Robert Briley and Baron Racing Stable's Dancin Yankee ($2.60, Ross Wolfenden) overcame post eight to prevail in the featured $20,000 Open Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.
It was the second straight win for the 4-year-old Yankee Cruiser stallion, who is trained by Josh Green and made his Harrington debut last week with a 1:51 win that resulted in a track record. The record was short lived however as Bobby Quillen Memorial winner Betterthancheddar eclipsed the mark four races later with a 1:49.2 world-record equaling performance.
In his repeat bid, Dancin Yankee left from post eight and took an early tuck in the fourth position before puling first-over past the half mile where he would begin to duel pacesetter Wind Me Up. The two sped to three quarters in 1:24.2 before Dancin Yankee edged clear of a stubborn Wind Me Up in deep stretch. Cracker Pullet was third. Dancin Yankee has made more than $217,000 in 2012.
It was one of three winners on the program for Wolfenden.
12-year-old pacer Village Blitz ($23.20, Tony Morgan) earned his 63rd career win earlier on the program with a 1:53 triumph. The son of Village Jiffy has raced 323 times and banked nearly $900,000 for owner/trainer Arty Foster Jr. (Harrington)