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Lucky Bettor lucky at Yonkers

February 13, 2011

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Lucky Bettor (Brett Miller) vaulted from second-over Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's  $32,500 Open Handicap Pace.

Leaving  from post position No. 5, he watched the early, three-way scrum between Southwind Tabor (Jim Pantaleano), Forensic Z Tam (Pat Lachance)  and Dragon Island (George Brennan).

Dragon Island endured the worst of it, hung three-deep past a  :26.4 opening quarter-mile before gaining the lead.

He found a :55.2 intermission before Ghee's House (Brent Holland) moved at him. Dragon Island maintained the advantage at the 1:24.4 three-quarters,  even holding a short lead into the lane. However, Lucky Bettor, towed into prominence by Ghee's House, went up and over mid-stretch.

He had daylight at the 1:53.2 mile marker, then widened out by 4 1/2 lengths, traversing the mile-and-one-sixteenth in a zippy 2:00.1. Forensic Z Tam,  hard-used early, was a very credible second, with Poker Hat, Dragon Island and Lahaye (Tyler Buter) completing the cashers.

For Lucky  Bettor, a 7-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables, he returned $7.90 as the most tepid of favorites for his first win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $41.20, with the triple returning $367. (Yonkers)

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