This is the 24th edition of the Rooney. The premier event for 3-year-olds was inaugurated in 1989, a year after the passing of Art Rooney Sr.
Saturday's final goes as the 11th race (approximate post of 11 PM) on a 13-race card, with first post at the usual 7:10 PM.
All Bets Off, a son ofco-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) , Frank Baldachino, Panhellenic Stables and Rosemary Shelswell, he is 2-for-3 this season. With driving-as he's doing Saturday-All Bets Off comfortably won the second of last week's two $40,000 elimination races, going down the road in 1:52.3.
Stevensville, himself a wire-to-wire winner (1:53) in the last weekend's other elim, landed post No. 6 for the final...he same starting venue from a week ago.again takes a seat for co-owner/trainer .
After the race was drawn, Thereisapaceforus, who had drawn the pylons, was scratched. That moved Maxi Bon from the "also eligible" list into the race and inside his seven rivals. That also forced Maxi Bon and Gold Rocks, both trained byto race coupled (common ownership).
Alagna's third horse, Bondi Hanover, goes as a distinct wagering interest (bona fide separate ownership).
The new and improved field for the final of the Rooney, with declared drivers...
1-Maxi Bon (), 2-Bondi Hanover (Bartlett also listed), 3-Gold Rocks ( ), 4-All Bets Off ( ), 5-Some Playa (Brennan also listed), 6-Stevensville ( ), 7-Unlocked ( ), 8-Ideal Fashion ( ). Maxi Bon and Gold Rocks are coupled (see above), Some Playa is a gelding, while Forty Five Red is the only also eligible.
The $124,744 final of the Lismore, for 3-year-old fillies, goes as the 9th race (approximate post 10:20 PM) drew as such...
1-Also Encouraging (Kakaley), 2-It Was Fascination (), 3-Bettor Business (Dan Dube), 4-Tyra (Tetrick), 5-Southwind Silence (Brennan), 6-Rusty's Bliss (Bartlett), 7-Gentlemen's Delight (Kakaley also listed), 8-Palm Beach (Kakaley also listed). Note that JK Molly and A Little Starstruk are the also eligibles.
After Saturday's stakes program, live racing/evening simulcasting is on hiatus until Friday, June 13th. Yonkers offers afternoon simulcasting daily, including the June 7th Belmont Stakes (first post 11:35 AM).by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway