Pricevalleyrevitup Wins Open Trot

Published: November 12, 2010 10:19 pm EST

Western Graduate (George Brennan), the fastest lass in the history of Yonkers Raceway, won Friday night's co-featured $38,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace


Leaving from post position No. 6 as the just-under-even-money favourite, Western Graduate watched a three-headed early scrum in the presence of Hannah Isabel (Cat Manzi), Breakheart Pass (Jason Bartlett) and Jasperthat A (Ryan Anderson).

Jasperthat A made the lead around "Hannah" before a testing :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Coming to the :57.3 intermission, longshot Queen Of Heaven N (Jim Marshall III) moved with purpose. She went past Jasperthat A right at the 1:25.4 three-quarters, taking a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane.

All the while, millionaire Western Graduate was gapping second-over before getting the memo in mid-stretch. The people's preference eventually went by, defeating Queen Of Heaven N by a half-length in 1:54. Hannah Isabel, Ideal Newton (Jordan Stratton) and Park Avenue (Tyler Buter) completed the cashers.

For Western Graduate, a six-year-old Western Hanover miss trained by Lou Pena for KDM Stables, she returned $3.90 for her 10th win in 34 seasonal starts (fifth in last six tries). The exacta paid $58, with the triple returning $252.50. Western Graduate's 1:51.3 effort at Yonkers in late July is the local, all-age distaff record.

Friday night's co-featured $38,000 Open Handicap Trot saw 9-10 Pricevalleyrevitup (Manzi) prevail in a solid effort.

Leaving from post No. 3, "Pricevalley" worked a give-and-go with KLM Express (Marshall), the latter out past the :28.3 opening fraction and into the second turn. Pricevalleyrevitup regained the lead before a :57.4 mid-point, then had S F Aceinthehole (Bartlett) challenge toward the 1:26.2 three-quarters.

Pricevalleyrevitup clung to a short lead turning for home, eventually widening to win by three lengths in 1:56.1. KLM Express and Donttellmywife (Brennan) wound up in a dead-heat for second (the latter closing from last), with Light Headed (Dan Dube) and Mr Invincible (Stratton) rounding out the payees.

For Pricevalleyrevitup, a four-year-old Revenue S gelding trained by Nik Drennan for Ontario co-owners Aden Peake and Rhonda Rich, he returned $3.80 for his eighth win in 23 '10 tries. The exactas paid $7.60 (KLM Express second) and $11.80 (Dontellmywife second), with the triples returnung $38.20 (KLM Express/Dontyellmywife) and $59 (Donttellmywufe/KLM Express).

(Yonkers Raceway)