Rooney and Lismore eligibles in play

02:39 AM 24 May 2011 NZST
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JK Owhatanite Block Party and Daniel Dube
JK Owhatanite - A daughter of Bettor's Delight
Mike Lizzi Photo
Block Party and Daniel Dube - win the fourth $12,000 race in 2:02.3
Mike Lizzi Photo

A trio of Yonkers Raceway stakes eligibles hit town Monday night (May 23), getting the lay of the land. In the $12,000, third race, Lismore Pace nominee JK Owhatanite (Jason Bartlett, $3.80) toured the harness racing territory by herself. She traversed the mile-and-one-sixteenth distance in a flat two minutes, winning by 14 3/4 lengths. Linda Toscano trained the homebred daughter of Bettor's Delight for 3 Brothers Stables. That effort obliterated the previous track record (2:02) for soph fillies at the added distance.

"She's handy and has good gate speed, which is obviously what she needs on a half-mile track," Bartlett said. "She just has to put it all together."

The lass began her season last week in a division of the Simpson at Tioga, where she left, yielded and wound up suffering an interference break.

The $12,000, fourth race saw Lismore eligible Block Party (Dan Dube, $7.50) wire her foes in 2:02.3 for the mile-and-one-sixteenth.

The daughter of Western Terror, who won by five lengths, is owned by All Star Racing and trained by Peter Foley. Both of Block Party's lifetime wins have been in Westchester.

Monday night’s $18,000, 10th race included Art Rooney Pace eligible Arockin Hanover (George Brennan), who had an eventful trip. He came first-up, ducked into a vacant pocket, then wound up second, beaten three-quarters of a length.

Horsemen are reminded that the entry box for the Art Rooney and Lismore Paces closes tomorrow (Tuesday, May 24) at 4 PM.

The evening’s $20,000 guaranteed late Pick 4 had a pool of $25,492 and returned $2,731 on a $2 wager. By comparison, the pool for the early Pick 4 was $12,824.

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 available around the NYRA schedule.

Frank DRUCKER

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