Yonkers, NY --- Yonkers Raceway’s Friday night $44,000 co-featured Opens--a handicap for distaff pacers and a blind draw for trotters--were won by odds-on numbers Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton, $3.70) and Bee A Magician (Brian Sears, $3.10).
Mike Lizzi photo Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, was an easy winner in a track record time of 1:55 on Saturday at Yonkers Raceway.
Winning the draw, she allowed the 2013 Yonkers Trot champ Dewycolorintheline (Stratton) to throw the first salvo. Bee A Magician then secured the lead after a :28.1 first station. From there, a waltz--around :59.3 middle half (:58.4 intermission, 1:27.4) gave the lass three lengths in and out of the final turn. Millionaire four times over Arch Madness (Trond Smedshammer) was the first to move, trotting in place from fourth before Somebody As (Dan Dube) tried his luck advancing modestly from third.
A :27.1 chaser closed the sale by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:55…a new track record for her division. Somebody As won the scrum for second, with Dewycolorintheline, Tober (Bartlett) and Arch Madness rounding out the payees.
For Bee A Magician, a 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra trained by Nifty Norman for co-owners David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Herb Liverman, she’s now 2-for-8 this season (career 29-for-38 with earnings a shade under $2.5 million)
“She handled the track perfectly, and I’m hoping she returns,” Sears said of the first Horse of the Year to race here after winning the award since Gallo Blue Chip (won Horse of the Year in 2000, raced here twice in ‘03).
From penultimate post position No. 6, Robin Cruiser was in the game early, yielding to outside assignee Summertime Lea (George Brennan), just after a 27-second opening quarter-mile. Social Scene (Sears) was away third.
After a 55-second half and before a 1:23.3 three-quarters, Summertime Lea was getting only mild pressure from a first-up Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett). The lead was length-and-a-quarter into the lane. However, she tired mid-stretch, passed on the inside by Robin Cruiser and on the outside by a fast-closing Crazy on You (Brent Holland). The former beat the latter by a neck in 1:52.3, with Summertime Lea, the filly Fanticipation (Larry Stalbaum) and Krispy Apple rounding out the payees.
For Robin Cruiser, a 5-year-old homebred daughter of Yankee Cruiser owned by Pinske Stables and trained by Julie Miller, it was her sixth win in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $74.50, with the triple returning $345.50.