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Lightning Treasure, Gurf win Yonkers feautures

November 12, 2011
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Lightning Treasure (Dan Dube) made it look simple from the eight hole Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $38,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.
 
In play early, Lightning Treasure moved around Quicksilvercandy A (Larry Stalbaum) before a :27.1 opening quarter mile. She then stole a :30.2 second quarter (:57.3 half), forcing first-up, the 4-5 fave Pancleefandarpels (George Brennan) to chase.
 
After a 1:26 three-quarters, Lightning Treasure opened a 2 3/4-length lead turning for home. She found a 1:53.4 mile marker, and was never threatened in 2:01 for the mile-and-one-sixteenth. Pancleefandarpels was a best-of-the-rest second--beaten 3 1/4 lengths--with Best Boss (Pat Lachance), Summer Snow (Jordan Stratton) and Ramona Disomma (Jason Bartlett) grabbing the remainder.
 
For Lightning Treasure, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Keith Armer for Lightning Stable, she returned $18.80 (fifth choice) for her eighth win (second consecutive) in 28 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $40.60, with the triple returning $226.
 
Friday night’s co-featured $38,000 Open Handicap Trot was a two-speed, form number with 6-5 favorite Gurf (Yannick Gingras) holding off second choice KLM Express (Jim Marshall III) in an added-distance 2:04.
 
Leaving from post position four, Gurf reclaimed from his rival right at the :28.2 opening quarter. He then found a soft :58.2 half and 1:27.4 three-quarters, with longshot Reigning Dough (Jim Doherty) moving weakly first-over. Entering the lane, Gurf--after a 1:56.3 mile--needed to only hold off KLM Express. The former, kept to his task, beat the latter by a half-length.
 
Hurrikanebiggeorge (Dube), Libra Vita (Brennan) and Rose Run Hooligan (Stratton) picked off the small change. 
 
For the formful Gurf, a 6-year-old Self Possessed gelding owned by David Neilson and trained by Rosemary Smutz, he returned $4.40 for his ninth win (three in a row) in 38 '11 tries. The exacta paid $15.60, the triple returned $64.50 and the superfecta paid $219.50. (Yonkers) 
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