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Brando's Muscle Man wins open trot at Yonkers

December 21, 2012
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Brando's Muscle Man (George Brennan) lasted on the lead Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's penultimate-program $35,000 Open Handicap Trot.

In play from post position No. 4, "Brando" worked around Master Pine (Andy Miller), making the lead before :28.1 opening quarter-mile. A bit of a delayed leave from just-over-even-money favorite Tober (Jason Bartlett) landed him in the three-hole.

The  leader then rated a 30-second interval (:58.1 half) before Tober was again on the move. However, he wasn't doing much for cause going toward the 1:27 three-quarters, with Celebrity Bluechip (Matt Kakaley) second-over.

"Brando" owned a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane, and would need much of it. Master Pine ducked inside, with Celebrity Bluechip wide. Neither could get there, as the leader held sway by a diminishing half-length in 1:56.4. It was Celebrity Bluechip winning the bridesmaid battle, with a rallying Mystical Starlight (Eric Goodell) and Great Emancipator (Brian Sears) grabbing the small change. Tober faded to sixth.

For Brando's Muscle Man, a 4-year-old Muscles Yankee gelding owned and trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, he returned $7.30 (second choice) for his ninth win in 33 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $36.40, with the triple returning $197.50.

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