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Wednesday, May 3, 2017


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

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 2, 2017—It was a Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night (May 2nd) for the bombardiers, with any number of prices pulverizing the tote board.

The longest of the longshots was 32-1 Lauxmont Capri (Scott Zeron, $66.50), finding room in deep stretch to win the $16,500, sixth-race pace (1:55) and wrap a season-high $5,225 Pick 3.

Lauxmont Capri’s was tipped the proverbial iceberg, as Given Up Terror (Jordan Stratton, $37.60) won the $21,000, seventh-race pace (1:56) and Giddy Up Delight (Mark MacDonald, $48.60), won the $20,000, eighth-race pace (1:55.2).

The 23-1 Giddy Up Delight led home 39-1 Road Untraveled and 56-1 For a Bettor Time in the opening race of the ‘Jackpot Next Door’ Claiming Series, which in turn led to an $838 exacta, a $1,335 triple (with ‘All’ for third) and an $11,622 superfecta (base $2 payout).

Not to be outdone, Screaming Conway (Jeff Gregory, $33) won the $22,000, ninth-race trot (1:59) before a $179 late double of Eye ofa Tiger AS (Tim Tetrick, $19.80) in the $22,000, 11th-race trot (1:58.2) and Brigadoon (Billy Dobson, $23.20) in the $16,500, 12th-race pace.

That made total of eight double-digit winners during the dozen-race program.     

Not surprisingly, no one took down the Tuesday Pick 5, so Thursday night’s (May 4th) gimmick begins with a carryover of $3,366.46 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11).