Yonkers Raceway had its version of Old Home Week Saturday night…provided ‘Old Home’ was Chicago. All that was missing was deep-dish pizza and Oprah.
Tony Morgan — making his first Westchester appearance since September of 2012 — and Brent Holland each had three wins during the dozen-race card.
Morgan, he of the 15,400-plus career victories, earned a place in the local record books when pole-sitting Go Daddy Go ($13) won the $30,000 Four-Year-Old Open Handicap Pace in a spiffy 1:50.1.
The Ponder gelding, co-owned by trainer Rene Allard (as Allard Racing) and Bruce Soulsby, became the fourth member of the “all-age track record club,” joining Crombie A, Forty Five Red and Limelight Beach.
Morgan also won the co-featured $45,000 Open Pace with favoured Doctor Butch ($5.30) in 1:51.2, and the $26,000, 11th race trot with a left-alone Major Athens ($4.10) in 1:53.3. That effort matched the fastest Westchester trot mile of the season with E R Ellie.
Connecting the dots, “Ellie” (Larry Stalbaum, $14.40) won the co-featured $45,000 Open Handicap Trot from the pocket in 1:55.
As for Holland, he upset the apple cart with American Venture ($57) in the $18,000, second-race pace (1:52), then escorted Mah Sish N ($9) in the $18,000, third-race pace. The “Holland Hat Trick” was completed with Moonliteonthebeach ($23.80), who was a first-up winner in the $26,500 pacing finale (1:52.2).
(Standardbred Canada with files from Yonkers Raceway)