Saratoga Springs, NY – Newsy N (Bettor’s Delight) finished second in her lone start in the local Fillies and Mares Open last year at Saratoga Casino Hotel. On Monday (Feb. 6) afternoon, the 6-year-old New Zealand import drew post three and was installed as the morning line favorite for her try in the $17,000 feature for distaffers.
Ron Cushing powered the talented mare out to the front end as she worked hard in lap one covering the first half in :57.1 before being met with the challenge of the race’s 3-5 betting favorite Wahs Fire Bug N (Jimmy Devaux) who came powering up alongside the leader past the half.
Those two squared off, trading strides for close to a half mile before Newsy N proved best in a mile clocked in 1:54.3. Wahs Fire Bug N was a game second while Fond Memories A (Larry Stalbaum) earned the show spot.
Newsy N paid $7.80 to win as the second choice in the wagering leading an exacta with the favorite second that returned $20.60. The triple came back $73. Newsy N is co-owned by Ron Cushing and Kevin Sywyk and trained by Heidi Gibbs.
Live racing resumes on Saturday (Feb. 11) evening at Saratoga with a first post time of 5 p.m. There will be a carryover in the early Pick-Five of $2,311. Each race card now features two Pick-Fives, one made up of the first five races on the card and the other comprising the final five races on the program.