Red Hot Herbie takes Yonkers Open Trot
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At the outset, Red Hot Herbie—from post position three—found himself in behind Springbank San N (Jordan Stratton) as that one led through early intervals of :28.2 and :58.3. Lady’s Dude (George Brennan), as the 17-10 favorite, then moved from third.
That one engaged ‘Sam’ in and out of a 1:27.1 three-quarters, with B Yoyo (Joe Bongiorno) gapped a bit from second-over. Springbank Sam N had the lead off the final turn for the third consecutive start and he failed to win for the third consecutive start.
He did however, send ‘Herbie’ into the passing lane, where he whipped a rallying In Secret (Matt Kakaley) by a neck in 1:56.3. Lady’s Dude held third, with a ground-saving Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett) and B Yoyo settling for the remainder. Springbank Sam N faded to seventh among the octet.
The feature went as the opener of an all-trot, 11-race card, seven of which carried the ‘French’ theme (overflow fields and the 1-1/4 mile distance).
For second choice Red Hot Herbie, a 7-year-old Here Comes Herbie gelding co-owned as Allard Racing by trainer Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby and Edward Reppucci, it was his fourth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $110.50, with the triple returning $697.
Since no one took down Sunday afternoon’s Pick-5, Monday night’s (March 13) gimmick begins with a carryover of $1,025.27 (50-cent base wager, races seven through 11).
This installment of the ‘New York, New York Double’ resulted in a combination of 8-Two Term Max (Aqueduct’s third race) and 10-Defi Normand (Yonkers’ sixth race), which paid $82 for each correct $1 wager. Total pool was $5,736.
A reminder there is also racing next Sunday (March 19), with first post at 12:30 p.m.