BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 12, 2013--Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell) was on his game from off the pace Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Pace.
Leaving from post position No. 4, he watched early as Aracache Hanover (George Brennan) was hung out three-wide to secure the lead. He paid a 26-second price for the privilege, with 7-5 favorite Code Word (Brent Holland second and Great Vintage (Larry Stalbaum) third.
After a swift :54.3 intermission, Statesman N (Jordan Stratton) moved from fourth, with Pan from Nantucket second-up and China Grill (Pat Lachance) third-over.
Meanwhile, "Aracache" maintained the lead in and out of a 1:23.2 three-quarters, taking a three-quarter length lead into the lane.
However, the early intervals would prove his undoing. "Nantucket" powered by, getting the jump on China Grill and whipping that one by a nose in 1:51.4. That effort matched a life-best, with Code Word, Statesman N and Aracache Hanover rounding out the payees.
For Pan from Nantucket, a 5-year-old No Pan Intended gelding trained by Joe Godinez for owner Blindswitch Racing, he returned $28.80 (sixth choice) for his seventh win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $443.50, with the triple returning $1,362.
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.