BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Friday, December 2, 2016—Mach it a Par (Jordan Stratton, $11.40) uncoiled her usual late rush Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.
Beating only a breaker for much of the mile, Mach it a Par—from post position No. 7—stormed home when it counted. She whipped a lane-finding, 17-10 fave Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron) by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.2, with pace-setting Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) faltering late to third.
It was Krispy Apple leaving from outside her seven rivals, having to go wide around that early misbehave of Moma’s Got a Gun (Brent Holland) before securing the throne.
After intervals of :27.4, :57.1 and 1:25, Krispy Apple had a couple of lengths into the lane, but tired in search of a fifth consecutive victory.
A first-up Regil Elektra (George Brennan) and Village Jessica (Dan Dube) rounded out the payees.
For third choice Mach it a Pair, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D’Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Rich Banca, it was her 12th win in 37 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $33, the triple returned $124 and the superfecta paid $414.