Day At The Track

$45,000 co-featured Open Handicaps

03:04 PM 02 Oct 2016 NZDT
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Americanprimetime matched the all-age track record of 1:50.1 Wings of Royalty Melmerby Beach
Americanprimetime matched the all-age track record of 1:50.1
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Wings of Royalty, a 4-year-old son of RC Royalty
Chris Brokate Photo
Melmerby Beach, a 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere
Chris Brokate Photo

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 1, 2016 -- A pocketed Wings of Royalty (Steve Smith, $17) and a first-up Melmerby Beach (Dan Dube, $12.40) tickled the twine Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's first-of-the-month harness racing $45,000 co-featured Open Handicaps.

Wings of Royalty worked out a cozy trip from the post position No. 3, nestled in behind a four-wide-early Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett) in the week's marquee trot.

The 3-4 choice led through intervals of :27.1, :57.1 and 1:26, hounded by Money Maven (Brent Holland) entering the lane. 'Melady' put away that rival, but was beaten up the inside by a pair of others.

Wings of Royalty whipped E R Ellie (Jordan Stratton) by a half-length in 1:55.1, with Melady's Monet tiring to third. Luminosity (George Brennan) and Money Maven rounded out the payees.

For fourth choice Wings of Royalty, a 4-year-old son of RC Royalty owned by Ray Campbell Jr. and trained by George Ducharme, it was his fifth win 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $143.50, with the triple returning $512.

As for Melmerby Beach, he moved from fourth in the weekly pacing feature. He moved to challenge Winds of Change (Holland), who had quarter-moved around Lucan Hanover (Eric Goodell).

The leader (:27.2, :56.3, 1:24.1) was dueled into submission in and out of the final turn, with Melmerby Beach taking over and holding sway. He defeated a second-up, slight 2-1 fave Polak A (Joe Bongiorno) by three-quarter of a length.

Dream Out Loud N (Tyler Buter) was a ground-saving third, with Mach it So (Bartlett) and Winds of Change settling for the remainder. The cashers were separated by just a length-and-a-half, while the entire octet was divided by just 3¼ lengths.

For fourth choice Melmerby Beach, a 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere owned and trained by Ettore Annunziata, he's now 5-for-32 this season. The exacta paid $100, the triple returned $400 and the superfecta paid $1,511.

In between the co-features, out popped Americanprimtime (Stratton, $7.20), who beat up his rivals by seven lengths in the $35,000 4-Year-Old Open Handicap Pace. The time of 1:50.1 matched the all-age track record (Crombie A, Forty Five Red, Limelight Beach and Go Daddy Go).

The son of American Ideal is trained by Rick Dane Jr. for Rock&Roll Stable.

Frank Drucker

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