Family Recipe had all the right ingredients for an impressive win Tuesday, April 25 at Yonkers Raceway. Guided by Brent Holland, the Indiana sired gelding earned the win in 1:52.2.
Family Recipe had a game plan early and as soon as the gates sprung open, he went for the lead. Braeview Bondi A and Jim Marohn Jr. also has early intentions of leading the way and had the short advantage on the inside at the quarter in :27.4. Down the backstretch the first time, Family Recipe cleared to the lead to set middle fractions of :58.0 and 1:25.0 with Fearful Intent and Jason Bartlett lurking on the outside.
Around the final turn, Family Recipe kicked into another gear and pulled away from the field, powering home in :27.2 for the win by four and three-quarter lengths. Braeview Bondi A finished second over another horse from “Down Under” Luciano N and Matt Kakaley.
Family Recipe was the favorite, paying $2.90 for the win. The six-year-old Always a Virgin son is owned by Never 2 Late Stable and Larry Wills. Virgil Morgan Jr. trains.
Family Recipe started off his career in the LeWayne Miller Stable, competing at a high level in Indiana Sires Stakes action. He later raced in the top level Open Paces before changing hands to the Morgan Stable last spring. After a successful season in Ohio, he relocated to Yonkers Raceway last fall and started off in the Open Paces there, winning his first two starts for his new connections. He took a small drop in class for his race Tuesday, which tagged him as the favorite.
To date, Family Recipe has 26 career wins and now has more than a half million on his card. His career best time of 1:49.4 was taken as a three-year-old while in the Miller barn. He ended up with 10 wins last season between Ohio and Yonkers.
Earlier on the card, Moonlight Shadow won his second straight race at Yonkers in the upper conditioned ranks. The six-year-old Panther Hanover son scored the win in 1:52.0 with Jason Bartlett in the bike in the near gate to wire effort. Eric Prevost and Let it Ride Stables Inc. own Moonlight Shadow while Per Engblom trains.
It was the fourth win of the season for Moonlight Shadow, who has 14 career wins in 90 career starts. Overall, he has more than $228,000 and his career best time of 1:50.4 was taken last year at Tioga Downs. He is a recent acquisition to his current connections.