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Legal Litigator Repeats; Five For Manzi

Published: January 17, 2010 1:03 am ET

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Race favourite Legal Litigator lasted on the lead to capture his second consecutive edition $32,000 Open Handicap at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday, and it turned out to be one of five trips to the winner’s circle for driver Cat Manzi.

Ordered outside his six rivals, Legal Litigator was wide early, taking the lead from Lindys Bandit after a 27-second opening quarter-mile. He then rolled by a 55-second intermission and 1:23.2 three-quarters. Jo Pas Wild Card tried it first-up, while Lindys Bandit was bottoming out of the pocket.

All the while, Legal Litigator widened to three lengths turning for home, and he needed most of that. Southwind Tabor, next-to-last early, rallied but missed by a nose. Legal Litigator prevailed in 1:53.1, a tick slower than last week but good enough here. Digital Z Tam rounded out the top three finishers.

For Legal Litigator, a five-year-old Camluck gelding owned by Bob Hamather and trained by Casie Coleman, he returned $4.60 for his second win in three seasonal starts.

The win in the feature was one of five wins on the program for Hall-of-Famer Cat Manzi. The veteran from Freehold, NJ has sat behind more than 13,000 winners to date and has banked more than $1 million in earnings in each of the last 24 seasons.

(Yonkers Raceway)

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