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Ramalama best in Yonkers Open Pace for mares

August 09, 2013
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Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $46,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--a pace for the fairer sex and a trot for anyone worthy--were won by a first-up Ramalama (George Brennan, $7.40) and a down-the-road DW's NY Yank (Brennan again, $4).
 
The femme field--pared to seven after last week's bridesmaid, Cocoa Beach, came down with the sniffles--saw 3-2 choice Four Starz Roe (Jason Bartlett) have to work a bit to get around pole-assigned longshot Rockaround Sue (Mark MacDonald). "Roe" did, before a :27 opening quarter-mile. At that point, Handsoffmycookie (Dan Dube) looked to move from third, but she didn't get the memo and ducked back in. That allowed "Roe" to get a :56-second intermission before Ramalama--who began from post position 4 after that inside defection--moved from fourth.
 
Ramalama pressed the issue to a :27.2 third quarter (1:23.2), poking her nose in front soon after. She opened to a length-and-a-quarter entering the lane, then prevailed by a length-and-three-quarters in 1:52.1. Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance) rallied into second, third went to a gapping-the-winner Naughtytiltheend (Brent Holland), with "Cookie" and "Sue" rounding out the payees. "Roe" faded to seventh.
 
For second choice Ramalama, a 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Our Horse Cents Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her fifth win in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $68.50, with the triple returning $189.
 
The featured trot, also slimmed to seven (Super Manning was a judges' scratch) saw favored DW's NY Yank--from post 6--refused to let anyone else play with him. He enjoyed an open lead at every marker (:28, :57,3, 1:26, 1:54.3). After taking a six-length lead in and out of the final turn, the final margin was a wrapped-up 2 3/4 lengths.
 
Zooming (Bartlett) did get into second, with Likeabatoutahell (Eric Goodell), Somebody As (Jeff Gregory) and Bastille (Jim Pantaleano) settling for the remainder. Second-choice Monsignor Flan (Holland)--last week's winner--broke early here and pulled up.
 
For "DW," a 4-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Burke, Howard Taylor and Weaver Brusecemi, he's now 9-for-16 this season. The exacta paid $14.60, the triple returned $68.50 and the superfecta paid $492.50.
 
The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. (Yonkers)
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