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Symphony In Motion ties Yonkers track mark
Friday, May 21, 2010 - by Frank Drucker, publicity director, Yonkers Raceway

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Yonkers, NY--Jeff Gregory as driver and Mark Harder as trainer completed a sweep of Yonkers Raceway's pair of  $37,000 Open Handicaps Friday night (May 21).

The weekly Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace saw Symphony in Motion eschew an early seat, then finish what she started.

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Symphony In Motion held off Mach You And Me to win in 1:52.3, putting her in a six-way tie for the track record for older pacing mares

Leaving from post 5 as the odds-on choice, Symphony in Motion moved around Mach You and Me (Jason Bartlett). She gained the lead before a 27.2 opening quarter-mile, then found a  56.1 intermission. Western Graduate (Pantaleano) came to play going toward the 1:24.3 three-quarters, with the leader gruelingly disposing of her turning for home.

Mach You and Me took her shot in the passing the lane, but Symphony in Motion held sway by a head in 1:52.3. That effort matched the track record for older mares, shared with five other lasses (most recently Southwind Tempo earlier this month). Western Graduate, Chris Cross (Manzi) and Soiree (Stratton) completed the cashers.

For Symphony in Motion, a 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight co-owned by Joseph Jannuzzelli and Carol Demarch, she returned $3.10 for her seventh win in 16 '10 tries. The exacta paid $14.20, with the triple returning $42.60.

The week's marquee trot found Shoeless White Sox--already owner of the fastest local mile of the season--in the mix early.

Assigned post 3, he worked his way over pole-sitting Armbro Barrister (Steve Smith) before a 28.2 opening fraction. He then refused to give up the baton to Keystone invader Speed Bomb (Jordan Stratton), prompting a quick 57.1 half-mile.

Shoeless White Sox completed the Gregory-Harder feature double, winning the top trot in 1:56

All the while, 6-5 choice Master Pine (Jason Bartlett) was waiting second-over. He moved three-deep going toward the 1:26.3 three-quarters, but Shoeless White Sox didn't get the memo.

Shoeless White Sox was far from gutless, fighting off the favorite by 1-1/2-lengths in 1:56. Last week's winner, Hurrikanebiggeorge (Stephane Bouchard), Victor's Bicky (Cat Manzi) and Force Nine (Jim Pantaleano) grabbed the remainder of the coinage.

For Shoeless White Sox, a 5-year-old homebred son of Mr. Lavec owned by Chris Alexander, he returned $8.30 (second choice) for his fifth win in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $26.60, with the triple returning $96.

"Both horses had better posts than they've had in a while, so Mark and I decided to given them chances on the lead," Gregory said. "It is half-mile racing, and if you get a good assignment or draw, you have to take advantage." 

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