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Fillies Scrap In Five NYSS Splits

Published: July 21, 2011 11:39 pm ET

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New York Sire Stakes hits town Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway's hosting the $232,330 Mount Vernon Pace for three-year-old fillies. Five divisions - including two off the card - were on display.

Southwind Jazmin (Jeff Gregory) turned in the night's fastest effort, two-moving for a first-up, 1:53 victory in the $46,826 fourth division.

Southwind Jazmin, leaving outside her six rivals, found an early four-hole. She then went up and over Ms Malicious (Cat Manzi) down the backside before ending up in the isolation booth. Southwind Jazmin widened to defeat 11-10 choice Asteria Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick) by 4-3/4 lengths, with 82-1 shot Block Party (Dan Dube) third.

For Southwind Jazmin, a daughter of Art Major owned by Rick Phillips and trained by Mark Harder, she returned $6.70 for her fifth win in eight seasonal starts.

"She was very good last season (more than $178,000 in earnings) and they were expecting a lot from her as a three-year-old," Gregory said. "Drawing an outside post always makes it that much more difficult, but they went enough early that I figured they'd come back to me. (Trainer) Mark (Harder) said he'd thought she'd race well, and she couldn't have been any better."

Lismore victress JK Owhatanite (Tetrick, $2.60), from post position seven, held off a stubborn pocket-sitter in Mystical Gypsy (Greg Merton), winning the $46,826 final division by a length in 1:55 (last quarter :27.4). Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance) was another 6-3/4 lengths back in third.

Linda Toscano trained the 3 Brothers Stables homebred daughter of Bettors Delight, who's now 6-for-8 this season with earnings in excess of $161,000.

"She's a professional." Toscano said. "I told Tim (Tetrick) exactly what (usual driver) Jason (Bartlett) told me, which is that she can leave the gate with anyone and she does whatever you ask her to do."

The $46,826 third division was won by odds-on Tea Party Princess (Brian Sears), making just her second Empire State start and first on a half.

Leaving from post four, she wound up first-up, grinding her way past Annie J (Tetrick), then - despite going very wide off the last turn and through the lane - holding off both that one and New Album (George Brennan). The margin over Annie J was three-quarters of a length.

For Tea Party Princess, an Art Major miss owned by Brad Gray and trained by Ron Burke, she returned $3.90 for her fourth win in nine seasonal starts.

"She doesn't have much experience on a small track, and it showed," Sears said, "She starting lugging in, and wasn't the easiest to steer, but she showed me something beating two very good fillies.".
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Tuesday's pair of $45,926 non-betting NYSS events were won by Alexachase (1:56.1) and From The Start (1:54.1).

(Yonkers Raceway)


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