Yonkers, NY --- Odds-on favorite Mach It So (Brian Sears, $2.70) delivered on a short promise Saturday night (Aug. 16), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace.
|Mayra Escamilla photo|
|Mach It So was driven to a 1:51.2 score by Brian Sears.|
Away into a gaping three hole from post position No. 4, Mach It So saw Dream Out Loud N (Eric Goodell) lead through intervals of :26.4 and :56.
Mach It So -- back here for the first time since a dreaded eight hole in late April's final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series -- went after the leader toward a 1:23.4 three-quarters, but the leader wasn't ready to give up the ghost.
Mach It So did finally wear down his foe mid-lane, edging away by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.2. Dream Out Loud N held second, with Rock On Moe (Larry Stalbaum), The Real One (Pat Lachance) and Life Up Front (Eric Carlson) settling for the remainder.
For Mach It So, a 4-year-old Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, it was his sixth win in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $8.50, with the triple returning $55.