BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, February 16, 2016—Three, $32,000 Open Handicaps and some dangling dollars are included in Yonkers Raceway’s weekend.
Friday night’s weekly ladies’ pacing feature (sixth race) finds Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett, post 7) going after a fourth win in six seasonal starts. The 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three is already just one victory shy of 2015’s entire win total.
The returning Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton, post 8) was banished to the far outside, despite not racing for money since early December. The now-6-year-old down Under daughter of Julius Caesar ended ’15 with five consecutive Open Handicap wins here.
Bye Bye Michelle (Pat Lachance, post 3) also makes her first purse try of 2016, invading after a solid upstate season.
Friday’s Pick 5 begins with a carryover of $1,949.57 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11).
Saturday night’s Open Handicap Trot (sixth race) finds the first three finishers from two weeks ago (last Saturday night was cancelled/weather) in the “persons” of Crazshana (Bartlett, post 8), Money Maven (Brian Sears, post 2) and Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube, post 7).
Home’n Dry (Stratton, post 3) has won both of his seasonal starts against restricted foes, while Swishnflick (Mark MacDonald, post 4) debuts after a six-figure 2015 season.
The week’s marquee pace (eighth race) is led by the last two winners, Phil Your Boots (Tyler Buter, post 7) and Atta Boy Dan (George Brennan, post 8).
Roland N Rock (Dube, post 2) has drilled his last two sets of foes, while First Class Horse (Bartlett, post 4) and Bad Boy Matt (MacDonald, post 6) invade from Alberta and Delaware, respectively.
Post time for both programs is 7:10 PM.