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Green Day winning the 2007 Yonkers Trot
Green Day was quickest away at the start and he was allowed an uncontested lead through fractions of 28 3/5, 58 3/5, and 1:27 3/5 over the fast track, while 7-1 Up Front Larry stalked him in second place about 1 1/2 lengths off the pace. Favorite Adrian Chip sat back in fifth taking the ground-saving trip along the pylons the whole way. Second time down the backstretch, driver Cat Manzi asked Green Day to widen his lead and he did, as Green Day opened up a 2 1/4-length advantage with a quarter mile to go. David Palone asked Up Front Larry to make his move entering the stretch but Green Day held him off late to prevail by 1/2 a length in 1:56, just 1/5 second off Glidemaster's track record set in last year's Yonkers Trot. Driver Robert Bergh took Adrian Chip out wide for the drive but he was left with too much ground to make up despite a strong rally, finishing another 3 1/2 lengths back in third.
Results chart from USTA
Trophy presentation for the 2007 Yonkers Trot
Winning trainer Jim Raymer said, "He's always been a very good small-track horse, so the (supplement) wasn't really a concern. The draw worked out very well and the driver knew exactly what to do."
Winning co-owner Mary Raymer of Trillium Racing Stable said, "Not really (surprised at the result). That's why we supplemented him (for $60,000), he gets around a half so well. After he won the big race at Monticello we thought he deserved a chance. We bought him as a yearling for $6,000 in Kentucky. When he walked in the ring, we were both impressed and Jim put his hand up and bought him. He's just been a dream from day one, he doesn't wear a boot. We just work with trotters, we're based at (Ginger Tree Farm) in New Holland, PA. Our biggest win before this was with Scully FBI in the Classic final."
Winning driver Patrick Berry said, They told me to put her on the gate and she'd have no problem crossing over (from Post 4). She looked very good last week and I was very happy to get this drive for the final."
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