Day At The Track

Brian Sears sweeps both features at Yonkers

02:19 PM 28 Jun 2014 NZST
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Monkey On My Wheel, harness racing Lorenzo Dream, harness racing
Monkey On My Wheel and driver Brian Sears
Photo by Mike Lizzi
Lorenzo Dream and Brian Sears
Photo by Mike Lizzi

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 27, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps-for distaff pacers and all-welcome trotters-- were won by millionairess Monkey on My Wheel (Brian Sears, $3.40) and Lorenzo Dream (Sears again, $12.80)

Odds-on choice Monkey on My Wheel, whose assigned eight-hole became post position No. 7 after Krispy Apple came up ill, was immediately put in play. She worked around pole-given Handsoffmycookie (Dan Dube), taking the lead before a :28.2 opening quarter-mile.

From there, it was a :57.3 half before Road Bet (Eric Carlson) moved from fifth. Monkey on My Wheel then found a 1:25.4 three-quarters, a couple of lengths to the good turning for home. An off-cover Virgin Mary (Eric Goodell) closed stoutly, but the people's choice was tough. She held sway by a neck in 1:53.3.

Road Bet, Camille (George Brennan) and Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton) came away with the remainder.

For "Monkey," a 6-year-old homebred daughter of Mach Three owned by Mac Nichol and trained by Casie Coleman, it was her seventh win in 16 seasonal starts (career earning just shy of $1.5 million). The exacta paid $26.60, with the triple returning $156.50.

The week's marquee trot saw "Lorenzo" make the first lead from post No. 7. He then had a wide-early 3-5 choice DW's NY Yank (Brennan) get around a breaking Tober (Jason Bartlett) and make the lead before a :27.4 first sub-station. He then found next intervals of :57.4 and 1:27.2, taking a length lead in and out of the final turn.

However, Lorenzo Dream edged in and went by late, picking off the favorite by a neck in 1:55.4. Harbor Point (Dube), a tough-trip Zooming (Goodell) and Hoorayforvacation (Carlson) settled for the small change.

For third choice Lorenzo Dream, a 7-year-old Taurus Dream gelding owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained by Julie Miller, it was his sixth win in 17 '14 starts. The exacta paid $23.80, the triple returned $263.50 and the superfecta paid $463.50.

Note that since no one hit Friday's 50-cent Pick 5, Saturday's wager offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool (carryover of $2,728.32).

The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule is back in business, 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.

By Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway


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