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Not Afraid wins top trot Sunday at Yonkers

Not Afraid wins top trot Sunday at Yonkers
Sunday, February 22, 2015 - by Frank Drucker, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

Yonkers, NY --- Not even an assigned eight-hole in a Sunday expanded field could stop favored Not Afraid (Dan Dube, $4.90) from dominating Yonkers Raceway's (Feb. 22) $46,000 featured Open Handicap Trot.



The week's marquee trot was the third of the seven, French-themed trotting events to begin the card, all at the added 1-1/2 mile distance and all with overflow (12-, 11, four, 10, and a nine-horse) fields.



photo by Mike Lizzi

Leaving but having to wait his turn, Not Afraid took over from On the Podium (Eric Carlson) just past a 29-second opening quarter-mile. Another pair of identical intervals (:58, 1:27) ensued before Count Me In (George Brennan) moved meekly from fourth.



That one never came close as Not Afraid rolled through a 1:55.4 mile post. He owned a three-length lead entering the lane, then widened. The final margin, over Lorenzo Dream (Brian Sears), was 4-1/2 length in 2:25.3. Backstreet Hanover (Tyler Buter), Murmur Hanover (Pat Lachance) and Awesome Valley (Brett Miller) rounded out the payees.



For Not Afraid, a 6-year-old S J's Caviar gelding trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners his wife, Christina, John Fielding and Goran Andeberg, he's 4-for-6 this season (career earnings up and over a half-million dollars). The exacta paid $42, the triple returned $1,008 and the superfecta paid $3,503.

Note that the next two "French" Sunday matinees are March 8 and 15, with post times TBA as of this writing.

The Raceway's live season continues Monday (7:10 p.m.), with a $10,000 guaranteed pool Pick-5 (.50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). After that, its Tuesday (1 p.m.), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 p.m). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (all provided Mother Nature cooperates).


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