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Yonker's co-featured $35,000 Opens

05:24 PM 01 Feb 2015 NZDT
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Sapphire City annexed the Open Handicap Pace in rallying fashion Count Me In left nothing to chance in the week's marquee trot
Sapphire City annexed the Open Handicap Pace in rallying fashion
Sean Hamrock Photo
Count Me In left nothing to chance in the week's marquee trot
Sean Hamrock Photo

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 31, 2015 - Sapphire City  and harness racing driver Eric Carlson, and Count Me In (George Brennan, $4.80) divided Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night glory, winning the co-featured $35,000 Open Handicaps.

Sapphire City annexed the Open Handicap Pace in rallying fashion. Working out a second-over trip from post position No. 6, he was chasing 4-5 choice Doctor Butch (Brian Sears). That one had to wait his turn before making front (:28.2, :58.1), getting around second choice Mickey Hanover (Dan Dube)

Sapphire City, towed in behind Classic Gent (Stephane Bouchard), was able to slip to the cones when "Mickey" dropped anchor before a 1:27 three-quarters.

Doctor Butch owned a short lead into the lead, but was in trouble from both sides. Sapphire City ducked inside, getting the jump on a from-last Take it Back Terry (Brennan). The former whipped the latter by a half-length in 1:55.1. Doctor Butch faded to third, with Flem N Em N (Jason Bartlett) and Classic Gent rounding out the payees.

For fourth choice Sapphire City, a 7-year-old Metropolitan gelding trained by Paul Blumenfeld for co-owners Centaur Stable and Jordan Sklut, it was his first win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $108, with the triple returning $334.50.

Second choice Count Me In left nothing to chance in the week's marquee trot, going the distance from post No. 3 in equal halves (:27.3, :58, 1:26.4, 1:56).

With pole-assigned In Nomine Patri (Jim Marshall III) doing just enough to keep the pocket, two-time defending champ Not Afraid (Dube) was wrangled back in third. The 4-5 fave saw Count Me In widen down the backside, taking a four-length lead in and out of the final turn. Count Me In was a safe winner, holding off Not Afraid by a never-threatened half-length.

In Nomine Patri, Murmur Hanover (Pat Lachance) and Dancehall Mistress (Sears) settled for the remainder.

For Count Me In, a 6-year-old Full Count gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Michelle Yanek, he's now 3-for-4 this season. The exacta paid $10.80, the triple returned $36.60 and the superfecta paid $109.50.

The Raceway's live season continues (weather permitting) Monday (7:10 PM), then Tuesday (1 PM) and Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM).

YONKERS RESCHEDULES FRIDAY DRAW

Due to more impending bad weather supposedly descending upon the greater New York area, Yonkers Raceway has rescheduled its draw for the Friday (Feb. 6) program. That draw, originally going Monday (Feb. 2), is now taking place Sunday (Feb. 1). Box closes at 10 AM.

Please be advised that as of this writing, there are no other changes to the live racing and draw schedules (updates if/ when necessary).

For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627.

Frank Drucker

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