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Not Afraid wins Sunday Open Handicap Trot

Not Afraid wins Sunday Open Handicap Trot
Sunday, January 10, 2016 - by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Yonkers, NY---It was wet rather than white as favored Not Afraid (Dan Dube, $5.90) proved best Sunday afternoon (Jan. 10), winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Open Handicap Trot.

Leaving from post position No. 4, he had some company with Theraputic (George Brennan) and Red Hot Herbie (Brian Sears). Red Hot Herbie made the lead before a :28.2 opening quarter-mile as Not Afraid deferred into a three-hole.

After a 58-second intermission, Not Afraid was moving again, hooking Red Hot Herbie in and out of the 1:28.1 three-quarters. Red Hot Herbie owned a short lead into the lane, but Not Afraid was relentless. He put away Red Hot Herbie, then held off a hard-charging Dot Dot Dot Dash (Matt Kakaley) by a neck in 1:57.

Red Hot Herbie, Tweet Me (Pat Lachance) and Sumatra (Jordan Stratton) completed the cashers, while Theraputic tired to last among the half-dozen.

For Not Afraid, a now-7-year-old S J's Caviar gelding trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners his wife, Christina, John Fielding and Goran Anderberg, he won his seasonal debut (career earnings up and over $700,000). The exacta paid $40, with the triple returning $143.

The Raceway's season continues Monday evening (first post 7:10 p.m.) and Tuesday (1 p.m.).

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