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Sunday, September 16, 2012


BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 15, 2012--Rockin' Glass (Dan Dube) stole cheap fractions and made 'em pay Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace.

With a field reduced to half-dozen after a pair of illnesses, Rockin' Glass--in one notch to post position No. 4--made the lead around Malicious (Mark MacDonald) before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile.

After a qualifier-like 58-second half, 7-5 choice Aussie Reactor A (Jordan Stratton) tried it first-up. However, Rockin' Glass had a couple of lengths in and out of the 1:25.3 three-quarters and a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane.

Rockin' Glass driven by Daniel Dube winning the
Open Handicap at Yonkers Raceway (Justin Grssso Photo)
Rockin' Glass predictably held comfortably from there, whipping the newly-minted all-age track record-holder Sapphire City (Brent Holland) by a half-length in 1:53.2. That one closed well from last, with Aussie Reactor A, Malicious and One More Laugh (Eric Goodell) grabbing the small change.

For Rockin' Glass, a 4-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding trained by Cad Gregory for owner Lee Cotroneo, he returned $10.40 (fourth choice) for his 14th win 30 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $66.50, with the triple returning $216. 

The $1.8 million New York of Champions is scheduled for next Saturday, Sept. 22. Eight, $225,000 divisional finals--for 2- and 3-year-old of both sexes and gaits--comprise the richest night of racing in the state.

The Raceway continues its normal five-night-per-week live schedule, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule.