Friday’s (Jan. 31) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Yonkers Raceway, The Meadows and Buffalo Raceway.
Economy Terror, DW’s NY Yank win co-features at Yonkers
Yonkers, NY -- Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all qualified participants--were won by Economy Terror (Ron Pierce, $15.20) and DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $5.50).
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Economy Terror won Friday's Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers in 1:53.3 .
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A wide-early Lorrie Please (Eric Carlson) made the first lead, going past Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett) after a :26.3 opening quarter-mile.
Rockaround Sue was hard to handle in the two-hole, so she played leapfrog on the lead. No sooner did that happen than last week's winner, Carol's Desire (Dan Dube), took her turn on the lead. She found a :56.1 intermission, leaving tepid 5-2 favorite Magic Starlight (Brennan) first-up and Economy Terror right on her back,.
The battle was in full swing in and out of the 1:24.4 three-quarters, with Carol's Desire owning a scant lead. However, Economy Terror rolled wide and by, whipping a from-last Ramalama (Matt Kakaley) by a length-and-three-quarters in 1:53.3.
Rockaround Sue, Little Santamonica (Jordan Stratton) and Lorrie Please came away with the minor spoils.
For fourth choice Economy Terror, a millionairess (and then some) 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror trained by Chris Oakes for co-owners Chuck Pompey, Howard Taylor and Edwin Gold, it was her second win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $39.40, with the triple returning $290.50
The week's marquee trot was a two-speed number. It was 8-5 choice D W's NY Yank--assigned outside his seven rivals--in play early. He worked around Calchip's Brute (Pierce), setting soft earl intervals of :28.1 and :58.3.
War Cry Hall (Bartlett) tried it first-up from a long way back, offering minimal objections at the 1:28 three-quarters.
The leader remained so, taking a length-and-a-quarter advantage into the lane. He won by that margin in 1:56.4. It was Calchip's Brute holding off Zooming (Tyler Buter) for second, with Facing Justice (Dube) and Lorenzo Dream (Eric Goodell) settling for the remainder.
For D W's NY Yank, a 5-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, it was his second win in as many '14 tries The exacta paid $28.80, the triple returned $85 and the superfecta paid $591.
-- Frank Drucker
Visible Gold roared to the front from post 9 and easily captured his second straight victory in Friday’s $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Although Visible Gold needed a 27.1 opening panel to secure the lead, Dave Palone was able to throw on the brakes and negotiate the second quarter in 29.4. That was the only breather the 6-year-old Bettor’s Delight-Gabrielle gelding needed, as he downed the pocket-sitting Eddie Sweat by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:52. Drumfire A finished third. Ron Burke trains Visible Gold, who now boasts career earnings of $220,977, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. It was one of four wins on the 14-race card for Palone.
Ellisarro Hanover used a big brush down the backstretch to the three-quarter pole and took off from there to notch an impressive 6-3/4 length victory in the $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (Jan. 31). Fiorentina (Aaron Byron) had laid down a 58.4 opening half mile over the fast track but Ellisarro Hanover (Peter Wrenn) went first-over at that point and were out and moving as the field of seven went down the backstretch the final time. After hitting the three-quarter marker in 1:28.2, Ellisarro Hanover ran away from the field, stopping the clock in 1:57.1, the fastest mile of 2014 for the trotters at Buffalo Raceway. He was also helped as RA's Shakenbake broke at the top of the stretch which crippled the hopes of anyone catching Ellisarro Hanover. Studio City (Billy Dobson) took the place position while Lutetium (Jim McNeight) finished in third. Owned by Robert Main and trained by Jason Robinson, the 7-year-old Ellisarro Hanover (PJ's Photo-Esmeralda Hanover) won for the first time in five starts this season but increased his bankroll to $12,040 and $318,930 lifetime.