Day At The Track

Never underestimate the appeal of a walkover

11:56 AM 07 Sep 2018 NZST
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Windsun Magnolia, harness racing
Windsun Magnolia and driver Jim Marohn Jr. line up all alone behind the starting gate
Mike Lizzi photo

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 6, 2018-There say there's a story everywhere (hey, just buy the premise) and Yonkers Raceway proved that again Thursday night.

Sometime around 5:30 in the early evening, Windsun Magnolia had the track all to herself in a good, old-fashioned walkover. The $6,100 lower-level New York Sire Stakes Excelsior event attracted her and her alone.

If there's an easier way to break one's maiden, we'd be hard-pressed to find it. Windsun Magnolia, a 3-year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar, entered with a career 0-for-16, with all but one of those starts coming this season. For her part, Windsun Magnolia toured the turns in 1:58 for her first victory.

The event's uniqueness caught the attention of WCBS-TV (Ch. 2) sports anchor Steve Overmyer, who came out to do a story about the 'lonely' lass.

Overmyer, who earlier this season did a feature-and subsequent updates-about Foiled Again's quest for his 100th career win, discussed the 'race' with driver Jim Marohn Jr.

"She's pretty happy to be here," a wry Marohn Jr. said in the winner's circle, with Mother Nature raining on the parade. "I think she (Windsun Magnolia, not Mother Nature) knows what she did.

"It was a lot more fun that I thought it would be."

A copy of the race (hers was the first non-bettor) can be found at

The WCBS-TV story may be viewed at

by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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