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Saturday, September 5, 2015


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

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 4, 2015—Favored Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $4.40) whipped second-choice Cinamony (George Brennan) in track-record time Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace

            “Yagonna,” back here for the first time since being the bridesmaid in this spring’s final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, was headstrong from post position No. 5. She found a 27-second opening quarter-mile, then demurred briefly to Cinamony as that one was parked into the second turn.

Yagonnakissmeornot was out and moving again, pulling pocket and reclaiming what she figured was rightfully hers at a :55.2 intermission. Radar Contact (Jordan Stratton), who had left for a seat, moved from fourth at the 1:24 three-quarters.

However, she couldn’t get close as the leader had a length-and-a-half advantage into the lane. Yagonnakissmeornot then easily held off Cinamony, widening to 2¼ lengths 1:51.2…a track record for aged pacing mares.

            Dune in Red (Tyler Buter) was third, with Skippin’ By (Brian Sears) and a Radar Contact/Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett) “heater” grabbing the minor moolah.

For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 6-year-old millionairess daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer Rene Allard and Kapildeo Singh, it was her sixth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $14.80, with the triple returning $56.50.

Saturday’s 13-race card is the one of the Raceway’s finest all season, highlighted by the $500,000 Yonkers Trot (race 6 ) and $500,000 Messenger Stakes (race 8), both second jewels in their respective Triple Crowns…not a mention a free hat (while supplies last).

Hambletonian winner Pinkman and Cane Pace winner Dealt a Winner are after repeat performances.