Friday’s (Sept. 6) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Yonkers Raceway, Tioga Downs, Batavia Downs and Saratoga Gaming and Raceway.
Royal Cee Cee N, Tall Cotton win Yonkers features
Yonkers, NY--Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps—a pace for the fairer sex and a trot for anyone of distinction—were won by people's choices Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears, $4.10) and three-peating (sorry, Pat Riley) Tall Cotton (George Brennan, $5.70).
|Sean Hamrock Photo|
|Tall Cotton was a 1:55.3 winner in Yonkers' Open Trot.|
Royal Cee Cee N, from post 7, worked past Rock N Load (Dan Dube), making the lead right at a 27.3 first two furlongs. From there, nary an issue (56.4 half, 1:25.2 three-quarters). She kept a first-up Mibestkeptsecret (Mark MacDonald) at bay, and a length-and-three-quarters turning for home was a length-and-a-quarter at the wire in 1:53.1.
Second went to Rock N Load, with I Know Nothing (Eric Goodell) and Mibestkeptsecret and Ramalama (Brennan) coming away with the remainder.
For Royal Cee Cee N, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Christian Cullen owned and trained by Mark Harder, it was her sixth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $30.80, the triple returned $263.50 and the superfecta paid $953.
The featured trot saw tepid 9-5 choice Tall Cotton--from his ordered 8 hole--march to the lead around pole-assignee Prayer Session (Brent Holland). Taking over after a 27.2 opening quarter, he then rated a 56.1 half. Then, second-choice Little Brown Fox (Sears)--who had taken a seat fourth--made a second move.
He tried to engaged the leader before the 1:25.3 three-quarters, but never came close. Tall Cotton opened 2-½ lengths entering the lane, before winning by that same margin in 1:55.3.
Likeabatoutahell (Goodell) skimmed the cones, closing from last to grab second, with Somebody AS (catch-driver Dube), Prayer Session and Bastille (Jim Pantaleano) rounding out the payees.
For Tall Cotton, a 7-year-old Revenue S gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by Burke, Howard Taylor, Weaver Brusecemi and Edwin Gold, he's now 7-for-18 this season (those three consecutive wins in a four-week period). The exacta paid $34.40, with triple returning $292.
Prairie Lee and Jim Meittinis captured Friday night’s $16,000 fillies and mares miracle mile 1 open pace for trainer Mike Deters. Leaving from post 1 in a field of seven, Prairie Lee settled in fourth as Fiesta Camcun (Corey Braden) gave the cold shoulder to Brownsville Bomber (Fern Paquet Jr.) past the quarter in 26.4. The two continued their disagreement neck and neck by the half-mile mark of the race in 54.4. As the field reached three quarters Brownsville Bomber began to pack it in as Fiesta Camcun tripped three quarters in 1:22.1. Jimmy Marohn Jr. slipped to the outside from the two hole and went three wide around Brownsville Bomber which allowed Meittinis to continue up the inside behind Fiesta Camcun. As the field entered the stretch, Hot List was beginning to fade on the outside and Meittinis squeezed Prairie Lee out in close quarters and got up to nip Fiesta Camcun on the line in 1:51.2. The mile established a new lifetime best for the 4-year old daughter of Spy Hard – Taylors Lady, who is shared in ownership by Laurie Lee Poulin and Mike Deters. The win was the fifth of the year in 14 seasonal starts for Prairie Lee, and with the win she increased her seasonal earnings to more than $35,000.
Tioga Downs’ leading driver, Jimmy Marohn Jr., Jim Meittinis, and Aaron Byron all posted driving doubles on the night’s 10-race card.
Hour Lavec did most of the dirty work, but it was Ziegfeld who cleaned up in the end and captured the $8,500 Open Trot at Batavia Downs Friday night (Sept. 6) in 1:58 over the fast track. Ziegfeld ($5.40) and driver Ray Fisher Jr. sat the garden spot throughout much of the race and watched Hour Lavec (John Cummings Jr.) post fractions of 29.2, 1:00.2 and 1:29. But in mid-stretch, the anxious Ziegfeld tipped and easily zipped past the pace-setting Hour Lavec and posted a 1-1/2 length victory. Haste (Jim McNeight) finished third. It was the ninth win in 25 starts in 2013 for Ziegfeld (Broadway Hall-Spicy Victoria) who is owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama. It pushed the 5-year-old gelding's earnings to $58,990 this season and $166,672 lifetime.
Saratoga Gaming and Raceway
Zooming, with Billy Dobson in the bike, captured Friday’s featured Open Trot with a purse of $18,000. Owned by Stephen Oldford, Oldford Farms, LLC and Tyler Buter and trained by Amber Buter, the 5-year-old Classic Photo gelding went to the gate as the even-money favorite and posted a winning time of 1:55.4.