The total purse of this season's Rooney is $380,000, with a pair of $40,000 elimination races this Saturday night leading to the as-guaranteed $300,000 final a week later (Saturday, May 31st).
The elims go as races 9 and 11 on the 13-race card, with He's Watching making his seasonal parimutuel debut from post position No. 2 in the opening elimination. The first four finishers in each race qualify for the final.
The fields, with declared drivers...
1st elim (9th race) -1-Unlocked (), 2-He's Watching ( .), 3-Forty Five Red ( ), 4-Gold Rocks ( ), 5-Bondi Hanover (Zeron also listed), 6-Stevensville ( ).
2nd elim (11th race)--1-Ideal Fashion (), 2-Some Playa (Sears also listed), 3-All Bets Off ( ), 4-Thereisapaceforus ( ), 5-Maxi Bon (Zeron).
Note Some Playa and Thereisapaceforus are geldings.
"He's right where I want him to be," He's Watching's co-owner/trainer Dave Menary said. "Both of his (Mohawk) qualifiers were tremendous. Last week (Friday), the weather was cool and windy, and we couldn't have asked for any more (1:52.1).
"We're looking forward to coming back (Yonkers). He loves the track (3-for-3 in 2013, including a season-ending New York Sire Stakes championship), and we're anxious to have him start the season."
The son ofis 8-for-8 in his career (13-for-13 including qualifiers), having earned $291,722 as a freshman.
The $124,744 final of the Lismore Pace for 3-year-old fillies also goes the final night of May. This Saturday offers two, $20,000, five-to-pare-down-to-four eliminations races (with declared drivers) as such...
1st elim (4th race)--1-It Was Fascination (Zeron), 2-Bettor Business (Dan Dube), 3-A Little Starstruk (Bartlett), 4-Southwind Silence (Kakaley), 5-Palm Beach (Bartlett also listed).
2nd elim (6th race)--1-Also Encouraging (Sears), 2-Tyra (Tetrick), 3-JK Molly (Brennan), 4-Gentlemen's Delight (Dube), 5-Rusty's Bliss (Sears also listed).
The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily.
by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway