Yonkers, NY---Yonkers Raceway’s Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps—for distaff pacers and all duly-licensed trotters--were won by the odds-on duet of Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $3.80) and NF Happenstance (Brian Sears, $3.30).
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|Yagonnakissmeornot was a 1:52.1 winner in the Fillies and Mares Open.|
That one actually had about a head in front of the leader passing the 1:24.1 three-quarters, with Monkey on My Wheel (Sears) second-up. However, "Robin" fought back and fought back, though she could not stall a late surge by "Yagonnakissme."
The people’s choice snuck past, winning by a neck in 1:52.1, Monkey on My Wheel, Virgin Mary and Classy Lane Rose (Brent Holland) rounded out the payees.
For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 5-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by trainer Rene Allard and Kapildeo Singh, it was her ninth win in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $11.60, with the triple (two wagering favorites in order) returning $33.80.
The week’s marquee trot saw newly-sold NF Happenstance, driven by Brian Sears, pay immediate dividends. Assigned post No. 4, she and Lorenzo Dream (Eric Carlson) alternated through early intervals of :28.1 and :58. The favorite retook before the half, then saw Bingo Queen (Brent Holland) try it first-up. That one offered mild grief in and out of a 1:26.3 three-quarters.
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|NF Happenstance won the Open Trot, paying instant dividends for her new connections.|
NF Happenstance, a 4-year-old daughter of SJ’s Caviar owned by William Weaver and trained by Noel Daley, she’s now 9-for-20 this season. The exacta paid $11, the triple returned $90 and the superfecta paid $331.50.
Also Friday. 92-1 bomb Cosmicpedia (Dube) lit up the to the tune of $187 when he won the $16,000, seventh race pace. That number led a $1,048 exacta (Superbowl Party second) and $3,624 triple (Aussie Reactor A third). Later on, there was "only" a 51-1 winner…Be Pacific (Goodell, $105.50) in the 10th race pace.
The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 pm. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily.
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