Yonkers wraps up 2017 season
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Yonkers Raceway concluded its 2017 season Sunday (Dec. 17th), with Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett, $16.60) winning a certifiably-strange $40,000 Open Handicap Trot.
The happy half-dozen went as the late-morning opener, which may have proven a bit too early for the two favorites. It was Gural Hanover (George Brennan), as the 4-5 choice, breaking in the first turn, Meanwhile, 9-5 second choice Smalltownthrowdown (Yannick Gingras), after assuming a quick open-length lead, jumped it off down the backside.
That left B Yoyo (Joe Bongiorno) as the default leader, with Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory) pocketed and slow-starting polester Muscles on Fire (Brent Holland) third. After early intervals of :29.1 of :59.2, Melady's Monet took out of fifth.
That one, who had disappointed as the people's preference the past two starts, advanced toward the leader at the 1:28.1 three-quarters.
Melady's Monet took over early in the lane, getting just enough of a 'running start' before Tight Lines found the passing lane. The latter beat the former by a neck in 1:56.4. Gural Hanover, recovering to race second-over, wound up third, with B Yoyo and Muscles on Fire settling for the minors.
The 2018 season is set to begin on Sunday, January 7. Post times to be announced.