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A sir and angel win at YR

April 14, 2007

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There were no black cats, walk-under ladders or broken mirrors during Yonkers Raceway\'s 10-race Friday the 13th festivities. There were, however, a pair of $35,000 co-features--an Open for trotters and an Open Handicap for distaff pacers--that each resulted in classy winners.

Sentbytheangels and Sir Valahad used different tactics, but wound up in the same place...Victory Village.

Sentbytheangels, fresh off a two-move win eight nights ago at Saratoga, returned to Westchester and promptly added to her $400,000-plus career bankroll.

With Eric Goodell doing the honors for trainer Nat Varty, \"Angels\" dropped in third early from post position five. Binions (Tim Tetrick) left like a shot from the eight hole, mixing it up with pole-sitting Tactical Rein N (Pat Lachance) through a :27.1 opening quarter mile.

Laura Lane N (Pat Berry)--the 8-5 favorite--then made a quick move from fourth to grab the lead, with Sandra G (Tony Morgan) rushing from fifth, prompting the pace toward the :56.3 half. Sentbythangels slid out second-over, with Dance Hall (Vic Kirby) on her back. With the lasses looming toward the 1:26.1 three-quarters, Sentbytheangels went deep, edging past the tiring tusslers.

\"Angels\" grabbed the lead by a length turning for home, while Dance Hall was ready to strike. She did, but Sentbytheangels was Savedbythefinishline. She prevailed by a desperate head in 1:55.3, matching her aforementioned upstate mile for a season\'s best. Cannae Cindy (Jim Meittinis) closed for third, with Tactical Rein N and Patty Ben Beau (Stephane Bouchard) completing the cashers.

Sentbytheangels, a 6-year-old daughter of Run the Table owned by Gerrie Tucker, returned $13.60 for her third victory (at three diferent New York tracks) in nine seasonal starts. She led a $55.50 exacta and $732 triple.

\"I\'m very happy the way she\'s raced,\" Goodell said. \"She\'s proven she belongs with the better mares.\"

The weekly featured wasn\'t nearly as eventful, and that suited Sir Valahad just fine.

Trainer Pat Lachance drove the 9-year-old Super Bowl gelding like he was the best...and lo and behold, he was.

Quickly negating post six (Coerfurst was scratched \"sick\"), Sir Valahad stepped up and over inside number Designable (Greg Grismore)--the 3-2 choice--well before the :28.3 opening two furlongs.

Issue over.

Sir Valahad then eased through a 59-second intermission and 1:29 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half advantage into the lane.

\"Valahad\" found Valhalla by 3 1/4 easy lengths in a well-rated 1:58.3. Racsan Jenny (Kirby) did get into second over Designable, with Birthday Kid (Berry) and Bright Idea (Tetrick) well-beaten but nonetheless compensated for their time and travel.

Sir Valahad, now four-for-10 in \'07, returned $9.90 as the second choice. Co-owned by MJGB Racing Stables and Michael Neamonitakis, Sir Valahad\'s career cash now exceed $526,000.

The exacta paid $61.50, with the triple good for $133.50.

One night after the trotter Unserveabull (Mike Forte) blew up the board at a $218 mutuel, the Ray Baynes-bred/owned/trained/driven Brickyard Trouble won the $15,000, seventh-race pace at a nifty 55-1 ($112.50). (Yonkers)

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