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Affirmed Action, Feeling You win at Yonkers

March 01, 2013

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Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night, $35,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--for trotters along with femme fatale pacers--were won by a repeating Affirmed Action (Jason Bartlett, $21.20) and Feeling You (Tyler Buter, $4.80).

Making the lead from post position No. 7, Affirmed Action worked around Fuel Cell (Brian Sears) before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. He then rated a :30.1 second quarter (:58.2 half) when, just like a week ago, eight-hole assignee Brando's Muscle Man (George Brennan) made a second move.

Edging from fourth, the 3-2 favorite moved going toward the 1:27 three-quarters, but never really threatened. Celebrity Bluechip (Matt Kakaley) was gapping off the people's choice. That left Affirmed Action with a length-and-a-half lead entering the lane. He then finished it off, whipping Brando's Muscle Man by a half-length in 1:57.

Fuel Cell, Celebrity Bluechip and Master Pine (Jim Pantaleano) rounded out the payees.

For sixth choice Affirmed Action, a 7-year-old statebred (homebred) son of Conway Hall owned and trained by John Grasso, it was his second win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $79 (the identical payoff for the exact same horses a week ago), with the triple returning $354.50.

The weekly distaff derby saw 7-5 fave Feeling You--leaving from post No. 6--watch as Naughtytiltheend (Brent Holland) two-move around Argument Hanover (Kakaley) and put up early intervals of :28 and :58.3.

Feeling You, away third, then engaged the leader during the payoff portion of the program. She was getting serious in and out of the 1:27 three-quarters, then had her nose in front off the final turn. Feeling You then held sway, winning by ameasured half-length in 1:55.4.

Second went to a closing Don't Point At (Jeff Gregory), with Campanile (Brennan), Frontierpan (Bartlett) and Argument Hanover grabbing the small change.

For Feeling You, a 6-year-old daughter of Cambest trained by Amber Buter for co-owners Buter the driver, OldfordFarms and Stephen Oldford, it was her second win in a as many '13 tries. The exacta paid $30.40, the triple returned $131 and the superfecta paid $898.
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