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Opening round of Levy Series held at Yonkers

Opening round of Levy Series held at Yonkers
Sunday, March 20, 2016 - by Frank Drucker, Publicity Director, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway

Yonkers, NY---Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night (March 19) rought 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.

Mike Lizzi photos

Texas Terror N was a 1:51 winner for birthday boy Matt Kakaley in the fastest of the Levy splits.

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 line. Sitting off hot (:26.1; 54.2; 1:22.2) fractions, Texas Terror Nó-from post position No. 4--was able to slip out and roll by in a life-best effort.

He defeating 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 Texas Terror N, an 8-year-old Down Under Western Terror gelding owned by Blindswitch Racing and trained by Jose Godinez, it was his second win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $886, with the triple returning $2,223.

Team Bamond doubled up, winning with season-debuting favorite 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 6-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 the 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.

It was the first win in a couple of seasonal starts for millionaire P H Supercam, a 9-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding. The exacta paid $27.60, with the triple returning $91.

Earlier, Brennan also doubled his pleasure, with down-the-road favorites Take It Back Terry ($3.60) in 1:51.2 and Lucan Hanover ($4.50) in 1:51.3.

P H Supercam won his Levy division in 1:53.1 with driver Jason Bartlett.

Take It Back 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 7-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, 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 backstretch and basically paced an even mile to finish fourth.

Take It Back Terry and driver George Brennan won their Levy split in 1:51.2.

Defending series champ Domethatagain (Dube) was fifth at a long price from an outside venue.

Lucan Hanover, a 6-year-old Western Ideal gelding owned by West Wins Stable owned trainwed by Andrew Harris, is now 3-for-3 to begin his season. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $11.60, with the triple returning $34.80.

The evening's final Levy event was 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 Bets Off (Kakaley) in a life-best 1:52.

Second choice Bit Of A Legend N, 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 7-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's 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 2 and 4), with five of Yonkers' leading drivers squaring off against five of their French counterparts.

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