08/11/2011 4:24PM

Hessonite beats males in N.Y. Stallion Series


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Racing against males for the first time in her career, Hessonite came roaring down the center of the course, collared Freud's Honor near the wire, and beat Freud's Honor by a head on Thursday at Saratoga in the $100,000 Cab Calloway/Statue of Liberty Division of the New York Stallion Series, for 3-year-old New York breds on the turf.

Hessonite ($4.90), the favorite, had finished a distant third in the Boiling Springs at Monmouth in her last start. She had defeated New York-bred fillies one start earlier at Belmont, but on Thursday was forced to run against males owing to insufficient runners to make a race restricted to fillies, and another New York-bred race, both go.

It didn't matter. Hessonite closed strongly under jockey Ramon Dominguez, covering her final quarter-mile in less than 24 seconds, to complete one mile on the firm inner turf course in 1:37.61.

Hessonite, by Freud, has now won four times in eight starts for David Donk, who trains the filly for William Punk and Phil DiLeo.