Yonkers, NY — Major Crocker A (Dan Dube, $8.80) and favored Eye Ofa Tiger AS (Jason Bartlett, $4.60) proved best Saturday night (April 27), winning Yonkers Raceway’s co-featured $44,000 Open Handicaps.
Major Crocker A, from post position four, was handy from first-up in the weekly adult pace. He engaged Caviart Luca (George Brennan) after that one’s seemingly-cheap early intervals of :27.3 and :57.1.
Regardless, Major Crocker A disposed of that one by the 1:24.3 three-quarters. He opened a 1-3/4 length lead on and out of the final turn, then prevailed by that exact same margin in a life-best 1:52.3.
Micky Gee N (Jordan Stratton), as the favorite, badly gapped the winner down the backside before belated getting into second. Third went to Caviart Luca, with Mac’s Jackpot (Brent Holland) and Our Max Phactor N (Bartlett) picking off the remainder.
For third choice Major Crocker A, a 9-year-old Down Under Art Major gelding co-owned by trainer Rene Allard, Stephen Klunowski and Kapildeo Singh, it was his second win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $21.20, the triple returned $55 and the superfecta paid $165.
The week’s marquee worked well for Eye Ofa Tiger AS who—from post four—was the only leaver and has breaker-incited confusion behind him.
He went the distance (:28.4, :58.4, 1:26.3, season-best 1:55.3), holding off the bid of Will Take Charge (Austin Siegelman) by three-quarters of a length. New Heaven (Holland), Melady’s Monet (Stratton) and In Secret (Brennan) settled for the minor moolah.
For Eye Ofa Tiger AS, a 5-year-old Chapter Seven gelding co-owned by ACL Stuteri AB & Kjell Johansson and trained by Anette Lorentzon, it was his fourth win in 11 tries this season. The exacta paid $35.60, the triple returned $98 and the superfecta paid $295.50.