Connections Comment On 'Sheppard'

Published: July 16, 2014 04:02 pm EDT

Elimination winners In the Arsenal (Eric Goodell, Post 2) and Cartoon Daddy (George Brennan, Post 5) lead eight two-year-old colts into Saturday $125,000 final of Yonkers Raceway’s Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace.

In the Arsenal won the first of last weekend’s eliminations in a maiden-breaking 1:56.2. The White Birch Farm homebred son of American Ideal was caught three wide early, but eventually strode out to win by two and three-quarter lengths.

“(The Sheppard) was always on our schedule,” trainer Kelvin Harrison said. “He’s a smallish horse, and we thought the half-mile track would suit him.”

Cartoon Daddy was a tick faster in his elim and prevailed in 1:56.1. The $60,000 son of Art Major, co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Joe DiScala Jr., hit town after a New York Sire Stakes win at Buffalo.

“He was looking around (in his elimination) the way two-year-olds tend to, but once I pulled the plugs, he was all business,” Brennan said.

The ‘Sheppard’ has been carded as the fifth race (approximate post 8:50 p.m.) on the 12-race card.

The field for the Sheppard appears below (post position – horse – listed driver).

1 – Rock N Roll World – Pat Lachance
2 – In The Arsenal – Eric Goodell
3 – Perfect Bet – Jeff Dauplaise
4 – Mystical Pacer – Brent Holland
5 – Cartoon Daddy – George Brennan
6 – Parklane Eagle – Jordan Stratton
7 – Lone Survivor – Brian Sears
8 – Byby Landon – Jason Bartlett