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Sunday, March 16, 2014


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

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 15, 2014--Montana Pablo A (Ron Pierce) prevailed from second-over Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's Ides of March $22,000 featured high-conditioned pace.

Away fourth from position No. 4, "Pablo" saw 17-10 favorite Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) control the intervals of :27.3 and :56.1. Aracache Hanover (George Brennan) then moved from third, with Montana Pablo A tailing.

It was Sapphire City leading in and out of a 1:24.3 three-quarters, with "Aracache" turning up the assault entering the lane. Montana Pablo  A went wide, with 36-1 Rock to Glory (Jordan Stratton) skimming the cones inside. Outside whipped inside by a neck in a season's-best 1:52.3. Here We Go Again was third, with Sapphire City and Glass Prince (Brian Sears) rounding out the payees.   Pierce and Sears each had four winners on the 12-race card.

For Montana Pablo A, a 7-year-old Down Under Blissfull Hall gelding owned by Joe Muscara and trained by Darren Cassar, he returned $12.20 (fourth choice) for his fourth win in eight seasonal starts.  The exacta paid $264, with the triple returning $1,767.

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.