ODDS-ON favourite Betterb Chevron set well off some scorched-earth fractions of Feelin’ Red Hot then rolled by that rival to win last night’s Yonkers Raceway’s $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.
Feelin’ Red Hot vaulted up and over her seven inside rivals, making an immediate lead while hanging a looped Eclipse Me in the process.
There was nighttime daylight through unseemly intervals of 26.2, 54 and 1:21.4, but while the margin was shrinking, the leader did not just slink away.
Betterb Chevron, away sixth from post position four, circled widest and took out after her target. She easily went by Feelin’ Red Hot, widening by two-and-a-half lengths in a life-best 1:51.
Feelin’ Red Hot raced her eyeballs out and was a clear second, with Dibaba third.
For Betterb Chevro, a New Zealand-bres daughter of Bettor’s Delight owned by William Hartt and trained by Lance Hudson, it was her sixth win from 16 seasonal starts.
- FRANK DRUCKER