Yonkers, NY — A week after matching Yonkers Raceway’s all-age track record—1:50 flat— Tequila Monday (Matt Kakaley, $2.50) ‘crawled’ in 1:50.1 on Friday evening (July 5). The odds-on lass toyed with her five inside rivals while winning Yonkers Raceway’s $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.
Tequila Monday worked around Feelin’ Red Hot (George Brennan), then completed her rounds (interspersing intervals of :27, :55.2 and 1:23.2). She whipped that pursuer by 2-1/4 lengths.
A first-up Gold Orchid N (Jim Marohn Jr.), Al-Mar-Got A Fever (Jason Bartlett) and Twinkle (Brent Holland) rounded out the payees, while Glenferrie Blade A (Jordan Stratton) enjoyed the thrill of competition.
For Tequila Monday, a 5-year-old state-bred daughter of American Ideal co-owned by Northfork Racing & Chuck Pompey and trained by Chis Oakes, it was her eighth win in 11 seasonal starts (26th win in 55 career starts). She’s won her last six local tries.
The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $5.50, the triple returned $15.60 and the superfecta paid $65.
Saturday night (July 6) finds the Raceway offering three $25,000 eliminations for the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace (2-year-old colts/geldings). Nineteen freshman get whittled down to eight for the $120,250 final a week from Saturday (July 13).