We offer up the Saturday night idiom, “Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile.” We do so because after Texican N (Eric Carlson, $7) won the first of Yonkers Raceway’s $48,000 co-features by an inch, Her Highness, Bee A Magician (Brian Sears, $2.50), won the other by a mile.
Bee A Magician, as the 1-4 favourite, took no prisoners from an assigned eight-hole in the Open Handicap Trot. Making the lead just after a :28.1 opening quarter-mile, she completed her night’s work as she pleased (:57.1, 1:25.4, 1:54.3). The final margin was an effortless three and a half lengths, while the final time knocked a tick off her own track record for aged mares.
Take My Picture (Larry Stalbaum) was second from a loose pocket, with Not Afraid (Dan Dube), Cashontherocs (George Brennan) and Fort Valley AS (Jason Bartlett) settling for the remainder.
For triple millionairess Bee A Magician, a five-year-old daughter of Kadabra trained by Nifty Norman for co-owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee, it was her eighth win (sixth consecutive) in nine seasonal starts (39-for-56 lifetime). The exacta paid $19.40, with the triple returning $60.
Texican N, from post position No. 3, won the weekly pacing feature. Sitting pocketed to 17-10 choice Michaels Power (Bartlett), he then held off a three-hole The Real One (Pat Lachance) by a nose in 1:52.3.
The favourite decided to retake from the eventual winner (:27, :56.2, 1:24.4) passing the first substation, but faced in the lane. Frankies Dragon (Sears), Michaels Power and Take It Back Terry (Brennan) came away with the lesser loot.
For second choice Texican N, a seven-year-old Down Under Bettors Delight gelding trained by Peter Tritton (three winners Saturday) for owner Harry von Knoblauch, it was his fourth win in 22 ’15 tries. The exacta paid $30.40, with the triple returning $274.