Day At The Track

Preliminaries conclude in Levy Series

04:56 PM 15 Apr 2018 NZST
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Long Live Rock Keystone Velocity, harness racing
Long Live Rock, a 9-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding owned and trained by Rene Allard
Mike Lizzi Photo
Keystone Velocity, a 10-year-old son of Western Hanove
Mike Lizzi Photo

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 14, 2018 - Yonkers Raceway Saturday night (April 14th) concluded the harness racing preliminaries, with the fifth round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series .

A trio of windy, $50,000 events featured many of the best Free-For-Allers in their final shot to be social climbers.

First Division - Pole-sitting Long Live Rock (Dan Dube, $16), victimized by a series of bad-fortune trip through the series, took matters into his own hooves here. He stuffed his rival in behind in post-position order, then finished his rounds (:27.3, :57.2, 1:25.3, 1:53.3).

Long Live Rock, repelling an early pocket pull by Bettor Memories, owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. He held off a first-up Western Fame (Mark MacDonald) by a half-length. Missile J (Tim Tetrick) rallied, losing the place photo as the 6-5 favorite.

For fourth choice Long Live Rock, a 9-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding owned and trained by Rene Allard, it was his third win in a nine seasonal starts (1-for-5 in series). The exacta paid $71, with the triple returning $216.50

Second Division - Driver and trainer doubled their pleasure as Keystone Velocity (Dube, $4.50), the defending series champ, prevailed. Winning the draw, he sat pocketed to Evenin' of Pleasure (Joe Bongiorno) and that one's handiwork of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:24.2.

Keystone Velocity engaged the leader early in the final turn, then went by. He defeated Christen Me N (Tetrick) by a length-and-a-half in 1:52.1, with Mach it So (Dave Miller) third. Evenin' of Pleasure faded to fourth.

For Keystone Velocity, a 10-year-old son of Western Hanover co-owners (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Allard, Kapildeo Singh, Earl Hill Jr. and VIP Internet Stables, it was his first win in five seasonal/series starts. The exacta paid $28.80, with the triple returning $64.50.

Third Division --- A down-the-road Killer Martini (Yannick Gingras, $16.40) was quite good in getting off the series schneid.

From post No. 2, he didn't give much else a shot (:27.1, 56.2, 1:24.2, season's-best 1:52.4). Opening 3½ lengths in and out of the final turn, Killer Martini defeated a from-last Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) by 3¾ lengths. Dr. J Hanover (Brett Miller), as the 4-5 choice, was a conservatively-raced third.

For Killer Martini, a 6-year-old Camluck gelding owned and trained by Ricky Bucci, the fourth choice is now 3-for-12 this season (1-for-4 in series). The exacta paid $133.50, with triple returning $271.50.

Saturday night's $40,000 Open Handicap Trot, where half the octet misbehaved, was won by In Secret (George Brennan, $13.40) in 1:57.4.

The final Levy prelim standings accompany this release. Be advised these are not necessarily the entrants for the Saturday, Apr. 21st final (purse $532,000) and consolation ($100,000). Those participants shall be determined by the race office in accordance with the conditions of the series and in advance of Monday afternoon's (Apr. 16th) draw.

A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening’s (April 16th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $7,066.26 and a $20,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program.

The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program.

Monday‘s program may be downloaded at http://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/mon_program.pdf.

Yonkers Raceway
George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series
2018           April 14, 2018
               
     Name 1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg 5th Leg 25 pts/start Total   
Bit Of A Legend N 50 12 25 50 25 125    287.0
Somewhere In L A 25 25 50 50 0 125    275.0
Dr J Hanover 50 50 50   12 100   262.0
Mach It So 50 12 0 50 12 125    249.0
Evenin Of Pleasure 25 50 0 25 8 125    233.0
Keystone Velocity 8 25 0 25 50 125   233.0
Western Fame 8 50 50   25 100   233.0
Rockin Ron 50 50 25 5   100    230.0
Missile J 25 12 50 0 12 125   224.0
Long Live Rock 12 0 25 8 50 125   220.0
Bettor Memories 12 25 25 12 8 125   207.0
Always At My Place 50 5 5 0 8 125   193.0
Chumlee A 25 8 8 25 0 125   191.0
Luciano N 8 25 12 0 5 125   175.0
Christen Me N 12 0 0 12 25 125   174.0
Killer Martini 0   12 12 50 100   174.0
Mister Daytona N 25 0 8 0 0 125   158.0
Caviart Luca 5 5 12 0 5 125   152.0
Another Daily Copy 0 12 12 0 0 125   149.0
Simply Susational N 0 0 5 5 5 125   140.0
Change Stride N 8 0 5 5   100   118.0
Bungalow Bill N 5 5 0 0   100   110.0
Franco Rayner N 8 8 0     75   91.0
All Bets Off 12 0 0     75   87.0
Theartofconfusion A 0 8 0     75   83.0
Thisjetsabookin 0 5 0     75   80.0
Waikiki Beach A 0 0 0     75   75.0
Rodeo Rock     8 8   50   66.0
Great Vintage 5   8     50   63.0
Orillia Joe   8 5     50   63.0
Western Dynasty 12 0       50   62.0
Bakersfield 5 0       50   55.0
Artmagic 0 0       50   50.0
Blood Brother 0   0     50   50.0
Mac's Jackpot       8   25   33.0
Awesomeness 5         25   30.0
Hug The Wind N 0         25   25.0
Sports Column     0     25   25.0
Gokudo Hanover           0 0.0
            0 0.0
            0 0.0
            0 0.0
            0 0.0
            0 0.0
               
ADDED MONEY 1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg 5th Leg Nom. Fees Total   
  $34,000 $30,000 $32,000 $22,000 $19,000 $195,000    $332,000
               $200,000
            Total $532,000

Frank Drucker

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