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Yonkers: Great Vintage Wins Saturday Night 44G Open Handicap Pace
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GREAT VINTAGE WINS SATURDAY NIGHT 44G OPEN HANDICAP PACE
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
 
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 11, 2018—Veteran Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald, $9) finished what he started Saturday night (Aug. 11th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Open Handicap Pace.

Using his usual gate speed, Great Vintage—from post position No. 5—threw down intervals of :27.1, :56.4, 1:24.2 and 1:52.2. He held off a first-up McErlean by a head, with 3-2 favorite Always at My Place (George Brennan a second-over third. 

Pacing Major N (Austin Siegelman) and Doctor Butch (Jason Bartlett) came away with the minors, while logical would-be favorite Evenin ‘of Pleasure was scratched-sick.

For third choice Great Vintage, a 10-year-old son of American Ideal owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Goran Anderberg & Goran Falk and trained by Jimmy Takter, it was his fifth win in 13 seasonal starts (career 45-for-161, earnings over $1.26 million). The exacta paid $102.50, the triple returned $402 and the superfecta paid $636.

It was one of MacDonald’s four wins during the 11-race card. 

Sunday’s (Aug. 12th) matinee has a first post of 12:40 PM, with races 1 through 4 of the overflow-field, mile-and-a-quarter ‘French’ theme. The ‘New York, New York Double’ is comprised of Saratoga’s first race and Yonkers’ third. Post times are 1 PM and 1:40 PM, respectively. 
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