Evenin Of Pleasure (Joe Bongiorno, $5.20) was a two-move sharpie Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Open Handicap Pace.
Leaving the gate from assigned (and penultimate) post position No. 6, Evenin Of Pleasure found a three-hole behind 13-10 favorite Missile J (Brian Sears) and Artful Way (Mark MacDonald). The former led through early intervals of :27.4 and :56.3.
Evenin Of Pleasure then went after the leader, engaging Missile J in and out of a 1:23.4 three-quarters. With urging from his chauffeur, Evenin Of Pleasure grabbed a short lead entering the lane. He couldn’t open any nighttime daylight, though, as Missile J hung around.
Evenin Of Pleasure did prevail, however, the margin three-quarters of a length in a season-best 1:51…matching (Bettor Memories) the fastest local mile of the season. Missile J settled for second, with Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton), Theartofconfusion A (George Brennan) and Somewhere Fancy (Dan Dube) rounding out the payees.
For second choice Evenin’ of Pleasure, an 8-year-old son of Dragon Again owned by Gestion J Y Blais and trained by Jennifer Bongiorno, it was his fourth win in 10 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $14.60, the triple returned $43.50 and the superfecta paid $214. (Yonkers)