DR. J HANOVER HAT TRICK LEADS THIRD ROUND OF LEVY SERIES
Four, $50,000 events comprised the Free-for-All foray.
First Division-After a pair of less-than-stellar series trips, Missile J came to play. From post position No. 3, he threw down the gauntlet 27.3, 56 1:24.1, 1:52 en route to the fastest local mile of the season.
Missile J rebuffed an attempted early hostile takeover from 1-2 favorite Mach it So, the defeated a good, first-up Bettor Memories by a length. Caviart Luca was third, while Mach it So went the wrong way late, fading to sixth.
For second choice Missile J, a 5-year-old American Ideal gelding co-owned by Brian Carsey & John McGill and trained by Scott DiDomenico, it was his fourth win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $40.60, with the triple returning $123.
Second Division-Odds-on from post No. 4, Dr. J Hanover did what he did in the first two legs. He made an immediate and "cheap" lead, then again made his rivals pay 28.3,58, 1:26.0, 1:53.3
Bit of a Legend N fought the good fight with a two-move second, but missed a half-length. Another Daily Copy was a pylon pocket third.
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 third win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.30, the triple returned $29 and the superfecta paid $134.
Third Division-Pole-sitting Western Fame snapped 4-5 fave Rockin' Ron at the wire. The latter led through intervals of 27.3, 56.4 and 1:25, taking a couple of lengths into the lane.
However, he could not join Dr. J Hanover as a three peater, faltering in a photo. Third went to Killer Martini beaten four lengths.
Meanwhile, last season's series winner, Keystone Velocity did not distinguished himself this night. The second choice was away a loose third, then backpedaled first-up as a never factoring sixth.
For third choice Western Fame, a 5 year old homebred son of Western Ideal owned by Brittany Farms and trained by Jimmy Takter, he's 2 for 4 this season. The exacta paid $23.20, the triple returned $124 and the superfecta paid $806.
Fourth Division-Somewhere in L A needed two moves to prevail. Away fourth from post No. 6, he saw Franco Rayner N give his backers an early thrill.
Somewhere in L A went past that one before the 1:23.4 three-quarters, opening 2½ lengths in in and out of the final turn. He whipped a troubled-trip Long Live Rock by a length in 1:53, with Luciano N third.
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