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A Yonkers Trot win.

"It's the signature race and my home track and it's eluded me," Bartlett said. "It's an important race for me personally and I want to win it.

"I've had three good chances to win it, but none worked out."

In 2008 (when 'sure winner' Holiday Credit jumped it off with an open-length, late-stretch lead), Velocity Hall "was sitting in the two-hole (behind eventual winner Napoleon) and had plenty of trot. I was deciding whether I should get out and go wide, and he broke (going toward the three-quarters).

"That hurt, because his owner, Tom Dillon, is a good friend of mine from Maine."

A year later, Broadway Bistro "was very good winning his elimination (first-up), but drew the eight-hole in the final. Even then, I thought he had a chance
Unfortunately, he made a break the second time down the back."

In 2013, Creampuff Macdaddy "couldn't have been any smoother in the elimination, but he hit the bike in the first turn of the final and made a break."

Fast forward to this Saturday night (Sept. 2nd). Bartlett certainly figures to have a legit shot in the $500,000, 63rd edition. The open draw has him taking a seat behind Guardian Angel AS from post position No. 4.

The 'Guardian' won the second of two, $40,000 elimination races a last weekend, grinding by Money Macintosh late to win by a half-length in 1:56.

"I like my chances with him," Bartlett said. "I can't complain about the draw. I'm in between Devious Man (post position No. 1) and Yes Mickey (other elim winner, post No. 6)."

The 3-year-old statebred son of 2012 Trot winner Archangel, trained by Anette Lorentzon for co-owners ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson, has won seven of his dozen seasonal starts ($138,093), including all four starts here.

This season's Trot has a bit of a different feel, with nine in the final (first time since 2000) after last week's dead-heat for fourth (Di Oggi and Southwind Hydro) in the race won by Guardian Angel AS.

"I can't speak for anyone else, but the extra horse in the field doesn't bother me," Bartlett said. "I just drive my race and go from there."

The Trot goes as the fifth race (approximate post draw 8:35 PM), with each horse (and driver and early computerized line) racing independently...

1-Devious Man (Andy Miller, 5-2), 2-Di Oggi (Montrell Teague, 10-1), 3-Southwind Cobra (Matt Kakaley, 20-1), 4-Guardian Angel AS (Jason Bartlett, 7-2), 5-Southwind Hydro (Marcus Johansson, 12-1), 6-Yes Mickey (lone $30,000 supplement/lone gelding, Ake Svanstedt, 3-1), 7-Money Macintosh (Jordan Stratton, 12-1), 8-Another Chapter (Dan Dube, 20-1), 9-Top Flight Angel (Brian Sears, 9-1).

Note Top Flight Angel starts from the second tier.

First post for the dozen-race card is the usual 7:10 PM.

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