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Racing Roundup: Monsignor Flan wins Yonkers Open Trot
Friday, May 10, 2013 - by harness publicists across North America

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Friday's (May 10) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Yonkers Raceway, The Meadows, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, Buffalo Raceway and Saratoga Gaming and Raceway.

Monsignor Flan wins Yonkers Open Trot

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Monsignor Flan won the $46,000 Open Trot at Yonkers in 1:55.1.

Yonkers, NY--Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $46,000 Open Handicaps--for everyone's-welcome trotters and distaff pacers--were won by Monsignor Flan (Brent Holland, $4.20) and Royal Cee Cee N (Eric Goodell, $7.30).

It was Lorenzo Dream (Jim Pantaleano) cutting the mile in the featured trot, finding a 28-second opening quarter-mile and 57.3 half. Gurf  (Brian Sears) loosely protected the pocket, while 11-10 favorite Monsignor Flan--from post 4--was away sixth.

He methodically marched toward the leader go to the 1:26.3 three-quarters, with Lorenzo Dream clinging to a short lead off the final turn. However, Monsignor Flan was on a mission, going by the leader early in the lane. He won by a length-and-a-quarter in a season's-best 1:55.1. Lorenzo Dream held second, with Whata Winner (Jim Doherty), Gurf and Traverse Seelster (Goodell) grabbing the minor moolah.

For Monsignor Flan, a 6-year-old SJ's Photo homebred gelding owned Tanah Merah Farms and trained by Robin Cruise, it was his third win in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $21.40, the triple returned $72 and the superfecta paid $201.

The fairer-sex feature saw Royal Cee Cee N, leaving from post 2, patient early.

Handsoffmycookie (Dan Dube), as the 13-10 favorite, worked her way around pole-assignee Naughtytiltheend (Holland) just after a 28-second opening quarter-mile. Handsoffmycookie then flipped the baton to Bettor B Lucky (Matt Kakaley), who led the lasses toward a 58.1 intermission.

However, she was powerless to stave off the assault of Royal Cee Cee N, who made a decisive move out of fourth. The new leader took over just after halftime, with Marie's Z Tam (George Brennan) now pocketed and Bettor B Lucky stopping to a crawl.

That completely shuffled Handsoffmycookie out of the race. Meanwhile, Royal Cee Cee N found a 1:26.4 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half lead into lane. She easily held off Marie's Z Tam, winning by a length in 1:54. Tropical Breeze (Sears) rallied for third, with a compromised Handsoffmycookie and Unred Hanover (Mark MacDonald) rounding out the payees.

For third choice Royal Cee Cee N, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Christian Cullen owned and trained by Mark Harder, it was her second win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $40, with the triple returning $362.  

--Frank Drucker                 

Hugadragon vaulted to the lead for Dave Palone, then sailed through the slop for his second straight win in Friday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. A top national campaigner at 3 when he took his mark of 1:49.3 at Dover Downs, Hugadragon was limited to four starts last year. But he looked like the Hugadragon of old Friday, repelling the first-over thrust of Pair A Dice and defeating him by a half-length in 1:52.1 as the 3-5 favorite. Western Churchill finished third. The 5-year-old Dragon Again-Hip Huggers gelding has banked $895,283 for trainer Ron Burke and owner Burke Racing Stable. Aaron Merriman, Brett Miller, Brian Zendt and Palone each drove a pair of winners on the 12-race card.

Carmelita’s Girl was an upset winner in Northfield Park’s 10th race on Friday (May 10).  Frank Harris capably piloted the mare for owner and trainer Kyle Ladd of Grover Hill, Ohio. Carmelita’s Girl (Blissfull Hall-Anais Hanover-No Nukes) started from post 8 and trailed the field through fractions of 27.4, 57 and 1:27.1 over a sloppy surface.  Harris moved her four wide approaching the top of the stretch, circled the field and stopped the clock at 1:58.3.  She was a quarter-length in front of her closest competitor at the wire.  Friday’s triumph increased Carmelita’s Girl’s lifetime wins tally to five and her career earnings to $29,881. The favorite finished off the board as (8) Carmelita’s Girl (69-1) was followed across the wire by (9) Doowrah Silver (2-1), (1) Cute And Cruising (10-1) and (5) My Sweet Lorelei (11-1). Carmelita’s Girl returned $140.60 to win; the 8-9 Exacta paid $504.60; the 8-9-1 Trifecta returned $4,251.20 and the 8-9-1-5 $1.00 Superfecta paid $8,209.91. 

The 7-year-old pacing mare All Spirit felt right back at home on Friday night at Tioga Downs when she visited one of her favorite spots, the winner’s circle. All Spirit and Jimmy Marohn Jr. were hampered with post 8 in last week’s Fillies and Mares Open pace, and could do no better than sixth after getting away last. This week the pair enjoyed post 1, and settled in fourth through a driving rain storm that saw heavy favorite, Ramona Disomma leading through early fractions of 27.3 and 57. Down the backside, Aaron Byron sent Little Santamonica first-over from third with All Spirit tracking on her back. Little Santamonica and Ramona Disomma raced head to head by three quarters in 1:25.3. Around the final turn, Marohn tipped All Spirit three-wide to open up in the stretch and win by two in 1:54.1. It was the first win in three seasonal starts for the daughter of Bettor’s Delight – Spirit Of Ivy for trainer Judy Lanpher and owner Larry Lanpher of Florida. Hayworth Blue Chip (Jim Meittinis) closed to be second, while Blows Me Away (Sam Schillaci) also came from off the pace to finish third. 
Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Saturday, May 11, with a post time of 6:50 p.m.  

Under The Stars, a 6-year-old Yankee Glide gelding, won the $11,000 Open Trot in 2:01.3, over a sloppy track, for owner Michael Calimeri, of Falconer, N.Y., here at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (May 10). It was the second win in 12 attempts this season for Under The Stars, who was jumping up in class. Driver Jim McNeight put Under The Stars ($7.70), the 5/2 second choice in the betting, on the lead, and he set all the fractions in the race, 29.4, 1:01, and 1:31.3 to the three-quarter marker. A 30 last quarter-mile put the winner ¾ of a length ahead of second-place finisher, Hour Lavec (John Cummings Jr.), at the finish line. Ziegfeld (Dave McNeight III) came in third. Trained by Jim McNeight, the $5,500 winning share of the purse put Under The Stars’ season’s earnings at $13,973, and $104,286 lifetime. It was his 17th win in 94 lifetime starts. To view this race and others from last night go to Buffalo Raceway :: Races on Demand. Drivers Jim McNeight and John Cummings, Jr., shared driving honors with three wins apiece on the card. Racing will resume on Saturday May 11, with first post scheduled for 6:40 pm eastern time.

Mikey Hanover added Open winner to his resume after a front-running score in the Friday feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Jackie Rousse trainee came into the $20,000 Open on a three-race win streak against conditional trotters but was taking his first crack at the track’s top flight competition. Starting from the rail, Mikey Hanover (Majestic Son) retook the lead heading to the opening quarter but was quickly met with the challenge of the odds-on favorite Upfront Billy (Billy Dobson) who was parked the mile. They dueled past a half of 57.1 but Mikey Hanover proved up to the task and drew clear late for a 1:55.3 victory. Dan Cappello Jr. piloted Mikey Hanover to the Open win for owners Judy Simek and the Westwind Racing Stable. Bound For Fame (Bruce Aldrich Jr), a winner of two straight Opens heading into Friday night, closed to finish second while Upfront Billy held strong for third.

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