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Yonkers, NY — The 2022 meet at Yonkers Raceway got going on Monday night (Jan. 10), and it was Save Me A Dance who won the featured $39,000 Open Handicap Pace in 1:53.3.


Driven by Jordan Stratton for trainer Travis Alexander, Save Me A Dance went to the front from post two and clicked off opening half fractions of :27.4 and :57.2. Shadow Cat, piloted by Austin Siegelman, went first-over out of the third spot after the half, but his bid stalled out prior to the 1:25.1 three-quarters, and then he began to drop back on the last turn.


After Shadow Cat faded, that left Save Me A Dance with a clear advantage turning for home, and he would hold sway to the wire, bettering pocket-sitter Im Sir Blake A and driver Marcus Miller by three-quarters of a length. Speed Man N, with Jason Bartlett at the controls, checked in third.


Save Me A Dance is a 5-year-old son of Heston Blue Chip owned by Matthew Morrison and Brian Gordon. This was his 13th career victory and he has now earned $436,437. The 1-2 favorite, Save Me A Dance paid $3.00 and was atop an $11.60 exacta and a $162.50 trifecta.


Bartlett led the driving colony on Monday night, posting a grand slam. All of his winners — Machiavelli (race one), Elwell (race two), Regal Son (race five), and Magritte (race 10) — were sent out by trainer Gareth Dowse.


Stratton, 2021’s top dog at Yonkers, had a triple, adding victories with Alex Tye (race six) and Funatthebeach N (race seven) to his triumph in the Open Handicap Pace.


Racing resumes on Tuesday night (Jan. 11) at Yonkers, with the first of 11 races slated to go off at 6:55 p.m. Yonkers is on a Monday-Friday live racing schedule to start the year.