YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 25, 2014--Sapphire City () made amends Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace.
The race took on a different description early as 7-5 favorite Bettor's Edge () jumped it off early. Those who minded their manners were led by last week's pocket winner, Lumberjack Willie ( ).
That one worked around Sapphire City--who left from post position No. 3--before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. A cheapy, 29-second next interval (:56.1 half) before Fat Man's Alley () moved from fourth. He just sat out there though another 29-second sub-station (1:25.1 three-quarters).
It was "Willie" taking a two-length lead into the lane, but he could not close the seal, Sapphire City, fading on the lead at 7-10 a week ago, closed ranks and went by, as did a stubborn Fat Man's Alley. The former whipped the latter by a length in 1:54, with Lumberjack Willie, Dream Out Loud N () and Money Twitch A ( ) settling for the remainder.
For Sapphire City, a 6-year-oldgelding trained by Paul Blumenfeld for co-owners Jordan Sklut and Centaur Stables, he returned $13.40 (third choice) for his first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $54.50, with the triple returning $228.
Special Saturday props to rank outsider Nathan Feelsgood (Carlson), who authored a 46-1 upset in the $17,500, ninth-race pace at 46-1. The $95.50 win mutuel was a season-high thus far in 2014.
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.