Yonkers Kicks Off 2017 Season on Sunday

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Ted Black

January 8th, 2017

While many sports enthusiasts were watching the National Football League Wild Card games on Sunday, Yonkers Raceway kicked off its 2017 season with a solid card that featured distance events for top trotters and the standard mile races for older pacers.

Trainer Rene Allard started off the new year at the New York half-mile oval with consecutive victories in upper class events, one each for trotters and pacers.

In the third race, a non-winners of $25,000 last five starts class for older pacers, E Z Noah (Daniel Dube) benefited from a pocket trip behind even-money choice Polak A (Jordan Stratton), angled out at the top of the lane and wore down the favorite late for a head victory in 1:55.1 in his seasonal debut.

An eight-year-old Western Terror gelding trained by Allard, E Z Noah kicked off his 2017 campaign and notched his second straight tally and his third win from his last five outings. E Z Noah finished his 2016 slate with a 5-10-3 slate and $105,000 bankroll from 33 starts.

Then one race later in the $75,000 Open Handicap at one-mile and a quarter, Allard handed the lines to Jordan Stratton who promptly steered Red Hot Herbie to a determined score in 2:27.3. A seven-year-old Here Comes Herbie gelding trained by Allard, Red Hot Herbie began his 2017 season on a winning note after ending his previous campaign with a 6-5-13 slate and $160,000 bankroll from 36 tries.
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Several races later on the card in a non-winners of $25,000 last five starts class for older trotters at one-mile and a quarter, Rubber Duck (Joe Bongiorno) maintained his sharp form and signified his readiness for the Open when he overcame post eight and a parked out journey to prevail by 10 lengths in 2:27 flat.

A five-year-old Muscle Mass gelding trained by Richard Johnson, Rubber Duck kicked off his 2017 with a win and notched his second straight score after ending the previous campaign with a sharp score against conditioned foes at The Meadowlands. Rubber Duck posted a faster clocking than Red Hot Herbie in the Open and will likely join that group next Sunday.

Then in the finale on the Sunday card, Somewhere In L A (Jason Bartlett) took no prisoners in capturing the "Winners Over" Handicap by two lengths over a fast-closing Roland N Rock in 1:53.4. A six-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Richard Banca, Somewhere In L A kicked off his current season with a win after ending his previous campaign with a 6-3-2 slate and $110,000 bankroll from 23 tries.

Somewhere In L A ended his previous campaign with a win against conditioned foes and he now owns two straight scores and victories in four of his last seven outings. Somewhere In L A now owns a 21-14-9 slate and $866,000 bankroll from 80 lifetime tries. Roland N Rock rallied for the place spot and has now finished second in his last four outings for trainer Rob Harmon.