The Teddy Roosevelt-approved series, for 3- and 4-year-old colts and geldings, culminated with Yonkers Raceway's richest race of the season to date.
Extreme Machine N, as the 9-10 favorite, won the draw and watched as Artist Night () set sail on a mission. That mission included a 28-second opening quarter-mile and :55.3 half. All the while, Extreme Machine N was pacing just enough to make sure outside leavers Ashley's Husband ( ) and A Stitch in Time (Ron Pierce) had no hole.
Artist Night had five lengths at the wicked 1:22.4 three-quarters before Goodell asked his charge to close ranks. The margin was a length-and-a-half entering the lane, but the fractions were shockingly taking their toll.
Extreme Machine N went by, getting the best of a three-hole-sitting Sir Michigan Z Tam by a half-length in a life-best 1:52.1. Artist Night held third, beaten a couple of lengths, with City Hall () and Touchdown Mindale ( ) grabbing the remainder. Wilcox (Dan Dube), "Ashley" and A Stitch in Time rounded out the order.
"I haven't seen the end to him yet," Goodell said. "I didn't want to be right on George's (Brennan, driving Artist Night) back, and even with those fractions, I was worried I waited too long.
"In the (final) turn, he started to come back to me. (Extreme Machine N) steers a bit funny, and has a lot to learn, but the more experience he gets over here, he's just going to get better."
For Extreme Machine N, a 4-year-old Down Undergelding owned by Joseph Muscara and trained by , he returned $3.90 for his third win as many seasonal/series/North American starts. The exacta paid $18, the triple returned $42.20 and the superfecta paid $104.
A trio of series consolations, worth $25,000, $12,500 and $12,500, respectively, were won by I Dreamed a Dream (Pat Lachance, $14) in 1:54.2, Rolandale Buster (Dube, $8.20) in a life-best 1:54.4, and Artacus (catch-driver Miller, $38.20) in a life-best 1:54.
Tuesday's Pick-5 pool, fortified with a $7,907.68 carryover and featuring a $25,000 guaranteed pool, induced $32,731 of fresh coin into the equation.
The winning combination of 3/4/6/1/5 returned a tidy $16,228 to a pair of intelligent handicappers.
by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway