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Yonkers Opens To Campanile & Obrigado

Published: August 30, 2014 12:03 am ET

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Yonkers Raceway’s Friday night $44,000 co-featured Opens -- a handicap for distaff pacers and a blind draw for all trotters who passed initiation -- were won by rank outsider Campanile (Eric Carlson, $58.50) and Obrigado (Brent Holland, $11).

An early bystander from post position No. 4, Campanile had much to watch. Last week’s victress, Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton) was in play, getting stung by pole assignee, the newly-sold Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett).

No sooner did the just-above-even-money fave Robin Cruiser make the lead (:26.4 opening quarter-mile) then Monkey On My Wheel (Dan Dube) took her turn. Monkey On My Wheel found a :55.4 intermission and 1:24.2 three-quarters, with Montenegro (Greg Merton) offering a stern test first-up.

Monkey On My Wheel opened to a length and a quarter entering the lane, but was done soon after. Venus Delight closed deep in the passing lane, but it was Campanile -- third-up -- moving widest and fastest. Sixth in and out of the final turn, Campanile prevailed by a neck in 1:52.3. Robin Cruiser, Crazy On You (Holland) and Camille (George Brennan) rounded out the payees.

Campanile is a five-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended trained by Allan Johnson for owner Michael Casalino Jr. The win was her seventh in 31 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $290.50, with the triple returning $789.

The week’s marquee trot saw upstate scourge Obrigado -- which, as pointed out by track announcer/U-N interpreter John Hernan, translates to “thank you” in Portuguese -- prevail from second-over.

After Tober (Bartlett) and Lorenzo Dream (Jeff Gregory) led the way (:27.2, :57.1), Tober regained and found a 1:26.1 three-quarters. He had a two and a quarter length lead turning for home, having disposed of both a stopping “Lorenzo” and an uncovered DWs NY Yank (Brennan).

However, Obrigado -- gradually advancing from post No. 5 -- snapped the leader late, winning by a neck in 1:55.3. Third went to Bingo Queen (Eric Goodell), with tepid 19-10 choice Somebody AS (Dube) and “DW” settling for the minor awards.

Obrigado is a four-year-old Boy Band gelding co-owned by trainer Paul Kelley, William Weaver III, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45. He's now seven-for-16 this season (28-for-39 lifetime). The exacta paid $44.20, with the triple returning $216.50.

Friday’s undercard saw the seven-year-old double millionaire Wishing Stone (Brennan, $3.70) beat up his rivals, setting a set track record for aged trotting horses (1:54.2). He (nearly a year ago to the day) and Archangel shared the old standard at a tick slower.

(With files from Yonkers Raceway)


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