None Bettor, the USA free-for-all relative of former Bromac Lodge broodmare Amaretto Bromac, opened his 2020 racing with a narrow but impressive win in a $30,000 preferred pace at the Meadowlands, New Jersey, on Sunday (NZ time).
The Australian-bred None Bettor (Bettor's Delight-Limerick Star, by Christian Cullen-Lils Dream, by Smooth Fella-Miss Denover), is a fifth line descendant of Ar Miss, the former top 1970s filly and most notably the dam of champion 1980s NZ filly/mare, Armalight (1:55.4, mile rate, 2000m).
None Bettor (1:48.8), was an aged star in North America last year, winning 12 of 18 races and $375,970, including the Battle of Lake Erie on the half-mile track at Northfield Park in a world-record equaling 1:49 (1609m).
He also won the Great Northeast Open Series final, and was the runner-up in another aged feature, the Bobby Quillen Memorial.
Earlier prepared by Jennifer Bongiorno, but racing latterly last year and this for the Andrew Harris stable, None Bettor teamed up with expatriate Australian Andrew McCarthy for his Meadowlands return.
McCarthy found a good trailing spot on the outer over the last half for None Bettor, who had the last say, wearing down front-running Trump Nation (Yannick Gingras) by a nose in 1:50.4 (fifths).
The Ar Miss-Armalight family starred internationally last year, headed in this part of the world by NZ through last season's top 4YO and NSW Miracle Mile winner, Spankem (1:47.4), a fourth-line descendant of Ar Miss.
Spankem, a winner of nearly $1.3 million, was sidelined this year by injury after running second to Cruz Bromac in last November's NZ Cup and fourth in the NZ Free-For-All.
His younger half-brother by Art Major sold for $45,000 at last month' NZ Bloodstock NZ Yearling Sale in Christchurch.
The family also captured headlines 12 months ago in Australia with Muscle Factory, who set the Australasian 3YO mile record at 1:49.6 (since bettered), before winning the Victorian Derby and being sidelined with injury after the NSW Derby.
Former Bromac Lodge mare Amaretto Bromac (Falcon Seelster-Arma Class, by Talk About Class-Ar Miss), was placed twice from only five starts.
Sold last year to NSW owner, Helen Heads, she is the dam of former smart WA filly Angel Bromac (p2, 1:56.9, 4 2 & 3YO wins, $56,500), the runner-up in the 2016 WA Diamond Classic 2YO Final; along with 1:54.8 Menangle winner Phil Bromac, and this season's race-placed NZ 2YO, First Class.