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Sea Venture's 1:51 equals YR track mark

May 06, 2012

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Sea Venture (George Brennan) equaled the Yonkers Raceway track record in winning the $33,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night. His final time of 1:51 equaled the mark for 4-year-old geldings. 
Leaving from post position No. 3, he watched as Whackamole Hanover (Brent Holland) played leapfrog on the lead with River Shark (catch-driver Cat Manzi). The former retook from the latter after a :26.3 opening quarter-mile and before a :55.3 intermission.
Sea Venture was out and moving from fourth, grabbing the lead before a 1:22.4 three-quarters (:27.1 third quarter). He opened 2½ lengths turning for home, then hit wire 3½ lengths ahead of the gang in 1:51. That mile matched the fastest local effort of the season and in addition to setting a track record for 4-year-old geldings.
The early combatants, "Whackamole" and River Shark, held for second and third, respectively, with tepid 5-2 favorite Samandar (Jordan Stratton) and Code Word (Jason Bartlett) rounding out the payees.
For Sea Venture, a son of Western Terror co-owned by (trainer) Lou Pena and Racing Team of America, he returned $8.20 (second choice) for his fourth win in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $41.60, with the triple returning $220.50.  (Yonkers)
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