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Saturday, December 17, 2016


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

YONKERS, NY, Friday, December 16, 2016—A shrewdly-driven Mach it a Pair (Jordan Stratton, $6.90) prevailed from the pocket Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.

Usually a authentic closer, Mach it a Par—from mandated post position No. 7—was put in play here, and it obviously served her well.

She and eight-hole assignee Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) both cleared the inside half-dozen ladies, with a three-wide latter making the lead just after a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Longshot So Nice (Tyler Buter) left into a three-hole, which didn’t do much for the cause of pole-sitting Regil Elektra (Dan Dube).

The song remained the same at the :57.1 intermission, before Hidden Land (Brent Holland) moved…from seventh. Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron), as the tepid  2-1 fave, was away last and chased that one toward a 1:25.1 three-quarters.

Mach it a Par was fidgety in the pocket, extricating it to grab a short lead in and out of the final turn. She then finished is off, winning by 2½ lengths in 1:52.3. Hidden Land put in a fine effort, continuing first-up for second, with a needing-room Regil Elektra, Krispy Apple and Moto Moonbeam N (Matt Kakaley) rounding out the payees.

Bedroomconfessions was devoid of pace and backpedaled to last.

For second choice Mach it a Par, 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 13th win in 31 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $64, the triple returned $250 and the superfecta paid $1,143.

Yonkers’ 2016 live season concludes with cards Saturday (first post 7:10 PM) and Sunday (first post 1 PM). A reminder that there’s no simulcasting Dec. 19th through 28th, inclusive and the ’17 season begins Sunday (post time TBA, dates pending approval of New York State Gaming Commission).