Friday's (March 14) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Yonkers Raceway, The Meadows, Buffalo Raceway, Saratoga Gaming and Raceway and Miami Valley Raceway.
Royal Cee Cee N, Super, Manning win Yonkers co-features
Yonkers, NY---Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all who sent in the box tops--were won by a pocket-sitting Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears, $5) and an come-from-behind Super Manning (Matt Kakaley, $6.70).
|Photo by Mayra Escamilla|
|Super Manning won the featured trot at Yonkers Raceway in 1:54.4.|
Royal Cee Cee N, who became a career millionairess with a second-place finish a week ago, was in play early this night from post position No. 3. As the 3-2 favorite, she made the first lead before yielding the right of way to Cocoa Beach (Ron Pierce).
Cocoa Beach set tepid fractions of a flat 28 seconds and 58.1 before inside assignee Fashion Mystery (Eric Carlson) moved from fourth. She put forth just mild pressure going toward a 1:26.1 three-quarters, with Cocoa Beach taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane.
Despite the cheapy intervals, she couldn’t stall the lass on her back, as Royal Cee Cee N ducked in and went by. The margin was three-quarters of a length in 1:53.4 (27.1 final quarter). Fashion Mystery held third, with Krispy Apple and Ramalama completing the cashers.
For Royal Cee Cee N, an 8-year-old Down Under daughter of Christian Cullen owned and trained by Mark Harder, it was her first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $17, with the triple returning $116.
The week’s marquee trot saw slight 2-1 fave Super Manning—off the gate and solidly second in last week’s edition—unhurried this week from post No. 6.
He watched as Tall Cotton (George Brennan) left over his seven inside rivals. After early sub-sections of 28 and 58 (with pocket-sitter Lorenzo Dream [Sears] edging out, then going back in), Traverse Seelster (Pierce) moved from fifth.
That one disposed of the leader, with Calchips Brute (Jordan Stratton) second-up and Super Manning plying his craft from third-over. It was Traverse Seelster owning a short-lived lead at the 1:26.1 three-quarters, but—and everyone else—were about to be inhaled.
Super Manning swung wide and busted the race wide open. He was up a length in and out of the final turn, then widened to 3-¼ lengths in 1:54.4, the fastest trot mile of the season. Lone lass Backstreet Hanover (Carlson) was able to get into second, with Calchips Brute, Zooming (Tyler Buter) and Traverse Seelster settling for the small change.
For Super Manning, a 6-year-old Diamond Goal homebred owned by Joseph Pennacchio and trained by Kevin Carr, it was her first win in five ’14 starts. The exacta paid $55, the triple returned $413 and the superfecta paid $1,908.
Friday night props to New York Sire Stakes champ Coraggioso ($3.40), who returned downstate with a convincing victory (1:56.1) in the $17,500, ninth-race trot. The now-5-year-old son of Conway Hall, co-owned by breeders Tom Durkin and Joe Spadaro, is now 16-for-37 in his career. He defeated Where To Hanover, owned by always-welcome Yonkers co-host Gary (Man About Town) Machiz, by a length-and-a-half.
Small Town Charmer overwhelmed the field once again, notching her second straight series victory in Friday’s Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Black Silk Jammys and Radar Lover took the other $15,000, second leg splits in the event for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Dave Palone enjoyed a series double with Small Town Charmer and Black Silk Jammys. Palone allowed the dust to settle before moving Small Town Charmer, the 1-9 favorite, to the front before the quarter. The 3-year-old daughter of Allamerican Native-Brava Hanover sailed home in a career-best 1:53.2, 3-3/4 lengths better than Thunder Chaser. Eiffel Tower finished third. Ron Burke trains Small Town Charmer for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.
Elsewhere on the card, two of The Meadows’ hottest performers entered their respective races with impressive winning streaks, but only one emerged with the streak intact. That was Daylon Miracle, who was first over forever in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot but still downed 28-1 long shot Chilitodayhotamale by 3/4 lengths in 1:56 to collect her fourth straight win. Victory Is Coming shot the Lightning Lane for show. Aaron Merriman piloted Daylon Miracle, a 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel who boosted her lifetime bankroll to $385,317, for owner/trainer Bill Bercury.
In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Automatic Slims saw his winning streak snapped at five when he got away poorly and could manage only fourth with a late rally. Visible Gold, who dead-heated with Automatic Slims in their last race, was sharp once again, moving first over for Mike Wilder to triumph in 1:52.3.
Ballistic Tip was second at 26-1, 1-1/4 lengths back, with the pocket-sitting Pop Cop third. Burke conditions Visible Gold, a 6-year-old Bettor’s Delight-Gabrielle gelding who now boasts $244,784 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables.
Palone, Merriman and Wilder each drove three winners on the 15-race card.
After several near misses in Buffalo Raceway's Open Trot division, Heartsaregonnaroll took a step down to the featured $8,400 Open II level Friday night (March 14) and it paid off with a well-deserved, half-length victory over Armed Dangerously in 1:59.4 over the "fast" track. With a trio of second-place finishes in her last four starts, Heartsaregonnaroll (Kevin Cummings) scooted out to the lead and set fractions of 30.1, 1:01 and 1:30.2. In the lane, the slightly favored Armed Dangerously (Aaron Byron) and Sack Full Of Gold (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) were the lone threats, but couldn't catch the front-stepping, but game, Heartsaregonnaroll ($4.90). It was the second victory in nine starts this season for the 5-year-old mare who is owned by Paul and Ronald Viele. Heartsaregonnaroll, trained by Alex Giuliani, has now earned $18,466 in 2014. Drew Monti, Kevin Cummings and Aaron Byron all posted driving doubles on the night.
Saratoga Gaming and Raceway
Live Jazz (Andover Hall) secured a first-over victory in the $17,000 Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Friday night. The red hot connections of driver Jim Morrill Jr. and trainer Kevin Efimetz won another four races on Friday night including the trotting feature. Live Jazz wound up taking on the race’s frontrunner Cash Poor (Austin Siegelman) and they dueled for a half mile before the favored wore down Cash Poor in the final eighth of a mile before stopping the timer in 1:58.1. Cash Poor held on for second while Justa Rebel (Jay Randall) came from last to finish third. The Morrill-Efitmetz combination is winning at roughly an 80 percent rate in the early stages of the meet at the Spa. Morrill tallied five total wins on the card.
Miami Valley Raceway
Despite the outside post position in Friday night's $9,000 Open Handicap Trot at Miami Valley Raceway, Cashahallic (Jim Pantaleano) managed a second straight victory in the weekly feature. Sent off at odds of 9-1, the 1:56.1 winner edged Rehab Mountain (Brad Hanners) by a neck with Mama Made Me Blue (Tyler Smith) finishing third.