Day At The Track

Odds-on entities take advantage

04:44 PM 12 May 2019 NZST
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Yonkers,Harness racing

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 11, 2019--Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night (May 11th) soiree saw a pair of odds-on entities take advantage of generous getaways in the $44,000 harness racing co-features, plus a visit from the Reynolds Memorial crowd.

The weekly adult-table pace had Levy Series standout Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland, $3.60) drill his rivals. From post position No. 3 (inside one notch after the scheduled pole-sitter came up ill), he hung Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton), then toyed with 'em (:26.4, :54.4; 1:23, life-best 1:51.1). The final margin was an unasked 4¾ lengths.

Major Crocker A (Dan Dube), the new polester, just held off a stubborn Pacing Major N for second, with Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett) and JJ Flynn (Austin Siegelman) closing for the minors.

For Ideal Jimmy, a 6-year-old homebred Western Ideal gelding owned by D R Van Witzenburg and trained by Erv Miller, it was his seventh win in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.30, the triple (three wagering choices in order) returned $18.40 and the superfecta paid $91.50.

The week's marquee trot had a methodical Will Take Charge (Siegelman, $3.10) turn in the fastest local mile (1:54) of the season.

From post No. 3, he eschewed an early move to the lead, then tracked down In Secret (George Brennan) after that one's subsections of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:25.

Will Take Charge did just that early in the lane, drawing out to win by a couple of lengths. A loosely-covered Top Flight Angel (catch-driver Dube) did grab second, with In Secret, Swansea (Joe Bongiorno) and Sumatra (Stratton) picking off the remainder.

For Will Take Charge, a 6-year-old Kadabra gelding co-owned by trainer Jeff Gillis and Mac Nichol, it was his first win in five '19 tries. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $10.40, the triple returned $40.60 and the superfecta paid $190.

Also Saturday night, the $92,100 W.N. Reynolds Pace offered two divisions each for the 3-year-old girls and boys.

A gingerly-handled Queen of the Pride (Stratton, $2.30) was advertised in her $22,050 event, winning by 4½ lengths in 1:54. The daughter of McArdle, owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, is now 4-for-5 this season.

As Time Goes By (catch-driver Stratton, $13) went by tiring odds-on fave Art Lecture (Brennan) in a life-best 1:54.3, winning her $21,550 event. The Captaintreacherous miss is trained Julie Miller for co-owners Willow Oak Ranch and Andy Miller Stable.

The colt and gelding groupings, each worth $24,250, were won by...

--Wager on Me (by Bettor's Delight); co-owners George and Tina Dennis Racing,North State Street Stable/trainer Joe Columbo/driver Bartlett; 1:54.2/$6.90;

--American Admiral (by American Ideal); co-owners William and James Fleming/trainer Andrew Harris/driver Jim Marohn Jr.; 1:54.3/$11.20.

Seventy-cents-on-the-dollar faves in each colts/gelding event--World on Edge (Brennan) and Mo Mas Amor (Bartlett)--each threw in steps and were last and did not finish, respectively.

 

Frank Drucker
Director of Publicity
Yonkers

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