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Sunday, May 25, 2014


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

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 24, 2014—As was the case in the eliminations for Yonkers Raceway’s Art Rooney Pace, death-and-taxes favorites in the elims for the Lismore (3-year-old pacing fillies) were no better than a 50-50- proposition.

Southwind Silence (George Brennan, $2.90) was a handy, wire-to-wire winner in the first, $20,000 elimination. From post position No. 4, she threw down essentially equal halves (:28, 57.1, 1:26, 1:54) before winning by a length-and-a-half. Bettor Business (Dan Dube), last season’s upset New York Sire Stakes champ, snapped second over an-early-impeded Palm Beach (Jim Morrill Jr.). It Was Fascination (Scott Zeron) was far ahead of the misbehaving A Little Starstruk (Jason Bartlett), the former earning her place in next Saturday’s final.  

For “Silence,” a daughter of Well Said co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Larry Karr and Joe DiScala Jr., it was her first win in two seasonal starts. The exacta paid $11.60, with no triple wagering.

The second elim for the Lismore saw inside number Also Encouraging (Brian Sears) sent off as the 35-cents on-the-dollar favorite. After moving from third, she secured the lead from Tyra (Morrill Jr.) at the :57.1 half (:28.3 quarter).

However, Also Encouraging had no resistance when Rusty’s Bliss (Jason Bartlett) came challenging. “Rusty” gained the lead just after the 1:26.4 three-quarters, but with no one behind her, Tyra—from post No. 2--was able to slip out….and slip by. Tyra whipped a stubborn “Rusty” by a length-and-a-half in 1:54.4. Gentlemen’s Delight (Dan Dube) was third, with Also Encouraging fading to fourth. That earned her a place at the table next week, but was of no solace those place pool bridge jumpers ($29,422 of the $32,153 on the beaten choice).

For Tyra, a daughter of McArdle owned by CC Racing and trained by Joann Looney-King, she returned $6.50 (second choice) for her first win in three ’14 tries. The exacta paid $105.50, with the triple returning $177. With the jumpers taking their leap, the place prices were $20.80 and $62.50, respectively.       

The open draw for the $124,744 final of the Lismore takes places Tuesday afternoon.

            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.