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Bettor Memories best in Yonkers feature

February 02, 2020
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Bettor Memories (Eric Goodell, $21) did it the hard way Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $35,000 Preferred Handicap Pace with a first-up foray.  

Unhurried from post position No. 4, Bettor Memories saw reformed claimer—and 7-10 favorite—Keystone Phoenix (Dan Dube) lead through seemingly-soft ’flat’  intervals of :27 and :56. Bettor Memories then moved from fifth, making up significant ground into a :27.4 third quarter (1:23.4). Keystone Phoenix was about to wear out his welcome in and out of the final turn.

Bettor Memories went by, closing the sale in 1:52…equal 56-second halves. San Domino A (Jordan Stratton) stalked the winner but missed a head, with a trapped Trump Nation (George Brennan) extricating himself from the pocket to grab third.

Tremendous Play (Jason Bartlett) and a tiring Keystone Phoenix settled for the remainder.

For fourth choice Bettor Memories, a 7-year-old Bettor’s Delight gelding owned by Gus Dovi and trained by Nifty Norman, it was his second (consecutive) win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $85.50, the triple returned $294 and the superfecta paid $1,640.

Saturday night's $27,000 trotting feature was a down-the-the-road display by favored Will Take Charge (Stratton, $5.50) in 1:55.2. (Yonkers)
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