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The Cat-Man Sweeps Opens At Yonkers

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Published: February 6, 2009 11:21 pm ET

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Cat Manzi made his customary weekly trips both across the river and into the winner's circle, as he took both $31,000 co-featured Open Handicaps, part of Yonkers Raceway's 11-race Friday extravaganza.

American Lane, given last week off, made it two consecutive featured trot victories.

Ordered outside his seven rivals, the favourite lagged last early before working out a third-over trip. American Lane then rolled off cover, edging to win by a length and three quarters in 1:58.1.

Indiana Hall (Jeff Gregory) rallied from seventh to grab second, with Rusmore Hanover (Brent Holland), Light Headed (Sam Caruso, Jr.) and last week's winner, Pablo Angus (Dan Cappello, Jr.), completing the cashers.

For American Lane, a seven-year-old Primrose Lane gelding trained by Carl Cito, Jr. for co-owners David Scharf and Jerry Silva, he returned $4.60 for his second win in four seasonal starts.

Reformed claimer Nip N Attack employed the same social schedule as her stablemate, American Lane.

After winning the distaff derby two weeks ago, "Nip" enjoyed some R&R and then won again.

Nip N Attack two-moved to the lead from Post 5 and was never seriously threatened. The 2-1 favourite held a pylon-skimming Leanback Coco (Cappello Jr.) at bay by a length and three quarters in 1:54.3.

Pancleefandarpels (Jason Bartlett), Symphony in Motion (Holland) and Saymynamesaymyname (Jordan Stratton) also made money.

For Nip N Attack, a five-year-old daughter of On the Attack trained by Cito for co-owners Keith Motusesky and Manzi's better half, Ellen, she paid $6.10 for her second win in four '09 tries.

(Yonkers)


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