DW’s NY Yank wins Sunday’s season-ending $44,000 Open Handicap Trot

Yonkers, NY – Yonkers Raceway put 2018 to bed Sunday afternoon (Dec. 16) with DW’s NY Yank (George Brennan, $13.80) winning the featured—and ‘sloppy’—$44,000 Open Handicap Trot.

The week’s marquee was at the flat mile, one race before the seven added-distance ‘French’ events.

DW’s NY Yank took Yonkers’ final $44,000 Open Handicap of the year on Sunday. Mike Lizzi Photo.

From post position four, the eventual winner went down the road (:28.1, :58, 1:27, 1:56.3). Along the way, another leaver, Mostinterestingman (Austin Siegelman) jumped it off, outside assigned NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) was wide early and out the mile and 6-5 favorite Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube) left the cones and retreated soon thereafter.

Down the backside, Weslynn Dancer (Matt Kakaley) made a looming move, but couldn’t sustain it, She did, however, photo a pocketed Andy Ray (Jason Bartlett) for second as DW’s NY Yank finished it off by a length-and-a-half.

NF Happenstance and Royal Bachelor (Jim Marohn Jr.) picked off the remainder.

For fourth choice DW’s NY Yank, a 9-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his seventh win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $97.50, the triple returned $281 and the superfecta paid $1,192.

Sunday’s final foray incarnation of the ‘New York, New York Double’ featured a winning combination of 1-Hattie L (Aqueduct’s first race) and 3-Dynamic Edge (Yonkers’ fourth race), returning $41.25 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $4,058.

The Raceway’s 2019 season is set to begin Monday night (Jan. 7), pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission. There are no Sunday matinees scheduled. During the hiatus, afternoon simulcasting is available more often than not. Please visit www.empirecitycasino.com for a current schedule.

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