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SAPPHIRE CITY WINS SATURDAY 44G OPEN HANDICAP PACE; PAIR OF SHEPPARD ELIMS

SAPPHIRE CITY WINS SATURDAY 44G OPEN HANDICAP PACE; PAIR OF SHEPPARD ELIMS
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 12, 2014-Pole assignee Sapphire City (Dan Dube, $7.80) held off favored Pancetta (Jordan Stratton) Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace.

It was Aracache Hanover (George Brennan) cutting his teeth through fractions of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23, with only mild, first-up pressure from longshot Dream Out Loud N (Eric Goodell). "Aracache" owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but was done soon thereafter.


Pancetta, the 11-10 choice, set up shop over and closed stoutly, but Sapphire Citydeposited into the passing lane-whipped that one by a half-length 1:51a season's-best by three full seconds. Dream Out Loud N held credibly for third, with invading Getitoffyourchest (Brent Holland) and The Real One (Pat Lachance) settling for the minor moolah.

For second choice Sapphire City, a 8-year-old Metropolitan gelding owned by Centaur Stable & Jordan Sklut and trained by Paul Blumenfeld, it was his third win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $20.40, with the triple returning $115.

Also Saturday, a pair of $25,000 eliminations for the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Leading the octet into Saturdays $125,000 finale are winners In the Arsenal (Goodell, $13.80) and Carton Daddy (Brennan, $3.20) in 1:56.1.

The winners, trained by Kelvin Harrison and Ron Burke, respectively, shall be joined next week Byby Landon, Mystical Pacer, Rock N Roll World, Lone Survivor, Perfect Eagle and Parklane Eagle. The open draw is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.


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 available daily.

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(photos-Mayra Escamilla)

(FFIFrank Drucker, Yonkers Raceway Publicity Director, 914-968-4200)

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