Flem N Em N (George Brennan) prevailed from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace.
Leaving from post position three, Flem N Em N made the lead, then deferred to Something For Doc (Matt Kakaley) before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. "Doc" was able to rate a "sloppy" :29.2 second interval (:56.4 half) before Village Beat (Jason Bartlett) moved from third. That one turned up the heat going toward the 1:25 three-quarters, with Something For Doc taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane.
However, "Doc" was about to the meet up with some interlopers on both sides. Flem N Em N went by, widening out by a length in 1:54. Second went to Modern Day Clyde (Brian Sears), with Village Beat, Four Corners (Jordan Stratton) and a tiring Something for Doc completing the cashers.
For Flem N Em N, an 8-year-old Down Under Courage Under Fire gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, he returned $28.60 (sixth choice) for his fourth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $155, with the triple returning $529.
Series action is in full force next week with the second leg of the Petticoat (Monday), second leg of the Sagamore Hill (Tuesday) and opening legs of both the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial (Friday and Saturday, respectively). (Yonkers)