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Rodeo Rock, Ideal Jimmy double up in Levy

06:46 PM 24 Mar 2019 NZDT
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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 23, 2019 - Saturday night's (March 23rd) night second round of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series didn't do a whole lot to establish a clear harness racing favorite, though some of the contenders did indeed state their cases.

Another happy half-dozen, $50,000, Free-For-All groups were contested, with a pair of repeaters leading the way.

Here's the succinct story, not necessarily in chronological order...

Second division - Odds-on Rodeo Rock (Andrew McCarthy, $3.50)-from post position No. 5--'ran down' loose leader Gokudo Hanover (George Brennan), prevailing first-up by a head in 1:52.1. The 13-1 latter had open lengths through intervals of -:26.4, :56.1 and 1:24.

Rock the Nite (Mark MacDonald), More the Better N (Scott Zeron) and Major Crocker A (Dan Dube) picked off the remainder, while an amiss Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) lost touch from a pole-sitting pocket and finished sixth.

For Rodeo Rock, a 6-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding owned by Royal Wire Products and trained by Robert Cleary, it was his third win in as many seasonal starts (2-for-2 in series). The exacta paid $22.60, the triple returned $201 and the superfecta paid $459.50.

"I was hoping Scotty (Zeron, with More the Better N would pull from third, but he was happy where he was and just had to go on with it," McCarthy said. "It was a long way (from fifth) in the wind, but he was actually more comfortable tonight than in last week's race."

Fourth division - After wiring his opening-leg rivals at 9-1, favored Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland, $4.10) had a more acquaintances at the windows.

From post No. 3, it couldn't have been less simple (:28, :57.4, 1:26, 1:53.3), going the distance by 3¼ lengths. Polester Lochton Luck A (Matt Kakaley), as the 29-1 outsider, and three-hole sitting Bellow's Binge (Jason Bartlett) finished the tickets, while Always at My Place (Brennan) and Bettor Memories (Jim Marohn Jr.) settled for the remainder.

For Ideal Jimmy, a 6-year-old homebred Western Ideal gelding owned by D R Van Witzenberg and trained by Erv Miller, it was his fifth win in eight'19 tries (2-for-2 in series). The exacta paid $49, the triple returned $136 and the superfecta paid $1,379.

"I thought he should have been the favorite last week," Holland said "He's very handy and I'm not surprised he's stepped up in this series."

JJ Flynn

First division - A week after Western Fame (Dube) traversed the fastest local mile (1:51.1) of the season, he was 15-cents-on-the-dollar to do it again.

JJ Flynn (Brennan, $43) was not impressed. After Western Fame led through early fractions of :27.1 and :56.2, JJ Flynn moved-with purpose-from post No. 4. He hooked Western Fame by the 1:24 three-quarters, fighting him off from there.

The final margin was three-quarters of a length in a sharp 1:51.3. Duplicated N (Tim Tetrick) was a pocket third, with Ballerat Boomerang (Joe Bongiorno) and Lyons Steel (MacDonald) also making appearance fees.

For fourth choice JJ Flynn, a 6-year-old Western Ideal gelding co-owned by (trainer) Josh Green, Richard Lombardo and Charles Cochran III, he's now 6-for-8 this season (1-for-2 in series). The exacta paid $119.50, the triple returned $191 and the superfecta paid $362.50.

Third division - Anythingforlove A (Bongiorno) saw his quest for the series two-fer implode from pole-sitting Endeavor (Tetrick, $4.90) pulled from third and rolled right past.

The former offered early foot (:27.3, :57.1), but was backpedaling buy the 1:25 three-quarters. Endeavor, meanwhile, opened a pair of lengths in and out of the final turn, eventually winning by 2¼ lengths in 1:52.4.

Control Tower (Austin Siegelman) was a loose-second-up second, with a trapped Dr. J Hanover (McCarthy), Nocturnal Bluechip (Zeron) and the fading 11-10 fave Anythingforlove A settling for the minors.

For second choice Endeavor, a 6-year-old American Ideal gelding co-owned by (trainer) Jeff Cullipher and Pollack Racing, it was his first win in a pair of seasonal/series starts. The exacta paid $24.40, the triple returned $149.50 and the superfecta paid $530.

Fifth division - The Downtown Bus (Zeron, $17.20) took the always-popular fourth-over route to redemption, snapping 11-10 choice Beckham's Z Tam (Tetrick) by a head in 1:53.1.

The closers, from post Nos. 5 and 3, respectively, had numbers to chase after Sam's a Champ A (MacDonald) set a contested pace (:26.1, :55.3, 1:23.4) after getting stung early and softened by a first-up The Wall (Bongiorno).

Rodeo Romeo (Bartlett) was an outkicked third, with The Wall and Whittaker N (Holland) grabbing the smaller envelopes.

For fifth choice The Downtown Bus, a 4-year-old Mach Three gelding co-owned by (trainer) Jeff Gillis and Ellen Ott, he's now 1-for-2 this season/series. The exacta paid $90.50, the triple returned $196.50 and the superfecta paid $540.

Sixth division - A two-speed number, where second choice Somewhere in L A (Bartlett, $6.10) edged past just-over-even-money I'marocnrollegend N (Brennan) in 1:53.1.

Pocketed from post No. 4, 'L A' earned a 40th career win, the margin three-quarters of a length. Don Domingo N (Stratton) was a ground-saving third, with I'm Some Graduate (Kakaley) and Mar Nien A (Greg Merton) earning the remainder of available coinage.

For Somewhere in L A, an 8-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was his second win in five seasonal efforts (1-for-2 in series). The exacta paid $14.60, the triple returned $126.50 and the superfecta paid $572.

The series standings, as dutifully compiled by Bob (OUTP) Miecuna, accompany this release.

Saturday night's $44,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by 31-1 rank outsider New Heaven (Stratton, $64) in a season's-best 1:55.3.

    Yonkers Raceway
    George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series
    2019           March 24, 2019
                   
Order        Name 1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg 5th Leg 25 pts/start Total   
1   Ideal Jimmy 50 50       50 150.0
2   Rodeo Rock 50 50       50 150.0
3   Somewhere In L A 25 50       50 125.0
4   Western Fame 50 25       50 125.0
5   Endeavor 8 50       50 108.0
6   JJ Flynn 8 50       50 108.0
7   More The Better N 50 8       50 108.0
8   The Wall 50 8       50 108.0
9   Anythingforlove A 50 5       50 105.0
10   Imarocnrollegend N 25 25       50 100.0
11   The Downtown Bus 0 50       50 100.0
12   Duplicated N 25 12       50 87.0
13   Gokudo Hanover 12 25       50 87.0
14   Beckhams Z Tam 8 25       50 83.0
15   Control Tower 0 25       50 75.0
16   Lockton Luck A 0 25       50 75.0
17   Mach Doro A 25 0       50 75.0
18   Mac's Jackpot 25 0       50 75.0
19   Somebaddude 25 0       50 75.0
20   Rodeo Romeo 12 12       50 74.0
21   Bellows Binge 8 12       50 70.0
22   Don Domingo N 5 12       50 67.0
23   Ballerat Boomerang 5 8       50 63.0
24   I'm Some Graduate 5 8       50 63.0
25   Lyons Steel 8 5       50 63.0
26   Bettors Fire N 12 0       50 62.0
27   Dr J Hanover 0 12       50 62.0
28   Luciano N 12 0       50 62.0
29   Mach It So 12 0       50 62.0
30   Micky Gee N 12 0       50 62.0
31   Rock The Nite 0 12       50 62.0
32   Always At My Place 0 8       50 58.0
33   Bettor Memories 0 5       50 55.0
34   Mar Nien A 0 5       50 55.0
35   Pacing Major N 5 0       50 55.0
36   Rockathon 5 0       50 55.0
37   Sams A Champ A 5 0       50 55.0
38   Whittaker N 0 5       50 55.0
39   Bit Of A Legend N 0 0       50 50.0
40   Nocturnal Bluechip   8       25 33.0
41   Rockin Ron 8         25 33.0
42   Major Crocker A   5       25 30.0
43   Christen Me N 0         25 25.0
44   Cruise Patrol 0         25 25.0
45   Military Master A 0         25 25.0
46   Weona Sizzler A 0         25 25.0
47   Windcong Leo 0         25 25.0
48   Funknwaffles           0 0.0
    ADDED MONEY 1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg 5th Leg Nom. Fees Total   
      $45,000 $41,000 $0 $0 $0 $280,000 $366,000
                  $200,000
                Total $566,000

Frank Drucker

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