Favored The Real One (Pat Lachance, $5.60) went by a stubborn leader before holding off the back markers Saturday night (Nov. 11), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Open Handicap Pace.
Sitting chilly from post position four as the temps hovered around freezing, The Real One watch pole-sitting Bakersfield (Greg Merton) stuff an antsy Orillia Joe (Brent Holland) in behind, then rebuff a second-move by Dr. J Hanover (Brian Sears). All this fun came during ‘flat’ early intervals of :27 and :56.
Down the backside the second time, The Real One moved from fifth, circling wide around a retreating Dr. J Hanover and setting after Bakersfield. He had that one in his sights at a 1:24.4 three-quarters, taking over soon after.
The Real One owned a short lead into the lane, getting ‘first run’ against both Caviart Luca (George Brennan) and Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton). He whipped the former by a neck in 1:53, with the latter third, beaten 1-1/4 lengths. Thisjetsabookin’ (Jason Bartlett) and Orillia Joe settled for the minors.
For The Real One, a veteran 7-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by his driver for owner Helene Filion, it was his sixth win in 23 seasonal starts (career earnings over $900,000). The exacta paid $39.40, with the triple returning $106.
Reminder that ‘French’ Sunday matinees return tomorrow (Nov. 12), with first post at 11:25 a.m. (Yonkers)