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2007 Yonkers Trot Results

Date: 08/25/07

Green Day winning the 2007 Yonkers Trot
The $644,770 Yonkers Trot is the second leg of the Trotting Triple Crown. A field of eight 3-year-olds contested 1 mile (2 laps) around the 1/2 mile oval at Yonkers Raceway in New York, with elimination winner Adrian Chip sent off as the 3-5 favorite over 4-1 Primary As. 6-1 Green Day rounded out the top three on the board.

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 driver Cat Manzi said, "A lot of things went his way. A good draw, Jimmy's colt (Quite Easy) getting parked out and most of the rest (except Up Front Larry) being too way back. I don't go by fractions. I go by feel and he felt very strong. The horse let me know scoring down that he was going to be good and that gave me a lot of confidence. I wasn't happy with him last week (Green Day was second in his elimination), he just wasn't himself, but Jim (Raymer, trainer) made some adjustments on him and he was better than ever tonight. It's just great to win this race, this is a very happy time."

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."

On the undercard was the filly counterpart to the Yonkers Trot, the $300,330 Hudson Filly Trot. 9-5 favorite Vulcanize, like Green Day, led at every call, drawing off to win by 1 3/4 lengths over 5-1 fourth choice Classical Mary in a time of 1:56 3/5. It was another 1/2 length back to 3-1 second choice Michelle's Angel in third. However, second place finisher Classical Mary broke stride in the stretch and was disqualified to fifth place, moving Michelle's Angel to the place spot and 4-1 Oh Oh It's Magic from fourth to third.
Results chart from USTA

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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