FORMER New Zealand mare Kaitlyn grabbed a last stride victory in last night’s winning Yonkers Raceway’s $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.
In play from assigned post position four, Kaitlyn stung Write Me A Song, releasing that one before a chilly, 26-second opening quarter-mile.
Odds-on pole-sitter Lady Dela Renta was cutting her own mile in third.
It was after a 55.1-second intermission and 1:23.1 three-quarter interval when Kaitlyn edged from the pocket, Lady Dela Renta in behind.
Write Me A Song had a diminishing three-quarter-length lead off the final turn, with Kaitlyn closing.
The latter, which was driven to victory by Jason Bartlett, whipped the form by a nose in 1:53.3.
Third went to another former Kiwi pacer, Sudden Change.
For Kaitlyn, a daughter of American Ideal co-owned by trainer Richard Banca, Barbara and James Boese, it was the third choice’s fifth win in 21 seasonal starts.
- FRANK DRUCKER