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Quebec-Bred Trotter Wins Yonkers Open

Published: September 19, 2014 10:58 pm ET

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Yonkers Raceway’s Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps -- one for distaff pacers and one for trotters of any make or model -- were won by Campanile (Tyler Buter, $10.40) and Lorenzo Dream (Brent Holland, $26.80).

Unhurried from post position No. 6, Campanile saw Set Me Up (George Brennan) lead the conga line through early intervals of :28.2 and :56.3. Virgin Mary (Eric Goodell) was pocketed from the pole, while slight 2-1 choice Scandalous Hanover (Jason Bartlett) was first-up from fifth. Chasing that was Campanile as Set Me Up remained an unpressured leader in and out of a 1:24.2 three-quarters.

Set Me Up owned a length lead into the lane, but was about to drop anchor. Scandalous Hanover went by first, then Campanile went by last. The latter whipped the former by a length in 1:52.2. Last week’s victress, Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears), rallied for third here with Crazy On You (Holland) and a tiring Set Me Up completing the cashers.

For fourth choice Campanile, a five-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended trained by Allan Johnson for owner Michael Casalino Jr., it was her eighth win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $49.40, with the triple returning $182.

The week’s marquee trot saw Lorenzo Dream -- banished behind the eight-ball -- make short work of that inconvenience. Vaulting to immediate command, he was a lonely leader through sub-stations of :28, :57.2, 1:26.3 and 1:55.3.

Up four lengths turning for home, and with pocket-sitting longshot Neighsay Hanover (Jordan Stratton) and a first-up, 17-10 fave Backstreet Hanover (Bartlett) both doing nothing, “Lorenzo’s” final margin was three lengths. The Triple Lindy (Eric Carlson) found room late to grab second, with Zooming (Buter), Backstreet Hanover and Rossini (Dan Dube) settling for the small change.

Sixth choice Lorenzo Dream, a seven-year-old Taurus Dream gelding owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained by Julie Miller, is now eight-for-25 this season. The exacta paid $626, the triple returned $1,683 and the superfecta paid $15,476 (base two-dollar wager).

Note that since no one hit Friday’s Pick 5, Saturday night’s gimmick begins with a $3,363.16 carryover. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager (Races 5 through 9).

(Yonkers Raceway)


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