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Yonkers: Lean Hanover Wins Sunday 44G Open Hadicap Trot
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LEAN HANOVER WINS SUNDAY 44G OPEN HADICAP TROT
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
 
YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 4, 2018—Yonkers Raceway’s all-trot Sunday (Nov. 4th) matinee saw a  second-over Lean Hanover (Jordan Stratton, $19.60) winning the featured $44,000 Open Handicap.
 
The six-horse feature went at the flat mile, one race after the seven added-distance ‘French’ trots.
 
Trying to leave from assigned post position No. 5, Lean Hanover could not match strides early before retreating into a four-hole.   
 
It was Gruden (Jason Bartlett, five winners during the 10-race card) vaulting over his quintet of inside rivals. He went past DW’s NY Yank (George Brennan) and led through early intervals of :28 and :57.4.
 
Polester Sortie (Brian Sears), as the tepid 3-2 favorite, then moved from third with Lean Hanover hitching a ride behind that one. Sortie drew even with Gruden in and out of a 1:26 three-quarters before being dismissed.
 
Gruden owned a length lead off the final turn, but the walls were closing in. Lean Hanover rolled right by, defeating a third-over Jack Vernon (Dan Dube) by a length-and-three-quarters in 1:55.4. Gruden faded to third, with DW’s NY Yank and Sortie relegated to the minor moolah.
 
Bioness (Eric Goodell) misbehaved early and was outrun.  
 
For fourth choice Lean Hanover, a 5-year-old Donato Hanover gelding co-owned (as  P C Wellwood Enterprises) by (trainer) Paula Wellwood and Karen Carroll, it was his fifth win in 18 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $159, the triple returned $748 and the superfecta paid $1,433.
 
The winner was third as an odds-on favorite in his previous try. 
 
Sunday’s version of the ‘New York, New York Double’ featured a chalky winning combination of 1-Big Muddy (Aqueduct’s 1st race) and 3-Undici (Yonkers’ 3rd race), returning $6.40 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $3,560.
 
Sunday afternoon’s 10-race, all-sources handle was $1,092,113.
 
The next Sunday matinee is Nov. 18th (post time TBA). 
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