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Popular Picks Delivers In Yonkers Opens

Published: October 1, 2011 12:51 am ET

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Lightning Treasure, driven by Dan Dube, patient from the three-hole Friday night, ducked inside en route to winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $52,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.

Leaving from the pylons, she watched as Panagler (George Brennan) outleft her seven inside rivals. That one made the lead, only to yield to 17-10 favourite Billmar Scooter (Eric Goodell) right at the :27-second opening quarter-mile. The people's preference then found a :55.4 half and 1:25 three-quarters, with Western Graduate (Jim Pantaleano) brutalized first-over.

All the while, Billmar Scooter opened to two and a half lengths turning for home, but the wheels began to wobble. With Panagler angling out, Lightning Treasure went inside, drawing even with the leader around the 1:53.2 mile marker before going by. Lightning Treasure edged away by a length and a half, getting the mile-and-one-sixteenth in 2:00.2.

Billmar Scooter saved second, with Fox Valley Sage (Jordan Stratton), Full Picture (Jason Bartlett)--both of those floated wide behind a stopping Western Graduate--and Feeling You (Cat Manzi) rounding out the payees.

For Lightning Treasure, a six-year-old daughter of Western Ideal owned by Lightning Stable and trained by Keith Armer, she returned $5.60 (second choice) for her eighth win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $15.60, with the triple returning $68.50.

With the rain now officially in attendance, Friday night's co-featured $52,000 Open Handicap Trot saw 4-5 choice Looking Hanover and Brennan parlay a second over trip into a place in the local record books.

Leaving from post No. 6, "Looking" dropped in fourth as pole-sitting Zitomira (Jacqueline Ingrassia) seated Speed Bomb (Pantaleano) before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Pilgrims Chuckie (Dube) also tried to leave, but jumped it off.

Meanwhile, the mare and ma'am led the boys through a :57.1 half and 1:26.1 three-quarters, but company was coming. Coach Fox (Larry Stalbaum) towed Looking Hanover into the race, and ultimately, into the winner's circle.

Looking Hanover vaulted three-deep, taking a three and a half length lead into the lane. He hit the mile in 1:54.2 (which would be a flat-mile record, for what that's worth) before finishing the extra-sixteenth in 2:01.4...a new track number for aged geldings at the added distance. The final margin was six and three-quarter lengths over Grain Of Truth (Jeff Gregory), with KLM Express (Jim Marshall III) third. Hurrikanebiggeorge (Goodell) and Zitomira came away with the minor spoils.

For Looking Hanover, a six-year-old Muscles Yankee gelding co-owned by Dawn Marie Gannon and Yannick Gingras and trained by Ed Gannon Jr., he returned $3.70 for his fifth win in 21 '11 tries. The exacta paid $61, the triple returned $311.50 and the superfecta paid $1,253.

(Yonkers Raceway)

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