Yonkers, NY — New Heaven (Brent Holland, $14.40) and Caviart Luca (George Brennan, $19.40) were the come-from-behind stars Saturday night (May 4), winning Yonkers Raceway’s co-featured $44,000 Open Handicaps.
New Heaven, from post position No. 6, disposed of the week’s marquee trot, snapping a two-move Eye ofa Tiger A (Jason Bartlett) by a nose in 1:55.1, matching his season’s-best. Perlucky (Brennan) finished third, with Fearless Man (Austin Siegelman) and Swansea (Mark MacDonald) settling for the remainder.
Fearless Man, a 20-1 proposition, stuffed 8-5 favorite Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube) in behind and led though intervals of :27.4, 57.4 and 1:26.1 before tiring. The quintet of payees were separated by just a length and three-quarters.
For fourth choice New Heaven, a 5-year-old Yankee Glide gelding owned by Allister Stable and trained by Eric Abbatiello, it was his fifth win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $87.50, the triple returned $308 and the superfecta paid $2,070.
Caviart Luca, a week after setting cheap fractions and tiring, used a different tactic in the weekly adult-table pace. From post No. 4, he chased Somewhere In L A (Bartlett) as that one took care of 4-5 fave Mach N Cheese (Jim Marohn Jr.).
The people’s preference retook from Ideal Jimmy (Holland), then put up subsections of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23.2. Caviart Luca whipped the number directly behind him, Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton), by a neck in 1:52. Somewhere In L A, Major Crocker A (Dube) and Ideal Jimmy came away with the minors.
For fifth choice Caviart Luca, an 8-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned as Burke Racing by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura, it was his fourth win in eight ’19 tries. The exacta paid $286.50, the triple returned $1,455 and the superfecta paid $5,678.