BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 30, 2016—It’s never too late to find a new handicapping angle, so we offer up this one…find a pair that have been both out of the box for three weeks, sprinkle in a moist surface and count the cash.
That was Saturday night’s summary for Yonkers Raceway’s pair of $45,000 co-featured Open Handicaps.
Allerage Star (Brian Sears, $13.40) negotiated her route from the pocket, stalking—from post position No. 5—Melady’s Monet (Tyler Buter) through intervals of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:26.4.
‘Melady’ had his hands full with a parked-the-mile Lady’s Dude (George Brennan), with the former owning a short lead entering the lane. Allerage Star ducked inside and beat the boys, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.4.
Mr. Photo Finish couldn’t separate the Melady’s Monet and Lady’s Dude, who ‘heated’ for second. Somebody AS (Jordan Stratton) and Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube) came away with the remainder.
Tepid 7-2 choice Undercover Strike (Jason Bartlett) was not get involved from an assigned eight-hole and wound up sixth.
For fifth choice Allerage Star, a 4-year-old daughter of Angus Hall trained by Julie Miller for co-owners Little E, Jason Settlemoir, Arthur Geiger and David Stolz, it was her seventh win in 18 seasonal starts. The exactas paid $58.50 (Lady’s Dude second) and $46.60 (Melady’s Monet second), with the triples returning $332 (‘Lady’ second) and $311 (‘Melady’ second).
The week’s featured pace saw Somewhere in L A (Brennan, $27.20), from post No. 2, move first-up from third. He did so after Rock on Moe (Stratton) and 19-10 fave Mach it So (Bartlett) took turns leading (:27.1, :56.2, 1:24.1).
With Mach it So giving it up early in the lane, Somewhere in L A continued on and gutted this one out. He defeated a ground-saving McErlean (Buter) by a nose in 1:52.3.
The Real One (Pat Lachance) arrived late and missed a head, with Rock on Moe and Mach it So settling for the minors.
For sixth choice Somewhere in L A, a 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owning stables Our Horse Cents, J&T Silva & T LP and Deo Volente Farms, he’s now 3-for-10 this season. The exacta paid $246, with the triple returning $999.