Before a crowd of 21,935, the 2-year-old fillies battled the length of the stretch before hitting the wire at the same time.
“They were opposite on the nods,” said Steve Asmussen, who trains Brazen Persuasion. “It was, ‘No, yes, no, yes, no, yes.’ I did think she got beat on the wire watching the replay, and then when they threw the number up, they go 4-5 in order, you think she won, and then they throw the dead heat, so we’ll take all of it.”
Rosie Napravnik, who rode Brazen Persuasion, thought she got beat.
“I told (jockey) Corey (Lanerie, aboard Bahnah), I said, ‘You got this. Definitely you got this.’ So, I thought it was him.”
Brazen Persuasion returned $2.80 to win while Bahnah, who was sent off as the 6-5 favorite, returned $2.40 to win. They ran the six furlongs in 1:12.12.
One race earlier, Sage Valley ($8.90) took the Grade III James Marvin Stakes by a length as the third choice in the wagering.
With temperatures in the mid-90s and the heat index at 100 degrees, the New York Racing Association took extra precautions to beat the heat, including giving away ice to patrons throughout the race track.
“We had a terrific day of racing today that featured a little bit of everything,” NYRA president and CEO Chris Kay said. “Thrilling finishes, the unveiling of a potential star (Stopchargingmaria, who won the third race by five and a half lengths), and a stakes race that was as close as it can get. I also want to recognize the horsemen, jockeys, veterinarians and others who took extra precautions on such a warm day to ensure a safe day of racing for all.”
Last year, a crowd of 25,676 attended opening day.
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