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Levy Series Continues At Yonkers

Published: March 31, 2012 11:41 pm ET

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Yonkers Raceway Saturday night hosted the second round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series with another six $50,000 divisions, and on the night before April Fool's Day, the big boys weren't fooling around.

Defending series champion Real Nice (Jason Bartlett), fresh from throwing down the fastest local mile of the season and earning millionaire status in round one, was a repeat winner in round two.

Outdrawing his six rivals in the first division, he was in play early, as was Mainland Key N (Eric Goodell) and Dreamlands Art (Yannick Gingras). After a :26.3 opening quarter-mile, the short-priced fave was able to rate a :29.1 second quarter (:55.4) before an identical :55.4 back half for a 1:51.3 effort. Show Me Up (Mark MacDonald) rallied inside for second--albeit six and a quarter lengths behind the winner--with Dancing Yankee (Tyler Buter) third and Valentino (catch-driver George Brennan) fourth.

For Real Nice, a seven-year-old Real Artist gelding co-owned by Beverly and Gary Paganelli and Anthony Scussel, and trained by Rich Banca, it was his second win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $53, the triple returned $381 and the superfecta returned $1,487.

All last season's Pacer of the Year--the 2009 and '10 Levy winner and triple millionaire--Foiled Again (Gingras, $2.20) did in the evening's final series soiree was do Real Nice one tick better.

Leaving from post position No. 2 as the 1-9 favourite, he was stuffed into a seat by Blatantly Good (Jordan Stratton). That one led through fractions of :26.3, :55 and 1:23.3.

Foiled Again was out by the three-quarters, meeting minimal resistance from the leader en route to a two and a quarter length victory. The mile of 1:51 is now the local seasonal standard. Second went to Blatantly Good, with Rock To Glory (Goodell) third.

For Foiled Again, an eight-year-old Dragon Again gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables, it was his first win in a pair of seasonal starts (second to Real Nice a week ago). The exacta paid $4.10, with the triple returning $12.20.

Saturday night's other Levy groupings presented these outcomes:

Like Real Nice and Foiled Again, odds-on, pole-sitting Atochia (Gingras, $2.40) was left to his own devices and--surprising very few--finished what he started (:28, :56.3, 1:24.2, 1:52.1).

Atochia, a seven-year-old Dragon Again gelding trained by Burke for himself (as Burke Racing), Weaver Bruscemi, JJK Stables and M1 Stables, is now two-for-three this season (25 career victories). The exacta paid $4.70, with the triple returning $14.40. He also won his opening leg division.

Flipper J (Brian Sears, $5.60) flipped off cover, then edged away, winning by a couple of lengths in 1:53. Silent Swing (MacDonald), part of the early scrum, was a pocket second, with Urgent Action (Bartlett) third. One More Laugh (Ray Schnittker), who paid a price to secure the lead, then rated a soft second quarter, folded in the lane.

For Flipper J, a four-year-old statebred son of Art Major owned by Fran Azur and trained by Kevin McDermott, it was his third win in nine '12 tries. The exacta paid $20.40, with the triple returning $87.

A series-debuting, third-choice Sea Venture (Brennan, $8.40), from the pylons as the only leaver, crawled through early fractions of :28.1 and :57.2. He then held off pocket-sitting, 13-10 choice River Shark (MacDonald) by a neck in 1:53, with fave Southern Allie (Gingras)--who had left for a seat--a first-up third.

For Sea Venture, a four-year-old statebred Western Terror gelding co-owned by trainer Lou Pena and Racing Team of America, it was his second (consecutive) win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.60, with the triple returning $31.80.

Nob Hill High (Stratton, $5.70) left from the pole as the favourite, yielded to Summer Camp, then beat him up...the inside. The margin was a going-away two lengths. Power Of A Moment (Brent Holland) closed for third, with first leg champ Clear Vision (Gingras) a first-up fourth.

For Nob Hill High, a six-year-old son of McArdle trained by Bruce Saunders for co-owners Robert Mondillo and Donald Robinson, is now four-for-12 this season. The exacta paid, $13.60 the triple returned $191 and the superfecta paid $342.50.

(With files from Yonkers Raceway)
(Yonkers Raceway)

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