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Sunday, May 19, 2013


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

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 18, 2013--Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube) prevailed from second-over Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Open Handicap Pace.

 The field. reduced to seven after the on-track scratch (lame) of Silent Swing, saw 11-10 favorite Sapphire City (Brian Sears) hand the baton to Annie'swesterncard (George Brennan) just after a :27.1 opening quarter-mile.. "Annie" found a seemingly-comfy :56.1 intermission before American Rage (Eric Goodell) moved from fourth. It was Keystone Velocity--from post position No. 4 after that defection--towed in behind that one going toward the 1:24.1 three-quarters.

 Annie'swesterncard had given up the ghost off the final turn, with American Rage taking over. However, all HE did was point the way for Keystone Velocity, who went right by. The final margin was 2½ lengths in 1:51.4, matching his season's best effort. Pan From Nantucket (Jordan Stratton) closed for second, with American Rage, Sapphire City and Jerry's Brown Gold (Pat Lachance) rounding out the payees. Anniue'swesterncard tired to sixth

 For Keystone Velocity, a 5-year-old son of Western Hanover trained by Frank Kamine for owner Lauretta Galm, he returned $15.60 (fourth choice) for his third win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $101.50, with the triple returning $314.

 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.