Saturday's (Oct. 12) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Yonkers Raceway, Vernon Downs, Pompano Park, Batavia Downs, Hoosier Park and Saratoga Gaming and Raceway.
Pan From Nantucket wins Yonkers feature
Yonkers, NY--Pan From Nantucket (Eric Goodell) was on his game from off the pace Saturday night (Oct. 12), winning Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Pace.
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|Pan From Nantucket (4) held off China Grill to win the Yonkers Raceway Open Pace in 1:51.4.|
Leaving from post 4, he watched early as Aracache Hanover (George Brennan) was hung out three-wide to secure the lead. He paid a 26-second price for the privilege, with 7-5 favorite Code Word (Brent Holland second and Great Vintage (Larry Stalbaum) third.
After a swift 54.3 intermission, Statesman N (Jordan Stratton) moved from fourth, with Pan From Nantucket second-up and China Grill (Pat Lachance) third-over.
Meanwhile, Aracache Hanover maintained the lead in and out of a 1:23.2 three-quarters, taking a three-quarter length lead into the lane.
However, the early intervals would prove his undoing. Pan From Nantucket powered by, getting the jump on China Grill and whipping that one by a nose in 1:51.4. That effort matched a life-best, with Code Word, Statesman N and Aracache Hanover rounding out the payees.
For Pan From Nantucket, a 5-year-old No Pan Intended gelding trained by Joe Godinez for owner Blindswitch Racing, he returned $28.80 (sixth choice) for his seventh win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $443.50, with the triple returning $1,362.
The favorite Sheer Brilliance lived up to his top billing with a seamless 1:50.2 showing to capture Saturday night’s $10,000 Open pace at Vernon Downs. Leaving from the outside 5 post position in race two, Sheer Brilliance flashed by splits of 25.1, 53 and 1:21.4 while beating back all challenges, and cruised to a 1-1/4-length triumph over JK Panache, last week’s winner in this top-flight class. Saturday’s sizzler secured the third local victory, the eighth season’s score and 42nd lifetime triumph for the 8-year-old son of Blissfull Hall-High Roller Ash, who is owned by trainer Jeffrey Long and J. Paul Long. Aaron Byron did the teaming as the gritty gelding bumped his career winnings to $497,365.
B N Bad, who was scorched badly last week vying for the lead during a 26.1 opening panel (at 1 to 10 odds), scorched his competition on Saturday night with a gate-to-wire win for Bruce Ranger in 1:52.3. Trained by Pete Pellegrino for the Baron Racing Stable, the 6-year-old son of Soho left like a rocket from his mid-pack 4 post and easily took command around the first turn and proceeded to clock comfortable panels of 27.1, 56.1 and 1:24.2 before sealing the issue with a 28.1 finale to hit the wire 1-1/4 lengths ahead of Neptune Blue Chip, handled by Andy Santeramo. Quincy, stepping up to the "big time" for the first time, rallied for third for Bryce Fenn while Fine Fine Fine and Oh My Joepa picked up the remaining scraps. Last week's winner, Avantage, never got in the hunt this night and finished sixth with Hyperion Hanover completing the septet. It was the sixth win in 22 starts this year for B N Bad, pushing his 2013 bounty just short of $80,000 and $335,648 lifetime.
The Pompano co-feature went to Hillybilly, who brushed home in 28 flat to put his field away with a 1:52.1 mile, equalling his lifetime mark. Driven by Bryce Fenn for trainer Marc Aubin and Amante Standardbreds, the 3-year-old son of N Aboriginal scored his seventh win of the year in 17 starts, pushing his lifetime earnings past $70,000.
Beechwood Wayne turned the tables on Fireyourguns and won the featured $8,500 Open Pace on Saturday night (Oct. 12) at Batavia Downs. Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio), usually a closer, changed tactics and went to the front end from the seven hole. He set the fractions of 27.3, 57 and 1:25.3 as OK Braveheart and Beechwood Wayne drafted behind in second and third place respectively. Midway down the stretch, Beechwood Wayne gave the front-running Fireyourguns a taste of his own medicine and rallied in the passing lane for the length victory in 1:54.3 over a track labeled fast. OK Braveheart (Ken Holliday) held on for third. Despite being at the top of his game, Beechwood Wayne (Western Terror-Sanskrit Hanover) was overlooked by the betting public and returned $16.40 for the victory. It was his third victory in a row and ninth of the season, pushing his season earnings to $58,656 and $156,401 lifetime. Beechwood Wayne is owned by Mark Jakubik and trained by J.D. Perrin.
Our Lucky Chip, with Trace Tetrick at the lines, returned to his home state and turned in an impressive performance to score in 1:48.4 in the featured event, a $32,000 Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino on Saturday. After racing at the The Red Mile for two starts, Our Lucky Chip returned to Hoosier Park to score his fourth win of the season in a lifetime best effort. The 1:48.4 victory was just three-fifths of a second off the track record at Hoosier Park of 1:48.1 that was set by Shark Gesture in 2010. Tipping three-wide down the stretch, Our Lucky Chip used a 26.1 final panel to power by the field in the stretch and win by two lengths. Eastend Eddie and Sam Widger also staged a big rally late in the lane to get up for the second-place finish while Paco Labrook held on gamely to finish third. As the public’s second choice, Our Lucky Chip returned $7.00 to his backers at the window. Trained by Jason Miller, who also co-owns the colt with Bradley Roller, Our Lucky Chip has now increased his lifetime bankroll over $494,000. With the victory, Our Lucky Chip became the fastest son of Indiana’s former leading three-year-old pacing sire, Art’s Chip. The 4-year-old horse has now won 23 of 41 career outings.
SARATOGA GAMING AND RACEWAY
A J Corbelli (Rocknroll Hanover) became the fifteenth different horse in the last 16 weeks to win the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night. The Rene Allard-trained pacer was making only his second start since March when leading driver Billy Dobson put him on the lead in the $15,000 feature on Saturday night and the 6-year-old pacer did the rest, pacing away from his rivals in 1:52.1, an impressive mile on a chilly Fall night in Saratoga. Arockin Hanover (Dan Cappello Jr) overcame post 8 and a first journey to finish second to A J Corbelli while Village Jackson (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Allard and Dobson also teamed up for a victory with claiming pacer Countyline Cam on the 13-race card.