Yonkers, NY — Mac’s Jackpot (Brent Holland, $20), despite four weeks off, a scratched-sick line in between and a first-over trip Saturday night (Nov. 30), annexed Yonkers Raceway’s $42,000 Open Handicap Pace.
Away fourth from assigned post position No. 2, Mac’s Jackpot found himself in behind Havefaithinme N (Jason Bartlett), Bettors Fire N (Ron Cushing) and Fine Diamond (Jordan Stratton).
Havefaithinme N led through intervals of :27.1 and :56 before Mac’s Jackpot moved. He led the conga line which included The Real One (Pat Lachance) and 17-10 choice Saying Grace N (Jim Marohn Jr.). Havefaithinme N found a 1:24 three-quarters, but was about to get collared. Mac’s Jackpot took over soon thereafter, with The Real One in pursuit.
Mac’s Jackpot did close the sale from early in the lane, holding off The Real One by a length in 1:51.3 while matching a season’s-best effort. Saying Grace N was a non-threatening third, with Havefaithinme N and The Wall (Joe Bongiorno) picking off the remainder.
For fifth choice Mac’s Jackpot, a 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned by Howard and Michael Ouriel and trained by Jeff Smith, it was his ninth win (third consecutive) in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $97.50, the triple returned $426 and the superfecta paid $1,171.