"Santamonica," the upstate scourge making her first local try since late March, floated out from post position No. 6 (in one notch after an inside defection) before taking back. She saw the two (7-5) wagering choices in favored Summertime Lea () and Shelliscape ( ) in play early with intervals of :27 and :55.3.
Virgin Mary () moved from fifth, with Little Santamonica on that one's tail. However, it remainder Shelliscape's race in and out of the 1:24.3 three-quarters, taking a length lead in and out of the final turn. Summertime Lea dove inside, but she wasn't the problem. It was Little Santamonica tipping wide and going by, whipping a game Virgin Nary by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.2.
Shelliscape faded to third, with Summertime Lea and Keystone Wanda () rounded out the payees.
For Little Santamonica, a 5-year-old daughter ofowned by Kelly Dawn Hope and trained by Jordan Hope, she returned $21.20 (fourth choice) for her eighth win (fifth consecutive) in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $139.50, with the triple returning $685.
The week's marquee trot saw even-money favorite Coraggioso wide early from behind the eight-ball, but wrapped up late. He worked around Tober (Bartlett), then threw down the gauntlet to the tune of :28.1, :57.1, 1:26.2 and 1:55.
The final margin was a drifting three-quarters of a length, but the final result was never up for debate. Tober chased and held second, with Awesome Valley (Brennan), Swishnflick () and Harbor Point ( ) coming away with the remainder.
For Coraggioso, a 5-year-old homebred/statebred son ofco-owned by Tom Durkin & Joe Spadaro, and trained by , he returned $4 for his fifth win in 13 '14 tries (up and over $600,000 in career earnings). The exacta paid $16.60, the triple returned $86 and the superfecta paid $291.
The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon
Simulcasting available daily. Note that Saturday's card features eliminations for both the Art Rooney Pace (3-year-colts/geldings) and its companion event, the Lismore (3-year-old fillies).
by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway