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Saturday five-bagger for Cinco de MacDonald
Sunday, May 06, 2018 - by Frank Drucker, Publicity Director, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway

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Yonkers, NY --- The fifth night of the fifth month found Mark MacDonald putting forth his own the Cinco de Mayo festivities, with five winners during Yonkers Raceway’s dozen races.
Cinco de MacDonald, indeed.
MacDonald’s Saturday (May 5) quintet was highlighted by Western Fame ($14) in the co-featured $40,000 Open Handicap Pace.

After backpedaling out of the pocket in the final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series a fortnight ago, the homebred showed no ill-effects here.

 
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Western Fame provided Mark MacDonald with one of five wins on the Saturday evening card at Yonkers Raceway.

Caught three-wide early from post position No. 4, Western Fame made the lead after a contentious :26.2 opening quarter-mile. He then rated a :29.2 next subsection (:55.4 intermission), which ended up serving him well as 11-10 choice Somewhere In L A (Jason Bartlett) came to visit.

That one moved from fourth, but only into a 28-second third quarter (1:23.4). Western Fame opened a length into the lane, then held sway in 1:52.2, his fastest purse win time of the season. Second went to a second-up Gratian Hanover (Joe Bongiorno), who closed resolutely but missed a neck. Somewhere In L A, Windsong Leo (George Brennan) and Roland N Rock (Brent Holland) came away with the small envelopes.

For third choice Western Fame, a 5-year-old son of Western Ideal owned by Brittany Farms and trained by Jimmy Takter, it was his third win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $92.50, with the triple returning $358.50.

MacDonald’s five-bagger began as favored We Think Alike ($4.10) won the $20,000 fourth-race pace (1:53). Sunfire Blue Chip ($4) handily went the distance in the $25,000, ninth-race pace (1:52.4), then odds-on fave Artful Way did the same in the $20,000, 10th race pace (1:53). The subject then won the $20,000 pacing finale with an off-the-pace Swing City ($9.40) in a season’s-best 1:52.2

One race that eluded MacDonald was the co-featured $40,000 Open Handicap Trot, where odds-on Fearless Man ($3.70) repeated in facile fashion. From post No. 6, he finished what he started (:28.3, 58.4, 1:27, season’s-best 1:56).

For Fearless Man, an 8-year-old Elegant Man gelding trained by Andrew Harris for co-owners Rick Zeron Stables, Murray Greenfield, Noblock and Cool Cat Racing, it was his fifth win in 13 seasonal efforts.


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