Brennan Opines On Weekend Drives

Published: June 22, 2018 10:32 am EDT

Driver George Brennan will take the lines behind Lispatty, Always At My Place and DWs NY Yank in this weekend’s $44,000 features for distaff pacers, open pacers and trotters at Yonkers Raceway.

Brennan shared his thoughts on his horses and their chances this weekend:

Friday, Race 7 - $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace
Lispatty, post 4, 2-1

Lispatty finished third in a leg of the Matchmaker Series earlier this year before trying the competition in the Pennsylvania Open Series in May. She earned a fourth-place cheque in three of five starts in that series before shipping back to Yonkers June 8. Since her return to the half-mile track, Lispatty dominated competition in two straight $22,000 overnights; she won wire-to-wire by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:52 June 8 and stopped the clock in a blistering 1:51.1 last time out June 15 in an effort that surprised even Brennan. Lispatty, a five-year-old daughter of McArdle who’s won 20 races and $524,445, won the local distaff feature four times last year.

“She’s got a good spot, she’s got the four-hole. She’s been good. I’ve driven her for a couple years now and at Yonkers, she’s never been better. She went in 1:51.1 last week and at Yonkers she’s never been better. She gets around that track really good. I mean, 1:51.1, that’s a big mile that she did last week. She’s been very good and she’s actually getting better with the warmer weather. She wasn’t at her best in the colder weather in the Matchmaker. She’s going to fare good. She’s inside her competition, she’s got the four-hole, she can leave really well and she fits real well in there. I’m not saying she’s the best in there, but she’s got a good spot.”

Saturday, Race 6 - $44,000 Open Handicap Pace
Always At My Place, post 4, 3-1

After going 10-for-31 last year and earning $188,963, Always At My Place is just 2-for-12 halfway through the 2018 season. He captured a leg of the George Morton Levy Series March 17 and upset in the $100,000 Levy Consolation at odds of 22-1 April 21. Always At My Place enters this week’s pacing feature off a string of narrow defeats. He was second to Heaven Rocks in a 1:50 mile in the Open Series at Pocono June 3, was beaten a head by Somewhere In LA in the local Open June 9 while pacing 1:52.0, and suffered a nose defeat to Western Dynasty after setting the fractions in a $27,500 overnight last Saturday.

“His last two races at Yonkers have been the best two races he’s had at Yonkers in the past two years. He gets around the track a lot better than he used to. He’s inside and he’s got a good chance. He struggles around that track a little bit, but he has an inside advantage and he’s good, he’s a good horse. He’s a solid horse, he knows how to win a horse race. Last week he got beat a lip on the wire in 1:51.1 and came home in :27.1. There’s not many horses that do that at Yonkers, come home in :27.1 and get beat on the wire. No horses come home at Yonkers in :27.1 with a mile in 1:51.1.”

Saturday, Race 7 - $44,000 Open Handicap Trot
DWs NY Yank, post 6, 6-1

The nine-year-old trotter proved he’s just as good as ever when winning the local Open Handicap Trot in 1:54.3 May 26. The speedy mile saw DWs NY Yank assigned the outside post last out June 9, which he was unable to overcome as he finished fifth, beaten 7-3/4 lengths, behind Tight Lines. The earner of $1.2 million seeks his 50th victory Saturday night, but will have to do so from post 6.

“That’s going to be a tough spot, he’s got the six-hole and that’s a tough spot. There’s speed inside and it’s hard. He’s a good horse, he’s a nine-year-old. He’s got a track record he set as a four-year-old of 1:54.2, and then as a nine-year-old he just won in 1:54.3. He’s still just as good, but he’s got a real hard spot. On that track, I just have to pick his spots a little bit. He is such a great horse, he’s a terrific horse, one of my favourites.”

First post time Friday (June 23) and Saturday (June 24) is 6:50 p.m.

(SOA of New York)