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Lachance's is hot at Yonkers
Friday, October 26, 2007 - by Frank Drucker, publicity director, Yonkers Raceway

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Yonkers, NY --- One night after Pat Berry and Larry Stalbaum each drove four winners at Yonkers Raceway, Patrick Lachance picked up the gauntlet and escorted home four of his very own. All four were wagering favorites.

Lachance, who drove in all but one of the evening's 10 races, had an early consecutive threepeat. He went wire-to-wire with the mare Noni N ($5.60) in the $4,000 third race pace, won the $5,000 fourth race pace in the passing lane with Hot Rob ($6.50), and the $6,000 sixth race pace, edging Continental Cam ($5.00) from the pocket.

Lachance won the $9,500 ninth race pace with a first-over Mostly Hanover ($5.30), who, like Continental Cam, was trained by Dennis Laterza. Stalbaum added a pair of driving victories to his Wednesday escapades.

The 32-year-old Lachance is currently fifth among Yonkers' drivers, while he maintains the lead among trainers in terms of purses earned.

A friendly reminder that Yonkers will host a pair of premier pacing events this Saturday night, the $725,480 Messenger Stakes -- final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown -- and the $312,620 Lady Maud. Here are the fields:

Here’s the field for the 52nd Messenger Stakes:

The Messenger Stakes Final – Purse $725,480
PP – Horse - Driver – Line
1 - Always a Virgin - Brian Sears - 9-5
2 - Watta Hotshot - Greg Grsimore - 30-1
3 - Southwind Lynx - Tim Tetrick - 2-1
4 - Forensic Z Tam - Patrick Lachance - 20-1
5 - Hot Rod Mindale - David Miller - 4-1
6 - Kenneth J - Ron Pierce - 15-1
7 - Yankee Skyscaper - Dave Palone - 10-1
8 - Tivoli Hanover - George Brennan - 6-1

Running Book and Pandora's Sox are the first and second also eligibles.

The 48th Lady Maud, the filly division of the Messenger Stakes, worth $312,260, will go as Saturday night's eighth race, and will start at approximately 10:10 p.m. Here is the field:

The Lady Maud – Purse $312,260
PP – Horse - Driver – Line
1 - Elusive Prey - Stephane Bouchard - 3-1
2 - Current Hanover - Jeff Gregory - 4-1
3 - Mind Boggling - Dave Palone - 7-2
4 - Isabella Blue Chip - David Miller - 5-2
5 - Artcotic - Tim Tetrick - 5-2
6 - Captiva Island - Tony Morgan - 6-1
7 - Marietta Hall - Ron Pierce - 10-1
8 - Trinity Islands - Brian Sears - 12-1.

Isabella Blue Chip and Artcotic will race as an George Teague, Jr.-owned entry; and Marietta Hall and Trinity Island, both trained by Steve Elliott, shall race uncoupled because of bona fide separate ownership.

Live racing is currently offered at Yonkers six times per week -- Monday through Saturday night at 7:40 p.m. Harness and Thoroughbred simulcasts are available seven days a week, while Empire City's nearly 5,500 video gaming machines are in play daily, from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m.


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