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$25,000 guaranteed Pick-5 pool for Saturday at Yonkers; Opens contested on Friday
Friday, May 09, 2014 - by Frank Drucker, publicity director, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway

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Yonkers, NY --- Yonkers Raceway has announced that a $10,518.87 double-carryover in the Pick-5 wager means a $25,000 guaranteed pool for Saturday night (May 10). This is a 50 cent base wager on races five through nine.

Rank outsider Virgin Mary (Matt Kakaley) and favored Melady’s Monet (Jason Bartlett) were the toasts of the town Friday night (May 9), winning Yonkers Raceway’s co-featured $38,000 Open Handicaps.

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Virgin Mary (#2) was a narrow winner in the Mares Open on Friday.

Virgin Mary, given a perfect second-over sojourn in the distaff derby, picked off her tow, Monkey On My Wheel (Brian Sears). The margin was a neck in a moist 1:54.

Monkey On My Wheel, ordered behind the eight-ball after four wins and a second in her last five tries, settled in fourth. She saw Keystone Wanda (Brent Holland), Cocoa Beach (Jordan Stratton) and Fast And Feisty (Dan Dube) all leave inside of her. After early intervals of :27.2 and :57.1, Monkey On My Wheel was out again, engaging Cocoa Beach in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters.

Monkey On My Wheel put the leader away soon after, opening to a 1-1/2 length lead in the lane. However, Virgin Mary -- hitching a ride from post position No. 2 -- did go on by. Fashion Mystery (Eric Carlson), slight 19-10 choice Krispy Apple (Bartlett) and Fast And Feisty completed the cashers.

Virgin Mary, a 6-year-old Village Jolt homebred owned by Howard Taylor and trained by Tom Shay, returned an even $50 for her third win in 10 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $298.50, with the triple returning $2,162.

The week’s marquee trot was a two-speed number, with 13-10 choice Melady’s Monet -- from post No. 4 -- and Lorenzo Dream (Brian Sears) lined up. The latter worked around the former (:28.4, :58.2, 1:27.2), with Bonus Trot Series champ Itzaziam (Pat Berry) moving from third.

Lorenzo Dream, up by a half-length in and out of the final turn, had the measure of Itzaziam, but not Melady’s Monet. The latter ducked inside, whipping Lorenzo Dream by a half-length in a season’s-best 1:56. Itzaziam held well for third despite the big class hike, with Fortunista (Carlson) and Ray Hall (Brent Holland) settling for the remainder.

Melady's Monet, a 5-year-old Revenue S gelding owned by Melady Enterprises and trained by Taylor Gower, returned $4.70 for his third win in 13 ’14 tries. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $13.80, the triple returned $59.50 and the superfecta paid $224.50.

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