Yonkers, NY — Feelin Red Hot (George Brennan, $8.30) prevailed from the pocket Friday night (May 17), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.
It was a two-speed number, as 7-5 choice Twinkle (Brent Holland) forced Feelin Red Hot in behind before a :27.1 opening quarter. The leader remained so through a :56.4 intermission and 1:25 three-quarters, with token pressure from Delightfulmemphisn (Jim Marohn Jr.).
The early foot — from post position seven — would serve the pursuer well. Twinkle owned a 1-1/4 length lead on the final turn, but Feelin Red Hot edged out and edged by. The lass, who was quite good in the preliminary rounds of the Blue Chip Matchmaker before a poor effort in the final, prevailed by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.3.
Delightfulmemphisn continued well for third, with a closing Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) and Glenferrie Blade A (Jordan Stratton) settling for the minors.
For third choice Feelin Red Hot, a 6-year-old daughter of Feelin Friskie trained by Ron Burke for the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her sixth win in 15 seasonal starts (career 25-for-90). The exacta paid $23.20, the triple returned $64.50 and the superfecta paid $403.
It was one of Brennan’s five winners during the 12-race program.
Yonkers’ mutuel windows open at 10 a.m. Saturday (May 18) in advance of Pimlico’s Preakness Day first post of 10:30 a.m.