YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 30, 2014- Rank outsider Fameous Western (, $67.50) had everything go his way Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace .
Assigned post position No. 2, Fameous Western watched the floor show from a primo table. Pole-given Russley Rascal N (), as the tepid 2-1 favorite, parked Heston Blue Chip () through intervals of :26.4 and :55.1.
Fameous Western was pocketed, with Handsome Henry K () out, then back in. Frankie's Dragon () wound up second over, with Pancetta () behind him. It was "Russley" leading in and out of the 1:23.2 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane.
The leader was about to throw in the towel, with Fameous Western awaiting his turn.
He ducked in, whipping the horse on his back--Dallenbach Hanover ()--by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52.1. "Frankie," Pancetta and Russley Rascal N rounded out the payees.
For Fameous Western, a 6-year-old gelding co-owned by Anita Fialkow & Sandra Presciti and trained by Lance Hudson, it was his 11th win in 27 seasonal starts. The exacta (two biggest prices on the board) paid $735, with the triple returning $3,594.
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