HANDY performer Lispatty (George Brennan, $6.60) was first home from second-up last night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.
Unhurried early from assigned post position six, Lispatty watched Freeze Out (Brian Sears) stuff slight 2-1 choice Sell A Bit (Jordan Stratton) in behind before a 27-secod opening quarter-mile.
After a :56.4 intermission, Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) moved from fifth, towing Lispatty right behind. The ride Lispatty hitched wasn’t the greatest, however, forcing her wide by the 1:25 three-quarters.
Meanwhile, Freeze Out was about to wear out her welcome in and out of the final turn as Lispatty went past. She widened to defeat Sell a Bit N by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:54, with 49-1 outsider Venus Delight (Joe Bongiorno) a rallying third.
Sail to the Beach (Dan Dube) and Delightful Dragon rounded out the payees.
For third choice Lispatty, a four-year-old daughter of Mcardle owned by Gilberto Garcia-Owen and trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, it was her fourth win in 19 seasonal starts.
- FRANK DRUCKER