Yo Cheyenne turned in a winning performance Sunday, Nov. 26 at Saratoga Harness. The Indiana sired mare earned the win in 1:57.4 in the $9,500 conditioned trot.
Starting from post two gave Yo Cheyenne a good starting spot when the gate folded. She slipped right in behind Oceanview Massey and Matthew Athearn, who started from post one. Race favorite Wild Bill Kelso and Phil Fluet made a bid for the front and reached the leaders before the quarter in :29.1, but he could not get by Oceanview Massey and was hung on the outside past the half in :58.2. As he began to tire, that gave Yo Cheyenne the perfect opportunity to move out and around the tiring Oceanview Massey.
Heading into the lane, Yo Cheyenne had cleared to the lead and began to trot home. However, she had some big powerhouse opponents closing gamely on the outside. Yo Cheyenne kept her advantage to the wire for the win by one-half length over Busting With Pride and Brett Beckwith. Stamped by Lindy and Jay Randall moved up for third.
Yo Cheyenne paid $10.60 for the win. The three-year-old daughter of Dover Dan is now owned by Stephen Picarazzi and Brett DeRue of New York. Brett DeRue trains the filly, who was bred by Sam Lambright Jr.
It was the sixth win of the year for Yo Cheyenne, who has been at Saratoga since September. She has now won three of her last four starts for her new connections. Prior to her sale, Yo Cheyenne competed in Indiana Sires Stakes action under trainers Verlin Yoder and Susan Miller.
Yo Cheyenne was a $5,500 yearling purchase by Yoder at the Northern Indiana Yearling Speed Sale in Topeka. She sold under the name Hear the Sound. To date, she has eight wins and more than $82,000 on her card with a career best time of 1:55.2 taken as a three-year-old at Harrah’s Hoosier Park before relocating to New York. Both foals of racing age from the Yankee Glide mare Sound of Music have raced. The family also has a yearling colt by Don’t Let’Em named Surf Scoter and a weanling colt by Pastor Stephen named Sounder.
Also a winner on the Sunday card at Saratoga was a half brother to the top Indiana family that includes Bridge to Jesse’s. Bridge Works, a seven-year-old son of Dejarmbro, turned in a near gate to wire effort for driver Jim DeVaux and trainer Brett Derue. Owned by Stephen Picarazzi, DeRue, and Darreyl Bullard, Bridge Works won by more than three lengths in 1:58.3. He was bred by Michael Wilt and Randy Wilt of Missouri. The son of the brood mare Bridge to Nowhere has a mark of 1:55.1 and more than $218,000 in earnings.