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Racing Roundup: Kakaley sweeps Yonkers features
Friday, December 20, 2013 - from harness publicists across North America

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Friday's (Dec. 20) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Yonkers Raceway and The Meadows.

Kakaley sweeps Yonkers features

Yonkers, NY--Friday night's $37,000 co-featured Opens--a blind-draw Pace for the ladies and a Handicap Trot who all
with letters of recommendation -- were won by people's preference Ramalama (Matt Kakaley, $3.40) and a last-early Super Manning (Kakaley again, $7.30).

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Matt Kakaley drove Super Manning to a 1:54.4 win in the $37,000 Handicap Trot at Yonkers. 

In play early from post position No. 2, Ramalama -- as the 7-10 choice -- worked around  pole-sitting Blissful Romance (George Brennan), taking the lead after a :27.4 opening quarter-mile.

Then, it was an elongated move by Economy Terror (Mark MacDonald), with that one's turn in the big chair. Economy Terror found a :55.1 intermission before Blissful Romance moved from third. She changed her mind, leaving Rock N Load (Jordan Stratton) first-up toward a 1:23.3 three-quarters.

That one wasn't gaining, and Ramalama pulled an antsy pocket before the final turn. However, Economy Terror wouldn't go down without a fight. Ramalama did prevail, however, winning by a length in 1:52.1. Ideal in Vegas (Cat Manzi) was third--beaten fourth lengths--with Rock N Load and Sweet Hedge (Dan Dube) settling for the minor awards.

For Ramalama, a 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock and trained by David Duspiva, it was her 10th win in 27 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17, with the triple returning $53.50. 

The week's marquee trot had one similar element of last week's marquee trot: the implosion of all-age track record-holder Quick Dream (Brennan). This time around, that one, as the 9-10 favorite, was well-situated fourth early before doing the dance of the damned.

It was Likeabatoutahell (Dube) two-moving around last week's winner, Lorenzo Dream (Eric Goodell), with intervals of :28, :56.3 and 1:25.1. Meanwhile, Super Manning -- unhurried from post No. 6 -- was continuing a long backside move, engaging the leader in and out of the final turn.

Super Manning edged away mid-stretch, widening to 2-3/4 lengths in 1:54.4. Third went to Justa Rebel (Stratton), with War Cry Hall (Jason Bartlett) and And Heez Perfect (MacDonald) rounding out the payees.

-- Frank Drucker

The Meadows
Montenegro tucked in behind the favorite, Darena Hanover, then blew by her in the lane to pull off an 11-1 upset victory in Friday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Montenegro was caught wide the first quarter, but when Tony Hall steered her to the pocket, the 5-year-old daughter of Camluck-Cyber Wave got welcome cover and scored in 1:54 on a “good” track. Darena Hanover was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, while Isabella’s Magic rallied for show. Randy Bendis trains Montenegro, who extended her career bankroll to $388,214, and owns with Tom Pollack. It was one of four wins on the 16-race card for Hall.

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