Meladys Monet & Somewhere In L A Star At Yonkers
May 13

Favourites Meladys Monet (Jason Bartlett, $2.90) and Somewhere In L A (Bartlett again, $4.40) delivered the goods Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s ‘sloppy’ pair of $55,000 co-features.

‘Melady’, from post position five, took down the week’s marquee trot. Down the backside the second time he caught the parked-out Not Afraid (Dan Dube) after that one was rebuffed by pole-sitting Dewcolorintheline (Jordan Stratton).

After early intervals of :28.1 and :58.2, Meladys Monet launched his wide bid, engaging Dewycolorintheline in and out of a 1:27.2 three-quarters. Buen Camino (Brian Sears) found himself perched behind ‘Melady,’ but could not matched strides.

Meladys Monet opened a length lead into the lane, then widened to 2˝ lengths at the (1:56.3) wire. Buen Camino did wind up second, with 29-1 rank outsider Luck O the Irish (catch-driver Steve Smith) third. Covert Operative (Brent Holland) and a tiring ‘Dewy’ grounded out the payees.

For Meladys Monet, a millionaire eight-year-old Revenue S gelding owned by Melady Enterprises and trained by Kevin McDermott, it was his fourth win (44th career) in seven seasonal starts.

Somewhere In L A made short work of his seven inside rivals, winning the weekly featured pace by three lengths in 1:53.2. Paying a three-wide price to take the lead, he did so at a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. The rest was simple (:56.4, :1:24.3), made simpler when 41-1, pole-sitter Western Rockstar A (Dan Dube) decided to race first-up.

Texicna N (Stratton) raced second, offering good pace at both ends of the mile. Third went to Betterlatethnnever (catch-driver Jeff Gregory), with locally-debuting Mister Daytona N (Andy McCarthy) tiring in the pocket to fourth. Badiou Hanover (Brent Holland) took care of the rest.

For millionaire Somewhere In L A, a six-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Richard Banca for co-owners D’elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P and Gandolfo Stables, it was his seventh win in 16 ’17 tries.
(Yonkers)

 














 
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