Yonkers, NY --- Three weeks out and first-up were no problem for Fat Mans Alley (Matt Kakaley) on Saturday night (March 1), as evidenced by winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace.
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|Fat Mans Alley (#4) was a neck winner in the Open Handicap Pace.|
Taking it all in early from post position No. 4, Fat Mans Alley watched as a three-wide Dancin' Yankee (Jason Bartlett) worked around Pan From Nantucket (Eric Goodell) before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile.
It was a :56.1 intermission as Fat Mans Alley was commencing his first of March march from sixth.
However, he was just pacing in place by the 1:24.1 three-quarters, as Dancin' Yankee took a 1-1/2 length lead into the lane. It was off the final turn that Fat Mans Alley received the memo, and he went on by. The margin was a neck in 1:52.3, with Pan From Nantucket, Lumberjack Willie (Jordan Stratton) and Clear Vision (George Brennan) rounding out the payees.
American Rage (Brian Sears), the 19-10 favorite, was a non-factor seventh.
Fat Mans Alley, a 6-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, returned $15.60 (sixth choice) for his second win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $77, with the triple returning $308.50.