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PENULTIMATE PEFORMERS IN LEVY SERIES


A trio $50,000 events comprised the Free-for-All foray, which was guaranteed a different look as series (3-for-3 leader) Dr. J Hanover "stole" a week off.

First Division-It was nary more than a qualifier for money for people's puny parimutuel preference Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $2.30). From post position No. 2, he worked around pole-sitting Chumlee A (Larry Stalbaum), then waltzed though a flat, 28-second opening quarter-mile and :57.2 intermission.

Long Live Rock (Dan Dube) tried it first-up from third, but even that didn't sufficiently up the tempo (1:25.3 three-quarters). Bit of a Legend N opened a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn, winning by a length-and-a-quarter in a season's-best 1:53.2.

Chumlee A saved second, with Killer Martini (Jason Bartlett) third.

For 2016 series champ Bit of a Legend N, a 9-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his second win in four seasonal/series starts (career earnings more than $1.97 million). The exacta paid $4.10, with the triple returning $18.60.

Second Division-Pole-sitting favorite Somewhere in L A (Bartlett, $4.40) retook from 96-1 rank outsider Evenin' of Pleasure (Joe Bongiorno) right at a :26.4 opening quarter-mile, then held that one at bay (56.3, 1:25, 1:53). Christen Me N (Stratton) was a ground-saving third.

Second- and third-choices Rockin' Ron and Missile J were non-factors from first and second over, respectively.



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