River Shark and harness racing driver Mark MacDonald was second-over into sizzling Saturday night fractions, winning Yonkers Raceway $36,000 Open Handicap Pace. Leaving from post position No. 3, he watched the early floor show. Last week's winner - and this week's eight-hole assignee - Sea Venture (George Brennan) was back-fence wide working to the lead.
He made it around Wayne the Lefty (Larry Stalbaum) after a :26.3 opening quarter-mile. Nob Hill High (Jordan Stratton), who had left into a three-hole as the 3-1 favorite, was out and moving again before a :54.4 intermission.
River Shark grabbed that tow going toward the 1:23 three-quarters, as the field closed ranks on the leader. Sea Venture was done in the final turn, with River Shark the first of many to go right by. He won by a length in 1:51.4. Whackamole Hanover (Brent Holland) found room late and grabbed second, with Clear Vision (Jason Bartlett) third. Nob Hill High and Wayne the Lefty rounded out the payees.
For River Shark, a 6-yearoldgelding co-owned by (trainer) Mark Ford, Bob DiNozzi, VIP Internet Stable and EL Lob, he returned $21.40 (seventh choice) for his fifth win in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $100, with the triple returning $423.50.
The Raceway's five-night-per-week (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday) live schedule continues. First post for all programs remains at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule.