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Sunday, May 5, 2013


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

 YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 4, 2013--Longshot Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell) slipped up the cones Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's quite contentious $46,000 Open Handicap Pace.

Assigned post position No. 2,  "Nantucket"  was away in good order, setting up shop behind Code Word (Jason Bartlett) after a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Meanwhile, 9-5 favorite Something for Doc (Brian Sears), took a lot of air before finally making the lead after a :55.l half.

  "Doc" was given no respite, as Sagamore Hill winner Pancetta (Mark MacDonald) took his shot moving from fifth. He could not clear at the 1:23.3 three-quarters, with Code Word slipping out three-wide. An unused Annie'swesterncard (George Brennan) was gearing up widest of all, with Something for Doc taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane.

However. Something for Doc’s trip proved too difficult. "Annie" closed down the middle of the track, but short way--in this case, Pan from Nantucket--was the better way. The latter prevailed by a neck in 1:52.4, with Flem N Em N (Larry Stalbaum) closing for third. Code Word and Mr. Hassani (Brent Holland) grabbed the remainder, with Mr. Hassani recovering from a break behind the gate. Something for Doc tired to seventh.

For Pan from Nantucket, a 5-year-old No Pan Intended gelding owned by Blindswitch Racing Stable and trained by Jose Godinez, he returned $70 (seventh choice) for his third win in 11 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $280, with the triple returning $3,225.

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.