Write Me A Song wins Yonkers Friday night $44,000 Distaff Derby

Yonkers, NY — Write Me A Song (Jordan Stratton, $43.20) was both widest and fastest Friday night (March 8), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.

It was the final tune-up for many of these misses before the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series gets underway next Friday (March 15).

Write Me A Song surged past by a nose in 1:54.1. Katy Gazzini photo.

From post position No. 3, the lass with a north-of-the-border resume was away sixth. She saw Angel’s Pride (Brent Holland) get stung by first-‘19-try Twinkle (Dan Dube) through a :27.3 opening quarter-mile.

It was a :57.2 intermission before 8-5 favorite Delightfulmemphisn (Jason Bartlett), having already made one move, took out of fourth. She engaged Angel’s Pride in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters, while the eventual heroine had slipped out to work from second-over.

The diminishing lead for Angel’s Pride was 1-1/4 lengths off the final turn, with Delightfulmemphisn moving in. That lass would win the battle, but lose the war as Write Me A Song surged past by a nose in 1:54.1. Delightfulmemphisn, a dead-heat (for third) duo of Twinkle/Angel’s Pride and Lakeisha Hall (George Brennan) rounded out the payees. Those five were separated by just 1-1/2 lengths at the wire.

For sixth choice Write Me A Song, a season-debuting 4-year-old daughter of Sportswriter owned by William Hartt and trained by Lance Hudson, it was her 11th win in 20 career starts. The exacta paid $213, the triples returned $506 (Twinkle third) and $634 (Angel’s Pride third) and the superfectas paid $1,299 (Twinkle/Angel’s Pride third and fourth) and $2,243 (Angel’s Pride/Twinkle third and fourth).

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