Pole denizen American Rage (Jim Pantaleano) prevailed from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Open Handicap Pace.
Pocketed to slight 5-2 favorite Sapphire City (Jason Bartlett) through early intervals of :27.2 and :56.1, American Rage watched as Shooebee's Place (Dan Dube) and Hillbilly Hanover (George Brennan) moved from fourth and fifth, respectively."Shoobee" challenged the leader toward the 1:23.4 three-quarters, but Sapphire City owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. Unfortunately for him, unwanted advances were coming. American Rage ducked in and Hillbilly Hanover went wide, with the former whipping the latter by a head in 1:51.2.
China Grill (Pat Lachance) closed deep inside for third, with Sapphire City and Shoobee's Place relegated to the remainder.
For American Rage. a 5-year-old American Ideal gelding owned by Frank Bellino and trained by Tony O'Sullivan, he returned $15 (fifth choice) for his fifth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $124, with the triple returning $526.
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 around the NYRA schedule. (Yonkers)