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Park Avenue shines in Yonkers open

November 05, 2010
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Park Avenue (Tyler Buter), making her first local distaff derby start, went first-up and over Friday  night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $38,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.
 
Leaving from post position four, she sat early as I'm Betting On You (Dan Dube) stepped around Slomotion (Jason Bartlett) after a :27.1 opening quarter mile. Coming toward the :57.2 intermission, Park Avenue slid out of fourth, waiting for Hannah Isabel (Cat Manzi) to move. However, the 7-10 favorite did not bite, forcing Park Avenue to go on with it. She went past I'm Betting On You right at the 1:25.3 three-quarters,  taking a short lead into the lane. Park Place the edged away, whipping Slomotion by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:54.3.
 
Breakheart Pass (Jim Pantaleano), Queen Of Heaven N (Jim Marshall III) and Hannah Isabel completed the cashers. 
 
For Park Avenue, a 5-year-old daughter of Keystone Raider, co-owned by her driver, Lynette Buter and Eugene Oldford and trained by Amber Buter, she returned $32.40 (fifth choice) for her ninth victory (third consecutive) in 32 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $163.50, the triple returned $2,702 and the superfecta paid $8,880.
 
Friday night's co-featured $38,000 Open 'Cap Trot saw 4-5 choice T J's  Mr. Lavec (Bartlett)--having won the last two marquee trots--complete the hat trick.
 
Leaving from post three and minding his manners while Neighsay Hanover (Ray Schnittker) jumped it off, TJ's Mr. Lavec waltzed through early intervals of :29 and :58.4. Sand Top Gun (Brent Holland) tried to attack down the backside at the 1:27.2 three-quarters, but never came close.
 
TJ's Mr. Lavec widened to a length-and-a-half turning for home. Benn's Sure Thing (Buter) chased from the pocket, but missed a half-length in 1:56.1. HurrikaneBiggeorge (Dube), Sand Top Gun and CC Mister C (Jeff Gregory) grabbed the small change.
 
For TJ's Mr. Lavec, a 6-year-old Mr. Lavec gelding trained by Scott Blackler for co-owners Beverly and Gary Paganelli, Leon Schickman and Allen Kaplan, he returned $3.60 for his sixth win in 18 '10 tries. The exacta paid $28.60, with the triple returning $70.
 
Saturday night's stakes-packed program includes the $437,100 Messenger--third jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown--along with its companion event,  the $326,680 Lady Maud Pace. Harness Horse of the Year favorite Rock N Roll Heaven leads a quintet in the 55th Messenger Stakes (8th race, approximate post 9:40 p.m.), while the Maud goes as the 6th race on the 13-race program. (Yonkers)
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