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Pancleefandarpels, American Lane take Yonkers features

November 08, 2008

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Sharp sorority sister Pancleefandarpels made it three consecutive victories Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway\'s $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.
Jason Bartlett did the honors from post position five for trainer Erv Miller as the 3-5 choice of the electorate was in play early. Pancleefandarpels stepped around Miss Galvinator A (Tony Morgan), grabbing the gusto past a :27.3 opening portion. She maintained the momentum through a :56.1 intermission and 1:24.4 three-quarters.

Interloper Slaley (Cat Manzi, four winners on the 13-race card)) offered a steady, first-up advance, plopping in the pocket when Miss Galvinator A called it a night.

All the while, \"Pancleef\" owned a two-length lead into the lane. She was never seriously threatened, winning by a measured length in 1:53.4. Omen Hanovr (Dan Dube) chansed home the victress, with Slaley, Tootsie Roll Bay (Larry Stalbaum) and Elusive Prey (Stephane Bouchard) completing the cashers. Miss Galvinator A tired to seventh.

For \"Pancleef,\" a 4-year-old daughter of Noble Ability owned by Peter Pan Stables, she returned $3.20 for her eighth win in 26th seasonal  starts. The exacta paid $18, with the triple returning $150.

Those who weren\'t inclined to take 60 cents on the dollar with Pancleefandarpels were offered the same price with American Lane in the week\'s $40,000 marquee trot. Hey, try getting that return on investment with whomever is operating your local savings and loan.

American Lane, who owns the fastest local trotting mile ever (1:55.1), was faster than his seven rivals on this night.

The aforementioned Manzi sat chilly early from post six while Grain Of Truth (Jeff Gregory) led the way. Grain Of Truth held the baton through stations of :28.3, :59.1 and 1:28.2, with American Lane methodically making his move.

American Lane took over from a determined leader in midstretch, prevailing by three-quarters of a length in 1:57.3. San Remo Kosmos (Greg Grismore), Light Headed (Bartlett) and Nahcotta Jude (Steve Smith) also copped some coinage. 

For American Lane, a 6-year-old Primrose Lane gelding trained by Carl Cito Jr. for co-owners David Scharf and Jerry Silva, he paid that popular $3.20 for his 12th win in 34 \'08 tries. The exacta paid $17, with the triple paying $45.

Friday night also saw the local debut of Chicagoland expatriate Brent Holland, who is trying his luck in Westchester \"with the help of trainer Paul Blumenfeld, who brought 35 horses east.\" Holland wound up fourth and second (with one scratch) in his first-ever Yonkers visit. (Yonkers) 

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