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Lispatty Pops; New Millionaire At Yonkers

Published: July 20, 2018 11:32 pm ET

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Pocket-sitting fave Lispatty (Joe Bongiorno, $5.50) picked off pacesetting Caviart Cherie (Jason Bartlett) Friday night (July 20), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.

Alertly away from post position No. 2, Lispatty took that early seat behind her rival as that one threw down early intervals of :27.3 and a flat 56 seconds. Down the backside the second time, Medusa (Dan Dube) moved first-up from fourth, offering just token annoyance in and out of 1:23.4 three-quarters (:27.4 third quarter).

Caviart Cherie owned a length and a half lead entering the lane when Lispatty took a peek from the pocket. She then ducked back in waiting for Medusa to back away, then edged out and by. Lispatty whipped ‘Cherie’ by a widening length and a quarter in 1:52.

Bronze Over N (Brent Holland), Medusa and Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton) came away with the minors.

For Lipatty, a five-year-old daughter of McArdle owned by Gilbert Garcia-Owen and trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, the win was her sixth in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $23.60, the triple returned $120 and the superfecta paid $544.

Special Friday props to Safe From Terror, whose second-place finish in the $29,000, 12th race pacing finale made her the sport’s newest millionairess. The six-year-old daughter of Western Terror has earned $1,006,077 with a resume of 128 starts, 53 wins, 18 seconds and 15 third-place finishes. The mare, driven by Holland, is currently owned by Big Bad DT Racing Stable and trained by Virgil Morgan Jr.

(With files from Yonkers Raceway)


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