Gokudo Hanover wins open pace at Yonkers
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Gokudo Hanover (Matt Kakaley, $9.80) inherited the pocket, then inhaled the leader Saturday night (Dec. 16th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s last-of-the-season $40,000 Open Handicap Pace.
Sitting chilly early from an assigned post position No. 2, Gokudo Hanover watched from third as Bakersfield (Greg Merton) made the first lead. That one gave it up to Thisjetsabookin’ (Jordan Stratton) before a snappy :26.4 opening quarter-mile.
Thisjetsabookin’ then hung Caviart Luca (George Brennan) for the holidays, prompting a :55.1 intermission. Shane Adam (Jason Bartlett) moved off the cones from fifth, going around a fading Caviart Luca and taking his shot at the lead in and out of a 1:23.4 three-quarters.
Bakersfield, surmising the leader was done, extricated himself off the cones to get behind Shane Adam. Wrong move, as Gokudo Hanover took this vacated space.
A resurgent Thisjetsabookin’ retained his stubborn lead off the final turn, but was about to get swallowed up by a pair to his inside. Gokudo Hanover rolled by, as did Killer Martini (Brent Holland), the latter whipping the former by a couple of lengths in 1:52.4.
Thisjetsabookin’, Shane Adam and a belated 5-2 choice The Real One (Pat Lachance) picked off the minor awards.