BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Monday, December 12, 2016—When there’s a wallet chock full of cash left without adult supervision, it usually attracts attention.
Well, Yonkers Raceway’s Monday evening’s (Dec. 12) Pick 5 wager served as the wallet, and a double-carryover of $7,260.85 played the part of the unclaimed greenbacks.
Throw in $21,866 of new coin of the realm and you had the requisite participation. It left a total pool (after fresh-money takeout) of $23,660.35, give or take a few pennies. The winning combination of…
4-Sterling Escort ($7.20)
3-Made of Jewels AS ($35.20)
2-Grand Theft ($64)
…returned a gift-paying $11,829.75 for both correct half-a-buck wagers.
Not surprisingly, one of the longshot numbers in the sequence was engineered by Matt Kakaley. In the past three racing programs, Kakaley won at mutuels of $46.20, $35.30, $29.60, $29.40 (twice) and $16.40, in addition to other more predictable propositions.