Yonkers, NY — Let It Ride N improved his record to six-for-six since coming to the United States with a 1:52.1 victory from post position eight in the $30,000 Open Handicap Pace on Monday night (Jan. 11) at Yonkers Raceway as the 2021 meet kicked off.
Let It Ride N had regular pilot Dexter Dunn at the controls, and Dunn floated away from the outside draw, landing a seat in sixth in the first turn. Meanwhile, Bettor Memories (George Brennan) shot out to the lead from the pole position and cut the opening quarter in :27. Bettor Memories would continue to show the way to the :56.3 half-mile marker, but Hesa Kingslayer N (Jim Marohn Jr.) went first-over from fifth just prior to that marker, giving Let It Ride N cover to track.
Bettor Memories remained in the lead at the 1:24.3 three-quarters and was able to keep Hesa Kingslayer N at bay around the far turn as well, but Dunn turned Let It Ride N loose three-wide before they entered the stretch, and he would out-finish his competition while not asked by Dunn, winning by a comfortable length. Speed Man N, driven by Scott Zeron, slid out off the cones to follow Let It Ride N after three-quarters and wound up closing for second at 99-1, while Hesa Kingslayer N came in third, giving the race an all-New Zealand trifecta.
An 8-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven and out of the Bettor’s Delight mare Love A Gamble, Let It Ride N is trained by Nifty Norman for owner Enzed Racing Stable Inc. Let It Ride N, who was a two-time Group 1 race winner in Australia in 2018, has a record of 24-6-8 from 60 career starts and has now earned $375,958. He paid $2.20 to win as the 1-9 favorite. The exacta with Speed Man N kicked back $61.50, and the trifecta of 8-3-5 was worth $129.50.
On the wagering front, the first edition of the new $1 Pick-6 at Yonkers had a pool of $2,839, and the sequence of 1/1/2/1,2/8/5 returned $355.50. The 50-cent Pick-5 handled $13,964, and the winning combination of 2/1,2/8/5/1 paid $122.00. As a reminder, the takeout on the Pick-4s, Pick-5s, and Pick-6s at Yonkers is now 20 percent.
Racing at Yonkers will resume on Tuesday night with first post at 7:15 p.m. and the track will continue on a Monday-Friday schedule throughout 2021.