BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 15, 2014--Season-debuting Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell) worked out the perfect trip Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace.
Unhurried early from post position No. 3, Pan from Nantucket was away fourth as Lumberjack Willie (Jordan Stratton) made the lead before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. It was a wind-restricted 57-second intermission, the n even-money favorite P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) moved from third down the backside. Pan from Nantucket was right in behind.
The leading "Willie" was about to drop anchor in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters, with P H Supercam taking a length lead into the lane. However, he could not close the sale. Pan from Nantucket edged by, as did a charging 32-1 rank outsider American Rage (Brian Sears).
The former did whip the latter by a head in 1:54.2, with P H Supercam fading to third, beaten a neck. Dream Out Loud N (Matt Kakaley) and Atta Boy Dan (George Brennan) settled for the minor moolah.
For Pan from Nantucket, a 6-year-old No Pan Intended gelding owned by Blindswitch Racing Stable and trained by Jose Godinez, he returned $29.60 (sixth choice) for his 25th career victory. The exacta paid $572, with the tripe returning $2,351.
No one hit Saturday's Pick 5 wager, so Monday's gimmick--with a built-in $10,000 guaranteed pool--begins with a carryover of $2,642.80.
The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues (weather permitting), 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.