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Lispatty Defeats Debuting Pure Country

Published: May 19, 2017 9:29 pm ET

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A pocketed Lispatty (Mark MacDonald, $31.60) stalked and subdued the season-debuting Dan Patch Award winner Pure Country (Brett Miller) on Friday night (May 19), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.

On paper, it was a stacked sewing circle, decreased by one when Matchmaker conqueror (and this week’s eight-hole assignee) Mackenzie A was a late-for-Lasix scratch.

On the track, however, it was a nothing more than a two-speed number, with millionairess Pure Country sent off as the bettors' choice in her first Westchester appearance. From post position No. 5, the 4-5 fave easily worked around her pole-sitting rival before a 28-second opening quarter-mile.

From there, it was a :56.4 intermission and 1:24.2 three-quarters, with Medusa (George Brennan) offering a weak, first-up try and third, and the backfield gapping badly.

Pure Country owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but Lispatty edged inside and edged by. The margin was a neck in a season’s-best 1:52.3. Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) was third as the 53-1 rank outsider, with Mach It A Par (Brian Sears) and Medusa rounding out the payees.

For sixth choice Lispatty, a four-year-old daughter of McArdle owned by Gilberto Garcia-Owen and trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, the win was her second in 11 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $114.50, with the triple returning $924.

(With files from Yonkers Raceway)

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