Double-millionaire One More Laugh (Pat Lachance) authored a repeat harness racing performance Saturday night (September 1), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Assigned post position No. 5, One More Laugh waited his turn, taking over from 17-10 favorite Sapphire City (Brent Holland) just after a :26.4 opening quarter-mile.
He rated a 56-second intermission before getting a first-up challenge from Blatantly Good (Larry Stalbaum). The leader remained the leader--albeit slightly--in and out a 1:24.3 three-quarters, then held that stubborn foe off to prevail by a length-and-a-half. The mile of 1:52.1 was a tick slower than a week ago.
Aussie Reactor (Jordan Stratton), Dancin' Yankee (Jim Pantaleano) and Whogoesfirst (Cat Manzi) rounded out the payees.
Sapphire City wound up breaking in the pocket and finishing last.
For One More Laugh, a 5-year-oldgelding trained by Ray Schnittker for co-owners himself, Creative Racing and J & T Silva Stables, he returned $9.20 (third choice) for his fifth win in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $50.50, with the triple returning $159.
The Raceway continues its normal five-night-per-week live schedule, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule.
by Frank DRUCKER