Yonkers Raceway's usual Friday night pair of $44,000 Open Handicaps--for trotters and distaff pacers, respectively--were won by odds-on choice MM'S Lucky Boy (Brent Holland, $3) and All Spirit (Jim Marohn Jr., $10).
MM's Lucky Boy made it three wins in his last four Friday trotting features, doing the damage in 1:55.3. Leaving from post position No. 5--in one notch after an inside defection--he stepped past pole-sitting Speed Bomb (Jason Bartlett) before a 29-second opening quarter-mile.
After a :58.2 intermission, E L Rock (George Brennan), last week's 25-1 upsetter, tried it first-up from fifth. However, he was out of ammo soon after a 1:26.4 three-quarters as "Lucky Boy" had a length advantage turning for home. He withstood Speed Bomb by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.3,
Mystical Starlight (Mark MacDonald), Perfect Picture (Cat Manzi) and E L Rock settled for the small change.
For MM's Lucky Boy, a 5-year-old Malabar Millennium gelding trained by Erv Miller for himself, along with David and John Prushnok, it was his seventh win in 19 seasonal starts.
The veteran statebred All Spirit did it the hard way, going first-up and over 11-10 favorite P Note Blue Chip (Brennan), then holding Naughtytiltheend (Holland) at bay by a neck. Third went to a third-over Breakheart Pass (Bartlett), with P Note and Billmar Scooter (Eric Goodell) grabbing the remainder.
It was "P Note" who worked around longshot Shanghai Lil (MacDonald) early, taking the lead just past a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. From there, a seemingly-soft-enough 29-second next portion (:56.1 half) before All Spirit--leaving from post position No. 3--moved from fourth.
All Spirit was getting serious in and out of the 1:24.4 three-quarters, though P Note Blue Chip held a half-length lead into the lane. All Spirit eventually disposed of the leader, then kept a second-over Naughtytiltheend away in 1:52.4.
For All Spirit, a 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Larry Lanpher and trained by Judy Lanpher, she returned $10.80 (third choice) for her seventh win in 16 seasonal starts. (Yonkers)