second move, first-up from third. Season-debuting Lispatty (George Brennan) worked behind that one going toward a 1:24.3 three-quarters.

Sell A Bit N opened a length-and-a-half off the final turn, needing only to hold off Carobbean Pacetry. She did so by a wet nose in a season’s-best 1:54.1. All About Madi (Dan Dube) cone-skimmed for third for the second consecutive week, with Lispatty and Gina Grace N (Larry Stalbaum) settling for the remainder.

For sixth choice Sell A Bit N, an eight-year-old Down Under daughter of Julius Caesar owned by Von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, the win was her third in a half-dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $164.50, with the triple returning $904.

(With files from Yonkers Raceway)