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Bartlett, Banca Take Two In Levy

Published: April 9, 2017 12:32 am ET

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With points leader Missile J getting a week off for good behavior, the Saturday night marquee was available for rental during Round 4 of Yonkers Raceway’s George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.

Three, $50,000 divisions — down from four the first three weeks — went at it.

Stablemates Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett, $6.10) and Somewhere In L A (Bartlett again, $7.80) won the second and third events in 1:52.1 and a season’s-best 1:51.3, respectively.

Blood Brother, from post position No. 2 after a pair of no-shot seven-holes the previous two tries, picked off pacesetting polester McArdles Lightning (Matt Kakaley) after that one laid down the law (:27.4, :56.3, 1:24.1). It was 8-5 fave Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube) trying it first-up from fourth, pressing the leader to the lane.

Blood Brother ducked inside and prevailed by a half-length over McArdles Lightning, with Keystone Velocity hanging in for third. Te Kawau N (Tim Tetrick) and Provocativeprincen (Jordan Stratton) rounded out the payees.

For second Blood Brother, a five-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Richard Banca for co-owners D’elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P and P T Stables, the win was his second in 11 seasonal starts (one-for-four in series). The exacta paid $23, with the triple returning $36.

Somewhere In L A, from post No. 3, did it first-up. He engaged pole-siting Mach It So (Tetrick) as that one led through intervals of :27, :56.1 and 1:23.3. Somewhere In L A won the stretch battle, picking off Mach It So by a head.

Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald) tracked the the winner and wound up third, with Soto (Dube) — a fourth pocket trip in as many series starts — and 7-5 choice Bit Of A Legend N (Stratton) settling for the minors.

For second choice Somewhere In L A, a six-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Banca for co-owners D’elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P and Gandolfo Stables, the win was his fifth in a dozen seasonal starts (one-for-four in series). The exacta paid $32.40, the triple returned $153 and the superfecta paid $318.50.

"I didn't want to get tortured again with him," Bartlett said of Somewhere In L A and his early-series speed tries. “I had him relax for the first three-eighths and he did the rest. There's no bottom to him."

Saturday night’s first Levy grouping had a first-over Clear Vision (Brett Miller, $8.90), from post No. 2, gut out a nose win over McWicked (Kakaley) in 1:52.1. The latter rolled through subsections of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:24, leading every step but the last one.

Third went to a pocketed Guantanamo Bay (Stratton), with slight 2-1 choice Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) and Caviart Luca (George Brennan) grabbing the smaller envelopes.

For third choice Clear Vision, an 11-year-old Western Hanover gelding co-owned by Robert Santagata & Jennifer Lappe and trained by John Kokinos, the win was his second in nine ’17 starts (one-for-two in series). The exacta paid $48.40, with the triple returning $202.

"He's one of my favourite horses of all-time," Miller said. "He won first-over for me in the [2014] Battle of Lake Erie [at Northfield]. A lot of people don't care for him because he's won’t go by the final horse [though he did tonight]. If he did, he’d have made $5 million [he’s now at $2.6 million].”

Saturday night’s $55,000 Open Trot was won by favoured Not Afraid (Dube, $5.40) down-the-road in 1:56.1. The Jimmy Takter trainee held off late-closers Buen Camino (Brennan) and Taco Tuesday (Stratton) by a neck in his first foray this season in Yonkers' Open class. The eight-year-old SJs Caviar gelding pushed his career earnings to nearly $945,000 for Toronto's John Fielding and co-owners Christina Takter and Goran Anderberg.

Special props to the inimitable Foiled Again (Kakaley, $3.90), who notched career win No. 94 in the $27,000, opener (1:53.2). Trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables, the 13-year-old Dragon Again gelding bumped his record bankroll to $7,546,007.

The evening’s Pick 5, buoyed by a double carryover of more than $12,500, attracted $28,524 of new investments, resulted in a winning combination of 2/3/1/2/5, paying $1,579.50 for every correct half-a-buck wager.

(With files from Yonkers Raceway)

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