Feelin Red Hot wins Friday Distaff Derby at Yonkers

Yonkers, NY — A shocking rerun, as Feelin Red Hot (George Brennan, $8.20) successfully authored another down-the-road tome Friday night (Aug. 30), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.

Feelin Red Hot held off Alexa’s Power, winning by 1-1/4 lengths in a season’s-best 1:50.4. Georgia Panagi photo.

Assigned outside her seven foes, Feelin Red Hot pole-vaulted over all of them, working round 3-5 favorite Alexa’s Power (Jason Bartlett) before a :27 opening quarter-mile. After a :55.4 intermission, Dibaba N (Eric Goodell) tried it meekly first-up from fifth. Meanwhile, Feelin Red Hot rolled in and out of a 1:23.1 three-quarters.

Taking a 1-1/2 length lead into the lane, she held off Alexa’s Power, winning by 1-1/4 lengths in a season’s-best 1:50.4. D G’s Elsa (Joe Bongiorno) was a best-of-the-rest three-hole third, with Dibaba N and Safe From Terror (Jim Marohn Jr.) settling for the remainder.

For second choice Feelin Red Hot, a 6-year-old daughter of Feelin Friskie co-owned as Burke Racing by trainer Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her 12th win in 27 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.40, the triple returned $71.50 and the superfecta paid $289.50.

Saturday night (Aug. 31) is one of the Raceway’s marquee programs of the season, featuring the 64th Yonkers Trot and 65th Messenger Stakes, both Triple Crown events and both worth $500,000. Companion events — the Hudson Filly Trot and Lady Maud — each go for more than $120,000.

Post time for the dozen-race card is the usual 6:50 p.m., with the features going as races four through seven.

The Raceway opens for simulcasting Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in advance of Gulfstream Park’s early post time of 12:15 p.m. Note that Saratoga Race Course’s final weekend has a first post of 12:30 p.m. through Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 2).

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