YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 13, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by the greatest of ease by odds-on favorite Coraggioso (, $3.10).
In one notch after what figured to be his toughest challenger came up ill, Coraggioso-from post position No, 7-settled in fourth as invading Rossini () slogged through flat sub-sections of 28 seconds and 58 seconds.
Coraggioso eased out, gradually gaining on the leader in and out of a 1:26.3 three-quarters.
Rossini was about to surrender to the people's choice early stretch and Coraggioso widened from there. The final margin was 2Â¾ lengths in 1:55.1. Awesome Valley () snatched second at 30-1, with Rossini, Tall cotton ( ) and Hoorayforvacation ( ) rounded out the payees.
For Coraggioso, a 5-year-old homebred/statebred son ofco-owned by Tom Durkin & Joe Spadaro, and trained by , he returned $4 for his sixth win in 14 seasonal starts (20-for-45 in his career). The exacta paid $45.80, with the triple returning $192.
Note that Saturday's Pick 5 (50-cent base wager, races 5 through 9) shall offer a $10,000 guaranteed pool, spiced with a $2,223 carryover.
The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule is back in business, 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