YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 31, 2013--Canadian invader Michael's Power (
The lone leaver--from post position No. 6--Brennan and the favorite had things all their own way. Waltzing through qualifier-like early fractions of :27.4 and :57.1, last season's Little Brown Jug and Confederation Cup winner had 'em right where he wanted 'em.
It was Malak Uswaad N ( ) taking a shot from fourth going toward the 1:25 three-quarters, but he was rebuffed. The leader, with a length-and-a-half advantage turning for home, completed a :26.4 final quadrant (1:51.4) to prevail by a comfy length-and-a-quarter.
China Grill outdid Flem N Em N for second, with Domethatagain ( ) and Malak Uswaad N rounding out the payees.
For locally-debuting Michael's Power, a 4-year-old homebred gelding owned by Jeff Snyder and trained by , it was his third win in seven seasonal starts (career 18-for-30, earnings of $1,546,817). The exacta paid $16.20, with the triple returning $63.
The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday (including Labor Day), Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule (note that Saratoga Race Course ends Monday, with Belmont Park opening next Saturday).
by Frank Drucker