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Not Afraid wins Sunday Open Handicap Trot at Yonkers

Not Afraid wins Sunday Open Handicap Trot at Yonkers
Sunday, February 28, 2016 - by Frank Drucker, Yonkers Raceway Publicity Director

Yonkers, NY --- Not Afraid (Dan Dube, $11.80) lasted on the lead Sunday (Feb. 28) afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Open Handicap Trot.

Looped leaving (from post position four) by outside entity Major Athens (George Brennan), Not Afraid did make the lead before a :28.4 opening quarter-mile. He rated a :58.4 intermission before 3-5 choice Crazshana (Jason Bartlett) was moving again.

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Not Afraid (4) was indeed not afraid in Sunday's Open Handicap Trot at Yonkers Raceway, winning in 1:56.1.
The favorite engaged the leader in and out of a 1:27.3 three-quarters, but Not Afraid was not done. He held a short lead off the final turn as Crazshana grudgingly gave way. Major Athens ducked inside with every chance, but missed a nose in 1:56.1.

Crazshana was third, beaten a half-length, with Swishnflick (Mark MacDonald) and Zooming (Tyler Buter) settling for the minors.

For third choice Not Afraid, a 7-year-old S J's Caviar gelding trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners his wife, Christina, John Fielding and Goran Anderberg, it was his third win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $58.50, with the triple returning $162.

Sunday's "French" trot feature was the $26,000 opener, won by Dot Dot Dot Dash (Kakaley, $12.60) in 2:26.2 for the mile-and-a-quarter distance.

This was the third Sunday matinee of the season, with two scheduled consecutively for March 13 and 20 (first post for both 1:10 p.m. as of this writing)

The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (first post 7:10 p.m.), with a dozen races and a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5-pool (50 cent base wager, races seven through 11, program pagers available at

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