TURNS out the reports of Hugh Hefner’s death were greatly exaggerated…well, sort of!
Hugh Hefner – the former New Zealander – obviously didn’t read the obituaries…How else could we possibly explain his appearance at Yonkers Raceway’s last night?
Granted, it was a sort of ghoulish hunch play, but Hugh Hefner did deliver in the $15,000 event for claimers.
Opening as an odds-on favourite, he continued as the people’s preference, though drifting to 13-10.
Away third from post position three, the ‘Playboy Pacer’ engaged the leader in the final turn, taking over before holding a closer at bay by a neck in 1:55.
A night after his namesake’s passing, ‘Hef’ returned $4.60 for his third win in 20 seasonal starts.
The nine-year-old Under Falcon Seelster gelding (somehow, that doesn’t seem right) was driven by Jason Bartlett and trained by Doug Dilloian junior for owner Keith Motusesky.
- FRANK DRUCKER