Star Track Farm's Mother's Sacrifice won an early duel with A Perfect Wood and a late challenge from So Sweet a Cat before posting a 1 3/4-length victory in the $155,863 New York Breeders' Futurity that highlighted the Labor Day card at Finger Lakes. The six-furlong test was restricted to registered New York-bred 2-year-olds.Ridden by C. C. Yang for trainer Donna Bireta, Mother Sacrifice got the half-mile in : 46.52 and completed five-eighths of a mile in :59.43. The winner, a juvenile daughter of Dixie Brass -- Genuine Attraction (by Cormorant), ran the three-quarters of a mile in 1:13.06. Mother's Sacrifice paid $8.00, $4.40, and $2.40. So Sweet a Cat, returned $8.20 and $2.50. Rb's Glitter , the favorite under Aaron Gryder, ducked in at the start and then raced wide in the stretch, was worth $2.20 for the show spot in the seven-horse field.Bred by Peter Winston, Mother's Sacrifice is undefeated in two starts, having previously won the Lady Finger Stakes at Finger Lakes, and has earned $141,503. So Sweet a Cat, second in the Lady Finger Stakes, and the winner were the only two fillies in the New York Breeders' Futurity. (Chart, Equibase)
The 45th renewal of the New York Breeder's Futurity, set Oct. 6 at Finger Lakes Racetrack, offers the largest purse in the history of the Western New York track with $269,200 available to New York-bred 2-year-olds.