BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 5, 2016—Three, $32,000 Opens/Opens Handicaps and a few dollars in the unclaimed luggage bin are included in Yonkers Raceway’s weekend.
Friday night’s weekly ladies’ pacing feature (sixth race) shows up as a blind-draw event, with Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett) winning the draw. The 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three was compromised by a poor getaway a week ago, a fact that ought not to be an issue from this venue. Regil Elektra is 2-for-4 to start her season.
Inittowinafortune (Jordan Stratton, post 7) was a solid second from this same starting locale a week ago.
Friday’s Pick 5 begins with a carryover of $2,163.39 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11).
Saturday night’s Open Handicap Trot (sixth race) finds last week’s first three finishers back at it, with Somebody AS (Stratton, post 7), Crazshana (Bartlett, post 4) and Red Hot Herbie (Brian Sears, post 5). Somebody AS tripped out from the pocket, while “Shana” was very sharp racing with fresh Lasix.
Not Afraid (Dan Dube, post 6) tried and eight-hole leave a week ago, but too many others had the same game plan.
The week’s marquee pace (seventh race) is led by last week’s winner, Phil Your Boots (Tyler Buter, post 7) and runnerup, Melmerby Beach (Bartlett, post 6). Polak A (Sears, post 4) earns a seat at the adult table after a pair of solid conditioned victories.
Post time for both programs is 7:10 PM.