Yonkers hosts Sheppard final on Saturday

10:17 PM 18 Jul 2012 NZST
Comment (...) Tweet Share Email Print
Doctor Butch, who won
Doctor Butch, who won - last start at Yonkers on July 12 in 1:55.2.
Justin Grasso photo

Yonkers Raceway's Saturday (July 21) harness racing card is highlighted by the $119,000 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Post time for the baker's dozen bonanza is 7:10 PM, with the feature going as the sixth race (approximate post 9 PM).

The Sheppard--a Raceway stakes staple for decades which was named for the man who helped make Hanover Shoe Farms a giant in the breeding business--returns after a nine-year hiatus.

In the interest of full disclosure, the Sheppard actually returned last Saturday night, with a trio of $25,000 eliminations.

Those elims produced these eight finalists, with the open draw producing the requisite intrigue.

Doctor Butch (Jason Bartlett) turned in the fastest effort a week ago, strolling home by four lengths in 1:55.2. However, the ($55,000) Art Major colt, owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano, needed better friends in the race office after landing the always-coveted eight-hole for the final.

"Butch" began his career with a second-place effort in a Monticello New York Sire Stakes event.

Scalped (Cat Manzi, post 4) and OK Fame (Brent Holland, post 6) won the other elims, in 1:56.1 and 1:56.3, respectively.

The former, a ($4,000) son of Bettor's Delight owned by Brenda Teague and trained by George Teague Jr., also won a sire stakes event (Monti), while the latter, a (homebred) son of The Panderosa, was up a by nose in a race with final-yards tight quarters. Mark Ford co-owns (with breeder) Oak Knoll Stables and trains.

The author's choice for early favoritism went to Rocnrolwilneverdie (George Brennan, post 2), who, as the 3-5 choice to Scalped a week ago, threw down a big, back-half challenge before ending up third. The ($55,000) son of Rocknroll Hanover is trained by Chris Ryder for co-owners Frederick Schwartz, Shirley Schwartz and ONDA Racing Stable.

The field for the final of the Sheppard, with drivers and morning-line odds...1-Dealmaker (Larry Stalbaum, 6-1), 2-Rocnrolwilneverdie (George Brennan, 8-5), 3-A Bettor World (Jim Pantaleano, 10-1), 4-Scalped (Cat Manzi, 5-1), 5-Americasgottalent (Eric Goodell, 5-1), 6-OK Fame (Brent Holland, 8-1), 7-Hail the Taxi (Jordan Stratton, 12-1), 8-Doctor Butch (Jason Bartlett, 4-1).

Bartlett also drove Scalped to his elim win, but chose Doctor Butch--despite the impost--for the final. Dealmaker is the lone gelding in the field.

The Raceway continues its normal five-night-per-week live schedule, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule.

by Frank DRUCKER

Comment (...) Tweet Share Email Print

Read More News About...

Stallion Name

Next article: