LOCAL STAKES SEASON CONTINUES WITH OPENING ROUND OF SAGAMORE HILL SERIES
The series, named for Long Island estate of Theodore Roosevelt, is open to 3- and 4-year-old gentlemen who are/were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through this past Dec. 1st.
Never Say Never N (Jason Bartlett, $2.70) made it 3-for-3 stateside with an off-the-pace, 1:55.2 victory in the opening, $20,000 division. From post position No. 5, he moved from fifth to the lead down the backside, opening a couple of lengths in the lane.
He held off a cone-skimming Western Tyrant (Yannick Gingras) by a neck, with Bass Player (Jordan Stratton) a rallying third.
For Never Say Never N, a 4-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding co-owned by Thomas Lazzaro & Gerard Stuchbury and trained by Heidi Rohr, it was his fourth win in eight career starts. The exacta paid $12, with the triple returning $57.50.
Canadian interloper Awesomeness (Scott Zeron, $2.10) was the second 1-20 proposition in as many nights, winning the night's final series event (from post No. 5) in a down-the-road 1:55.
The 4-year-old Mach Three gelding, who invaded after beating up Woodbine's Snowshoe Series, defeated 43-1 Wishiwasagigolo (Stratton) by a couple of lengths for a fifth (consecutive) win in six seasonal starts. Rock Power (Bartlett) was third. The exacta paid $29, with the triple returning $47.80.
The winner is owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Aaron Lambert.
Tuesday night's other Sagamore Hill sojourns went to...
--Prejudice,g,4 (by Western Terror); co-owners William Sartin,Mark Salerno/trainer Joseph DeCarlo/driver Stratton; (life-best) 1:53/$3.50;
--Ideal Son,g,4 (by American Ideal); owner Howard Taylor/trainer Tom Fanning/driver Bartlett; 1:54.3/$7.50;
--Artmagic,g,4 (by Art Major); owner Bamond Racing/trainer Jeffrey Bamond Jr./driver Brent Holland; (matches life-best) 1:54.1/$13.20.
The opening-round hunch play, the Teddy Roosevelt-coined phrase Bully Pulpit, was a non-factor fifth in the fourth division.
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