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Blastaway Sahbra, Chip And Gale A win at Yonkers
Saturday, November 6, 2004 - by Frank Drucker, publicity director, Yonkers Raceway

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Yonkers, NY --- The first November Friday night's requisite pair of $15,000 Open Handicaps -- for trotters and distaff pacers -- led the legion at Yonkers Raceway.

Blastaway Sahbra, the most consistent commodity to come from Ohio since a tight election, took it to the house in the weekly featured trot. With Dan Dube catch-driving for co-owners Dean Davis and Brenda Sugg and trainer Tim Case, "Blastaway" made short work of his seven rivals.

Assigned the penultimate post position, number seven, the 6-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding was able to secure the big chair around Sundance Kid G (Jim Meittinis) before a tepid :292 opening quarter-mile. From there, the timid 2-1 favorite was able to rate a 1:002 intermission and a 1:294 three-quarters -- all the while maintaining an open-length lead.

Approved Action (Rejean Daigneault) did not leave from the eight hole and never came close to reaching first-over. That did nothing for the cause of the returning New York Sire Stakes Final winner, Miss Gibbons ("Doc" Gill), who was a bit steppy before she wound up second-over.

All the while, Blastaway Sahbra widened to a three length lead as he entered and then won by that same margin in 1:594. Sundance Kid G saved second place at the wire, over Tagapine (Jim Marshall III), and Bodcaious Storm (Jim Marohn) and Approved Action earning the puny purse pay envelopes.

Blastaway Sahbra returned $6.80 for his third win in his last five tries and his 16th victory in 41 soirees this year. He led a $39.00 Exacta, a $111.00 Triple, and a $951.00 Superfecta.

Friday night's co-featured Fillies and Mares Open Handicap pace produced a down-the-road, Down Under dominatrix in the presence of Chip and Gale A. Chauffeur Jim Marohn, escorting for owner Vincent Ali and trainer Robert DiCerto, guided Chip and Gale A to the front and recorded a :283 opening quarter-mile.

Aimend (Marshall III) strung out the leader before yielding for the pocket. Chip and Gale A, sent postward as the 13-10 choice of the electorate (those casing provisional ballots and otherwise), was able to get away with a :311 second quarter-mile, for a :594 half-mile.

That breather came in handy when House Flight (Dube) offered a serious backside bid before being dismissed. Chip and Gale A led through a 1:284 three-quarters, then had a one and one-quarter length lead to play with as she turned for home. The lass edged clear and prevailed by two lengths in 1:582.

Mariana's Trench (Jeff Gregory) and Ger Over Lil (Jay Randall) showed up late to and grabbed second and third, respectively, and House Flight and Fully Committed (Greg Merton) were handed the table scraps. Aimend tired and finished sixth and last, and Tasma Walton A was scratched, sick.

For Chip and Gale A, a 7-year-old daughter of Caesar Blue Chip, it was her eighth win in 28 efforts this year. She paid $4.70, the Exacta was worth $22.60, and the Triple was good for $41.60.

November's evening harness racing simulcast schedule will include signals from Colonial Downs, Freehold Raceway, Harrington Raceway, Lebanon Raceway, Meadowlands (both breeds), the Meadows, Monticello Raceway, Mountaineer Race Track (Thoroughbreds), Northfield Park, Northville Downs, Penn National Racecourse (Thoroughbreds), Pompano Park, Raceway Park, and Saratoga Raceway.

Yonkers currently offers a four night a week live racing schedule, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:40 p.m. (EDT). Afternoon simulcasting will continue around the New York Racing Association schedule.

For more information, or to obtain a calendar, please contact the Raceway at (914) 968-4200.


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