Levy Series starts Saturday with five divisions

12:06 PM 19 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Foiled Again, harness racing Apprentice Hanover, harness racing Doctor Butch, harness racing
Ron Burke with his super star, Foiled Again
Apprentice Hanover goes for his tenth straight win
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Doctor Butch will test his ability against older horses
YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 18, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's six-week Free-For-All foray, better known as the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Matchmaker, begins Saturday night.

Thirty-six (of the 47) series eligibles are in to go, resulting in five, $50,000, opening-round divisions. They go as races 2.4,5,9 and 11 on the 12-race card.

Ten of the entrants carry the hope and dreams of trainer Ron Burke, including the season-debuting Foiled Again. Twice a Levy champion and twice (including last season) a bridesmaid, the sport's six-million-dollar ($6,030,968) ageless wonder makes his 199th career start.

The 10-year-old Dragon Again gelding, co-owned (as Burke Racing) by his trainer, along with Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables, landed post position No. 6 in the final event, with Yannick Gingras doing the honors.

He draws in with the red-hot Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson, post 3), the scourge of Ontario who has won nine consecutive races (5-for-5 this season). Ben Wallace trains the 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere for owner Brad Grant.

Burke and P J Fraley (six entered in the opening round) each have coupled entries in the second division, where double-millionaire Sweet Lou (Gingras, post 5) makes his 5-year-old debut. "Lou" ended his 2013 season with a handy win in an Open Handicap here.

Doctor Butch, a statebred standout and last season's Art Rooney Pace champ, commences his 4-year-old season in the fourth division. Tim Tetrick drives for owner Ken Jacobs and trainer Linda Toscano.

Tuesday Pick 5 pays off $231 for $.50 cent wager

Yonkers Raceway’s Tuesday Pick 5 had many fans investing with many fists on Tuesday.

A $25,000 guaranteed pool—fortified with a $7,500 carryover—attracted $38,283 of fresh lettuce.
The winning combination of 

1-A Stitch in Time ($3)

2-Wilcox ($2.60)

5-Kehmywood ($13.60)

3-Cole Heat ($2.90)

1-Grantor Hanover ($7.60)

paid $231 for every half-a-buck.

by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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