Day At The Track

Shark Gesture lass wins $35,000 feature

06:07 PM 24 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Favored Set Me Up and George Brennan
Favored Set Me Up and George Brennan
Jelena Gerga Photo

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 23, 2015-Favored Set Me Up (George Brennan, $5.40) finished what she started Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.

In play early from post position No. 3, Set Me Up-beaten choice a week ago-marched around Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance), then waltzed through Westchester (:28.2, :58.4, 1:27.1).

In the interim, last week's victress, Spirit of Desire (Jason Bartlett), was trying it first-up, moving from fourth. Set Me Up had a length-and-a-half entering the lane, then fended off "Jillian" in a two-speed number. The final margin was a half-length in 1:55. Spirit of Desire held third, with Palm Patrol (Mark MacDonald) and Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton) completing the cashers. Pole-assigned Nefertiti Bluechip (Matt Kakaley) settled for valuable experience, which figures to serve her well later in life.

For Set Me Up, a 6-year-old daughter of Shark Gesture co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her second win in three seasonal starts The exacta paid $21.40, with the triple returning $55.50.

The Raceway's live season continues night Saturday (post time 7:10 PM, weather permitting). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note the next Sunday matinee is Feb. 22. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily.

Frank Drucker

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