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Well, Yonkers Raceway's Monday evening's (Dec. 12) Pick 5 wager served as the wallet, and a double-carryover of $7,260.85 played the part of the unclaimed greenbacks.

Throw in $21,866 of new coin of the realm and you had the requisite participation. It left a total pool (after fresh-money takeout) of $23,660.35, give or take a few pennies. The winning combination of...

4-Sterling Escort ($7.20)
1-Higgins ($3.70)
3-Made of Jewels AS ($35.20)
2-Grand Theft ($64)
3-Settlemoir ($7.40)

...returned a gift-paying $11,829.75 for both correct half-a-buck wagers.

Not surprisingly, one of the longshot numbers in the sequence was engineered by Matt Kakaley. In the past three racing programs, Kakaley won at mutuels of $46.20, $35.30, $29.60, $29.40 (twice) and $16.40, in addition to other more predictable propositions.

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