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Big show prices at Yonkers

February 19, 2010

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Friday night began Yonkers Raceway's 2010 stakes schedule, with the opening round of the Hopeful Pacing Series. Three $10,000 divisions for  3-year-old fillies went postward, and one split produced unexpectedly large payoffs when the favorite faltered.
Betting favorite Rintintin (3-10) was leading the field into the top of the stretch drive when she knuckled over and broke stride, taking herself out of the race. Briefly, driven by Steve Smith, took advantage of the favorite's miscue and won at odds of 8-1.
With all but about $2,000 of the approximately $25,400 in the show poll wagered on  Rintintin, Briefly paid $37.20 to show. The second-place finisher O Lucky Me paid $28.40 to show, and the third-place finisher, Shesa Bragn Dragon, paid $52.50.
The other Hopeful winners are as follows:
--Rev Me Up (by Park Place): co-owners Earl Smith & Frank Baldachino/trainer Ron Burke/driver Jason Bartlett; 1:57.4/$2.50;
--Isthmus of Panama (by No Pan Intended); owner Peter Pan Stable/trainer-driver Ray Schnittker; (first life win) 2:02.3/$6.10.
In other action at Yonkers Friday, Victor's Vicky (Jordan Stratton), inching toward a half-million dollars in lifetime earnings, parlayed her assets and her assignment Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $32,000 Open Handicap Trot.
Ordered inside her seven rivals, "Vicky" retook from S F Aceinthehole (Pat Lachance) before a :28.4 opening quarter-mile. She then rated a :30.4 second stanza before Long Story Short (Tyler Buter) came on the scene. Those two raced in tandem at the 1:29 three-quarters, with Impressive Earl (Stephane Bouchard) second-up. Long Story Short gave way gruelingly  through the lane, eventually making a break. That left Victor's Vicky a safe, length-and-a-quarter winner in 1:59.3.
SF Aceinthehole, defending champ Beach Nut Brand (Jeff Gregory), Ripped (Greg Grismore) and Impressive Earl--moved up one placing--grabbed the small change. D C's Piggy  Bank (Jim Panteleano), the 9-5 choice going for a fourth consecutive victory, jumped it off behind the gate.
For Victor's Vicky, a 7-year-old Valley Victor miss trained by Richard Johnson for owner Fabulous Farms, she returned $6.60 (second choice) her first board placement in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $35.40, with triple returning $452.50. (Yonkers)
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