The leading lass cruised to her ninth
consecutive (in-state) victory--4-for-4
here--winning the $42,360 third division in an
uneventful 1:58. With Boone Mattison again doing
the honors, the 1-9 choice easily made the lead
from post position No. 2.
After She's So Savvy
(Howard Okusko Jr.) and Doin' the City (Jordan
Stratton) both misbehaved early and Princess
Robyn (Kyle DiBenedetto) was outrun,
"Girlfriend" had to essentially beat two other
Comfy fractions of :29.3, 1:00.1 and 1:29.4
gave way to a :28.1 kicker as the puny
parimutuel finished her night's work, winning by
a length-and-a-half. Gift Card (Howard Parker)
moved first-up from third and grabbed second
over TK Lindy (Stephane Bouchard)..
For Brandnewgirlfriend, co-owned by (trainer)
Paul Kelley, Jim Winske, Stephen Michaels and
East Pond Stable, she returned $2.10 for her
11th win in a dozen seasonal starts ($166,873).
She led a $6.70 exacta and $31.40 triple.
Michelle's Way (Brent Holland), who would
probably assume the title should
Brandnewgirlfriemd not be able to carry out her
assigned duties, won her third race in a row in
the $43,160 fourth event.
The daughter of Conway Hall,
trained by Ken Rucker for owner Marcos Ameralis,
went first-over against Naughty Nana (Bouchard)
down the backside, then held off the lass on her
back, Winbak Portia (Pat Berry). "Michelle" won
by a length-and-a-half in 1:59.1, with
Anikawiesahalee (Jay Randall) third.
Michelle's Way, as the 2-5 favorite, returned
$2.80 for her sixth win in 10 '09 tries
($120,714). The exacta paid $13.20, with the
triple returning $76.50.
The evening's other NYSS groupings, worth
$43,160, $42,360 and $43,160, were won by...
--The Ice Queen (by Conway Hall);
Smedshammer/driver Jason Bartlett; 1:59.3/$2.80;
--Danijill (by Credit Winner);
owner Fred Rappa/trainer Dave Dziengel/driver
DiBenedetto; (life-best) 1:59.1/$36.20;
--Big Sky Angelina (by Malabar Man);
owner Domenico Costagliola/trainer Chris
Marino/driver Jim Meittinis; (life-best)