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BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 16, 2013--Look up "perfect trip" in the harness dictionary and you find Ardyne Ace (George Brennan) Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Handicap Pace,

Unhurried early from post position No. 4, Ardyne Ace saw Great Vintage (Larry Stalbaum) loop Sapphire City (Brian Sears) early, then get caught wide again as 8-5 favorite China Grill (Pat Lachance) pulled pocket right in front of him.

A three-deep Great Vintage eventually made the lead, paying a :26.4 price for the privilege.

After a :56.1 intermission, Sapphire City was out from fourth. That was the back Ardyne Ace climbed aboard as he moved out of sixth.

Great Vintage was about to be swallowed up before the 1:24.1 three-quarters, shuffling China Grill out at the same time. Sapphire City and Ardyne Ace opened their own private race entering the lane, with the former owning a short lead.

However, the latter powered right by, widening to 2 1/2 lengths in 1:51.4. Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell), last week's winner, rallied from last at the half to snatch second, with All Speed Hanover (Brent Holland), Sapphire City and P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) settling for the remainder.

For Ardyne Ace, a 7-year-old Aces and Sevens gelding trained by Jim Pollock Jr., for Ohio co-owners David Ehrenberg II and Daniel Fawcett, he returned $21 (fifth choice) for his ninth win in 35 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $468, with the triple returning $1,825.

No one took home Saturday night's Pick-5 wager, so Monday's edition (50-cent base wager, races 5 though 9), led by a $16,174.33 double carryover, shall include a $25,000 guaranteed pool.

The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting now available daily.

Ardyne Ace

Photo by Mike Lizzi

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