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Sunday, May 12, 2013


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

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 11, 2013--Locally-debuting Statesman N (Brian Sears, $2.70) prevailed from first-up Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Open Handicap Pace.

Leaving from post position No. 4, he watched as longshot Here We Go Again (Brent Holland) and eight-holer Rockincam (Eric Goodell) both left. The former led the way through a :26.3 quarter-mile and :56.3 intermission, with the latter wedged in behind/ Statesman N then took out of fourth, but the 3-10 favorite didn't seem overly interested at first.
Here We Go Again was giving his 20-1 takers a feeling of empowerment at the 1:24.2 three-quarters before the people's preference finally received the memo. Statesman N disposed of the leader early stretch, then whipped a slipping-out Rockincam by a length-and-three-quarters in 1:52.1. Nob Hill High (Dan Dube) was a ground-saving third, with Here We Go Again and Keystone Velocity (Mark MacDonald) grabbing the remainder.

Statesman N, a 6-year-old Down Under Christian Cullen gelding trained by Mark Harder for co-owners Our Horse Cents Stable, Siva and Venturini, has won four of nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $19.80, with the triple returning $132. 

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.