Favourite Southern Allie, driven by Yannick Gingras, had the best of the draw Tuesday and the best of the race Saturday, winning Yonkers Raceway's $52,000 Open Pace
Away third at the start, Southern Allie took over from Real Nice (Jason Bartlett) right at the :27.2 opening quarter-mile. He then rated a :56.1 half before One More Laugh (John Campbell) moved from fifth.
That one offered just a cursory challenge in out of the 1:26 three-quarters, with Southern Allie taking a length-and-half lead into the lane. He was kept to his task at the 1:53.1 mile marker before finishing his mile-and-one-sixteenth in 1:59.4, One More Laugh showed renewed pace to grab second over Real Nice, a half-length behind Southern Allie.
B Js Bequia (Andy Miller), Vintage Master (Marcus Johansson) earned the final pay envelopes, with Forest Vice A and Ghees House rounding out the order (scheduled outside participant Shoobees Place was a sick scratch).
For Southern Allie, a four-year-old Allie's Western gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, he returned $4.90 for his seventh win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $11.20, with the triple (three wagering choices in order) returning $41.60.