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NOT AFRAID WINS SUNDAY 32G OPEN HANDICAP TROT


NOT AFRAID WINS SUNDAY 32G OPEN HANDICAP TROT
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, January 17, 2016-Not Afraid (Dan Dube, $5.50) held off Red Hot Herbie (Brian Sears) in a two-speed number Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Open Handicap Trot.


photo by Jelena Gerga)

Assigned post position No. 5 among the half-dozen, Not Afraid and outside-remanded "Herbie" were both in play early. Not Afraid retook from Red Hot Herbie right before the :28.4 opening quarter-mile, then rated a comfy 59-second intermission.

It was a 1:27.3 three-quarters as Tweet Me (Pat Lachance) moved from third, in front of 13-10 choice Dot Dot Dot Dash (Matt Kakaley).

Not Afraid owned a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane, then held sway despite drifting.. He whipped Red Hot Herbie by a half-length in 1:55.4fastest local trot mile thus far this season. Tweet Me, Dot Dot Dot Dash and Zooming (Tyler Buter) came away with the remainder, while Theraputic (George Brennan) was outrun.

For second choice Not Afraid, a now-7-year-old S J's Caviar gelding trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners his wife, Christina, John Fielding and Goran Anderberg, hes now 2-for-2 in 2016. The exacta paid $19, with the triple returning $118.

Note that the "French" Sunday matinees take a hiatus until Feb. 28. The Raceway's season continues Monday (first post 7:10 PM) and Tuesday (1 PM).

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

Frank Drucker
Director of Publicity
810 Yonkers Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10704
Phone: (914) 457-2432
E-mail: FDrucker@YonkersRaceway.com


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