BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 7, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all who knew the secret password--were won by a formful Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $4.90) and an equally-so DW’s NY Yank (George Brennan, $4.30).
Leaving—as the second choice--from post position No. 5, Yagonnakissmeornot worked around Summer Snow (Larry Stalbaum), making the lead before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile.
From there, she gave no one else a shot, including 6-5 favorite Economy Terror (Ron Pierce). That one moved from fifth before a :57.1 intermission.
A :27.3 third quarter (1:24.4) widened the leader’s advantage, as she opened a length-and-three-quarters into the lane. Yagonnakissmeornot then drew out, winning by 3¼ lengths in a season’s-best 1:52.4.
Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears) rallied into second, with last week’s winner, Cocoa Beach (Matt Kakaley), Summer Snow and Economy Terror rounded out the payees.
For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 5-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $32.20, with the triple returning $128.50.
The week’s marquee trot saw 11-10 choice DW’s NY Yank—assigned outside his seven rivals—in play early. He made the lead from Zooming (Tyler Buter) just after a :27.2 opening interval. From there, a cheap :58.2 intermission before Super Manning (Kakaley) engaged from sixth.
…and engage he did, hooking the leader in and out of the 1:27 three-quarters.
Those two took their beef all the way to the line, with the margin—DW’s NY Yank up a nose into the lane—was the same at the 1:55.4 wire. Backstreet Hanover (Eric Carlson) belated split those two to finish third, beaten a head, while Zooming and Fortunista (Jason Bartlett) settled for the remainder.
For “DW,” a 5-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, it was his fifth win in as seven '14 tries (4-for-4 here). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $12.60, the triple returned $63.50 and the superfecta paid $158.
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.