In The Arsenal, Cartoon Daddy head $125,000 Sheppard

07:28 AM 17 Jul 2014 NZST
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In The Arsenal and driver Eric Goodell
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Cartoon Daddy and Jim Morrill, Jr.
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YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, July 16, 2014-Elimination winners In the Arsenal (Eric Goodell, post 2) and Cartoon Daddy (George Brennan, post 5) lead eight 2-year-old colts into Saturday night's $125,000 final of Yonkers Raceway's Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace.

In the Arsenal won the first of last weekend's two, $25,000 elims in a maiden-breaking 1:56.2. The White Birch Farm homebred son of American Ideal, caught three-wide early, nonetheless strode out by 2¾ lengths.

"(The Sheppard) was always on our schedule," trainer Kelvin Harrison said. "He's a smallish horse, and we thought the half-mile track would suit him."

Cartoon Daddy was a tick faster in his elimination, prevailing in 1:56.1. The $60,000 son of Art Major, co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Joe DiScala Jr., hit town after a New York Sire Stakes win at Buffalo.

"He was looking around (in his elimination), the way 2-year-olds tend to, but once I pulled the plugs, he was all business," Brennan said.

The Sheppard goes as the fifth race (approximate post 8:50 PM) on the 12-race card. After the open draws, the roster is... 1-Rock N' Roll World (Pat Lachance), 2-In the Arsenal (Eric Goodell), 3- Perfect Bet (Jeff Dauplaise), 4-Mystical Pacer (Brent Holland), 5-Cartoon Daddy (George Brennan), 6-Parklane Eagle (Jordan Stratton), 7-Lone Survivor (Brian Sears), 8-Byby Landon (Jason Bartlett).

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

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