Day At The Track

Plenty of action and speed at Yonkers

05:30 PM 16 Aug 2015 NZST
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Luminosity (George Brennan) took his lifetime mark of 1:53.3 at Yonkers last night Great Vintage Forty Five Red
Luminosity (George Brennan) took his lifetime mark of 1:53.3 at Yonkers last night
Great Vintage
Forty Five Red

What started out as a "mundane" harness racing meeting at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night wound up lending itself to any number of stories and sidebars.

Let's run down the plotlines, shall we...

The Features--A pair of sixes, in Great Vintage (Dan Dube, $6.10) in 1:51.2, and Luminosity (George Brennan, $6.70) in a life-best 1:53.3, won the evening's $48,000 co-features for pacers and trotters, respectively.

The Record-Sharer--Forty Five Red (Mark MacDonald, $4.60) held sway in the $35,000 Open Handicap Pace for 4-year-olds, and he did so in 1:50.1.

That effort matched Crombie A's three-week-old, all-age track record, while setting a new one for Forty Five Red's age group.

The time also matched the son of If I Can Dream's own life-best performance.

The Record-Sharer, Part II--Luminosity's previously-proclaimed 1:53.3 trotting work night equaled that of Melady's Monet for season's fastest locally (set four weeks ago).

The Speed--Ten of the evening's dozen races were essentially won wire-to-wire, or at least by the horse who was moving to the lead at the quarter.

The other two races were won by one out of the pocket and one sitting a three-hole.

The "slowest" of the 10 pacing events went in 1:52.3, while the non-Luminosity trot "trudged home" in 1:55.2.

The Milestone-in-Waiting--Take My Picture, a best-of-the-record while chasing Luminosity in the trotting feature, now has career earnings of $998,386.

The 8-year-old Classic Photo gelding, who once upon a time was a Yonkers Trot runner-up, is technically a millionaire if you throw in his Racing Under Saddle earnings.

The Humans--Dube won four races, Brennan three.

The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (first post 7:10 PM), featuring the $150,224 New York Sire Stakes Lew Barasch Trot (2-year-old colts/geldings).

Frank Drucker

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