YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 22, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 co-featured Opens--a handicap for harness racing distaff pacers and a blind draw all socially-acceptable trotters--were won by odds-on numbers Robin Cruiser (, $3.70) and Bee A Magician (, $3.10).
From penultimate post position No. 6, Robin Cruiser was in the game early, yielding to outside assignee Summertime Lea (). just after a 27-second opening quarter-mile. Social Scene (Sears) was away third.
After a 55-second half and before a 1:23.3 three-quarters, "Lea" was getting only mile pressure from a first-up Krispy Apple (). The lead was length-and-a-quarter into the lane. However, she tired mid-stretch, passed on the inside by Robin Cruiser and on the outside by a fast-closing Crazy on You (). The former beat the latter by a neck in 1:52.3, with Summertime Lea, the filly Fanticipation () and Krispy Apple rounding out the payees.
For Robin Cruiser, a 5-year-old homebred daughter of owned by Pinske Stables and trained by , it was her sixth win in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $74.50, with the triple returning $345.50.
...and then there was the week's featured trot, where the name above the marquee was one Bee A Magician.
The reigning Harness Horse of the Year, in her first Westchester work night-and just third career half-mile excursion-took to the four turns like a veteran.
Winning the draw, she allowed the 2013 Yonkers Trot champ Dewycolorintheline (Stratton) to throw the first salvo. Bee A Magician then secured the lead after a :28.1 first station. From there, a waltz--around :59.3 middle half (:58.4 intermission, 1:27.4) gave the lass three lengths in and out of the final turn. Millionaire four times over Arch Madness () was the first to move, trotting in place from fourth before Somebody As (Dan Dube) tried his luck advancing modestly from third.
A :27.1 chaser closed the sale by 3Â¾ lengths in 1:55...a new track record for her division. Somebody As won the scrum for second, with "Dewy," Tober (Bartlett) and Arch Madness rounding out the payees
For Bee A Magician, a 4-year-old daughter of trained by for co-owners David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Herb Liverman, she's now 2-for-8 this season (career 29-for-38 with earnings a shade under $2.5 million)
"She handled the track perfectly, and I'm hoping she returns," Sears said of the first HOY to race here after winning the award since Gallo Blue Chip (won HOY in 2000, raced here twice in '03).
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.
by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway