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MELADY'S MONET WINS SUNDAY 50G OPEN HANDICAP TROT


The field of seven (down from nine after a couple of defections) went as the opener and the first of seven 'French' trots.

His eight hole now a six hole after those scratches, Melady's Monet made the first lead, unimpeded by a breaking Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory). "Melady" found a 29.4 opening quarter mile before briefly giving it up to Super Manning (Jordan Stratton),

The fave wanted no part of the pocket, so he retook prior to the 59.1 half. Cash Me Out (Eric Goodell) then moved from fifth, just about getting even with Melady's Monet by the 1:30.1 three-quarters. Disposing of that rival around the 1:58.4 milepost, Melady's Monet opened a length and three quarters into the lane, and needed all out it.
A ground saving Moneycounts De Vie (Matt Kakaley) found room up the cones, surged, but the 18-1 rank outsider missed a nose. Melady' Monet found paydirt in time, getting the mile and a quarter in 2:27.4.

Third went to Rock of Cashel (Brent Holland), with Dog Gone Lucky (catch driver Dan Dube) and Cash Me Out settling for the remainder.

For Melady's Monet, a 9 year old Revenue S gelding owned by Melady Enterprises and trained by Kevin McDermott, it was his first win in a pair of seasonal starts. The exacta paid $43.20, with triple returning $229.50.

Sunday's "New York, New York Double" offered a winning combination of 5 Control Group (Aqueduct's 3rd race) and 3 Royal Bachelor (Yonkers' 5th race) paid $11.80 for every correct $1 wager.

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