For Opinion, click here for View from the Racetrack Grandstand

Saturday, May 25, 2013


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

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 24, 2013--Yonkers Raceway's pair of "sloppy" Friday night $46,000 Open Handicaps--for everyone's-welcome trotters and distaff pacers--were won by a closing Monsignor Flan (Brent Holland, $7.90) and a first-up Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $5.70).

The featured trot was shrunk to seven when eight-ball-ordered Tober was scratched-sick. It was pylon-assigned Mymom'sablizzard (Matt Kakaley) seated everyone (Upfront Billy [Mark MacDonald] made a break), save for a parked-out 9-5 choice Calchip's Brute (George Brennan). It took the latter about a half-mile (:28.3, :58.3) to make the lead, right after which Lorenzo's Dream (Jim Pantaleano) attacked from third.

It was "Lorenzo" going by a stopping Calchip's Brute, then trying to open up some nighttime daylight with a :28.1 third quarter (1:26.4). He owned a diminishing length-and-a-half lead into the lane, with Super Manning (Brian Sears) and Monsignor Flan--leaving from post position No. 6--in hot pursuit.

Super Manning went by "Lorenzo," but "Monsignor” went by Super Manning, The margin was a head in 1:56.3, with Lorenzo Dream, Fort Valley As (Dan Dube) and a recovering Up Front Billy completing the cashers.

For second choice Monsignor Flan, a 6-year-old S J's Photo gelding trained by Erv Miller for owner Tanah Merah Farms, it was his fourth win in 18 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $43.40, the triple returned $128 and the superfecta paid $637.

The fairer-sex feature, reduced with a six-pack after scratch (judges) of Rock N Soul, saw even-money favorite Unred Hanover (MacDonald) do the early-honors. That one left around Campanile (Brennan), making the lead before a :27.2 opening quarter. It was a 57-second intermission before Krispy Apple--who had floated into a four-hole from her outside (now post No. 6) assignment--was moving again.

She instigated the issue in and out of the 1:25.4 three-quarters, taking over soon thereafter. Krispy Apple disposed of Unred Hanover, then widened to win by 2¾ lengths in 1:53.4. Virgin Mary (Eric Goodell) gapped the winner, but outfinished Unred Hanover for second, with Campanile and Tropical Breeze (Sears) rounded out the payees.

For second choice Krispy Apple, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by PJ Fraley for co-owners Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino, it was her fourth in nine '13 tries (career earnings now over $915.000). The exacta paid $26.80, with the triple returning $72.                 

Saturday night's program features a pair of $40,000 eliminations for the Art Rooney Pace, with the first four finishers in each qualifying for the $275,000 final Saturday, June 1.

The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, 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.