Rooney Pace eligible - Line Officer tunes up

12:52 AM 18 May 2011 NZST
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Line Officer and George Brennan
Line Officer and George Brennan - win in 2:04.1 at Yonkers Raceway
Tom Berg Photo

Line Officer, one of the octet eligible for the 2011 Art Rooney Pace, invaded Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night (May 17). He came away with some road work and a $6,000 harness racing payday. Line Officer ($4.40) won the $12,000, "non-winners of 2" fourth race, which usually doesn't attract those with more than $200,000 on account.

He wired the field from the eight-hole, negotiating the mile-and-one-sixteenth in 2:04.1.

Since the soph son of Rocknroll Hanover had won just once in a stakes-placed 2010 season, he was eligible to make this restricted event his 2011 debut. Line Officer's freshman highlight was finishing second in last season's $473,000 final of the Woodrow Wilson at the Meadowlands.

George Brennan drove and Noel Daley trained for co-owners Adam Victor and Son, David Scharf and John Fielding.

"He was alright for his first start," Brennan said of Line Officer. "He's supposed to run off from those horses, which he didn't (a length-and-a-quarter victory), but he always had the gate speed and he used it tonight.

"He competed well last season against some very good 2-year-olds. As far as a stakes horse this season, he's going to have to step it up from this race."

Horsemen are reminded that the entry box for the Art Rooney Pace closes next Tuesday (May 24) at 4 PM.

Also Tuesday, driver Eric Abbatiello and his 999 career victories finished fourth win his trainee, Eggipus Complex, in the $12,000, second-race trot.

Abbatiello, the affable, 42-year-old son of a guy who won a few races in his day, next tries for his milestone with day (Freehold) and night (Meadowlands) work Thursday.

Yonkers' regular five-night-per-week schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) remains in effect. First post for all racing programs is 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting--including Friday's Black-Eyed Susan and Saturday's Preakness from Pimlico--available around the NYRA schedule.

Frank DRUCKER

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