Western Mac surges late to take Yonkers open pace
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Western Mac, who found the central Jersey raceway named after the mall to his liking, also enjoyed a change venue in Saturday night\'s $30,000 Open Pace at Yonkers Raceway.
With Pat Berry driving for trainer Ernest Adam, Western Mac--leaving from post position No. 5--watched the early part of the performace go on without him.
Royal Man (Greg Grismore) made the lead from the penultimate post in the octet, getting around King Cat Anvil N (Jordan Stratton) before a :27.2 opening stanza He maintained the marker at the :56.4 intermission, before Western Guy (Jason Bartlett) tried it first-over.
That prompted a :28.1 third quarter, with Image of Dawn (Pat Lahcance) poised second-over and Western Mac on that one\'s back.
Royal Man abdicated early stretch, with Image of Dawn first to the throne. However, he was \"overthrone\" by Western Mac, who surged late to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:54. Mr. P B N (Eric Abbatiello) found room to grab third as the slight 2-1 favorite, with Secluded Island (Jim Meittinis) and King Cat Anvil N earning the final pay envelopes.
For Western Mac, a 5-year-old Western Hanover gelding owned by Summersby Stable, it was his fourth victory in six \'08 ventures and third win in the last four tries/ He returned $7.30 (second choice), with the exacta paying $56.50, the triple worth $210 and the superfecta good for $2,291
Satirday\'s card also included six, $12,500 divisions of the third and final preliminary leg inthe Sagamore Hill Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old colts and geldings.
The winners were....
Bob\'s Alibi,g,4 (by His Alibi); co-owners Sylvia Burke, Weaver Bruscemi LLC/trainer Mickey Burke/driver Grismore; 1:54.4/$2.50;
Victory\'s Boy,g,4 (by Artsplace); owner Win for Victory/trainer John Berger/driver Greg Merton; 1:56.1//$5.70;
Chocolate Crush,g,4 (by Quentin Hanover); co-owners (trainer) Phil Klein, Palmieri, Gruber, Hartenstein/driver Jeff Gregory; 1:57.4/$14.80;
Real Platimum,4 (by Real Desire); owner Leonard Buckner/trianer Mark Ford/driver Stephane Bouchard; 1:56.1/$5;
Ain\'t No Hearsay,g,3 (by Final Cheers); owner Wayne Puckett/trainer Jeremy Howard/driver Berry; 1:56.3/$3.60;
Art\'s Image,4 (by Artsplace); co-owners Canzone, DiScala, Adam Victory & Son Stb/trainer Nat Varty/driver Bouchard; 1:55.4/$2.60.
Please note that the $65,000 final of the Petticoat (3- and 4-year-old filles/mares) is set for next Friday, a night before the $67,000 finale of the Sagamore Hill. Next Saturday night also begins the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, a premier Free-For-All event. (Yonkers)