Amazing Aged Animals At War In FinalsGeorge Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Final gathers some of the fastest elder stalwarts in its field in a long time. In this year’s legs there have been a few domineering males and although they may have met two at a time in certain divisions, not all of the best were showcased until the April 28 final, worth $445,000 at Yonkers Raceway.
Levy’s Last Stand
The April 21 “Levy”final has drawn with what could be serious consequences for some of the heavier contenders.
2-Art Z (Brett Miller)
3-Atochia (Ron Pierce)
4-Fitz's Z Tam (Brian Sears)
5-Strand Hanover (Luc Ouellette)
6-Nob Hill High (Jordan Stratton)
7-Real Nice (Jason Bartlett)
8-Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras).
(Atochia and Foiled Again race as a common-ownership entry.)
The ‘Match’ Game
3-Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick)
4-Fox Valley Sage (Cat Manzi)
5-Ginger And Fred (Bartlett)
6-Billmar Scooter (Eric Goodell)
7-Chancey Lady (Andy Miller)
8-Western Silk (Brennan).
(Rocklamation and Ginger And Fred race as a common-ownership entry, while Anndrovette and Chancey Lady go uncoupled due to bona fide separate ownership.)
The April 27 no-takeout Pick 4 at Cal-Expo is the last four races of the program, from 11 through 14. Last week turned out to be a puzzler, with what we figured were easy toss-outs winning over our highly competitive but failing contenders. That’s behind us now, so here are, with comments, our choices this week for your consideration.
(1) Doit By The Clock won closing well last week and could get a good price to repeat considering there are some in here that the public should give more chances than they deserve. (5) Arch Nemesis broke last week while supported well enough and he came back to cash a minor check. With straight steering he could upset.
(6) RW Island Spirit has been sitting on a big mile and this group is poor enough to give him a shot at getting that victory. It is a tough single but this is a race we would gladly pass were it not in the mix, so let’s go with him. .
(2) Jeano took the show spot last time at 32-1 and a comfortable ground-saving ride here could be cause for major improvement. The rest are so poor that we cannot even tell you which one will get favorite status. The 4 maybe, even though she tanked as the choice last week?
(1) Village Benjamin suffered some broken gear along the route and was hampered greatly as a 2-1 shot, finishing seventh. (4) Hey Scoob could not keep up the pace he set and was caught but may ration that speed to make more out of it in this group. (5) Devilish Donnie was the public choice and finished third; he more enjoys winning when he isn’t so favored.
On the H2W list this Friday, April 27:
Riley Bow, Race 1
Miss Bikini Beach, Race 11
On the H2W list this Saturday, April 28:
Dreamsofgrandeur, Race 6
Jessalilpeace, Race 11
Komoda’s Fantasy, Race 11
Taxi Dancer, Race 10
Here is another part of the H2W list that does not identify the next races for these horses. Use your TwinSpires database to alert you when they go.
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Ray Cotolo contributed to this edition.