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GEORGE MORTON LEVY MEMORIAL PACING SERIES UNDERWAY
Saturday night (March 17th) offered a quintet of $50,000 divisions of Free-for-Allers in the opening round of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.
First Division:From post position No. 2, season debuting Mach it So (Tim Tetrick, $4) threw down an early series gauntlet, retaking from Chumlee A (Larry Stalbaum) en route to a handy (28.2, 57.3, 1:25.3, 1:53.3) win. Chumlee A chased, beaten a length and three quarters, with pole-sitting Bettor Memories (Kyle Husted) a three hole third.
For Mach it So, an 8 year old Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was a 41st career victory as he nears $2.5 million in career earnings. The exacta paid $11, with triple returning $52.50.
Second Division: It was first-up from and first home for Always at My Place (George Brennan, $12.60). From post No. 2, he engaged last season's series winner, Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube) after that one's intervals of 27.2, 56.4 and 1:24.3.
Always at My Place forged by late, beating a pylon-skimming Mister Daytona N (Jordan Stratton) by a head in 1:54. Christen Me N (Tetrick), angling from the pocket as Keystone Velocity tired, was third, beaten a neck.
As for 3-2 choice Waikiki Beach A (Scott Zeron), his local debut was dreadful. Never involved, he finished seventh , beaten nearly 14 lengths.
For third choice Always at My Place, a 7 year old Always a Virgin gelding co-owned by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, he, too, made a successful '18 bow. The exacta paid $73.50, with the triple returning $185.50.
Third Division: Polester Dr. J Hanover (Brett Miller, $6.30) took one step forward and the of the field deferred. The result (28.2, 58.1, 1:26.4, 1:55) was a nary more than a public workout. Dr. J Hanover won by a length and a quarter, with Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett) a first up second and 19-10 fave All Bets Off a loose pocket third.
For second choice Dr. J Hanover, a 5 year old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned by Brad Grant, Robert Leblanc, Steven Wienick & Irwin Samelman and trained by Tony Alagna, it was his first win in a pair of seasonal starts. The exacta paid $24.20, with the triple returning $50.50.
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