YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 24, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Opens--a blind draw Pace for the ladies and a handicapped Trot for all with the requisite resume--were won by a first-up Carol's Desire (, $20.60) and another first-up Cowgirl Hall ( , $6.30).
After pole-sitting Keeper's Destiny () strung out both slight 2-1 choice Lorrie Please ( ) and 24-1 shot Mandy's Mattjesty (Brennan), it was "Mandy" taking over. She made the lead passing a 28-second flat opening quarter-mile, then found a :57.2 intermission.
Carol's Desire--starting from post position No. 3--moved from fifth, with Stage it Right () on his tail. Mandy's Mattjesty maintained the lead in and out of a 1:26.1 three-quarters, with a length advantage entering the lane.
However, her fan club would be leaving soon. Carol's Desire continued her grind, eventually holding off Stage it Right by a nose in 1:55.3. Third went to an angled-out Keeper's Destiny, with a seam-squeezing Ideal in Vegas () and "Mandy" rounding out the payees.
For fifth choice Carol's Desire, a 4-year-old daughter ofco-owned by Richard J. Banca and M T Wallet Enterprises and trained by Rich Banca, it was her first win in two seasonal starts. The exacta paid $169.50, with the triple returning $770.
The week's marquee trot saw last week's winner, Zooming (), in play early. He worked around Lorenzo's Dream (Goodell), finding early intervals of :28.4 and :59. As for Cowgirl Hall, she left into a five-hole from post No. 7.
"Cowgirl," the 2-1 fave as the lone lass, then took up the chase. She engaged Zooming by the1:28.2 three-quarters in and old-fashioned match race. Zooming fought the tough fight, but it was ladies first. Cowgirl Hall prevailed over Zooming by a neck in 1:56.4, with Lorenzo Dream, War Cry Hall (Bartlett) and Likeabatoutahell (Sears) settling for the small change.
For fifth choice Cowgirl Hall, a 5-year-old daughter ofco-owned (as Burke Racing by (trainer) , Weaver Bruscemi, Jack Piatt and Michael Rosenthal, it was her third win in as many '14 tries (5-for-5 since the barn change) . The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $25.60, the triple returned $137.50 and the superfecta paid $593.
Friday night's handle for the dozen races was $1,232,873, a single-program high thus far in 2014.
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.