YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 8, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps-for distaff pacers and all certifiably-credentialed trotters--were won by wagering choices Monkey on My Wheel (, $4.90) and Somebody As (Dan Dube, $6.60).
Monkey on My Wheel left for a seat from post position No. 6. She saw Summertime Lea () take over from My Ideal Hanover ( ) before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. However, a protracted move to the front by Monkey on My Wheel gave her the lead before a :56.1 intermission.
From there, some first-up pressure by Fashion Mystery () through a :27.3 third quarter (1:23.4) might have softened Monkey on My Wheel a bit. She owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but was getting leg-weary late.
However, the class of the lass showed up, and "Monkey" held sway by a half-length in 1:52.1. Summertime Lea held second, with Virgin Mary () closing from seventh to grab third. Rockaround Sue ( ) and Robin Cruiser ( ) came away with the minor moolah (first five finishers separated by three-quarters of a length).
For Monkey on My Wheel, 6-year-old homebred millionaires daughter ofowned by Mac Nichol and trained by , it was her ninth win (30th lifetime) in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $11.60, with the triple returning $145.50.
The week's marquee trot saw invading Somebody As-from post No. 2-sit pocketed to inside assignee Son of Nordic (Goodell). That one led to the lane off intervals of :27.4, :57 and 1:25.2, dismissing the weak advances from Neighsay Hanover (Stratton). "Nordic" had a length-and-a-half in and out of the final turn, but company was coming.
Somebody As snuck inside, getting to the wire a half-length ahead of a third-up Bound for Fame () in 1:55. Lorenzo Dream (Sears) rallied for third, with Tober (Bartlett) and Hoorayforvacation (Carlson) settling for the remainder.
For Somebody As, a 5-year-oldgelding trained by Annette Lorentzon for co-owners Acl Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson, he's now 3-for-12 this season. The exacta paid $35.60, the triple returned $368.50 and the superfecta paid $1,796.
As for Friday's Pick 5, $28,934.05 was wagered into a double carryover of $11,305.67, with the resulting combination of 5-6-1-2-4 paying $2,086.25 for every winning half-dollar.
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.
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