For the second straight year, owner/breeder Fiddler's Creek Stables, trainer Travis Alexander, and driver Matt Kakaley won the $261,730 MGM Grand Messenger Stakes final at Yonkers Raceway to begin the Triple Crown of Pacing for three-year-old colts and geldings, with Pleaseletmeknow prevailing from first-up in 1:51.3.
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"My gameplan was just to push and hope for a spot. If Yannick was getting around Dexter too easy, maybe we were going to have to push the pace a little bit, but it went the way I thought it would," remarked Kakaley. "Dexter protected the two-hole and we found a spot in fourth. I was pretty confident once we could be first-over. This colt, he doesn't give up. He's just a little fella, but he gets around a half so good. The half-mile track is probably a little bit to his advantage."
Pleaseletmeknow is an American Ideal gelding, and he has eight victories from 13 career starts. He pushed his bankroll to $362,324 and paid $9.40 to win.
"He's come along in a big way. Last year, he was awful training down, and we didn't stake him very much," said Alexander, who conditioned American Courage to victory in the 2021 edition of the MGM Grand Messenger. "Once he saw the starting gate he took off.
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The 4-5 favourite Wickedly Innocent (Todd McCarthy) came out of the pocket and took over the lead from
On the final bend Wickedly Innocent managed to stave off Gotthegreenlight, but Gotthegreenlight was able to forge her way into the lead in the upper part of the stretch. However, Wine N Dine Me angled out and was able to chase down Gotthegreenlight at the wire, with the photo finish camera unable to separate them. Wickedly Innocent had to settle for third.
A daughter of American Ideal bred by Stephen Dey, Gotthegreenlight is trained by Richard ‘Nifty’
Scott Di Domenico trains Wine N Dine Me, a