Double-millionaire One More Laugh and harness racing driver Eric Goodell two-moved and prevailed Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace.
Leaving from post position No. 5 as the 6-5 favorite, One More Laugh made the lead before a :26.4 opening quarter-mile. He yielded to Rock to Glory (Dan Dube) in the second turn, retook, then found a :54.4 half. Code Word (Jason Bartlett) edged from third, though making minimal impact at the 1:23 three-quarters, With Rock to Glory retreating in the pocket, the leader had two lengths turning for home.
He went on to win by a diminishing half-length in 1:52. Second went to Blatantly Good (Mark MacDonald), with Nob Hill High (Jordan Stratton) skimming the cones for third. Unfortunately, he skimmed them a bit too closely (as in went inside a few) and was set down to fifth for his transgression. That moved Code Word and Four Trumps A (Larry Stalbaum) each up one notch.
For One More Laugh, a 5-year-oldgelding trained by Ray Schnittker for co-owners himself, Creative Racing and J & T Silva Stables, he returned $4.40 for his fourth win in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $29.60, with the triple returning $113.
The Raceway continues its normal five-night-per-week live schedule, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule.
by Frank DRUCKER