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'Headpoles' and 'Amigos' are Yonkers' winners

February 11, 2011

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Headpoles R Us (Cat Manzi) was both decisive and deserving Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's  co-featured $32,500 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.

 Leaving from post position No. 4,  "Headpoles" slipped in fourth as Giveittomestraight (George Brennan) was a mare on a mission. After laying down  intervals of :26.3 and :56.4, she saw Headpoles R Us lunge to the lead in Turn 3, effectively ending the suspense. That one put up a 1:24.3 three-quarters, with  Giveitomestraight trying to stay close and Bet the Ranch (Jason Bartlett) stalling first-up.

Headpoles R Us then found the mile marker in 1:53.3, as invading 6-5 choice Royal Cee Cee N (Jeff Gregory)--who had moved around a tiring Bet the  Ranch--trying to sustain her bid.

 However, the winner was much too tough, widening to win by 3 1/4 lengths while getting the mile-and-one-sixteenth distance in 2:01. Bling (Eric Goodell)  extricated herself and snapped second, with Royal Cee Cee N, Giveittomestraight and Only the World (Dan Dube) rounding out he payees.

 For Headpoles R Us, a 7-year-old daughter of Bo Knows Jate trained by Joe Anderson for owner Gerrie Tucker, she returned $4.90 (second choice)  for her second win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $42.60, with the triple returning $113.

 Friday's night's co-featured 32-large Open Handicap Trot saw Friendly Amigo (Brennan) lead at all five weight stations.

 In play from post No. 4, Friendly Amigo worked around Mystical Starlight (Goodell) before a 28-second opening quarter-mile. She then put up "friendly" fractions of  58.1 and 1:27.3, taking a two-length lead into the lane. Trottin' Troy (Jim Pantaleano) tried to sustain a second move from third, with Wind Surfer (Manzi) on the scene late.

 However, Friendly Amigo was well in control at the 1:56.2 milepost before winning by 2 1/4 lengths in the added-distance 2:04

  Wind Surfer, Trottin' Troy, Mystical Starlight and Reigning Dough (Jim Doherty) earned the minor spoils. T J's Mr. Lavec (Bartlett), the 6-5 favorite, was a non-factor seventh.

 For Friendly Amigo, a 5-year-old homebred daughter of Amigo Hall co-owned by Bob & Karin Olsson Burgess and trained by Kevin Johnson, she  returned $10.80 (third choice) for her first win in a trio of '11 tries. The exacta paid $58.50, with the triple returning $213. (Yonkers)
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