Day At The Track

"Mary" and "Melady" are best in Friday co-features

12:06 PM 10 May 2014 NZST
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Virgin Mary (#2) comes on to win)
Photo by Mike Lizzi
Melady's Monet and driver Jason Bartlett
Photo by Mike Lizzi
YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 9, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's rank outsider Virgin Mary (Matt Kakaley) and favored Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett) were the toasts of the town Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $38,000 Open Handicaps.

Virgin Mary, given a perfect second-over sojourn in the distaff derby, picked off her tow, Monkey on My Wheel (Brian Sears). The margin was a neck in a moist 1:54.

"Monkey," ordered behind the eight-ball after four wins and a second in her last five tries, settled in fourth.

She saw Keystone Wanda (Brent Holland), Cocoa Beach (Jordan Stratton) and Fast and Feisty (Dan Dube) all leave inside of her. After early intervals of :27.2 and :57.1, Monkey on My Wheel was out again, engaging Cocoa Beach in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters.

Monkey on My Wheel put the leader her away soon after, opening to a length-and-a-half in the lane. However, Virgin Mary--hitching a ride from post position No. 2--did go on by. Fashion Mystery (Eric Carlson), slight 19-10 choice Krispy Apple (Bartlett) and Fast and Feisty completed the cashers.

For "Mary," a 6-year-old Village Jolt homebred owned by Howard Taylor and trained by Tom Shay, she returned an even $50 for her third win in 10 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $298.50, with the triple returning $2,162.

The week's marquee trot was a two-speed number, with 13-10 choice Melady's Monet--from post No. 4--and Lorenzo Dream (Sears) lined up. The latter worked around the former (:28.4, :58.2, 1:27.2), with Bonus Trot Series champ Itzaziam (Pat Berry) moving from third.

"Lorenzo," up by half-length in the out of the final turn, had the measure of Itzaziam, but not Melady's Monet. The latter ducked inside, whipping Lorenzo Dream by a half-length in a season's-best 1:56. Itzaziam held well for third despite the big class hike, with Fortunista (Carlson) and Ray Hall (Brent Holland) settling for the remainder.

For "Melady," a 5-year-old Revenue S gelding owned by Melady Enterprises and trained by Taylor Gower, he returned $4.70 for his third win in 13 '14 tries. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $13.80, the triple returned $59.50 and the superfecta paid $224.50

Yonkers Raceway Free Money Alert...a $10,518.87 double-carryover in the Pick 5 wager means a $25,000 guaranteed pool for Saturday night (50-cent base wager on races 5 thru 9, so go study).

by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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