Yonkers, NY---On Saturday (July 12), Yonkers Raceway hosted a pair of $25,000 eliminations for the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Leading the octet into Saturday’s $125,000 finale are winners In the Arsenal (Eric Goodell, $13.80) in 1:56.2 and Cartoon Daddy (George Brennan, $3.20) in 1:56.1.
The winners, trained by Kelvin Harrison and Ron Burke, respectively, shall be joined next week Byby Landon, Mystical Pacer, Rock N’ Roll World, Lone Survivor, Perfect Eagle and Parklane Eagle. The open draw is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon (July 15).
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|In The Arsenal won his Sheppard elimination in 1:56.2.|
In the $44,000 Open Handicap Pace, pole assignee Sapphire City (Dan Dube, $7.80) held off favored Pancetta (Jordan Stratton).
It was Aracache Hanover (Brennan) cutting his teeth through fractions of 26.4, 55.1 and 1:23, with only mild, first-up pressure from longshot Dream Out Loud N (Eric Goodell). Aracache Hanover owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but was done soon thereafter.
Pancetta, the 11-10 choice, set up shop over and closed stoutly, but Sapphire City—deposited into the passing lane—whipped that one by a half-length 1:51, a season’s-best by three full seconds. Dream Out Loud N held credibly for third, with invading Getitoffyourchest (Brent Holland) and The Real One (Pat Lachance) settling for the minor moolah.
For second choice Sapphire City, a 8-year-old Metropolitan gelding owned by Centaur Stable and Jordan Sklut and trained by Paul Blumenfeld, it was his third win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $20.40, with the triple returning $115.
The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 p.m. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily.