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Breakheart Pass is "perfect" at Yonkers
Friday, February 17, 2012 - by Frank Drucker, publicity director, Yonkers Raceway

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Yonkers, NY --- Breakheart Pass (Jason Bartlett) needed every bit of a perfect pocket trip Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $33,000 Fillies and Mares Open pace.

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Breakheart Pass (4) and Jason Bartlett used a perfect trip to get to the Yonkers winners' circle on Friday
One of three leavers -- she from post position No. 4 -- Breakheart Pass was stuffed into a two hole trip. Invading Canadian pole-sitter Keeper's Destiny (Eric Goodell), as the 2-1 choice, was intent on showing the way, doing so through early intervals of :27.3 and :57.1.

Ridge Jumper (George Brennan), moving first-up from fifth, offered less than nothing and compromising the closers. All the while, Keeper's Destiny found a 1:25.2 three-quarters, taking a 1-1/4-length lead into the lane.

It was an old-fashioned match race through the lane, with Breakheart Pass snapping a stubborn leader by a schnoz, in 1:53.2. Ramona Disomma (Jordan Stratton) out-kicked Arctic Fire N (James Rattray) for third, with last week's winner, Quicksilvercandy A (Larry Stalbaum), getting this week's final pay envelope.

Breakheart Pass, an 8-year-old daughter of Western Hero co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, returned $8.70 as the third choice for her second win in four season’s starts.. The Exacta paid $19.20, with the Triple returning $116.00.

Friday night's co-featured $33,000 Open Handicap trot saw the 9-10 choice, Son Of Nordic (Eric Goodell) complete the three-peat.

Assigned a post outside of his seven rivals, Son Of Nordic floated from the gate and found a seat sixth. Meanwhile, Ringside Lauryn (George Brennan) controlled the race, passing way stations of :28.2 and :58.2. The longshot Celebrity Bluechip (Jason Bartlett) then came for a visit, blowing by the leader right at the 1:27 three-quarters and opening up three lengths turning for home.

Son of Nordic, second-over behind that one, had to chase. He did, getting to that one late, winning by one-half length in 1:56.1. Third went to H and M's Hit (Jordan Stratton), with Definitely Mamie (Jeff Gregory) and Ringside Lauryn grabbing the leftovers. Fool's Revenue (Jim Pantaleano), the 17-10 fave, jumped it off early.

Son Of Nordic, a 7-year-old Keystone Nordic gelding trained by Doug Noland for LRL Racing, returned $8.10 as the third choice for his third win in four '12 tries. The Exacta paid $91.00, the Triple returned $393.00 and the Superfecta paid $2,896.00.


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