Hefner is alive and in winning form

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    HUGH HEFNER - Photo Gabriela Trmal

    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

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