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Tessa Seelster Wins Yonkers Open

Published: March 3, 2017 9:34 pm ET

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Tessa Seelster (George Brennan, $18.20) survived from first-up Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.

Away fourth from post position No. 4, ‘Tessa’ saw Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing) and Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) want in early. The latter reclaimed from the former just after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. It was a soft :56.4 intermission before the eventual winner moved.

Tessa Seelster engaged toward a 1:25 three-quarters, while Apple Bottom Jeans (Matt Kakaley) was gapping that one’s advances. This helped none of the outside assignees, notably just-over-even-money Mackenzie A (Joedan Straton), Mach It A Par (Jason Bartlett) and Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron). Only one of those would be heard from late.

It was Lispatty taking a short lead into the lane, but Tessa Seelster was about to wear her down. ‘Tessa’ prevailed late, holding off a knifing-through Mach It A Par by a neck in 1:54.3. Shesjustadelight N, Lispatty and Apple Bottom Jeans came away with the remainder, with Bedroomconfessions sixth, and Mackenzie A a went-nowhere last among the octet.

For fourth choice Tessa Seelster, a five-year-old daughter of Shadow Play co-owned by trainer Ron Burke (as Burke Racing), Weaver Bruscemi and Jonathan Newman, the win was her third in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $70.50, with the triple returning $300.

In other Friday night news, harness racing's richest horse Foiled Again earned his 93rd career win and pushed his bankroll to $7.53 million going wire-to-wire in a $22,000 conditioned pace.

Brennan drove the 13-year-old Dragon Again gelding to the 1:56 victory -- Foiled Again's second win of the year -- capping off a natural hat-trick on the card for the Burke stable.

(With files from Yonkers Raceway)


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