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In the Arsenal - post 2 in $300,000 Art Rooney

04:26 AM 27 May 2015 NZST
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In The Arsenal winning the Sheppard Final at Yonkers
Photo by Mike Lizzi

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - In the Arsenal, already with a Yonkers Raceway open stakes wins to his credit, drew post position No. 2 for Saturday night's harness racing $300,000 Art Rooney Pace.

The 25th edition of the Art Rooney, one of the sport's premier events for the 3-year-old male pacers, goes as the fourth of 12 races (first post 7:10 PM, approximate post for Rooney 8:15 PM).

Brian Sears drives In the Arsenal, a son of American Ideal trained by Kelvin Harrison for co-owners (breeder) White Birch Farm and In the Arsenal Racing. The colt won the second of last weekend's two elimination races, defeating Rock N' Roll World by a head in 1:53.1. In the Arsenal has won eight of his 13 career races and $431,843, making him the richest of the octet the final.

He first gained prominence last summer, winning the $125,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard, the Raceway's premier event for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings.

Last week's other elim winner, Sonofa Sizzle (1:52.1), wasn't as fortunate with the open draw. He landed behind the eight-ball with George Brennan picking up the assignment for trainer Josh Green. Sears drove the son of Life Sizzles a week ago.

The field for the Rooney Pace...

1 - Rock N' World (Dan Dube),

2 - In the Arsenal (Brian Sears),

3 - Arque Hanover (Jason Bartlett),

4 - National Seelster (Andy Miller),

5 - Betting Exchange (Dave Miller),

6 - Bet You (Brett Miller),

7 - Cartoon Daddy (Yannick Gingras),

8 - Sonofa Sizzle (George Brennan).

Note that In the Arsenal and Betting Exchange shall race as a common-ownership entry.

Saturday night's undercard is led by the companion event, the $117,724 Lismore for 3-year-old pacing fillies (6th race, approximate post 9 PM).

The half-dozen lasses...

1 - Strut My Stuff (Jordan Stratton),

2 - Bedroomconfessions (Sears),

3 - Totally Rusty (Bartlett),

4 - Sassa Hanover (Gingras),

5 - Purrfect Bags (Tim Tetrick),

6 - Special Package (Brennan).

Note Strut My Stuff and Totally Rusty race as a (common-ownership) entry, with the latter of $15,000 supplemental entrant.

Changes (if any) to these races are to be made Wednesday morning.

Frank Drucker

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