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Blacktuxwhitesox, Royal Cee Cee N win Yonkers' features
Friday, May 17, 2013 - by Frank Drucker, publicity director, Yonkers Raceway

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Yonkers, NY --- Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $46,000 Open Handicaps -- for either-sex trotters and distaff pacers -- were won by Blacktuxwhitesocks (George Brennan, $3.30) and a repeating Royal Cee Cee N (Eric Goodell, $8.80).

Blacktuxwhitesox (6) earned a popular victory on Friday
The featured trot took on a different look when the early choice, Imperial Count, was a judges' defection. That moved the people's affection to the veteran state-bred Blacktuxwhitesocks, and the 3-5 favorite had to earn it.

A three-deep Traverse Seelster (Eric Goodell) worked around Lorenzo Dream (Jim Pantaleano), making the lead before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. At the :58 intermission, Blacktuxwhitesox – who left from post position No. 5 (moving in one notch after that scratch) -- began his mission.

He engaged Traverse Seelster through a testing, :27.4 third quarter (1:25.4), with the latter hanging onto a short lead entering the lane. However, with Blacktuxwhitesocks as relentless as Traverse Seelser was game, the fave did gut it out, winning by three-quarter lengths, in 1:54.2 ... the fastest local trotting mile of the season and a tick off his and Archangel's all-age track standard.

Monsignor Flan (Brent Holland), Lorenzo Dream and Perfect Rendition (Larry Stalbaum) rounded out the payees.

Blacktuxwhitesocks, a 6-year-old Credit Winner gelding trained by Trond Smedshammer for owner Purple Haze Stables, is now one-for-five this season, with career earnings just under $875,000. The exacta paid $13.80, with the triple returning $43.40.

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Royal Cee Cee N (5) wore her rivals down in the stretch
The feature saw the lasses sort themselves out in numerical order, with the pole-assigned Unred Hanover (Mark MacDonald) throwing down the gauntlet to the tune of a :26.4 quarter and :56.1 half.

Handsoffmycookie (Daniel Dube), as the just over even-money favorite, then took up the chase from fourth, with Royal Cee Cee N -- from post No. 5 -- in behind. Unred Hanove maintained an open lead in and out of the 1:24 three-quarters, taking a 2-1/2 length lead out of the final turn,

However, Handsoffmycookie and Royal Cee Cee N continued to close, with Royal Cee Cee N wearing down the leader late. She won by three-quarter lengths, in 1:52.3. Unred Hanover held second over Handsoffmycookie, while Marie's Z Tam (Brennan) and Ginger and Fred (Matt Kakaley) settled for the remainder

For the second choice, Royal Cee Cee N, a 7-year-old Down Under-bred daughter of Christian Cullen owned and trained by Mark Harder, it was her third win in nine '13 tries (career earnings over $815,000). The exacta paid $43.20, the triple returned $100.00 and the superfecta paid $716.00.

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