P H Supercam and harness racing driver Jason Bartlett found vacant room along the rail and scooted by Foiled Again and held off Apprentice Hanover to win the $567,000 final of the George Morton Levy Final Saturday at Yonkers Raceway.
It was a sloppy and dull track after earlier rains that saw the richest harness racing event of 2014 in North America get off to a flying start with world champion Foiled Again and driver Yannick Gingras grabbed the early lead from Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) by the opening quarter mile in :27.2.
They raced that way to the half mile in :56.2 but then in the backstretch it started to heat up as Bettor’s Edge (George Brennan) started up first-over with Dancin Yankee (Ron Pierce) second over to the three-quarters in 1:24.4. Then Pierce was not going to sit and moved Dancin Yankee three-wide around the final turn to try and mount a challenge.
Coming down the stretch Yannick Gingras went after Foiled Again, hoping the 10-year-old could dig in one more time while Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson) had fanned out four-wide but was gobbling up ground in the stretch.
Sapphire City and Eric Carlson just sat in the pocket, apparently without any pace and did not try the passing lane so Jason Bartlett grabbed the golden opportunity, moved P H Supercam into the passing lane and came home a winner by a half length over Apprentice Hanover with Foiled Again a game third in 1:52.3.
“He is such a great horse,” Said Jason Bartlett of P H Supercam. “You can just race him as the race unfolds. He can leave, he can come off the helmet, anything you just ask him to do. He was just so fast in the passing lane, he really kicked in. I thought I was sitting in a pretty good spot after the start of the race.”
A seven-year-old gelded son of, it was the fourth win this year for P H Supercam. He is trained by P J Fraley and is owned by the Bamond Racing Group of Brick, NJ. P H Supercam paid $6.40 to win.
It was the richest Levy final in the history of the race and the richest Grand Circuit event of 2014 to date.
It was tag-team Burke Racing Stable in the $100,000 Levy Consolation race as the entry of Clear Vision and Easy Again raced against each other down the stretch with Clear Vision and driver George Brennan getting the victory.
Easy Again (Yannick Gingras) was the first to show with Word Power (Jody Jamieson) grabbing the two-hole garden spot to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. But the lead was short lived as Brennan came charging up on the outside with Clear Vision and they took command of the race well before the half mile pole in :57.2.
They raced Indian-style until the backstretch when Rock On Moe (Ron Pierce) started up first-over but to no avail. Clear Vision led past the three-quarters in 1:25.4 and then it was a two-horse racing to the wire with Clear Vision holding off stablemate Easy Again for the victory in 1:53. Word Power was third.
Owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Panhellenic Stable and J Koran, it was the second win this year for Clear Vision, a six-year-old gelded son of Western Hanover. Clear Vision paid the mandatory $2.10 to win.
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com