Yonkers' Opens To Ideal In Vegas, Backstreet Hanover

Published: February 21, 2014 10:35 pm EST

Yonkers Raceway's pair of "good" Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps - a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all who were up to the assignment - were won by pocket-sitters Ideal In Vegas and Backstreet Hanover.

In play early from post position four, Ideal In Vegas made the first lead for driver Jordan Stratton. She then relinquished it to an out-a-long-way Economy Terror well after a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. It was a :56.3 intermission before Carols Desire moved from fourth. However, Carols Desire only offered cursory pressure in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters.

Economy Terror, as the 9-5 favourite, maintained the lead entering the lane, but the first portion of the race would prove her undoing. Ideal In Vegas ducked in and easily went by. She defeated a third-over Cocoa Beach (Brian Sears) by a half-length in a season's-best 1:54.4. Third went to Lorrie Please.

For second choice Ideal In Vegas, a five-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Anthony Mannino for owner Shore Thing Stables, it was her second win in five seasonal starts. She paid $6.90.

The week's marquee trot saw Calchips Brute leave quickly, working around pole-sitting, lone lass Backstreet Hanover - she the 9-5 favourite - before a :28.2 opening two furlongs. Meanwhile, eight-hole assignee Zooming also left, but found no room at the inn. It was Calchips Brute getting a :58.1 intermission and 1:27.1 three-quarters, with a stubborn Zooming sitting out there and Turtle Express slipping out to race second-over.

The leader remained so in and out of the final turn, but Backstreet Hanover and Eric Carlson were waiting. She edged in inside, getting the jump in a fast-closing Justa Rebel and winning by a neck in 1:56.4. Third went to Calchips Brute.

For Backstreet Hanover, a five-year-old Andover Hall lass owned by David Hamm and trained by Allan Johnson, it was her second win in as four '14 tries She returned $4.40.

(Yonkers Raceway)

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