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Sunday, October 23, 2016


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

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 22, 2016—Today’s story is sponsored by the letter T.

Favored Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $5.10) and Tornado Tim (Dan Dube, $21.80) won their respective Yonkers Raceway $45,000 co-features Saturday night.

‘Terry,’ from post position No. 3, reeled in a runaway Keystone Velocity (Jason Bartlett) at the wire in the Open Handicap Pace.

The latter, leaving from outside his six rivals, rolled through intervals of :27.3, :55.4 and 1:23.1. He hit the wall late, as Take it Back Terry made up 5½ lengths entering the lane to win by a nostril in 1:52.1.
The Real One (Pat Lachance) also rallied, he for third. Winds of Change (Mark MacDonald) and Melmerby Beach (Dube) settled for the minors.

For Take it Back Terry, a millionaire 7-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his sixth win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $29, with the triple returning $70.50.

As for Tornado Tim, he was first-up and first home in the Open Handicap Trot. Away fourth from the pole, he saw Major Athens (Eric Abbatiello) lead early (:27.2, :56.3), only to blow up down the backside.

‘Tim’ took over well before the 1:25.4 three-quarters, opening 2½ lengths in and out of the final turn. Melady’s Monet (Bartlett), as the 13-10 choice, couldn’t stay with the winner, getting to within a half-length at the wire.

Luminosity (Brennan), bothered by the breaker, was third, with Cash Me Out (Tyler Buter) and Tober (Brent Holland) coming away the final pay envelopes.   

For Tornado Tim, a 9-year-old Revenue S gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard and Kapildeo Singh, he’s now 5-for-26 this season. The exacta paid $99.50, with the triple returning $503.