Yonkers Raceway’s Saturday night brought with it the opening round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.
Six, evenly-parsed $50,000 divisions each featured seven Free-For-Allers beginning five preliminary rounds.
The evening’s fastest (1:51) grouping produced the evening’s least probable result, as c-noter Texas Terror N (Matt Kakaley, $100) drew off in the lane. Sitting off hot (:26.1, :54.2, 1:22.2) fractions, Texas Terror N — from post position No. 4 — was able to slip out and roll by in a life-best effort.
OHe defeated a passing-lane-inheriting Evenin of Pleasure (Dan Dube) by a length and a half, with Sunfire Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald) a solid third. Santa Fe Beachboy (Jason Bartlett), as the 3-4 choice, was used up in the early fray and faded to fifth.
For “Terror,” an eight-year-old Down Under Western Terror gelding owned by Blindswitch Racing and trained by Jose Godinez, the win was his second in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $886, with the triple returning $2,223.
Team Bamond doubled up, winning with season-debuting favourite Mach It So (Tim Tetrick, $4.10) and P H Supercam (Bartlett, $12.60). Both were trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., who owns the latter (Bamond Racing owns the former).
Pole-sitting Mach It So won by a comfortable three lengths in 1:51.3, chased home by Bettor Rock On N (Brennan) and McErlean (Kakaley). The six-year-old Mach Three gelding is closing in on $1.3 million in career earnings. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $10.60, with the triple returning $91.50.
P H Supercam, who won this series in 2014, was a two-move winner here (1:53.1) from outside post No. 7. He beat The Real One (Pat Lachance) by a length, with 9-10 choice Limelight Beach (Yannick Gingras) fading to third after cheapy (:28.4, :58, 1:26) intervals.
The win was the first in a couple of seasonal starts for millionaire P H Supercam, a nine-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding. The exacta paid $27.60, with the triple returning $91.
“Terry,” last season’s series runner-up, lasted — from post No. 3 — by a head over pocket-sitting Texican N (Jordan Stratton), with Scott Rocks (Brian Sears) a rallying third.
Take It Back Terry, a seven-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned by trainer Ron Burke (as Burke Racing), Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, won his first race in a couple of ’16 tries. The exacta paid $11, with the triple returning $29.80.
Lucan Hanover, from post No. 5, won by a length and half, with Doctor Butch (Tetrick) a pocket second. Ideal Cowboy (Bartlett) a second-up third. As for the ageless Foiled Again (Gingras), the 12-year-old gelding began yet another season in this series. He pulled first-up from third down the backside and basically paced an even mile to finish fourth. Defending series champ Domethatagain (Dube) was fifth at a long price from an outside venue.
“Lucan,” a six-year-old Western Ideal gelding owned by West Wins Stable owned trained by Andrew Harris, is now three-for-three to begin his season. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $11.60, with the triple returning $34.80.
The evening’s final Levy event resulted in a sharp win by Bit Of A Legend N (Stratton, $5.70), who sat a contented two-hole before blowing past 3-5 fave All Best Off (Kakaley) in a life-best 1:52.
Second choice “Legend,” from post No. 2, won by a length and a quarter, with 44-1 outsider Rural Art (Brennan) a three-hole third and Aslan (Sears) a four-hole fourth. The exacta paid $8.60, the triple returning $74.50 and the superfecta paid $217.
Bit Of A Legend N, a seven-year-old Down Under son of Bettors Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, has won three of his five North American starts.
The Raceway’s live schedule resumes with a “French-centric” Sunday matinee (first post 1:10 p.m.), featuring the opening round of the inaugural Drivers’ Cup (races two and four), with five of Yonkers’ leading drivers squaring off against five of their French counterparts
(Standardbred Canada with files from Yonkers Raceway)