Yonkers, NY --- Favored Extreme Machine N (Eric Goodell) prevailed from the loosest of pockets Tuesday night (April 1), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $67,400 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series.
The series, for 3- and 4-year-old colts and geldings, culminated with Yonkers Raceway’s richest race of the season to date.
|Mayra Escamilla photo|
|Extreme Machine N was a half-length winner in the Sagamore Hill final.|
Extreme Machine N, as the 9-10 favorite, won the draw and watched as Artist Night (George Brennan) set sail on a mission. That mission included a :28 opening quarter-mile and :55.3 half. All the while, Extreme Machine N was pacing just enough to make sure outside leavers Ashley’s Husband (Jordan Derue) and A Stitch In Time (Ron Pierce) had no holes.
Artist Night had five lengths at the wicked 1:22.4 three-quarters before Goodell asked his charge to close the ranks. The margin was 1-1/2 lengths entering the lane, but the fractions were shockingly taking their toll.
Extreme Machine N went by, getting the best of a three-hole sitting Sir Michigan Z Tam (Pat Lachance) by a half-length in a life-best 1:52.1. Artist Night held third, beaten a couple of lengths, with City Hall (Brian Sears) and Touchdown Mindale (Andy Miller) grabbing the remainder. Wilcox (Dan Dube), Ashley's Husband and A Stitch In Time rounded out the order.
“I haven’t seen the end to him yet,” Goodell said. “I didn’t want to be right on George’s (Brennan, driving Artist Night) back, and even with those fractions, I was worried I waited too long.
“In the (final) turn, he started to come back to me. (Extreme Machine N) steers a bit funny, and has a lot to learn, but the more experience he gets over here, he’s just going to get better.”
Extreme Machine N, a 4-year-old Down Under Mach Three gelding owned by Joseph Muscara and trained by Darren Cassar, returned $3.90 for his third win in as many seasonal/series/North American starts. The exacta paid $18, the triple returned $42.20 and the superfecta paid $104.
A trio of series consolations, worth $25,000, $12,500 and $12,500, respectively, were won by I Dreamed A Dream (Pat Lachance, $14) in 1:54.2, Rolandale Buster (Dube, $8.20) in a life-best 1:54.4, and Artacus (catch-driver Miller, $38.20) in a life-best 1:54.
Tuesday’s Pick-5 pool, fortified with a $7,907.68 carryover and featuring a $25,000 guaranteed pool, induced $32,731 of fresh coin into the equation. The winning combination of 3/4/6/1/5 returned a tidy $16,228 to a pair of intelligent handicappers.