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Saturday, February 1, 2014


BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
            YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 31, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all qualified participants--were won by Economy Terror (Ron Pierce,
$15.20) and DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $5.50).

            Ordered behind the eight-ball, Economy Terror--a winner in her last effort two weeks ago--saw a whole lot
of action take place in front of her.

            A wide-early Lorrie Please (Eric Carlson) made the first lead, going past Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett)
after a :26.3 opening quarter-mile.

            "Sue" was hard to handle in the two-hole, so she played leapfrog on the lead. No sooner did that happen
than last week's winner, Carol's Desire (Dan Dube), took her turn on the lead. "Carol" found a :56.1 intermission, leaving tepid 5-2 favorite Magic Starlight (Brennan) first-up and Economy Terror right on her back,.

            The battle was in full swing in and out of the 1:24.4 three-quarters, with Carol's Desire owning a scant lead.
However, Economy Terror rolled wide and by, whipping a from-last Ramalama (Matt Kakaley) by a length-and-three-quarters in 1:53.3.

           Rockaround Sue, Little Santamonica (Jordan Stratton) and Lorrie Please came away with the minor spoils.
            For fourth choice Economy Terror, a millionairess (and then some) 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror trained by Chris Oakes for co-owners Chuck Pompey, Howard  Taylor and Edwin Gold, it was her second win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $39.40, with the triple returning $290.50

            The week's marquee trot was a two-speed number. It was 8-5 choice D W's NY Yank--assigned outside his seven rivals--in play early. He worked around Calchip's Brute (Pierce), setting soft earl intervals of  :28.1 and :58.3.

            War Cry Hall (Bartlett) tried it first-up from a long way back, offering minimal objections at the 1:28 three-quarters.

            The leader remained so, taking a length-and-a-quarter advantage into the lane. He won by that margin in 1:56.4. It was Calchip's Brute holding off Zooming (Tyler Buter) for second, with Facing Justice (Dube) and 
Lorenzo Dream (Eric Goodell) settling for the remainder.

             For "D W", a 5-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, it was his second win in as many '14 tries  The exacta paid $28.80, the triple returned $85 and the superfecta paid $591.
            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 daily.