BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, January 10, 2017—Odds-on favorite Iron (Andy Miller, $3.70) lasted—barely—Tuesday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $25,000 featured trot.
Wide early from post position No. 6, Iron worked around pole-sitting What a Peach (Dan Dube), then made the lead before a :28.4 opening quarter-mile.
After a :58.3 intermission, Inukchuk Chuck (Jim Marshall III) moved from fourth. He hung around in and out of a 1:28.2 three-quarters as Iron owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane.
What a Peach had every chance up the inside, but missed a head in 1:57.4. Third went to ‘Chuck,’ with Dewdle All Day (Mark MacDonald) and Master Class (George Brennan) completing the cashers.
For Iron, a now-5-year-old Cantab Hall gelding trained by Julie Miller for co-owners (breeder) K R Breeding, Frank Baldassare and Robert Rudolph, it was season-debuting win after just nine starts in 2016. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $11.60, the triple returned $34.80 and the superfecta paid $69.50.
This story also (hopefully) serves as a reminder that Westchester Tuesdays are now evening programs, with the usual night first post of 7:10 PM.