DR. J HANOVER, ROCKINí RON DOUBLE UP IN SECOND ROUND OF LEVY SERIES
A quartet of $50,000 events again brought together many of the marquee Free-For-Allers. The result was three, down-the-road winners, including two series repeaters.
The encore performers were faves Dr. J Hanover. $4.10 and Rockin' Ron $2.30 in the bookend divisions.
Dr. J Hanover won the draw for the second consecutive start and put his rivals to sleep for the second consecutive start. A cheapy (27.4, 57.3) half served him well after another first-leg winner, Always at My Place , offered a hard, first-up challenge. That one was disposed after a 27 second third quarter (1:24.3), while Dr. J Hanover swelled up to two lengths entering the lane.
The final margin was 21/2 lengths a season's-best (purse start) 1:52.4. Chumlee A lost touch in the pocket, crossed the line second but was set down to fourth for cutting some cones. That placed Keystone Velocity second and Bit of a Legend N third.
"He surprised me," Miller said. "After that third quarter, he just opened up."
For 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 second win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $21, with the triple returning $91.50.
Rockin' Ron, from post position No. 2, wanted no part of an early pocket. He took over from pole-sitting Luciano N then with another pedestrian early portion held that rival at bay (26.3, 57, 1:24.4, 1:53.2).
The margin was three-quarters of a length. Mach it So, after last week's win, turned in a solid, two-move effort for third from behind the eight-ball.
For Rockin' Ron, a 6 year old Real Desire co-owned by (trainer) Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, RTC and J&T Silva Stables, it was his second win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $4.60, with the triple returning $19.20.
Saturday night's third down-the-pike series winner was another wagering choice in Evenin' of Pleasure, $3.20. From post No. 3, he took no prisoners 26.2, 56.1, 1:24, 1:53.1. A wide closing Bettor Memories was second, with Another Daily Copy third and an out the mile Orillia Joe fourth.
For Evenin' of Pleasure, a 8-year-old son of Dragon Again owned by Gestion J Y Blais and trained by Jennifer Bongiorno, it was his first win in a pair of seasonal starts. The exacta paid $31.40, triple returned $173 and the superfecta paid $558.
The night's only off the pace series winner, a second over Western Fame $11 was also the only non-winning second-round favorite.
Saturday's $40,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by Mostinterestingman $6 in 1:56.2
The 12-race handle was $1,007,866, the Raceway's first "non-French" seven-figure wagering card of the season.
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