ELIMS FOR ROONEY, LISMORE PACES LEAD YONKERS SATURDAY
With 10 3-year-old boys entering the Rooney and nine sophomore girls in the Lismore, it was three games of 'musical chairs' to determine next week's finalists.
Odds-on favorite Decoy (Dave Miller, $2.20) made short work of his four foes in the first, $40,000 eliminations for the Rooney. Unhurried from post position No. 3, he rolled to the past the half, then rolled away. The final margin over a good surface was 8 1/2 lengths in 1:54.
Minnie Vinnie (Brett Miller) closed for second as the 32-1 rank outsider, with Major Authority (Brian Sears) third and early leader Jimtastic (Jason Bartlett) fourth. Matinee Fashion (George Brennan)eliminated himself with a break down the backside the second time.
For Decoy, a son of Somebeachsomewhere co-owned Brixton Medical Group, R A W Equine & Joe Sbrocco and trained by Jimmy Takter, it was his second win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $36.60, with no triple wagering offered due to the short field.
I was pretty happy with him, Miller said. He went a good middle half. Now, we hope to good for next week.
Saturdays other 40 large elim for the Rooney saw Trump Nation (Bartlett, $9) hold off both 4-5 choice Springsteen (Sears) and Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller)by a head and a neck, respectively.
Pole sitting Trump Nation took over from early leader and subsequent breaker Handsoffmychips (Brennan), then finish it off in 1:53.3, his fastest purse mile of the season.
Kwik Talkin' (Jordan Stratton) wound up fourth.
For third choice Trump Nation, a statebred son of Betterthancheddar co-owned by Andrew Harris and Evan Katz, he's now 2-for-4 this season. The exacta paid $17.80, with again no triple wagering offered.
I wanted to control the race, Bartlett said. When I saw the cheap 57.2 half, I thought I was in good shape, but halfway down the lane,when (Springsteen) came at me, I thought I was beaten. He dug in.
The evening’s lone $20,000 elimination for the Lismore was won by Jewels Forreal (Dan Dube, $5.20, part of entry in a life best 1:55.1.
The finals of both events, worth $300,000 (Rooney) and $111,44 4 Lismore, go next Saturday night May 26th. Open draws take place Monday afternoon May 21st
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